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The secrets behind the secrets, Part II

This is the second part of a two part walk down memory lane regarding a story I was assigned in September of 1999. The first part appeared in the January 9 issue. At the end of the warm, September day I was tired, but pumped up. I was totally geeked to have been...

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The secrets behind the secrets, part 1

Note: This is the first in a two part trip down memory lane inspired by Doug Hunter's 'Capac's Unsolved Mystery' series. I'll wrap the trip next week. "You're the first reporter that could keep up with me," the slim woman with the long brown braid standing in front of...

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The smoky haze of coffee and community

The place is always dimly lit, an arrangement that works to foster an atmosphere of intimacy. During the day, the sunlight filters in from the alley through the wide open doorway. At night, the lightbulbs emit a low glow that mixes well with the blues or country or...

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Never alone

I zip up my jacket and pull on my boots. The patio slate and grass are slick with ice-the sky black as pitch. Even Mars and my flashlight can't penetrate the frigid, thick atmosphere. When will I see the Big Dipper and Orion again? Watch your step, I coach myself....

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Love for the Imlay library

And...just like that...it's 2019! In fact, because I let an early holiday-related deadline sneak past me, we're already more than a week in. How in the world, and when, did that happen? My mother used to tell me, and yours probably told you too, that the older you get...

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What life is like

Browsing through Borders Books twenty years ago, I chanced upon a writer's delight. Famous faces appeared on cards with a quote and their signature. The words captured life unique to the luminary. Did these folk the likes of Albert Einstein and Jane Austen know their...

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Old adage brought to life by colleague

As 2019 approaches, (and the absolute lack of story ideas and news-type-activity has ground to its annual 'holiday halt,' I thought I'd take a little trip down memory lane, reliving one of my favorite "learning and growing experiences" provided by my talented and...

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