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You could call Anthony Bourdain a hypocrite if you wanted to. The celebrated writer, chef and TV personality is famous for criticizing the superficiality of celebrity chefs, yet he rose to prominence in part because of his own carefully crafted image ­– a gastronomic bad boy antihero who tells it like it is, his cigarette dangling precariously, the ashes falling on a faded…

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A cat rescued from the Cairo streets during the chaos of the Egyptian revolution of 2011 has not only become one of the best-known felines in the region, she was also the catalyst for a deep friendship between her owners and a group of nuns in Williamsville.“Shu Shu has brought so much activity into our lives; we have met so many new people because of her,” said Tim Craig …

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Let’s talk life insurance. Actuarial tables, risk assessment, morbidity. Exciting stuff, right? Well, don’t doze off now.Shopping for life insurance and qualifying for a good rate may not be as exciting as shoe shopping, but failing to do your homework can end up costing more than a whole closet of Coach purses.“Getting dropped to a less-favorable tier can mean the differe…

I've had a special place in my heart for Earth Day ever since my dreamy Environmental Studies teacher, Mr. Swisher, put on a rock concert at my high school to raise awareness (and teenage heartbeats).I've been freaked out about the state of the planet, however, since I was a neurotic little preschooler. I can remember watching an episode of “Sesame Street” that featured a …

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Americans spend a lot of time in crowds. We enjoy exercising our constitutional right to assemble freely.Nine times so far this month, Washington baseball fans have thrust themselves onto a Green Line train, like Spam in a can, heading toward the Navy Yard stop so that they could join an even bigger crowd at Nationals Park. Washington this month celebrated the Cherry Bloss…

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This may be my favorite anecdote, by far, about the arts in Buffalo among any I’ve read in the past five years. You’ll find it in Max Wickert’s hopelessly rollicking introduction to An Outriders Poetry Anthology: Poetry in Buffalo 1969-1979 and After (Outriders Poetry Project, 241 pages, $30 paper, $45 hardcover).“It is around midnight on a Saturday in 1971 in Jack Clarke’…

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Want to live longer? Get a dog.That will force you to take walks – and walking will improve your health.“A dog helps keep you accountable,” said a smiling Courtney Moskal, a health coach and registered dietitian with BlueCross BlueShield of WNY.Except for the very young and very infirm among us, we all can walk. There are strategies to get the most out of a walk, but the b…

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By Scott Scanlon refresh EditorWant to live longer? Get a dog.That will force you to take walks – and walking will improve your health.“A dog helps keep you accountable,” said a smiling Courtney Moskal, a health coach and registered dietitian with BlueCross BlueShield of WNY.Except for the very young and very infirm among us, we all can walk. There are strategies to get th…

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My husband recently turned 60. I am not far behind. As a result, retirement – we prefer “the ‘r’ word” – has become a part of our vocabulary.But retirement will not be a part of our lives any time soon.How things have changed from the days when our parents were that age. At 62, my dad was offered a retirement package from the company he was connected to for many years. He …

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Robert Redford wasn’t exactly itching to return to Watergate.When the Discovery Channel approached the man who had played Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in “All the President’s Men” about doing a film to commemorate the scandal’s sort-of anniversary – it’s been almost 41 years since the break-in and not quite 39 since Richard Nixon’s resignation – “my first reaction…

I’ve had the chance to visit many people’s kitchens through the years. One thing I’ve noticed is the different approaches taken to countertops. I’m not talking the material they’re made of but rather what sits on top of them.Some people take the minimalist approach. Others, well, do not.One couple I know had some work done in their kitchen last fall. When it was time to pu…

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Kathy Schlaich recalled the day a friend visited and remarked: “There are so many places to sit in this house. I could never decide!”Among the inviting choices in this renovated waterfront Youngstown home: Wicker chairs in the sun room addition, overlooking the village street. A stool at the center island of the French country-style kitchen, with a view of the Niagara Rive…

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Ten years ago, when my job included reporting developments – or lack thereof – in downtown Niagara Falls, I was often asked where to find the best meal within a walk of the famed cataracts. My answers made hungry people sad. ¶ Three weeks ago, I found myself eating at a fine dining, white-tablecloth place two blocks from the park. A restaurant with a chef’s table and a t…

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Young Audiences of Western New York, the organization founded a half-century ago to bring classical music into local schools, has been having a heck of a golden anniversary.Last year, with help from the John R. Oishei Foundation and other backers, it moved to the second floor of the Central Library and launched an ambitious regional arts education program called Arts Partn…

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TORONTO – Rene Redzepi, the Danish chef-owner of the world’s top-ranked restaurant, stood onstage and looked out into the dark, where a packed room that included more than a dozen Buffalo cooks sat hushed and waiting. Then he asked a startling question.“Have you ever burned out?”Redzepi, 36, whose Copenhagen restaurant Noma has topped world best-of lists for three years ru…