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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The Beatles and The Music Man

Posted on October 1st, 2021
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QUESTION:  What is the connection between Meredith Willson and The Beatles? ANSWER: The song, Till There Was You, written by Meredith Willson for his Broadway blockbuster, The Music Man. This was the only Broadway song the Beatles ever recorded and, in terms of their early career, it was significant. Well before the Beatles had achieved worldwide notoriety, Paul […]

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Deafblindness Impacts Millions of Lives

Posted on September 24th, 2021
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“What?  What did you say?  Please repeat that.” Is that a conversation you’ve been part of recently? Or, how about this one: “I can’t read that print, it’s too small.” If you recognize any of the above, welcome to the inevitable.  It might be that you are just getting older. As physics professor Peter Hoffmann said: “Life […]

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Raintree County and Ross Lockridge, Jr.–An author who died for his book

Posted on September 17th, 2021
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Ross Lockridge, Jr., a thirty-three year-old professor at Indiana University, had just launched the literary equivalent of a walk-off World Series home run. His epic, thousand-page novel Raintree County was sitting on top of the best seller list.  It was a Book-of-the-Month club selection and MGM had paid lavishly for the film rights. For Lockridge, his wife […]

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You “Liked” what I ate for breakfast, but are you really my friend?

Posted on September 10th, 2021
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Casually crossing paths with Stanley Marcus or Roger Horchow often proved to be anything but casual.  The two Dallas-based powerhouse retailers, now both deceased, defined good taste on an international level for generations.  Both clearly understood the power of individual social connection long before the term hashtag was created.  “Consumers are statistics,” Marcus once said.  […]

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