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Our Massive Move Out of 2746 Saint Paul

Jill and I are camping today, trying to recover from our move yesterday. The move -- emptying 5,000 square feet of belongings we’d spent 15 accumulating -- took two days. Yesterday we got up at 6:00 and didn’t finish clearing out our house, once and...

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How To Sell A House

I’ve never sold a house, so I don’t really know how it's supposed to go. And I never imagined I’d sell this one. But here it is, for sale: Fabulous Baltimore Victorian for Sale! It’s the only house I’ve owned. Jill owned a tiny house many...

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A Return from China

A package I sent to China last September just came back to me. What’s remarkable is not the fact that it has been in the mails--going to and from--for six months but, rather, that it came back at all. I didn’t imagine anything that went...

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FIRE!

This morning, while changing a light bulb in the kitchen, I smelled burning plastic. Odd, I thought. Usually, our neighborhood smells of oak woodsmoke from the excellent, new restaurant a few blocks away: it has a wood-fired grill. I stepped onto my porch to get...

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How I Got Burned at the Flea Market

If you’ve watched “Antiques Roadshow,” you’ve seen segments where a collector believes he’s brought in a priceless artifact--like a Ming vase--only to be told by the Roadshow appraiser that he’s got a fake or a reproduction or he’s grossly over-estimated the value of the item...

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Christmas in the House We Love!

      Christmas is a special time at our house. We really enjoy dressing up the place in a traditional style. Every year we try something different, including new (old) ornaments. Jill can't stop collecting antique ornaments we find at flea markets and garage sales.   Click here for...

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Where the Wild Horses Are

Jill and I spent the weekend at Assateague, Maryland's coastal island and home to its famous wild horses. It was cold and windy but lovely--we had a heater in the van (a new addition). And we took the dogs, of course. They always make travel...

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The Whiteboard Scam

If you are a teacher, you are familiar with the "whiteboard," also called the "dry erase board." It has replaced the chalkboard in most schools. Also it's common in the workplace for lectures, strategy meetings etc. It consists of a laminated glossy white surface on...

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The First Floor is Done

I've been mostly missing from Face Book and totally absent from my blog for about three months because Jill and I have been finishing some major projects in the house. We wanted to get these done before Fall slipped into the hectic holiday season, so...