The Woman who Made the Yellow Ribbon an International Symbol

Posted on April 30th, 2021
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“I just wanted to give people something constructive to do,” Penelope Laingen said about her decision to tie a yellow ribbon around an oak tree in the yard of her Bethesda, Maryland home.  It was December of 1979, a month after her husband, Bruce, and 51 others had been taken hostage at the American Embassy […]

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Understanding Funerals, Cremations, and Grief in 2021

Posted on April 22nd, 2021
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When the CDC issued “Practical Covid-19 Guidance for Funeral Directors” in late February, 2020, it was apparent that the world had reached an inflection point.  Seemingly overnight, “business as usual” became “how we do business today and maybe tomorrow.”   Dr. David Berendes of the CDC said that the purpose of the protocols was to “encourage alternative […]

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Facing the Uncertainties of Aging

Posted on April 16th, 2021
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  “Aging isn’t a battle, it’s a massacre,” Philip Roth wrote. “The inevitable onslaught that is the end of life…it’s the commonness that’s most wrenching, the registering once more of the fact of death that overwhelms everything.”   True, physical diminishment is an inescapable element of aging — but research indicates that growing old is […]

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The Many Lives of Larry McMurtry

Posted on April 9th, 2021
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Pulitzer prizewinning author Larry McMurtry grew up in a remote west Texas ranch house that was bookless.  An occasional copy of The Cattleman, a trade journal for beef producers, was the only written material available to him. “There had to have been a Bible around, but I never saw it,” he said.  “I don’t think my parents ever […]

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Exploring the Nature of Evil: The Nazis and the Inkblots

Posted on April 2nd, 2021
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In August of 1945, Major Douglas Kelley secured the prize assignment for a psychiatrist in post-World War II Europe.  The United States Army selected him to evaluate the mental status of the Nazis awaiting war crime trials.  These were the highest ranking German commanders who had been captured alive, a coterie who oversaw the worst atrocities in human […]

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