Category Archives: Lending Insight



Book Review: “Good to Go: A Guide To Preparing for the End of Life” by Jo Myers

Radio Personality Jo Myers' neighborly end-of-life guide for baby boomers and their parents

Jo Myers left her job in radio after a 33-year career to write “Good to Go: A Guide to Preparing for the End of Life.” And the book is exactly what it purports to be — a guide to end-of-life planning … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Wild and Precious Life” by Deborah Ziegler

Brittany Maynard's mom shares the story of her life and death

By now, almost everyone has heard the name Brittany Maynard and knows the story of her tragic death from a brain tumor at the age of 29. Brittany, who moved from California to Oregon to take advantage of that state’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens

A tribute documentary explores the complicated mother/daughter relationship

“Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” wasn’t meant to be a postmortem tribute. Directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens originally wanted the documentary to center around the quirky, sometimes volatile, relationship between actress Debbie Reynolds and her equally famous … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Flying in Place” by Susan Palwick

A ghost returns from beyond to help her sister

“Flying in Place” by Susan Palwick is a novel about coming to grips with trauma and death…and with life as well. All her life, 12-year-old Emma has lived in the shadow of Ginny, her older sister who died mysteriously before Emma … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Bodies in Motion and at Rest” by Thomas Lynch

Essays touch on life, death and the author's 30+ years of experience in the funeral home industry

Thomas Lynch is both a published poet and funeral director, and these two facets of his persona are on full display in his book of essays, “Bodies in Motion and at Rest.” Published in 2000, the collection contains discussions and … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs” by Tomie dePaola

A touching children's book about the love between grandparents and grandchildren and what happens when grandparents pass away

Tomie dePaola wrote and illustrated the classic children’s book “Strega Nona,” the tale of an Italian witch doctor who made so much magical pasta that it flooded the town where she lived. He also wrote and illustrated one of the … Continue reading

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