Archive for February, 2012

If you read old books and journals, you’ve probably noticed wintertime references to everyday activities like breaking a covering of ice in the washbasin in the morning, before you wash. Or, perhaps not quite that, but instead, say, a habit of closing off part of the house in cold weather. Actually, we did that in our house when I was growing up, and I’ve often done it since. Because it makes sense.

The Common Room shares time-tested ways of staying warm without breaking the budget.


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Denny Hartford has been focusing on World War II in his reading (both fiction and nonfiction) and shares some recommendations.

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From Ignorance to Mastery at The Common Room looks at the surprising ignorance of some folks caught in the social safety net.


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