How to be pretentious at a preschooler’s birthday party

My kids went to a private preschool. The place is awesome. It is in a custom-built, self-sustainable little schoolhouse on the grounds of a nature preserve. Tuition was more than the taxes on my home. The teachers are kind and loving. The kids are learning and exploring. The parents range from frumpy to stuck-up. Fitting.…

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Growing garlic from cloves in your kitchen

There are a lot of articles out there about planting and growing garlic. Makes sense. Autumn is garlic-planting time. Some of them argue that you have to or should go spend a good amount of money on starter garlic. Unless you are about to start a full out commercial garlic farm, I'm here to tell…

Farm stand vs. farmers market

What's the difference between a farm stand and a farmers market? It's like the difference between a thread and a shirt. It's like the difference between a room and a home. You can't really have a farmers' market without a collection of individual farm stands. Still, the stands at farmers markets are not the same as the permanent stands in fixed locations at the farm or the end of the driveway. Or... Am I wrong? Are farmers markets really, truly more than a collection of individual farm stands? Maybe the market itself takes on a persona? Click for more or add to the conversation...

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Skincare advice from 80 years of glowing skin

Back in the 1990s, I bought oil-free face wash and shampoo that made my skin and hair squeaky clean. Hair so clean, it...literally..squeaked when you ran a strand between your fingers. I was almost hyper about getting the oils out of my skin and hair. Moisturized, yes. Natural oils, no. No way. I wouldn't tolerate even a glimmer of natural oil in my t-zone. But...

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Is Autumn or Spring the better time to have kids help you in the garden?

Until this year, I never questioned whether Spring or Autumn was the preferred season for kids in the garden. Spring was the only season I imagined when I thought about brining kids to the garden with me. But, this year, I am open to reconsider. Before I had kids in my life, I idealized visions…

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Best 5 items at Midway Farm Stand, Durham, CT

September 29, 2018 How's this for stumbling on a gem?  I had the family in the car on our way to the Durham Fair. A really beautiful, classic New England autumn fair, you should visit next year. Go early in the morning, as soon as it opens. We didn't. After 30 minutes of waiting in…