Notorious RBG: A Study in Values

Posted on September 24th, 2020
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Rabbi Jacob Weinstein once said, “You can’t tell the size of an evergreen until it is cut down.”  With the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American jurisprudence just lost — following the Rabbi Weinstein metaphor — a sequoia. Justice Ginsburg, agree with her politics or not, was a game changer.  Her […]

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The Traveling Cremains of Dorothy Parker

Posted on September 17th, 2020
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Fifty-three years after her death, Dorothy Parker’s cremains have just been buried in their forever home at Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx, New York. This protracted ordeal began on June 7, 1967 when Parker died from a heart attack in her Manhattan hotel suite.  The wry author and wisecracking mainstay of the famed Algonquin Round Table […]

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Michelangelo and the Tale of the Empty Tomb

Posted on September 11th, 2020
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“Tombs are clothes of the dead,” R. Buckminster Fuller said.  “A grave is a plain suit, while an expensive monument is one with embroidery.” There are many examples of heavy-duty embroidery: –The Taj Mahal in Agra, India, a mausoleum which is the final resting spot for Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his fourth wife, Mumtaz Mahal. –The Lenin […]

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Viktor Frankl:  Find Meaning to Survive Covid-19

Posted on September 3rd, 2020
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Viktor Frankl was faced with the most consequential decision of his life.  He was in a classic double-bind: any option he selected would produce human death, perhaps his own. It was 1942 in Vienna, Austria.  What could have been peak years in Frankl’s career as a psychiatrist and neurologist had been thwarted when the Nazis […]

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Seventy-Two Years of TV Coverage at National Conventions

Posted on August 28th, 2020
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Television made its debut at national political conventions in 1948.  The audience was confined to the east coast, national coverage still four years away. Conventions in those days were not tightly scripted affairs: they featured some entertaining gaffes and “hot microphone” moments. At the ’48 Democratic gathering, President Harry Truman was nominated and gave his acceptance […]

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