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Charting the Land of Great Loneline

ss "The Castle Berg," by Herbert George, Antarctica, 1910. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. Two men squat in a small tent on the Antarctic plateau, hungrily watching their Primus stove. With no hope of rescue, they’re trying to cross more than two hundred miles of treacherous terrain to base camp before they starve to death. Members of the larger Australasian Antarctic Expedition, they’d left Hobart, Tasmania a year before, in December 1911, the Heroic Age of polar exploration. Crowds cheered, bunting flapped, and politicians made speeches. They sailed toward a barely-mapped continent, ambitiously planning to study and explore. In November 1912, after months of challenging conditions, Douglas Mawson and Xavier Mertz left the expedition’s base at Cape Denison with...

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Flat Stanley & the Praying Manti

s Illustration by Kat Morgan I knew I was middle-aged when I started to like smooth jazz. I hum along, slide $100 into a Caveman Keno machine, and sit with my legs crossed, exposing my hairy thighs like an embarrassing dad. I’m just 35, and childless, but aging parents and grandparents appear to be the casino’s target demographic. A few rounds in, I look to my left and see a little girl and her mother at a Video Poker unit. Kids aren’t allowed to hang out in casinos. The actual law forbids it. I guess Binion’s quit enforcing that one, so the rest of us have to pretend this depressing atmosphere didn’t get even sadder. The woman pokes the touchscreen,...

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Four Rules to Kid Friendly Closet Organization

A simple closet that functions well is easier for a child to maintain than a complex, overstuffed closet. We consider the closet size, items in the closet, and implement simple solutions for kid-friendly closet organization. We share our secrets with you, so you can keep your kids’ closets neat and tidy. Keeping a kid’s closet organized comes down to four considerations: 1. Size Consider the size of the closet when determining how to organize. A small closet will need to be supplemented with a chest of drawers and hooks on a wall. A large closet can actually make the extra storage furniture in a room unnecessary, as most clothing items and accessories should fit. Be real about what can fit...

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Testing the Muna and Broad Willandra Pants

Hello! This is my first time testing for Muna and Broad, which is an exclusively plus-size pattern company. Patterns go from a 40″ waist to a 60″ waist, and *get this* they will grade up a pattern for anyone beyond that largest size FOR FREE. Swoon! These are the Willandra Pants, which were released last week! They have cool curving side seams which are totally hidden in my linen/rayon slub fabric. They are elastic in the back , flat in the front and have the best fitting crotch curve I’ve ever sewn! The pattern is specifically drafted for large bodies, so I didn’t have to make my usual full-belly or full-butt adjustment. As you can see though, I’d benefit from...

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2020-04-19

If you live in a small space and you frequently update your wardrobe to stay current with your style, you may be looking for ways to declutter your closet. A well-organized closet helps save you time while you’re getting ready for your day and can help protect your clothing from unexpected damage. A systematic closet space often offers more storage space, which could come in handy for someone with limited options. Over The Door Solutions via Breeze Giannasio Utilizing an over the door pocket hanger has so many amazing uses. Use it for its suggested storage item, shoes, or roll up your leggings and be able to see each pair individually. Gloves, hats, and other small items are also great...

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