As winter approaches, Bill Thompson gave Melissa Block's backyard in Washington, D.C., a bird feeding makeover. "It's the time of year most folks start feeding actively, cause we get a lot of the northern birds coming down for the winter, to what they feel is our milder climate," he says. Here, an Eastern bluebird sits on an icy feeder. Bill Thompson III hide caption

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Bird Feeding Tips For The Urban Yard

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Artist Maira Kalman set out on a yearlong adventure to paint and write the story of American democracy -- and out of it came the book And The Pursuit Of Happiness, a quirky, graphic diary with vivid paintings and whimsical handwritten text. Franklyn Cater/NPR hide caption

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A 'Love Letter To America' In Quirky Illustrations

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Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) (right) speaks to a potential voter during a campaign rally at Tonsler Park in Charlottesville, Va, on Oct. 10. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama Enters The Heated Battle For Virginia's 5th

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Peter O'Toole and a Young 'Venus'

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