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More Than a ‘Mascot’

October 16, 2019

There are six public school districts in Halston Media’s coverage area.

Two of them, or one-third, have chosen the Indian to represent their athletic teams: Katonah-Lewisboro and Mahopac.

I’m not going to rehash the debate whether the term Indian, on its own, is pejorative. Hundreds of writers more skilled than myself have already tackled the subject, and their articles are ...

Leaf it

I am staring out of the window at a six foot tall stem with a pink flower on top swaying in the breeze. I like the color pink. It is not one of your typical fall colors – orange, red, brown, yellow. This lone pink flower appears to be a survivor. A hardy pink cosmos that has somehow risen from the remains of old garden pots of soil tossed out years ago.

Since this is foliage season, I ...

Beware the Troll Patrol

When the indomitable comedian Betty White (now 97) hosted Saturday Night Live nine years ago, she acknowledged the power of social media in thrusting her onto the iconic show. 

“I have so many people to thank for being here,” she began her monologue, “but I really have to thank Facebook. When I first heard about the campaign to host Saturday Night Live, I didn’t ...

Around the campfire

Every year my friends Phil and Athina host an old-fashioned hootenanny, where we gather around the fire with a bunch of guitars, sing some songs, tell some jokes, break bread and have a cocktail or two. If all the politicians could get together and do the same thing once in a while, I bet we could make America great again. Force them to sit down in a field somewhere and play, "This Land is ...