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2005 Stories by Leah Shafer

Archives: 2006 | 2005
  • Send in the Clowns

    published November 24, 2005

    Americans have a peculiar Manichaean relationship with clowns. This dualism sees us hiring them for kids' birthday parties and cheering a... More >>

  • Deep-Fried Fun

    published September 29, 2005

    Food is the best part of the State Fair of Texas, and if we've got it, well, we fry it. Fried pickles, fried ice cream, fried tamales,... More >>

  • Zest is Best

    published September 8, 2005

    Once upon a time during a rather tedious drive from Dallas to Washington, D.C., my driving companion and I discovered that, having been out of... More >>

  • Blues Notes

    published August 25, 2005

    When it comes to blues, I am way out of the musical loop--like when I figured interest in rap would die out after The Fat Boys lost popularity. In... More >>

  • Equal Rights Stuff

    published August 4, 2005

    The Susan B. Anthony dollar coins are so sad. I mean, really, who uses them? They're forever being confused with quarters, jamming soda machines,... More >>

  • Art From A to Z

    published July 21, 2005

    Anyone who has visited the Dallas Museum of Art over the years has a favorite from the permanent collection. The space around Jackson Pollock's... More >>

  • Big Bang Boom

    published June 30, 2005

    I like to consider myself a connoisseur of celebratory experiences, and July 4 is my specialty. This is partly because of my patriotic parents as... More >>

  • Clean Sweep

    published June 2, 2005

    Sometimes the apple falls really, really far from the tree. In the case of my mom and me, I think I landed in a different time zone. Not in all... More >>

  • Kowtow to Cacao

    published May 12, 2005

    Chocolate has some powerful aficionados. The Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, co-creator of the universe and all death and rebirth, was such a superfan... More >>

  • Block by Block

    published May 5, 2005

    Legos seem to inspire something extremely clever and a little obsessive in certain people. These guys are the MacGyvers of the Lego world--you... More >>

  • Peep Show

    published April 14, 2005

    There's a bit of voyeur in all of us. I'm not referring so much to some pervy desire to watch your neighbors with a telescope but rather a... More >>

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