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Styling tips from Baltimore’s Instagram-famous plant guru

Some 300 plants star in the lush, green posts of Hilton Carter’s Instagram feed, which, with 160,000 followers, made him a social-media green interior design star, gained him residential plant styling clients and led to a book deal. The Baltimore native, whose plants are split between his “Jungle by the …

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Seven Spring Fruits & Vegetables (And How to Cook Them)

  Sure, one must respect the knobby, ugly, workhorse vegetables of winter. And cold-weather citrus is certainly delightful. But spring can compete with summer when it comes to producing a rainbow of delicious, good-for-you treats at the farmer’s market, farm stand or garden. We’re so relieved when the season’s bounty …

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What to see and do at the world’s largest wine fari

Wine lovers prepare for the return of Vinitaly, Italy’s leading wine fair which will be in Verona in Italy from 5 to 9 April.  The enormous show is one of a kind for wine lovers boasting four days of tastings with the finest Italian and international wines paired with gourmet street …

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Novel-Writing Intensives: An Alternative to the MA

Wouldn’t it be great if writing a novel could be like playing team sport? How great would it be to have teammates jumping up and down on the sidelines cheering for you, or running to your side if you got hurt? For most novelists—especially first-time or unestablished writers—reality looks much …

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The Lessons of Genre

I once heard an editor say that, if you wanted to break into print, turn your current work into a mystery. Just pick a character, kill them off, and go from there. Not great advice, but there is some truth behind it. It’s always been easier to break into print …

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