A Puzzling Anniversary

On February 15, The New York Times celebrated the 75th anniversary of its famous crossword puzzle. The puzzle very nearly didn’t make it into the paper, as an earlier editorial had pronounced crossword puzzles “a sinful waste of time.” Nevertheless, just months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the editor decided that the public needed…
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Suffering Through The Writing To Get To The Recipe

When I see a recipe blog link on Facebook, I’m generally a little disappointed to find a lengthy post about the food. “I came here for the ‘Speedy Pierogie Balls’, not the story of your life,” I think, and then I scroll to the recipe, missing all the handy hints in the body of the…
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Bonnie And Clyde And Clyde: A Cautionary Tale For Mice

It isn’t often that one can point to a dachshund as the harbinger of doom, but there was our wiener dog, Clyde, poised for an early morning hunt next to the refrigerator, whining and wagging his tail furiously. “I have cornered a mousie,” his stance told me, “and I will have its head within the…
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. . . And It Broke In Record Time . . .

I wrote in November of our disappointment with product quality in general and of the available toilet seats at the 800 lb. gorilla of a big box store nearby. Nevertheless, we needed a new toilet seat, and we bought one, only realizing how really poor the quality was once we got it installed. We had…
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It’s Not Exactly Memory Foam, Now Is It?

As we advance in years, my husband and I often find ourselves complaining about how quality of the products we buy seems to have downgraded . . . and this statement is most often followed by our commiseration over how expensive everything we buy is. With that in mind, we went into our purchase of…
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