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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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Suicide Hot Lines Find Teen Girls Make Best Volunteers

January 3, 2015
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Suicide Hot Lines Find Teen Girls Make Best Volunteers

BOURNE, Mass. Like many high school juniors, Cyndi Cahill faces long odds as she looks ahead to next year, demographically one of the toughest in American history in terms of college admissions. “My guidance counselor…

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How to Cheer Up a Sad Poem

January 2, 2015
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How to Cheer Up a Sad Poem

It is one of the most difficult problems of aesthetic philosophy: What do we mean when we say that a song or poem is sad? I’ve read Aristotle, Kant, Croce–Benedetto, not Jim–all the big names.…

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Upfaked Out of My Love Shoes

January 1, 2015
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Upfaked Out of My Love Shoes

It was a New Year’s Eve in the ’90′s and I was at loose ends. I decided to skip the midnight show and go to a party with friends. After the obligatory dance with my…

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Me and J.D. Salinger at Burger King

December 31, 2014
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Me and J.D. Salinger at Burger King

Newly-discovered correspondence reveals that reclusive author J.D. Salinger thought Burger King’s hamburgers were superior to those of other fast-food chains. Associated Press Fine–have it your way.   I’m sitting in the Burger King on Route…

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