A very special woman

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Editor’s note: Just five months ago, my dear father passed away at the age of 93. In this space in the April Beacon, I ran the eulogy that I gave at his funeral.Little did we know that the stubborn cough my Mom had at Dad’s funeral was apparently the same pneumonia that he died of, and she recently succumbed to it and its complications as well. I did not expect to be writing... READ MORE

Awesome subjects

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Expressing awe at anything nowadays makes one appear to be a simpleton, or at the very least, uncool.Of course, my children and their friends say “awesome” at almost any expression of good fortune. But I still think true awe — expressing amazement, wonder or astonishment at something — is a sentiment we are expected to keep under wraps, in favor of a more... READ MORE

Is everybody happy?

By: Stuart Rosenthal

When I was in high school, in the early 1970s, the comic strip “Peanuts” was deeply into the “Happiness is...” craze, which, I think, its creator Charles Schulz may have launched. Day after day, the popular strip would present another answer to the question “what is happiness?” by providing a different ending to the phrase, “Happiness... READ MORE

Privacy for sale

By: Stuart Rosenthal

There was a time we spoke about our “right to privacy” or our “reasonable expectation of privacy” as though we understood what those phrases meant. It was a given of American values that every individual had a fundamental right to be left alone to pursue his or her own form of happiness as long as the rights of others were respected.There was a whole realm of private ... READ MORE

Once more, with feeling

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Those of you who have been reading my monthly column for a few years know that I occasionally write about my parents’ experiences with healthcare, finances, moving and the like.You also know that my father, may he rest in peace, died a few weeks ago, just shy of his 94th birthday, and that my 84-year-old mother has moved to this area from Texas to be near my brother and me.The first... READ MORE

A man of valor

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Editor’s note: Some readers may remember my columns about my parents’ transition to assisted living. I am sad to say that my father, Leonard Rosenthal, passed away in Austin, Texas, on March 5. This month, in lieu of my usual column, I would like to share the tribute I gave at his funeral.Our dad was a first-born son, and perhaps partly due to that fact, he was a leader —... READ MORE