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we're gonna need a bigger hole
spending our way to fiscal responsibility
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: news
3.2.09 • CLASSIC

Tell me you're not under it what with the stock market tanking and the homes foreclosing and jobs evaporating. Go ahead, dare me to wipe that smirk off your face while you roll through this rough patch with a song in your heart and a silvery Care Bear cloud under your rainbow feet. As a fun little interweb experiment, I will now list selected words from the top five headlines on the Google News business section as of... right now. Shambles. Rescue. Doom. Cut. Woes. Worsening. Hot Water. Emer

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must-see, but not on tv
should tv lovers switch off the set?
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: television
8.4.10 • CLASSIC

Around this time last year, I mused about watching TV not on TV, all the ways we can see television shows via Hulu and Netflix-streaming and DVD. This year, I'm taking it to the next level. TV off the TV set isn't just an alternative to following the old one-episode-a-week-during-the-season pattern. It's better. We're overwhelmed with entertainment options, aren't we? Books and movies, TV and music, in the house and in the theatre and on our iPad/phone/Wii/whatever. While I don't automatical

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goin' commando
apparently, the balls are now free
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: television
5.12.08 • CLASSIC

Ah, Springtime! The time when a man's fancy turns to romance, courtship, and finally being able to see women's boobs after months of having them hidden under heavy wool coats. No, seriously, we all know by now that Springtime is the time of fertility. The whole Easter thing? Much of the Passover thing? Definitely the Cinco de Mayo thing. Beyond the historical significance of the major rites of spring, there's, well, eggs and alcohol; what better symbols of the perpetuation of the species? And,

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baby without the maybe
awake in the present moment of pregnancy
by michelle von euw
topic: general
7.12.10 • CLASSIC

I won’t be pregnant forever. This thought turns itself over in my head as I lie awake at some way too early hour, experiencing the insomnia that has been yet another symptom to add to a growing list. As the months ahead of me that have been carefully measured turn to weeks, to days, what this statement means has changed significantly, too. At first, it was a forbidden thought: I was so terrified during my first trimester, so scared that something would go wrong, that I barely allowed myself t

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oh, great. expectations.
take it down a notch
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
9.6.10 • CLASSIC

[Preemptive disclaimer: Calm down, everyone. This column isn't about babies.] Expectations are a bitch. About two weeks ago, my wife and I went to the doctor to check on the progress of our fetus. He’s not due to be born for another week or so, but on this day – still three weeks before the scheduled due date – our doctor decided to whip my wife into a frenzy by announcing that labor might very well happen that coming weekend. Here we are, two weeks later, and nothing; Not a Cabbage Patch D

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dear college graduate
5 things you should know
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: general
4.30.12 • CLASSIC

Congratulations! You're the proud owner of a piece a paper that will launch you into the stratosphere. You've accomplished a milestone along your life's journey.

Now it's time to get serious.

No one has asked me to deliver a commencement address. However, because I'm often around a lot of students, I have some thoughts about your transition you might find easier to accept from someone you don't see every day.

1) Sorry you have student loans. But pay them. This may come as a surprise, so you might want to sit down: there are few opportunities in the world to get free money. I know, right? I don't care what the crazy infomercial man in the question-mark suit says. You borrow money for any reason, and you'll have to pay it back. Okay, maybe your Gran will float you, but it'll come out of your inheritance.

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soldiers of love
prodigal songstresses corinne bailey rae & sade offer different takes on post-relationship struggles
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: music
2.17.10 • CLASSIC

Corinne Bailey Rae’s accomplished second studio album, The Sea, is not just an album about loss. Although all sad songs don’t have to be sad (see Allen, Lily), the album’s unwillingness to do the expected is remarkable. Since her album was recorded within a two year radius of the sudden death of her husband, saxophonist Jason Rae, and given her previously melancholy leanings, it was easy to imagine this album might be in the vein of Beck’s magnificent, somber (and similarly titled) Sea Change

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constructing the underdog, part vii: mortgages
why should the government help people who can't afford the houses they bought?
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
7.25.08 • CLASSIC

This article is part of a series intended to foster open discussions on the issues as we get set to elect the next President of the United States. See more info about the concept here. You're invited to add your two cents by joining the discussion. Recently, it's been hard to avoid stories about the "mortgage crisis" in America. Many of your favorite and not-so-favorite news organizations probably just ran a story about it. Congress is hammering out measures intended to protect mortgagees and

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find a couch on craigslist, not a boyfriend
a horror story about internet dating
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: humor
11.23.09 • CLASSIC

I hadn't intended to return home so soon. When I unpacked my backpack a couple of weeks ago, I found all of the cold-weather clothes that I had packed as well as summer clothes. My plans for travel were much longer than my bank account would allow though, so I'm home to work for a while and re-attack my country-hopping itinerary. Best-laid plans and all, right? I knew I'd be here for a while, and since I don't know many people in the area, I thought I'd give internet dating a try. I joined

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all about my mother(s)
13 moms with meditations i've come to love and understand
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: humor
5.15.09 • CLASSIC

May is, as we all know, the Month of Mom. Aside from her birthday, Mother's Day is that time of the month my mom expects us to celebrate her; to neglect her is The Wrath of Khan personified in tiny little Asian lady form. Trust me, it's more terrifying. However, Mother's Day isn't just a question of my mom. I am who I am courtesy of all my mothers. They remind me of what they've passed my way— and, in a few cases, what I learned about them from other family connections that I'm still not su

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they can do it! and so can you.
6 tips for successful blogging
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: writing
8.24.09 • CLASSIC

Have you read a blog today? I don't know you (unless I do. Hi!), but I'm going to guess that you have. If fact, you might have read several. Even with the up-and-coming competition of Twitter, blogs are holding strong. The best ones are supplying readers with the news and views they used to get from newspapers or the television, and even the worst are catering to someone out there with a passion for... armadillos in socks, say, who doesn't care if said blogger knows a preposition from a peanut.

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occupational profiling
is this because i'm an irish guy in a police uniform?
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
7.23.09 • CLASSIC

When Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested at his Cambridge home this week I was struck by something. Clearly, most of the media attention focused on the possible racial profiling involved in the case. Did this ludicrous situation arise just because Gates is a black man? I found myself poring over the police report thinking to myself: I can't even trust this report. This could totally be a cop who knows he's going to be in trouble trying to cover his tracks. Slimy bastard. Later, upon refle

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a diamond in the rough
the rules of engagement
by heather m. millen
topic: general
4.27.07 • CLASSIC

When I announced my engagement in September of 2006, I had many visions of what the following year would entail. What I pictured was an endless year of one champagne-drenched celebration after another, all held in my honor. Red carpets rolled out at any available opportunity! And, heck, I didn't even necessarily need parties thrown for me, I'd create them wherever I went, celebrating the engagement until it was no more. I'd have to invest in a tractor trailer to haul all of my fabulous new p

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possible ride effects
a blog at best
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: advertising
9.28.07 • CLASSIC

It's Wednesday again, and I'm not impressed. Another ride to work on my aging Trek mountain bike, which has been modified only slightly with "hybrid" tires that make riding on the pavement a little less sluggish, but will explode if you hit a sharp curb. Fortunately, like most of the commuters you encounter in Boston, curbs in this teenytiny city are worn, dull, and slowly eroding into forms barely distinguishable from the street itself. As I ride in, I listening to yet another podcast. This t

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