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Bruce the Blog

March 10, 2021

Once upon a time, in the canon of cautionary advice, no two topics were considered more verboten in polite company than politics and religion. Another topic about which it’s awkward to speak about in polite company is something that sounds as blunt and harsh as what it means—stupidity. Let’s ...

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LIZ: What the heck happened to your face? MARGE: What do you mean? LIZ: Have you looked in a mirror lately? The bruises on your face is what I mean. MARGE: Oh, it’s nothing. That’s my badge of honor. LIZ: More like a badge of horror. Does it hurt? MARGE: Not a bit. It’s worth ...

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Are you enjoying the snow? I am. Not to say I’m going to miss it terribly whenever it stops (if it ever stops), but let’s not deny snow its fun. After all, snow is a main attraction of winter, and with movie theaters only now beginning to re-open, the panorama of entertainment that is snow has ...

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Now that Year 2 of COVID-19 has turned us into vaccination nation, have you gotten yours yet? Pfizer? Moderna? First? Both? Remember, the vaccination won’t work until you take a selfie and transmit it (oh! bad word) on social media, to make sure you let everybody you know—and don’t know—know you ...

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Tom Brady and I have something in common. If you guessed, “Enough Super Bowl rings for all but three fingers?” I’m sorry, but that’s the wrong answer. (Not to sell myself short, I have been to four Super Bowls, and I have the souvenir seat pads to prove it!) What the Golden Boy and yours truly ...

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Set in the mid-19th century, 2019 feature film “Harriet” tells the timeless and heroic story of one Araminta “Minty” Ross, a slave married to a freedman, John Tubman. With an iron will forged in the cauldron of systemic oppression, and adopting a new name to remove the stain of enslavement, as ...

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People who take a lot of pride in their craft can also take a lot of grief from those who don’t suffer gladly nit-pickers. If a master carpenter saw an apprentice leave a tongue-and-groove seam less than perfectly flush, with even a hint of a gap visible to the eye, he wood nail his protege to ...

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Written by two Navy veterans, Eugene Burdick and William Lederer, “The Ugly American” is a 1950s, fact-based novel that paints an unflattering portrait of America’s ill-fated, decades-long efforts to win the hearts and minds of the people of Southeast Asia. Featuring characters based on real ...

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Did you know that we live in the nation’s fourth best state to raise a family? I know I didn’t know that. How about safest states? Where does good, ol’ New York rank in that all-important category? As my dad would say, “menza menza,” roughly translated as today’s meh, or so-so. We’re just ...

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For starters, here’s wishing everyone a 2021 that’s less fraught and more fruitful than 2020—not exactly a high bar to clear. “You can’t fall off the floor,” a favorite boss of mine liked to say. I hope you’re facing these 12 months with a healthy dose of cautious optimism, awaiting our turns ...

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Remember Blockbuster? The King Kong of video rentals. Pick up a VHS or DVD to watch for a couple bucks, then bring it back… maybe a few days past due. Blockbuster was built on procrastinators. It made hundreds of millions a year from late fees. Then Reed Hastings happened. The $40 late charge ...

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“For when the One Great Scorer comes To write against your name, He marks not that you won or lost But how you played the game.” –Grantland Rice (Mom and Dad’s 13-year-old son arrives home after his football game.) DAD: Hey, Star, sorry I had to leave early. Had to rush home to take care ...

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Picture an unapologetic misanthrope who is mad at the world, isn’t into empathy, and never met a man he didn’t berate. At Christmastime, the season of spreading cheer, he’s none too happily spreading jeers. That might bring to mind a contemporary figure or three, but, for our purposes, it ...

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When I saw “All Shook Up” at Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) on its opening night last March 12, who among us enjoying the jukebox musical about the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, would have imagined we were destined to be the last audience to see a show (or the succulent prime rib) at the venerable ...

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What is it with stuffing anyway? If you think Thanksgiving is known for cooking up family squabbles over contentious topics like politics and whether the Knicks and Jets are really professional sports franchises, stuffing’s no slouch either when it comes to heated arguments over whether the side ...

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Times have changed And we’ve often rewound the clock Since the Puritans got a shock When they landed on Plymouth Rock. If today Any shock they should try to stem ‘Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock would land on them. So wrote Cole Porter in the American songbook staple, ...

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I am fatigued. Spent. Drained. Catching my breath. And I haven’t even been running (for office, that is). The good news is that at least it’ll be another four years before the quadrennial circus is back in town. We’ll need at least that long to regain our bearings (and maybe that long for the ...

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Ten years ago, I could have bought Tesla stock on its first day of trading (as could anybody else) for less than $24 a share. Today (after splits), a Tesla share is valued at more than $2,000. That’s a tidy return on investment of almost 9,000 percent. Timing is everything. There’s hope for ...

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Hey, boss, do you encourage employees to openly voice their opinions, even when they disagree with a company policy or with a decision you’ve made? Do you pay salaries above market rate because you know it costs more to lose a top performer and re-train a new person than it costs to pay a top ...

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Thanks to Hollywood’s hold on our imagination, we think of AI (artificial intelligence) in the most generic, even caricaturish, terms. It takes the form of either a futuristic, robotic being (think Terminator) or a shadowy, omnipotent presence (think HAL in “2001: A Space Odyssey”). The reality ...

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This is the month kids look forward to, so they can put on masks and costumes to play pretend in public. I’m a sucker for the playfulness and general weirdness that haunts Halloween. If my surname were any longer, it would qualify as an apparition. I get so excited, I started rehearsing for the ...

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As I looked around the social hall of my temple, Yorktown Jewish Center, on Yom Kippur, with enough space between properly distanced congregants to drive a Mazda truck through, I mused that we resembled our tribal forebears, Jews wandering in the wilderness, searching for redemption. There were ...

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Upon their Exodus from Egypt, the emancipated Israelites partied a little too hearty at the base of Mount Sinai, as they waited 40 days and nights for Moses to deliver them the laws of the Lord. Their impatience hit bottom, in the idolatry of a golden calf they made. God’s wrath was incurred, but, ...

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In times of stress or anxiety or just plain limbo—quite the trifecta, which we all can relate to lately—the tortured soul often looks to escape the rigors of reality by turning to art. It might be mass-market art, like movies or music or books or games, or fine art, like paintings, or niche art ...

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Come and listen to my story ‘bout Jillian and Josh Millennials from Brooklyn whose digs were not real posh And then a pandemic shut everything down And that’s when Josh said, “Let’s get out of town!” New York, that is. Big Apple. City that never sleeps. Well, the next thing you know, Josh and ...

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So, how’s Google treating you lately? I’m no psychic but it doesn’t take a medium to figure out that all of us are searching a lot more these pandemically cloistered days than we were pre-pandemic. What are we searching for? Things to do. Join me on a tour of what’s trending (Google-wise, and ...

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One of the paradoxes of this quixotic life is that finding success, fulfillment, or the ideal comfort level demands first subjecting ourselves to degrees of discomfort. Without confronting our fears, to vanquish them, how can we rise to new levels of achievement and satisfaction? For Don ...

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When the middle of March rolls around each year, do you ever think to yourself, “This winter came and went way too fast. I’m not ready for it to be spring.” Of course you don’t. Nobody thinks that. Apart from grouchy ol’ man winter, who has to pack it in and go to Florida (or some other ...

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You know that getting older is getting old when you click a Spotify playlist labeled Pop Classics, innocently (as in naively) expecting to find Simon and Garfunkel or The Police, and instead wonder if you’ve been slipped a hallucinogen when, instead, you see indecipherable names like M.I.A., Daft ...

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As Tom Hanks walked off the stage at the recent Oscars, he could be heard proclaiming, almost as a line he casually cast away, “I am Spartacus!”  That was the classy and clever Hanks’s impressionistic way of paying tribute to a protean presence of 20th Century cinema, a rugged star who ...

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