Where the Heart is

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Happy Holidays! Imagine that feeling your heart reacts to when you give, receive or watch someone receive a special gift. It may be small, even inexpensive, but it mattered. Where would we be without the simple things in life that surround our hearts with joy? The holidays are filled with important reminders of our own histories. Isn’t it great that we get to revisit memories through photos and decorations of holidays past? Our legacies are long, and we must use our “heart time,” as I like to call it, to share with our family and friends our fondest moments with each other.

We gather together with family and friends, and we eat great foods that are smothered with the goodness of our ancestral, gastronomical mental books — you know, just how grandma used to make from memory because it was all in her head.

I love cooking and, especially at this time of the year, my heart enjoys the warmth of the kitchen combined with the smells of annual delight. Today, our digital world allows us to post our reactions and feelings, in real time and right into the homes of others.

Holiday movies have been a great relaxing staple in our home during this time of the year, mostly because it was a part of my childhood. Hollywood knows to fill this space in a family’s holiday with the major releases of winter blockbusters. We patrons, expect their cash cow to “bring it,” because we love this season, and our hearts are invested in the escapism of it. Some films I look forward to this month include “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “The Greatest Showman,” with Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum and “All the Money in the World,” the real-life story about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty, III. I know that last item sounds not in the spirit, but the film has been said to be filled with love shown through heart-pounding, familial support.

Our hearts must also address those affected by tragedy; and this year our planet has been hit hard with devastating hurricanes, floods, wildfires and earthquakes that took away the lives, homes and personal belongings of thousands. The panic and fear weigh heavily on our hearts, as we have watched in horror the continuing lack of help and rescue to these victims each day. We must look at and never forget seeing where the volleys called life have pivoted someone’s presence. Remember the loss of life of many pets left behind as well. Please, think about volunteering, donating and feeding the hungry, or whatever it is you don’t need, give to someone who does. Our hearts are the season.


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Taylor Kelsaw

Taylor Kelsaw started his career in San Francisco, Calif. more than 30 years ago and has since worked on many highly rated television shows including “Oprah” and “Live with Regis and Kelly.” He loves to paint, sing, act and being the proud parent of three lovely children.