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Germanwings Crash Exposes History of Denial on Risk of Pilot Suicide by NICHOLAS KULISH and NICOLA CLARK

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In the days after Andreas Lubitz flew himself and 149 others into a mountainside, investigations have exposed weaknesses throughout the airline industry in dealing with mental illness among pilots. 14 more words

Charles Hoyle Van Nuys

Friday Night at "The King and I"

A couple months after I first moved to New York City, I saw “Nice Work if You Can Get It” on Broadway. I was by myself, still didn’t really know anyone in the city, and thought a musical starring Matthew Broderick sounded like a good way to kill a Sunday afternoon. 455 more words

1947: Édith Piaf’s New York Debut by INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE

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From the International Herald Tribune archives: Edith Piaf makes her New York debut in 1947.

Published: April 18, 2015 at 12:00AM… 9 more words

Charles Hoyle Van Nuys

Why do Buddhists – especially but not exclusively 'Kadampa Buddhists' – fear enlightenment?

Recently a monastic elder from Switzerland pointed out an article from the New York Times that was reprinted in an Indian newspaper, the Deccan Herald. Omri Boehm, an Israeli, criticizes in… 2,786 more words


Exercise More and Live Longer - New York Times

Gretchen Reynolds, writing in the New York Times, had some great information on the value of exercise in terms of living longer. She said that one of the problems with exercise is that experts aren’t clear on how much is too little, too much or just the right amount to for us to be healthy and, more importantly, to improve our longevity. 325 more words


At Afghan Weddings, His Side, Her Side and 600 Strangers by JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN

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Strangers seeking banquet fare arrive in droves as many seem to know this saying: “With a wedding every night, there is no need to go hungry.” 13 more words

Charles Hoyle Van Nuys

"The End of the Affair" by Graham Greene (1951) - book review

After reluctantly putting this book down, couldn’t help but ignorantly wonder if parts of this book were autobiographical, particularly in terms of the recurring religious theme. 311 more words