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Premium Content The Shaws, POWs and a tiny diary

 April 20, 2014; Updated: 2:31 pm

"They stopped up the hatchway, making it so close we had no air to breath (sic). They did not give us anything to eat or drink for about 24 hours, and then only a mess made of hogs' brains that they had caught on Groton bank. (They...

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Premium Content Marquez' friendship a lasting legacy

 April 19, 2014; Updated: 5:41 pm

Two degrees of separation.
That's the intoxicating, connective math between me and writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez - winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature, a primary architect of magical realism,...

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Premium Content Lost in texting translation

 April 18, 2014; Updated: 5:50 pm

I'm finding it a bit hard to get used to the 21st century. Technology makes things easier, but it seems like no one likes to talk to each other anymore.
I was with my 23-year-old son, Greg, at the gym...

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Premium Content And then there were flickers

 April 11, 2014; Updated: 7:00 pm

Now is the time to venture out to where a forest meets a meadow and look for the northern flicker. If the woodland is mature and the meadow isn't deep with weeds, the odds of meeting this woodpecker increase.

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Premium Content April 15: Taxes and a lunar eclipse

 April 6, 2014; Updated: 3:00 pm

Along with a visit from the tax man, April 15 brings the first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses (a tetrad) in 2014 and 2015.
Tuesday morning's eclipse is followed by another eclipse about six...

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Premium Content A study of celebrity

 April 4, 2014; Updated: 4:56 pm

The computers in charge of the student application process at Skidmore College glowed white-hot and melted to smoldering ash in late March. What happened was, thousands of prospective pupils jammed the system because they're incredibly...

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Premium Content Magazine sexperts have a lot to learn

 March 28, 2014; Updated: 5:24 pm

Ever since my friend and hilarious social satirist Rick Koster teased me about the horrible magazines in doctors' waiting rooms, I admit that I have become a bit self conscious.
One afternoon, as I was...

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