Returning An Item Shouldn’t Be This Difficult

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If I didn’t work, and if I had been endowed with far more patience than the reasonable amount I generally had and if I weren’t having an insane time trying to be an honest citizen, then maybe I would have stayed calmer with the customer service on the other end of the phone.

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Bats in the Belfry (and other places)

Bat Swarm

What exactly is a belfry, anyway? The original term refers to a medieval bell tower which must have been a popular perching place for bats. Although I’ve never had a belfry, this is the first winter I recall that my husband and I have not had a disgusting little visitor flying through the house.

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Holiday Gift Ideas and Tips

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Chanukah came so early this year that it was here before I had time to think of gifts for the people on my list. So I had to think fast, and some of the deliverables were such a massive hit that I offer them up here as possibilities that might help you get some friends and family “crossed off” your list. Others are good standbys to have in mind, items that might trigger thoughts about that perfect gift you’ve been struggling to find.

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My Favorite Things

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I was walking home from teaching my classes yesterday and found myself humming the song “My Favorite Things.” It was a most glorious autumn afternoon; everything was green and golden; all along the campus, college students still in shorts (in November!) were skateboarding, playing Frisbee on the quad, reading on benches and soaking up the last rays of sun.

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