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Word Nerd: Don’t read this if you have hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Four score years ago, minus one, Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared: “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” Well, it appears Roosevelt was wrong. The site phobialist.com lists more than 500 phobias that might plague someone. Some aren’t widespread, such as cherophobia, the fear of gaiety; leukophobia, the fear of […]

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Julia and Jamie vs. The Kitchen — which one takes the cake?

BY: BARRY LAZAR When I cook, there is often a battle between my two masters—the mentor and the teacher. My cooking mentors speak to me in volumes. They are wonderful practitioners with lots to convey. They inspire me. They are alert to correct but don’t intrude. I open their books […]

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Inner artist should be given a chance to blossom at any age

BY: BONNIE SANDLER, BS.W. Many residences have beautifully equipped art rooms with wonderful works of art decorating the walls. Visitors express disbelief that these creations have been produced by people with little or no background in art who may have cognitive deficiencies. Choosing an inspiring activity and hoping that it […]

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Bullied into a life lesson

BY: BRENDA HENRY The movie Bully, a documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America, shows punishing scenes of young students being kicked, poked and stabbed with pencils, knocked off bus seats, ignored and isolated. When I was 14, my father bought me a brand new J.C. Higgins bike: south-sea […]

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Estate planning could include gift-giving

BY: DEBORAH LEAHY Many people have discovered that gifting assets while they are alive is a valuable estate-planning technique for passing wealth on to their adult children. One of the most important benefits of making a gift—which can be defined as a voluntary transfer of property to another made without […]

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Prepositions? What are you talking about?

BY: HOWARD RICHLER Freshman: “Sir, can you tell me where the dining hall is at?” Professor: “Don’t you know that you shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition?” Freshman: “OK, can you tell me where the dining hall is at, asshole?” From the time we entered high school we were […]

Sonya Thomas proves she can eat with the big boys, strapping on a hot-dog belt. Photos: Neil Abramson for Major League Eating
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The hot-dog days of summer

BY: HARRY ROLNICK I once asked the late Sir John Gielgud why he appeared in such a crummy movie as Satyricon. “My dear boy,” he said, “one can’t play Hamlet every night.” Or resist participating in an ancient Roman orgy-cum-food-fight, where, as the philosopher Cicero noted, “One slave wipes the […]

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Your independence is protected by the judicial system

BY: JOYCE BLOND FRANK B.A., B.C.L., LL.M. As seniors, we are constantly being told that our faculties are or will be reduced in the future. We are often told what we should or should not do. Society considers us fragile and, sometimes, “in need of protection.” As a senior myself. […]

Summer holidays: a tale of four sojourns
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Summer holidays: a tale of four sojourns

BY:MARK MEDICOFF This summer’s spectacular weather moved people to enjoy the many outdoor festivals afforded by the city. But the heat also steered many of our readers to spend time at a summer cottage and feast on the cool air. Some enjoyed summer by sojourning in the northern hemisphere, particularly […]

Golf tournament founding members Marvin Pascal (from left) and Lewis Israel with Mordy Gordon in 2010.  Photo courtesy of Sun Youth
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Kids are foremost on charities’ agendas

Here at Sun Youth: Nicolas Carpentier Back-to-school time conjures up a dream or two and yet I revisit not so pleasant experiences during my elementary school years. I frequently dreamed that I lost my report card and without it was unable to go back to school. I recently had the […]