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People started sending art rocks to a Texas park during the pandemic. Now it’s a wonderland of tiny paintings.

The boxes are filled with packages containing painted rocks, most of them intricate works of art, handmade and mailed from people all over the country. Since the beginning of the pandemic, people have been sending them to Penny so that he and his family can place them along the Parr Park Rock Art Trail — a mile-long public walking path that has become a wonderland of more than 4,000 art rocks.

The carefully crafted rocks are sorted by Penny and his two daughters, Sophia, 13, and Julia, 11, then loaded into the family car for a trip down the road to be placed along the trail, which is about 20 miles from Dallas.

“These aren’t just any rocks — they’re works of art,” said Penny, 44. “The other day, I had 11 big boxes to unpack in my living room. It’s incredible to see that people from all over are

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  • November 17, 2020
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If you want to sell your house next year, when should you get started?

Are you thinking about selling your house next year?

Every neighborhood is different, and markets are always subject to change. Currently, average market time is amazingly low.

The number of days on the market, known as DOM by agents, always varies due to the price range. Accurate time on the market also assumes that a seller has priced the home somewhat realistically, based on recent comparable sales and not more than 10% higher than the suggested price from three independent real estate agents.

Given that homes are selling extremely quickly, you don’t want to go on the market too soon, even if you want to ask for a “rent back after sale” to stretch your move out for personal reasons.

SAVING FOR A HOME DOWN PAYMENT WILL TAKE THIS LONG

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  • November 9, 2020
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How to get started with snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a great way to exercise while embracing the beauty of winter. It’s an activity that doesn’t require much equipment, and compared to other winter activities, it’s relatively easy to learn. Still, there can be some frustrations in starting any new sport.

Here are some tips on how to get started with snowshoeing, from purchasing the right snowshoes to selecting a good trail for beginners.

Select your snowshoes carefully

Snowshoes come in many styles, and their prices vary, too. Shopping for them can be overwhelming, whether you’re pursuing online shops or visiting an outfitter in person.

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Do any of your friends or family members have a snowshoe style or brand they’d suggest? Also, one of the best sources of information can often be the sales associate at a local outfitter. You could even call local shops by phone to ask about their

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  • November 5, 2020
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How to get started in Genshin Impact, this year’s massive F2P open-world RPG

Last year, one guy made waves by smashing his PlayStation 4 in protest of a Chinese-made game that looked strikingly similar to 2017’s hit Nintendo Switch release The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Fast forward to 2020, and it turns out that “clone” is actually pretty darn good — enough so to climb to the No. 2 spot on Twitch just below League of Legends.

It’s a completely different beast in terms of narrative, and its core systems are altered to suit the F2P Gatcha game lifestyle, so while you’re free to explore its expansive world, there may come a time when its roulette-wheel character unlocks become a costly endeavor. For the first few dozen hours, though, Genshin Impact is an immensely generous game you can play without dropping a single cent, and as any F2P ends up being, it’s complicated. Here’s how to get a

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  • October 2, 2020
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The Holiday Season Has Already Started for Nearly Half of Consumers, Thanks to Online Shopping

Retailers still preparing for the holiday season may already be losing out on business, according to new survey results from Affirm. The payments solution surveyed 2,000 Americans about their holiday shopping habits and found that half of respondents have already begun to shop online for their seasonal purchases this year.

The survey also supports recent data that has found that shoppers are increasingly purchasing on non-sale days, with big sale events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday no longer attracting as large a proportion of holiday purchases. Affirm found that seven out of 10 respondents are more likely to buy something on sale now, rather than wait for those discounted days around the Thanksgiving period.

Experts attribute this shift in part to the growing popularity of e-commerce, with shoppers increasingly likely to take advantage of convenience over savings. Additional payment tools like “buy now, pay later” or “pay in installments”

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  • September 23, 2020
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Parents Got More Time Off. Then the Backlash Started.

A Los Angeles Unified School District student uses his fingers to solve a math problem while taking an online class at Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A Los Angeles Unified School District student uses his fingers to solve a math problem while taking an online class at Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

OAKLAND, Calif. — When the coronavirus closed schools and child care centers and turned American parenthood into a multitasking nightmare, many tech companies rushed to help their employees. They used their comfortable profit margins to extend workers new benefits, including extra time off for parents to help them care for their children.

It wasn’t long before employees without children started to ask: What about us?

At a recent companywide meeting, Facebook employees repeatedly argued that work policies created in response to COVID-19 “have primarily benefited parents.” At Twitter, a fight erupted on an internal message board after a worker who didn’t have children at home accused another employee, who was taking a leave to care for

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  • September 6, 2020
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A beginner’s guide to bicycles and getting started

From the best bike worth buying to the essential safety equipment you shouldn't leave home without, this is your go-to guide to cycling: iStock
From the best bike worth buying to the essential safety equipment you shouldn’t leave home without, this is your go-to guide to cycling: iStock

If you’re feeling a little restless with your exercise regimen and want to try something new, try cycling.

Not only will it keep you fit, but it’ll also help you get the most out of your time outdoors and explore your local area.

Sam Jones from Cycling UK told The Independent: “Cycling remains one of the best in terms of safely maintaining social distancing.”

Aside from a form of exercise, as lockdown restrictions ease and people start returning to work, cycling is also being encouraged by the government as a better mode of transport – along with driving. It’s a good way to avoid coming into close contact with people as people do on buses, trains and Tubes.

As part of the government’s plans to boost

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