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'Expert' offers tips for Facebook newbies

Posted on October 25, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



If you use the Internet, you ought to check out this really cool site.

It’s called Facebook. And quite a few people are using it lately.

In case you haven’t heard of it, Facebook is a “social networking” tool that lets you connect with others without the having to leave your house or talk on the phone, which, let’s face it, can be exhausting. Instead, you share pictures and stream-of-consciousness thoughts with a network of people known as your “friends.”

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Around the Bend: Messy house mystery — Solved

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



Here’s something scary: My family and I are the victims of some sort of odd home invaders. These weirdos haven’t taken anything, although they have hidden my keys and cell phone once or twice. But they’ve been here. Repeatedly.

It had been happening for quite some time but we’d been so busy all summer we just hadn’t noticed. Then, what with the dismal weather last weekend, I found myself inside all day for the first time in ages. I took a good look around the house, and what I saw horrified me.

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Around the bend: Taking care of dinner, my way

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



A lot of people cook a turkey for Thanksgiving. A few people even raise their own. But I’m probably the only person in Addison County who has spent the past week giving her Thanksgiving turkey physical therapy.

See, not long ago a neighborhood dog attacked the four turkeys we raised this summer, killing one and making this one’s life flash before her eyes. We put her affairs in order but within two days she had made a miraculous recovery.

It didn’t last.

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Around the Bend: Overcoming fears of a wild ride

Posted on August 30, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



I love amusement parks. And since the one thing missing from my summer thus far was a chance to spend a great deal of money while standing in line most of the day — interrupted every half hour or so by a minute of sheer terror — I insisted we take a family day trip to the Great Escape last weekend.

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Around the bend: Slow and steady wins the race

Posted on August 16, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



A friend recently asked me why I continue to grow vegetables every year when I so clearly hate gardening.

Who says I hate it?

She reminded me that in June I described gardening as “neither easy nor particularly enjoyable” and “the pits.”

Well, yeah.

But I never said I hated it. In fact, right now I actually like it a lot.

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Around the Bend: Spoiling a teen with the basics

Posted on July 26, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



Our daughter is away this week, so we’re redoing her room as a late 13th birthday present. It’s no secret that we spoil her rotten, and this is just one more way to pamper her. When she gets home, her room will have two new luxuries: multiple electrical outlets  — grounded, no less — and heat.

She’s a princess, all right.

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Around the bend: Who knew nothing could be fun?

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



We just returned from a week of camping in Salisbury. This year, for the first time, it actually resembled the sort of positive experience most people associate with vacations.

We don’t go away very often, what with my husband being self-employed and us having a large garden and various sorts of farm-type animals, most of whom have special issues (pet sitters generally aren’t willing to rub a goat’s temples to ease her migraines).

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Around the Bend: Not every camper is a happy one

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



We dropped our 12-year-old off at summer camp last Sunday.

She was only too glad to get away from us, especially after her father started singing made-up camp songs in line during registration (mortifying her is one of his many talents; singing is not).

She’s at an age where we are no longer her favorite people to spend time with — or even be seen with, really. But to her, camp is more than an escape: She thinks it’s fun. I went to camp once, and let me tell you, she’s wrong.

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Around the Bend: Growing cranky in the garden

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



Every spring, in anticipation of my vegetable garden, I forget an important point: Gardening is neither easy nor particularly enjoyable.

Don’t believe those dreamers who insist that growing vegetables is a spiritually transforming experience. Sure, we all have those brief moments of awe when a bean seedling first breaks through the concrete crust of Addison County clay. And who doesn’t swoon over the taste of a juicy, just-picked tomato, still warm from the afternoon sun?

Whatever. Most of the time, gardening is the pits.

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Around the Bend: Insects can give you a nervous tick

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



The mild winter seemed too good to be true. And it was. The downright tolerable temperatures allowed an unprecedented number of ticks to survive and, according to the news, they’re out in force this year.

If you’re the kind of person — like me — who lives in a constant state of unease, believing that bugs exist primarily to crawl on you, summer is already a nerve-wracking time of itchy paranoia. Now there’s a bumper crop of critters that want to bury themselves in your skin, suck your blood and spread disease.

Kill me now.

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