| May 23, 2012
| 12:49 PM
Most memoirs are mush.
Given the tender emotions, fragile reminiscences and flights of fancy that tend to flit and twirl within your average autobiography, the genre is known for its shifting, dreamlike core, not its steely spine.
| May 26, 2012
| 2:03 PM
The Orlando Magic need another miracle now.
Just one more multicolored miracle from Pat Williams, their founding father and resident lucky charm.
He is the mythical Magician who can turn those kaleidoscopic pingpong balls in the NBA Draft lottery into...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 8:40 AM
Learn about poet Emily Dickinson at the Mattatuck Museum this week. The museum presents a program titled "The Eccentric Poet of Amherst: Reclusive Genius, Emily Dickinson," led by Phil Benevenuto, the former Chair of the English Department at Crosby...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 5:57 PM
Gina, I meant to ask you about something important last year, but the note got lost on my desk, under the pile of chicken wings and Saturday Evening Posts.
Office Depot conducted a survey of office workers last year, asking about what...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 3:41 PM
I am heartbroken after three months of grieving over the death of our Abyssinian cat, Atticus.
He woke me up at 6 a.m. daily with a loud meow whether it was time to get up or not. He would look in my eyes as if he knew what I was thinking. He was a...
| May 31, 2012
| 7:42 PM
For every kid with a scraped knee, a skinned elbow, a bumped head and a torn shirt — the inevitable result of being very determined not to learn from one's mistakes — Maurice Sendak was your man.
For every kid who builds forts out of old...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 6:05 PM
Here comes Maya Stein on her bicycle, gliding below the historic clock tower at Dearborn Station. Stein is a writer and turned 40 in May. She has the lithe figure of someone who routinely takes transcontinental treks on her 10-speed. Yet this is her first...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 3:26 PM
The two twin lunar orbiters recently launched by NASA will no longer be known as Grail A and B. A fourth-grade class in Bozeman, Mont., has renamed the probes Ebb and Flow.
The class beat out more than 11,000 students from across the nation who submitted...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 10:47 AM
Jay-Z, Sonic Youth, Guns N' Roses, Ghostface Killah, Slayer, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Britney Spears, The New Pornographers, Mobb Deep, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Prefab Sprout, Pink, The Beatles, Van Halen, Big Star, Bob Dylan,...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 6:31 PM
The way Sgt. Jennifer Shockley writes it, the wild and woolly Unalaska, Alaska could be a magical land full of mysterious creatures and strange customs.
Take this recent entry in her now famous Unalaska Police Blotter:
Animal - Petite piles of poo...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 9:55 AM
Professors Nancy Ogle, soprano, and Ginger Yang Hwalek, Ph.D., pianist, both from the University of Maine, will present a hybrid reading/music performance entitled "America in the Poetic Imagination" at Rockford College's Fisher Memorial Chapel on Friday,...
| Jul 27, 2012
| 7:47 PM
In a 1974 edition of the journal College English, 70% of university teaching assistants surveyed said they marked "the reason why" as an error on students' papers.
That's a lot of red ink. The phrase "the reason why" is extremely common, especially in...