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Gates vs. Gates: O, How the Mighty Are All-in

Gates vs. Gates: O, How the Mighty Are All-in

Like many of you, I’ve been following the ongoing tale of Bill and Melinda Gates’s domestic worries with equal parts empathy, anger and apathy. The latter part is beginning to swallow up the first two parts. But there’s still time to comment before I nod off.

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Tammi J. Truax Adds Verse to the Universe

Tammi J. Truax Adds Verse to the Universe

A poet laureate spreads the word about art—and a notable First LadyBy Ed Goldmanhile she lives in Eliot, Maine, Tammi J. Truax is the poet laureate of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  But, she says, “I work in Portsmouth and when I leave my cottage, I...

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Exclusive! A Transcript of Prince Harry’s Job Interview

Exclusive! A Transcript of Prince Harry’s Job Interview

It was reported recently in every conceivable news outlet, on all social media websites, via carrier puffins and by zombie Pony Express riders that Prince Harry—aka, the Duke or Duck of Sussex, depending on how badly you suffer from Anglophilia—has been hired by the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder.

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Michele Hillen-Noufer Takes a Lifetime of Theatre Skills to Sacramento-Area Students

Michele Hillen-Noufer Takes a Lifetime of Theatre Skills to Sacramento-Area Students

Michele Hillen-Noufer, founding executive director of the NorCal School of the Arts, tells me she loves what she’s doing so much that she doesn’t miss acting. I’m not sure acting doesn’t miss her, however. She had a dramatic range and projected an incandescent beauty on stage that were rare and compelling—never more in evidence (for me, anyway) than when she played the tragic Desdemona in a production of “Othello” at the Sacramento Theatre Company some years ago. A small, slender woman with the face and grace of a ballerina, she was all you watched—even in other shows that mandated she be a humble ensemble player.

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