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December 31st, 2012 | 3:31pm

During this holiday week, The Common is presenting highlights from the past year. Today's highlights come from our weekly staff column, "In House."

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In "A View from the Cheap Seats", Elizabeth Byrne talks sports; in the aftermath of Hurrican Sandy, Hannah Gersen reflects on the transience of place, asking, "Is Geography Destiny?"

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December 28th, 2012 | 9:40am

During this holiday week, The Common is presenting highlights from the past year.  Today's highlights come from our joint columns "From the 17th Floor" and "From the Stone House."

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In "All These Things So Arranged", Jennifer Acker takes us to Turkish wonders; in "On Belonging", Martha Cooley reflects on settling into a new place.

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December 27th, 2012 | 9:00am

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During this holiday week, The Common is presenting highlights from the past year.  Today we present highlights from Essays.

Take another look at James Salter on France and A Sport and a Pastime, introduced by Paul Yoon; revisit Damascus with Tricia Khleif as she recalls music lessons in "Abu Musa."

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December 26th, 2012 | 11:49am

Photo by Rachel Taft, from Flickr Creative Commons

This week, as we look back on the year, I’d like to highlight the work of some of the poets featured in Dispatches. It’s sometimes hard to pin a location to a poem, and at the same time, a poem can often take readers more accurately to the heart of a place than a reported dispatch. This year’s poems took readers all over the world, from sleepy American towns to European cities to remote forests and islands. Here are a few of my favorites, all worth a second look:

December 25th, 2012 | 9:00am

During this holiday week, The Common is presenting highlights from the past year.  Today we present highlights from Interviews.

Philip Lopate answers ten questions from Melody Nixon here, and S. Tremaine Nelson interviews Robert Earle here.