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Scene: The room is dimly lit by a few heavily-shaded lamps and a raging fire glowing red in an immense stone hearth topped by an elaborate chimney stack. Three comfy leather chairs form a semi-circle, facing the flames that periodically crackle and sizzle — foreshadowing the possibly volatil…

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I love movies. For those of you out there who love them, too, this is a glorious time of year. The movie God in heaven gives us the release of arguably the best movies of the year in these few months leading up to the award shows.

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Every year, Drew and I take time during our New Year celebrations to reflect on the year past and look to our hopes for the New Year. This has been a very challenging year for the world, the country and personally.

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Over a decade ago, I sat in parental horror across from my son. He was 19 and just home from his first combat mission. We had decided to go out for lunch.

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Our relationship with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, is complicated. Since the Obama administration’s “reset with Russia,” the former KGB bigwig has, not only pushed the envelope in numerous areas of governance around the world, but shored up his quest to establish Russia as the p…

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I never had a phone in my room growing up. When visiting at the homes of my friends, I remember looking longingly at their pink princess phones perched invitingly on their bedside tables, thinking how cool it was that all they had to do was roll over, grab the phone and dial – in complete pr…

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Just when I think that I have seen and heard it all, the Cubs win the World Series, Trump is elected to the Presidency and Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled about the Cubs and I wish Trump all the best of luck.

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If you are like me and old enough, you remember exactly where you were when Neil Armstrong took that small step for man and a giant leap for mankind.

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Now that fall is rapidly approaching, are you thinking about going somewhere warm this winter? I happened to mention to a friend of ours that Drew and I are thinking of just such a winter “getaway.” Her immediate, quite alarmed response was; “what about Zika?”

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The presidential debates are drawing neigh; so, here’s my take. This has been such an extraordinary campaign season; I doubt that anyone knows what will happen when our two major party candidates actually face each other on the stage but my guess is, it will be the highest TV viewership rati…

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Have you been watching the Olympics? I have to confess to an enduring love of the games. This year’s competition in particular has already satisfied a huge need within me for positive, dare I say uplifting, stories upon which to focus.

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I needed a break. Horrific murders – one after another – terribly offensive rhetoric from both political parties and coming off of a very time-intensive project which lasted over a year; I indulged in some “veg time.”

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I needed a break. Horrific murders – one after another – terribly offensive rhetoric from both political parties and coming off of a very time-intensive project which lasted over a year; I indulged in some “veg time.”

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I pen this after what I consider to be one of the only feel good moments in the past several weeks. Today I watched the Interfaith Memorial Service held in Dallas for the five police officers slaughtered by yet another hate-filled murderer.

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Much has been written about Elie Wiesel since his passing last weekend. Auschwitz survivor, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Nobel Peace Prize recipient; he thought of himself as a teacher, and oh what he taught the world.

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This is the final column in the series about my recent trip to Israel. Visit my website for the previous five columns.

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The sorrow and the fear assaults our hearts leaving an indelible wound to our sense of security, our values, yes even our faith in human nature. The details of the horror are emblazoned in our conscientiousness. We hear authorities repeating that this horrific act is “unimaginable.” But we d…

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NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of columns about my recent trip to Israel. Visit my website for the previous three columns. “http://www.wendylevenfeld.com” www.wendylevenfeld.com Next week, Bibi talks Israeli initiatives

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NOTE: This is the third in a series of columns about my recent trip to Israel. Next time, more of what Bibi Netanyahu had to say. 

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Note: This is the second in a series of columns about my recent trip to Israel. Next week, What Bibi Netanyahu had to say.

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Note: Drew and I recently returned from a trip to Israel where we met with several Israeli officials. This and the next several columns will be a series on what we learned and saw.

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I have to be honest. I have never been much of an Oprah fan. During her TV heyday, I was working full-time, had two children, a husband and a household to take care of. I have seen very few of her enormously popular morning shows.

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We went to visit my daughter and her family in New England. Our grandson was elated that Drew and I would be there for his first Little League game. But, Mother Nature had her own agenda and the game was cancelled due to rain, leaving us with a big hole in the jam-packed itinerary that is co…

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Charles Koch absolutely fascinates me. Since I wrote a column about how his daughter is spending some of his money, I have been paying more attention to the guy. The billionaire and his brother have been playing king-maker in the Republican Party since the Citizen’s United decision was hande…

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Early in my professional career, I worked for the Midwest Stock Exchange. This was long before anyone had even heard the term “sexual harassment.”

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So, I was standing at a corner in Chicago waiting for the light to change before crossing, when a bus rumbled by.

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Many things can be said about our Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Roberts, but I would venture to say that no one has ever described him as being prophetic. Last month in a speech he gave at New England Law, a private law school in Boston, he spoke to the subject of the nomination and conf…

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If you haven’t heard about it, there was an alarming development last month in the struggle between Israel and the terrorist group Hezbollah in Lebanon.

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I was not even a teenager during the whole Camelot Presidency of John F. Kennedy. To be totally honest, I knew very little about what was going on in Washington and cared even less. I do remember bits and pieces of Jackie’s notoriety. But, as the years passed and the media exposed more and m…

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Within the last couple of week we heard of the sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. We saw the nastiest Republican debate — probably ever. After a 10-year hiatus, “W” took to a political stage once again. Hil and Bern battled for the youth vote. And, if that weren’t enough…

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Have you been watching the presidential campaigns? Since time immemorial, politics has been a dirty business. But, is it just me, or has this campaign season sunk to the lowest in memory?

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I saw a news segment on Groundhog Day over the weekend. These segments run every year because good old groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, seeing his shadow or not is argued by some to be the herald of Mother Nature’s intent of subjecting us to a longer — or blessing us with a shorter — winter.

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The seas are roiling under a starless sky. Low hanging clouds engulfed the ship all day and now clouds engulf the stars as well. No moon shining nor stars sending their sparkling beams to earth and as I stand gazing up, I am filled with such a deep yearning I must consciously think to breath…

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Being raised with two older brothers I was spared having to wear hand-me-down clothes, play with previously discarded toys (yes I am old enough to have been raised when toys were sex specific) but not from being told "if you want to play a musical instrument, pick one of your brothers' from …

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When the children were little and we lived in Chicago, we had two Christmas traditions. Drew and I would bundle them up and take them to State Street to see the amazing Christmas windows displayed by the department stores.

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I love Chicago. I have always felt that if you couldn't find something great to do in the city, it was your own fault. World class museums, theater and the most accessible, gorgeous parks and beaches to be found anywhere. 

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Lenin famously said, "A lie told often enough becomes the truth." An old adage states, "History is written by the victors." For some unknown reason, as I looked back on events of this past year for my annual "12 Days of Christmas" New Year's satire column, the question of what really is the …

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With network television and cable channels serving up, with uber-hype, the "beginning of their year" lineups; one might think that "COP21," which is appearing in headlines this week, is some kind of new TV show dealing with young police officers. Honest mistake.

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I have a guilty pleasure admission. While great literature is one of my passions, I giddily love a variety of modern written word genres, as well.