Finding the little ‘extra’ in ordinary people

I quickly slid off the red ribbon tied around the newspaper comic wrapping paper — an old Christmas tradition when we run out of store-bought gift wrap.

Hidden behind colorful Garfield and Classic Peanuts newspaper print was one of my favorite Christmas gifts — Susan Orlean’s book “The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People.”

I haven’t made the time to read it yet, but the last five words of her title kept popping up in my thoughts like the Artcraft Theatre marquee.

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