Who Gets Gifts?

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Whatever holiday you celebrate, it’s certainly the season of giving. Sometimes the question is not so much WHAT to get the people on your list, but WHO is on the list when you begin to compose one.

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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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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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Thanks for the Cranberries

Cranberry sauce

The food is so good at Thanksgiving, that we often wonder why we don’t have a similar meal other times through the year. My family is both traditional and creative. My husband is inventive. One year he basted the bird with pomegranate juice and molasses. He sometimes puts Italian sweet sausage in the stuffing and whole garlics in the mashed potatoes.

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