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Jessie Raymond: Taking a trip down memory lane with old pals

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Jessie Raymond



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Last weekend, while back in my hometown for a family gathering, I caught up with a couple of old friends. This year, the emphasis was on “old.”

At 51, I’m in good health. I don’t have a fear of aging (although those “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercials are starting to make me a little uncomfortable).

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Jessie Raymond: Triggering euphoria is no science

Posted on February 28, 2019 |
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Listen to this: scritch, scritch, scritch; tap, tap, tap; tick, tick, tick.

Do those sounds give you chills? If they were actual ASMR triggers, they might.

Let me explain.

The first time I heard the phrase “ASMR trigger,” I frowned; I thought that only kicked in once I had met my deductible. As it turns out, ASMR has nothing to do with insurance. It stands for “autonomous sensory meridian response,” and all the cool people are looking to have theirs triggered.

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Jessie Raymond: Fear, self-doubt and a kitchen easel

Posted on February 14, 2019 |
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I’ve always heard the phrase “tortured artist,” but I never quite understood what it meant until now.

I just finished my first painting.

Unlike many artists, who I assume express themselves to work out inner turmoil, I just needed something big to hang on the blank wall over our bed.

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Jessie Raymond: No bag limit on bagels this season

Posted on January 31, 2019 |
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At this time of year, when the temperatures drop below zero and the wind howls, I like to get my gear on and go skiing or snowshoeing, or maybe even do a little ice climbing.

I’m joking, of course.

Really, I prefer to stay inside and bake things. Lately, it’s bagels.

During the warmer months, you might consider me downright outdoorsy. I mean, not hike-the-Appalachian-Trail outdoorsy, but enough so that I have to check myself for ticks every day.

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Jessie Raymond: Dreaming of a good night's sleep

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
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Lately, I’ve been finding that I go to bed feeling pretty good but wake up needing a cup of coffee with a WD-40 chaser.

It’s time for a new mattress.

When I was younger, I could stay up late and crash anywhere — futon, recliner, floor (my back aches at the mere memory). But over the years, I’ve developed an appreciation for a good night’s sleep. And our aged mattress now does the job about as well as a pile of two-by-fours.

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Jessie Raymond: Stodgy clangers & welcome civility

Posted on January 3, 2019 |
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While browsing through Netflix over the holidays, I discovered “The Great British Baking Show.”

I’m in love.

Beaten down by the increasingly distressing onslaught of daily news, I have found this show to be the perfect escape. It’s got everything: a gentle pastoral setting, British accents, yummy-looking sweets, witty repartee and a competition so civilized that the contestants sometimes help one another. Really.

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Jessie Raymond: Taking the plunge — on puff pastry

Posted on December 20, 2018 |
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They say you’re never too old to try new things. Maybe that’s why Australian grandmother Irene O’Shea, 102, recently went skydiving to raise money for charity.

While I’m not likely to jump out of a plane — I have to drop to a crouch on tall escalators — O’Shea and I have something in common. I know the sort of thrill she must have felt falling 14,000 feet toward the earth, because this year I too (figuratively at least) have stretched my wings.

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Jessie Raymond: Christmas cookies or consequences

Posted on December 6, 2018 |
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Last year, I started my holiday baking the day after Thanksgiving. By getting an early start and pacing myself, I reasoned, I could build up a varied inventory and be able to hand out plates of goodies to all, right through Christmas.

 I bought butter and sugar by the case, sharpened my cookie cutters, generously floured every flat surface in the house and started cranking out cookies. The Keebler elves could have taken some lessons in mass production.

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Jessie Raymond: Lily the hunter plays with her prey

Posted on November 21, 2018 |
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They’re back.

The area mice have left their summer homes out in the field and have come indoors to spend the winter behind the walls of our old house. At night we can hear them rearranging their little matchbox tables and thread spool chairs.

When I think of them that way, they seem quite sweet.

Except they also sneak into our kitchen, stealing crumbs and cavorting in the drawers, nibbling on latex gloves and old wine corks. They hoard birdseed in the dishtowel drawer. Last year, they chewed through the water line that runs our icemaker.

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Jessie Raymond: Stuffing the turkey, literally this time

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
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Under normal circumstances, cooking a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is not that complicated.

Yes, putting together so many dishes can be time consuming, but roasting food isn’t that demanding a task: while things cook, you pass the time by looking for the good tablecloth and drinking wine, at least where I come from.

Some people, particularly new cooks, quake at the thought of hosting the most important meal of the year. But the menu hasn’t changed in generations.

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