Sholeh Patrick

Research: Art’s value includes some pain

November 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

Since cavemen painted on rock, art has been essential to mankind. As common as man’s challenges, joys, and inclinations is his persistent need to express himself.That need is not mere chronicling. It is to visually dream and explore. To mer...

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Opinion: Keeping up with the Joneses

November 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

The lawyer-turned-writer is no rarity as bestselling authors John Grisham, Scott Turow (Presumed Innocent), Meg Gardiner (the Evan Delaney Series), and Erle Gardner (Perry Mason) well illustrate.Some of their ilk are nonfiction authors; oth...

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Research: Retirement, happiness change source of self-esteem

November 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

They say a key to happiness is living in the moment, to fret less about the past or future, to simply be “fully present.”True enough, yet it’s human nature — perhaps a survival tool — to plan. Perhaps that’s why the later phases of life are...

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Opinion: In Italy, an unsettling question of toilet seats

November 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

With as many approaches to life as humans living it, experiencing those differences is the best thing about travel. And probably what they mean when they say international experiences “broaden the mind.”I’ve been both lucky and unlucky to h...

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Research: What does it mean to be Indian?

November 07, 2019 at 5:00 am

I can’t honestly consider myself a true Native American, but my grandfather was. With his dominantly Cherokee heritage, he was keen to teach his grandchildren what that meant. And why it was important — not only to him, but to this country ...

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Research: Happy (Celtic) Hallowe’en

October 31, 2019 at 5:00 am

The sugary, macabre revelry of today’s Halloween doesn’t much resemble its ancient roots brought by Irish immigrants. Samhain (which sounds like “sow-ween” and means summer’s end) was the Celtic new year — an important time of transition af...

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Research: Disney’s link to hauntings

October 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

Halloween started with ghosts.It’s natural, after all, to be a little obsessed with what happens after death. To be apprehensive about the unknown, to wonder what can go wrong, to be spooked in the night. Yet the early days of Halloween and...

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‘Remember, remember the 5th of November’

October 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

Those opening words of a rhyme based on John Milton’s poem “In Quintum Novembris” tell a tale of political passion in overdrive. Rather apropos — and a tad amusing — that Guy Fawkes Day falls on election day this year.“Remember, remember th...

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What can we agree on? Dialogue

October 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

If you missed the first two columns, “What can we agree on?” — the brainchild of reader Barb Neal — the idea is to highlight areas where a majority of Americans (at least of those participating) can find agreement. We see and hear so much a...

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Research: No, we’ll never migrate off-world

October 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

I’m one of those astrophysics buffs. You know the type: Little knowledge, lots of fascination, soaking up Star Trek (TNG, naturally), reading Hawking and his ilk. Dreaming of life in space. The more this planet degrades at the rate we are t...

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