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Sweaters: out. Firepits: blazing. It's fall! Don't just carve a pumpkin, eat one!
Like all good recipes, this one begins with a dream. In my case, the dream of growing my own vegetables in a nightmare-future riddled with famine and desperation. The year of this dream was 2014, and at the time, California...
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Nom, nom, nom. I need to stop by Trader Joe's and see if they have any good ones for roasting. They only have the jack-o-lantern pumpkins at our regular grocery stores. Not the same...

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I loved everything about this article. For non-writers, YMMV: “Kids think through their problems by creating fantasy worlds in ways adults don’t,” Griswold says. “Within these parallel universes, things can be solved, shaped and understood.” Just as children learn best through hands-on activities, they tend to process their feelings through metaphorical reenactments. “Stories,” Griswold noted, “serve a purpose beyond pleasure, a purpose encoded in analogies. Story arcs, like dreams, have an almost biological function.”
Their history informs fantastical myths and legends, while American tales tend to focus on moral realism.

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Kind of lovely. "And that’s what I found myself loving. Those houses out of Architectural Digest may be lovely, but give me a room that tells something about the person who lived there — a room that displays a sense of humor, a sense of drama, and most important, a passionate soul."
Visiting the revered poet’s three homes in Chile — La Chascona, La Sebastiana and Isla Negra — where his romance with Matilde Urrutia played out, each an expression of his dreams.

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The way toy manufacturing works, it’s likely Hasbro had always intended that the first post-release Force Awakens toys would include more merchandise that highlights Rey. But after facing mass backlash at her perceived absence, you can be sure as hell they’re going to let you know she’s included.

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I like to follow up all major hospitalizations with something traumatizing. Immediately after the boy's first major surgery, I read THE HOT ZONE. This time I might have outdone myself, though...
FRONTLINE investigates the rise of deadly drug-resistant bacteria.
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Latest for Glittersquid: Would you fix a car or build a house with cheap tools? Your school and art supplies deserve a similar level of respect!
In which we discuss favorite pen, art, and paper choices and also celebrate both (literature and rhetoric prof extraordinaire) Sue Hanna and Tom Hiddleston.

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Interesting to writers and appreciators of beauty: "Both Frank and April are, in some sense, victims of her beauty, of its hold on Frank’s imagination. They both would have been better off if he had let her go. And this is key: if April’s looks give her power, it’s not always a power that works to her advantage. The course of her life is shaped by Frank’s need to repeatedly win her affection. Young and without a better alternative on the horizon, she gives in to the pull of Frank’s desire and decides that what she feels is probably love, or at least close enough."

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How Alan Rickman ruined me for all other men.

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Always good to see more written about Vivian Maier.

When she started delving into Vivian Maier’s family history, an amateur researcher had no idea that her search would become an obsession.

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