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“TIME FOR TIME” IN THE NEW YEAR - Last Sunday morning, I spent my time writing a draft blog of Ten New Year’s Resolutions. It was intended to be both serious and amusing because (1) I am serious about these things and (2) I think some of them are … Continue reading → The post “TIME FOR TIME” IN THE NEW YEAR appeared first on Alexis Rankin Popik. http://ow.ly/2TdfBO
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A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN MARION - With apologies to Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”—  One Christmas was…like another in those years around the sea-town corner.   Birds the color of red-flannel petticoats whisked past the harp-shaped hills  It seemed that all the churches boomed … Continue reading → The post A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN MARION appeared first on Alexis Rankin Popik. http://ow.ly/2SDX02
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IF THERE IS A HEAVEN… - …I imagine it will look like this. Have a wonderful week, whatever holiday you celebrate. The post IF THERE IS A HEAVEN… appeared first on Alexis Rankin Popik. http://ow.ly/2SpYJ1
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BAD MOM, CHRISTMAS VERSION - Are you a BAD MOM if you let your kids watch The Ladies Man on Christmas Eve? I’m afraid I may be, at least by local standards. Our family’s move from loosey goosey California to traditional New England twenty years … Continue reading → The post BAD MOM, CHRISTMAS VERSION appeared first on Alexis Rankin Popik. http://ow.ly/2S4YZX
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THREE GREAT NEW BOOKS - Usually I read books of fiction for pleasure and my non-fiction book choices are mostly limited to keeping up with news, politics and (sad but true) pop culture gossip. This past month, however, I read three wonderful books that had … Continue reading → The post THREE GREAT NEW BOOKS appeared first on Alexis Rankin Popik. http://ow.ly/2RIXZX
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TIME FOR TIME - Five years ago, a French friend explained to me what it meant to “make time for time.” It’s a lovely expression for an all-too-rare practice: making time to appreciate the time we have on this earth. The occasion was a … Continue reading → The post TIME FOR TIME appeared first on Alexis Rankin Popik. http://ow.ly/2RrCCO
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HOME OR ASSISTED LIVING HOME? 2 -   Last week I asked subscribers to add their opinions about what, in the context of Assisted Living, makes a place feel like home. The basics, according to these readers, include: Pets and doors that lock and books and good … Continue reading → The post HOME OR ASSISTED LIVING HOME? 2 appeared first on Alexis Rankin Popik. http://ow.ly/2R6oNZ
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HOME OR ASSISTED LIVING HOME? - In his important new book, Being Mortal, Atul Gawande, M.D. recounts the origins of assisted living facilities and the efforts to make residences for the frail elderly more like home. Six issues of this blog have explored what home means … Continue reading → The post HOME OR ASSISTED LIVING HOME? appeared first on Alexis Rankin Popik. http://ow.ly/2QMOu0
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ARE YOU ENTHUSIASTIC????? - Are You Enthusiastic????? On Facebook and Twitter, being enthusiastic seems to be very important. There’s no such thing as a comment like “That’s funny.” Instead, the responses are more on the order of “That’s funny!!! LOL!!!” Here are some comments … Continue reading → The post ARE YOU ENTHUSIASTIC????? appeared first on Alexis Rankin Popik. http://ow.ly/2QqWV4
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Ten Dumb Facebook Come-ons - I am a sucker for Facebook links to cute animal videos and I tolerate a good deal of ridicule as a result. What I can barely tolerate, though, are the ridiculous headlines designed to increase numbers of viewers. I am … Continue reading → The post Ten Dumb Facebook Come-ons appeared first on Alexis Rankin Popik. http://ow.ly/2Q3fWD
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