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Monthly Archives: December 2016

What Does It Take to Be Happy?

At the dawn of each New Year, we tend to take stock. What do we want? What are our goals? How are we really doing? Imagine doing that, rigorously, for more than75 years. That’s exactly what the world’s longest study on happiness has done. Beginning

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Appreciating The Kinks’ Veddy, Veddy British Period

The Kinks are of course well-known in America, or at least several of their quite distinctive “periods” are. Their initial hard-rocking British Invasion period, their “Lola” period, their late ’70s “Low Budget” period and their early ’80s MTV/”Come Dancing” period, certainly. But it’s the period

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Our Top 10 Posts of 2016 (With a Caveat)

One thing we learned over here at CultureSonar in 2016: Our readers share our ongoing, deeply felt passion for The Beatles. The band is as fresh to our readers as it was decades ago. So we put together a list of our most popular Beatles posts from the last

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Debbie Reynolds Was So Much More Than “Singin’ in the Rain”

If triple-threat singer-actor-dancer Debbie Reynolds had done nothing but Singin’ in the Rain (arguably the greatest movie musical ever made), she would’ve earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and then some. Heck, if all she had done was be the mother of

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Fisher Priceless – Carrie Fisher Remembered

German Director Wim Wenders once wrote quite eloquently about the ability of film to rescue the existence of things. Though Wenders was no fan of Star Wars, this notion now comes to mind in relation to one of that movie’s stars, Carrie Fisher. Barely a