Was there big news in your neighborhood, or an interesting trend you spotted this year? Compare your idea to hundreds of other readers who sent their suggestions. We've used the responses to construct a word cloud.
Were they bigger than big, or a blip on the radar? Weeks-long water cooler fodder or hardly happening? It's been another year of stories so overblown, overhyped and overrated, 365 days were hardly enough to contain them.
As it turns out, Raymond Chandler isn't the only writer who can channel the dark charisma of deceptively sunny California. Author Hector Tobar recommends John Fante's Ask the Dust, a novel that captures the grit and glamor of Los Angeles' past.
Teacher John Hunter invented the World Peace Game to get his elementary students to think about major world issues. He also wanted to teach them compassion and kindness. At least two of his former students are on the path he helped to pave.
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