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PRIME – July 2014
Lunchtime Lyrics with local folk artist Corlene Roberts returns for
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Sometimes life requires a leap of faith
PRIME – July 2014
By Debbie Gardner
I'll admit, I always harbor a small amount of envy
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Networking: taking your show on the road
PRIME – July 2014
By Mark G. Auerbach
Special to PRIME
Whether you've started your own business, you're on the j
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Plan a visit to Buffalo - you'll find there's lots to do and discover!
PRIME – July 2014
By Mr. Brian
Visit Buffalo-Niagara
At nearly 225 years old, Buffalo, New York is a vibrant c
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Poison Ivy nature provides the itch, and the cure
PRIME – July 2014
By Jonathan Evans
Herbal Information Specialist for the Herbarium
Happy summer folks! If you a
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Rollover funds choose a strategy that works for you
PRIME – July 2014
By Jean M. Deliso
President, Deliso Financial and Insurance Services
At some point, many people
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The writing life
PRIME – July 2014
After two successful novels, Michele Barker follows her dream careerBy Debbie Gardner
At 54, East Longmeadow author Michele Barker is finally following her passion to write novels as a full-time career.
"I had wanted to write fiction when I was a kid and wrote stories for myself and friends," Barker told PRIME over coffee at the Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters on Shaker Road in early June.
As high school drew to a close however, she put away those dreams.
"Not many people make a living as a novelist," she said.
Instead, she pursued degrees in English and history, graduating from the college of Our Lady of the Elms in 1981. A few years later, she added a Master's degree in historical preservation from the University of Vermont to her credentials.
Jobs with Merriam Webster, the city of Chicopee, Sturbridge Village and the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum (now the Springfield History Museum) filled her work life.
But her desire to write was never completely extinguished. Barker started dabbling in fiction again, taking courses at local community colleges in the early 1990s and submitting her short stories to the East Longmeadow Library's Homegrown writing contests from 1997 to 2000.
"I won a couple of years; it was very encouraging," she recalled.
About that same time she joined a writing group, where her responses to the facilitator's suggested writing prompts planted the seeds for her first full-length fiction. Those writing exercises eventually evolved
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Taking the guesswork out of choosing an attorney
PRIME – July 2014
By Gina M. Barry
Bacon Wilson P.C.
Choosing an attorney to represent you in any legal matter ca
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Remove guardianship barriers across state lines
PRIME – July 2014
By Linda F. Fitzgerald
AARP State President
Imagine this scenario: For the past 10 years
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Passwords should be a thing of the past
PRIME – July 2014
By Gary M. Kaye
Editor, In the Boombox (www.intheboombox.tv)
The recently reported huge data b
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BTG presents 'The Mystery of Irma Vep, A Penny Dreadful'
PRIME – July 2014
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) presents Charles Ludlam's classic romp of a g
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