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Summer of love, summer of loss

Love and loss are eternal partners—if you have one, you will eventually have the other. This summer, the 40th anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” has brought more than its usual dose of loss for some of us.

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Angst by any other name: ‘La Bohème’ and ‘Rent’— a tale of two cities

When I called the Delaware Valley Opera Company (DVO, ), the young lady on the phone was perplexed as to the reason for my palpable excitement. I had already explained that I was looking forward to seeing (and hearing) both “La Bohème” (at the DVO) and “Rent” at the Forestburgh Playhouse ( ) on consecutive nights, back to back.

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“All right, Sam, the doctor can see you now, this way please… ”

“Hello, Sam. Step into my office, please? Have a seat.”

“Sure, Doc. So, what’s the deal?”

“Well, Sam, we’ve gotten the test results back, and I won’t beat around the bush. Things don’t look so good.”

“I can take it, Doc—lay it all out for me. Where’s the problem? I can lick it. You know me, I love a good challenge.”

“I appreciate your attitude, Sam. But basically, Sam, it’s not just one part, it’s your whole organism—it’s just fighting itself.”

“Whaddya mean, Doc?”

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