Religions and Spirituality

Bark Mitzvah! Dogs Blessed at Somers Synagogue

SOMERS, N.Y. - A Bark Mitzvah, a canine version of the Jewish coming of age ceremony, was held Sunday, May 15, at the Hebrew Congregation of Somers. Many local families brought their dogs to be blessed by Rabbi Fred Schwalb, who created the event six years ago.

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‘Tea Is Now Served’

Author’s Note: Yesterday afternoon, a friend and I had a delightful “tea date” at Florrie Kaye’s Tea Room. On the way home, my thoughts wandered to the very first tea party I gave at my home; the beginning of many delicious and lovely tea parties with special friends. Today is rainy and gloomy, perfect for retelling “Tea is now served.”

In the late ...

Kicking and Screaming

Is there any better idea than playing a family-friendly game of kickball on a beautiful, sunny Fourth of July afternoon? What I mean to say is that ANYTHING is a better idea than playing a family-friendly game of kickball on a beautiful, sunny Fourth of July afternoon. That is, if you are over the age of 50 and have any pride at all.

Our friends, Pete and Jenn, had a lovely neighborhood ...

Love Letter

This is a love letter. Having never written a love letter to a newspaper before, I ask you to please bear with me.

I’ve always believed that the only constant in life is change and sometimes fortune cookies hit the nail on the head. My last one read, “Relish transitions in your life... they will happen regardless!”

I’ve had tremendous transitions in the last 16 ...

Finding Your Path After High School

Dear Dr. Linda,

Our son, Joey, graduated high school in June. He was going to work for his uncle who has a landscaping business, but that’s not working out. He’s looking for another job, but the only thing he can find are jobs at fast food places. His dad is screaming that he’s not looking hard enough, but I don’t care about the job right now because I want him to go to ...

H’oponopono: That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout

We’re taught in grade school English about synonyms (words with similar meanings) and antonyms (words with opposite meanings). What I don’t recall is learning about contronyms. That refers to a word that can have two contradictory, if not opposite, meanings.

A common contronym in public affairs is “sanction.” The U.S. has sanctions that prevent American companies from ...

Happy Wife, Happy Life

“What did Joel get you for your anniversary?” asked my mom.

“Nothing yet,” I replied. “But it’s a big one, so it should be something good.”

“Any time a married couple doesn’t kill each other for another year, it’s a big one,” she said.

I laughed. My parents were coming up on 56 years together so my mother was practically ...

How to Prepare for Parent-Teacher Meetings

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) ...