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Them Thar Woods

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The sound of a jackhammer is as unmistakable as Beethoven’s Fifth. At least, so I thought. Lolling around one morning, I felt my bed shaking with a rat-a-tat. I knew the sound well. It was the sound of a jackhammer. Years ago, when I bought my home in the woods of Armonk, I hired a […]

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Charleston

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The sun is shining in Charleston, South Carolina. How I know that is because I am here in this holy city of thousands of churches of every denomination  awash with architectural details of bygone eras. The historic city has wrought iron fences and benches around every corner. There are beaches and sea creatures. oysters and shrimp, […]

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They Too Have Dreams

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At ten years of age, Grace Ring of Yorktown Heights, (daughter of Ann and Dave) recovering from a brain tumor, discovered that reading books distracted her from her problems. She started a program called Recovery, which collects and redistributes books to children in need. Eleventh graders Amanda Grant and Brian Gomez found the skills and […]

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The pARTnership Movement

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Partnerships seem to be the latest buzzword here in Westchester and nationally. According to a new study from The University of Southern California reported in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, all levels of government are increasingly joining the partnership movement, with many federal offices striving to “demystify” the various  styles and cultures of each sector.  Americans for […]

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The Real Humanitarians

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I have never thought of myself as a humanitarian, but then again, who am I to argue with Commissioner Mae Carpenter? She brilliantly runs the Public Private Partnership for Aging Services in Westchester, making sure our seniors are well cared for. This week, in front of 200 guests she presented me with a humanitarian award.  […]

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The Art of Working Remotely

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Many people think that employees who work remotely are happier, healthier and more productive. Others remain unimpressed by such claims. I for one had never given any thought to the matter until most recently when I took a nasty fall at my daughter’s wedding. There I was radiant at the nuptials and one minute later I didn’t have a […]

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Bragging Rights

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Hundreds turned out at the Katonah Museum (KMA) last weekend to salute three of the museum’s stalwarts, among them Betty Himmel of Purchase, an ArtsWestchester board member who was instrumental in guiding and expanding the Katonah Museum of Art, first volunteering in 1968 and later becoming Board President in 1976, and again in 1991. She […]

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Moms

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This is the time each year when we all think about our moms. I think of mine, not just because of Mother’s Day, but also because of school graduations. Yes, my mother was a teacher. For more than 40 years, she was also a minor celebrity in the supermarket, since most of the checkout clerks […]

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