The Night I Kissed Doris Day

Posted on May 20th, 2019
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When Doris Day passed away last week at the age of 97 in her Carmel, Ca. home, it was announced that there would be no funeral, no memorial service and interment would take place in an unmarked grave. That’s not surprising to anyone paying attention to her career — this superstar never followed a conventional […]

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It’s Not Your Grandparent’s Funeral Anymore

Posted on May 9th, 2019
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In the opening scenes of “The Big Chill,” Lawrence Kasdan’s fine 1983 film, a group of aging former 60’s radicals gather in a stately Baptist church for the funeral service of a friend who has committed suicide. “Rock of Ages” is being played on the organ as people assemble in the pews.  A traditional sermon, […]

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Playing For Your Life During The Holocaust

Posted on May 3rd, 2019
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Maria Mandl was known as The Beast. As the top ranking officer in charge of the female inmates in Auschwitz, she oversaw a real life ninth, innermost circle of Dante’s hell. Her fellow Nazis marveled at her “conviction to the cause” and the exuberance with which she dispatched her duties. Duties being a euphemism for […]

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Marijuana, CBD on the March

Posted on April 26th, 2019
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“The amount of money and legal energy given to prosecute Americans with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense.” This may sound like an old quote from a superannuated flower power remnant like Timothy Leary or Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, but it’s not. Those words came from the late conservative […]

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Dan Jenkins, Tiger Woods and the Masters

Posted on April 18th, 2019
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The only missing piece last weekend at Augusta National, where Tiger Woods marched with a take-no-prisoners determination to capture his fifth Masters title, was Dan Jenkins. If you count his latter day tweets, Jenkins, who passed away on March 7 in Fort Worth, Texas at the age of 90, spent more than 60 years writing sports […]

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