The Honor and Challenge of Giving a Eulogy

Posted on November 11th, 2021
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How do you write a fitting eulogy?  And, how do you stand in front of an audience to deliver it meaningfully? In his book, Farewell, Godspeed, a collection of sixty-four of “the greatest eulogies of our time,” Editor Cyrus M. Copeland wrote, “A great eulogy is both art and architecture — a bridge between the living and the […]

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Are Public Opinion Polls Dying?

Posted on November 4th, 2021
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“The total collapse of public opinion polls shows that this country is in good health,” E. B. White wrote in The New Yorker.  “A country that developed an airtight system of finding out in advance what was in people’s minds would be uninhabitable…People are unpredictable by nature, and although you can take the nation’s pulse, you can’t […]

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Halloween Star Michael Myers Teaches Coping Skills

Posted on October 29th, 2021
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Michael Myers is the epitome of The Boogeyman. He sits on the front row of Hollywood horror film royalty, right there with vintage fiends like Dracula, the Wolfman, and Frankenstein.  His contemporaries, the likes of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, have their macabre moments, but as Myers’ creator, John Carpenter, remarked, “He’s a force of nature, […]

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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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