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Semper Fi

Margaret Middleton

In recognition of Veterans Day, we’re revisiting this lightly updated story from July 4, 2014.

A huge number of military veterans return from war and find a different kind of struggle…

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Om Room

108 Monkeys

There are 108 beads on a mala, as well as on a rosary. There are 108 sounds in the Sanskrit alphabet, 108 names for Buddha and 108 stitches around a baseball. Until last night, it’d been 108 years since the …

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Homegrown

In an East Haven forest, at the end of a long, semi-paved road, there’s a house surrounded by gardens. They’re lovely to walk through even at this time of year, when some plants have already gone to seed, but giving …

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M&M

The basement of 285 Nicoll Street is crammed with a hodgepodge of industrial machinery. High above is a harsh canopy of wires, girders and pipes. Large fish-eyed lights hang overhead, barely …

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Octane High

Robert Smith on his dirt bike

Every now and then, the streets of New Haven are swept by motorized monsoons. Packs of dirt bikes and ATVs zoom down the street, moving through traffic like murmurations of starlings and sounding like swarms of piston-driven hornets. Some of …

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PH Balance

There’s at least one “Electric Chair” still active in New Haven, but it’s not an agent of capital punishment.

It’s an agent of physical improvement. …

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Heat Handled

“Open up your chest like a flower petal blooming.” “Drop your head back, arms back, look back, fall back, way back, go back, go back, go back more.” …

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Health and Auto

Roving enterprises are hot these days, with food trucks and carts making up the biggest share of New Haven’s mobile services ecosystem. But some industrious locals have dabbled in smaller niches…

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Pole Positions

Jessica Gaus, PoleFly Aerial Fitness

There’s a stigma surrounding pole dancing—as though it’s an inherently indecent act, performed only in dark, seedy rooms by clothes-shedding performers for the benefit of watchers waving bills. …

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Touch Base

Amanda Anatra of Experience Ananda

In the 1960s, psychologist Sidney Jourard did a little anecdotal research. Sitting in various cafes at various times in various parts of the world, he counted the number of times two people sharing coffee would touch one another during the course …

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