Suggestions from our staff and contributors

The Michael Castle Trail

Winding, flat, hilly—this paved trail with varied terrain along the C&D Canal is ideal for cycling, running and walking. Currently under construction in Delaware City and Chesapeake City, Md., the 10-plus-mile trail will eventually connect both waterside towns. Three phases of the trail are complete, and within the next year a bridge crossing wetlands will be the final link to the two towns. I biked this trail a lot during the summer and fall, and it was definitely an outdoor highlight of the season.

—Krista Connor, Associate Editor

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I received the pureSOL Konjac Sponge as a stocking stuffer this Christmas and have been pleasantly surprised by its cleaning powers. It’s a natural sponge made from the konjac root that gently rubs away dead skin cells and leaves your face feeling fresh. The best way to describe it is as more sanitary than washing your face with your hands but gentler than using an electric face brush. For more information

—Allison Hageman, Intern

Jessica Jones, Netflix / Marvel Original Series

I have not finished season one, so don’t worry about spoilers. This 13-episode series is distinct and divergent from most Marvel productions. First thing you notice is the diversity of the cast and characters. Despite the Marvel label, it’s not exactly advisable for all children. There are major themes involving control, abuse, and some sexual content. Choosing this role was a great career move for Krysten Ritter, who previously starred in Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (not worth trying). The show also stars David Tennant in a role so different from his famed rendition of The Doctor it will break Whovian hearts. Jessica Jones is a testament to Netflix’s ability to produce high-quality cinematography in tandem with great writing.

Ryan Alexander, Contributing Designer

Vinyl Records

What a hipster thing to say: “vinyl records.” But not really. Actually, real hipsters have moved on to the more obscure territories of collecting 8-track tapes and cassettes, the resurgence of vinyl becoming too popular for their tastes. Yet, regardless of fad or fashion, what the vinyl renaissance means to me is a reawakening to the artistry of music. A record encourages actual listening sessions. It asks that you sit back, relax, and hear the artist for more than just a few minutes. Beyond just the imagery on the album cover, it creates a conversation, starting with: “What is the artist trying to say? Or make me feel?”
The stark, ADD-inducing alternative of iTunes and MP3s has pushed on us forgettable, cookie-cutter confections that lack substance. Vinyl offers a deeper physical experience: the magic that occurs when the needle hits the groove, and physical vibrations transmit signals through your speakers. It’s not lasers, or ones and zeroes, or mega-compressed computer files. Rather, it’s something you can feel.

—Jim Miller, Director of Publications

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