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Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 12:00 am
A year ago I ventured an opinion about one of the chronic ailments suffered by U.S. health care -- expensive, ineffectual or unnecessary treatments that are partly a result of incentives built into our perverse system of paying for such things. (See Just what the doctor ordered, August 23,2012.) On August 19
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 12:00 am
As always, anything goes at The Pharmacy's Open Format Open Mic. Bring a guitar and share a song or two. Try out that new poem, even thought the ink is still not dry in your Moleskine. Go public with that original knock-knock joke you've been annoying your friends and family with. Peel and eat an orange. The only limit (other than municipal decency statutes) is your imagina...
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 12:00 am
I love elections. The torrent of lies, half-truths and baseless insinuations from candidates about other candidates is entertaining, though also disheartening if you let yourself think about it too much.

This morning, I found the most magnificent specimen of a political hit job in my email box from the National Republican Congressional Committee. Behold:

Hey there &ndash...
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 12:00 am
Once again, Faingold at Large proudly presents "Between the Cracks" - the recurring feature designed to shine a light onto Springfield-area bands, and all in their own words, to boot. Join us, won't you? There's gold between them thar cracks! Today's BTC flashlight shines on charmingly monikered native Springfield rockers Soap Scum. Website:
Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 12:00 am
Bruce Williams In just a few hours, the Second Annual Healing Arts Festival will kick off at the Douglas Park Band Shell (400 N MacArthur). Organized by Bruce Williams (NIL8, Tom Irwin and the Raouligans), the music begins at 5 PM with Tater Tot. At 6PM, Maryl Walters will speak on the subject of "prayer based healing of today's challenges," followed by a rocking set from ...
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 12:00 am
My piece about whether collegiate athletes ought to be paid (see ”Throwing in the towel,” Aug. 1, 2013  was merely a course-summary version of a complex argument. Readers interested in learning more about that argument might find these interesting: “
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 12:00 am
If you enjoy the grisly autopsy scenes in your favorite cop drama, you might like to poke about a bitin the corpse of the City of Detroyt, as I did in Dancing around the issue from the Aug. 8, 2013 paper. Since that piece appeared, J. Eric Wise added to the discussion in
Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 12:00 am
What do other folks do? Those that don't attend the Illinois State Fair or mill about the pool. Well, this poet goes out into the world and welcomes in happy little moments. Unafraid to find a sweet rendezvous in unexpected little places or pleasures, fearlessly finding connections, sometimes between the natural world and the world ins...


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