Bruce the Blog

June 8, 2016

“Old habits die hard” goes the old adage. To that, we can add that new habits are born hard: It takes a lot to modify the daily routines of we humans. That makes the outburst of social media usage the past 14 years all the more mind-boggling. Social media has rewritten the social contract. (Online ...

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Dear graduates, I have two words for you: Be original. Certainly be more original than I am being right now. Because my saying “be original” is not a totally original thought. I read it in a book by celebrity academic Adam Grant, titled “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World” (Viking, ...

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Is this the end of endorsements, or at least presidential endorsements, as a credible, influential form of journalism? There’s been a buzz building lately about how the endorsements of even prominent politicians for their candidate of choice are landing not with a bang but a ...

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My name is Bruce and I’m a junk mail junkie. I am not making light of addiction to a controlled or semi-controlled substance (like alcohol). I am making light of the sometimes absurd correspondence that slinks its way into the ignobly named “Junk” mail folder of my (and your) emailbox. The ...

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Who would dare to hinge a stage drama on the exotica of origami? (Which the dictionary describes as “the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures.”) Only a writer with the confidence, skill and rigor to employ it as a metaphor for the fragility and myriad twists and turns ...

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We hear a lot these days about identity theft. It refers to our personal passwords, PIN codes and other keys to confidential information being stolen right from under us. Identity theft is not a 21st century phenomenon, though. It’s been among us as long as the dramatic arts have been with ...

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POP: Mom, how long have we been married? MOM: How long? P: Is there an echo in here? M: Long enough. P: How much is enough? M: Oh, I’d say 40 years, give or take… P: Give or take what? M: Whatever. Marriage is a game of give or take. P: You mean “give and take.” And I ...

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What does Donald Trump, possibly our next president, have in common with the likes of Steve Jobs, or Joyce Hall, or Lowell Paxson? The iconic Mr. Jobs is well known for turning Apple into the world’s largest company and a historic game-changer that has done nothing less than profoundly influence ...

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I’m not against the pipeline. But that doesn’t mean I’m for it. I’m not against Common Core. But that doesn’t mean I’m for it. Some things in life we take for granted without taking a hardened position for or against. I’m a simple guy. To me, gas is a utility and it has to travel to homes and ...

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Wish I thought of that headline. But I did not. Instead, I stole it—shamelessly—from one Charles Newman (aka Chuck). Chuck is worth stealing from. Especially if you value attributes like discipline, gregariousness, business success and generosity of spirit. That’s why Yorktown Organizations ...

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Golf is in season. Time to get back in the swing. Whoopee! Except it’s not a big whoop if you have what’s known as “shoulder impingement syndrome,” a less-painful form of rotator cuff injury. You can incur that malady through a combination of physical stress and mental delusion. The stress ...

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When “Man of la Mancha” opened a half-century ago, its symbolism as a reflection of the nation’s tailspin not only was striking, but timely in an unexpectedly ironic way. The ground-breaking musical about Don Quixote opened off-Broadway (in Greenwich Village) on Nov. 22, 1965, two years to the ...

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Spring is in the air. This is the time of year we’ve awaited for months. Spring is fragrant with possibilities, with renewed spirit, with romance. If you Google “songs about spring,” the search engine will shower you with 142 million results. There’s much to sing about as we warm to the therapeutic ...

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Kevin Hines belongs to the 1 percent. Not of America’s wealthiest people. He belongs to the 1 percent of what might be called America’s luckiest people. While 99 percent of those who did what he did died, Kevin Hines lived to tell the tale. That’s precisely what he’ll be doing on Sunday, April ...

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Has this ever happened to you? You lock yourself out of your car. Fortunately, your smartphone is in your pocket. So you promptly go online to search for a locksmith. Bingo! You immediately see on the first page of Google a local locksmith. You call the number and are told someone will get ...

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When was the last time you were in a museum? Come to think of it, when was the last time I was in a museum? The most unforgettable time I spent in a museum harks to my college days at Syracuse University. A classmate who was a photojournalism stringer for The New York Times was assigned to cover ...

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“My body is now my temple,” says Jason Smith, “and I prove that every day with a strong physical fitness routine.” The 20-year-old Georgia native is not speaking as a bodybuilder or personal trainer.  Jason Smith was a U.S. Army platoon leader in Afghanistan, in charge of ferreting out ...

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Barry Malawer is very good at selling houses. He has a couple of new sales performance awards, as an associate broker with Coldwell Banker Katonah, to prove it. Real estate is the day job he’s had for 14 years. For a lot longer than that, since he was in high school, Mr. Malawer has spent “down ...

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How many of us remember an exchange with our parents when we were barely 15 months old? I surely don’t. Bob Buchanan surely does. Vividly. He says it was 11 a.m. and recalls it as a very bright day, the sun streaming through the window at the foot of his crib. Infant Bobby was about to pucker up ...

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When Monica Flaherty was very young, like any typical 6-year-old girl, she took a liking to power tools.  “I grew up with some strong, independent women,” says the forward-leaning and -thinking entrepreneur. Along with husband Erik Contzius, in the past 12 months they have bought five mixed-use ...

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As the customary coin flip was conducted in a recent NFL postseason contest to determine which team would have the first shot at scoring in sudden-death overtime, the officials fumbled the flip: the coin didn’t rotate in mid-air, so it had to be re-flipped. The referees obviously didn’t know ...

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Someone in an uppity mood recently posted, on a Peekskill Facebook group I belong to, that she took exception to our little corner of the cosmos being referred to as “upstate.” She stated her case as follows (verbatim): “We are the Hudson valley! Above us is the capital district. Above that is ...

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In the world of sports, it is said that “records are made to be broken.” From all indications, you’d think the same is true of resolutions made for the new year. One survey from 2007, conducted through the University of Bristol, says 88 percent of us don’t abide by our own resolutions. Almost ...

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As another year closes the door on us—or are we the ones closing the door?—I admit to confusion about some numbers. Apparently, I have company floating in that cloud. Take this example: I just saw an ad for a restaurant that is promoting its package for “New Year’s Eve 2016.” That raises the ...

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As another year closes the door on us—or are we the ones closing the door?—I admit to confusion about some numbers. Apparently, I have company floating in that cloud. Take this example: I just saw an ad for a restaurant that is promoting its package for “New Year’s Eve 2016.” That raises the ...

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Take a look at your children. A long, loving look. Think about how much you love them. How much you live through them. How much you worry about them. They are you.  Now think about holding your child down on a gurney as doctors administer medication through a port that has been surgically ...

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There are a lot of entertaining reasons to hang out in resurgent Peekskill, but—even in this Northern Westchester river town that knows how to sing, swing and sizzle—there is nothing like “The Fantasticks.” The musical runs one more weekend (through Dec. 19) at The Flatz, 1008 Main St. (Ticket ...

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“Lane 5 is open, sir,” the big box store worker helpfully steered me as I waited on line for self-checkout. The cashier at 5 looked sleepy, no doubt due to customer inactivity. I placed on the counter my two items, one of which cost $19.97. She scanned one item and said, “That’ll be $21.44.” ...

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Let’s face it: nobody welcomes the face of death, whether it is pondering our own demise, or living through the leave-taking of someone near and dear to us. No topic is more sensitive or difficult or scary or fascinating in this life than death. Here are some ways of looking at it, found at ...

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MOM: Well, it’s our favorite time of year, Pop. POP: I know, Mom. Time to for me to feast on football! MOM: I meant Thanksgiving, bozo. POP: I know what you meant, Mom. And I can’t wait to pig out on pigskin. MOM: Not exactly what I had in mind. We have lots of reasons to give ...

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