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2010 Stories by Michelle Mathews

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  • Hike On

    published December 30, 2010

    The key to keeping New Year's resolutions is to strike while the iron's hot--start working toward your goal while you're passionate about it. And... More >>

  • The Shortest Day

    published December 16, 2010

    Greeting cards try to tell us the "reason for the season," but we know the truth. The real reason for the season is the moment when the earth is... More >>

  • Let's Bug Out

    published December 9, 2010

    Humans worry a lot about the big world around us--birth, death, sex, power, war. And in the much smaller world around us--the world of... More >>

  • Floats and Coats

    published December 2, 2010

    Where will you be at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday? If you want to snag a good seat at this year's Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade, you'll... More >>

  • The First of Eight Crazy Nights

    published November 25, 2010

    They say that everything's bigger in Texas. Unfortunately, however, New York has us beat when it comes to public menorahs--the 9-armed candelabrum... More >>

  • Hey, Hey, Beaujolais

    published November 18, 2010

    Some of us age gracefully, mellowing into supple silvers and golds, wearing each year as a pearl of wisdom rather than a battle scar.... More >>

  • Watch That Scene, Dig It

    published November 11, 2010

    Sweden has two Abbas. One is a 172-year-old producer of canned herring. The other is a 38-year-old pop group. While the latter did have to... More >>

  • Meow for a Musical

    published November 11, 2010

    If you give a cat a cupcake, it will probably eat it greedily and then vomit the half-digested remains on your bed about an hour later. That's our... More >>

  • Barely Awakening

    published November 4, 2010

    Scandal--even just implied scandal--sells. If a book is banned or if the Catholic Church speaks out against a movie, curious people become all the... More >>

  • Hayseed Horror

    published October 21, 2010

    If we drew a Venn diagram, how much overlap would there be between Renaissance fair-goers and haunted house lovers? Surely, the folks who don... More >>

  • What A Drag

    published October 7, 2010

    It's hard out here for a...liberal arts grad. Truth is an English (or history or sociology) degree just doesn't go as far as it used to. Sometimes... More >>

  • Oh. My. Tosh.

    published September 30, 2010

    The summer of deep V's is winding down, but Tosh Tour Twenty Ten is just getting warmed up. If you don't chuckle at misogyny and racism,... More >>

  • Soul Asylum

    published September 23, 2010

    At some point in adult life, things that are supposed to symbolize innocent fun in childhood become terrifying. Or maybe the fear is always there,... More >>

  • The Lord God Bird

    published September 9, 2010

    Sometimes the things we've lost come back to us. A favorite lipstick tucked away in a forgotten coat pocket; a family heirloom rescued from a pawn... More >>

  • Check Out the Gams on Grandma

    published September 2, 2010

    When you hear "active seniors," you might picture a kindly but wizened bunch who shuffle between brunch, bridge games, grandchildren's recitals,... More >>

  • It's A Fab, Fab World

    published August 19, 2010

    You would think that after abandoning the intricate and highly prescribed world of corsets, bustles, waistcoats and top hats, getting dressed... More >>

  • The Island One

    published August 12, 2010

    South Pacific! Where the wind comes sweeping down the...no, that's not quite right. By order summer lingers through September... More >>

  • Eat This, Not That

    published August 5, 2010

    Could you survive in the wilderness? If left to your own devices, could you secure the basics--water, shelter, food? If you've ever walked through... More >>

  • Code Breakers

    published July 15, 2010

    Who doesn't like art with a code? The thrilling idea of staring at an old master and discovering the cryptic message, "So dark the con of man..."... More >>

  • What Lives Down There?

    published July 8, 2010

    Psst, wanna know some real dirt? This is a dark, dank secret. You'll never believe what investigators have uncovered...right in the backyard.... More >>

  • Sweet And Sour

    published June 24, 2010

    Deep Ellum's tunnels used to be the place to go to see breathtaking graffiti--not the hastily sprayed tags and four-letter words scrawled... More >>

  • Buddy Up

    published June 17, 2010

    All the TV lovers out there know that the weekend (at least until Sunday night) is a television wasteland, full of reality dross and reruns. But... More >>

  • Summertime, Unplugged

    published June 10, 2010

    Those kids never believe you when you try to tell them about your childhood--walking barefoot in the snow 15 miles to school, uphill both ways.... More >>

  • Don't Put All Your Eggs On One Easel

    published June 10, 2010

    Eggs-tra, eggs-tra, read all about it! An egg-citing eggs-ibit is coming to Dallas...OK, OK, no more egg puns. We're done yolking around. Almost.... More >>

  • Lady Blues

    published June 3, 2010

    It's common to celebrate life changes in song--"Happy Birthday," "Hava Nagila," "We've Only Just Begun." So it only makes sense that someone (in... More >>

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