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Bruce the Blog

I’ve started reading a page-turner of a book. It’s not by J.K. Rowling or Dan Brown or even E. L. James. The book’s sexy title is “Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments,” by Peter Catapano and Simon Critchley (Liveright, 2017). As I thumbed through its pages at the library, I was intrigued by the chapter titles alone, some of which are listed at the end of this article. This book satisfies two of my 2018 resolutions: read more books from the library and pay more attention to philosophy and ethics. Why? Ah, that ...

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

‘Tis the season! I have now been asked numerous times about where to volunteer on Christmas Day. Even I was surprised to discover that this is not as easy as it sounds. Volunteering, understandably, has become serious business and the most organized and efficient non-profits promote and fill spots early. However, fortunately or unfortunately,  there are always opportunities to help, all year and on holidays. If you are interested in giving back, even if just on holidays, find your charity and get involved now for next year.

Dr. Linda

Dear Dr. Linda, I teach third grade and I want to tell parents to make sure their children have had breakfast before coming to school. They can’t learn if they’re hungry! I actually have a drawer of snacks in case a child is hungry. I shouldn’t have to do that. These children are not poor. In addition, it’s probably illegal because of allergies, but a child who is hungry can’t concentrate. I have come to believe that schools should provide breakfast just as we provide lunch so that we can be sure that our ...

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 ...

Life, Health and Politics

Nothing like a bomb cyclone winter storm followed by days of bright sunshine while temperatures plunge into arctic cold to start the year off beautifully.  The first day after the cyclone bomb I was out in the early morning watching to the east as dawn slid her rosy colored fingers upon the virgin snow. To the west, the near full-moon shone luminescent, still high in the lilac-gray sky a few hours yet before moonset. It was an enrapturing site, as I turned to look from side to side. The sun shone bright in a cloudless sky nearly all ...

Lost In Suburbia

Contrary to what I generally tell people, the happiest moment of my life was not the day I got married, nor the final push when I gave birth to either of my two kids. It was the day a driver tailgated me relentlessly for five miles and then sped away… until he got pulled over by a state trooper. Although I know it is better to forgive and forget, I am just not one of those people who is able to let these things just roll off me. There’s a big chip on my shoulder that usually gets in the way. However, I do realize that I might ...

Man Overboard

If you’re looking for “fake news,” you will not find it here. The following stories are so ridiculous that they could not conceivably be fake. It’s my job as a journalist to uncover them, bring them to you and then cover them up again as soon as possible, after first burning them in a fire pit to destroy any DNA evidence. HOT AIR BALLOON LANDS IN ALLIGATOR-RIDDEN POND In July, it was reported that a hot air balloon carrying 17 people made an emergency landing in waters populated by alligators near Orlando, Fla.

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 ...

Organizing Wisdom

As the year winds down just before New Year’s Eve, time seems to slow. Activities may be centered on the home and family and if you can plan it, you may have an hour or two to do some goal-setting for the year ahead. Judith, a colleague of mine, annually schedules a retreat on New Year’s weekend. It's great because it accomplishes two things: It allows her to measure where she has been and then to decide what she wants to achieve in the year ahead. It’s also the perfect time to recover from the pressure of the holidays ...

The Seasoned Citizen

I’ve just read an article stating that some of our ancestors were rats. Well, that’s not surprising...many of them are still with us, except they now have two arms, two legs and no tail! We meet them in business, politics, and even romantically. They burrow, insidiously, into our lives, causing us to question our best interests and make us wonder if right is right and wrong is wrong. Evolution is interesting because some of us seem to have evolved faster than others. Unfortunately, there are people still functioning on a ...

What Was I Thinking?

The touch of a hand can bring warmth and love; it can bring comfort and understanding to those who might be overwhelmed by life and its trials and tribulations. I choose not to write about the pain and unhappiness hands can inflict; it’s enough that we read about it every day. I recall once writing a few years back that our mom had beautiful hands, with long, tapered fingers. My sister and I have hands like Mom—thank goodness they’re not like Dad’s mechanic-sized hands. Last week, I saw a Facebook photo of my ...

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