New York State Funeral Directors Association

Image of Earth as seen from the Moon

A renewed push to send people further out into space is making for exciting times for lovers of modern science.

Thanks to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, these exciting times are also giving people of modest means the chance to leave their legacy in space.

Henry Johnson is honored with a statue in Washington Park in Albany, NY

If there’s any story that can’t be told on a headstone, it’s the tale of members of the 369th Infantry Regiment from New York – the first group of American soldiers shipped off to France for World War I.

Photographs and memorabilia on exhibit in Albany highlight one of the greatest stories of America’s participation in World War I – that of the Harlem Hellfighters, a regiment of all African Americans.

It’s a display that can leave the viewer with a variety of feelings. For me, it’s a combination of pride and shame.

The Dead Moms Club: A Memoir, by Kate Spencer, © 2017, Seal Press

It’s always good to belong somewhere.

You feel important when you’ve memorized the Organizational Bylines, or recited the pledge before meetings. You belong, and if you’ve got the funny hat, that’s great; better, if you know the Secret Handshake, too.

Everybody loves to belong – but in “The Dead Moms Club” by Kate Spencer, here’s a fellowship you never want to join.

Video: Slaves No More

New York's Capital Region honors, re-buries Colonial-era slaves. Found by accident in an unmarked cemetery, scientists pinpointed their African origin and the community held a wake and funeral.

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