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Happy Birthday, Micah!

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Micah, son of New York Times journalist Mark Effron, has always had a special gift. Throughout his life, Micah has connected in a unique way with his grandfather Irving Effron, a World War II veteran with dry sense of humor who loved to retell stories about his time in the service.  Their relationship remains strong despite Irving’s increasing dementia.

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For Micah’s thirtieth birthday he received an extraordinary gift from his grandfather.  His family compiled a video of well wishes from different relatives, including Grandfather Irving.  When recording, the author was unsure if Irving would have the lucidity to record a message.  To the wonder of everyone, Irving came forth with an emphatic and beautiful exhortation to live life in joy and to its fullest.

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(photo from original article, taken by Mark Effron)

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Follow the link to the complete story and birthday message (full of ‘nachas’-explained in the article): http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/booming/for-micahs-birthday-his-grandfathers-blessing.html?_r=0

Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.

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