The Vine: March 8, 2013
I'm in search of a short story that I first remember reading in junior high (early 1980s FWIW, but I'm sure the story is much older) — we were given short stories to act out as a group, and it was the one my group got to do.
I read it again in a college literature class, I think, but it's not in the one anthology that I still have from those days.
It takes place in an old English manor house sort of setting, and a teenaged girl is given the task of entertaining some house guests, which she does by telling them about a hunting party that had set out from the house many years before and never returned, and sometimes if it was a misty night…"as it is now" (of course), you could see the ghosts of the men (and the dog with them) coming through the mist. Of course, the guests look out just in time to see the hunters returning, and run screaming off into the night, and the girl has a snarky line to end the story with.
I'd love to read it again if anyone knows what it is!
Hi Sars, I am hoping the all-knowing readership can help me find a source for good quality reuseable shopping bags.
I've been using my Minnesota Twins polypropylene totes for months (…hush, I know, I am not only a crazy hippie but one who roots for a horrific baseball team) but they are ripping out along the creases now. I got two of those plastic ones from Pier One and they both came apart at the seams after one use. Well done, Pier One. Nice to know you are not simply a source for bowls full of decorative orbs, you make supremely crappy tote bags as well. I had one large tote from Target that was fine but it melted in my car under the Texas sun.
So! What's an eco-conscious shopper to do? I was thinking Etsy might be a good source but the sheer tsunami of results you get if you search for tote bags is a tad overwhelming. Even searching for "reuseable shopping bags" brings up over 3000 items! So hopefully the Nation can help winnow the results a bit or point me at another source.
Here are the specs I'm looking for: 13x15x6" is the size of my Twins totes and that's worked pretty well for me. I wouldn't want anything smaller, a few inches bigger all around is OK but I do want to be able to carry a couple of the things fully loaded without a hernia, so.
A flat bottom is a must, preferably a square-ish shape (tote, not hobo), as well as handles that are long enough to go over a shoulder.
I don't have any preference for material except that ideally it is light enough to fold. Nylon, light canvas, etc? I'm not good with cloth types. I tend to use 2-4 of them when I shop so anything light and portable is good. If they can be in cute colors or patterns and for a reasonable price then that is perfection.
I am hoping for the $25-or-less range but I am OK with paying more for something that is awesome quality.
Help me save the earth, Nation!
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