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By Anita Susan Brenner | February 7, 2008
In the summer of 1973, Len and I were married in a garden full of flowers. The valuables brought to the marriage by the bride are called a dowry; the equivalent for a groom is called a dower. Since we didn’t know the difference, we used the word dowry for everything. My cats were my dowry. The battered electric skillet was his. Plus the stereo, a chess set and a ’68 GTO. The most valuable gift that Len brought to our marriage were his best friends — Steve and Judy.
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December 22, 2005
As near as anyone can tell, Santa Claus as we know him today was inspired by an unlikely combination of events that began in 280 A.D. with the birth of one Nicholas Corbis-Bettman in Pataria, a city in Asia Minor. He was by all accounts a generous man of great material wealth, and one who liked to remain anonymous when helping the poor. Legend has it that he gave gifts late at night in order to keep his identity a secret. There are several variations of one of the most famous stories associated with Nicholas, a priest in the Christian church.
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By Anita Susan Brenner | February 7, 2008
In the summer of 1973, Len and I were married in a garden full of flowers. The valuables brought to the marriage by the bride are called a dowry; the equivalent for a groom is called a dower. Since we didn’t know the difference, we used the word dowry for everything. My cats were my dowry. The battered electric skillet was his. Plus the stereo, a chess set and a ’68 GTO. The most valuable gift that Len brought to our marriage were his best friends — Steve and Judy.
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