The Unsinkable Elaine May

Posted on August 1st, 2019
Posted by Martin Oaks under Community, Cremation, Hello world, Memorial
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Elaine May, at the age of 87, is still working without a net over unpredictable, hostile territory. After sixty-five years in show business, she continues to break through glass ceilings of chauvinism, ageism and corporate political prejudice.  Barriers insuperable to others, but not to the relentlessly determined May. Remember, in 1971, she was only the […]

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Living and Dying Alone

Posted on July 24th, 2019
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“The weather was warm and he was buried, with indecent haste, in one of the public cemeteries…on the Sunday following…an intense excitement was created by the declaration of a peasant that, while sitting on the grave, he had distinctly felt a commotion of the  earth, as if occasioned by someone struggling beneath…spades were hurriedly procured, […]

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Neil Armstrong: The Premature Obituary

Posted on July 17th, 2019
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Richard Nixon was looking at the speech no President of the United States would ever want to deliver. It was titled, “In the Event of Moon Disaster.” The date was July 22, 1969.  Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were set to depart from the surface of the moon to join fellow crew member […]

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Billy Buckner’s Decisive Moment in Death

Posted on June 6th, 2019
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In photography, it’s called “the decisive moment.” The term, coined by French master, Henri Cartier-Bresson, refers to the shot which captures all of the significance of an event, including hints of antecedent conditions. Think of the exhilarating moment recorded by Alfred Eisenstaedt with the kiss in Times Square on VJ day, August, 1945. Or the […]

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Julius Caesar Didn’t Own A Life Insurance Policy

Posted on May 28th, 2019
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“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” So begins the most famous eulogy ever written: Marc Antony’s stirring tribute to the assassinated leader of Rome, Julius Caesar.  With words carefully chosen, some subtle, others inflammatory, Antony cleverly praised Caesar — his aim was to rally the […]

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