Betty White’s Lesson:  How Seniors Benefit from Owning a Dog

Posted on January 11th, 2022
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For most of her long life, Betty White was dialed into special information that even scientific research had not yet explored.   White, who passed away on New Years Eve 2021 just weeks before her 100th birthday, understood the myriad of benefits created by the bond between humans and animals.   “Animals don’t lie, animals don’t criticize,” White […]

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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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Holding Space, Active Listening and Carl Rogers

Posted on December 10th, 2021
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Communicating with those in the final stages of life can be awkward and uncomfortable.  Interacting with families connected to the dying loved one can also be strained. Right words are sometimes elusive. Striking the balance between meaningful support and maudlin sentiment is a challenge — our interpersonal skills are being tested by the definitive stressor. The […]

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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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