More people decorating homes for Christmas in pandemic

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) — Toilet paper turned out to be a hot commodity throughout the coronavirus pandemic, but now that the holiday season has rolled around, it seems Christmas decorations are in high demand as well. 

Amanda Pappert, a manager at Handyman Ace Hardware in Miamisburg,  said she’s seen an influx of Christmas shoppers in her store.

“We’ve really had a lot of customers coming in looking for lights and extension cords and things like

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I’m a Butterball turkey hotline expert who’s been answering wild, funny, and panicked calls from home chefs for 18 years. This year people need us more than ever.

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Phyllis Kramer in the Butterball Test Kitchen in 2013. Butterball Turkey
  • Phyllis Kramer is a Butterball Turkey Talk-Line expert based in Aurora, Illinois.

  • She’s been working for the Talk-Line during the holidays for 18 years, answering customer questions about how to choose, thaw, prepare, and cook their turkeys.

  • Over the years, Kramer says she’s gotten countless wild calls including customers who’ve asked if they can wrap their turkey in an electric blanket or slip it

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Refreshed Australian digital transformation strategy to focus on people and reusable tech

The federal government has doubled down on its plan to use public sector staff and reusable technology to usher in the digital service of the future, with a refreshed digital transformation strategy vowing to “invest in people”.

“In the next five years it is critical we continue to build on our progress and focus on developing the people capability essential to achieving digital transformation,” the Digital Transformation Strategy 2.0 discussion paper [PDF] reads.

As detailed

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Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You?

There are now businesses that sell fake people. On the website Generated.Photos, you can buy a “unique, worry-free” fake person for $2.99, or 1,000 people for $1,000. If you just need a couple of fake people — for characters in a video game, or to make your company website appear more diverse — you can get their photos for free on Adjust their likeness as needed; make them old or young or the ethnicity

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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

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How do people find you? Take your business where your customers are

Whether you have a brick-and-mortar business or are thinking of taking advantage of the big Good End or CyberMonday sales, now is the best time to be online.

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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.


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The Best Gifts For People Who Miss Going To Museums

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These gifts for art lovers are almost as good as a trip to a museum. 

These gifts for art lovers are almost as good as a trip to a museum. 

If you’ve been missing museums lately, you aren’t alone — there are tons of us who wish we could go out and see galleries.

The pandemic has changed just about anything you can think of, including making us wear masks

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‘Witches’ Movie Is Called Out For ‘Scary’ Depiction Of People with Limb Differences

Robert Zemeckis’s new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1983 children’s novel “The Witches” has been earning mixed reviews since its Oct. 22 premiere on HBO Max.

Among those who have limb differences, though, the movie has been widely panned. Organizations like the U.K.’s Reach Charity and the Paralympic Games have taken the film to task for depicting Anne Hathaway’s Grand High Witch as having distinctly different hands from what Dahl described on the page.

In a

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Disabled People Condemn ‘Witches’ For Depicting Limb Differences As ‘Scary’

Robert Zemeckis’s new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1983 children’s novel The Witches has been earning mixed reviews since its Oct. 22 premiere on HBO Max.

Among the disability community, though, the movie has been widely panned. Organizations like the U.K.’s Reach Charity and the Paralympic Games have taken the film to task for depicting Anne Hathaway’s Grand High Witch as having distinctly different hands from what Dahl described on the page.

In a statement provided

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ConversionSpree Helping People to Boost their Earnings – Press Release

Missouri – ConversionSpree, a leading US-based digital marketing agency that sells online businesses on-demand is helping people to boost their earnings through innovative digital marketing solutions by providing a money-making platform to make people’s lives easier. 

There are more than 50 business categories from which you can choose and these include health, nutrition, sports, tutorials, entertainment, finance, education, web design, and much more. See the full list at ConversionSpree official website.

Prospective users are free

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55 made in America products that people love

Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in

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How people are obsessing over results (virtually) on election night

“I think it’s going to be different,” said Kaiser, who is planning to have two computers at the ready — one to host the Zoom party and the other to refresh news sites. “The biggest problem for me will be keeping an eye on the virtual waiting room to let people in.”

Election night 2020 is already expected to be unlike any before it. The stakes are heightened, experts are concerned about disinformation campaigns spreading

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Amazon had a blowout quarter as people flocked to online shopping

Amazon said Thursday that during the three months ending September 30 its sales grew 37% compared to the same period last year, to $96.1 billion, and profit increased 197% to $6.3 billion. The results topped estimates from Wall Street analysts. They do not include Amazon’s Prime Day event, which took place October 13-14 this year after being postponed over the summer because of the pandemic.

In North America, sales grew 39%, while international sales increased

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“Technology’s been coming for black people since the beginning” says Charlene Prempeh

Exposing and tackling racism in technology is the goal of UK initiative A Vibe Called Tech. Dezeen spoke to founder Charlene Prempeh about the responsibility companies have in protecting the black community on and offline.

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Launched in 2018, A Vibe Called Tech explores the impact that technology has on black people in the UK. Prempeh’s work spans across the various forms that technology takes, from social media platforms to artificial intelligence 

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Proposition 115 limiting abortion care in Colorado would impact people like me

This November, Coloradans are being asked to close a door I was grateful to walk through four years ago. The intentionally confusing Proposition 115 would make it illegal for Colorado’s abortion providers to administer abortion care after 22 weeks, with no regard for the consequences. This would not only dictate important health decisions for Coloradans, it would also affect people like me who travel to Colorado after they are denied care in their home states.

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How People Smugglers Adapted After 39 Vietnamese Migrants Were Found Dead in a Truck

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A priest (C) officiates final rites during burial of coffins bearing the remains of Nguyen Van Hung (L) and Hoang Van Tiep (R) at a cemetery in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province on November 28, 2019. Photo: Nhac NGUYEN / AFP

Exactly one year ago on October 23, 2019, the bodies of 39 Vietnamese men, women and teenagers were found piled atop one another in a container truck at an industrial park in Essex

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Google Cloud BrandVoice: Time, Place, People: Designing The Digital Workplace

A look at the three basic design values of any digital workplace tool, according to the creators of Google Workspace.

With the growing importance of digital workplaces, enterprises and institutions everywhere are making decisions about communications tools that will affect their organizations for years.

COVID-19 hasn’t just changed the rate and scale at which we’re going digital.

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Retail sales rose in September as people kept shopping

US retail sales rose 1.9% in September, the Commerce Department reported Friday. That’s well above the 0.7% rise predicted by economists surveyed by Refinitiv. In August, retail sales grew 0.6%.

Retail sales had slumped to a seven-year low in April as coronavirus prompted stores across the country to shut their doors, though sales bounced back to pre-pandemic levels in July.

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The Best Gift Cards to Please the Pickiest People on Your Holiday List

The holiday shopping season is coming — and with it, the pressure to find gifts for your favorite and hardest-to-shop-for people. Why take wild guess and risk a regifting situation (or worse, a post-holiday return and exchange trip), when you can make it easy on both of you by getting them something they’ll actually use? Yes, we’re talking about gift cards, but it doesn’t have to be as impersonal as it sounds.

How to Choose

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How to make a family cookbook, filled with recipes from your favorite people

While the term “ambiguous loss” was coined by Pauline Boss in the 1970s, the phenomenon feels ever-present today. So many of us are suffering from the physical absence of loved ones and activities that typically fill our lives with connection. In missing the things that help us feel present, we feel untethered. Making a family cookbook, a collection of recipes by and for loved ones, is one way to combat this feeling. It’s a sure

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