Berkeley, California - “Infobesity,” “lumbersexual,” “phablet.” As usual, the items that stand out as candidates for word of the year are like its biggest pop songs, catchy but ephemeral. But even a fleeting expression can sometimes encapsulate the zeitgeist. That’s why I’m nominating “God view” for the honor.

Washington, DC - It's cool to sleep in the buff and that's good for you, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Davis, California - Get a closer look at California’s 1,600 bee species, dig into food through poetry and art, explore the darker side of Cinderella and follow an exploration of spiritual practice through three decades of letters with poet Gary Snyder. Those are a few of the books by University of California, Davis, faculty and graduates available this holiday season. The writings range from academic works examining food safety and pollution to a supernatural story for young readers and an erotic novel.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Still looking for that last minute gift? Enhance any gardener’s home by adding a green touch to their lives this holiday. There’s nothing better than a creative, personalized gift that can be enjoyed season after season. With an abundance of unique containers and plant varieties, there is something perfect for every recipient on your list.

Palm Springs, California (BPT) - Have you ever admired a coffee table cleverly fabricated using a discarded door sitting on a frame? Or been surprised by the sight of an old refrigerator reborn as a bookshelf or TV cabinet? Even bathroom fixtures have been known to draw notice (and a snicker or two) when repurposed as garden containers.

West Lafayette, Indiana - Whether someone is trying to pen their first holiday letter or enhance their annual greeting with photos or video, a Purdue University Online Writing Lab can be a helpful resource.