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Grief and I

MY HUSBAND Ray died on June 15, 2015, exactly three years, seven months and six days after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Since that hot Tucson day in June, I have traveled up both coasts and through alternating worlds of numbness and unrelenting emotion.

This is a piece I wrote while at the gym about seven months after Ray died. It came to me as a quasi-revelation, the ideas fully formed as if the words had already been written. I jumped off the treadmill and grabbed my cell phone to record it before the words faded from the page imprinted upon my mind.

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View From Denver

The First United Bronco Church of North America

“The Broncos are not very good,” wrote Boston Globe sports columnist, Dan Shaughnessy, the day after they defeated his New England Patriots. He’s absolutely right. Just one thing: This not very good team keeps winning, one ugly game after the next. The Broncos are bad for heart patients. It’s more than nail-biting to watch these inepts play. If your heart flutters, don’t watch. The Broncos bumble all the way to the end. Then, some fantastic defensive play. My guess is, the Carolin...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:47 )

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Should we read Mein Kampf?

Hitler’s earth-shattering bigotry —his rationale for the Holocaust and the death of millions of others — was laid out in 1923 in his book, Mein Kampf. It was banned in Germany after WW II, but its copyright has now expired and it has been reprinted in an annotated edition. Should we read it? Should we make it mandatory reading in schools? Should we try to ban it again? I firmly believe it is critical to read it. It should not be banned. Quite the contrary. It should be duly examined as...
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View from Central Park

Tale of two heroes

You hear the news we are all still reeling from — a mother of six children who, despite heroically fighting back, was brutally butchered into submission, all while bloodcurdling screams and a pool of blood were gathering, all this before the eyes of her children, and you wonder. Just how can any human do this to another human? Seriously, how? As terrible as shooting another human is, it is usually done from afar, so you don’t have the kind of intimate contact and proximity that a stabbing e...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 January 2016 10:02 )

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View From Denver

Do not resuscitate

Unfortunately, I have recently spent a lot of time in and around three hospitals and other health facilities in New York and Colorado, not as a patient, but as a patient’s advocate or visitor. I witnessed a lot of excellent medical care and compassionate nursing. Iam grateful. However, I also was taken aback to see that the welfare of the patient is not always the goal any more. Legal and “ethical” considerations interfere. No one today would argue for dispensing with seat belts. Yet, if ...
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