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Why Vote for Democrats?

It is frequently said that all politics is local, but elections around the country this year are challenging that notion. Democratic candidates running in typically Republican-held districts have been attempting to sidestep President Trump’s controversial comments and are focusing, instead, on his failed policies. Many believe that national issues—ever present on the voter’s ...

Believe in Something

Colin Kaepernick, a tall, lean, biracial athlete, is the most polarizing symbol of racial injustice in American sports today. Scorned by some, but appreciated by many, Kaepernick is being called “the Muhammad Ali of his generation.” 

Ali, you may remember, is considered an American hero, not only for his tremendous achievements in the world of boxing and his status as a World ...

I Never Met a Musical Like Meta-Musical ‘Urinetown’

On the face of it, the conceit behind award-winning stage musical “Urinetown” seems absurd: Citizens are required to pay for the privilege of relieving themselves at public urinals.

To baby boomers, charging people to use public restrooms is neither absurd nor unthinkable. True, there were no coin-operated urinals when we were young, but there were stalls that required a dime to be ...

On Stage: The Phantom ‘Phantom’ and a ‘Bully’ Pulpit

Yeston and Kopit’s ‘Phantom’
Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford

Ladies and gentlemen of the audience, in the never-ending battle of Art versus Commerce, consider Exhibit P: the two musical Phantoms. There is, but of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking “Phantom of the Opera,” now in its 30th year on Broadway. That’s the ...

There Are Two Kinds of People

Almost every behavior can be sub-divided into being enacted by two kinds of people. Do I really believe that? Let’s put it this way. I have space on this page to fill every week. That requirement—self-mandated though it is—gets you to thinking about all sorts of unusual things. This is one of them.

If I don’t believe my “Two Kinds of People” conceit as ...

Do or Diet

Most people I know gain weight over the winter. Just like polar bears, they eat for warmth and hide their weight under a layer of fur or, in this case, velour tracksuits. But I’m different (so what else is new?). I tend to gain all my weight during the summer when we travel, and go to lots of barbecues and picnics, and drink ginormous, high-calorie slushy drinks to cool off.

By the time ...

Making the Breast of a Bad Situation

The day started like any other. I showered, got dressed, walked the dog, and then headed over to the local coffee shop to get a beverage.

But as I waited on line to give my order, Satan suddenly stabbed me in the back. Or rather, the boob. I had bent over to retrieve something I dropped on the floor, when one of the underwires suddenly burst out the material like a ninja warrior, spearing me ...

Former Pediatric Patients to Lead Maria Fareri Go the Distance Walk

September 12, 2018


Former Pediatric Patients to Lead Maria Fareri Go the Distance Walk and Family Fun Day, September 16

Hundreds of Former Patients, Families and Hospital Staff Gather for
Annual Reunions

VALHALLA, N.Y. (September 12, 2018) – Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) and the children’s hospital ...