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Maryland WeatherOur hurricane season may be off to an unimpressive start, but the western Pacific is another story. We're not speaking of Hurricane (now tropical depression) Felicia, which is producing enormous waves as it passes through the Hawaiian Islands. The big.......
"The Woman Upstairs" by Claire Messud, Knopf, 264 pages, $25.95. Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Mass., is a reliable neighbor who has always lived on the fringe of other people's lives. She wanted to become an artist. A new...
Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti has been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia that will force him to bow out of the orchestra’s entire tour of the Far East, Jan. 25-Feb. 7. After the Italian maestro, 71, flew home to Milan,...
Tags: Music, Flu, Italy, Milan (Italy), Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago winters have proved to be singularly unlucky for Riccardo Muti. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director has canceled the remainder of his scheduled appearances with the orchestra through January while he continues to battle a flu bug....
Tags: Music, Flu, Italy, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Concerts
Americans who watched Monday's debate learned that Mitt Romney wanted to sound like Barack Obama on major world issues and that Obama wanted to highlight the contrasts. They learned that Romney can be vague and Obama can be condescending. They learned...
I lived in Taiwan for about a year back in the early 1990s teaching English and trying my hand at learning Chinese Mandarin. On one occasion, I came into work having memorized several Mandarin sentences that I was "trying out" on the other teachers and...
Tags: Genesis (music group)
Have you ever had a long day? The kind of day that just takes it right out of you? Several years ago, fresh out of college, I took a job teaching English in the land of Taiwan, also known as the Republic of China. My job was to teach conversational...
No sooner have the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti unpacked their bags from their successful tour of Russia and Italylast month than they are making plans for two more foreign trips together next season. The music director will take his...
Tags: Tianjin (China), Italy, Mexico, Travel, Trips and Vacations
Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti is expected to be released Tuesday from a hospital in Milan, Italy, where on Monday morning he successfully underwent a hernia operation. "Maestro Muti’s surgery went smoothly and he is...
Riccardo Muti just can’t seem to catch a break. And, this time around, it isn’t only the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago public who are being affected by his health issues. Thousands of listeners throughout the...
Tags: Music, Flu, Italy, Seoul (South Korea), Milan (Italy)
For most of his life, my little boy has made it easy when it comes to religion. He's been too young for Sunday school and way too young for church. So except for visits to his Nana's church in Virginia Beach — where he's learned to sit beside her...
On Saturday, I head to China with members of my South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership. I confess to excitement and great anticipation as well as a little dread of the long airplane ride. In addition to touring famous places such as Tiananmen Square, The...
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