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Writing Coach Toughens Tyros, Telling Them “Whining Isn’t Writing”

February 3, 2019
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SOMERVILLE, Mass.  Maggie Turbek was once a promising young writer, but at age 58 she finds her future is largely behind her.  “I had one moderately successful novel, so I feel I accomplished something,” she says…

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Macchiato-Americans Hail Schultz Candidacy, Saying “This is VENTI!”

February 2, 2019
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NEW YORK.  Luz Paramabilia is a 27-year-old baker’s assistant who has never paid much attention to national politics, but she experienced stirrings of partisan passion she had never felt before as she watched Howard Schultz,…

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“Two Guys Who Are Brain Surgeons” Use Volume to Slash Prices

February 1, 2019
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“Two Guys Who Are Brain Surgeons” Use Volume to Slash Prices

PISCATAWAY, New Jersey.  When Len Ullman’s mother needed brain surgery, he says the hardest part wasn’t dealing with the fear that the operation wouldn’t be a success, “it was the bill I was stuck with…

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In Bid to Slow Ocasio-Cortez, GOP Pushes Mitch McConnell’s Beauty Secrets

January 31, 2019
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WASHINGTON, D.C.  She is, even her most outspoken detractors concede, “a bit of a rock star” for a newly-elected Congresswoman.  “If Twitter followers were registered voters, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be the front runner for the White House in…

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Though Numbers Are Fewer, Rams Haters Are Out There

January 30, 2019
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CLEVELAND.  It’s 7:30 p.m. in the Eastern Time Zone and the half-price bucket o’ chicken wings and Bud Light special has begun at The Mistake By the Lake, a sports bar on the Lake Erie…

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Ask the Taxidermist

January 29, 2019
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Looking for a fun hobby that is also “profitable”?  If you love nature and toxic chemical fumes, taxidermy–the art and science of stuffing (dead) animals–may be just the thing!  Here are queries Mr. Taxidermist pulled at…

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Ask the Art Connoisseur

January 28, 2019
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Ever been confused when friends start to gush about brushstrokes and the “media” used by an artist?  Looking for suggestions for the empty space over your fireplace mantle since your wife made you take down your black…

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Me and Ezra Pound, Back Home Again in Indiana

January 27, 2019
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Me and Ezra Pound, Back Home Again in Indiana

Sunday morning, and I’m in Portage, Indiana, waiting for Ezra Pound to arrive at the George Ade Travel Plaza on the eastbound side of the Indiana Toll Road.  I’m here to drop off my extensive…

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All’s Fair in Love and Ping-Pong

January 26, 2019
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To her surprise, the room opened out to a porch with cushioned chairs in place and a ping-pong table.  There was another ping-pong table on the newly laid turf beyond. ……………………………………………………………………… Brimmer reminded me a…

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Lounge Singer’s Road to Top Paved With Bad Detentions

January 25, 2019
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Lounge Singer’s Road to Top Paved With Bad Detentions

EAST BOSTON, Mass. Bobby Santosuosso fiddles nervously with his bow tie as he waits in the wings at the Aborted Take-Off Lounge, a crowded night spot that overlooks Runway 5N at Logan International Airport here.…

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