Life, Health and Politics

April 4, 2018

Did you watch “Roseanne” last week? The reboot of the popular show from the ‘90s opened to huge ratings. So huge, in fact, it earned the highest ratings of any network program in the last six years. More than 18 million people tuned in to watch both of the first two half-hour episodes. That’s quite ...

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A recent picture of Jeff Bezos made headlines. The head of Amazon was captured striding around the grounds of a futuristic tech conference he sponsors, walking a robotic dog. Bezos looked muscled and fit, garbed in a T-shirt and vest. The picture was a far cry from the mild-mannered way he used to ...

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A few weeks back, I saw an advertisement for a session at a writer’s conference titled, “Living in an alt-right world.”  “How can people still believe this nonsense?” I thought to myself. And then I made the mistake of allowing it to trigger me. I know for a fact that we are not now and never ...

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Thank God March is already underway. And with it, pristine snowdrops and teeny fields of crocuses. For the last three weeks, here or there, as I drove through town, I have also spotted some witch hazel blossoming in full golden glory, the earliest tree to flower each year, a herald of the coming ...

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By some alchemy, winter is flying by us this year. Faster and faster every year of our lives. We’re nearly two-thirds done with the season already. There’s just a month and a few extra days left to withstand. A snap of the fingers and it will be gone. Finished. Another winter to enter into our ...

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Nothing like a bomb cyclone winter storm followed by days of bright sunshine while temperatures plunge into arctic cold to start the year off beautifully.  The first day after the cyclone bomb I was out in the early morning watching to the east as dawn slid her rosy colored fingers upon the ...

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Sadly, we live in an age where everything made public is now at risk of being dragged down into the mud of rank partisanship and politicization. That’s one downside of the web. News everywhere is instant and it travels the world over in the blink of an eye. People turn passionate, get angry, form ...

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Last week, just as I was musing on a topic to write about, there was breaking news in The New York Times about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman, with his brother, of the Weinstein Co. Unknown to the general public (but well-known to many in Hollywood), he has led a 30-year career of ...

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The Virginia State Police badly failed in its role to prevent violence and protect citizens at the Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va., last August. That is the key takeaway from a 200-page report on the rally released to the public Dec. 1. The report was written by Timothy J. Heaphy, a United ...

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I was privileged this week to be introduced to the work of Byron Katie, a woman who teaches a method of self-inquiry that helps release people from the negative stories they bear. Such stories keep individuals stuck in pain and adverse emotional reactions to events, whether those events were ...

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Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence suggested in an interview with British Network Channel 4 last week that she thought that the succession of three devastating hurricanes this season, Harvey, Irma and Jose, was an expression of Mother Nature’s “rage and wrath” at the results of an election she ...

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I am writing as news of Irma, a major storm that formed in the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and Central America, has just broken in the last few days.  As I write, she is a monster storm that may possibly become a Category 5 hurricane. By the time you read this, however, she may well have ...

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Until the last few years, there was what seemed to be an untouchable status quo in the United States that everyone was entitled to free speech, even if the person was a bigot and their speech was hateful. We had the First Amendment standing behind this protection. When word came, decades ago, that ...

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Twenty years ago, a signal book was published in the self-help industry, “The Gift of Fear,” by Gavin de Becker. Growing up, De Becker lived in a home where there was routine violence, including gun violence, between his mother and her various husbands. It was the kind of environment where he had ...

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We now know that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going to keep his job, despite the daily toll of Trump criticism last month. He was assured of this in a phone call from Gen. John Kelly when he took office as the new White House chief of staff early last week. I am delighted about that ...

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The lack of the normal appearance of leadership from Washington is beginning to jar. While it is possible there is some kind of strategic instinct guiding President Trump’s behavior only he understands that makes sense of the chaotic behavior emanating from the White House, the appearance is all ...

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Breaking the rhythm of the normally sleepy months of summer, lots of political change in Washington is suddenly in the air again. Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary almost a week ago in reaction to President Trump’s hiring of Antony Scaramucci as communications director.

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(NORTH SALEM, N.Y.) --It’s another depressing moment in Washington as we watch New York State Senior Sen. Chuck Schumer begin his maneuvering to attempt to stop Neil Gorsuch from reaching the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch, who was approved unanimously by voice vote in the U.S. Senate to become a ...

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Over the summer, I came across a frightening statistic about the current ratio of liberal to conservative professors in New England. Samuel J. Abrams, professor at Sarah Lawrence College, published an article in the New York Times discussing his research into the political breakdown of the ...

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