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Should Your Main Character Be Likable?

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve gotten the note: “Make your character less difficult. She’s not likable enough.” I didn’t do it on purpose; it’s just that my female characters tend to be complex, like the women I know. It happened when the female leads were opinionated. They …

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Sykesville author’s tips on gardening in harmony with wildlife

Nancy Lawson and her husband transformed their two-acre property outside Sykesville into a wildlife-friendly oasis. Now, Lawson is teaching others to do the same. The former Humane Society editor is the author of “The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife.” Published last spring, the book is a guide …

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MY MOMS DAIM ICECREAM CAKE, THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY

Hi sweet readers, Easter is around the corner, and if you still haven’t figured out what to make for Easter dessert, let me help you, to make that choice! This Daim ice cream cake is made the old-fashioned way, using lots of egg yolks and whipped cream.This recipe is not the …

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Chef’s Table: Pastry: Trailer for New Season

If you have a sweet tooth you’ll be excited to see the trailer for the new season Chef’s Table, the docuseries that focuses on some of the world’s most acclaimed and influential chefs, is this time honing in on the fascinating world of pastry. Four episodes will debut on Netflix from 13 April onwards, …

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Playing on Trust

The Lutheran church where I’m organist uses an electronic instrument in a choir loft above the sanctuary.  The organ’s three huge speaker banks are hung off the loft rail so they project out over the congregation.  Which is fine, except that when the congregation is going all out (Lutherans tend …

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10 Diverse Dishes with Squid

You may be familiar with deep fried or grilled squid when you dine out, or even from summer holidays. But have you missed out on the merits of cooking squid in squid recipes at home? If you have, you’ve been missing a trick. Squid is inexpensive, low fat, versatile and both easy …

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