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2011 Stories by Brooke Foster

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  • Eternal Art

    published November 3, 2011

    As is true of all great art, a tattoo should delight you for your entire life. Just as you'll certainly tire of the "dogs playing poker" hanging... More >>

  • The Muad'Dib of Facts

    published October 27, 2011

    The four walls of John Hodgman's dressing room must not exceed the width of his own arm span. All carbon-monoxide detectors must be in the... More >>

  • Welcome to the Neighborhood?

    published October 27, 2011

    Sometimes, we make every effort to avoid the ugly side of human nature -- until reality shatters our carefully constructed, willful naivete. We... More >>

  • After Winter Comes Outlaw

    published October 13, 2011

    Few writers capture a sense of place as well as Daniel Woodrell. With a journalist's eye for detail and a poet's sense of language, the... More >>

  • Fiddle Food

    published September 29, 2011

    There's a right way and a wrong way to enjoy a meal on the street. Wrong way: cradling loaded nachos in your bare hands, shouting at the neighbors... More >>

  • Crazy Dramatic

    published September 29, 2011

    Sometimes, the closest we get to courtroom drama is wondering whether we'll be selected for a jury -- and then seated next to a guy who smells... More >>

  • A Day for Dogs

    published September 22, 2011

    For dogs and their people, pretty much every day is a canine carnival. There are the rides (CAR! Oh boy oh boy!), the games of chance ("Can... More >>

  • Arty Shaw

    published September 22, 2011

    Now, as the crisp nights prove perfectly snuggle-worthy, and the green leaves of summer change to red and gold, the young romantic's mind turns to... More >>

  • Falling, Not Failing

    published August 25, 2011

    The statistics concerning autism are staggering. Studies estimate that one in every 110 children will be diagnosed with the disorder, and that the... More >>

  • Back In The Day

    published August 11, 2011

    A community finds its strength in connections and conversations, in taking the time to know our neighbors and understand our history. No... More >>

  • A Hairy Opening

    published August 4, 2011

    To live with a companion animal is to be constantly surrounded by enthusiasm, sweet mischief, unconditional love and giant clumps of fur. These... More >>

  • High Notes

    published August 4, 2011

    An eagle's talons make ukulele-playing difficult, and sparrows are notoriously terrible on the harmonica. However, birds overcome these challenges... More >>

  • Hop To It

    published June 23, 2011

    There are few children's tales that are sweeter, simpler and more affecting than Arnold Loebel's Frog and Toad series. For decades, children (and,... More >>

  • Get Out This Weekend

    published June 16, 2011

    In a perfect world, issues of love and commitment would not be tossed around Congress like political footballs. In a perfect world, the It Gets... More >>

  • Hot Dogs

    published June 16, 2011

    Dogs inspire their owners to be better people, to appreciate the simple joys of a long walk and to clean up another creature's poo without having... More >>

  • Bike with Dad

    published June 9, 2011

    There are, by this point, tens of thousands of "#1 Dad!" coffee mugs in existence. There they sit — on kitchen tables, in cupboards, at the... More >>

  • Nothing for Nothing

    published June 9, 2011

    Love. The Supremes advise that you can't hurry it, while Foreigner frets that it isn't always on time. Meat Loaf would do anything for it (except... More >>

  • You Don't Sayles

    published May 26, 2011

    Whether he’s writing a screenplay, directing a film or penning a novel, John Sayles doesn’t shy away from the big issues. The... More >>

  • Marines Never Quit

    published May 19, 2011

    Dreams chased, dreams fulfilled: This is a classic trope of American life and literature. From a young age, we are taught to pursue our dreams no... More >>

  • Caravan to Savings

    published May 19, 2011

    Sure, you could do all of your shopping at the big-box stores, filling your cart with cheap plastic whatsits and mass-manufactured whatevers. Or,... More >>

  • Earle of the Arts

    published May 5, 2011

    The term "Renaissance man" gets bandied about far too freely these days, leading us to believe that every fella who can boil an egg and recognize... More >>

  • Rollin' Out West

    published May 5, 2011

    Throwing elbows, swearing creatively, rocking good hair and even better outfits: That's what some of us call "the workday." But if your... More >>

  • Hearts of Glass

    published April 28, 2011

    "Ladies' nights" are so last decade. Sure, you can score decent discounts on middle-tier booze, but those deals carry a steep price —... More >>

  • Cherokeenko de Mayo

    published April 28, 2011

    Sure, the calendar says that Thursday was May 5 — but true Cinco de Mayo revelers know the real celebration takes place today on Cherokee... More >>

  • Ahead of the Curve

    published April 21, 2011

    Sidewalks are the perfect territory for tricycle rides, puppy walks and colored-chalk declarations of BFF-ness. What's more, sidewalks are the... More >>

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