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Who Are the Real Robots?

What is the meaning of life? Search me, but where cosmic queries are concerned, here’s a new one: If humans are becoming as easily manipulated by digital impulses as are robots, is that a form of evolution or devolution? We marvel at the onset of artificial intelligence (AI) as if it’s right around the corner. It’s not. It’s here, painting each of us into a corner of our own making. In almost every digital device we touch, artificial intelligence is modifying our behavior and our thought process. It is ...

Design Time

Since decorating mistakes can be very costly and time consuming, I always urge my clients to do their homework before undertaking any redecorating project. What kind of homework?  A good way to begin is to flip through design and decorating magazines, and visit websites dedicated to interior décor. Start collecting pictures of various design products and styles that appeal to you and you can visualize as your own.  Once you start identifying colors, designs, and various furnishings that illustrate your dream room, ...

Diversions

It’s that time again: back to school. Time to prepare, coordinate, make schedules and, of course, shop! I consider shopping an activity, an outing, a social experience and, of course, a diversion. Shopping has a fairly unique definition; it’s a noun, verb, adjective and an idiom. I’ve loved back-to-school supply shopping my whole life—during my childhood and now over the years with my own kids.   This week’s shopping trip is all about being creative and thrifty. I’m not talking pencils, folders, ...

Dr. Linda

Dear Dr. Linda, We have a son entering ninth grade and we’re truly concerned. He’s a nice kid but doesn’t get the best grades. It’s not because he can’t do the work. We actually don’t know what it is. But when we talk to him about it, he always—and we mean always—blames someone else for the low grades. It began around fifth grade so, at first, we believed him, but it continued all through middle school. We’ve grounded him, had meetings with the teachers, you name it. It never stopped.

Educational Alternatives

Dana Stahl, a learning specialist and educational consultant, will address educational questions and concerns that parents may have regarding their children’s academic development and progress in school. Topics can center on such concerns as how to handle homework dilemmas or what questions to ask at a Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or Committee on Special Education (CSE) meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their children?” to “How do parents interpret formal tests that ...

Houlihan Lawrence Property of the Day

2 Hollowbrook Place, Cortlandt $550,000.00 This unique 3 family home boasts tremendous curb appeal with a stone and brick exterior. Each unit offers 2 spacious bedrooms, 1 updated full bath, updated kitchens, separate entrances and separate patios. Two of the three units have beautiful brick and stone fireplaces that create a warm and cozy atmosphere in the living rooms. There is plenty of backyard space for tenants to use and ample parking via 1 car attached garage, driveway, gravel parking lot on side of house. Additional unit used ...

Life, Health and Politics

Twenty years ago, a signal book was published in the self-help industry, “The Gift of Fear,” by Gavin de Becker. Growing up, De Becker lived in a home where there was routine violence, including gun violence, between his mother and her various husbands. It was the kind of environment where he had to learn bone-deep, intuitive survival skills to navigate his home world, so he could predict when violence was coming to protect himself and his younger sister. He had to go deep within himself to learn to survive this ordeal. But he ...

Lost In Suburbia

Whenever my husband goes out of town, I cheat. I figure, what he doesn’t know, won’t hurt him, and since there’s no way for him to find out that I cheated, why not have some fun while he’s out of town? Do I feel guilty about this? Maybe a bit. But only because I know that my indiscretions may eventually catch up with me in the end. You see, I don’t just have one lover. I have two—Ben and Jerry. It’s true, I’m supposed to be dairy-free. Wheat-free, too. It’s not that I’m allergic ...

On the World Scene

We spend so much time teaching our children not to bully one another and not to gossip, but all too often adults don’t practice what they preach, especially given the often toxic and viral nature of social media. Given the series of events last week regarding a disputed story involving the Somers girls and Yorktown boys lacrosse players, it seems that Somers school administrators were bullied into making premature statements. Many people are so quick to judge—and to judge publicly—without any deference to due process ...

Seasoned Words

To former Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly from World War II Veteran T-5 Corporal Herbert F. Geller Dear General Kelly:  I want to begin this letter by greeting you as a fellow U.S. veteran. I served in Europe in World War II in England, France and Germany. I believe you served in the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the conflict in Afghanistan and in other areas of the world where American military forces were under fire and where you participated in combat or policing operations against our foreign enemies. I honor you for your service to ...

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