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New Year's Ablutions

My friend Jana Martin blurbed Phoenicia Soap's Calendula Spice Shave Soap in this month's Chronogram. It's in their Well Spent section that she dubbed "The Ablution Edition." Goshawmighty I love that word: "ablution." Husband Phil purposefully misuses it (just to bother me) as a euphemism for when he heads to the john with a book. Though, as I think about it now, perhaps he is actually brainwashing in there. Given the range of scientific journals he heads to the bathroom with, it's entirely possible he's programming himself to be a robot, or botanist, or maybe a Robot Botanist. He has seemed a...

Mall of the Dead

Macy's in the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston, NY is one hundreds of stores closing in the next few months. This follows the closing of JC Penny's, leaving 2 of 4 anchor stores in our Mall. I'm sad for the workers who will be displaced by this closing. Kingston shoppers just aren't supporting big box and chain stores as they once were. Hudson Valley Mall has been off and on the Dead Malls list for years.  This change is consistent with my own shopping behavior. When I first moved here in 2006 I shopped (food, clothing, what-not) in Kingston at least...

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