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March 1, 2017

The shortcuts we took

As we all know, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

During the aging process we sometimes take the “long way ‘round” to go places and do things. If you are with the love of your life, that might work out OK…

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March 1, 2017

IMDb vs. Oscar

My girlish interest in the Academy Awards is surely fairly obvious to frequent readers of this column, given the truly embarrassing number of times I’ve written here about the Oscars (including last week, in what was, upon reflection, possibly least coherent column in the history…

The Russians are coming!
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February 22, 2017

The Russians are coming!

By Marguerite Jill Dye

I’ve considered trying my hand at writing fiction for a change, but who needs fiction when each day brings a stranger-than-life, unimaginable reality? A Russian spy ship is just offshore and our democratic election and computers were hacked by our arch…

Snow buntings: nomads from the north
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February 22, 2017

Snow buntings: nomads from the north

By Susan Shea

Driving to town on a winter day, I occasionally see flocks of white birds where the wind sweeps across fields, blowing snow across the road and exposing the grass. Rising and falling, the birds look like giant snowflakes tossed about by a…

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February 22, 2017

Burgernomics: A Big Mac Index update

By Kevin Theissen

Ahh, the Big Mac. Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – on a sesame seed bun. The special sauce actually is not a secret and has been available for years – it consists of mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish and…

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February 22, 2017

Oscar for President

Three months have passed since Bernie Sanders infamously remarked that, in order to win future elections, the Democratic Party would have to “move beyond identity politics.” In a response to a young woman who had asked for his advice regarding her goal to become the…

Altitude Sickness
February 22, 2017

Of powder days and a broken spine

What a week of skiing, and what a terrible time to be out with a back injury! Fresh powder every day for a week! I would never, ever be the kind of guy who would ski injured. But to get first tracks in Growler, Devils…

Rockin’ the region with The Heavily Brothers
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February 22, 2017

Rockin’ the region with The Heavily Brothers

I’m fortunate to be able to call Duane Carleton and Rick Redington good friends. We’ve shared many a stage and many good times together. I’ve written articles on each of them but this one is special. Why? Most of my interviews are one-on-one, but the…

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February 22, 2017

Getting the good word

By Dom Cioffi

Just about seven months ago, an ear, nose and throat specialist slid a tiny camera down my esophagus to investigate a persistent sore throat. Within less than a minute he pulled it out and began the one conversation that no one wants…

The curious case of the “cute face” crane fly
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February 15, 2017

The curious case of the “cute face” crane fly

By Declan McCabe

An email chirped in my inbox, “Check out the cute face on this insect we found.” I opened the attachment (yes, from a reliable source). My colleague Professor Peter Hope had taken a spectacular photograph through his microscope. The larva in question…