Archive for February, 2011

Girl’s Guide to Giving Head and The Sweet Taste of Lightning

Monday, February 28th, 2011

I’m no traditionalist when it comes to poetry. I’m even fond of unconventional ambiguity in verse where literal permutations of words such as “moo” to “mute,” are allowed to carry a poem from point A to point B. But, Sheri-D Wilson’s two latest collections of poems, Girl’s Guide to Giving Head and The Sweet Taste of Lightning (both from Arsenal Pulp Press) are disappointing attempts at poetic innovation.

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Fall TV Picks and Pans

Monday, February 21st, 2011

A host of new small-screen heroines has been clamoring for our attention this fall. Now that the introductions are over, we’d like to cut through the clutter and suggest who’s worth watching, who could pull through and who’s as annoying as, well, Tammy Faye Bakker. So check out our green-, yellow- and red-light picks, then head for the Entertainment: TV message board to give your own reviews. (All broadcast times are in Eastern time.)

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The Gift of Books

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Can you recommend books for fourth-grade boys? I want to get my grandson some books for Christmas and I’m not sure what is appropriate.

When choosing books for children, start with their interests. Children, like adults, will read voraciously about topics they’re interested in. So, if your grandson has a favorite figure in history or a favorite sports hero, perhaps you can find a biography of that person.

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It’s All in the Wrist

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Next time your child heads off to school on inline skates, you need to add a tag to your usual call. “Do you have your helmet on?” now should be followed by “What about your wrist guards?” By wearing them, your child may be 10 times less likely to break his wrist.

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