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Growing Pains

At 24, I found myself married, pregnant and the new owner of a house in Toronto. I wallpapered, painted and salvaged old furniture. But after having grown up in a home where no one gardened (other than the marijuana plants my father grew for my mother, which were hidden between …

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Picture This

In Ruth Pettus’ painting “Coming ’Round the Mountain” (2016), an indistinct figure dashes across a trifurcated landscape. Its lack of facial features and hard outlines characterizes much of Pettus’ figurative work. “I’ve always been more interested in bodies,” Pettus, 59, explains, “so if I just put in a nose or …

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Shear Genius

“Pruning during dormancy is the most common practice,” advises the Arbor Day Foundation in its helpful gardening guide. “It results in a vigorous burst of new growth in the spring.” But be warned: Going snip-happy while it’s still too chilly can have disastrous effects. Fortunately, March is the sweet spot—bridging …

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On the Green

Nestled on the edge of Hobbit’s Glen Golf Course in Columbia in the shiny new clubhouse that most recently housed the Coho Grill, The Turn House is more than a resting place between holes. Chef Thomas Zippelli, who trained at Michelin 3-star restaurants on both coasts, has created a crave-worthy …

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Savvy Shopper: March

Gallery Girl “Collecting art doesn’t have to be daunting,” Rebecca Myers says, gesturing to her new retail space in Cross Keys. And Savvy must admit, Myers has made it easy: Her new store, formally called Rebecca Myers Collection, is a pint-sized primer on contemporary art. The showroom consists entirely of …

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Getting Warmer

“It’s not going to make you want to have sex if you don’t want to have sex,” warns Lauri Kane of Dr. Dean Kane Center for Cosmetic Surgery & MediSpa’s newish service, ThermiVa. But if a spring fling or spruced-up sex life is on your to-do list this month, the …

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A Confession Hot off the Press

I’m no Martha Stewart acolyte, praying for domestic perfection, nor do I aspire to be the next Heloise, handing out helpful household hints left and right. There are still unpacked boxes at my house from a move that occurred four-plus months ago; a pan soaks in my sink with the …

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Clever Rabbit

Julian Marucci, who grew up outside of Philadelphia, worked at the Foreman Wolf restaurant group’s Charleston and then was tapped as sous chef when FW opened Cinghiale. Within a month, Marucci took over as Cinghiale’s chef, later assuming the same role at FW’s Pazo. Recently, Marucci and David Goodman, who …

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Heating Up: March

Thai That Binds Jammed between Dooby’s and the Helmand in Mount Vernon, this hole-in-the-wall—formerly the nondescript Thairish, inviting only if office stress or booze left you craving some comforting pad thai to go—has recently upped its game under new ownership as Khun Nine Thai. The tiny space has received a …

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Divine Providence

The first weekend in October, I visited Providence, R.I., with my husband, Rick, and our 17-year-old son, Jackson. This wasn’t an all-purpose, get-to-know-a-cool-city trip, however. We were three members of a tribe I’ll call people touring colleges (PTCs), and as such, our focus was narrower: We were after the Providence …

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Field Trip: Cry Freedom

At some hazy point in the not-too-distant future, Harriet Tubman—escaped slave, Underground Railroad conductor, Civil War spy/nurse/cook—will take up residence in your wallet by giving the heave-ho to ex-President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. The federal government further honored Tubman by establishing the Harriet Tubman Underground …

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Reality Star: 8 Questions for Tom Hall

WYPR personality Tom Hall has always been a music man. His father sold records for RCA, introducing Hall to many entertainers—both in person and on the turntable—from an early age. At 13, he had already begun his career as a paid musician, and has worked in the industry ever since. …

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