Childhood dream fuels hobby store | News

DESHLER — A childhood passion for model trains fueled David Zucker’s desire to create a hobby store dedicated to the tiny, but intricate, machines.

David and his high school sweetheart, Deb, started Spring Creek Model Trains in 2000, which has grown from a hobby business inside a small enclosed trailer to a 4,500-square-foot structure.

“It was a lifelong dream of mine to have a hobby store,” David said.

His fascination with trains, and other large machinery like farm equipment, began early in life.

He loved watching Rock Island Railroad trains rumble down the tracks through Deshler, on the same set

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Sports Card Boom: This childhood hobby has turned into big business

For many, collecting sports cards was a childhood hobby. But now, ‘the hobby’ is big business.

“I’ve got waitlists starting for products I won’t even have for two or three months. I’ve got people that want me to call them as soon as it gets here and give them a price,” said Don ‘DJ’ Joss, owner of DJ’s Sportscards in Renton.

Joss knows the sports card industry well.

“I try to have every price range in here. You can walk in with a dollar or two and get a stack of Griffey cards or some quarter stuff. You can find

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A DC Lawyer Bought Kanye West’s Childhood Artwork After Seeing It on Antiques Roadshow

DC lawyer/lobbyist and entrepreneur (and former Washingtonian Style Setter) Vinoda Basnayake has long been a big fan of Kanye West. Now, he’s the proud new owner of the musician/designer’s childhood artwork.

Basnayake’s interest in West’s artwork was piqued last year, when it was showcased on an episode of PBS series Antiques Roadshow. There, four of West’s pieces, along with a program from an art show the rapper held when he was 17, were presented by Damien Dziepak. Dziepak said that his husband is West’s first cousin, and that his spouse received the art after the 2007 death of Kanye’s

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Dark personality traits might help explain the link between childhood neglect and malevolent creativity

New research suggests that childhood experiences can be a statistical predictor of malevolent creativity and that Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism — the so-called “Dark Triad” of personality traits — play an important role in this relationship. The findings have been published in Frontiers in Psychology.

Creative individuals are valued for their ability to generate novel and effective ideas, and numerous studies have investigated the psychological correlates and antecedents of creativity. But most studies have focused on the positive uses of creativity. Much less is known about the malicious use of creativity.

“The concept of ‘malevolent creativity’ itself is counterintuitive,

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