Claire Hopple

Claire Hopple

Bio

Claire Hopple is a writer of short stories and a columnist for Maudlin House. Originally from Pittsburgh, she currently lives in Nashville with her husband. She's still waiting for someone to give her a firm answer on the Oxford comma. She will eat all of your cupcakes. Find out more at clairehopple.com.      

Claire Hopple Articles

Could the U.S. without Cali be a real thing?

Is California Really Going To Secede?

California tooks its post-election protests to a very intense, very new level recently.

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Is an addiction to Amazon so bad?

14 Signs You're Addicted to Amazon

You knew before you even finished reading the title that you’re addicted. You’re so addicted that you’re actually proud of it, smug even. And with Today’s Deals and free shipping, who can blame you?

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Big Brother really is always watching... and listening... and advertising.

Your Phone Is Listening To You - All The Time

You mention wanting to feast on a sweet stack of pancakes for Sunday brunch and the next time you open Instagram, there’s an IHOP ad star

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Get outta town and into some the wild, the weird, and the downright nasty with these off-the-grid weekend getaways. (Image Credit: Instagram/campwandawega)

8 Weekend Getaway Ideas You Haven't Done Before

It’s no secret that time away from the office needs to be savored as much as humanly possible.

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'Sup turkey.

Turkey Frying Mishaps & Other Thanksgiving Cautionary Tales 

If you want to burn off your hair, possibly several limbs and maybe even your entire yard, then by all means, fire up that completely frozen bird. But if you’d rather play it safe, follow these simple tips:

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Every year, it’s like we’re all shocked about just how early it can get dark, wondering where the sun went as if we’ve never gone through winter before.

7 Tips For Coping With Seasonal Changes (And SAD)

You don’t need to be diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder to experience the negative effects of the colder, darker days. Every year, it’s like we’re all shocked about just how early it can get dark, wondering where the sun went as if we’ve never gone through winter before. To ease into this time of year and not get wiped out by the crueler side of Mother Nature, here are a few tactics to try.

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The Power Of Nostalgia: Let The Good Memories Roll

Nostalgia is actually considered a valuable copoing mechanism for depression, anxiety, and especially grief. Plus, not only does it counteract anxious feelings, it can actually make you more hopeful about the future. No wonder a higher occurrence of nostalgic feelings are found in the most resilient people.

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Loud buzzes from your phone can translate to zero clear thinking.

Here’s Why I’ll Never Be A Phone Person (But I Still Love You)

It’s not that you don’t love the people calling you (unless you’re solely receiving spam calls), it’s just that you’d rather be with them. You think that the phone can’t replace seeing their faces, experiencing their presence in all the dimensions currently available to humans. And sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) you just need time to recharge by yourself. Why does that feel so wrong sometimes?

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Make your friends wow out. (Image Credit: Thinkstock)

Absurd Tablescapes For Your New Year’s Eve Celebration

Hosting a dinner party on New Year’s Eve has never been easier or more accurate than with the following inspirational tablescape concepts

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What Your Favorite Color Says About You

If you’re unsure of your favorite, take a look at the shades dominating your closet, the common color found in your accent pillows and decor, the paint on your walls, perhaps the car in your driveway. These can be helpful hints, but your favorite color could also just be what you’re generally drawn to out in the world.

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