Bruce the Blog

August 16, 2018

We take water for granted. Elizabeth Phelps Meyer does not. “Water is the first medicine,” she says. “We use it to heal, to cleanse, to live. We are disconnected from all this in our culture, but Native Americans are not.” When the visual arts educator and interdisciplinary artist became ...

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To a music lover scanning the list of American standards to be heard later this month at “Symphony at the Seashore” in Cape Cod, most of the composers are instantly recognizable. Who doesn’t know George Gershwin, or marching band maestro John Philip Sousa, or country music’s Lee Greenwood, or ...

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Every year in this season of diplomas and mortarboards, the local charity we host in memory of our son—Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation—awards a scholarship to a high school senior whose well-rounded pursuit of excellence echoes Harrison’s. He was born with a rare form of dwarfism, but his ...

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I’m no fitness or wellness expert. I know just enough to try to keep my temple (see: body) out of trouble, health-wise. My day starts by popping six non-prescription pills (C, D3, E, low-dose aspirin, CoQ10, echinacea), and several prescribed pills. Other than fruit, I avoid sugar like the ...

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I’ve loved Broadway musicals since I was smaller than a piano bench. That’s one reason I enjoy writing about local productions in this space. The more people who go to musicals, the happier it makes me. I didn’t realize how old-fashioned about musicals I could be, though, until my wife Elyse and ...

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In its first few moments, sitcom-style comedy “Clever Little Lies” grabs audience attention right away, with one of the most revealing wardrobe changes you’ll ever see on stage. It is done modestly but just provocatively enough to elicit vocal appreciation from amused patrons. The fast-paced ...

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My name is Bruce and I’m a snowflake. It’s quite the burden to bear. I trace it to my childhood. I don’t know what my parents were thinking. They had a crazy notion to bring me up to not reflexively dislike other people. So, I don’t know any better. I don’t begrudge anybody what ...

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I am well acquainted with the abiding concern that Somers Town Justice Michael McDermott harbors for young people and their families. At his invitation, I have sat as an observer on his bench in the town of Somers. I have watched, with a mix of admiration and amazement, how he deftly and firmly ...

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Social media recently showered a lot of likes and love on a high school pitcher in Minnesota whose team was playing in a regional final that would send the winning team to the state championship game. After the last batter of the game struck out, the pitcher did something unheard of. Rather than ...

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This is the time of year when students are recognized at public ceremonies for notable achievements in their studies, their sports and in their extracurricular pursuits. Where we live, there are awards in various sports that are named for our son, who also is memorialized by town ballfield ...

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Memorial Day is over, but writing about America’s veterans doesn’t have an expiration date. My dad, George, was as proud a veteran as you’d meet. He served in the Army in World War II and loved our country no less than the next veteran. I am proud of him, as is my brother, Robert, who served in ...

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He is more myth than man, the Babe Ruth of brainiacs. Who doesn’t know the name Einstein? It’s as much a word as it is a name, a synonym for genius. Apart from his celebrated scientific work, though, who was Albert Einstein the man? That’s a relative question, one that nimble playwright Mark St.

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Do you ever wonder what BOCES stands for? We associate the name with a center of learning that supplements the general curriculum of local high schools by teaching students specialized trades. Beyond that, does everyone in the non-BOCES population, those who have no direct connection to the ...

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While listening to an interview with a voter on my car radio, I thought I had excess ear wax that obstructed my hearing. The voter (whose name is Bruce) said this about one of the qualifications that a Senate or House candidate must have to earn his vote: “I don’t want anyone with ideas. We have ...

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Editor’s Note: The author of this review is a board member of Axial Theatre. Siblings cackling over their grandpappy’s coma. A 24-year-old bride who says she shot and wounded her wealthy, hot-shot husband because she doesn’t like his looks (and doesn’t much care for the sound of his voice, ...

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The riveting drama “Switzerland,” now playing at Hudson Stage in Armonk through May 5, is a “two-hander.” That’s theater lingo for a play with two actors. If there seems to be more than two characters on stage in this novel idea for a drama, it’s a testament to actors Peggy J. Scott and Daniel ...

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It’s easy to get upset these days for any number of reasons. Still, hope springs eternal (even when we’ve given up hope of seeing spring). We live in a time of such grace and deference toward each other that a wimpy word like snowflake is the toughest insult that bullies can muster.   We’ve all ...

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Of all the Broadway musicals I’ve seen over the years at Westchester Broadway Theatre, only a handful have elicited the noisily enthusiastic audience response I observed at the recent opening night of “Sister Act.” There were outbursts of applause in the middle of some numbers, and several ...

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As I become more, uh, mature, I find myself enjoying older movies more than newer movies. The trio of films presented here for your consideration are three of my all-time favorites. They share great stories, great screenplays, great directing, great acting. They also have in common ratings in the ...

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Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about how Facebook fans are shocked—shocked!—that their privacy has been compromised, prompting ...

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Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about the flaky language of weather and the flaky behavior of motorists when the lights go ...

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At long last, the smile of spring approaches, as an angry winter recedes into good riddance. Our spirit is ready to be re-charged. Damn the power outages, full speed ahead! For my wife, Elyse, daughter, Elissa, and me, this otherwise exuberant time of year brings a confusion of mixed emotions.

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Nowhere is the raw power of our Constitution’s First Amendment more earnestly practiced than in thousands of town halls across the land every time a citizen steps up to the podium to say his piece. That also is where reality television can be seen at its rawest, as town meetings are televised to ...

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Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about Hollywood’s Oscars ceremony being televised on ABC on Sunday, March 4. MOM CULTURE: The ...

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Let’s face it, folks. Not everyone loves Shakespeare. Not even all actors. Andrew Rally is one of them. In fact, where there’s a Will, there’s a way Andrew will find to avoid acting in one of those famously timeless plays. And for good reason. Shakespeare tests, to the fullest, an actor’s mettle, ...

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Raise your hand if you didn’t—did not—call the library the “liberry” when you were little. I’m guessing not a lot of hands just went up. Didn’t just about all of us say “liberry” when we were learning to read? (Well, whaddya expect when a place is named something way too easy for little kids to ...

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What could the city of Peekskill possibly have in common with Silicon Valley, Hollywood and New York City? Like those familiar centers of multimedia creativity and commerce, the historic river town is downright giddy with excitement about transforming itself into a mediapolis, to coin a ...

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Are you one of those social media cranks who becomes irritated when you see someone fairly beg you, on something they just posted, to “please share this?” Mark Elliot Zuckerberg apparently is one of those people annoyed by it. He’s that overachiever from Dobbs Ferry who created Facebook and he is ...

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When Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban collaborated on the hummable score of “A Chorus Line,” they could not have imagined how prophetic their grand finale exclamation—“one singular sensation!”—would prove to be in describing the magical destiny of the show itself. More than 40 years after it ...

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People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ’bout my generation) Just because we get around (Talkin’ ’bout my generation) Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my generation) I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ’bout my generation) —Peter Townshend (The Who) I’ve become ...

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