The Eternal Grief of Losing a Child

Posted on November 26th, 2021
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This is how author Mark Twain described his reaction to hearing of the sudden death of his daughter, Olivia “Susy” Clemens:  “It is one of the mysteries of our nature that a man, all unprepared, can receive a thunder-stroke like that and live. There is but one reasonable explanation of it.  The intellect is stunned […]

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Countdown Bin Laden:  The Gripping Conclusion of a Ten-Year Manhunt

Posted on November 19th, 2021
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In writing Countdown Bin Laden, veteran network anchor, Chris Wallace, and his co-author Mitch Weiss, found themselves facing a formidable challenge.   How was it possible to craft an intriguing account of the manhunt for Osama bin Laden when the world’s entire book-buying public already knew the outcome of the story?  Wallace’s goal was to write an […]

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Harry Houdini died on Halloween, as Predicted

Posted on October 22nd, 2021
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Preeminent illusionist Harry Houdini died on Halloween 95 years ago.  It was a curious death.   A famous fortune teller predicted it months in advance.  And shortly beforehand, Houdini himself suspected it was coming. While his attending physicians identified peritonitis, occasioned by a ruptured appendix, as the official cause of death, some wondered if foul play was […]

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A Century of Living through the Eyes of NPR’s Doris Grumbach

Posted on October 15th, 2021
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“Sometimes you have to put your realistic glasses on and see who you are.” Those are the words of Will Muschamp, a college football coach, most recently on the staff of the Georgia Bulldogs. Doris Grumbach isn’t a devoted sports fan, probably does not follow Georgia football, and may never have heard of Will Muschamp. But, no one […]

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End of Life Dreams Bring Comfort to the Dying

Posted on October 8th, 2021
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Shortly after Dr. Christopher Kerr joined the staff of the Hospice and Palliative Care, Buffalo, New York, he encountered a 40-year-old patient named Tom.   Despite a grim diagnosis, Tom was relatively fit owing to years of strict exercise.  Dr. Kerr was optimistic about life preservation treatment. “I think we can buy Tom some time,” Dr. […]

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