I wasn’t expecting the Dukes of Hazard. Photo: DatarkNZ, Creative Commons, cc license On a misty, balmy Minnesota morning, we walked up and down a concrete forest of balsam and fraiser firs, inhaling the giddy pine fragrance. “This one,” Mark declared, pointing to a chubby fraisier fir in the second row of leaning trees. Daniel…

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Jazzy guitar and brass ring out Merry, merry, merry Christmas in a bluesy “Carol of the Bells” while Daniel and his cousin pull on winter gloves and stalk through crunchy snow. A red cape unfurls as he leaps down the stairs. The boys grab duct tape swords and fight invisible warriors in the snowy yard…

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The scissors snipped. Photo: Astrid Westvang, Creative Commons, cc license A chunk of hair slipped into the sink below, and instantly I knew. This was something best left for the ones who know: the pros who can feather and layer hair styles, not leaving a gaping column of hair, slashed off in error. Have you…

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