Modern Lifestyle's: A catalog parody

Possibly as an anti-junkmail statement, I began looking resentfully

at the catalogs that clogged up the mailbox of my shop-happy Mother.

But there was also  a kind of sympathetic admiration for the copywriters

who brought the backstories of these weird products to life.
I've served in those very copy trenches for many, many billable hours.

The Tri-County Sampler

A handcrafted magazine from long ago, some of which remains funny, 

some of which remains a charming attempt at funny. It's as if a saloon-and-quarry-based town tried for their own version of The New Yorker, if that helps. Proceed with caution.