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Lazy Sunday, Nashville Style

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Dear Kay, We all have our holiday music traditions. Growing up, my family had exactly one Christmas album, an LP that included Barbra Streisand singing “Jingle Bells”* at a speed that scared the socks off me. More palatable is a juicy, brand-new playlist curated by our favorite arbiter of all things Nashville, Betsy Hindman. Betsy has dipped into a deep, rich vein of Nashville Christmosity to cook up a playlist will get you...

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Free Recipe: Birthday Cocktail Cake

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Dear Kay, With Thanksgiving upon us, I’d like to offer up a holiday recipe that we’ve been discussing over on the Instagram. You may say: “No photo; didn’t happen.” Well, I’ve got the pix to prove it. Birthday Cocktail Cake, from Monteagle Sunday School Assembly Porch Party Recipes, out of print and out of this WORLD! (Free Bonus: Beer Cheese recipe which actually sounds damn fine.) A couple of summers ago,...

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Tidbits

Dear Ann, Wow. Wow. Wow. Your India Instagrams of sissy’s wedding are thrilling. The vibrancy of color and texture make my white Leaves of Grass shawl feel pasty by comparison. But hey, I’m a pasty person. All my people are pasty. Pasty is as pasty does. My point, and I do have one: everybody go follow @annshayne on Instagram. The hashtags #sagarmeadorwedding and #Bangalorewedding are also excellent. Here, I find myself at round 25...

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More Thread Love

Dear Ann, I have been sitting here half the evening YouTubing up sad songs suggested in the comments. Whoa. There are a lot of sad songs out there. We may need to put together a Programme of Sad YouTubes and watch them together, while sipping absinthe and keening.  We will call this event, “Tuesday.” I have also activated the Random Drawer and can report that we have our 3 winners, and I have sent them all emails. (Congratulations,...

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Lighten Up: A Month of Getting Rid of Stuff

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Dear Kay, Who kicked the plug out of the heater? I opened the door to take out the trash and it was SPICYcold. I think we broke ten degrees. These are glory days for us knitters; I’m wearing everything I ever made. It’s almost enough. A belated Happy New Year to everybody. The word for 2014 is LIGHTEN. In the interest of lightening, I decided to get rid of stuff around the house. I wanted to get rid of enough stuff that it felt like...

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SOS

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DEAR KAY GARDINER URGENT STOP REQUEST AID TO CLEAR HOUSE OF ALL CARAMEL CAKE COFFEE CAKE POUND CAKE ALMOND JOYS EAST NASHVILLE ARTISANAL CHOCOLATE FUN SIZE MISTER GOODBARS ALSO ALL FOODSTUFFS SHAPED LIKE SANTA STOP REPEAT MOST DIRE REQUEST STOP LOVE STOP ANN PS ALSO AM OVERCOME WITH FUMES OF NOSTALGIA TENDERNESS AND STARK PROOF OF BOYS GROWING UP TOO FAST STOP DAVID SHAYNE AT RIGHT WITH COUSIN DAVID PILSK AT LEFT 1996 SEVENTEEN YEARS LATER IN...

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