Eulogy for Grandma Harriet

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My son Benjamin Gluck wrote and read this beautiful eulogy at his Grandma Harriet’s funeral, who passed away this week. Always love, Allison Eulogy for Grandma Harriet As the cliche goes, you never know what you have until its gone. But what if you do in fact know that you have something important, and when […]

Ducking Grief

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Next month will mark six years that my best friend’s daughter Miya died. Yet, she is very much alive in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved her. Loving Miya was the only option; she wouldn’t have it any other way and this is exactly what we loved so much about her. […]

Letting Go: How to Live With the Loss of a Loved One

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Note from Leo: This is a guest post from my friend, Suraj Shah, who wrote this post as a favor to me after a reader asked about how to deal with the loss of a loved one. Suraj writes regularly about dealing with loss on his blog, Live With Loss. I’ll hand it over to […]

James Gandolfini Was ‘Walking Time Bomb,’ Says Top Heart Doctor

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For many of us, summer vacation is a time when we eat too much, drink too much, do too much physically, and perhaps neglect to take our medications. That’s why vacation heart attacks like the one suffered by TV star James Gandolfini are tragically common, a top cardiologist tells Newsmax Health. “The Sopranos” actor Gandolfini, […]

Celebrating Michigan’s New Felony Strangulation Law

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It’s true. All of us working in advocacy land are genuinely thrilled about this new law that went into effect April 1, 2013. Of course it seems odd to be so excited about something so cryptic, but hear me out. This is a giant victory for batterer accountability and enhanced protection for survivors of abuse. […]

A Must Read! The Island Where People Forget to Die

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In 1943, a Greek war veteran named Stamatis Moraitis came to the United States for treatment of a combat-mangled arm. He’d survived a gunshot wound, escaped to Turkey and eventually talked his way onto the Queen Elizabeth, then serving as a troopship, to cross the Atlantic. Moraitis settled in Port Jefferson, N.Y., an enclave of […]

Life’s Frailty, and the Gestures That Go a Long Way

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Several years ago, my friend Jeffrey Zaslow sent me a chapter from a book he was writing about lifelong friendships among a group of women from Ames, Iowa. It was a powerful story about love and loss that moved me to tears. With the draft pages still in my hands, I sat down with my […]

Laughter, Love & Letting Go

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What did you let go of this year? Whom did you let go? This is the story of the day I let go of my mom and my dog rolled in her ashes. Mom passed away February 5 of this year after a short yet hellish battle with cancer. Before she died, we had many […]

100 Very Cool Facts About The Human Body

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The human body is an incredibly complex and intricate system, one that still baffles doctors and researchers on a regular basis despite thousands of years of medical knowledge. As a result, it shouldn’t be any surprise that even body parts and functions we deal with every day have bizarre or unexpected facts and explanations behind […]

Steve Jobs’ Cause Of Death Was Respiratory Arrest, Report Says

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According to Steve Jobs’ death certificate, issued Monday by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, respiratory arrest brought on by a “metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor” was the official cause of the Apple co-founder’s death on October 5, Bloomberg News reported. Bloomberg also noted that Jobs’ occupation was listed as “entrepreneur” on his death certificate. […]