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In Memoriam Bobbie Kirkhart

By Maria Moss

It is with great sor­row that we announce the pass­ing of Bob­bie Kirkhart. Not only has she been my won­der­ful friend of 35 years, she’s also been one of our most faith­ful con­trib­u­tors, writ­ing on polit­i­cal top­ics (“We were Trumped” and “The Long March to Jus­tice”), often inter­weav­ing her polit­i­cal insights with per­son­al rec­ol­lec­tions (“Mem­o­ries of Gov­ern­ment Springs Park”). She also com­ment­ed on top­ics of cul­tur­al rel­e­vance, such as on soc­cer star Megan Rapi­noe, (“Yay! Peo­ple love her!” or on only ‘old white men’ being nom­i­nat­ed for an Acad­e­my Award (“The Oscars – Not in Col­or this Year”). Bob­bie, an avid movie­go­er, also loved to review films she felt strong­ly about (“BlacK­kKlans­man: A Much too Amer­i­can Sto­ry” or “When the News was True: The Post”). All in all, we could always rely on her to tell it like it is, whether sprin­kled with a dose of humor or a pinch of sarcasm.

Bob­bie sent her last blog on Mon­day, Nov. 26, “A Gov­ern­ment of, for, and by the peo­ple?” and it appeared two days lat­er – the day she died.

Bob­bie was a past pres­i­dent of Athe­ist Alliance Inter­na­tion­al and a founder of the Sec­u­lar Coali­tion of Amer­i­ca. This is all the more sur­pris­ing as she liked to write about reli­gion and reli­gious top­ics or on patri­ot­ic Amer­i­can songs and hymns, like in her great blog “We sing America.”

We’ll miss you, Bobbie.

505 Hours and 45 Minutes of Comfort in Times of Uncertainty

By Caroline Densch

“Make Em Laugh : Sit­coms” by Austin Kleon is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

505 hours and 45 min­utes – that’s how long it takes to watch all of my favorite TV shows. Ever since the first nation­wide lock­down began in Ger­many last March, I’ve been doing some seri­ous re-watch­ing. Among the shows I’ve been bing­ing is the entire sea­son of Friends (10), Parks and Recre­ation (7), The Office (9), Mod­ern Fam­i­ly (10), How I Met Your Moth­er (9), New Girl (7), and Brook­lyn 99 (8) – and some more than once.

Accord­ing to The Huff­in­g­ton Post, watch­ing some­thing famil­iar trig­gers a feel­ing of nos­tal­gia, which has a pos­i­tive effect on your men­tal health. For instance, your mind may recon­nect with the set­ting, the peo­ple you were with, or the feel­ings you had when you ini­tial­ly watched a cer­tain episode. In my case, re-watch­ing TV shows trans­ports me back to the time before the pandemic.

I’ve always been some­one to watch a good TV show mul­ti­ple times or read a good book more than once. At this point, how­ev­er, the rate at which I re-watch a film or show has reached a new height. Why is that? And what do all those TV shows have in com­mon, apart from being suc­cess­ful Amer­i­can sitcoms?

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