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Jazz, the Great American Songbook and Don Henley: Scottish siren Carol Kidd shares her musical passions

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Inspiration for feature articles can come from the most unexpected places. On the way home a couple of weeks ago, I was tuned into Seriously Sinatra, Channel 75 on Sirius-XM radio, when I heard a girl singer doing a really soft, sensuous take on Frank Sinatra’s signature saloon ballad “Angel Eyes.”
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Elizabeth Berg on writing: It’s magical. I’m just the typist.

When Elizabeth Berg sat down to begin her latest book, she found herself in every writer’s worst nightmare: She was blocked. The author of over 20 books, including “Talk Before Sleep,” “Open House” and “The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted” couldn’t come up with a story.

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‘Terminator Salvation’: Edge-of-your-seat action with an existential twist

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Yes,“Terminator Salvation” is a high-adrenaline action-adventure film with robots, car chases and — of course — gargantuan explosions. But at the core of this sci-fi flick is a surprising hope for the resilience of what makes us human: our souls. Yet “Terminator Salvation” is also a visceral tale of humanity.

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Be afraid. Be very afraid. ‘The Scarecrow’ cometh

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When Michael Connelly sat down to write “The Scarecrow,” his second book about journalist Jack McEvoy, he didn’t have to do much research. He was writing what he knows.

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Buckled up inside: Life-threatening injuries leave rising jazz star Melody Gardot with limitations – and a grateful heart

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When she was 19, Philadelphia singer/songwriter Melody Gardot was involved in an accident that damaged both her body and her brain. A car struck her as she was riding her bicycle, although she can’t remember why or where she was pedaling to. The accident left her with  a fractured pelvis and damaged her spine.

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