By Kem Clark, president of the Wikki Stix Co.

Finding something to sing, dance and laugh about in this crazy world… is a bit of a challenge. Lots more things make me want to shout and eat chocolate. So much so that I now rate the evening news not by importance of each feature, but by weight! Was than a ten-lb. story or only 2 lbs. of depressing news.

Here’s an excuse to SHOUT! Black Friday. It’s not until next month, but here is some good planning info. Black Friday is when large electronics are a good buy! Traditionally, this is when the Big Box stores and electronic specialty stores put their showstoppers on sale. So it might be worthwhile to sit on your hands until then tobuy that ginormous TV!

And don’t forget us on Black Friday. We always have fun specials, and you can shop on our website in your pajamas. No standing in line at 2am!

Oct. 21st is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day…let’s just make it National Everything Pumpkin Day!! Yes, that’s better.

October 22 is National Nut Day. I know quite a few… and bet you do, too!

And… the fourth Saturday of the month, Oct 25th, is National Make a Difference Day. Lots of things all of us can do, from helping major organizations with some hands-on involvement, to simply raking leaves for an elderly neighbor.