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Articles by Sandra Olivetti Martin

I bet you find your next book here

Are books following the horse and carriage down the road to obsolescence?
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Answer that December call with the Parade of Lights and the Volvo Ocean Race

Like you, we’re playing carols, stringing lights and decorating the Christmas tree. (Practicing what the Bay Gardener preaches, we sawed a fire-safe Canaan fir at his Upakrik Farm, plunged it into a bucket of 100-degree water and stored it in the shade before it came inside.)
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In December, lots of people do

There are people who believe that December brings magic into the world.
    They want more than sparkle of terrestrial and celestial lights against the deep, dark velvet of the long night.
    More than the decorations of yard, house, door and home. More than full-scale illuminations of parks and gardens.
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So now’s the time to turn thanks into giving

On last week’s visit to St. Louis, six-year-old granddaughter Ada showed us how high she can count: all the way to 100.
    On Thanksgiving Day’s annual inventory, she needs all those numbers and more to count her blessings.
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As temperatures and food supplies drop, mammals hunker down to hibernate

Seen enough of the groundhog, which experts, admirers and detractors alike agree was the Mystery Creature who so fascinated Bay Weekly readers?
    Good thing. Because whatever you call him, her and them — groundhogs, woodchucks or whistle pigs — these omnipresent neighbors are ending their season above ground.
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Welcome the Season of Bounty

This may be my favorite paper of 2011.    
    The reason is simple. It’s the winning combination of good food and good times.
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Memorials and stories preserve our memories

Pilgrimages to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., are final journeys for many of the long-lived veterans of World War II. These elderly men and women from around the nation come every day of the year, but the days surrounding Veterans Day bring them in great numbers. The weather has been good to them this year, so they linger to ponder in comfort, seeing sights and refreshing memories beyond the imagining of one who has not shared them....

The saga continues, but the jury is still out

You never know.    
    We never know, either, what’s going to catch your eye, invade your thoughts and, best of all, goad you to action.
    This week it’s the mystery critter.
    Which, you told us, may not be so mysterious after all.
    We have been chuckling at your responses all week.

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The theory’s simple: Eat your enemies and your friends thrive

Will northern snakehead join Chilean sea bass, Alaskan halibut, North Atlantic swordfish and Chesapeake rockfish as catch of the day at your favorite seafood restaurant?
    The toothy invader’s potential as cuisine depends less on taste than availability.
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Value a watch not for what it tells you but for what it says about you

What’s the value of time?    
    Told time, that is — not the priceless sort that keeps slipping into the past, flinging you into the future.
    When every cell phone tells the time and more, who needs a watch, let alone a fine watch that costs thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars?
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