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End of Year Reflections
COLUMNS & FEATURES
While our dateline is December 24th for this issue, there was no way that
The Hues would be ready for the printer on Monday morning, In between
work on the paper, there was Christmas shopping to do. For the past 38
years, it has been the tradition of my household — when I was married and
after — to exchange presents on the morning of December 24th, get ready
after enjoying the presents that we received to go to Milwaukee for the
extended family celebration on Christmas Eve, which is when my mom and
dad gave us gifts as kids and we continued the tradition into adulthood.

When my mom, bless her heart, and my dad were alive, we would gather at
their house to exchange gifts and then party until the wee hours of
Christmas Day. When my mom died in 2005, my brother Tim took over the
hosting duties.

Ever since my son Andrew returned from China back in 2011, he and I
have baked our Christmas presents to the extended family. We have baked
cookies and brownies of all sorts and sizes. This year, we made
gingerbread from scratch with individual serving cups of vanilla ice cream.
And we make enough for 40-60 people over the course of six hours before
we pack everything up and head for Milwaukee.

At 66-years-old, this does become somewhat of a challenge for me as my
Achilles tendons stiffen up the next day from the extended work time on
my feet. And this year, I had to go back to the store two additional times
for ingredients that we underestimated. But I am loathe to give this tradition
up because it is a special time for Andrew and I and family does appreciate
the personal touch we put into our gifts every year.--
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Vol. 13    No. 26
DECEMBER 24, 2018
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De Anda Santana
Appointed LAWD
Executive Director
From the Vera Court
Neighborhood Center
Asian
Wisconzine
by Heidi M. Pascual
The Naked
Truth
by Jamala Rogers
Poetic
Tongues
by Fabu
A Column
by
Angela Puerta
A Column
by
John Odom,
PhD