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70 Years of Horsing Around: The Enduring Appeal of Breyer’s Model Horses

It all started in 1950, when F.W. Woolworth commissioned the Chicago-based Breyer Molding Company to create a plastic horse statue intended to adorn a Western-themed mantel clock. Some little girls play with dolls. Others are more interested in playing with horses. And they don’t always outgrow their passion for equestrian playthings: There’s one brand of model horse that continues to be wildly collectible and highly sought-after by equine enthusiasts of all ages and budgets. In fact, millions are sold each year, along with miniature stables, trucks and trailers, bridles and saddles, blankets, fly sheets, and other horsey necessities, including fully articulated riders. While retail prices remain relatively modest, limited editions, colorway variations, test models, and customized versions can sell for...

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Wooden hexagon puzzle

Wooden hexagon puzzle This Wooden hexagon puzzle is fun for kids and adults. ORDER HERE–> Coogam Wooden Hexagon Puzzle for Kid Adults – Shape Pattern Block Tangram Brain Teaser Toy Geometry Logic IQ Game STEM Montessori Educational Gift for All Ages Challenge Geometric IQ Game: Endless possibilities for kids adults building blocks, not only limited to the instructions, but also try to figure out more solutions to make fantastic works of art. Put the pieces in and fill in the bottom plate, then you make it! Logical Learning Puzzle: 7 color and 14 pieces different shape blocks make a terrific brain puzzle. Each side measures 3.54 inch, Product size: 7.3×6.3×0.39 inch (outer frame included). Package contains a detailed instruction for...

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Rescued Queen Anne

Neglected and then damaged by fire, a historic Queen Anne house is rescued by Indiana Landmarks.DATE: 1899 LOCATION New Albany, Ind. (five miles from Louisville, Ky.) PROGRAM Completely rehabilitate a large, historic house damaged by fire, preserving and restoring elements to the full extent possible while creating meeting and office space for Indiana Landmarks and tenants. RESTORATION ARCHITECT Ronald Stiller AIA, RCS + Associates, Floyds Knobs, IN: (812) 923-1019 Now restored, the Victorian house is home to the Southern Regional Office of Indiana Landmarks. More than 125 supporters gathered for the ribbon-cutting in 2019, including members of the Kunz and Hartman families, who came from five states.The Queen Anne house was completed in 1899 for New Albany’s prominent businessman and benefactor Louis N. Hartman...

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Travel Diaries: Living It up in Luoyang

With the easing of domestic travel restrictions in China, last week, my parents, a few family friends, and I toured the city of Luoyang (洛阳) in central China, about 800 kilometers away from Beijing. Situated in Henan province, Luoyang is the second biggest city in Henan by land area and population, after the provincial capital, Zhengzhou. We soaked in history and culture, met the amazing locals, and took our minds off the gloom and doom that is the year 2020. We had an amazing time there, and it was an overall eye-opening experience. Below, I chronicle some major experiences in a little diary I kept throughout the trip. Sunday, August 23 We departed from Beijing to Luoyang in the afternoon...

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18 Ways to Break Your Cellphone Habit

Nomophobia, short for “no-mobile phobia,” is a British term coined to describe the fear of being separated from one’s cellphone. It’s not an official pathology (yet), but many can relate. Most of us persistently check texts, emails, and social media on those tiny screens. And because our phones are rarely far from view, it can feel as if we’re at their constant beck and call. When we’re deep in the throes of our obsession, it can often feel as if our phones are using us. This is a reasonable concern. We spend a shocking amount of time peering at those screens: Eighty-one percent of Americans own smartphones, and adults spend almost four hours a day looking at them. (This figure...

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