Facing the Uncertainties of Aging

Posted on April 16th, 2021
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  “Aging isn’t a battle, it’s a massacre,” Philip Roth wrote. “The inevitable onslaught that is the end of life…it’s the commonness that’s most wrenching, the registering once more of the fact of death that overwhelms everything.”   True, physical diminishment is an inescapable element of aging — but research indicates that growing old is […]

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The Many Lives of Larry McMurtry

Posted on April 9th, 2021
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Pulitzer prizewinning author Larry McMurtry grew up in a remote west Texas ranch house that was bookless.  An occasional copy of The Cattleman, a trade journal for beef producers, was the only written material available to him. “There had to have been a Bible around, but I never saw it,” he said.  “I don’t think my parents ever […]

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Exploring the Nature of Evil: The Nazis and the Inkblots

Posted on April 2nd, 2021
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In August of 1945, Major Douglas Kelley secured the prize assignment for a psychiatrist in post-World War II Europe.  The United States Army selected him to evaluate the mental status of the Nazis awaiting war crime trials.  These were the highest ranking German commanders who had been captured alive, a coterie who oversaw the worst atrocities in human […]

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The Denial of Death: Why we run from the inevitable

Posted on February 25th, 2021
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The chief embalmer of a busy funeral home recently remarked, “No matter how often I do this procedure, I am always struck by how we end up here on the table by ourselves. We are in a single file line, we all die alone.” The cornerstone of human existence is its temporal nature. “None of […]

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Nostalgia:  The Powerful Taste of Long Ago

Posted on February 18th, 2021
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The Madeleine Tea Cake is the most renowned pastry in world literature.   When Marcel Proust’s narrator in Remembrance of Things Past began eating the sponge cake after it had been dipped into warm tea, a flood of memories was released—a watershed of seven volumes, 1.5 million words.   Here is that celebrated moment: “As soon as I […]

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