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Surprise!

The comments section, where readers start bringing their own intelligence and experience to the conversation, is often the best part of a Writer Unboxed article.  For instance, three months ago, I talked about what the music of J. S. Bach can teach us about setting up surprise in fiction.  Donald …

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Easy Gingerbread Cake Recipe | Williams Sonoma

Step aside, gingerbread cookie—this easy gingerbread cake takes everything we love about gingerbread (warming spices, rich molasses flavor, and the way it smells when it’s baking in the oven) and transforms it into a showstopping tiered cake with a mini slow globe on top. Bonus: Making it might actually be …

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Garden Q&A: History of Maryland holly

My mother has a holly with lots of berries she calls Satyr Hill and claims is from Maryland. Is it safe to prune off branches for decoration this time of year? Satyr Hill is indeed a Maryland daughter, from the McLean Nurseries in Parkville, acclaimed as one of the best …

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The Second Dark Times Coffee Conference – Dear Coffee, I Love You.

Next Saturday in the capital of Lithuania, a unique inspiration-driven coffee conference called “Dark Times” will take place for its second year in a row. The event, organized by Emanuelis Ryklys, founder of the Lithuanian micro-roaster Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories will take place all day at the Vartai gallery in …

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