Merriam-Webster names ‘culture’ word of the year
NEW YORK — A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year: culture.
The word joins Oxford Dictionaries’ “vape,” a darling of the e-cigarette movement, and “exposure,” declared the year’s winner at Dictionary.com during a time of tragedy and fear due to Ebola.
‘Gone With the Wind’ premiere sparked tension
ATLANTA — Seventy-five years after the premiere of the movie “Gone with the Wind,” research is shedding light on the racial tensions that existed at the time between the producer and city of Atlanta officials.
Emory University film studies professor Matthew Bernstein has conducted extensive research into the archives of the film’s producer, David O. Selznick. His findings illustrate some of Selznick’s concerns with the city’s treatment of the film’s black stars at the Dec. 15, 1939 premiere.
Have a ‘Merry Moosey Christmas’ this season
When the holidays roll around everyone wants a vacation – sometimes even Rudolph. That’s the premise for “Merry Moosey Christmas” ($17.95, Islandport Press), written by Lynn Plourde and illustrated by Russ Cox.
Every year all the children across the world wait in breathless anticipation of Santa’s arrival – listening for the jingle of silver bells and “trip-trap” of reindeer paws on the roof. Well, Rudolph wants that too, and decides to petition the Big Man for a year off. But who will lead the sleigh?
Paws of Hope Christmas tree to benefit animals in need
HAMPDEN - A vet tech in Hampden has come up with a festive way to spread some holiday cheer at work this season while also helping out area pet owners in need. For several years, Heather Burgess and her husband have participated in the Hands of Hope Christmas program, where the needs of less fortunate families in Maine are written on gift tags that hang from decorated Christmas trees at various businesses. Generous shoppers then select a tag, purchase the listed item and return it to the business so it can be distributed by Hands of Hope to needy families in time for Christmas. That same idea gave Burgess the motivation to create a tree of her own, a Paws of Hope Christmas tree.
"There's probably 50 tags on it. There's tags for cat or dog food, nail trims, rabies vaccines or sick exams," said Burgess, who works at the Hampden Veterinary Clinic. "But this is different than a Hands of Hope tree because our tags aren't linked to a certain family. If you pay for, say, a nail trim, it goes into a charity box we have and we hand it out throughout the year to who we see fit."
Science proves high heels do have power
PARIS — The well-heeled Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”
The allure of high-heeled shoes is no secret among women, who have used them to entice men from the streets of Ancient Rome to the New York City sidewalks of Carrie Bradshaw. Heels have also been a controversial symbol in the battleground of sexual politics.
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