Even Experts Can Be Fooled By Silent Heart Attacks

Posted on January 21st, 2021
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Bill Schaffer, a retired Emergency Medical Technician, did not recognize the symptoms of his heart problems.  The stabbing pain in his back was something Schaffer thought a chiropractor could address.  The indigestion was just part of being 57 years old.   Then, one weekend, reality hit like a lightning strike: “I started feeling funny prior to […]

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When Riddle and Ronstadt Made Beautiful Music Together

Posted on January 13th, 2021
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“Who is Linda Ronstadt?” That was the question Grammy/Oscar/Emmy winning arranger Nelson Riddle asked when he hung up the phone after a conversation with Peter Asher, Ronstadt’s manager. It was May of 1982 and Riddle was no longer at the top of his game:  his best years, those times when he and Frank Sinatra were recording […]

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Why we wanted Christmas to come earlier this year

Posted on January 7th, 2021
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The Halls certainly got decked early this past Christmas. According to retail reports, outdoor lighting displays began brisk sales as early as August of 2020 — these sales usually take off closer to Thanksgiving. The Washington Post reported that the Virginia Christmas Lighting and Decor Company, which offers home decorating services, began hanging lights in September, well […]

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Helping Children Understand COVID and Death

Posted on December 30th, 2020
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2020 was truly the year of living dangerously. In the United States, when the final numbers are in, more than 3,000,000 will have died. Although Covid-19 claimed more than 300,000 of those lives in this country, it was not the only culprit.  Deaths were up in many categories, including coronary heart disease, diabetes, and high […]

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The Story Nora Ephron Refused to Tell

Posted on December 18th, 2020
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Before her death, filmmaker Nora Ephron had one last important story to tell.  But, quite intentionally, she elected not to tell it. Ephron, who passed away on June 26, 2012, at the age of 71, had been living with a death sentence diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia for more than six years. Outside her immediate family […]

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