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Bruce the Blog

Long Live Memorial Day

Memorial Day, some would argue, has become a weekend-long, red-white-and-blue display of our discomfort dealing with the deceased. When I came across the following passage some years back on a now-defunct website, it struck me as a pithy, if slightly sad, summation of how the day has been denatured in recent decades… Begun as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War, by the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as ordinary people visited the graves of their ...

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, ...

Dr. Linda

Dear Dr. Linda, I was out to lunch with three friends and since we all have kids in high school, the conversation focused on whether to take SATs or ACTs or both and which colleges they were looking at. I chimed in and said my boys aren’t going to college. They’re going to BOCES. The conversation stopped because I don’t think they knew what to say. Then, Jane, my closest friend said, “Why wouldn’t they go to college? They don’t have to go to Harvard, but at least give them the most education they can ...

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 CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their children?” to “How do parents interpret formal tests that have been administered?” to “Which schools and colleges are right for my ...

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 ...

Lost In Suburbia

Given the choice between using a regular door and a revolving door, I always choose the regular door. I’ve been that way since birth. OK, maybe not birth because I’m fairly certain there was no revolving door where I made my way into the world. But for as long as I can remember, I have been reluctant to go through them. No, not reluctant. Phobic. Truthfully, I am afraid of revolving doors. I have orbitagoraphobia.     Orbitagoraphobia isn’t actually a legitimate word, but for lack of a better one, ...

On Assignment

Two weeks ago Gidget and I attended the 12th annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair at FDR Park in Yorktown. The event was billed as a fund-raising event for dogs of all shapes and sizes, but most of the participants were dog-shaped. Gidget is the feisty, impertinent, gorgeous, 45-pound, natural redheaded actress that I’ve been seen around town with. You can see her in her starring role in “Gidget Gets a Package” on YouTube. We arrived a little late, and fell into the procession of canines and their friends strolling the perimeter ...

On the World Scene

I Googled the symptoms of male mid-life crisis and I thankfully don’t really fit into this category. I’m slightly on the younger side and I have no desire to do anything rash, like shut down my business, leave my family and move to Vegas. But I am approaching a point in my life where I have two competing emotions. The first emotion is that I can’t wait for everything to speed up so that I can accomplish everything I want to accomplish in life. Truth be told, I’ve always had that emotion. Even when I was a child, I ...

The Seasoned Citizen

I have two daughters born 16 months apart and a son who is 11 years younger than Ilene, my younger daughter... and just in case you’re wondering, that was by choice, not by accident! I was only 19 when my first child was born, so it was almost like having two families. When our son, Chris, was about 4 years old, he attended nursery school at Elizabeth Seton College in Yonkers, run by the Sisters of Charity. Summer vacation was about to start and Chris came home devastated. It seems for the entire school year the Sisters and students ...

What Was I Thinking?

Author’s Note: May 23 was our mother’s birthday. Please enjoy meeting her again. Our mother was a loving and caring woman, always ready to listen. Her warmth and welcoming nature made anyone who entered her home feel that this was truly where they belonged.  When I was a teenager, my girlfriends loved to stay overnight. Mom would bring cookies and milk up to my room and sit on the bed and talk with us for hours, sharing her thoughts and ideas about growing up and life in general. My friends listened intently and asked ...

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