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9/11 MUSEUM CAPTURES HISTORY AND HUMANITY

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A visit to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is a transformative experience, worthy of the time by all respectful Americans. The displays are informative and thoughtful, though some are especially disturbing and tough to view. Perhaps most poignant are the eyewitness accounts lining the walls throughout the exhibit. One in particular will most certainly be seared into the…

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GIVE ‘ENABLE’ A WORKING DEFINITION

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Enable is a very ambiguous word. It can mean to make able; to provide with capability and power. Contrastingly, it can also mean to support dysfunctional behavior. No wonder English is such a difficult language to learn. But it doesn’t have to be, at least in this case. Our streets are littered with a reason to emphasize the positive definition…

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FIGHTING GRAVITY: A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

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There will come a time in our lives when fighting gravity becomes a continuous challenge if not a losing battle. We’ll be obliged to rely on one type of apparatus or another to keep ourselves upright and mobile: most likely a cane, walker or wheelchair. In spite of this inevitability, there has been comparatively little innovation in the field of…

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TALK RADIO CAUTION!

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To listen is almost always better than to speak. So talk show audiences do deserve some benefit of the doubt. Too many, though, tend to throw caution to the wind. Some words of warning: Be careful not to confuse amplification for accuracy, volume for expertise, excuse for reason, saying for doing or opinion for fact … and never Rush for…

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‘GENERATIVITY’ DEFINES A BETTER FUTURE

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“Generativity,” like all words, is made up. In this case, it is comparatively new, coined by psychoanalyst Erik Erikson in 1950. “A concern for establishing and guiding the next generation” is Erickson’s most often quoted definition. The principle of generativity is clearly more well-known than the obscure word. Common expressions of generativity apply to one generation establishing and guiding the…

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LONGEVITY RULES IN ‘THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY’

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Veteran actors Helen Mirren, 68, and Om Puri, 64, star in the new DreamWorks film “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” The story is not about age though. Food, family, ego, ambition and love are the ageless themes of this mini-masterpiece. With its confident “show, don’t tell” approach, Hollywood is, as often the case, subliminally influencing culture. In this positive example, the filmmakers…

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POP’S GOOD INTENTIONS DEFLATED BY HYPOCRISY

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Arcade Fire’s video for their single “We Exist,” which features a man who dresses as a woman, sparked a backlash from some transgenders, the victims of bigotry the message intends to support. The critics claim the band are representing an experience they didn’t personally understand. In the Q Magazine column “Good Intentions,” writer Dorian Lynskey (August 2014) called out the…

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A MOMENT, PLEASE

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Who hasn’t wished to go back in time? If only for a moment, you could strap yourself into the Wayback Machine and travel with Mr. Peabody and Sherman to a significant date in your past. So you could make a better decision, see something differently, say the right thing, hold that thought, reinterpret a nuanced message, hit delete rather than…

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EVOLUTION FAVORS PILOTFISH OVER SUCKERFISH

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Could it be evolution is not so evolved? Some humans still closely resemble creatures of the ocean. Consider these similarities. There’s the whale and shark; these big guys approximate seafaring politicians, CEOs and superstars, dominating their respective domains. And for each of the big guys, there are two familiar little guys. Remoras or suckerfish cling to the big fish like…

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