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  • I have another brainy idea
    I have another brainy idea
    Faithful readers know of my occasional business ventures that never seem to pan out. You may remember my invention for powdered water and still some may recall my ill-fated idea of opening a store to rent out books, like the old video stores. Then...
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    Cop-haters now hate JetBlue for flying cops to funerals of two executed officers
    Despite the mayor of the Big Apple asking those who tag police forces across the nation as racist or in a de factostate of war with black and brown people, more than a few took to both the streets and as well to social media to spread their hatred...
  • Trending: The selfie obituary
    Trending: The selfie obituary
    A vital but often underestimated precursor to the funeral is the obituary. It appears in the newspaper, provides salient facts including the place and time of the funeral (or memorial service) itself, and in general serves as an announcement that...
  • Lifelike in death
    Regarding funerals: thinking out of the box
    What if you didn’t have to take your death lying down?A story in the New York Times last Sunday reported on the Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home in New Orleans, which has held two services with the main attraction, the deceased, posed as if...
  • Birthdays….Anniversaries….Funerals
    Birthdays….Anniversaries….Funerals
    There are many dates on the timeline of life that trigger happy memories. Those joyful recollections float in our head, and we smile. However, some dates take us spiraling back into a state of grief. The anguish does not seem to drift in and out...
  • Planning on pre-planning
    Planning on pre-planning
    Twice in the last two days, now, I’ve received in the mail two separate letters about pre-planning for my demise. Is the Grim Reaper lurking outside my house, or is it simply my demographic profile?You’re sixty-four. High time to face...
  • The College Course That's All About Death
    The College Course That's All About Death
    Earlier today I came across this interview withErika Hayasaki, author of The Death Class: A Story About Life,by Hope Reese. It is such a compelling article that I felt I needed to reprint it here.Thank you, Hope!At the beginning of each semester...
  • Drive-thru mourning: Convenience or crassness?
    Drive-thru mourning: Convenience or crassness?
    There is no disputing the fact that we live in an age of drive-thru convenience.Nowadays one may make a bank transaction, secure a short-term loan, pick up the dry cleaning, stock the larder with everything from booze to doughnuts, grab the...
  • Veteran, 99, died, nobody attends funeral
    Veteran died and Nobody attends funeral until story goes viral
    A headline read "Veteran died, nobody attends funeral."Harold Jellicoe Percival, 99, a former World War II veteran in the Royal Air Force (RAF) died alone and with no family, back in October. But thanks to a newspaper ad and social media...
  • Etiquette Impasse: Do exes belong at family funerals?
    Etiquette Impasse: Do exes belong at family funerals?
    Seasons of grief tend to bring out the best – and the worst – in most people. Questions of etiquette are bound to arise, when it comes to funerals, particularly in today’s complex families. Second and third marriages may muddy...
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    Humanism and the end of life
    Humanist end of life decision can be some of the hardest and most confusing, not only for you, but for your family. It is also unfair to put this sort of pressure on your loved ones if a tragedy strikes and you lose your life.“When it comes...
  • Kerrie Noonan
    Ten facts about death that everyone needs to know, by Kerrie Noonan
    I found this article by Kerrie Noonan at "Talking about Death" on Facebook and felt that it needed to be shared here as well:Death might be considered taboo but it comes to all of us. And in my experience most of us want to talk about it...
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    Westboro Baptist Church: 'Thank God for the Boston Marathon bombs'
    While the country mourns the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Westboro Baptist Church has a completely different message, saying the bombings were sent by God as punishment for gay marriage, the Washington Times reported Tuesday.&ldquo...
  • Helping Hands
    Elderly lady selling everything to keep a promise
    Elsie Smith is selling all of her belongings in an estate sale. Although she would love to keep her things, she would rather keep a promise she made. According to a report by KOMO News, dated Feb. 15, Elsie Smith promised her husband he would not...
  • Business chat: Death in the family
    How business owners should handle a death in the family
    As the owner of Vendors Preferred, a business consulting company, I created a forum called "business chat" to answer questions that business owners may have regarding their small businesses. Vendors Preferred is known for helping...
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