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Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013

Science looks at the top dogs

The Olympics, one could argue, are the epitome of competition, where all the top dogs have their day. However, to be called competitive may indicate that you’re pushy, obsessed with winning and that nobody likes you
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Storytelling with Michelle Dobbs

  Milwaukee author Michelle Dobbs describes herself as an artist first and then a storyteller. She quit her job in the nonprofit world in 2009 and dedicated herself to publishing her first book, The Rock Island Line
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Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

Off The Cuff with Joe Wray

 Few guitarist-singers explode onto the scene as quietly and swiftly as Joe Wray. The 33-year-old Milwaukeean traveled the world as a Marine, spent time on the East Coast, and then found his passion as a musician, literally
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Parenthood without pop psychology

The aptly titled book NurtureShock is a riveting look into the mysterious minds of children and the teachings of myth-guided parents. Po Bronson, best-selling author...
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Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010

A rapper’s spiritual guide

When New York rap artist Jay-Z says, “Jesus can’t save you, life starts when the church ends,” he touches on the twofold conundrum of faith and practice that is explored in The Tao of Wu (Riverhead). New York rappers know about sin in their city, and the internal struggles of breaking through. They wear the hard knocks of their lives—violence, drugs...
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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008
More and more often the sound of music and the passion for flashin’ comes crashing together—a cultural version of the Big Bang Theory—and there are many front-runners taking advantage. Take fashion designer and music artist Damion Thompson, whose band, 3 the Hard Way, has laced the eardrums
Album Reviews
Monday, Nov. 17, 2008

UrbanSol Live: Beautiful Music

UrbanSol Live: Beautiful Music brings together boisterous melodies, soulful vocalists and raw talent in one CD. Damion Thompson, a local fashion designer and drummer/director of the band 3 the Hard Way, is the producer...
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Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008

Life in the jungle of love

How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo, co-author of He's Just Not That Into You, is a book that attempts to tackle the massive conundrum of single life for women: It's important to be happy while single, but who wants to spend time working on being happy and single when you can spend time finding a man to make you happy? And that, quite frankly, is the downfall of this book for me, though it might serve as satisfying chick-lit for the masses. Tuccillo, one of HBO's Emmy Award-winning executive story editor's for "Sex and the City," puts her personal spin on the single . . .
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
A write-or-die guy, Kwabena Antoine Nixon—Chicago native, Milwaukee dweller—was part of the movement that brought spoken word to the forefront of the city. He meanders through clubs and cafes with Poetry Unplugged open mic nights that audiences call “church” and he calls “the ministry.”
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Discovering gazpacho

Many young girls dream of being the most popular, adored girl in school. But the truth is, only a tiny fraction of them end up as the cool and popular ones, while the rest of us are left to find a different way in the social ranks, a way to define who we truly are inside. In the deliciously twisted memoir Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love and Spain (Atria), Lori L. Tharps, a native Milwaukeean now living in Philadelphia, takes readers down the winding roads of her journey of love and self-discovery across the Iberian Peninsula and back again.

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