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Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:01 am

Local women singers head to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis

 “I have heartaches, I have blues. No matter what you got, the blues is there.”Jan. 21-25, at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tenn., hundreds of blues musicians gather fro...
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:01 am

Leading Springfield to a future of health and fitness

Fitness is in. We’ve all seen enough alarming articles about obesity in America to know that something has to change, and there are plenty of people in Springfield trying to do something about it. W...
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 If you are like me, dear reader, you have the urge to eschew all white food and start a new fitness regime every year around Jan. 1. A few weeks later I’m plagued by inevitable backsliding, po...
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:01 am

Sweat to today’s hottest music

 Like almost everyone else I know, I have long struggled against my sofa’s seductiveness as well as my upbringing of bedtime snacks.  But the thought of facing down an army of cold, grey e...
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:01 am

Oak Ridge Cemetery’s mid-life crisis

 During winter, especially, the signs aren’t obvious.Snow covers expanses of lawn prone to brown during dry summers. Dead trees, perhaps as many as 90, aren’t distinguishable from the ones th...
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:01 am
 “The City is now lighted up with Gas with great success,” John T. Stuart wrote to his daughter in February of 1855. “It looks very brilliant whenever in use and especially the State House ...
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:01 am
Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle, quiet scenes that succeed in touching our hearts. This happens in a way only poss...
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:01 am

Alienation and loss dominate

 The more things changed, the more they remained the same for American movies. Superhero films and sequels still held sway at the box office as the top five grossing movies fell into one of these...

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