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The Tower on Top of Skyline Drive 3

The Tower on Top of Skyline Drive By Kevin Heffernan On the top of Skyline Drive there is a massive stone tower which seemingly is lording over Oakland below as a sentinel of the valley. Everyone has seen it and many have strolled by it going to Ramapo Lake. However, […]


Being Mortal

Atul Gawande. Being Mortal. New York: Thorndike Press, 2014. As reviewed by Ted Odenwald Dr. Gawande’s study is both a challenge to the medical profession and an alert to patients and their families. He states that advances in medications and technology have “…turned the process of aging and dying into […]


A Man Called Ove

Fredrick Backman. A Man Called Ove. Henning Koch (Trans.). New York: Large Print Press, 2014. As reviewed by Ted Odenwald To most observers, Ove, the protagonist in Fredrick Backman’s novel, was a sarcastic, bullying, loud-mouthed boor—the community curmudgeon. He was grumpy because “people never gave him reason to see it […]


Dog Park: July 2017 Update

It hasn’t been too long since my last update, but I’d like to address several important developments and answer several questions that have come about. So instead of a mini-essay like I normally do, here’s a question and answer type formatted post that should help answer and explain what has […]