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Hysteria—Better Living Through Electricity

Thursday, May 24th, 2012
by on Playing Around

It comes in neon colors and lines the shelves of sex shops. Earlier versions looked like unpredictable power tools. Eventually, the invention evolved into the ultimate de-stress tool

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Incognito—Gregory Murphy’s Novel of Forgiveness

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
by on Reading Around

How does a writer come up with the plot for a novel? Gregory Murphy heard about a mother whose son was killed in a drunk

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From Trashcan to Museum

Saturday, March 26th, 2011
by on Living Around

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day.

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Hampton Terrace—Southern Hospitality
In a Quaint New England Town

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
by on Living Around

My husband John and I have now been married so long that every anniversary is “a big one.” So we pondered where we should go

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Patricia Grace Stevens and Elena Agostinis:
Peoria Emporium—A Creative Collaboration

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
by on Woman Around Town

The multi-faceted Patricia Grace Stevens (above, left) studied at Indiana University where she majored in nursing, but found time to take jewelry design. She became

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Anita Stern: A Full and Decorated Life

Monday, December 20th, 2010
by on Woman Around Town

The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real,

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At Honey in the Rough, Playing Dress-Up with a Pro

Sunday, April 4th, 2010
by on Shopping Around

Ashley Hanosh knows dresses, inside and out. She’s passionate about clothing, and knows what fits your figure, your style, and your budget. She knows what

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A Woman’s Freedom to Choose?

Saturday, March 13th, 2010
by on Playing Around

When Candida (derived from candid) was published in 1898, its questioning of Victorian ideas of love and marriage must’ve seemed provocative. Today, in an era

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