Kate Bolick “Spinster” Profile

All by myself: How single women are redefining 'spinsterhood'

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When I (Jess) was back home in Texas this summer, I picked up “Spinster” by Kate Bolick at Barnes and Noble, even though I’m not really the target audience. I’d read compelling reviews and wanted to know what the fuss was about. I ended up reading this on the plane back to London – andRead On >>

Repost: How I Landed My Two Dream Jobs

the rough path from unpaid intern to best job ever and back again

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This is the second in an ongoing series in which we interview people who have interesting jobs and get them to tell us how they landed them. They will also reveal how they handled the transition to the real world after graduation — Sometimes to find out what you really want to do with yourRead On >>

Winter Survival: Almanzo Wilder’s Apple Pie

Husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder

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There were preserves and jams and jellies and doughnuts. But best of all, Almanzo liked the spicy apple pie, with its thick, rich juice and crumbly crust. He ate two big wedges of the pie. – Farmer Boy, 1933 *The apple pie looked delicious, its homemade lard and flour crust glistening and golden. “Is this one ofRead On >>

Winter of Discontent

The Worst Thing I Ever Did (Train for a Half-Marathon in Winter)

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Here’s a post  I wrote for The Daily Telegraph about my training for my first half-marathon in Brighton, England. Don’t expect pro advice, though. I’m just hoping to finish/show up. Here’s how it’s going so far: Midway through my 3-mile run in London, my lungs and legs feel too heavy to continue and I stopRead On >>

Fumbling Etiquette

It happens to everyone

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Dear Miss Fine, What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you in a formal situation? I’d like to feel better about that time I fell over at Royal Ascot and flashed my striped underwear to the world. As you are an expert, would you be so kind as to share a fewRead On >>

An American in England

Etiquette Advice from Miss J Fine

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A tongue-in-cheek yet very important etiquette column Dear Miss J.Fine, I’m an American new to England. I know the stereotype of the loud, ugly American – but what are the lesser-known (but just as serious) faux pas that I should avoid? Does it really matter which way I pass the port? Signed, Scared of PoshRead On >>

That Time I Wrote Sex Ed Dramas

The Weirdest Job I Ever Had

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This is part of our ongoing series of the worst/weirdest jobs — I worked for this charity, a youth arts education charity in South Kilburn. I was working on a big housing estate with lots of gang activity, but also lots of kids who are misjudged and prejudiced against just because they wear urban wearRead On >>

A wonderful roasted tomato and pepper soup

Simple things to cook up

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We’re well into the transition between winter and spring. For us, daytimes are wonderfully warm in London’s elusive sunshine, but evenings can get bitingly chilly, and this soup works a treat to energize and soothe. With all the flavors of warm summer light, this soup is easy on the wallet and super healthy, too. LoversRead On >>

That Time I Was a Fashionista

The Weirdest Job I've Ever Had

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This is part of our ongoing series of the worst/weirdest jobs — When I was 14, I worked at London Fashion Week, which they do at the Natural History Museum. They have this big tent outside, so all of the big fashion designers are running around inside and all the smaller designers are outside under theRead On >>

A nomad finds her way to her lifelong passion

Connecting the dots years later

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This is the part of our ongoing series in which we interview people who have interesting jobs and get them to tell us how they landed them. They will also reveal how they handled the transition to the real world after graduation — Fiona Lee has a resume a mile long — she’s worked in publicity, marketing,Read On >>