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Two area Christmas bird counts planned for this weekend

Two area Christmas Bird Counts are taking place this weekend: the Gastonia count is Saturday, and the Southern Lake Norman count is Sunday. Participants often try to go out a few days ahead of time to scout their particular areas of the count circle. Knowing if any unusual or hard-to-find birds are hunkered down in an area can influence time allotted for birding the day’s scheduled stops. Extra time may be spent looking for that toughie that was present just a few days ago. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn’t.

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Fashion books that offer more than good looks

Fashion books usually appeal to the eye with zippy photographs, playful illustrations, arresting typefaces. But the best of them will offer something for the head and heart – a surprising point of view, thoughtful essays, a distinctive style – that makes the experience memorable. Consider these three new books: "John Galliano Unseen" (Yale University Press, $60) by Robert Fairer; "Food in Vogue" (Abrams, $75), edited by Taylor Antrim; and "Items: Is Fashion Modern?" (The Museum of Modern Art, $45) by Paola Antonelli and Michelle Millar Fisher.

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On Gardening: Bouquet dianthus reigns supreme for show and cut-flowers

This fall has been amazing for those of us who have been growing the Bouquet series of dianthus. The flower power of this dianthus is unmatched in the gardening world. I admit there was a little anxiety with the recent winter storm called Benji. Now Bouquet Purple was a Minnesota Select Perennial Plant of the Year, so we know it has excellent cold-hardiness.

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