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I love your pink hair!

Last week I stood behind a woman as we checked out our groceries at Acme in Yorktown Heights. Because it was a long reach, I placed the rear items on the conveyor belt for her. “Oh, thank you so much,” she smiled.  Then she did a double take: “I love your pink hair.”

I thanked her and explained I’d had breast cancer twice and the pink hair was my ...

The Faire-est of them all

Last Sunday your faithful travel correspondent (that’s me) took a ride to the town of Tuxedo to check out the New York Renaissance Faire. We had never been up there, and had no idea what to expect. The Faire is a bit of a mish-mosh of all kinds of fantasy and reality, but I had already temporarily suspended all belief back in the parking lot, where I took it on faith that I would be able to ...

Care Corps revisited

You may remember that a few weeks ago we talked about starting a Care Corps. In fact, I was delighted to receive several responses from prospective volunteers. It proves to me that the experts are right: as we grow older social interaction is necessary for well being. 

So I’ve come up with a simple idea. Why not ask home-bound people to send us their telephone numbers and we can ...

At 100, the Doctor Is in… Great Shape!


When Dr. Mack Scharmett was 50 years old, gas was 34 cents a gallon. An average car cost $3,000.

When he was 20 years old, an average house cost $3,900.

When the good doctor was 10 years old, the yo-yo was introduced. So was “Steamboat Willie,” a short film that marked the debut of cartoon character Mickey Mouse.

Born in the final year of World War I, Dr.

Like a Kid in a Candy Store

When my kids were little, I think the only person who got more excited about Halloween than them, was me.  The only issue was that Halloween was supposed to be for kids, not for their candy-lovin’ mamas who supposedly had the maturity of a more sophisticated palate that was better suited to dark chocolate truffles and lemon squares.  But the truth of the matter is, my palate never ...