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Freaky Snowstorm

The news made a big story of the freak snowstorm ripping up the eastern seaboard on October 29, and here in Connecticut it was a doozy! This is the way I like to describe what happened: Hold the palm of your hand out and upward. Now, drop a big dollop of cement on it. Now, imagine you are a fully leafed tree, and multiply the weight accordingly. I went out five times that night to knock snow off my favorite trees with a long pole. The last time I ventured out, I could hear trees and branches falling everywhere around me. Everyone you spoke with afterwards used the same phrase: "Like a war zone." We could barely find our own driveway. The power died on Saturday 29th, and came back November 5th. Luckily, we took no direct hits. We have a good wood burning stove, and a well with a piggyback hand pump. Luckily too, my camera batteries were charged, and I shot this film.

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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