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  • Getting too much action

    I feel like the only appropriate action now is to sue Axe. That company has ruined my life with its tagline: Get some hair action. In those advertisements, females unapologetically grope and stroke a man’s hair. For those who .

  • On his 23rd birthday, life is good

    I bet you didn’t know that you’re reading this wonderful edition of the Manhattan Mercury on the anniversary of one of the greatest days in American history. I’m sure you automatically thought about May 27, 1994, the day when .

  • WWII works inspire feelings of gratitude

    “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be never so vile. This day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think .

  • Active art form leaves lasting impressions

    One of my earliest vivid memories is playing Duck Hunt with my dad on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. I remember playing in the darkened living room just off the small den that also served as my bedroom—but just .

  • Summer began early for 8th grade

    Nominally, eighth grade was in session this week. As a practical matter, not so much. If this were graduation week, I could appreciate the conflicts. But eighth grade graduation isn’t until next week, which makes this the week before .

  • Creating a Manhattan bucket list

    There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do, especially when you are a procrastinator like me. Why do something today when you can do it tomorrow? So, here I am near the end .

  • Seeing the light at the end

      It’s 5:30 in the morning and all my wife and I can do amid the mad rush to get out the door is give each other a reassuring hug while repeating “it won’t last forever” over and over.   It .

  • Lessons on style and life from fashion school

    “So you like Project Runway, then?” It’s a statement and a question in one, and something I’ve heard often, generally after I mention that I went to fashion school. There’s the question: Do you like the show? .

  • Easter topped other holidays — until this year

    Everyone has a favorite holiday. For most, it is either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Maybe even Halloween. Although those are up there, my favorite has always been Easter. After further investigation, I realized that Easter is the least-stressful holiday of any .

  • Something’s fishy about this story

    A man with a bucket of live fish was approached by a game warden as he started to drive his boat away from a lake. The game warden asked the man, “May I see your fishing license, please?” “Naw, sir,” .

  • In defense of ‘real’ rock music

    While accepting the Grammy award for best rock performance this year, Dave Grohl, guitarist and lead singer of the Foo Fighters and the former drummer of Nirvana, said, “For me this award means a lot because it shows that the .

  • What do you mean ‘Where’s my column?’

    There’s no worse feeling than realizing you’ve forgotten to do something very important at work on a Friday afternoon. You’re all geared up to go and relax for the weekend when an unfortunate set of circumstances keeps .





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