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  • How One Music Teacher Helped Middle School Musicians Grieve, Grow

    How One Music Teacher Helped Middle School Musicians Grieve, Grow0

    By Melissa Shaw A Southborough mother and writer has transformed the unexpected death of a 12-year-old into a book detailing the true story of how the bond between a music teacher and his students helped them grieve and grow following the loss of their friend. Author Meredith O’Brien’s seventh-grade son was a member of the

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  • How an Idea Became an Award-Winning Party Game for One Massachusetts Dad

    How an Idea Became an Award-Winning Party Game for One Massachusetts Dad0

    By Melissa Shaw Roslindale dad and tabletop game creator Andrew Innes has gone from the spark of an idea at age 12, to a homemade cardboard prototype, to a game that has sold nearly 500,000 copies and was recently name-checked by Julia Roberts in People. “Last night we were playing [the card game Anomia], all

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  • Dads by Day, Blue by Night

    Dads by Day, Blue by Night0

    By Melissa Shaw It’s hard to find fathers more colorful than Jason McLin and Adam Erdossy. Members of Blue Man Group, they have a cool Boston office, the 180-year-old Charles Playhouse — the Theatre District’s oldest — and whenever their children (two girls for McLin and a son for Erdossy) come to hang out at

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  • Author Stephan Pastis on readers: ‘I want them to laugh! That’s my goal.”

    Author Stephan Pastis on readers: ‘I want them to laugh! That’s my goal.”0

    Cartoonist Stephan Pastis may be best known for his 15-year-old syndicated comic strip, Pearls Before Swine, which runs in 750 newspapers worldwide. Yet his notoriety may be shifting thanks to his popular middle grade book series based around kid detective Timmy Failure, which debuted in 2013. The father of two recently saw the sixth book

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  • DanTDM Talks About His US Tour and Brand-New Show: DanTDM Creates a Big Scene

    DanTDM Talks About His US Tour and Brand-New Show: DanTDM Creates a Big Scene0

    By Melissa Shaw YouTube gaming superstar Dan Middleton, known to millions worldwide as DanTDM, is pulling triple duty these days: crisscrossing the U.S. on his first North American tour, producing videos for his 14-million-subscriber-strong YouTube channel, and debuting a new live action/animated show for families on YouTube Red: DanTDM Creates a Big Scene. The six-episode

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  • Kristin Chenoweth Urges Audiences: ‘Go for It’

    Kristin Chenoweth Urges Audiences: ‘Go for It’0

    Whether it’s starring as Velma Von Tussle in NBC’s Hairspray Live!, her turn as Maleficent in Disney’s Descendants, originating the role of Glinda in Broadway’s legendary Wicked, or her slew of TV and movie credits, Kristin Chenoweth is a performing idol to fans tall and small. Admirers can experience the Emmy- and Tony-winning soprano in

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