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The Advice Goddess – 02/16/11

The Advice Goddess By Amy Alkon FIRST QUESTION –  Menopause In The Heterosexuality I’m a 56-year-old married woman, and as far as I can tell, I’ve been happily heterosexual all my life — until recently. For the past year, I’ve been thinking about a woman until I can no longer think about anything else. I […]

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News of the Weird

CHUCK SHEPHERD’S NEWS OF THE WEIRD by Chuck Shepherd The ear has a “G-spot,” explained the Santa Clara, Calif., ear-nose-and-throat surgeon, and thus the moans of ecstasy that Vietnamese “ear pickers” reportedly elicit from their clients might well be justified. A San Jose Mercury News reporter, dispatched to Ho Chi Minh City in January to […]

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Law and Disorder – 02/09/11

How long does family come first? by Isabel A. Suarez Dear Isabel, I have been paying child support since my divorce 10 years ago. The amount is so high relative to my income that it barely leaves me enough money to sustain myself, never mind stop sleeping on the couch and get a one-bedroom apartment. […]

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The Advice Goddess – 02/09/11

The Advice Goddess By Amy Alkon FIRST QUESTION – Queasy Credit My girlfriend and I are planning to get married this year. Her finances are in perfect order (she’s frugal, with no debts, while I owe $8K on credit cards), so we agreed that she’d manage our money after marriage. But recently, something happened that […]

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News of the Weird

News of the Weird By Chuck Shepherd Those Ingenious Western Spies! In January, Saudi officials detained a vulture from Tel Aviv University (part of endangered-species research), calling it a spy and alarming its Israeli handlers that the bird might face a gruesome execution as an espionage agent. Then, a day later, Iran reportedly detained an […]

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Law and Disorder – 02/02/11

Do’s and Dont’s of your Identification. By Isabel A. Suárez Dear Isabel, I see the government intruding in my life every day.  My grandfather told me about Nazi Germany and how he always had to carry identification around with him to prove who he claimed to be. The police could stop him for no reason […]

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The end of the dead tree book?

Kindles and Kobos and Nooks. Oh, my. By Timothy Walker Constant readers, ones rarely seen without a book or a newspaper in hand, certainly aren’t going anywhere. You see them on the bus, in the cafeteria, in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. I myself am involved in a lifelong love affair with books, […]

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A Country Divided

Local author Raul Ramos y Sanchez debuts his provocative, eye-opening second novel, ‘House Divided’ By Nicole Wroten Miami Valley author Raul Ramos y Sanchez paints an almost-too-real picture of revolution in the sequel to his critically acclaimed first novel, “American Libre,” in “House Divided.” Ramos y Sanchez’s second novel picks up where the first left […]

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News of the Weird – 02/02/11

News of the Weird By Chuck Shepherd Do Ask, Must Tell (and Show): The Turkish military’s legendary homophobia (rare among NATO countries) comprises both zero-tolerance for homosexuality by service personnel and the requirement of rigorous proof by anyone applying for exemption from service by claiming to be gay. (Homosexuality is the only disqualifier from compulsory […]

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The Advice Goddess – 02/02/11

The Advice Goddess By Amy Alkon – FIRST QUESTION — Speed Hating I met a guy online, and after two four-hour phone conversations, he declared he felt a “deep connection.” We had a romantic date, during which he made repeated declarations of his feelings. The next morning, he sent a somewhat angry text, observing that […]

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The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]

Advice Goddess: 10/14

By Amy Alkon Fasten your Bible belt My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Heavy meddle Is it okay to keep your income a secret from someone you’re dating? I recently […]