Circus Peanut Paradox

Fear not, my peanut-sensitive friends, for these faux goobers are but textured marshmallows. I grew up ingesting just about any variety of candy I encountered.  With a preference for chocolate and a fond appreciation of sugary sweetness, there was little that did not meet my approval.  I consumed more than my fair share of all..

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Come Inside, The Show’s About To Start…

…guaranteed to blow your head apart…rest assured you’ll get your money’s worth… Last night’s Lakewood, Ohio concert by Keith Emerson and Greg Lake was the stuff of dreams.  I should know, for as a longtime fan of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, the prog-rock trio has literally appeared in my somnambulistic scenarios no less than three..

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Ice Folly Of 2010

Notice the grace, the artistry, the purity of form and line… Last weekend I laced up a pair of rental skates and ventured tentatively onto the slick surface of an ice rink for only the third time in my life.  It was an impulsive decision, brought about by our attendance at eldest daughter Amber’s synchronized..

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Great Albums: Jesus Christ Superstar

An iconic cover and a menacing overture filled my young mind with fear. If I were to choose a favorite decade of recorded music, I would pick the incredibly fertile ten years from 1965 through 1974.  It was the golden era of unrestrained, long-form, innovative rock music, when an unprecedented tolerance for experimentation allowed talented artists..

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The Annotated Edward Cramer

An early influence? When children express their boundless imagination in writing, the results can be bizarre.  I am regularly reminded of this as a teacher of elementary-age students.  It is my privilege to observe their literary development at a formative stage, when their novice attempts to emulate various styles sometimes merge with their limited background..

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Dumb And Dumber

“I think something is burning…I think something is burning…” The following accounts are true.  The names have been changed to protect the guilty.  This week we present the culinary offenses of two brothers for your consideration.  No partners in crime, they committed their transgressions independently and inadvertently decades ago.  Despite having moved on to competency..

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Two Minutes For Holding

Things had just quieted down in the east wing when the welcome silence was pierced by another bellowing shout from Room 11.  “Loo-eeeeze!!” “Good heavens,” sighed Kaylee from behind the nursing station.  She brushed a lock of hair from her eyes and replaced the phone in its cradle.  “Doesn’t that man ever stop?” “I can..

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Take Me To Your Liter

Let’s see:  1 inch equals 2.54 centimeters, so 1 centimeter equals…hmm… Whatever happened to that great push to fully implement the metric system of measurement in the United States?  I was only an elementary school student in the Seventies, yet I was not immune to the controversy surrounding some contemporary educational issues.  There was the backlash..

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No Gutzon, No Glory

It can be hard to change your mind about things set in stone.  Especially icons. My father worked second shift when I was very young, and it was not unusual for me to be awake to greet him when he returned home.  It might explain why my earliest memories include the experience of watching our local..

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The Reluctant Athlete

If gloves could talk…this one wouldn’t have much to say. “You want me to play softball in a prison?” I asked incredulously. “I know,” said Brian in a calm tone that resonated with sympathy and reassurance.  We both knew that my objection had little to do with the unusual venue, and it was painfully obvious that he..

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