Living to Be 100

Posted on December 14th, 2018
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    Esteemed film producer Sam Goldwyn called Dorothy Parker into his office one day to complain about her screenplays. The savagely witty Parker, whose erudite writings had not only been published to high praise, but had also earned two Academy Award nominations, was apparently not the least bit intimidated. Goldwyn groused about the way […]

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How the Love of a Dog Heals

Posted on December 6th, 2018
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Last week, Jim McGrath proved that a good photograph can provide the simplest explanation of life’s most profound truths. His shot of the service dog, Sully, lying by the flag draped casket of George Herbert Walker Bush, captured so much of what many instinctively already know — a wordy narration could never convey the depth of […]

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It’s A Wonderful Life In The Desert

Posted on November 30th, 2018
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Does this line sound familiar? “Strange isn’t it?  Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” You don’t have to be much of a movie aficionado to recognize this gem from Frank Capra’s bittersweet classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” As a film historian commented, […]

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Happy Thanksgiving Lady Liberty

Posted on November 19th, 2018
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“There is one day that is ours…all we Americans go back to the old home…bless that day…Thanksgiving Day an institution.” Taken from “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen,” a classic 1907 short story by O. Henry, these words remind us of all our blessings: family, friends (both living and past) and circumstances. A recent event in the […]

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Talking To Children About Death

Posted on November 16th, 2018
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Even in the abstract, this combination is disturbing.  Yet, the forces of fate inevitably link the two, often when a child is way too young to fully comprehend the implications of the event. How many parents have agonized over how to tell a child of a close death?  At what age can they really grasp […]

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