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By Brian E. Clark In the waters off the village of Torre del Greco on Italy’s Bay of Naples, a young Giovanni Novella often hunted octopus, cuttlefish and other sea creatures for the restaurants where his uncle worked as a chef. “I knew just about every nook and cranny in

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By Brian E. Clark I grew up working for a small dairy in the Midwest, delivering milk in bottles three early mornings a week during my high school days and even on return trips home from college. In the spring, summer, and fall, the sunrises were beautiful. In the winter, it could

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By Brian E. Clark In 1857, wealthy builder Alexander McDonnell asked architect and German emigrant August Kutzboch to design him “the best house money could buy.” The ostentatious McDonnell chose a wooded lot for his home on a promontory called Bug Hill on the isthmus between lakes Mendota and Monona

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By Brian E. Clark On a recent balmy summer night in downtown Madison, WI, my girlfriend and I watched the sun sink into Lake Mendota from the deck of the Edgewater Hotel ( The glowing red orb silhouetted a sailboat just offshore of the casually elegant hostelry’s pier before it disappeared behind

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By Brian E. Clark Dave Holdener, who runs the luxurious Inn at Wawanissee Point near Devil’s Lake State Park with his wife, Trudy, likes to boast that he has the best view in Wisconsin from the huge picture windows on the south side of his lodge. Others might dispute that claim. But

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Reports from Honolulu, Paris, Portland (ME and OR), Madison, Israel, Amsterdam, New York and other places on daily life during these challenging times. Everett Potter, Pelham, NY From my perch in southern Westchester, I’m about a quarter-mile from the first containment zone in the US. No matter, it’s not containing