The Legacy of Lillian Hellman

Posted on July 9th, 2020
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Lillian Hellman’s singular gift as a writer was the ability to reduce complex ideas into a few, profound sentences. She was incisive, not lyrical. Her eloquent brevity was on full display when the House Committee on un-American Activities subpoenaed her in February of 1952. It was the time of the “Hollywood Ten,” careers were on the line, those […]

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Seniors Face a Double Whammy in Covid-19 Struggles

Posted on July 2nd, 2020
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“Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven’t committed,” philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin once remarked. Given that 80 percent of those who have died due to the effects of Covid-19 have been over the age of 65, Teilhard’s observation has never been more appropriate. These days the act of being […]

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John Wooden’s Seasons of Success Based on Power Practices

Posted on June 25th, 2020
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John Wooden, the coach who won 10 NCAA basketball titles in 12 years at UCLA, did not like his nickname, “The Wizard of Westwood.” He maintained, “I’m no wizard. I’m a coach, a teacher.” During the basketball season, Wooden conducted classes from 3:29 pm until 5:29 pm in a practice gym in Westwood, California. No wizardry took […]

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Dr. Osterholm:  Covid’s “Darkest Days” Still Ahead

Posted on June 17th, 2020
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“We are not driving this tiger, we are riding it,” epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota told Chris Wallace during a Sunday television interview. The tiger in question is coronavirus.  And Dr. Osterholm is convinced it is a much more heinous foe than we have struggled with to date. “We are going to see […]

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Jazz Starts Here: Celebrating Charlie Parker at 100

Posted on June 10th, 2020
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When Charlie Parker, the prodigiously talented alto saxophonist, passed away, his obituary in The New York Times listed his age as “about 53.” In reality, Parker was only 34. What created this egregious error? New York Times’ obits are usually spot-on. The story of Parker’s death is as tragic as much of the rest of his life. As […]

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