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Christmas Arrives with This Catalog

October 21, 2018
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With the simple act of the mail being delivered, it’s officially the holidays in the Nolan house. The Vermont Country Store Christmas catalog has arrived. I am ready to bring the tree in, string the…

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Dr. Johnson in the Potterverse

October 19, 2018
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At first glance, they couldn’t be more different. Dr. Samuel Johnson, 18th-century playwright, poet, and essayist who almost single-handedly wrote the first English dictionary. And J. K. Rowling, 21st-century novelist, screenwriter, and author of the…

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Losing One’s Head Over Food Storage

October 13, 2018
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  Food storage is one of those beloved, evergreen topics that readers can’t seem to get enough of. Who can resist a rousing piece about Saran Wrap, tin foil or Tupperware? It’s clickbait, like a…

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Squirrels on a Plane

October 10, 2018
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Sometimes, when I’m feeling down and need some emotional support, like so many others I turn to my “best friend,” my… squirrel. Just having my squirrel around—having his little head on my lap, scratching his…

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In Spokane, No Fans of Canadian Forest Fires

September 5, 2018
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Some people in Spokane, Washington recently raised their voices by proposing to turn their fans on. The smoke of hundreds of forest fires from British Columbia had wafted over the border, blanketing the city. As…

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Will Work for Small (Fried) Potatoes

August 29, 2018
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They say that if you choose a job you love, it will never seem like work. Fair enough. I am truly grateful for the work I have, but I’m not sure I’d do it if…

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Sorry, Elton—These Sad Songs Say So Little

August 26, 2018
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As reported by the BBC’s Miriam Quick, Spotify recently released scores for 35 million songs, based on “machine learning.” Quick used that data to identify the five saddest songs to top the charts since 1958.…

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Google, I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself

August 22, 2018
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Google speaks my language. Not only that, it increasingly speaks for me: “Sure, what time?” “That would be fun.” “Sorry, I can’t make it.” These are reply suggestions that appear at the bottom of emails…

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Tolkien Fans Will Feel Right at Home Here

August 18, 2018
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Most fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have fantasized what it would be like to have a Hobbit home, but Jim Costigan has actually built one. Now he is putting it…

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It’s True: The Days Are Getting Longer

July 30, 2018
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Cartoon by Isabella Bannerman No, you’re not wrong. The days do seem longer, and it’s not because of the insane pace of life, or the fire hose of mindless electronic communication, or a lack of…

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