Soon after we kicked off our Virtual Silent Auction to benefit The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund on May 21, bids began to come in for the one-of-a-kind puzzle, Guardian of the Band, by Simon Combes. When the event ended on May 23 at midnight, the 250-piece, pre-crafted, Stave Traditional puzzle, valued at $2,895, brought in a total of 17 bids and was sold to T.T. from California, USA for $3,252. We rounded the highest bid up to $3,300 and sent this full amount directly to The Ellen Fund!
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I received the most amazing gift for Christmas last year, the Oculus Quest Virtual Reality headset. I’m not a gamer but it’s for waaaayyy more than that. You can ‘hike’ in the Grand Canyon, ‘ride’ the world’s best roller coasters, and even ‘swim’ with sharks! There’s one thing though that made a huge impact on me.
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Spring has sprung here in Vermont and it feels great. We’ve got robins pulling worms from the wet ground, daffodils are poking their heads up and I even heard the peepers singing last night!! Singing peepers are right up there at the top of my favorites list, along with the smell of fresh-cut grass, lasagna with garlic bread and donuts!
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Did you know puzzling improves our use of the trial and error method, problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and visual/spatial reasoning skills? Particularly challenging puzzles can even change the patterns of brain activity. Most brain activity follows certain specific pathways, including when you’re puzzling. However, if you begin a jigsaw, crossword, or Sudoku that’s above your usual skill level, you will probably have to activate some new parts of your brain in order to solve it.
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Whenever I meet new people and they ask what I do for work I always get the “You do WHAT?” reaction. I get it. Have you ever heard a kid say they want to be a puzzle cutter when they grow up? Me either. I didn’t even know I wanted to be a puzzle cutter until that first time I sat at the saw. It’s so cool!
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