Eli

Last night, the person whom my mom shared her life with for 27 years, passed away peacefully in his home state of Nayarit.He was affectionately known to some of the kids as Li-Li, but most of us called him Eli. He was a good and decent man, whom we’ll remember fondly. From the moment we met …

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Rose, Jack, and Yeonmi Park

Like so many of you, Yeonmi Park (pictured) was affected by the movie Titanic. Before I get to that, allow me to share a little about her. She survived merciless starvation by eating dragon flies, frogs, tree bark, and grass. Her father was imprisoned, tortured, and ultimately broken. She witnessed a live execution of her …

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… Morning

While I was walking my daughter home from school a couple of days ago, she asked me where I was on 9/11. I answered her question with a question: Why are you asking? “We’re learning about it in school.” Fair enough. I explained to her that I was asleep, and that her mother, who ALWAYS …

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The Day the Laughter Died

Reading about Robin Williams over the last 24 hours is sobering. It’s difficult to see the statements from those closest to him. The grief, for many of the actors with whom he worked, is so heavy that it’s even silenced the most garrulous. His only daughter tweeted: I love you. I miss you. I’ll try …

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70,000

Today is August 6. On the night of August 5, 1945, the people of Hiroshima, Japan, slept. By 8 a.m. local time the following morning, most would rise to welcome another day. Fifteen minutes later, 70,000 would be dead. And if that wasn’t enough, another 70,000 would perish three days later in Nagasaki. Due to …

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Gone

Thirty six short days ago we visited Mission Santa Barbara, then drove downtown to have lunch in this well known gem along the California coast. Sadly, its iconic red tile roofs have given way in recent days to blood-stained streets and extinguished young lives. Futures gone. Richard Martinez, father of victim, Christopher Martinez, chastised politicians …

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Giant

Before we left to Los Angeles, my wife told me that Gabriel Garcia Marquez had passed. This may not mean much to anyone who has never read his words, or heard him speak. But let me assure you, Garcia Marquez was a gift to the world. His books outsold everything published in Spanish except the …

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Misery

Nailah Winkfield is a mother who is grieving for her child, Jahi McMath. And no matter what opinion you or I have regarding the way Children’s Hospital Oakland, the press, or the family has behaved during this tragedy, one thing remains true: Nailah Winkfield’s life will never be the same. I know that it is impossible for …

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