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"In fishing and in science we flirt with the elusive. We stare at the water, and sometimes we see a fish stir underneath the surface or even jump, betraying its presence."
by Marcelo Gleiser author of The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected: A Natural Philosopher's Quest for Trout and the Meaning of Everything The boy inserted his fishing rod into a plastic pipe secured deep in the sand. The surf ...
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That's right, it's World ‪#‎HandHygiene‬ Day! Here are some simple solutions to integrate into our daily lives to keep ourselves and others germ-free.
Did you know today, May 5th, is World Hand Hygiene Day? The World Health Organization (WHO) is the force behind an awareness campaign to make sure we're all practicing responsible hand hygiene. It just so happens that this we...
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From cat skeletons to 100-year-old Red Sox trinkets, these artifacts tell a fascinating history of Boston.
Volunteers for the City Archaeology Program excavating a site in Boston. As the city archaeologist of Boston, Joseph Bagley's job includes managing more than one million artifacts excavated from dozens of sites throughout the...
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"They were not just a band that played songs, sold records, and gave concerts, but a band of sorcerers, conjurers of a rare and different tune, music with a heartbeat and breath..."
Grateful Dead at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, Oct. 9, 1980. Photo by Chris Stone. Last summer, after fifty years, the band with which the tie-dye shirt became synonymous, the group that helped to define an era (or c...
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"It was critical to me that this project provide a platform for voices that, even within transgender spaces, are often left out of the conversation."
"The Traits of Both" by Soraida Martinez by Jackson Wright Shultz author of Trans/Portraits: Voices from Transgender Communities I distinctly remember the first time I ever read an entire book without help. Shortly after my t...
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Author Kevin Flynn, author of AMERICAN SWEEPSTAKES, about the controversial creation of America's first state lottery, sheds light on other things that lotteries have paid for over the centuries.
by Kevin Flynn author of American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, the Feds, and the Mob to Usher in the Lottery Age Most of us think of lotteries – with their cornucopia of scratch tickets and nine-figure...
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"A famous spy for the Soviets had died in a KGB nursing home in Moscow. His name was Morris Cohen, eighty-four years old, born in the Bronx. I knew that Americans had spied for the Russians, but how many had actually got on a plane and defected to the workers’ paradise?"
by Barnes Carr author of Operation Whisper: The Capture of Soviet Spies Morris and Lona Cohen The subject of my book, Operation Whisper, came to me on a morning that seemed to have been modeled from childhood memories, moist ...
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"Here in the City of Violins, keeping company with the most celebrated names in the violin world—all of them Italian men—was a living American female violinmaker, a woman who had taught herself acoustics by carving violins."
Carleen Hutchins measuring the thickness of a violin plate, ca. 1960. Images courtesy of Hutchins estate. by Quincy Whitney author of American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins—the Art & Science of the Violin Cremona, Italy, October ...
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Presidential primary season is a chance for states to stake out an identity particular to their place and their politics. Two hundred years ago, they used bank notes as their calling cards.
by Christopher C. Apap author of The Genius of Place: The Geographic Imagination in the Early Republic It is tough in an election year not to pay attention to state and local politics—indeed, as we once more revisit the way...
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"If I can sell gay marriage, I think I can sell a book."
by Tom Haushalter UPNE Marketing Manager “If I can sell gay marriage, I think I can sell a book.” That was one of the first things Marc Solomon, author of Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the...
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"At a time when much of the developed world has decriminalized sex work...the U.S. appears to be lurching in the opposite direction toward harsher criminal and civil penalties for sex workers."
by Alison Bass author of Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law Charla Hathaway, who has a PhD in sexology and looks like a very sexy grandma (think Susan Sarandon in the movie Tammy), helps couples re-ignite the sexual spa...
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"After more than a decade on the front lines of the marriage movement, what’s now most important to me is ensuring that the most crucial lessons we learned from the battle are available to and understood by other social movements."
by Marc Solomon National campaign director for Freedom to Marry  and author of Winning Marriage As the whole country knows by now, back in June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples now have the freedom to marry ...
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