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Dr. Lou Chodosh, Pencil Artist. Photo by Victoria Dammer
Art Appreciation
Victoria L. Dammer

Lou Chodosh Discovered Pencil Art in His 90s

Dr. Lou Chodosh Discovered Pencil Art in His 90s and is an inspiration reminding us we can do anything we want to at any agen and while Chodosh attributes his long life to good genes and stellar health, one cannot deny that discovering pencil art enhanced the richness of his life.

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Joan Didion, 1970, photo by Kathleen Ballard, Los Angeles Times, CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Book Reviews
Victoria L. Dammer

PRAISING JOAN DIDION

Eighty-seven-year-old Joan Didion, one of the greatest essayists and novelists of the 20th and 21st centuries, passed away in December 2021, leaving behind a host of writers and readers who will sorely miss her voice in the literary world.

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Magnificent Colors of the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. Photo by Edward Kliszus
Dance
Edward A Kliszus

TNC PRESENTS ITS 49th ANNUAL THUNDERBIRD AMERICAN INDIAN DANCERS’ POW-WOW AND DANCE CONCERT JAN. 12 TO 21

Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, will present its 49th annual Thunderbird American Dancers Pow Wow and Dance Concert from January 12 to 21, 2024. There will be dances, stories, and traditional music from Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest, and Great Plains regions. The event has become a treasured New York tradition for celebrating our diversity by honoring the culture of our first Americans.  TNC donates all proceeds from the event to college scholarship funds for Native American students. 

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A dark, dreary landscape. Digital art by Edward Kliszus
Human Interest
Victoria L. Dammer

A Dark Winter May befall on America Once Again

COVID-19 deaths have continued to happen in the U.S. over the past few years. As winter approaches, COVID-19, unlike the influenza of 1918, is a coronavirus we still know little about. If you were preparing for war, you would know your enemy. Some experts claim a cure is close, but I believe there isn’t one yet. We must keep fighting this invisible enemy that is trying to destroy us.

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Nothing Stays the Same: How to Heal After the Heartbreak of Divorce by Lori Tartaglia.
Book Reviews
Victoria L. Dammer

Nothing Stays the Same

According to the American Psychological Association, approximately 40-50% of first marriages end in divorce, with second marriages reportedly having an even higher percentage rate of failure. Forbes Advisor contributing writer Christy Bieber, J.D., provides statistical input on a graph in her May 4th article entitled Revealing Divorce Statistics in 2023, showing divorce rates have declined since 2002. Yet most of us know far too many casualties of dissolved marriages.

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Book Reviews
Victoria L. Dammer

Master Your Mindset: The Master’s Way

Nader conveys that eliminating our toxic mindset begins with identifying whether we operate our lives with humility or hubris. Humility allows us to admit our weaknesses, accept our strengths, and live truthfully. Conversely, hubris is a life filled with deception. Nader’s readers are encouraged to choose whether they lead a life of hubris or humility; the outcome is in your control, depending on which way you live.

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Book Reviews
Victoria L. Dammer

The Restorative Power of Water and Nature

Readers should know Roger Deakin and Robert MacFarlane have written essential pieces of literature that boil it down to this; they share the vision that it’s safer in the water. There’s shelter from harm when communing with the environment; the top of a mountain provides sanctuary for many. Through their well-written prose, Deakin and MacFarlane’s stories will transport you on a personal voyage.

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Book cover to Awake with Asashoryu and other essays by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta
Book Reviews
Victoria L. Dammer

Awake with Asashoryu

Essayist Elisabeth Sharp McKetta reveals her innermost thoughts and is at her best storytelling in eleven essays in her latest book, Awake with Asashoryu.

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Book Cover to Woman Running In the Mountains by Yuko Tsushima
Book Reviews
Elizabeth Ann Foster

Women Running In the Mountains

This book is an excellent cautionary narrative for anyone contemplating raising a family alone without resources. It is difficult and wrought with pitfalls and misery, and if there is joy, it is hard to grasp.

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