Top 5 Bs: Coping Tricks for Cheer in the Time of Covid

Small comforts will help us through.

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Books and Christmas magazines, old or new, soothe the spirit. This cozy gingerbread cottage was designed by artist and baker Ollie Alpert for the December 1995 cover.
  1. Bows. Yup, like utilitarian face masks, these are essential — be they red velvet for your tree branches, or tiny, glittery ones glued to hair clips for babies, girls, teens, adults (with buns) or sweet dogs. Over the Moon is a magical children’s shop with beautiful hair bows.

Now I have to go — wish I could go sweater shopping. I check the mail basket every day for my next writing check (a few publications still send paper ones). I’m trying to earn money on Medium, but it’s hard — so far it’s $7.63 a month. So I’d better get to work on the paying essay assignment I have, about my sister and me.

Alice Garbarini Hurley was a staff writer for 15+ years at women’s magazines in New York City. Her favorite issues were the Christmas ones. She worked with gifted Brooklyn artist Ollie Alpert, the freelancer who designed enchanting gingerbread cottages, cabins, churches and barns for best-selling Good Housekeeping covers. Alice combed Ollie’s directions, right down to the tiny icing candles piped in the windows, so readers at home could copy every detail.

*Note for fans of “The Crown” (thank you, Wikipedia, and I plan to donate to the site again soon): Fair Isle (/fɛəraɪ̯l/) is a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colours. It is named after Fair Isle, one of the Shetland islands. Fair Isle knitting gained considerable popularity when the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) wore Fair Isle jumpers in public in 1921.

Magazine maven, craft coffee lover, legal guardian. Passionate about fashion and lipstick — though it may not look that way when I dash to the supermarket.

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