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Family Heirlooms Travelling The Past, The Present and The Future

By Iris Ruth Pastor It’s 1913. The word “teen-ager” was not yet in use. The constitutional amendment granting American women the right to vote had not yet passed. Canned beer, modern supermarkets, and Barbie dolls had not yet been invented.

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Finding Energy, Awareness, Focus and Wonder

By Iris Ruth Pastor Through circumstances not altogether pleasant I found myself in the waiting room of Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City on Super Bowl weekend. Trying to distract myself from the myriad of tests my husband was having on his spine, I started reading the weekend...

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Family Heirlooms: Placing the Past in the Present

By Iris Ruth Pastor It all begins with this couple: my husband’s parents, Herb and Hotche. This picture was taken shortly after Herb was discharged from the Army during the closing days of World War 2. Herb had witnessed the horrors of the concentration camps in Europe firsthand –...

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Appreciating How To Live In The Moment

By Iris Ruth Pastor Looking back on my life, I realize most of it has been spent in rigid countdown mode – ticking off backwards down to zero. How many days until I start kindergarten? How many days until I can ride my bike past the end of my...

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At Halloween: Who Says the Dead Can’t Speak?

By Iris Ruth Pastor When you have kids, you plan their birthday parties, organize grill-outs with neighbors and throw baby showers. Then comes more time behind you than ahead. After attending a third funeral in less than a month, fresh in my mind was the grief and the logistics of death. Surely there is room for some originality and humor.

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