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Until Sunday’s party for Super Bowl XLVIII, it’d been quite a few moons since we hosted a gathering of friends and favorites for a sporting event. (The Benoit/Gordon World Cup Fiesta of 2010 was heaven on concrete, to the tune of a million vuvuzelas…) And how...

They’re disarming, they’re emotionally satisfying, and they aren’t just for 14th-century artists anymore. We’re talking, naturally, about diptychs. Images paired for a compelling effect, the diptych is in the midst of an internet-fueled revival. And the new Plants & People photo series by Woolly Pocket is our favorite...

It’s official: One half of this blog is going back to school. I've just started my first semester of the MFA program at Warren Wilson College just outside Asheville, NC. A mountain town with a full-bodied musical presence, Asheville boasts an interesting roster of residents...

You know that feeling you get when you come in from the cold and there’s a hot toddy waiting for you, all roaring with lemony steam? It gets the heart pumping and the skin glowing. It's a feeling that lights up the darkest December sky! With...

Plants bring us bushels of joy every single day, but around this time of year our thoughts turn to the flora that terrify us. That's right: spooky plants. And we’re not just talking about the sight of our aphid-ravaged milkweed or a fast-moving touch-me-not. In honor of the...