Struggling to Keep Schools Open during Omicron

Posted on January 20th, 2022
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For school children in the United States, 2022 is starting to feel like old times.  That is, times when the pandemic closed schools and remote learning became the norm. There is one wrinkle of difference today:  the public, academic officials, and healthcare experts are largely in agreement that schools should be kept open in the face of Covid-19 challenges. […]

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Covid and Opioid Deaths make 2021 the Most Lethal Year in US History

Posted on January 4th, 2022
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When the final numbers are in, 2021 may surpass 2020 as the most lethal year in U.S. history.  It is estimated the death total will be over 3.4 million, up from the 2020 benchmark of 3.38 million. As a consequence, the CDC is revising American life expectancy — down almost 2 years, to 77. Obviously, the […]

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Seasons Greetings from Ricky and Lucy Ricardo

Posted on December 24th, 2021
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Thanks to Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, and writer/director Aaron Sorkin, this Christmas season Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel will be holding an open house. Welcome back to 623 East 68th Street in New York City in the early 1950’s.  Being the Ricardos is now in theatrical release and available for streaming on Amazon Prime. Sorkin, however, is not […]

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After All These Years, Artist JMW Turner Still Attracts Crowds Worldwide

Posted on December 17th, 2021
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Over 170 years after his death, JMW Turner, the enigmatic visionary painter, still commands the attention of the art world.  In the last year, his work has been prominently featured in exhibitions in England, Canada, Denmark, France, Australia, Japan, and the United States. Turner’s Modern World, a landmark survey that highlights the artist’s luminous reach, […]

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Stephen Sondheim’s Pivotal Relationship with Oscar Hammerstein

Posted on December 2nd, 2021
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Stephen Sondheim, who died recently at the age of 91, grew up in a highly dysfunctional home.  The man who was to become the central figure in the American Theater for six decades was raised in an atmosphere of material privilege laced with significant emotional turmoil. Sondheim’s father, Herbert, was a clothing manufacturer and his mother, […]

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