Meredith Holt is a Forum features reporter who writes a twice-monthly column on body image, weight loss (and gain), health and fitness. Her topics of interest include mental health, relationships and women's issues. She also does page design and copy editing, which she did for six years prior to joining the features staff in March 2012.
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GALCHUTT, N.D. – When Dirk and Jessie Monson moved to a 5-acre farm here, about 30 minutes south of the conveniences of Fargo, their friends joked, "You should get an alpaca!"
FARGO – Nels Hunstad has lived in Fargo-Moorhead his whole life, but he's still discovering new things about it. He wants others to, too.
FARGO – The holiday season, though a time of joy, can be stressful. Holiday social obligations, party planning, dietary considerations, gift-giving pressure and renewed family tensions can create a "perfect storm" for etiquette issues that may not come up the rest of the year.
FARGO – The city's Arts and Culture Commission is expected to consider six public art proposals for the $15,000 available at Wednesday's meeting at City Hall in the first round of funding since the formation of the arts board.
FARGO—There's no such thing as a perfect host. No one's perfect, and no one expects you to be. But you can be prepared, no matter how much time you have to get ready to open your door to guests. Whether you're planning a Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, Christmas or other holiday celebration, it helps to think like a guest. When you're a guest in someone else's home, what makes you feel welcome? Chances are, it's not their neatly organized closets, which no one's likely to see. "This is not the time of year to do massive organizing," says professional organizer Melissa Schmalenberger.
FARGO — I love paper snowflakes. They remind me of childhood, when I made them in elementary school classrooms, carefully moving my craft scissors in zigzags and circles to create intricate patterns. Paper snowflakes are a cheap and easy but elegant decoration anyone can make for winter or the holidays. If child Mere could make them, I thought, so can adult Mere. Over the years, I'd seen in several places the idea of using coffee filters, which I conveniently had at home.
FARGO—Two people with local ties, one a photographer who's about to become a grandfather and one a University of Mary student studying abroad, were among the millions of Parisians stunned by Friday night's wave of deadly attacks across France's capital city. According to reports Saturday night, the series of shootings and bombings in restaurants, a music venue and the national soccer stadium killed 129 people and injured 352, 99 of whom remained in critical condition.
Sipping hot cocoa, the mug warming my hands, is one of my favorite holiday season activities. My husband and I like to drink it in our PJs while we watch Christmas movies. We occasionally add a candy cane or a splash of Bailey's, but nothing too fancy. This year, I think it's time we think outside the packet. I've been seeing lists of big-batch holiday drinks made in a Crock-Pot circulating online, and the Boozy Peppermint Slow-Cooker Hot Chocolate from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody has appeared on a couple. But it's not just cocoa.
FARGO — I was not looking for cake when I spotted Duncan Hines' line of "Perfect Size" cake mixes at Hornbacher's. But I loved the idea, and the packaging is so cute!
The leftover candy is quickly disappearing, but this year's Halloween left a lasting impression. I don't know if it was just me, but it seemed like people were more into it this year.