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Who knows what treasures lurk in the back of your closet? Perhaps a pledge paddle and a giant egg cup … Photo by Leila Hawken

Weeding Out the Walk-In

The fall season inspires many of us to tackle tasks in home spaces holding essential and non-essential stuff that has built up over the summer, or longer. Take, for example, a walk-in closet that has become a stretch-to-reach-in closet with various objects blocking the way.

“The Cuban Affair” by Nelson DeMille, “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque and “The Proud Highway” by Hunter S. Thompson are all books that transport the reader away from the stress of quarantine. Photo by Hunter O. Lyle 

Forget the Plane — Flip The Page Instead

Autumn is typically a time when we dive back into books, after a summer spent, ideally, on vacation. But with the world in disarray as it is now, summer travel was nearly impossible, — and if you’re anything like me, five months of being cooped up have left you looking for any way out.

Zoom Into Halloween!

Halloween is fast approaching, which means it’s time to forget everything Tom Ford told you about how to look beautiful on Zoom. 

Spooky season is now in full effect, and while many of Halloween’s festivities may be canceled due to the quarantine, we can still carry on the way we have been with everything else this year: on Zoom! 

If you don’t find a commercially produced pumpkin spice latte that’s to your liking, try making one yourself. It’s surprisingly easy. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Tips From an Expert: Finding the Best Pumpkin Spice Latte

The arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte to the Starbucks menu has become a harbinger of autumn since 2004, when it was first released. 

Now, more than 15 years later, almost every establishment that sells coffee in America has its own pumpkin spice latte recipe that it sells from late September through October. 

AB&J on whole-grain bread, cut into the shapes of hearts with a cookie cutter; clementine and strawberries; trail mix of walnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and chocolate chips. Photo by Lia Wolgemuth

Bento Boxes as a Way To Have Fun, and Make Healthy Food Enticing

Tucked away in my recipe box are a few yellowed, typewritten pages from my mother-in-law’s home economics class circa 1960. Knowing that I love food, she thought I might like these notes from a unit on garnishes.

Jenny Hansell  and her daughter Abbey at the top of Spruce Hill, at the end of BNRC’s Hoosac Range trail in North Adams, Mass. Selfie photo by Jenny Hansell

Finding Myself — And a Network of South County Trails

We are an indoors people, my family. A walk after a big Thanksgiving dinner was the extent of my childhood experiences outdoors with my parents. But they sent me to summer camp, where I learned to light fires and pitch tents. Raised in a big city, I loved being in the woods. 

Who will benefit from this colorful creation? Knitter and recipient alike. Photo by Hunter O. Lyle​

Keeping Your Own Hands And Heart Warm — and Those Of Others, Too — With Knitting

For the autumn knitter, there is nothing more magical than yarn — the scent of country as you breathe in fibers like wool or alpaca; the colors: rainbows wherever you look. Fingers itch to touch soft textures.


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