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The Weather

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When I reflect on Harvey, and then on Irma, I can’t help thinking aloud: “So, who’s creating all this disturbance anyway?”  Well perhaps it’s that nasty woman – Mother Nature – making a fuss about the state of the environment and calling on us to do our civic duty. Am I naive to believe in […]

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Honoring The Bridge

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Can a bridge be a work of art? At ArtsWestchester, we think it can. That is why we will be honoring the New New York Bridge at our upcoming 2017 gala on November 18 at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains. Like most creative people, designers of public works aspire to create uplifting, aesthetically pleasing […]

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A New Old Art City

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Art in public places never ceases to surprise and delight me as it did in Reykjavik, Iceland last week. A stroll down the main shopping street exhibits store windows laden with Nordic designed sweaters and blankets. I duck around a corner and run face first into an outdoor wall mural almost cartoonish in its style. […]

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Loving Caramoor

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If one is to be honored, I would wish it to be in such an idyllic place as Caramoor, where butterflies mingle with guests amidst lush greenery, peonies and irises, now in bloom, and the drumbeat of applause punctuating the air. That was my vision when CEO Jeff Haydon called to say that the Caramoor […]

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Thank You Brian Williams

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    Thank you Brian Williams for reminding me (and the MSNBC world at large) about the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on April 12, 1945 at the height of World War II. As a child, I heard this news when it happened from the bigger kids on the street, where I got most of […]

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What I Learned in Journalism School

What I Learned in Journalism School

In this era of fake news, it seems like most anything goes.  Strange now to say, that wasn’t what I learned as a journalism student at NYU.  Fact checking was our honor system and, as I recall, no one dared to risk the wrath of Professor Ben Yablonsky. Another thing I learned at NYU is […]

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I’ve Been Thinking

The New Year is almost upon us, and, funny, what popped into my head is an old ditty I learned as a child in the schoolyard of Public School 104 in Bayswater, Queens. It goes: “Reuben, Reuben, I’ve been thinking what a fine world it would be, if all the men were transplanted, far across […]

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To My Grandkids

Dear Astrid and Nadia: I am writing to let you know that I believe someday, perhaps within your lifetime, there will be a woman President of the United States (POTUS). I hope you will help make that happen. We are living in a world where possibilities for women are expanding. Girls like yourselves are becoming […]

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