Death in Sports

Posted on June 19th, 2017
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This week the New York Times ran a feature piece on Jeff Charles, a high school football coach who left the game after one of his players was killed during an October 2011 Friday night game. The player, Ridge Barden, was a defensive tackle for Homer High School in Homer, New York – a cerebral […]

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The Decision to Witness a Cremation

Posted on April 4th, 2017
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Witnessing or viewing a cremation is not a new practice. In fact, it dates back to the Bronze Age where burning a corpse was a common procedure. Romans sometimes practiced a rather peculiar ritual: they would cremate a body, but bury a severed finger from the body. The theory behind this is that some part […]

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Put Down Your Burdens and Live Longer

Posted on March 29th, 2017
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  Laura Kubzansky, Harvard professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, sums it up best when she says that being involved in the moment, finding a restorative state is the best way to relieve life’s burden and stay healthy. Kubzansky is one of the many researchers doing groundbreaking work on “toxic stress” and the effect it […]

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What Turner Classic Movies Should Do About Robert Osborne’s Passing

Posted on March 21st, 2017
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  Watching last weekend’s 48 hour tribute to Robert Osborne on the Turner Classic Movie channel, which featured a number of his famous private screening interviews with some of Hollywood’s greatest stars, I couldn’t help but think that TCM really does not have to let Robert Osborne’s presence disappear. In his more than 23 years […]

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March Madness Menus

Posted on March 17th, 2017
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With the tipoff of the NCAA College Basketball Tournament this week, I couldn’t help but remember the 1970’s Cincinnati Red’s postgame buffet table: barbeque, potato salad, all manner of carb loaded items designed to fill the players up and out. Meal planning in Major League Baseball in those days was basically oriented towards fast, heavy […]

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