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The Parenting Dance: Hold Tight While Letting Go

Sarah Littman is struggling a little with her son, Joshua, being away at college. He is having a hard time adjusting to being away from home and understanding why he's in college in the first place.
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National Book Award Winner Tells Tale Of Katrina

On Wednesday, author Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award. Her novel, Salvage The Bones, takes place in a small town during a hurricane. The story was based on her own experience of surviving hurricane Katrina, which she describes in this essay.
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When Hard Times Means Leaving A Career For A Job

Alice Eastman, a single mother living in Wheaton, Ill., tried to make ends meet on unemployment while she hunted for a job in her field after being laid off in 2010. After a long, fruitless search, Eastman, a once-highly paid professional, took a minimum-wage job at Target.
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Trapped In A Nightmare: A Sweet, Funny, Brutal Read

The best books don't just get inside a character's psyche, they get in the reader's head, as well. Author Ismet Prcic recommends Irvine Welsh's Marabou Stork Nightmares, a funny, provocative, cerebral novel that explores the meaning of violence.
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Protesters' Eviction: The End, Or An Opportunity?

Tuesday, Occupy Wall Street protesters were evicted from Zuccotti Park in Manhattan. Similar evacuations were carried out in cities across the country, including Portland and Oakland. Many analysts argue this could be a turning point for the movement.
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Steve Jobs Dishes On The Tech Business In 'Lost Interview' From 1995

When he died on Oct. 5, Steve Jobs was eulogized as the tech visionary who put elegantly designed gadgets into the lives of people who often hadn't realized the devices were essential — until Jobs, and Apple, created them. A recently recovered 1995 interview offers another chance to hear from the late CEO.
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Frank Deford: Is Football Culture The Core Of The Problem?

Commentator Frank Deford wonders if the very nature of the sport contributed to the events at Penn State.

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