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A Life In Buttons

The over-sized gold button has hung above this quirky, cosy shop on a tree-lined street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for 52 years, proof that it is possible to make a living selling only buttons. Tender Buttons, named after a Gertrude Stein book about insignificant objects, has been peddling buttons since 1964 when antique restorer…

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Aspen Sans Skis

Why are you going? You don’t ski. You’ve never met the people you’ll be staying with. And you’re flying thousand of miles for the pleasure. Are you nuts, my therapist asked. Obviously, I thought. That’s why I’m sitting on this sofa facing you. Haha. Jokes aside, I will admit that I was a bit anxious…

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Viva la Vintage

Hailed as a ‘vintage clothing legend’, Irishman Oliver Harkness loves nothing more than the hunt, being on the road, whether that road leads to an auction in Ireland, a flea market in France, or a thrift store in Iowa. Scotland, Germany, Brazil, Peru and Japan are also within his trawling radar as he seeks out…

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College Trip Tips for the People Who Aren’t Going to College – the Parents

Third child, third college trip, too many information sessions and campus tours to count. I’ll take the pain of childbirth (ok, there was an epidural on constant drip) over the tedium of information sessions and campus tours any day. Yale, Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Penn and Georgetown. Must they all say essentially the same thing? Couldn’t…

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Gimme Shelter

What a difference a ferry makes. I can pledge allegiance to the flag (of which I saw many last 4th of July Weekend) that Shelter Island which lies between the North and South Forks of Long Island  really is the non-Hamptons. Yes, Shelter Island is surrounded by water and there is no convenient connecting bridge,…