Recent Posts by Natalie Ciardi

Connecting Despite Restrictions

  Though many of our friends and family have been vaccinated, we aren’t out of the testy COVID waters just yet. There are still restrictions that can make life frustrating and difficult—you’re not alone in feeling this way. We must think outside the box to stay connected until this is over.   Here are some…
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Shop Local: Farmer’s Hardware

Farmer’s Hardware is tucked away from the main stage of Broadway Street, giving it a quieter atmosphere with easy access to the street we know and love. It also represents a slice of Saratoga history, as the breakfast spot has the same name as the hardware store that occupied it in 1901. In 1925, the…
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Wait, We Don’t Talk Like That: Writing Better Dialogue

Do you have stiff dialogue that sounds awkward no matter how much tweaking you do? Not to worry. It’s hard to stuff all the nuance of human dialogue onto a page. Real people jump topics abruptly, go on long tangents for excruciating amounts of time, and generally follow no rules of punctuation. Dialogue is difficult…
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