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Sunday, March 9,2014
Wise Up!

Work

By David Bruce
When Sarah Caldwell began working at Tanglewood, a music venue in Massachusetts, she worked very hard because she was afraid that she might be fired (and because she always worked hard).
Sunday, March 2,2014
Wise Up!

Names

By David Bruce
Being famous under a pseudonym can lead to problems. Eric Blair, aka George Orwell, once learned that Ernest Hemingway was staying in a room at the same hotel he was staying at. He knocked on Hemingway's door and introduced himself as Eric Blair, and Hemingway asked what he wanted. Blair then reintroduced himself as George Orwell, and Hemingway said, "Why didn't you say so?"
Sunday, February 23,2014
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Comedians

In 2009, British comedian Eddie Izzard ran approximately 1,100 miles across Great Britain to raise 200,000 for the charity Sport Relief, which brings together people from the sport and the entertainment worlds to raise money to help vulnerable people.
Sunday, February 16,2014
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Shakespeare

By David Bruce
Director Max Reinhardt (1873-1943) was serious about his Shakespeare productions. In 1933, he created a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for the Oxford University Dramatic Society.
Sunday, February 9,2014
Wise Up!

Clothing

By David Bruce
As a student at the School of American Ballet, Merrill Ashley was able to buy at a low price toe shoes that had been rejected by members of the New York City Ballet. She purchased a pair of toe shoes that had been rejected by Allegra Kent, who had small, narrow feet like Merrill's.
Sunday, February 2,2014
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Music

By David Bruce
Some people turn out to be much nicer than you expect. Jarvis Cocker's car once broke down, and some very young teenagers driving a very nice car stopped. Cocker said, "These kids came up in a posh car. They were only about 15, so I didn't think it was theirs.
Sunday, January 26,2014
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Books

By David Bruce
James Joyce's "Ulysses" - according to Random House the best novel of the 20th century - was almost never published. Portions of "Ulysses" were published in the Little Review, but the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice filed charges of obscenity against its publishers, Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap, who were subsequently convicted and forbidden to publish any more excerpts of "Ulysses" in their magazine.
Monday, January 20,2014
Wise Up!

Children

By David Bruce
Bullying has been around for a long time. In the early years of World War II, Tomie dePaola was in the second grade and taking dance lessons. One day, he took his shiny, black patent-leather tap shoes to school with him because he was going to walk to his dance lesson after school.
Sunday, January 12,2014
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Authors

By David Bruce
Authors sometimes have interesting experiences, possessions and opinions. When he was a young boy, Philip Pullman, author of the "His Dark Materials" trilogy, was walking on a road when a man on a motorcycle passed him.
Sunday, January 5,2014
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Animals

By David Bruce
Incredible as this story sounds, it is claimed to be true. A meeting of Quakers had few members because the young Quakers sought work elsewhere and the old Quakers died off. Eventually, only one old Quaker and his dog attended meeting.
 
 
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