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Do Something Creative for Its Own Sake. Period.

It's the easiest thing to drop from the to-do list, and the simplest thing to excuse yourself from doing: A creative thing for its own sake. Getting that (whatever it is--writing, painting, scrapbooking, model-airplane-making) onto your schedule,…
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Eat an Ugly Hot Fruit

There are lots of nice-looking tomatoes out there, but if given the choice, I skip the conventionally pretty and go for the ugly-hot ones instead. Think Black-Eyed Peas over Black Swan kind of hot. You can find identical tomatoes that appear…
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Leave on Time

I looked around the office. Everyone was in their seats: The health editor was bent over a manuscript; the lifestyle editor flipped through blogs in search of her next story; the market editor hunted down gloves for an upcoming shoot. Normally,…
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Try the Whelk (Even If You Don't Know What It Is)

Last night I met a new friend for dinner at the John Dory restaurant on 6th. I had champagne and oysters on the brain, craving the alternating pleasures of crisp, toasty bubbles paired with the cool mouthful of salt and sweet oyster flesh.…
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Go Out for Brunch (i.e., Get Out of Your *** House)

Today is my birthday. October 9th. It falls during the preliminary days of autumn when you don't know whether to wear shorts or pack a sweater. The day before Columbus Day. And, in grammar school, marked the beginning of Fire Prevention Week,…

Introvert or Extrovert?

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