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Author Ellen Stimson Shares the Tattoo that Healed Her Breast Cancer

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Welcome to Personal Ink, the monthly column where we showcase authors and their tattoos. A tattoo is more than just an image – from a message of love to an act of rebellion, there’s always some kind of meaning behind what we permanently etch into our skin. This month we’re featuring Ellen Stimson, whose tattoo commemorates her beating breast cancer. Stimson is the author of Mud Season and Good Grief, two memoirs about her family moving to Vermont and the chaos that ensues. She also has an upcoming book filled with recipes, decorations, and stories, called An Old Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for the Home and Hearth, available through Countryman Press in November. In her own words, here’s how Stimson…

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Being trendy during mud season requires more than a pair of boots

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After interviewing Ellen Stimson about her memoir Good Grief, a book detailing life in small town Vermont, we’re dying to throw on a pair of wellies and jump around in the mud. And now that it’s fall we’re even more drawn to backwoods style—there’s something about the bright leaves and crisp air that makes us want to live in cozy sweaters and awesome boots. Luckily, this fall’s fashions are all about stylish comfort, with a few sophisticated pieces thrown in. So whether you’re a city gal or more at home cleaning out a chicken coop, here are five must-have style trends this fall: Skater Dresses and Chunky Sweaters With its short flared skirt and fitted bodice, the skater dress is…

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From city dweller to Vermonter: Mud Season’s Ellen Stimson on love, humor and Good Grief

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After a family vacation to Vermont, Ellen Stimson and her family did what most of us only dream about – they packed up their lives and moved to the mountains, fantasizing about small town life, green trees and chicken coops. They certainly got the trees and the chicken coops, but they weren’t quite as prepared for the bears, massive snowstorms and the general disaster of buying a quaint country store. Luckily for the rest of us, Stimson describes all of these events and more in her two hilarious memoirs about small town life, Mud Season and Good Grief. Mud Season, released in 2013, is a fish-out-of-water tale describing what it’s actually like to move to a rural town in the…

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