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Creating Contentment

‘Hygge’ means live in the light, fight back the dark AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Not everyone is going home for the holidays, but anyone can go “hygge.” You may already

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Warm And Cozy Holidays

New propane heater should be answer for tiny home AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples My grandfather loved cardinals, I’m told. Pop-Pop fed the birds and could identify them by their calls,

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Share The Good News!

It’s really not as bad ‘out there’ as we sometimes think AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Remember when the sun suddenly disappeared and the whole world looked dark outside, but then

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Simple Is Super-Powerful

Daily routine can be a comfort and joy AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples We all have hidden daily superpowers to make a difference with our mornings, afternoons, evenings and nights. That

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Camping While Cautious

Outdoor vacation still required precautions AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Recently, my husband and I thought we’d play it safe by taking an “outdoor” vacation — camping. Even though we took

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Spice Up Autumn

Pumpkins add fun to food, drinks and decor AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples It’s pumpkin time, and Halloween is almost here! We are celebrating the season a little differently this year

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Make Room For The Neighbors

Columnist would rather enjoy the wildlife AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Nature is an essential inconvenience. Thus far in humanity’s evolution, we depend on Earth to survive. But oh, the many

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Evicting The BMSB

Stink bugs a nuisance every autumn AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Do you smell a skunk inside your house, or suddenly catch a whiff of burning tires or, perhaps pleasantly, detect

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Who Are The Insects In The Neighborhood?

They’re beautiful, strange and sometimes sting! AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Gardens are like neighborhoods in miniature, with itty bitty insects of all sorts crawling, fluttering and hopping around the mulch

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Armor-Plated Neighbors

Armadillos welcome, if you don’t mind the holes AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples During a walk at dusk a few weeks ago, I nearly tripped over a round shadow moving across