St. Valentine’s Day and the Fall of Al Capone

Posted on February 8th, 2019
Posted by Martin Oaks under Community, Hello world, Memorial, Resources
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For very good reason, the gravestone is unremarkable.  Not elegant, subtle or in any manner imposing. Otherwise, it would be more of a target for thieves than it already is. The simple grave in section 35 of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery, fourteen miles west of downtown Chicago, south of the confluence of Dwight Eisenhower Expressway […]

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Words That Matter After Death

Posted on January 31st, 2019
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“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Those wry words from Groucho Marx resonate on many levels.  In his typical incorporation of humor and wisdom, Marx strikes a contemporary universal chord — sometimes the power of the written word and the devoted love […]

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Carol Channing and Her Dying Wish

Posted on January 24th, 2019
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Outside the venerable St. James Theater in New York City on the night of January 16, 1964, the temperature plunged into the mid-20’s. Inside, the atmospherics were considerably warmer. A genuine, five alarm, red hot triumph, “Hello, Dolly,” was blazing through its Broadway debut. The most revered theater critic of his time, perhaps all time, […]

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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
Posted by Martin Oaks under Community, Hello world, Memorial, Resources
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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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