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Who Says You Can't Begin Again?

Survivors do it. Children do it. Retirees do it, too—begin again despite what came before.

Look around and you will see people returning to college in later life to earn a degree. You'll find individuals choosing love after the shock of a lying spouse. And then there are the lives of children.

Perhaps children know better than anyone else what it is to pass through failure continuously before choosing to begin again to master their world. They are heroic, as well as constant reminders of the courage necessary for daily living.

Senior contributor Bruce Clements talks with Faith about beginning again. Novelist Amy Bloom comments on what it is to once again confront the blank page after the major success of her newest novel, Lucky Us. And the 1970s feminist band The Deadly Nightshade retake the stage with a new CD of original songs. All of them beginning again.

It turns out the world is full of people who convince us that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

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  • Amy Bloom is the author, most recently, of Lucky Us.
  • Bruce Clements is a long-time contributor to the show.
  • Helen Hooke plays lead guitar and fiddle for The Deadly Nightshade.


  • “Gne Gne,” Montefiori Cocktail
  • "My Only Swerving," El Ten Eleven
  • "No Rest For The Wicked," The Deadly Nightshade
  • "Lorge," El Ten Eleven
  • "Sorry About Your Irony," El Ten Eleven

Lori Mack and Jonathan McNicol contributed to this show.

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