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Even more X-cess

I marvel how often ideas travel together, like migrating birds. Just a few days after I composed my X-essay, I came across this tribute to a Southern motel called the Moon Winx Lodge. Here's the lead from Michael Martone: The X. It is the Moon Winx Lodge. That X does a lot of work. Read More
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Texan kills ex to please sex proxy

My great friend Pegie Stark Adam is a visionary. She sees things that I can't see. Because she is a designer and artist, she sees shapes, perspectives and especially colors in creative ways. In fact, she's designed her living space mostly in white, so the colors will not overwhelm her. The way Pegie sees colors … Read More
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Touch up that cliche

My American Heritage Dictionary defines the word touche as an interjection "used to acknowledge a hit in fencing or a successful criticism or an effective point in argument." I thought of that word recently as I read a rapier column by Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post about the memoir of Mary Cheney, vice-presidential daughter and self-acknowledged lesbian. Read More
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Ban the Word 'Crusade'

President Bush has said many of the right words this week, words of grief, consolation, anger, and determination. But Sunday, of all days, he said the wrong word: crusade. He did not read the word from a prepared text--he was speaking off the cuff--and he stumbled to find the word he needed to describe a sustained effort to defeat … Read More
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