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Lawyers Without Borders Bring Aid, Strife to Third World

January 14, 2015
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Lawyers Without Borders Bring Aid, Strife to Third World

MALCZW, Freedonia. In this land-locked, vowel-starved country, many residents have never even seen a lawyer, much less retained one. “It is both a blessing and a curse,” says tribal chieftain Mzrz Glzorp. “We do not…

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For Top Banker, Lucite Doo-Hickeys Made it All Worthwhile

January 13, 2015
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For Top Banker, Lucite Doo-Hickeys Made it All Worthwhile

NEW YORK.  For Fred Hollingsworth, an investment banker whose four-and-a-half-decade career will come to an end tonight at a farewell dinner that will be attended by scores of colleagues, it was never about the money. …

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I Am the Cheap Man

January 12, 2015
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I Am the Cheap Man

It happened Saturday night, as it has before.  My wife and I had taken our seats at a nice restaurant, and the waiter asked if we’d like to order drinks.  My wife asked for a glass…

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Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Writers

January 11, 2015
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Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Writers

With apologies to Waylon Jennings, not that he needs them. They’re hard to love and even harder to hold. They’ll give you a poem instead of diamonds or gold, Hardcover Gatsby or even an old…

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The Sylvia Plath Foreclosure Sale

January 10, 2015
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The Sylvia Plath Foreclosure Sale

I grew up surrounded by females. My dad owned a women’s clothing store. Both of my sisters were girls, and my mom was a woman. We had two female cats whose names–Big Kitty and Baby…

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At the Worcester Zipper Hospital

January 9, 2015
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At the Worcester Zipper Hospital

It was the sort of thing that happens in an instant, but can change your life forever.  Or at least until you die. I had just put on my half-zip pullover sweater and started to pull…

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Your Pet & Vet Conciliator

January 8, 2015
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Your Pet & Vet Conciliator

There is no love triangle more tangled than that which can snare a pet, its owner and a friendly but amorous veterinarian.  Thankfully, Your Pet & Vet Conciliator is here to free you from the…

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Unmitigated Gall Bladder Charity Finds Fund-Raising Tough

January 7, 2015
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Unmitigated Gall Bladder Charity Finds Fund-Raising Tough

BOSTON.  It’s the beginning of the charity ball season in Boston, and enterprising event planners try to “front-load” their galas on the calendar in order to catch affluent donors before they come down with a…

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Paris Hilton, BFF of Binge-Drinking Elephants

January 6, 2015
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Paris Hilton, BFF of Binge-Drinking Elephants

Paris Hilton is being hailed by conservationists for efforts to curb rice beer binge-drinking by elephants in India.  Associated Press   “She’s late,” I said to my friend Rajah, an elephas maximus indicus.  We were standing…

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Yours For a Song

January 5, 2015
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Yours For a Song

It had been several years since my last physical, so the nurse had a number of questions to ask before the doctor saw me last week.  Was I taking any medication?  Was I allergic to…

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