HEARTSONGS: The Story of Matti Stepanek Will Knock Your Socks Off

Requiem in SeaOh, to call the conch my home . . . Stormy-smoothed tunnels of Kaleidoscope walls spiraling into Pearl-shimmered dyes, Ever-changing with the light Of the sun, of the moon, Of the tide, and the gloaming, And surging, and sighing,Of the sea . . . Of that space That calls to me Beyond the Polished Pier, Beyond the now, and here.Echo of ocean breath, Silhouette of Light, Indescribable description Passing, mortal fathoming. Passion, ebbing into solace, Upon … [Read more...]

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For Our World: A Child’s Profound Reflections on 9/11

I saw the World Trade Center only once. It was 1998 or 1999.  It had been a number of years since I’d visited New York City; but when our youngest son Jerry began working at an airline, I took advantage of my “parent privileges” (in those innocent pre-9/11 days, parents of employees could fly for $30/roundtrip) and the two of us set off for a day trip to the Big Apple.  We planned to see the sights, visit a museum, enjoy lunch and dinner—then head back home to Michigan.At some point—was … [Read more...]

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R.I.P. Betty Ford: Champion of [Some] Women's Rights

Former First Lady Betty Ford died this week of natural causes, at the age of 93.  One can offer many tributes for this outspoken activist who gave voice to important causes such as breast cancer prevention (she had a mastectomy in 1974) and alcohol and drug addiction (she struggled with alcoholism and was a catalyst in advancing addiction treatment through the Betty Ford Center).She was a dancer and a divorcee.  She was a prominent force in the Women’s Movement in the 1970s, joining forces wit … [Read more...]

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