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This Is Not a Drill

November 8, 2018

After last week’s accidental lockdown at John Jay High School, I’ve been asked by a few people in the community: “How exactly does that happen?”

My answer to that is: If a federal employee can inadvertently warn an entire state that a nuclear missile is incoming (as happened in Hawaii earlier this year), then anything is possible.

In all seriousness, I asked ...

Hibernation Mode

This morning, I opened the kitchen cabinet and burst out laughing. Two entire shelves are filled with six packages of chocolate chip cookies (two different brands), two boxes of mini crumb cakes, dark chocolate bars, three boxes of granola bars (different flavors), packets of hot chocolate, and two boxes of instant oatmeal. Without realizing it, I have already begun preparing for the short cold ...

On Stage: Small-Town Prophet, Big-Time Profits

Playwright Howard Meyer packs a lot of meaty food-for-thought into his new play, “Senescence,” which is having its premiere at Axial Theatre in Pleasantville, where it runs through Sunday, Nov. 18.

As always in his work, there’s a lot on this writer’s mind, and it’s all there on stage, in the dire situation depicted that has universal import, in the uniformly ...

3 Tasty Ways to Give Back

I’m still figuring out what 2019 will look like for me in terms of making a measurable difference for others. I don’t want to just stew about it; I need to genuinely step up, and I will, but how it will be different than years past? Well, I’ve given myself until the end of 2018 to define that. I’m trying to reconcile my holiday spirit with my concern for our broader ...

The Dog Is in the Pink

The dog sniffed me twice, circled my body, and then squatted and peed on my boot.

“Oh my, gosh! Bad, Bitsy, bad!” said Bitsy’s owner, dragging the tiny designer dog away from my dripping rubber boots. She turned to me somewhat aghast. “I’m so sorry—Bitsy has never done that before. At least you’re wearing raining rain boots. Lol!”

I was at a ...

Troll patrols and candy bowls

What did you do for Halloween? I love a party on the Saturday before Halloween for all sorts of reasons, and the most important of those is the prevalence of candy that does not try to pretend to be good for you. Just give me a Kit Kat bar, a Butterfingers, some peanut M & Ms and a Three Musketeers. Don’t try to shortchange my calories with Two Musketeers. If someone says to me, ...