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2009 Stories by Alison Sieloff

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  • Well-Versed

    published November 12, 2009

    Poems can certainly stand on their own, as emotive expressions and works of art, but they can also work in concert with other creative forms. When... More >>

  • Outside, Looking In

    published November 12, 2009

    Visual art doesn't just satisfy the viewer's need for eye candy — it can serve as a kind of therapy for the artists, helping them transform... More >>

  • Drum Headquarters

    published November 12, 2009

    Traditional Middle Eastern music doesn't have to just come out of the Middle East — heck, it can waft up and out of the streets of Brooklyn,... More >>

  • A Wicked Good Time

    published November 4, 2009

    While most of the good people in the world are against villains, we've decided we're for some evildoers, at least the fictional ones. Just think... More >>

  • Pointe of Power

    published November 4, 2009

    When you think of dancerly qualities, flexibility, poise and grace are usually at the top of the list. But dancers have to be crazy strong, too,... More >>

  • All Fired Up

    published November 4, 2009

    Fire brought the caveman out of darkness and helped him develop s'mores. These same flickering flames still serve as a source of warmth, light and... More >>

  • Rich in Song

    published October 28, 2009

    How many times has each of us thought like Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof? Finish this sentence: If I were a rich man (or woman), all... More >>

  • Day of the Dead

    published October 28, 2009

    The post-Halloween letdown can be tough. Your sugar levels have crashed, your pillowcase is ruined with costume makeup, and you're not sure... More >>

  • Another Brick in the Crumbling Wall

    published October 28, 2009

    While there are no shortage of decaying buildings within the city limits, photographer Dan Younger chose to document the shambles of one... More >>

  • Normal or Paranormal? You Make the Call!

    published October 28, 2009

    When an entire town is haunted, as Alton, Illinois, is, you know the Halloween celebrations there have to be pretty spooky. Something as innocent... More >>

  • Feel the Fear

    published October 21, 2009

    You've seen The Shining so many times that Jack Nicholson and his "Here's Johnny" routine aren't frightening in the slightest. And when... More >>

  • Buy Local, Feel Good

    published October 21, 2009

    Buying handmade goods always feels more special than running up to your local big-box store and throwing some mass-produced thing into the cart.... More >>

  • Catch This!

    published October 21, 2009

    Some folks are experts at keeping 50 ideas in their heads at once and totally staying on task. Others of us, not so much. We wonder which group... More >>

  • More Yarn, Not Yawns

    published October 21, 2009

    Oh, the plight of the knitter! Until recently, she wasn't viewed as cool and crafty, but instead as frumpy, uptight and 100 percent grandmotherly.... More >>

  • Nevermore

    published October 21, 2009

    Even as we celebrate the bicentennial of Edgar Allan Poe's birth this year, the Baltimore Poe House & Museum recently laid the author to... More >>

  • Get Busy

    published October 14, 2009

    Everyone these days is into multitasking. Why just watch TV when you can simultaneously be reading the news online and going through your mail? Or... More >>

  • It's Just A Little Brush

    published October 14, 2009

    Artists seem like a whole different breed of folks, what with their berets and fancy cigarettes and everything. Even though you feel creative from... More >>

  • To India, By Film

    published October 14, 2009

    There is a vast world out there, and unless you're a lottery winner or, say, an independently wealthy inventor, you're not going to be able to see... More >>

  • Now Hear This

    published October 7, 2009

    If we had to assemble a taste of Earth today to send to the aliens, the gold record (aliens have standards, you know) would likely be populated... More >>

  • "Party" Is German for "Party"

    published October 7, 2009

    Our lives are filled with many unanswered questions. Where does the sky end and space begin? Will humans ever be able to travel through time? Why... More >>

  • Feed Your Head

    published October 7, 2009

    Who says that reading is a lost art? Non-readers, perhaps, or maybe that's the kind of thing out of the mouths of folks who haven't attended the... More >>

  • This Is Big

    published October 7, 2009

    All right, by now you've probably had a look at Chesterfield's sculpture of a giant man on the local news. You were wowed by the size of The... More >>

  • Settle the Score

    published September 30, 2009

    THE FINAL THREE PERFORMANCES OF LOVE KILLS HAVE BEEN CANCELED DUE TO A PERSONAL LOSS IN THE COMPANY. With every episode of Forensic Files... More >>

  • Fill 'Er Up

    published September 30, 2009

    That empty feeling you get inside...man, there's nothing worse. Just when you think you've moved on, that sinking hollowness is back to haunt you.... More >>

  • Here Comes Trouble

    published September 30, 2009

    When someone is letting three witches guide his or her life, you know there's going to be trouble. (That is, unless the witches are the three on... More >>

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