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In Defense of the Selfie

It’s popular for people my age to complain about selfies or call people who take them narcissistic. And I’m sure, as with every single thing on this planet, people can take them to an extreme, including the famed “duck face” of selfie culture. But I was thinking about it the other day while looking through […]

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Coming Home

In the past few weeks I’ve traveled to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Philadelphia, New York City (many times), and Maine (for college visits). While all my travels were amazing and inspiring, and I have no horror stories from the road (other than the strange fact that I constantly seemed just a few short steps […]

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Out on a Limb…

Dear Readers, For many years I was concerned about the fate of the publishing world, given the rise of digital media in all of our lives. And my concerns were well grounded, as I was reminded when, this past weekend in Maine, the front page of the Sunday newspaper announced the closing of pulp and […]

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Maria’s Five Favorites: Get Cozy!

You know what you need to do? Chillax! It’s the weekend! We all need some downtime to recharge our batteries now and then. Why not make today that day? Not sure where to start? Here are my 5 steps for the ultimate day of cozy relaxation: Step 1. Pull on a comfy hoodie. The softer […]

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Stop! Take a Moment…

It’s that time when the end of the year comes crashing through like a raging river of candy (Halloween), food (Thanksgiving), and shopping (Christmas). It’s so easy to get swept up in its waters. Whether you love it or hate it, the river is coming and you can’t really fight it, you just kind of […]

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The Only Thing You Can Really Change Is Yourself

“You can’t change other people; you can only change yourself” is one of those lessons I’ve had to learn over and over again. And then sometimes I forget it and have to learn it again. You don’t get very far in a family business, for example, without learning this lesson. I am very thankful that […]

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4 Ways to Support Farm-to-School Policies

by Chelsey Simpson, communications manager for the National Farm to School Network Tomorrow marks the beginning of National Farm to School Month. For the next 31 days, schools across the country will celebrate the local products in their lunch offerings, the gardens in their schoolyards, and the food and agriculture education offered in their classrooms. […]

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4 Apple Crafts for Autumn Entertaining

by guest blogger Mark Kintzel, designer It’s apple season! Time for making apple pies, apple crisps, applesauce (yum), and all kinds of other delicious treats. And what does one do with a plethora of apple goodies? Host an autumn party! And since you already have apples on hand, why not decorate with these gorgeous fruits, […]

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