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September 20, 2001
For much of my life, I considered funerals a barbaric rite, useful mainly as a means of supporting various entrepreneurs who commercialized death. Evelyn Waugh's "The Loved Ones" was my textbook on this subject. Then I got older and -- in some areas, at least -- a mite wiser. In paying last respects to a growing number of friends, I took another look at the process by which we pass along our loved ones from this life to the mystery that awaits. And I slowly accepted two points about that process.
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NEWS
December 16, 1999
Dick Lewis is an electrical engineer out of Stanford who got hooked on computers very early on and was finally seduced into turning his hobby into a vocation. Lewis, who lives in Newport Beach, uses his computer to crunch numbers with the same pleasure and satisfaction he derives from chamber music (he's a past president of the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Society) and the creation of esoteric limericks. As a result of his sophisticated and remarkably accurate numerical analyses, Lewis has been in demand for some years by the local press and political managers to detect trends that make sense out of seeming anomalies.
NEWS
July 11, 2002
My wife and I spent the Fourth of July holiday -- and my birthday -- with old and dear friends in Brevard, N.C. It was not only a blast, but I learned a few things. First and foremost was a reaffirmation of the importance of close friends in our lives. Friends with whom you don't have to be careful. Friends with whom you can start far down the line in topics that might be dangerous with others -- like the domestic performance of our current president.
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