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Douglas Penick: House of Spiritual Retreat

Douglas Penick: House of Spiritual Retreat

You cannot understand this building’s purpose, but you  know that you have just encountered a poetic even mythic work of architecture...

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George Orwell on English cooking

George Orwell on English cooking

It is commonly said, even by the English themselves, that English cooking is the worst in the world. Now that is simply not true...

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Pitch, Please

Pitch, Please

If the Premier League was to market itself as a slick global brand, it needed a product that looked good on television. Muddy, bobbly, patchy pitches would not do...

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Seeing the Light

Seeing the Light

They say that people at the last moment experience a bright light as they enter into a realm of brilliance. You see it represented in paintings of the Resurrection. Everything I was on the verge of losing flew through my imagination...

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Frolf

Frolf

Not long ago, niche sports cracked the national consciousness only as punch lines. In a now-iconic Seinfeld episode, George Costanza gets a severance package from the Yankees...

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Boxed Out

Boxed Out

New boxers move among the outlines of those who fought before them, escaping nothing...

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Music and Wine

Music and Wine

The tonal balance of a wine changes substantially as the wine evolves on the palate just as the tonal balance of a musical work shifts as instruments enter, pause, or shift their dynamics as the music unfolds...

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Parent Assistant Referee

Parent Assistant Referee

After the game was over, the parents and kids all met at the coach’s house to have pizza and celebrate the season...

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Orwell’s Cuppa

Orwell’s Cuppa

The tea should be strong. For a pot holding a quart, if you are going to fill it nearly to the brim, six heaped teaspoons would be about right...

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‘Now there’s more generosity in the sauce’

‘Now there’s more generosity in the sauce’

People are hungry for human interaction; they want to display their humanity, and they have fewer opportunities to do that over the course of their days...

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Covidball

Covidball

Assumptions got tested, predictions again found presumptuous, and predilections and presuppositions exposed. And the utmost importance of audience was heralded, as fans insisted on being a part of the game...

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With the Seine as its mirror and protector…

With the Seine as its mirror and protector…

The site has been holy since antiquity, perhaps explaining why Notre Dame feels spiritual, even for nonbelievers. A Druid shrine and then a pagan temple dedicated to Jupiter, the chief of the Roman gods, are believed to have stood on this spot...

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Journalism Planet

Journalism Planet

Is the title limited to hard-news reporters? Are bloggers journalists? Are producers at media corporations and TV programs journalists?

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Coding Children

Coding Children

A striking example is the distinction that one family made between using digital technology as a producer/creator and using it merely as a consumer; the parents sought to ensure that their children fall into the first group, with the aim of one day becoming a leader in the new...

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Asked for French Toast

Asked for French Toast

My father, Seymour Robbins, “Sim,” grew up in his parents’ Jewish deli in Stamford, Connecticut. They cooked all their own meats; corned beef, pastrami, and tongue, and all the side dishes; kugels, knishes, and salads...

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Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #6

Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #6

In the current climate of #BlackLivesMatter and the Coronavirus, how to write about bread? Interviewed, on Thursday June 9th, Angela Davis said...

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Watching Mister Rogers by Eileen Hunt Botting

Watching Mister Rogers by Eileen Hunt Botting

Mister Rogers typically kept his distance, but when he did break quarantine he would strike against racism and other prejudice...

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Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #5

Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #5

When I was a teenager, my friend Maude would bake Chelsea buns: swirls of sweet dough, studded with jet-back currants, dressed up in melted butter...

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Be the Only

Be the Only

It’s my birthday. I’m 68. I feel like pulling up a rocking chair and dispensing advice to the young ‘uns. Here are 68 pithy bits of unsolicited advice...

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Artificial Wives

Artificial Wives

Five summers ago, I was invited to visit an eccentric acquaintance on a picturesque island off the East Coast. The island was divided into two parts: the shingled, sea-beaten summer homes of the inherited wealthy...

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Euroverk

Euroverk

After the death of Florian Schneider-Esleben was announced on Wednesday, one of the most shared video clips on social media...

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