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Make your own luck
A Chinese New Year’s tale of following your dreams to find the perfect career
By Heidi Masek

Although Yong Chen illustrated other children’s books, A Gift is the first the Nashua artist also wrote.

In A Gift, family members in China create a Chinese New Year’s gift to send to their young niece, Amy, in the U.S. It’s the kind of book a family not unlike Chen’s might use to explain customs surrounding the New Year — which this year was Sunday, Feb. 14 — to generations raised in America. For Chen, the book is part of the larger story of the direction of his life, a direction he might not have foreseen while teaching chemistry in China or working in a Chinatown grocery store in Boston unable to speak English.

ARTS: Contemporary concepts
Library troubles become architectural contest

By Heidi Masek

The winning design for the 2010 Intern/Young Architect Design Competition from the New Hampshire chapter of the American Institute of Architects definitely looks cool — as did most of the other four submissions.

LONGSHOTS: This and that as the curtain goes up on other stuff besides football
by Dave Long

My sports clock works a little differently than most, I suspect. For instance, forget opening day and the renewal of spring thing that gets most jacked and pumped for baseball — for me, I need the warm weather, so the season doesn’t really get started for me until May 15. It’s like that for college basketball and even the NBA, which I watch in the first half of the year but which really kicks in for me after the Super Bowl. And while I know things aren’t exactly going great for the local club as I come online, here’s a bunch of stuff that has been floating around for me waiting to get out upon the end of football.

FOOD: Choose the pig you want to eat
You’ll know exactly where your next meal came from in Mountain Farm’s new program

By Linda A. Thompson-Odum

The popularity of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has grown in recent years. The concept allows people to buy shares in a farm’s produce crops, which helps the farmer finance his enterprise. In return, the share holder gets a weekly box of fresh fruits and vegetables during the growing season. Now the idea has expanded beyond produce to include meats, dairy and seafood. And a new program at Mountain Farm in Sutton might even be called CSPig.

TECHIE: The Buzz is not good
Has Google gone off the rails?
By John “jaQ” Andrews

Gmail users were treated to a brand new feature last week: Buzz, a kind of amped-up Twitter that invades your inbox. Although use of the service exploded into the millions almost instantly, a lot of that use was questioning just what the heck it was — and what the heck Google thought it was doing.

PEOPLE: The State Librarian
Michael York gets the data in on time

The New Hampshire State Library recently received a 2009 Keppel Award from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and the U.S. Census. Michael York, who oversees the State Library in Concord, said with the increasing rise of technology, New Hampshire libraries are serving their communities better than ever. Visit

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