Stephen Sondheim’s Pivotal Relationship with Oscar Hammerstein

Posted on December 2nd, 2021
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Stephen Sondheim, who died recently at the age of 91, grew up in a highly dysfunctional home.  The man who was to become the central figure in the American Theater for six decades was raised in an atmosphere of material privilege laced with significant emotional turmoil. Sondheim’s father, Herbert, was a clothing manufacturer and his mother, […]

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The Eternal Grief of Losing a Child

Posted on November 26th, 2021
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This is how author Mark Twain described his reaction to hearing of the sudden death of his daughter, Olivia “Susy” Clemens:  “It is one of the mysteries of our nature that a man, all unprepared, can receive a thunder-stroke like that and live. There is but one reasonable explanation of it.  The intellect is stunned […]

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Countdown Bin Laden:  The Gripping Conclusion of a Ten-Year Manhunt

Posted on November 19th, 2021
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In writing Countdown Bin Laden, veteran network anchor, Chris Wallace, and his co-author Mitch Weiss, found themselves facing a formidable challenge.   How was it possible to craft an intriguing account of the manhunt for Osama bin Laden when the world’s entire book-buying public already knew the outcome of the story?  Wallace’s goal was to write an […]

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The Honor and Challenge of Giving a Eulogy

Posted on November 11th, 2021
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How do you write a fitting eulogy?  And, how do you stand in front of an audience to deliver it meaningfully? In his book, Farewell, Godspeed, a collection of sixty-four of “the greatest eulogies of our time,” Editor Cyrus M. Copeland wrote, “A great eulogy is both art and architecture — a bridge between the living and the […]

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Are Public Opinion Polls Dying?

Posted on November 4th, 2021
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“The total collapse of public opinion polls shows that this country is in good health,” E. B. White wrote in The New Yorker.  “A country that developed an airtight system of finding out in advance what was in people’s minds would be uninhabitable…People are unpredictable by nature, and although you can take the nation’s pulse, you can’t […]

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