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The past isn’t even really past….

Two stunning new films are well worth going out of your way to see. And you will have to go out of your way since they are art-house fare. Son of Saul won the Golden Globe for best foreign film … Continue reading

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Final Act, Elisabeth Chronicles

“The first time I knew anything was wrong,” says Elisabeth Katz of her growing up years in Germany, “was in ’33 or ’34 when a policeman came to the door of our classroom and asked the teacher to get her … Continue reading

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“Do You Have a Lover?”

Think about for a second… What questioner would make this inquiry as embarrassing and inappropriate as possible? Your mother? Your kids? Your priest? How about your mother-in-law? Yes, indeedy, my mother-in-law asked me that question in April. Elisabeth died ten … Continue reading

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Pieces of a Life

Among the most disconcerting aspects of death is dealing with possessions. My in-laws were 93 and 97 when they died just now. After the service, after the flowers, after the cemetery, there is STUFF to deal with. my father-in-law kept … Continue reading

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“Why didn’t you bring more sausages?”

My father-in-law Eugene Katz asked me this question a couple of years ago when I went to to visit. He grew up with in Germany over ninety years ago,  and I know all of the unusual foods that that he … Continue reading

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