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2009 Stories by Michelle Mathews

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  • O, Tannenbaum

    published December 24, 2009

    Oftentimes our North Texas weather and landscape fail to live up to the idyllic scenes of Christmas carols--around here, there are no sleigh rides... More >>

  • Lose It Live

    published December 3, 2009

    Some folks treat weight loss as a private matter, quietly undertaken with the help of a personal chef or a diet book and a low-profile scale that... More >>

  • Holiday Head

    published December 3, 2009

    As the weather turns colder (finally), your alcoholic musings might turn to traditional winter beverages such as hot toddies, Irish coffees or a... More >>

  • Pussing Out

    published November 26, 2009

    If you watched the Disney Channel in the late '80s, you might remember Cannon Movie Tales, which were low-budget musical versions of fairy tales... More >>

  • It's In the Bag

    published November 5, 2009

    Like no other piece of apparel, purses have become an instant announcement of status and wealth (the ubiquitous Louis Vuitton), and they can even... More >>

  • The Halls Are Alive

    published October 29, 2009

    We can't imagine what it's like for a child to have to live up to a famous (or infamous) surname such as Gotti, Trump, Brando or Astaire. Legacies... More >>

  • Downtown Flappers

    published October 15, 2009

    Soon we'll begin looking back to the 1990s with the same fondness we have for the 1920s--both were periods of liberalism and prosperity followed... More >>

  • Here Oar There

    published September 24, 2009

    I don't tell a lot of people this, but paddling is a secret desire of mine. I fantasize about it quite often--the broad, flat paddle finding its... More >>

  • Strings Attached

    published September 17, 2009

    Though great fans of Muppets, it never really occurred to us to take puppets seriously. Sure, their cute songs offered preschool lessons (sharing,... More >>

  • Song Of The Sake

    published September 10, 2009

    Are you hipper if you drink your sake warm or cold? What's so special about honjozo-shu sake? Is sake a wine, a beer or a spirit? Get the answer... More >>

  • Tales & Tiny Throws

    published August 13, 2009

    Teenagers have long answered the mall's siren song, but now their little siblings can tag along too: Every Tuesday in August, Pottery Barn Kids is... More >>

  • Bowie's Maze

    published July 9, 2009

    David Bowie's film career hasn't exactly been illustrious, but he's carved out a niche for himself playing a range of odd characters such as... More >>

  • Highbrow Picnic

    published June 18, 2009

    Things you don't want to hear at a picnic: "Does this egg salad smell off to you?" "I thought you packed the forks!" "Watch out for More >>

  • We're Not Cranking

    published June 4, 2009

    Fudge-covered, peanut butter-filled pretzels in vanilla malt ice cream rippled with fudge and peanut butter: This is the description of Ben &... More >>

  • Oh, Sarah

    published April 30, 2009

    I've learned a lot from books. From Sarah, Plain and Tall, I learned the words "squall" and "ayuh" and that storybook stepmothers... More >>

  • The Pauly Shore of Science

    published April 16, 2009

    Why do projects such as Biosphere 2 capture the imagination? Is it because they resonate with the thrill of the possibility of exploring and... More >>

  • Barr None

    published April 9, 2009

    While exploring the great outdoors, we have encountered drunkards with loud speedboats, a-holes who pump their window-shaking bass late into the... More >>

  • Totally Cheesy

    published March 26, 2009

    Many of the most comforting foods are also the most ancient: bread, beer, wine, cheese. These foods are also astounding in their range, from... More >>

  • Homes, Holmes

    published March 5, 2009

    Comedian Eddie Izzard jokes that Europe's "where the history comes from," because in America we tear down anything more than 30 years old. I guess... More >>

  • Folksy Lady

    published February 19, 2009

    Last night I had the strangest dream...about Joan Baez. I dreamed that she married a guy she met in jail, that she went to Woodstock... More >>

  • Waiting for Guildenstern

    published January 22, 2009

    When young college English majors are looking for a brooding, introspective, poetic prince, we fall a little bit in love with Hamlet. But by the... More >>

  • Going Dutch

    published January 8, 2009

    If you've cooked over an open fire in the last 400 years, you're probably familiar with Dutch ovens. This versatile pot lets hungry outdoors folk... More >>

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