Desire or Demand?

Have you ever wondered why some people spend so much time, effort and energy on an idea only to give up on it when the first obstacle presents itself? It’s as if they’ve hit a home run and suddenly run out of gas rounding third base. What happens …

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Lobster Contest

In spite of my success in The Great Lobster Contest, I was not destined for a lifetime working in a restaurant. Following my graduation from journalism school, I searched for a job at a newspaper. But times were tough and few positions were available. So I decided to start a …

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Military life

He furrowed his bushy black eyebrows as he brooded over the dire state of affairs. He knew that just extending the 172nd for four months was merely a Band-Aid—and an inadequate one at that—not a solution. The U.S.-Iraqi operation to quell the violence was failing. Chiarelli …

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The fall of Baghdad

Two days after the fall of Baghdad on April 9, 2003, the head of the CIA’s Middle East Division, Rob Richer, was on the ground, driving around the sprawling, dun-colored city in an armored car with the station chief. Iron rebar jutted from bombed government buildings, and looters moved …

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Campania's Cultural Conundrums

Campania is the Italy of your wildest dreams: a rich, intense, hypnotic ragù of vibrant street life, decadent palaces, pastel-hued villages and aria-inspiring vistas. Few corners of Europe can match Campania’s cultural conundrums. Should you spend the morning waltzing through chandeliered Bourbon bedrooms or the frescoed villa of a …

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