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Stocking the feeders

I knew I had become a bona fide geek last weekend, when my to-do list included “make bird feeders.” There I was on a perfectly lovely Sunday afternoon – a warm winter window in which normal people were luxuriating – clutching a 16-inch-long chunk of birch as thick as my arm, a cordless drill and a […]

Creature comforts

Retail madness reaches its zenith not in the days just before Christmas, but in the days just after. This is when our cultural inability to delay gratification is most apparent: It might be the thought that counts, but it’s the present that gets returned — now — and you would think gift cards for my […]