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by Jason Rabin Boston is an Irish town. As Boston Celtics basketball fans will tell you “we bleed green,” from the Emerald Necklace to the Green Monster—from Logan airport, to the Tobin Bridge, to Copley Square. ‘Twas not ever thus. The first several waves of Irish immigrants were not warmly embraced by the puritan-descended “Boston Brahmins.” Mocked and mistrusted, they were forced into miserable tenement slums. Searching for jobs, they found signs reading No Irish…

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  by Alyssa Mulligan Ireland may be comparatively small in size, but the amount of well-known literary authors from the island nation is immense, ranging from Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw to James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, just to name a few. And considering the country’s plethora of hardships over the years (Potato Famine and the Northern Troubles, anyone?), the hard-fought battle for the recognition of Irish literature has truly been an accomplishment. The most challenging obstacle was the decline…

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by Heidi Nelson TIP # 5: Be loud and proud! There’s a common stereotype that circus folks are mysterious. Whether that association arose because it’s hard to get to know a traveling troupe, because performers in sideshows (that are no longer popular) wanted their privacy when not on display, or simply because the impressive feats of circus performers inspire wonder and awe, circus artists have a reputation for being exclusive. But if you pick up…

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by Heidi Nelson TIP # 4: Learn from the best…While degrees are necessary for most career paths, circus performers can have a wide range of formal and informal training. There are many prestigious circus schools in the U.S. and abroad that train some of the most talented performers in the world. Among those from multiple generations of circus practitioners, some attend circus schools to hone their skills and others just learn their trade growing up…

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A Timeline by Alyssa Mulligan September 6, 1888: Joseph Patrick Kennedy is born in Boston to local politician Patrick Joseph Kennedy and his wife Mary Augusta Hickey July 22, 1890: Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald is born in Boston to local politician John F. Fitzgerald and Mary Josephine Hannon. 1908: Joe Kennedy graduates from Boston Latin School and enters Harvard College as a member of the class of 1912. June, 1910: Rose Fitzgerald graduates from Manhattanville Sacred…

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