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When I first met my friend Brooke Pettyjohn in the summer of 1997, she was out on her porch painting that quintessential piece of Americana: a white picket fence. With visions of Tom Sawyer toiling in my head, I was…

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It’s the time we’ve been waiting for. Summer is the season to be outside, to let our homes extend gracefully out into our yards and onto porches, patios and decks. This year, take advantage of this extra outdoor space by making…

Roses are a little bit like celebrities. Both have a reputation for being mysterious, elusive and a little bit fussy, and yet somehow they are available everywhere—even in the grocery store checkout line. But take a closer look at this…

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In eighth grade, the girls in my middle school were required to take one year of Home Economics. The course was cleverly divided into two sections: cooking and baking the first semester, followed by sewing the second semester. Our teacher,…