Ham Is Mandatory, Cheer Is Optional

We drove into the mouth of the beast, sure of our destination, but not entirely confident that we would return unscathed. Armed with cash and coupons, our bellies full of chicken nuggets and French fries, we felt prepared for our mission: to get a Honeybaked ham, while away a little time in World Market, and…
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Groundhog Watching: OCD Or OMG

It really shouldn’t come as a great surprise that a dog that lives with two individuals who have moments of obsessive/compulsive behavior should have developed a few of his own. With the onset of summer, our dachshund Clyde is deep into his obsession: our screened porch at the back of the house and the groundhog…
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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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