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Stop and Smell the Roses

By Steven V. Philips - My Grandma, Bertha Nye Philips, was born in North Montpelier, Vermont in 1874. Her daddy owned (then) the oldest continuously run General Store in the USA , which kept on running into the late 1940s. So my great-grand-daddy was a Town Father. He had a marble bathtub, a red one. Among the Nyes’ other “prized things” was a blush-cream-pink, climbing rose, and it’s the background in many...

Kitchen Plumbing, Part II

By Steven V. Philips - Last month I revealed how well our daughter had married. Remember in the old days, when your child married a lawyer, mom and dad thought ”L-o-t-t-e-r-y”?  Even better, our child’s father-in-law is Ron, a plumber. Talk about hitting the jackpot. In February I listed my daughter’s many plumb-lucky plumbing gifts over just the past two years in their new/old house. And I even missed giving Ron...

Kitchen Sink Advice From the Plumber King

By Steven V. Philips - Our kids married well. I’d say this to guarantee their future visits to me at the Home even if not true, but they really did. Our designer son has a wife who is his lethal sales manager and a fantastic Vietnamese cook. Our daughter’s husband fosters her belief that she’s a Princess, though her subjects are small and diaper-wearing. The Princess does has a perk. Her father-in-law is a...

Best Kitchen Trends for 2014

By Marsha Fottler - Next to the master bedroom, the kitchen is the largest room in the average size American home, coming in at 300 square feet in a 2,500-square foot new home. The kitchen – unquestionably the most important gathering place in the home – takes up about 11 percent of the space in a dwelling. The kitchen is the room most often remodeled and it’s the room that usually “sells” a home to a prospective buyer. No...

Best Kitchen Tools for 2014

By Steven V. Philips - As you may have noticed, I am surrounded by Real Food People. Here and at home. So it’s very risky (ok, stupid) to be offering my  so-called wisdom about food preparation tools as I hold only a beginner’s permit, which limits me to cleaning them. But, in an attempt to advance to a higher level, I’ve rounded up several well-designed, quality tools that will improve food preparation, even at...

December Dreaming About the Yard Tools of Spring

By Steven V. Philips - As a child, of a cloistered life, I was always kept away from tools. Once uncaged, I became a toolaholic, purchasing any and many things to help Mrs. Philips in her yard work. So northern folk in Otis, while your garden lies dead and barren, I’m warning you. All of that stuff is thinking about growing again. For some of us in the South, the beets go on. And even though I’ve plowed (clever...
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