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by Maury Feren

Today I am going to spend a little time talking about pain. I'm not sure where this is going to take me since there are so many aspects to this subject. It is a fact of life but it encompasses everyone at some point but we all try to escape one way or another.

It has always bothered me why no one has been able to answer this question. Do you have to suffer in order to enjoy the benefits of feeling good? Then there is pain and suffering. That is another facet that I might get to discuss a little later. But here is the big one. How do you put all of this together when your doctor tells you that you only has 6 months to live?

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Tet Nguyen Dan and a new Morning of Hope
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by Joseph Patrick Meissner

This is a Tet Celebration morning. It is Tet Nguyen Danh, the huge festival season for Vietnamese all around the world.

Families will travel from all lands in order to return home at Tet. In Viet Nam they enjoy the warmth and sunshine, while on this Cleveland morning, all is gray with wet mushy snow everywhere. But all still celebrate here with the fruit baskets, the special candies of stringy white coconut, tasty dried fruits, nut-flavored watermelon seeds that you must crack open with your teeth, delicious banh chong cakes packed in the center with all sorts of fillings, "li si" of gaily decorated red envelopes containing new money gifts for the children, and the thin branches of the small flowering yellow buds that especially mark the coming of the New Year.

Read the rest of Joe's experience on Tet

Advice from Dear Webby - Different Political Views than Friends

Dear Webby,

It seems like I have very different political beliefs than most of my friends. Whenever they start talking politics I just back off, not wanting to make waves. But then I get home and feel like a wimp for not standing up for what I think is right.

And I don't want them to think I agree with them because I am not arguing. What can I do?

Not Politically Correct

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Tin Roofs and Rock 'n Roll
by Amy Kenneley

How did The Nut Shop get to be our hangout? I don't know, but that was where we landed when we had outgrown the neighborhood playground. It was just a short walk up 101st street to Euclid Avenue--"Uptown"-- where there were five movie theaters competing for your popcorn and Goobers change. I can see their beckoning lights even now: University, Keith's RKO, Alhambra, Circle, and Loew's Park.

Was it "Rock Around the Clock" that blared from the loudspeaker outside the storefront that drew us in? If so, Then Bill Haley and the Comets must have been our Pied Piper.

Read the rest of Amy's column about her own Happy Days

Senior Discount Tickets for the Cleveland Orchestra

Senior discount tickets are available for the season's performances of the Cleveland Orchestra. These tickets must be purchased in person only at the box office at Severance Hall and are available on Monday and through the week of the performance. The tickets are $30 and are on a first come basis.

All performances are at the magnificent Severance Hall. This is a good opportunity to see and hear one of the best orchestras in the world at a good price.
by Lynn Priemer

Antique Roadshow is coming to Cleveland

Antique Roadshow is coming to Cleveland and you can be part of it. WVIZ/PBS will host an all-day appraisal event on Saturday, July 11, 2015. (Time and place to be announced) The show has not been to Cleveland since 2002.

The deadline to apply for free tickets is April 6, 2015. At the appraisal event approximately 5,000 to 6,000 ticketed guests will receive free valuations of their antiques and collectibles. Tickets are given by a random drawing and will be mailed three weeks before the show.

Antiques Roadshow is also accepting furniture submission to appraise and display on the set. The deadline for submissions is also April 6, 2015. To apply for tickets got to or call 216-916 6301 for a postcard to apply for tickets.
by Lynn Priemer

Should you vaccinate your kids?

Dr. Delos M. (Toby) Cosgrove, CEO and President of the Cleveland Clinic, said that everybody should get vaccinated and that there is no evidence that the vaccines are associated with autism. He warned that we will have an uprising of diseases (like measles and whooping cough) if we don't immunize.

Dr. Cosgrove answered this question at the Rotary Club of Cleveland event that honored Dr. Cosgrove with the International Service Award on International Fellowship Day. Watch the short (less than 1 minute) video.

A Small Home with a Big Heart
By Lynn Priemer

The Sisters of Charity realized the unmet needs of homeless men being released from area hospitals with nowhere to go and no resources and decided to do something about it. An unused convent at 2412 Community College Blvd. was converted to Joseph's Home.

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In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Korean War Veterans Remembered

The Korean War was a war between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in which the United States led a United Nation's force fighting for the South and China, assisted by USSR, fought for the North. It arose from the division of the Korean Peninsula after WWII and the global tensions of the Cold War that developed immediately after.

Twenty-one members of the United Nations backed the South, with the United States providing some 88 percent of the troops. The war also saw the first combat between jet aircraft - such as the F86 used by the United Nations and the MG-15 used by the Chinese - in warfare. By the time it stopped about 2 million Korean civilians, 1.5 communist forces, 400,000 South Korean troops, 1,000 U.K. troops and 36,000 American troops had lost their lives.

After a contentious back and forth diplomatic fight that had been ongoing for several years, combat began in earnest in June, 1950. The Korean War officially lasted from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953.

The Korean American Association of Greater Cleveland gathered at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center to honor veterans of the Korean War. They said:

To our Korean War Veterans. In recognition of honorable service during the Korean War in defense of Democracy and Freedom. Through your selfless sacrifice, the tide of communism on the Korean Peninsula was halted and liberty triumphed over tyranny. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the people of America and Korea are forever grateful.

Veteran John Howard receiving his Medal

Veteran John Howard receiving his Medal

See photos and videos of the Korean War Veterans ceremony.

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