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NYT: How Italians Became ‘White’

Brent Staples, writing at the paper of record: Darker skinned southern Italians endured the penalties of blackness on both sides of the Atlantic. In Italy, Northerners had long held that Southerners — particularly Sicilians — were an “uncivilized” and racially inferior people, too obviously African to be part of Europe. Racist dogma about Southern Italians […]

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Remembering Cisco Landry, seven years on

As I do every year on the 9th of October, I take a few moments to remember… Seven years ago today, my family lost a beloved member… our faithful companion, Cisco Landry.

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Remembering the Great Nashville Flood of 2010

Nine years ago today began what has come to be known as “the Great Nashville Flood,” an unexpected weather event which the Army Corps of Engineers described as a “1000-year flood.” In Nashville, the city saw over 13 inches of rain in 36 hours, and the two-day rain totals were nearly 20 inches — more […]

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Measles Case Confirmed in Tennessee, Risk Grows

The Lebanon Democrat: Dr. Tim Jones, the state’s epidemiologist, said even with just one known measles case, the Tennessee Health Department is taking a proactive approach to curtail the spread of the highly contagious, airborne disease. “So far, we’ve only identified one case,” he said. “I will say that I will be shocked if we […]

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Remembering Cisco Landry, six years on

Six years ago today, my family lost a member. Our faithful companion, Cisco Landry.

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Why We Need to Take Pet Loss Seriously

Guy Winch writing at Scientific American: Losing a beloved pet is often an emotionally devastating experience. Yet, as a society, we do not recognize how painful pet loss can be and how much it can impair our emotional and physical health. Symptoms of acute grief after the loss of a pet can last from one […]

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R.I.P. Cassidy Landry

It is with heavy heart the I bid a loving farewell to my precious Cassidy, the matriarch of the Landry family, who passed away this morning at the age of 71. She was a lovely, loving girl, and a driving force in our lives. She will be forever loved and missed.

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California governor signs controversial right-to-die bill

Physician-assisted suicide will become legal in California under a bill signed into law today by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, making it the fifth state in the nation to give terminally ill patients a legal right to die. As hard as it may be to believe in today’s ultra-political culture, my Mom–who was an RN–told me […]

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Damn the Torpedoes by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

All these years later, “Damn the Torpedoes” by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers still has one of the best drum sounds of any album I’ve heard…

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Independence Day, Rain and Neighbors…

Today’s forecast: 4-6 inches of rain over the next 24 hours! Say what you will, but over the last couple years I’ve come to love it when it rains on the 4th of July, and so does my homeowners insurance carrier (ba-doom-ching). That’s because the people who live on our cul-de-sac (and the neighboring streets, […]

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