With ‘Moonlight Sonata,’ Irene Taylor Brodsky returns to her family and film roots

By KENNETH TURAN .    FILM CRITIC .  JAN 29, 2019 PARK CITY, UTAH In 2007, Irene Taylor Brodsky’s “Hear and Now” won Sundance’s documentary audience award. On Monday, a dozen years later, she returned to the festival with “Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements,” a film she insisted she was never going to make. “Hear and Now,” told the powerful story of Brodsky’s deaf parents and the consequences of their complex decision, at age 65, to have cochlear implants that restored their hearing.…

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Time to Put Fluffy and Fido on a Diet?

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by Jane E. Brody / NYTimes /02/19/2019 Veterinarians report that nearly half the dogs they see are overweight or obese, although only 17 percent of owners acknowledge that their pets are too fat. Humans are not the only residents of the United States who are getting fatter every year. So, unsurprisingly, are our furry friends — the dogs and cats that share our lives and, too often, our tendency to overeat. Unlike their owners, however, the family dog or cat cannot open…

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The Case Against Cough Medicine

The evidence is sorely lacking for the value of any over-the-counter remedy to treat most coughs. by Jane E. Brody /NYTimes/ 02/20/2019 On a South American trip last month with two of my grandsons, the younger — 14-year-old Tennyson — developed a cough. He had no fever, congestion or fatigue, said he felt fine, ate and slept normally and stayed well-hydrated. But eight days later, after watching a live raptor show for 90 minutes in freezing winds, his cough was noticeably worse.…

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Awake on the Table

By Kate Johnson NYTimes 01/30/2019 Could a medical procedure you don’t even remember give you a stress disorder? The doctor ordered a “push” on my sedative, and I succumbed to the sweet blackness. But then something went wrong, and I was awake too soon, flailing and crying, the medical team scrambling to maneuver the tube that had been placed down my throat in what should have been a straightforward gastroscopy. I put up a violent struggle on the table: gagging and choking, trying…

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Meeting My 84-Year-Old Father’s New Girlfriend

By Diana Kapp /NYTimes 02/14/2019 /RITES OF PASSAGE essay I have arrived at a life phase in which my dad is crushing on a silver-haired grandmother, and I’m giddily becoming his girlfriend’s girlfriend. CreditIllustration by Alvin Fai His one-finger-peck technique meant he was perpetually bent over his screen, loafing at the breakfast table amid drained coffee cups or lingering in the car long after the rest of us had gotten out. His phone was set to ping loudly — for the benefit of octogenarian…

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Why Your 2018 Tax Refund May Be Smaller

Changes to the tax law also mean filers may get an unexpected IRS bill by Sarah Elizabeth Adler, AARP, February 12, 2019 Tax season is just kicking into gear, but some early filers already have faced an unpleasant surprise: smaller refunds. According to the IRS, the average refund amount as of Feb. 1 is down 8.4 percent, or $170, from last year. For most people, the new tax law explains why. According to IRS spokesperson Eric Smith, updates to the federal tax withholding tables, which…

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Never Stop Dreaming (Gallaudet)

In this documentary, some of the major figures of the Deaf President Now movement at Gallaudet University reflect on how far we’ve come, and on the road ahead. As we look back thirty years ago to that powerful week, we hope you enjoy this retelling of how a group of brave and determined students changed the course of history. Visit https://deaf.ly/

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