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California Dreamin’

October 12, 2014 • 1
It was over 100 degrees in Sacramento, and thousands of California State Fair attendees were fleeing outdoor attractions — fried watermelon, pregnant livestock, Old West horse shows — for the indoor exhibits. For most sweaty fairgoers, the homemade quilts and amateur watercolors offered an excuse to soak in air conditioning. But inside the concrete buildings »
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Getting Lucky

March 22, 2014 • 0
The third bingo game of the night was well underway when Joan Crawford, the mistress of ceremonies, announced one of the evening’s door prize winners. A tiny, white-haired woman also named Joan got up from her seat and shuffled to the front of the bingo hall, grinning. She celebrated the win by motorboating her fellow »
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Let the Light Shine

December 1, 2013 • 0
On the morning of Oct. 19, the New Haven Masonic Temple — a grand three-story brick building on Whitney Avenue, guarded by a regal staircase and four thick columns — was crawling with people. Most of them were members of one of the 10 lodges that use the building. A few, like me, were curious »