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You Are Not Alone

The trials of life come to us all at one time or another. Maybe a loved one’s personality has changed for the worse, and they don’t care any more. It could be a life-threatening illness or constant stress. The economy has thrown a wrench into many families’ plans. At times, it can seem like too…

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I-Pads at Passover-?

In my own little bubble of reality, I like to think that I’m still with-it enough to know about certain trends circulating in the world at large. Apparently not. One of my correspondents was kind enough to send me a NY Times article on incorporating i-Pads and tablets at the Passover Seder table.  In other…

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Monday Mottoes – #34

You deserve congratulations because you’re in the race.  You haven’t dropped out, given up, or quit.  And even if you have, and dusted yourself off again, you’re giving it your best shot now. You live in the present, not in the past of regrets, or in the future of what-might-be, but in the very real…

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Brandeis Bungles Ayaan Hirsi-Ali

The biggies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts took one big step backwards in terms of progress.  As a matter of fact, the big step was like a drop off of a cliff. You see, they had decided to honor human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi-Ali, a Somali-American and former Muslim who speaks out about her past. …

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Nine Problems with “Noah”

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating, since 3-D has received so many inquiries about our impressions on the film, “Noah”:  just because it has a Biblical name, that doesn’t make it a Biblical movie.  And, as director Darren Aronofsky states, “It’s the least Biblical film ever made”. That about says it all. Personally,…

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Monday Mottoes – #33

There are dreamers and there are doers in life.  Both tend to feel great about themselves because they live in a bubble, either a bubble of success, or a bubble of wishful thinking that acts like a drug to deaden them to the fact that time is passing. One of the few truly irreplaceable resources,…

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Honor and Respect Pay Off

We’ve tried to teach our children to honor and respect others.  When they greet adults, they know to stand and shake hands.  If attending a reception, they might bring someone a napkin or a soft drink.  At a dinner, they wait to eat until everyone else is seated and served. Petya, who has a part-time…

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Must-See Movie

Around the spring holidays, there are numerous religious films featured on television and in movie theatres each year.  Whether it’s “The Ten Commandments”, “Ben Hur”, or “The Robe”, some closely approximate Old or New Testament events, whereas others contain liberal doses of extra-Biblical Hollywood drama.  Currently, there’s “Noah” and “Son of God” in cinemas alongside…

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Monday Mottoes – #32

Bravery, strength, and spirit.  These are not the character traits readily found in society today.  If the Titanic were going down in our time, I wonder how many would call, “Women and children first!” while the band played, “Nearer My God to Thee” and wealthy heads of industry sank to a certain death. Laying your…

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Monday Mottoes – #31

Life is made up of a variety of steps.  Not always a linear progression, either.  Sometimes it’s one step forward, and two steps backward; other times, it’s a series of sidesteps. Life calls for fancy footwork, especially when you’re walking on eggshells in a delicate situation, or you need to climb up the corporate ladder. …

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