Monthly Archives: July 2014

The fearful Italian gardener keeps two guard dogs in cages; And Pakistan was carved out as a home for a fearful Muslim populace

She runs away to Italy for the summer. But she does it with impressive finality, selling the house in England and bringing along her (now homeless) hubby and two children, and they then drive about from hotel to bed and … Continue reading

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Residents owe their livelihoods to the students, but resent the dependence: Two women reshape their lives as they learn to learn from others

Insecure people believe they’re at fault for everything, and so they interpret everything as being about them. People are always being mean to them, and obviously purposely so. It’s a nasty circle, where the insecure become ever more sad, and … Continue reading

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Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… unless you have frenemies, summer school, or a freakishly successful stock portfolio

I’m not very good with details. I lose them all the time. – Hank Zipzer It’s Christmas in July. In Australia, that is, when Christmas is broiling hot. The December 25 celebration is in the middle of summer. Yowza, where’s … Continue reading

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All creatures great and small, but dogs especially: A kennel of canines help offer salvation

“You prayed,” said Jesus. “I showed up. I would have been here sooner, but traffic on the I-55 was awful.” – from Coaltown Jesus Coaltown Jesus is an unexpected treat, an engaging and emotionally laden book-length poem featuring 14-year-old Walker, … Continue reading

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Two wildly different private eyes and two wildly different US cities: The corruption of the Windy City and the relaxed small-town feel of fictional Chinook

As celebrations for Canada’s birthday end, many of us are moving on to plan upcoming vacations. And some of us will take our Canadian butts to the United States. Some of us will happily stay put. But we can still … Continue reading

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