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Silent swan song

Off the Beat

I’d spent many years as a secret singer, and finally joining a choir at age 21 felt both liberating and terrifying. So when I developed a cough just days before my final performance with the choir, I decided that — no matter what — the show must go on.
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And it was all yellow

Off the Beat

Yellow has been sprinkled into my life, adding richness and intensity — much like the yellow turmeric my mother sprinkles into her home cooked Indian dishes.
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Dude, why so serious?

Sex on Tuesday

Contrary to what many people would have you believe, there is nothing wrong with having an uncomplicated night of coitus. During most other times, we’re forced to keep our natural tendencies pent up at the expense of enjoying ourselves to the fullest.
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Trying to find the words

Off the Beat

Moving away from home to a college town came with a lot of excitement and a barrage of new experiences. But I gradually began to realize how much I was also losing.
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A politicized Jewish identity

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Jewish communities need to be more open to debate about Israeli policies. And progressive campus organizations need to more explicitly welcome Jewish students, with the understanding that being Jewish is not always about blind support for Israel or even about Israel at all.
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The pursuit of trivia

Off the Beat

We, the True Journo Kids, took trivia night by storm. And accompanying each factoid I blurted out at those trivia nights was a memory of how I came across that information in the first place. All this trivial knowledge was a map through my personal history.
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The church’s hit-and-run

Off the Beat

With the release of an approximately 1,300-page grand jury report detailing years of sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy in a handful of Pennsylvania dioceses, the Roman Catholic Church has found itself facing a similar set of options — to either take responsibility or ignore the problem.
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Out for Sushi

Sex on Tuesday

My partner always insists on a helping of raw oyster shooters when we go out for sushi. He’s convinced that the sea creatures are the be-all and end-all of aphrodisiacs. I find it terribly funny, but I’ll admit he’s good to go by the time we get home. Is my lover just a seafood junkie, or do aphrodisiacs really work?
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John Waters, my literary personal trainer

You Are What You Habituate

Some habits die hard, and as much as we would like to change them, there is some innate quality about them that makes them not only part of our daily routine but also intrinsic to our character. Whether it be our style of eating (casual grazer or one-meal-a-dayer), our social
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This one is for my mama

Stories from The Book

And while I may never amount to be anywhere near as powerful of a woman as my mother is, I do know that every good quality of mine has come from her.
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