Soup for You! Next!

This year I am committed to eating seasonally (and local), so fresh salads are out and cabbage and kale are in right now. After a week of cabbage though, I have more than the scent of a woman, so I start throwing other vegetables into a broth to make soup. I am fortunate to share in the soups of friends. Every time I visit my friend Byron, he sends me home with a freezer bag full of his spicy recipe that fills the belly and clears the sinuses. And I…

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One Ringy Dingy

Last month, I canceled my phone service to cut costs and to get ready for my winter move to Montpelier. I still had the cell phone, but soon found that I talked more than I thought I did. The monthly minutes quickly ran out and I had to recharge – and spent almost as much as I would have spent had I kept the landline. Live and learn.   Phone the Computer As an alternative, I bought a magicJack at my local Radio Shack (not a typo – the J…

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A Magic Carpet Ride, To the Emerald Isle

A few years ago, an innovative guy decided to see if he could trade a giant paper clip for something, well, better. So he advertised on Craigslist, not knowing what he would end up with. Being a huge barter fiend myself, I liked his spunk. Fast forward to this evening. I was reading an e-newsletter sent by Barbara Winter, author of “Making a Living Without a Job,” and was making notes on her first article titled “7 Easy Ways to Warm Your Cockles” Since I had no idea I even…

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We Tree Kings

It is January 6th – known by many as Three Kings Day, or Twelfth Night. The last official day of Christmas. And it is traditional in some households to say good bye to the tree today. Off come the ornaments to be packed in their sturdy containers (or the ancient, flimsy cardboard boxes, taped at the corners with equally ancient masking tape). Then the lights. They never go back to their original form, snaking over and under the little tabs in the box. More likely, they are wound around someone’s…

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There’s No Business Like Snow Business

Update! A kind reader sent me this fabulous snowflake. He took my name and flipped and rearranged it until he created a very cool six-pointed snowflake.: It’s all about snow today! And Vermont does snow so well. Snowflakes always amaze me. Minute little bits of architectural perfection that only last for a moment. While pumping gas yesterday I started to watch the snowflakes fall on my coat sleeve. Some were so tiny they only looked like bits of fuzz. But others were large and defined and I could see the…

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