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A spring photo of the Terrace Gardens at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Coming Up Roses: The Majesty of Sarah P. Duke Gardens

By David Pisetsky | July 10, 2019

The author is a Duke professor of medicine and immunology who has lived in Durham since the late ’70s.

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A group of multietnic students celebrating their graduation by throwing caps in the air closeup. Education, qualification and gown concept.

Make the Most of College: A Professional Organizer’s Guide

By Perri Kersh | June 26, 2019

You’ve spent all senior year preparing for this moment in time … getting ready to go to college. Your essays are done, you’ve left SAT/ACT test prep in the rearview mirror, and you’ve graduated. As a professional organizer, I know that one of the keys to success for students transitioning […]

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Stone Brothers & Byrd opened as a farm supply store in 1910

An Evergreen Business Model

By Durham Magazine | June 3, 2019

Defying time, national chain stores and the 2008 financial crisis, local garden centers have thrived by offering the right mix of expertise and customer service

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What We Love About Living in Tuscaloosa-Lakewood

By Morgan Weston | May 22, 2019

History repeats itself as this vibrant neighborhood – once billed as the Coney Island of the South – sees new businesses, cultural attractions and neighbors moving in

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Tis the Season for Shredding

By Perri Kersh | April 15, 2019

With Tax Day now behind us, it’s a perfect opportunity to rid your home of extra paper and documents that you no longer need. Let’s be honest, there is very little paper that “sparks joy” … use tax season as a reminder to clear out the file cabinet and let […]

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Clean Out Your Closet Without Regret

By Perri Kersh | March 14, 2019

In all of my years of letting go of stuff, I’ve had very few regrets. In fact, the only thing that comes to mind is a pair of beautiful elk skin cowboy boots I purchased directly from the original J. Peterman in Lexington, Kentucky. I owned them for two years […]

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Living in a Post-Kondo World

By Perri Kersh | January 23, 2019

If you, like millions of other Netflix viewers, spent part of the holiday season binge-watching “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” and have now tidied up your home, you may be sitting on piles and piles of unwanted, non-joy-sparking stuff and wondering, “What now?” Or maybe even wondering, “How did I […]

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Happy-Appy Holidays

By Perri Kersh | December 17, 2018

As the holidays approach, there is often a feeling of elated anticipation mixed with a smattering of dread. There is so much to do and only so much time. Meals to plan, parties to host, travel to arrange, gifts to buy and joy to create … it can take a […]

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The Downtown Pioneers

By Durham Magazine | October 31, 2018

Here to Stay You would be hard pressed to beat Alice Sharpe for a Durham through-and-through education. She attended W. G. Pearson Elementary and Whitted School, then Hillside High School.  After that, Duke University for undergraduate, and North Carolina Central University for graduate school. Her father was a small businessman […]

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5 Ways to Overcome the Fear of Facing Your Clutter

By Perri Kersh | September 26, 2018

“I feel frozen when facing my clutter” is a common phrase I hear from clients and friends alike. Or, “I get started, get overwhelmed and walk away.”… So the job is never done. Feeling stuck, inundated or frustrated is why many people find that organizing jobs linger and clutter sticks […]

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