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I have coulrophobia—and I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one. Coulrophobia is the abnormal fear of clowns. When I think of clowns, I experience a feeling of dread and my heartbeat picks up. I liken it to the way some babies react when they first meet Santa or the Easter Bunny, pulling away in terror or screaming in rage. Only for me, I never seem to have outgrown this irrational fear.
It’s time. The Summer Olympics' less-popular younger sibling, the Winter Olympics, has arrived. As you know, 2014 takes us to Sochi, Russia, for the games. If I’m being completely honest, I’m not all that invested. I do, however, like to be what I refer to as ‘cocktail-party competent’ when it comes to current events. Before the media blitz, if you would have asked me what Sochi was, I would have narrowed it down to Icelandic pop star or Pacific Rim hot sauce. As it is, the only thing I really hear about Sochi is that it’s a snowless, mob-controlled wasteland where a terrorist attack not only is suspected, but apparently imminent. So let’s set the yellow journalism aside and find out some actual facts about these 2014 Winter Games.
Story: Boykin, Alabama, also known as Gee’s Bend, sits in a horseshoe-shaped turn of the Alabama River in western Alabama. It was founded in 1816 by Joseph Gee, a wealthy landowner from North Carolina who used slaves to work his cotton plantation. Eventually Gee’s descendants sold the property to a relative named Mark Pettway.
Story: What does a talent agent do when her prime client, a suave and popular leading man, has a “recurring case of homosexuality”? Well, if the agent is Diane and the matinee idol is Mitchell, she does her mighty best to submerge his true identity. In fact, lesbian Diane even poses as Mitchell’s ‘beard’ to allay any fears or concerns by the general public about his manliness.
From divorce to family law and courtroom litigation, local attorneys say there are a multitude of hot topics on the horizon, largely the result of an increasingly digital world, shifts in societal norms and an ever-changing economy.
Fifteen minutes of your time can save a life. January is National Blood Donor Month, and local hospitals are urging residents to help fill the need for blood and blood products.
I’m going to break a personal writing rule here and use an expression I loathe. But, honestly, this is the first time I think it actually makes sense: It is what it is.
In my 20-plus years as a journalist, I have established a love/hate relationship with deadlines. They make me anxious, fidgety and sometimes neurotic; and yet, being on a timer has allowed me to thrive creatively and produce some of my best work.
As we continue our discussion about crafting your elevator speech, remember that your speech might have great content on each ‘floor,’ but if not delivered properly, the results will not meet the intended goals. Last month, we discussed the first element of nonverbal communication, eye contact. Let’s look at some more:
Well, it has been a strange year in cinema. We’ve had movies without plots, without dialogue and without acting—although I guess as long as Vin Diesel is in the business, that’s always a possibility. We’ve had Oscar winners churn out stinkers and first-time actors deliver award-worthy performances. Without further ado…
After a half-decade of real estate turbulence, a multitude of area real estate professionals are echoing the same idea: At the start of 2014, the market is moving in the right direction.
Story: Sgt. Dale “D.J.” Jackson, a black soldier from Detroit, returns home in 1968 with a Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to him for service “above and beyond the call of duty.” President Lyndon B. Johnson himself proclaims the distinction in a ceremony celebrating the soldier. Jackson receives the medal for single-handedly killing more than a dozen enemy soldiers after his unit was slaughtered, with just one survivor: Jackson.
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Throughout her life, Jenny Tippit never smiled in a single photo. And by early adulthood, her debilitating fear of the dentist not only was affecting her smile, but her personal and professional relationships, as well. “I didn’t want my daughter to know me without a smile,” she explains. That’s where Dr. Humaira Rosinski at Creve Coeur Dental came in.
Over generations, Halloween has been adopted by American culture as a holiday of costumes and scary critters. Spiders, owls and other creepy crawlers all have come to be associated with this special night of horrors.
During October, expect plenty of news stories and public events dedicated to sharing information about symptoms, diagnosis and medical treatment of breast cancer. But one important aspect of care is often left out: The supportive services available to help women who are diagnosed cope and manage the day-to-day reality of the disease.
Franklin Roosevelt once said, The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. After 30 years of practice, I can tell you that, in addition to fear itself, parents fear fever! What is fever, when is it a concern, when and how should it be treated, and why should we care about it?
If you recall last weekend was delightful, weather-wise. Saturday was a crisp fall day—well technically it’s still summer, but you get my meaning—a sweatshirt and shorts kind of day. So it was in an almost spontaneous, certainly unpremeditated, moment that I said it. I’m not sure I had ever actually uttered the words before. I mean, I’m sure I had, but I may have blocked it out. I don’t know why but the weather must have caused a sudden surge of sentimentality. So I said it: we should go to the pumpkin patch.
Atticus Finch, Perry Mason and Daniel Kaffee may have inspired many a young man and woman to become a lawyer. But these local attorneys give us the verdict on what it was like to take the leap into the legal field and attend law school—minus the script.
Like the latest fad diet or cell phone, the search for love is constantly evolving. Singles can internet date, speed date, blind date, double date, virtual date and swing date. OK, I made that last one up, but it could be a thing. Suffice it to say the search for love propels us forward. That’s great, but what if forward isn’t the way to go?
I was spoiled as an angst-ridden teen. I had John Hughes and John Cusack, Matthew Broderick and Molly Ringwald. I didn’t realize how lucky I was to have those movies, until they were gone… Fear of comparison sent filmmakers running from the teen dramedy, venturing into the genre only to explore sex romps or insanely wild parties. Well, here, we have a film that dares to plumb the dark depths, and while it may not stand up to the legendary status of the great movies about the high school experience, it is a touching, troubling and charming film.
When it’s live, anything can happen, says The Repertory Theatre’s veteran artistic director Steven Woolf. This season, The Rep will showcase that exciting element of live theater during two productions that take audiences backstage. The new lineup also will feature a range of dramatic, comical and mysterious plays. LN recently spoke with Woolf for an inside look at the mainstage season and Studio Theatre series.
It used to be that as we aged, our knees simply wore out, and there wasn’t much we could do but endure the discomfort. But today, more and more spare parts are available to replace our worn-out joints, giving people more mobility and comfort in their later decades.
Story: American artist Mark Rothko, whose body of work included surrealism, abstract expressionism and bold, innovative experiments in color, took a disciplined approach to his work. Ensconced since the early 1950s in a former YMCA gymnasium in the Bowery section of New York City, Rothko enlisted the aid of various assistants to help him in the construction of his massive paintings.