Author Archives: Darren Marchal

At Home With The Late Poet Claudia Emerson’s Memory

RICHMOND, Va. — The ceiling fixture in Claudia Emerson’s study only weakly puts out light. Her husband, Kent Ippolito, apologizes for it, but it’s no bother. The room isn’t oriented toward the house. High atop the second story in a quiet neighborhood in Richmond, with sunlight streaming in on three sides, this is an observation…

5 Tips for Moving Back In With Your Parents

Moving back home with your parents after graduation doesn’t have to be as demoralizing as today’s twenty-somethings think it is. If you set some clear ground rules, you could actually end up enjoying the experience. Check out this article to find out what steps to take to make the experience less painful. If you’re considering…

Common Challenges Freelance Writers Face

Making the transition from amateur writer to full-time freelancer is no walk in the park. Dealing with clients, setting rates, and learning how to work efficiently can be difficult, to say the least. Check out this article for a list of common challenges freelancers face and tips on how to overcome them. Gone are the…

Threats abound in ‘Walking Dead’ finale

The threats come from inside and out as AMC’s The Walking Dead, cable’s top-rated series, closes its fifth season Sunday (9 p.m. ET/PT). The survivors’ stay in the Alexandria community is imperiled, and so is their existence as a group, after leader Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) went on a bloody, gun-waving rant at the end…

Fed’s Fischer Says Rate Rise Probably Warranted by End-2015

(Bloomberg) — Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said raising interest rates from near zero “likely will be warranted before the end of the year” and subsequent increases probably won’t be uniform or predictable.“A smooth path upward in the federal funds rate will almost certainly not be realized” as the economy will encounter shocks such…

House Hunting in … St. Martin

A FOUR-BEDROOM VILLA IN TERRES BASSES $3.9 MILLION (3.4 MILLION EUROS) This 3,700-square-foot house, known as Mille Fleurs, or Thousand Flowers in French, is set on two and a half walled, rolling acres lush with palms, flamboyant trees, bougainvillea and hibiscus. Situated just above Plum Bay, the villa, which has four bedrooms and four and…

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’: A Track

There are surprise releases and there are accidental releases. The appearance of Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated new album, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” on iTunes and Spotify Sunday night — more than a week before its scheduled March 23rd release date — apparently falls in the latter category. The 16-song set has been pulled from iTunes…