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Reckoning with Reality

When I turned 16, I was lucky enough to land a part-time job. I worked after school and on weekends in the housekeeping department of a local hospital in Derby, Conn. At the time, the minimum wage was $1.25 per hour. If I had managed to work 25 hours in one week, I was ecstatic on payday. I had earned a whopping $20. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that the cost of living ...

After 25 Years, His Business Is Still Smokin’

Author’s Note: See a brief video interview with Adam DeSiena of Doc James Cigars on Facebook page Bruce The Blog.

When Adam DeSiena graduated Pace University with a degree in psychology 25 years ago, he was uncertain about how to turn his education into a vocation. As he says, “You can’t do much with a B.A. in liberal arts.”

Then, in 1993, his dad, who was in the ...

Don't Let ‘Porch Pirates’ Ruin Your Holidays

December 6, 2018

Though many refer to the holidays as the Season of Giving, law enforcement officials also know it as the Season of Stealing.

Especially around this time of year, remorseless criminals will prey on your goodwill and naiveté to bolster their collection of ill-gotten gains. With many people now using Amazon to complete their holiday shopping, business has never been better for these ...

Furrowing My Fabulous Brows

“Who did your eyebrows?”

I turned and looked at the saleslady who asked me that question in the aisle at the beauty store.

“Um, I’m pretty sure they came with the rest of my face,” I responded.

“No, I mean who shapes them? They are fabulous!” she gushed.

“Thanks,” I said. “I do.”

“You wax your OWN ...

Yorktown Rotary Club Donates to Landmarks Commission

December 6, 2018

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Yorktown’s Rotary Club presented Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Lynn Briggs with a check to further the group’s continuing efforts to understand and promote the town’s rich architectural legacy. The gift was presented by Rotary President Diana Quast at the organization’s weekly meeting at Yorktown Pizza and Pasta. Town Supervisor Ilan ...