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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! If you’re a parent you’re probably getting your kids into costumes and preparing to traipse around the neighborhood in search of candy you can later steal from your kids. If you are like me and still enjoying life sans children, then you’re likely watching the clock and strategizing your own Superman quick change from work wear to costumed anonymity for the evening’s festivities. My personal transition will be into a character from my childhood, a sly woman who traveled the world to appropriate valuable items for her own nefarious gain. And she did it while clad in a stylish red hat and trench coat. Do you know who I am? In further preparation for the night’s festivities, I decided

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On January 17, 1920, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States went into effect and just like that, the manufacture, transportation, exportation and sale of “intoxicating liquor” within the United States became illegal. However, this was nothing new to the citizens of North Carolina, for whom it had been a no-no since 1908. Yes, North Carolina was one of the first states to enact prohibition and it held on to prohibition for four years after the Federal repeal of prohibition in 1933. However, the fact that liquor was illegal did in no way mean that North Carolinians abstained from a tipple every now and then. Prior to the enactment of the 18th Amendment, bootleggers would cross into

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All of a sudden it seemed like strawberries were all over the grocery store. I was, understandably, excited about this and it’s possible that I overbought. I was also pretty stoked when I learned that such a thing as “Tell a Fairy Tale Day” exists. I knew immediately that I wanted my photographs for this day to be reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and it didn’t hurt that I finally got to use the ring of old fashioned keys I couldn’t help acquiring… But here’s the thing. I love stories. I love fairy tales and fables and fantasy. So to really honor the spirit of  Tell a Fairy Tale Day, I felt that I needed to write a fairy tale

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I like traditions. I like the sense of history, continuity and connection that seem inherent in most traditions. That may be partially why I went to UVA, a school chock full of secret societies, tradition, history and community. I know, I talk about UVA a lot, but that’s just how it’s going to be. Wahoowah. But I want to talk about personal traditions. I find that most of my traditions center around the holidays and even more so around food. Every Thanksgiving, for as long as I can remember, we’ve had pumpkin roll. Every Christmas morning my brother demands his traditional Christmas breakfast called Easy Cheesy. Every November I host a “Friendsgiving” and every December I host my annual “Birthmas”

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