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Too Close

Here's a question for the parents in the audience: Let's suppose that you're visiting a zoo with your four-year-old child. He's excited to see all of the wild and exotic animals, and you're watching him closely. He stops when he reaches a pair of bears and wants a closer look....
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Race and Publishing

Millenia Black weighs in on dissention among black authors that's being caused by publishers she describes as being insistant that the writing of black authors should be relegated to African-American niche markets rather than mainstream fiction. She makes this interesting comment in her post, "Publishing Suppression ~ Suffer in Silence?:"...
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The Challenger Disaster: 20 Years Later

It's hard to believe that it has really been 20 years since the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger. I remember that 1986 morning well, because of an ironic joke made shortly before the news came. It might be hard for some people to believe, but it really happened, and...
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Depressing Day

Have you been feeling a bit down lately? A European scientist wouldn't be surprised if you were. Dr. Cliff Arnall called January 24th the worst day of 2005, and this year, today, the 23rd, gets the dubious honor. Arnall's calculation is based on several factors. For one thing, by this...
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An Evening With Edgar

One of the attractions in downtown Richmond that I'd so far missed was the Old Stone House. It has two claims to fame. First, it is the oldest standing building in the city of Richmond, dating back to about 1737. That one distinction alone makes it very attractive to history...
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Christmas Crisis

People like to blame today's retail merchants for inflicting the custom of Christmas gifts upon us, but historians don't agree on that assumption. They would point to ancient Rome, where the exchange of small gifts among family members was part of their year-end celebrations. I'm sure it was a lot...
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Three Question Personality Test

I have to give it credit: for only three questions, this one agrees with what the more complicated tests I've taken say. (Although the looks bit is off.) Your Personality Is Guardian (SJ) You are sensible, down to earth, and goal oriented. Bottom line, you are good at playing by...
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A Holiday Away From Home

The holidays are stressful enough for those of us with a place to call home. For the displaced victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, all of those little things that drive us crazy are multiplied by the fact that most have no permanent home at the moment, and are trying...
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The Thanksgiving Tiff

Kelly, of the former In My Opinion, and Yes I have an opinion on EVERYTHING" on AOL’s now-defunct Journals blogging platform, emailed me to let me know that a major debate had begun at her journal after last week's Sunday Seven question about Thanksgiving Dinner. The discussion focuses on one...
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Rosa Parks: 1913-2005

It was a moment that changed history. It began on a Montgomery, Alabama bus when 42-year-old Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man as the laws at the time required. Parks died Monday at age 92. “Are you going to stand up?” the bus driver...
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