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Gift Guide WINTER 2018

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Great Holiday Gifts for Adults and Kids!

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Chronicle Books

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Friday Black The Collector’s Apprentice: How to Be a Good Creature: A Bibliophile: Now & Again: Go-To Recipes,
by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah A Novel by B.A. Shapiro Memoir in Thirteen Animals An Illustrated Miscellany Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas
by National Book Award finalist by Jane Mount for Reinventing Leftovers
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Women Who Write The Tales of Beedle the Bard: Mary Poppins
Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook The Assassination of The Illustrated Edition
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Holiday Gift Guide A Note From
Winter 2018 The Editor
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Because It’s Really Production Coordinator,
Warm Hands, Warm Most likely you will feel that
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Puzzling Ideas (But Pleasing) with Less. Or perhaps the theme
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Cooking Up Some Love
In The Kitchen
By Cynthia Hochswender

f your loved one shows that happier to eat meals with me
he or she loves you by cook- now that I own a digital meat
ing wonderful things in the thermometer. After a lifetime
kitchen, perhaps a perfect holi- of serving overcooked, dried out
day gift is a very special kitchen meat I now serve tender, perfect-
tool that shows you appreciate ly cooked meat.
the effort he or she is making on I’ve been extremely happy
your behalf. with my Lavatools PT12 Javelin
Some of these ideas are ex- Digital Instant Read Meat Ther-
pensive but most of them are in mometer, which I bought on
the $25 range. You can put them Amazon for $25.
together in a gift basket for maxi- Anne Day is the editor of our
mum splash; or wrap them up Compass Arts and Entertain-
with some nice ribbon or make ment section. In addition to be-
them into stocking stuffers. ing breathtakingly stylish, she’s
There are several good cook- also a very talented cook.
ware shops in the area; there’s a “My absolute fav thing in the
Compass Arts and Entertainment Editor Anne Day loves citrus list at the end of this article. kitchen is my lime squeezer,
in all its forms. She recommends handheld citrus squeezers Let’s begin with me. My first purchased in Mexico,” she
as a stocking stuffer for anyone who likes to cook or anyone friends and family are much said. “We lost it in the fire when
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our house burned. A friend got sous vide cooking. She doesn’t
me three more, in different use it for everything, but she es-
sizes: key lime, regular lime and pecially likes it for steak, chicken,
lemon. It’s the best invention fish and eggs (which sounds like
ever. Until recently you couldn’t almost everything). Sous vide
get them in the U.S. Now they cooking involves inserting a
have them but they are painted, wand into your cooking pot full
and the paint peels. The best of water; the food is in a sealed
ones are the grayish ones that are plastic bag. She recommends the
anodized aluminum.” brand called Joule and suggests
One you might try is the Bel- you go to to
lemain Premium Quality Stain- see a sous vide video.
less Steel Lemon Squeezer with Bruce Weinstein of Colebrook,
Silicone Handles, priced from Conn., is the chef in a famous
$29 to $34. That’s a bit expensive and prolific cookbook-creating
for such a simple item but that’s duo with his partner, Mark Scar-
what makes this a good gift. If it brough.
weren’t a luxury, you’d just buy it “I will say that there is one
for yourself. thing (can we call it a gadget?)
Karen Reich of North Ca- that I will never be caught with-
naan, Conn., Wendy Weinberg out: butcher’s twine, because
of Cornwall, Conn., and Sherri it’s so perfect for tying more than
Gorelick of Southfield, Mass., are just roasts — and let’s say that ev-
all friends and are all stunningly eryone should tie their roasts to
good cooks. keep them compact; so they hold
Karen’s favorite kitchen their shape and don’t fall apart;
product: “My immersion hand and so they cook evenly.
blender, hands down [no pun “It’s also good for tying up
intended there]. I’ve only used bundles of herbs — and even
one brand but they should all be presents, if you’re out of ribbon.”
similar. Amazing for soups and He recommends Tenn Well
sauces, and they eliminate a lot Bakers Twine, three-ply; 109
of mess! yards of food-safe cotton cooking
“I also like the square plastic string costs a little over $7.
cutting boards, which I use to “I also love my giant ice cube
protect my limestone counter. I trays,” Weinstein said. “We all
put them in the dishwasher daily. have ice makers in our freez- Celebrates their 1st Holiday Season in their
Don’t dishwash your hand blend- ers and they all make the same
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Her former baking partner, make eight cubes. Designer Fashion – New and Vintage
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She’s also a recent convert to Continued on page 6
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Continued from page 5

chicken skin and fat, slice up breakfast — but my real work-
scallions, open all sorts of pack- horse is an Epicurean nonslip
aging — so much easier than a antimicrobial cutting board.”
knife in so many circumstances.” Depending on what size and
So much less dangerous than where you get them from, the
a knife in so many circumstances Epicurean boards run about $25
too, IMO. to $30.
Careful readers of The Lake- Like several of the cooks
ville Journal’s Health page will polled for this article, Tina said,
recognize my friend Tina Scoc- “The thing I use most in the
colo Steiner, who lives in Seattle, kitchen is my 7-inch chef’s knife
Wash., and is a great cook in her from Henckel with the divots,
own right but is also the daugh- the one that’s called a santoku.
ter of a world-class purveyor of No one else is allowed to touch
Mama-style Italian cuisine. my santoku knife — I mean NO
Tina recommends “a pastry ONE!”
scraper for sure.” Look for the I don’t have one of these yet,
one from OXO, sold at most Big in part because I have so many
Box stores and some grocery knives I can’t really justify buy-
PHOTOS BY CAITLIN HANLON stores for about $10. ing more; and in part because
Cookbook author Bruce Weinstein says one thing he won’t be caught “Cutting boards for every- I’m not sure which one to get.
without in the kitchen is butcher’s twine. It’s not a conventional day use, plastic and square for Prices vary widely, even within
holiday gift ... but it can be used to tie packages in a pinch! quick cutting, like an apple for the Henckel’s line.

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If you’re unsure and want recently had a 7-inch Wüsthof
expert advice, you can of course santoku knife in the Urban
ask at a good chef’s shop. Another Farmer line selling for $100,
idea is to talk to an expert knife down from the suggested price
sharpener. I asked Bruce Ber- of $125.
tram from Sakura Sharpening And by the way, getting all
why the santoku is so special. He your loved one’s knives sharp-
explained that the dimples aren’t ened is a very good gift; it can be
serrations, “they are reliefs. They expensive but boy is it worth it.
help to keep food from sticking The only trouble is that once you
to the blade.” start doing it, you will feel the
“For a holiday gift idea,” he need to do it several times a year.
said, “Wüsthof has come out with You can find Sakura at www.
a new line of knives called Urban Bruce
Farmer. Beautiful knives, great and his wife, Ruth, are in Kent,
steel. They’re meant to be attrac- Conn., several times a year; check
tive to people who grow their their website for dates when you
own food in their home gardens. can drop off your cutlery (and
I own three and plan to buy more. tools).
They are very reasonably priced, The sculptor Henry Klimowicz
from Millerton, N.Y., loves his Pastry scrapers are an invaluable kitchen tool and can be used for
for Wüsthof.”
scraping pastry off cutting boards and countertops, for slicing pastry
They seem to be sold mainly or cookie dough, for chopping herbs and nuts and myriad other tasks.
through Williams Sonoma, which Continued on page 8 They’re inexpensive and an excellent gift for a serious baker.

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Continued from page 7

santoku knife — “and also the unflipping the crust back into a
mandoline, which is a cool tool full circle.”
but is dangerous.” Mandolines He loves his gravy and fat
are used to make very thin, very separator. Try the one from Von-
even slices from vegetables. You dior, which is expensive enough
can get pretty good and pretty at $19 to make it a good gift.
inexpensive ones these days, es- Painter Tom Goldenberg of
pecially the ones from Japanese Sharon, Conn., who is possibly
manufacturers. the most talented home cook I
If you get a mandoline, think know and that’s saying some-
about also getting a pair of no- thing, says the most-loved tool
cut chef’s safety gloves, such in his kitchen is a hand grater
as the ones from NoCry. They for cheese and nutmeg. You
cost between $10 and $13 and you can get a fairly unfussy inexpen-
can get them on Amazon or at sive one at most grocery stores
Walmart. and cook shops, or you can get
Henry also likes spatulas, a fancier microplane grater (I
“the metal flat ones for apply- use my microplane grater from
ing frosting on cakes and the Guido’s in Great Barrington at
largest one for pie crust, first for least three times a week, for
What better way to tell someone you think he or she is worth their salt flipping the full circle in half cheese and for making lemon
than with a gift of the expensive (but so worth it) fleur de sel from Brittany, and then for moving the flipped- zest).
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You can buy small packs of ande, 2.2 pounds for $10.44 at
fleur de sel in good-looking pack- Amazon. Note: It’s less expensive
ages, usually for about $10 to $15 than some other salts because
a pop; try Bizalion’s Fine Food in it’s coarse; but, as noted, I think Celebrating 25 years in business
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salads and sandwiches (the 2 pounds for $11.95 at Amazon.
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A Truly Novel Idea For A Holiday Gift
By Divya Symmers

nyone who watched “The cal fiction, romantic stories and, was 21. three. Outlander came in sec-
Great American Read” on according to PBS, “books that Books as a competitive sport! ond, no doubt nudged by the
PBS, an eight-part series represent the human experi- Online viewers confessed to popular Starz series based on
that revealed the country’s 100 ence told from a diverse range becoming misty-eyed. Diana Gabaldon’s steamy time-
best-loved novels (from a sur- of perspectives.” “Anne of Green Gables,” 11; travel adventures.
vey of more than 7,000 people) With the kind of fanfare “Jane Eyre,” 10; The Chronicles So, there you have it. Harper
and wrapped up with the usually reserved for winners of of Narnia series, nine; “Little Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is
most-loved of all announced to reality game shows, moderator Women,” eight; “Charlotte’s officially America’s best-loved
an enthusiastic live audience, Meredith Vieira hosted the final Web,” seven; “Gone with the novel, having started out as
could be forgiven for feeling results of public voting on Oct. Wind,” six. number one on the first show,
suddenly optimistic about our 23, as the audience cheered for As each top five finalist was and never wavering.
uneasy land. “Moby-Dick” and “Frankenstein” announced, there were cas- Each of the hundred books
As literary and other luminar- and “The Sun Also Rises.” None cades of applause: “Pride and mentioned was one that, if
ies joined in discussing their fa- of these were in the top 10 or Prejudice,” the Lord of the Rings you’d read it, you wanted to
vorites, this stimulating weekly even 20. series, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” read it again. And if you hadn’t,
show brought fiction from “The Catcher in the Rye” by the Harry Potter series, and the you wanted to. And that, of
as far back as the 1600s (“Don J.D. Salinger and “Great Expecta- Outlander novels (my mom, a course, was the whole point of
Quixote”) into your living room tions” by Charles Dickens were huge though secret fan, would this ingenious multi-platform
in a whole new way. There were 30 and 29. “The Color Purple” by have been thrilled), with the production (which includes an
20th-century American classics, Alice Walker was 27. “The Stand” Lord of the Rings series coming eponymous book of its own): to
thrillers, young adult novels, by Stephen King was 24. Emily in at five, “Pride and Prejudice” get people reading and discuss-
sci-fi/fantasy, adventure, histori- Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” number four, Harry Potter, ing books.

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It worked! existing neural pathways in the
An estimated 2.2 million brain to life … creates new syn-
books are published around opses and improves short-term
the world each year, including memory.”
fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Other studies suggest that
Yet, in an era of diminished reading fiction helps with
attention spans, literary fic- depression and insomnia, en-
tion — the category “To Kill a hances empathy — even reduces
Mockingbird”falls under — is by stress and the possibility of
many accounts struggling, mak- developing Alzheimer’s. Accord-
ing “The Great American Read” ing to a 2016 report in The New
a potential godsend for contem- York Times, “Book readers lived
porary novelists. an average of almost two years
And while e-books hold a longer than those who did not
place in peripatetic readers’ read at all.” (Worth noting: a
digital hearts, actual printed similar, though weaker, correla-
books are not only still popular tion exists among readers of
but also better for your health, newspapers.)
say experts. Novels are the most For those of us who prefer
beneficial, and a great novel — spending humid summer after-
think Kate Atkinson’s “Life After noons curled up by a fan with a PHOTO BY CYNTHIA HOCHSWENDER
Life” — is even better. novel, this is fantastic news. We Sometimes the best part of shopping for book gifts is that you get to sit in a com-
When you’re reading a detec- might not be out playing tennis, fy chair at a lovely bookstore (the one in the photo, above, is Book Loft in Great
tive story or historical novel or but we’re exercising our brains. Barrington) and take just a wee break from the rigors of the holiday season.
contemporary bildungsroman, What could be a better holiday
it turns out that keeping track gift this year than one of Ameri-
of characters and plots “brings ca’s 100 best-loved books?

In the Tri-state region, • “The Latecomers” by
when you talk about “shop- Helen Klein Ross
ping local” for books for
holiday gifts, you don’t only
• “Twentieth-Century Boy”
mean that you’re buying by Duncan Hannah
from a bookstore in the area. • Any of the many cook-
It also often means that
books by Bruce Wein-
you’re buying a new title by
stein and Mark Scar-
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There’s Only One
‘I’ In Christmas
By Alexander Wilburn

ith social progress, the Lose it at the bottom of your
definition of family is bag. Leave it behind in a coffee
changing. That means shop. It’s your investment piece,
you are free to define “family” and no one will ever suspect, or
in any way you like, with defini- know, or care what you do with
tions like: a burden, expensive, it.
or just ungrateful a bit de trop. • Rinse and Repeat Candle by
This Christmas, it’s important to Snowe, natural soy candle, $30.
ask yourself, “Am I buying this Tastemaker Candle by Snowe,
gift as a show of appreciation natural soy candle, $30.
for the affection and care the Scented candles are your
recipient has shown me in the way of playing God. You can’t
last year? Or is this a monetary control other people, but you
chore that I have to perform can control the flavor in the air
simply because I bought them a of any given room. Why just
gift last year?” have a bathroom, why just have
Break the cycle of feeling a shower, when you can burn
badly that comes with spend- a Rinse and Repeat Candle by
ing money you don’t have on Snowe that claims to make your ILLUSTRATION BY ALEXANDER WILBURN

people whom you might feel, in bathroom smell like a spa — that
your heart, don’t deserve your is, like steam and water and
largesse. soap. Or Snowe’s Tastemaker
Instead, remember this: Candle, made for your kitchen,
Sometimes, the person who which smells like lemons, as It’s the holiday season. You’ve worked hard all year,
loves you best and whom you if you had just cleaned your you’ve knocked yourself out finding gifts for family
love the best is yourself. And kitchen with lemon soap, even and friends. You deserve a little something special,
while you can’t totally get away if you didn’t. But imagine if you too. Go ahead. Indulge. Enjoy.
with not buying gifts for friends did.
and family, you should show •Labradoodle puppy, roughly
yourself a little love, too. Do it $2,000 not including vaccina-
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these. ing? agree with you, not because day season.
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Comfort Object, made from re- friends will eventually disap- speak — they can — but because your frigid body with a blanket
purposed vintage Hermès silk, point you with their political they’ll only be able to absorb — a white faux-fur throw ap-
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What could be more deli- have any political opinions? iPad screens not yet tailored for the White Witch from C.S. Lewis’
ciously selfish, more in the Puppies. Which means you can canine paws, your new puppy British children’s classic Narnia
spirit of “just for me and no one project any kind of divisive will have to trust that the care- series. When she wasn’t turning
else” than a scrunchie that only ideology you want onto your fully curated daily news you foe and loyal follower alike into
you know costs $150? new, sprightly, four-legged consume must be the whole stone, the White Witch ruled
Comfort Object is a Danish companion, whether you’re a truth. over her frosty kingdom, mak-
company that has rebranded feminist Marxist, a moderate-in- • Jadis Snow Throw by East- ing sure it was always winter in
the 1980s scrunchie as the 2010s name looking to avoid the civic ern Accents, handcrafted faux Narnia and (more to the point)
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Feeling The Pull Of

Outdoor Field Sports


O By Lans Christensen


heasant, quail or clay length zipper for in-out ease,
pigeon — no matter and they are fully leather
Holiday Shopping! which games you prefer, lined.
Your backyard birding store Books • Journals here are some gift ideas for This shop also carries an
lovers of those sports and for extensive clothing selection
filled with great gifts Puzzles • Games all fans of the well-dressed highlighted by the Schoffel
for garden, outdoor and so much more
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Here in our corner of the the Ptarmigan field coat;
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Greeting Cards to have the British Sporting Gore-Tex shooting coat — but
Arms shop in Millbrook, N.Y. don’t just wear it for shoot-
Expertly owned and oper- ing; wear it anytime, any-
ated by Charles and Margaret where.
ATING 4 Y Schneible, this is literally a Just in case you’re buying
L one-stop shop for every sport- yourself a gift, check out a


1976 201 ing gift idea. magnificent James Purdey
783 South Main Street To pick just a highlight or side-by-side gun.
Great Barrington, MA 01230 two: Look at the incompa- The shop’s website is www.
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to GRITS is a great idea. GRITS no farther than the acclaimed a
stands for “girls really into shoot- portrait artist Paul Chinelli, now c
ing” and aptly describes this specializing in dogs and horses.
growing organization that is, its Chinelli produces 16-by-20 life-
members say, “tightly bound by sized pencil portraits and spends
friendship, support and camara- more than 100 hours in their
derie.” Rule no. 1 at their events is creation.
“no scorekeeping.” He has an uncanny ability
With the pressure of competi- to capture the very heart, soul
tion removed, the focus is on fun, and personality of each subject.
socializing and sharing a mutual He schedules a photo portrait
love of the game. Information session with the animal — if you
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with a beautiful portrait. Look Continued on page 16 gear can be found at British Sporting Arms.

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…outdoor field sports
Continued from page 15

Mossy Pond Retrievers has into the outdoor companion
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Giving The Gift That Goes Away
By Debra A. Aleksinas

ometimes, the best gifts Consider giving the gift of These easy-to-grow cuties re- installation, King said.
are not those that last life: houseplants or floral ar- quire no soil, only a good soak- Custom gift baskets are
forever — especially if you, rangements. Even minimalists ing once a week and periodic also popular, and appreciated,
or a loved one, are downsiz- enjoy being surrounded by misting, said King. when it comes to giving. For
ing, minimalizing or just don’t the beauty and elegance of live “They get their nutrients instance, at Nodine’s Smoke-
want an avalanche of useless plants and flowers. They bring through the air.” house in Goshen, Conn., Heath-
or duplicate “stuff” piling up life to their surroundings, Other popular plants for er Desmond said she has seen
around you. freshen the air, and help keep gifting include African violets, customers come in and spend
There are still many options the winter blues at bay. colorful croton, the Chinese hundreds of dollars to make
for gift giving that may require Houseplants during the holi- money plant (or pilea), suc- a gift basket containing the
a little more creativity, but will days needn’t be limited to the culents, cacti and miniature family-owned smokehouse’s
likely be appreciated and put to traditional poinsettias, paper bonsai trees. Kent Greenhouse most popular items. “Jams,
good use. whites or amaryllis. At Kent has gift certificates perfect for smoked meat, cheese, bacon,
For instance, organic soaps Greenhouse & Gardens in Kent, allowing the receiver to choose jerky, barbecue sauce, they all
and lotions, elegant candles, Conn., for instance, orchids are his or her own selection, such make great gift basket items,”
fine wine, special food gift hands down one of the most as handcrafted wreaths and she said.
baskets, dinner at a fine restau- popular plants for gift giving, garlands. You can also order a The gift of knowledge is an-
rant, or tickets for the movies said employee Audrey King. custom arrangement or home other option. There are count-
or a stage production all make “They are very elegant look-
great gifts. ing,” and come in a variety of
Or, restore a valuable pos- colors, shapes and species.
session, such as an old pocket A trend right now are little
watch or Grandfather clock spidery-looking plants called
that long ago stopped ticking, a tillandsia, or “air plants.” They
beloved family photograph, or are perfect for those who may
a treasured piece of heirloom have a brown thumb when
jewelry. it comes to caring for plants.

PHOTOS BY DEBRA A. ALEKSINAS Rachael Swift tended to a bonsai at Kent Greenhouse
Orchids are the most popular indoor plant for gift giving, & Gardens. Small plants make great gifts for homeowners
said Audrey King at Kent Greenhouse & Gardens. who are downsizing and trying to declutter.
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE, November 2018 19

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offered at schools, colleges and
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Subscription renewals, too, dog for a walk, or to get it
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to AAA, a favorite magazine, a designed to make life easier
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paper (such as The Lakeville the winter; clean out an attic;
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pering: the Litchfield Hills are offer to do shopping or driving
a haven for luxurious spas, for someone who is no longer
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Of course, the gift of your- gift from the heart can create
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Why We Love To Do Puzzles

’Tis A Puzzlement
By Cynthia Hochswender

utside it’s snowing television. I do them in win-
and you don’t want ter and summer. I do them
to leave the coziness when I should be outside
of your fireside. You’ve just hiking or inside going to the
finished the book you were gym.
reading and you don’t knit, I’m a little bit embar-
so how will you pass the rassed by my puzzle hobby,
time? Why not do a jigsaw to be honest, but I don’t
puzzle? know why. After all, most of
I don’t wait for bad weath- my friends are also puzzle
er to do jigsaws. I do them addicts.
all the time, especially when Here’s the thing: Puzzles
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or doing crossword puzzles. the board over (as might hap-
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…’tis a puzzlement
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short spurts over several days less overlap of effort.
or whether you don’t stop until Beautiful but very challenging JIGSAW PUZZLE SWAP DEC. 2
you’re finished). puzzles are sold at Provisions
Everyone agrees that Oblong at The White Hart in Salisbury, The next challenge after you out on tables that everyone
Books and Music in Millerton, Conn. find puzzles that you like is can work on. Oblong will be
N.Y., has an excellent selection of People seem drawn to the New finding ways to get rid of them here with new puzzles for sale
puzzles. Yorker magazine cover puzzles after you’ve finished them. at discount prices.
I get my puzzles often at weird from the New York Puzzle Com- To help you with that pro- If you have an excess of
off-brand kind of places, such as pany. They’re wonderful to look cess, we are holding a jigsaw puzzles, bring any that you’d
Target and Ocean State Job Lot at but diabolically difficult. puzzle swap at 1 p.m. on like to give away. If you don’t
in Torrington; it’s hit or miss but Everyone seems to have favorite Sunday, Dec. 2, at The Lakev- have any puzzles to get rid of,
sometimes you score. brands but at the end of the day, ille Journal’s new office at 64 come to the swap and help us
I always find something I like we all seem to just buy based on Route 7 North in Falls Village, get rid of ours.
at Barnes and Noble (there’s one the puzzle image, the price and Conn. (the office is about two In a perfect world, you’ll
in Kingston, N.Y., and another in the number of pieces. blocks north of the Falls Vil- email and let me know that
Danbury, Conn.), which has beau- And speaking of prices: lage Torrington Savings Bank you plan to come so we can
tiful puzzles that often feature Depending on various factors, Branch and north of the Moun- have enough refreshments
a series of book covers or movie prices for puzzles can range from tainside Cafe). available for everyone: cynthi-
posters. These are excellent to do about $6 to an average of about We will have several puzzles
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SINCE still printing When Life Gives You
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Lemons (And Oranges),
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I t should come as no store in the Tri-state region).
surprise to you that the Put little stickers on your
holiday season will come jars that indicate what
around again next year month and year you pre-
(despite our concerns about served the fruit. And then
politics and climate change). stick them away in a cool,
Therefore, it’s not too early dark spot until next year.
to begin thinking about gifts When you take them
we can make and give in out, you should have a re-
December 2019. ally thick, syrupy delicious
The British are famous for orange-flavored vinegar. You
the puddings that they bake can either gift it in a large jar,
a year in advance and then al- with the oranges intact, or
low to sit, wrapped in cheese- you can strain out the or-
cloth and doused with strong anges and any debris and just
liquor, until the next year’s give small jars of orange vin-
Christmas. Well, I don’t know egar, preferably with a pretty
if this is still a thing but you label that you can make on
see it all the time on BBC your computer and print out.
period dramas and murder How, you might ask, can
mysteries. you leave fruit in a cupboard
NORTH EAST The point is, though, that
you can start now to make
for 12 months? You can do it
because vinegar is a natural
some gifts that you can put preservative, that’s how.
MUFFLER INC. away in a dark cupboard and
distribute in 12 months.
Please, however, do use
common sense. If the orang-
I apologize in advance to es in your vinegar start to get
Seasons Greetings all of you who loathe receiv-
ing homemade gifts. But I
moldy, throw them out. If the
vinegar smells bad (it should
swear to you that this one is smell like orange nectar)
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cooks or who even just eats Sometimes, if you have
7LUHV‡%UDNHV‡0XIÁHUV salad will like it. a lot of pectin in your fruit,
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oranges are super abundant probably won’t want to give
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Add Some Wind To Deserving Sails
By Leila Hawken

he avalanche of fundrais- where a smile has greeted you. said recently that the upcoming where you can see the impact in
ing appeals is never-end- You’ve seen those volunteers changes to the tax laws remain your community; and you raise
ing, at least at this time of helping you or helping others. an unknown, and that charities spirits immeasurably when the
year. The requests would have And they do it on a tight shoe- do not yet know the impact. local organization receives your
you give to a long list of highly string budget. You know who Her experience supports donation. They will probably
worthy causes, across the na- they are. They are your neigh- the notion that the majority of know you already, and doubly
tion and abroad. bors. small donors are not giving so appreciate your gesture of gen-
But, how about a different If you tend to itemize your they can earn a tax deduction erosity. You could even include
approach, one that takes your federal taxes, then your dona- anyway. Rather, they are mo- a note of thanks.
charitable donation and gives it tion to a tax-exempt organiza- tivated by a personal sense of Consider your community
to a local organization. tion may be deductible. If you kindness, caring and personal and what has improved your
Throughout the year you don’t itemize, and your dona- responsibility, and because it life here within the past year.
might have been aware of tions tend to be on the small feels so good to support a small This article is not to tell you
the community-based service side (that’s true of most of us), organization directly. which local organization to sup-
organizations whose volunteer then you can simply donate and Don’t think of squeezing port; it is a reminder that every
members have either helped use the standard deduction. your purse or wallet. Just give local organization can use some
you or perhaps one of your Sheila O’Connor, New York until the amount you are donat- wind in its sails.
neighbors. You have used the City’s regional director for the ing feels good to you. The smaller the organiza-
library, or the visiting nurses, or Combined Federal Campaign, Small donors make a mighty tion, the more good you will do.
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Having Fun During The
Holidays With Children
By Cynthia Hochswender

uying holiday gifts for like ponies and princesses. This
children is a snap if you is not always true but it often is
live with those children. true.
That’s one great thing about All children, as far as I can tell,
kids; they rarely leave you in the like plush toys — the bigger the
dark about what they want. better.
It’s a little harder if you don’t Gems and shiny rocks also
live with that child. You can of seem to appeal to a large sector
course ask the parents; but that of youngsters. In my experience,
feels like cheating and, honestly, young ladies are drawn to well-
we often shop at the last minute shined rocks that have mystical
for that gift for a youthful rela- qualities; young gents seem
tive or the children of a friend. to prefer big, gnarly, colorful
All children, of course, are crystals. You can find both types
different. But almost all kids like at Crystal Essence on Railroad
certain things. For young boys, Street in Great Barrington, Mass.
you can’t really go too wrong Across the road from Crystal
All children love to decorate objects, using stickers or, better still, with a toy that has four wheels Essence is another intrigu-
rubber stamps, such as these handsome sets from JWS Art Supplies in on it; most young girls really ing source of holiday gifts for
Great Barrington. Be sure to also buy some different-colored ink pads.

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Think about buying a child a gift of a hobby or
activity that you love — and then take the time
to introduce him or her to that hobby. In the end,
with rare exceptions, what children really want
is for you to take the time to talk with them and
listen (really listen) to their answers.

youngsters: JWS Art Supplies.
In my experience, nearly
all young children and many
pre-teens really enjoy drawing
pictures and decorating things.
They particularly like to get
sheets of stickers that they can
patiently wait for their lips to
stop moving. They want to con-
nect to you; they are, after all,
human beings even if it some-
times doesn’t seem that way.
And like adult human beings,
they don’t always know the
WINE The Ideal
put all over construction paper best way to ask you to connect
or on the pages of those little
notebooks you can buy that
allow them to peel the stick-
to them. If you try to get them
to tell you what special activity
they’d like to do with you, you’ll
ers back off and move them probably get a blank stare.
They like rubber stamps,
for the same reason. JWS has a
So, be a little selfish for a mo-
ment, and think about some-
thing you really enjoy — and
With our splendid selection of high-
particularly handsome supply then see if you can figure out a
quality, independent and artisinal wine
of rubber stamp kits, and lots of way to truly include a child in and spirits producers, Little Gates is
pretty colored inks. The stamp
kits run about $14, the inks are
your hobby.
Most people know that Lake-
the perfect place for all your gift-giving
$6. ville Journal reporter Patrick L. needs. Gifts for friends, family and all
You can also find less sophis-
ticated stamp sets at places
Sullivan loves to fly-fish. What
many people don’t know is that
the special people in your life.
such as Marshalls in Great Bar- he’s very generous about tak- Including yourself !
rington (which had a Disney ing his young cousins out and

princess set on a recent week- introducing them to the sport.
day). There are millions of fun
As for sticker sets, you can
buy them almost anywhere, in-
kitchen gifts you can get a child.
If you love to cook, you might
Phone orders. Wrapping. Local delivery
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Sticker sets tend to be kind of
small, so wrap them in a froth
of colored tissue paper and pop
or beef stew — but pretty much
any child will enjoy making a
pizza with you, especially if he
them into a colorful gift bag, for or she can choose the toppings
maximum fun and excitement. (he or she can even make pic-
Those are all fairly easy and tures with the toppings on the
obvious ideas. Here’s one that’s dough).
harder but potentially more fun Or perhaps you and the
and more memorable for ev- young giftee can find photos
eryone: For the most part, what online of elaborate Japanese
children really want is for you bento boxes and then try to
to pay attention to them and lis- make some yourselves. You can
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…holidays with children
Continued from page 31

don’t require any ingredients about what got you excited
more exotic than a hot dog, about stamps — and you can
some rice, some grapes and listen to them tell you what they
maybe a cherry tomato or two. see that they like. Maybe they
And of course: cupcakes. like the colors. Maybe they like
Again, the child will especially the orderliness of the sheets of
enjoy decorating the tops. stamps and coins. Maybe they
With all these decorate-it- like the pictures of flowers or
yourself projects, by the way, cats or planes. Maybe they want
be sure (very very sure) that to know who the people are in
you do not correct or direct the the pictures and why they got
decorating. It doesn’t matter if put on a stamp.
the decoration is gloppy and it Some kids will be too bouncy
doesn’t matter if the child stays to sit and look at a collection
inside the lines while coloring of something. The same is true
in a coloring book. These things for many adults. How about a
will come with time; you’re not walk in the woods instead of a
teaching artistic perfection, you quiet afternoon, or a sledding
are allowing a child to express trip where you actually get on
PHOTOS BY CYNTHIA HOCHSWENDER himself or herself while doing the sled and go flying down the
Children seem inexorably attracted to rocks, crystals and gems. Boys tend an activity with you. hill yourself? When was the last
to like crustier, gnarlier versions; girls seem to like shiny small ones that If you’re a stamp collector or time you had that kind of fun
promise mystical powers. Crystal Essence in Great Barrington, Mass., sells
a coin collector, don’t just buy outdoors, really?
both types.
a kit and walk away. Obviously, And then when you’re done:
this isn’t going to work with Go to the kitchen and make
all children but certainly there cocoa together. Decorate your
are some who will be able to sit mugs with stickers. Eat cup-
quietly with you for a half hour cakes you’ve embellished your-
and look through your collec- self. Be a kid. With a kid. Have
tion. You can tell them stories fun.

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Beware The Beautiful
By Cynthia Hochswender

his falls under the cat- Park your car well off the road
egory of “don’t try this at and on the grassy shoulder. And
home.” At various places in be extremely careful that you
this issue you will see seasonal don’t step or stumble onto the
plants that are lovely and deco- road.
rative that were collected from 2) Most people don’t have bit-
roadsides in the area. tersweet because they planted
They look great but you need it themselves; nonetheless, you
to be very careful about forag- should be sensitive about cut-
ing for holiday greens (and ting vines that are close to or
reds). And yes, after I scold you visible from somebody’s house
pre-emptively, I will share some (unless of course it’s your own
background on what plants we house).
used in these photos and where 3) As noted, bittersweet is a
you can find some of your own. super invasive so you want to be
First, some plants are very very careful about letting those
abundant and one reason why lovely but evil red berries get
is that they are highly invasive loose and embed themselves in
and, if allowed to, will take the ground. PHOTO BY CAITLIN HANLON

There’s no reason why you can’t forage for holiday-season
over your yard and your neigh- Bittersweet spreads by its
greens and berries (such as the invasive bittersweet, above)
bor’s yard and then some. The vines, above and below ground; as long as you follow a few commonsense guidelines.
yellow-husked red berries of the but it also spreads through the
bittersweet vine fall into this berries. You need to be very
category. careful that you don’t disperse
It’s not hard to find bitter- the fruit while you’re collecting
sweet along the roads of the your vines or when you dispose
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you want to cut some and bring day season. Make sure you wrap
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…beautiful bittersweet
Continued from page 33

yard or your compost. overgrown and unruly; that usu-
The other plants featured ally indicates that no one feels a
in these photos are relatively sense of ownership over them.
benign but you still need to be And be very careful, not only
conscious of the cardinal rules of cars passing by but also of the
of foraging (for decorative items possibility that you’re going to
in autumn and winter or for step into a hole in the ground
edible items in spring and sum- and hurt yourself.
mer). Be aware that someone If I’ve managed to take all the
owns all the land around you; fun out of foraging for holiday
sometimes it’s a private land- plants, here’s an alternative
owner, sometimes it’s a land idea: Every year the students
trust, sometimes it’s the town in the agricultural education PHOTO BY CAITLIN HANLON

or the state or a school. Use program at Housatonic Valley These holiday-spirited decorations were made with plants foraged
common sense when you pull Regional High School run a holi- in the wild. They are, from left, winterberry, moss and a fern
out your clippers; don’t collect day store on the south side of sharing basket space with moss and a fir twig.
greens when there is a house the campus on Warren Turnpike
right there. Don’t block any- Road, off Route 7 in Falls Village. non-green items such as Cabot grams (which is an educational
one’s driveway. Don’t be indig- The store is open from Sat- cheese made with milk from program for students interested
nant if someone asks you what urday, Dec. 1, to Friday, Dec. 21, area dairies, local maple syrup, in farming and the environ-
you’re doing, be apologetic. The from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven handmade tree stands and ment) and the store helps teach
safest thing is to keep an eye out days a week. You can buy trees, more). them useful skills such as ac-
for patches of plants that are wreaths and poinsettias (and Proceeds support FFA pro- counting and sales.
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