Rituals Impact Grief Recovery after the Loss of a Loved One

Posted on November 19th, 2020
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“Dying, a man may be loved, hated, mourned, missed; but once dead, he becomes the chief ornament of a complicated and formal social celebration.” These words from author John Steinbeck are cynical, but revelatory:  across cultures, in many different ways, we embrace rituals at the time of death.  And, we bestow them freely upon the deceased, whatever […]

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Best Recordings by the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald

Posted on November 12th, 2020
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  The inscription on Ella Fitzgerald’s grave marker at the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Los Angeles is unambiguous.  It reads: “The First Lady of Song.”   If anything, this might be an understatement.   “She’s one of the purest examples of God in art,” Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr. proclaimed. Bing Crosby said, “Man, woman or child, […]

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New Rebecca on Netflix Misses Hitchcock

Posted on October 29th, 2020
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  “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Those nine words, written by Daphne du Maurier in 1937, are among the most recognizable first lines of fiction in the twentieth century. Pithy and provocative, they set the misty tone of Rebecca, the gothic classic which, to date, has sold more than three million copies. It was the […]

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Joe Morgan: MVP on and off the field

Posted on October 22nd, 2020
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Joe Morgan looked at the baseball he was handed and laughed.  “I don’t want to jinx this,” he said. “But it’s a great idea for a picture, let’s do it.”   The conversation took place on a bitterly cold Cincinnati night, November, 1975, following a banquet Morgan headlined.  He had flown in from his Bay […]

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Trials of the Century from Leopold and Loeb to OJ Simpson

Posted on October 15th, 2020
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“The dog got nervous and was pulling me harder,” Sukru Boztepe testified.  “It stopped in front of a gate on Bundy…I saw a lady laying down full of blood.” It was just before midnight on Sunday, June 12, 1994 when Boztepe, trying to find the home of a lost akita with bloody paws, discovered the lacerated […]

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