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A Man and His Team

‘The Flags at Shea’

For his 80th birthday, Frank Strauss, a courteous  and dapper fellow, chose to entertain his extended family at dinner in the Yogi Berra Museum in Montclair, NJ.    
   “It was perfect,” Strauss said. “We had the museum all to ourselves,” which gave Strauss ample time to pore over uniforms and gloves and bats and, most touching to Strauss, letters Berra wrote his wife while he served in the Navy during World War II.

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Got Hero Worship? . . . Well, Find Them All Here

About Comics: Darryl Gangloff

In 1994, my father fulfilled every kid’s dream when he opened a comic book store called the Comic Corner in Lakeville, CT. If you drove down Main Street in the mid-1990s, chances are you would have seen a giant Spider-Man balloon hanging outside our tiny shop.

The staff was comprised of my parents and my 11-year-old self. My “work” generally involved reading every comic possible — Spider-Man, the X-Men, Batman, Superman, the Flash, the Avengers, you name it.

A Word on Science And Governing

Books: ‘Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries’

It’s a staid title for an entertaining, sometimes zany, elegantly written and topical book: Tom Shachtman’s 38th, “Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries: The Founding Fathers in the Age of Enlightenment.”

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Games People Play, And Explain, To Their Children

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Minecraft is a game designed to foster creativity in its players. Do you want to make a small home for your character? How about a massive replica of the “Game of Thrones” map, or a working roller coaster? You can build any structure imaginable using Lego-like bricks and fight off creepers as you forage for materials — all while collaborating with other players online.

Changing Behaviors

Books: ‘Rewire’

It’s a struggle between two parts of us all: The mindful self that can act with discretion, even wisdom, and the automatic self that, well, shoots from the hip, does what it likes to do, even if that’s not a really good idea. 

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On Love and Loss

The Scoville Memorial Library and Noble Horizons are cosponsoring a program by Tara Kelly on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. Writing about love, loss, death and dying Kelly takes on big and emotional subjects. She explores this particular niche in the nonfiction writing of the grief memoir, partly reflective of her own experience.

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Solving a Mystery In Science, And Maybe Righting The World, Too

Books: ‘The Famine of Men’

Here’s the idea: visit a brand new virus on men that renders them impotent. Then see what happens next. That’s the basis of “The Famine of Men,” a science fiction novel by Richard H. Kessin, a retired molecular biologist who lives, now, in Norfolk, CT.
So, what would be the consequences here? Kessin asks.
Would women, particularly women in science, gain advantages that testosterone-fueled males have historically denied them?
Would women in science rectify the situation, so to speak, and restore these soft, beardless, confused men to their former vigor?

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When Slow Is a Fine Thing

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Bruce Weinstein is putting together a Paris-Brest, the dessert of champions. Bicycle champions, that is. This large round of pate choux filled with nougatine-laced pastry cream and showered with slivered almonds and powdered sugar once marked the 1,200-kilometer bicycle race from Paris to Brest and back, he tells me.

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A Dog’s Life In the Theater

Books: ‘Broadway Tails’

Bill Berloni got his start training dogs for the role of Sandy in the 1976 Broadway hit “Annie”and has been bringing wagging tails to audiences ever since. These days he has Roxie helping Audra McDonald in “Lady Day,”and Trixie in “Bullets Over Broadway.” Berloni and his wife, Dorothy, find, train and provide a home for their canine stars at their farm near the Connecticut shore as well as negotiate work for other animal actors. With assistance from Jim Hanrahan, and a foreward by Bernadette Peters, Berloni has written about training dogs for work in the theater in “Broadway Tails.”

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Oh, Horrors!

Books: ‘The Bird Eater’

It’s not realistic to hope that you will get the same white-knuckled, stay-up-all-night feeling of reading Stephen King for the first time from any current author in the horror genre.
With that said, I stayed up late into the night reading Ania Ahlborn’s “The Bird Eater.” It wasn’t the best I’ve ever read, but it reminded me enough of King’s work to keep me going and in the end, to be not too disappointed. In fact, I may download a few of her other titles.

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