It’s Not Your Grandparent’s Funeral Anymore

Posted on May 9th, 2019
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In the opening scenes of “The Big Chill,” Lawrence Kasdan’s fine 1983 film, a group of aging former 60’s radicals gather in a stately Baptist church for the funeral service of a friend who has committed suicide. “Rock of Ages” is being played on the organ as people assemble in the pews.  A traditional sermon, […]

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Marijuana, CBD on the March

Posted on April 26th, 2019
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“The amount of money and legal energy given to prosecute Americans with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense.” This may sound like an old quote from a superannuated flower power remnant like Timothy Leary or Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, but it’s not. Those words came from the late conservative […]

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Dan Jenkins, Tiger Woods and the Masters

Posted on April 18th, 2019
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The only missing piece last weekend at Augusta National, where Tiger Woods marched with a take-no-prisoners determination to capture his fifth Masters title, was Dan Jenkins. If you count his latter day tweets, Jenkins, who passed away on March 7 in Fort Worth, Texas at the age of 90, spent more than 60 years writing sports […]

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College Admissions: The Cost of Success

Posted on April 12th, 2019
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When federal prosecutors in Boston unsealed the bombshell criminal complaint, “Operation Varsity Blues,” last month, the curtain which has covered the less-than-transparent college admission procedures in this country parted slightly.  Just slightly. Fifty individuals, including Hollywood personalities Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged with crimes connected to what the Department of Justice identified as […]

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At the Intersection of Art and Death with Paul Walker

Posted on April 5th, 2019
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The Nobel winning author and absurdist/existential philosopher, Albert Camus, wrote: “since we all are going to die, it’s obvious that when and how don’t matter.” Camus, whose genius has continued to be revered long after his death on January 4, 1960, did not know actor Paul Walker, director James Wan or Universal Pictures. From a […]

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