Review: Russian Optimism

A blonde youth, maybe four or five-years-old, gazes up from the tableau, a smile on his face. He holds the end of a piece of copper wire. It trails behind him, coiling like a snake. In the background on a shelf, Russian dolls stand in left-to-right ascending height order. Above this, the object on...

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Pop that Cherry Corn

My wife, Amy, has made from-scratch caramel popcorn for as long as I can remember. This started as a way to indulge her sweet-tooth. Then it expanded into something she'd make for family members at holidays, then expanded further into flavor experimentation, then expanded  further into trying to...

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Easy Slide: Friend or Woo-Hoo! Agent?

A few weeks ago, we traveled up to Grundy Center, IA, for my Grandma JoJo's 80th birthday party. Grandma has always been the picture of kindness and generosity. Seriously, I think she and Mother Teresa once had a cat fight. ("I'm the nicest!" "No, I'm the nicest, Be-to-the-otch!") Grandma JoJo's...

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