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The Simple Joys Of An Old-Fashioned Datebook

Is there really anything else that matters quite as much, as the unblemished promise of a blank page of your own life — the particulars of which are written for and by you?
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Answering The Question 'What Was It A Good Year For?'

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.
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John Ridley's Top 'Nontroversies' Of 2011

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.
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Dusting Off A Gritty, Glamorous California Classic

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.
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Dear NHL: Hit The Puck, Not The Players

Commentator Frank Deford suggests a New Year's resolution for the National Hockey League: No more fighting.
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Graphic Content: 3 Comics Based On Real Crimes

Society has a fascination with crime — we can't seem to look away from the yellow police tape. Author Duane Swierczynski recommends three thrilling crime stories told in graphic-novel form.
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A Poem A Day Keeps The Craziness Away

Author Alan Heathcock was feeling harried and overwhelmed — until he came up with an innovative solution for finding a little peace: reading a poem every day.
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Peace Game Puts 'Weight Of The World' On Students

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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