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Feb.18.2009
It started with those anti-bacterial wipes available at grocery stores. We’re supposed to wipe down the handles of our shopping carts before touching them because they are invisibly icky with germs and goop and such from other people’s grimy palms. (Never mind that those same grimy hands are...
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Feb.18.2009
Snow Daze Outside looks like a giant snow globe. And someone’s shaking that baby. The birch trees have gone full bridal; white on white one white. They’re hosting some mighty confused little birds in their branches. People slipping and sliding around on the city sidewalks have that too-bundled-up-...
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Feb.18.2009
Walking in the urbs on a snowy evening Twilight is creeping on. The snow takes on a blue tint. A steep city street, abandoned by wise drivers and persnickety pedestrians, is crowded with scores of kids pulling sleds and saucers all but forgotten in the backs of garages until early this morning when...
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Feb.14.2009
  Hardrock.com   The week I arrived in London, I picked up a magazine. The headline read, "Punk is dead!" I turned to my friend and asked, "What is punk?" I'd been living under a rock, or more precisely, in the midst of some rather big rocks known as the Himalayas, and...
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Feb.14.2009
Sour notes at the Grammys matt sayles, AP  I try to behave in a dignified manner. I aim to be above this sort of petty gossip. But then the red carpet unfurls and, I'm sorry, but the temptation is simply too great. Am I not human? Most days, anyway? So how can a mere mortal resist the...
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Feb.14.2009
I'm a reasonable person. My approach to life is fairly logical. But when it comes to mascara, I am a total, irrational kook. I cannot go out into the world without the stuff coating my lashes. What is the point of brushing black goop onto the fine hairs surrounding one's eyeballs? Supposedly,...
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Feb.11.2009
I have only one question.  Who the heck paid for the woman's fertility treatment?  It's expensive. I cannot imagine that she scraped up the tens of thousands of dollars needed to go through the drug treatment, extraction of the egg cells, fertilization, implanting of the embryos etc. without also...
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Feb.07.2009
Proof that the internet is still the wild frontier: Yesterday, someone sent me a link for the coolest fashion blog ever.  I had to agree that it was pretty remarkable. The author was an 11-year-old girl who posted artsy images of herself dressed in the kookiest clothes, like skirts worn as...
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Feb.06.2009
I work 4 days a week in a newsroom. Well, I get paid to work 4 days a week. The truth is, like most writers, I'm a little obsessive and so even on my day's off respond to work email, work stories and work blogs.  And when not doing that, I work on fiction, a couple nonfiction books and go to Red...
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Feb.05.2009
There's at least one good thing about the sexual scandal surrounding the mayor of Portland: Reporters have stopped navel gazing about the sorry state of newspaper industry to contemplate the belly button of our elected official.  Sam Adams won the primary by such a landslide that he was immediately...
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Jan.31.2009
Patricia Field interviewPosted by Vivian McInerny, The Oregonian January 30, 2009 15:34PMCategories: Living Top Stories, Patricia FieldEvan Agostini, Associated PressPatricia Field at the opening of the movie "Sex and the City" with the author of the series. Her hair is cherry pop red....
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Jan.27.2009
Stila + BarbiePosted by Vivian McInerny, The Oregonian January 23, 2009 08:30AMStila.com Come on Barbie let's go party. Mattel's va-va-voomiest doll is 50 years old. To celebrate -- apparently dolls go all-Chucky on you if you forget their birthdays -- Stila is launching limited edition Barbie...
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Jan.27.2009
  Fashion once went on sale at the most inconvenient times. This I learned at age 10. That winter, every girl in the entire world --or my immediate Minneapolis neighborhood --rocked a fluffy, fake fur hat. Never mind that the topper looked as though a white rabbit had artfully arranged itself atop...
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Jan.20.2009
I work in a newsroom at a daily paper. My colleagues are snarky by nature. Maybe wickedly witty is a better description. This morning I arrived around 8:45 with a cup of coffee in hand to find several people gathered around a little television in the quad pod I share with two editors.  (The fourth...
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Jan.07.2009
Product: Cleavage Cover Posted by Vivian McInerny, The Oregonian January 06, 2009 10:00AM Cleavagecovers4you.comBefore Breasts are useful body parts. They feed babies. They launched the bra economy. They keep Hugh Hefner and his Bunny pals from the unemployment line. But they can also...
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