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A Fiction Book Signed By One of Its Characters

A Fiction Book Signed By One of Its Characters

I’ve got something like a couple dozen books signed by their authors, but I never thought I’d own a fiction book signed by one of its characters! Cherri Allen, my parents’ former next-door neighbor and the owner of a marvelous bird-and-garden shop in my hometown of Auburn, Michigan, won an auction to have her name included in a novel. Unfortunately the Cherri Allen in the book lives hundreds of miles from Auburn, but I just had to read the book…

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Only Natural

Only Natural

Did you know there were two tin woodmen in Oz? Probably not–the second one appears for the first time in this short snippet of a story. Only Natural “He thought it was a curse. I saw it differently. You probably remember his story–how he fell in love with a certain girl, who happened to be my niece. Her mother, my poor late brother’s widow, didn’t want her girl getting married, so she went to the witch to buy a hex…

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The Pleasure of Doing What’s Good For You

The Pleasure of Doing What’s Good For You

I was a trombone major as an undergrad, with an emphasis on classical music. We trombonists owe a lot to Beethoven: he was the first major composer to include trombones in “secular” music. You see, when Martin Luther translated the “last trumpet” (the signal for Christ’s return) in his German Bible, he called it instead the “last trombone” (die letzte Posaune). For many years composers considered the trombone too noble to use in non-sacred music. (There’s a marvelous letze Posaune…

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