Bruce the Blog

September 12, 2018

Almost every behavior can be sub-divided into being enacted by two kinds of people. Do I really believe that? Let’s put it this way. I have space on this page to fill every week. That requirement—self-mandated though it is—gets you to thinking about all sorts of unusual things. This is one of ...

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The bar scene was bustling noisily at Furci’s Italian Restaurant when one patron held up his hand to quiet the crowd: “Hey, everyone, here comes a sacred moment in television history.” On a TV screen high up in the corner, an episode was playing of “The Honeymooners.” Ed Norton, played by actor ...

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The names Larry Page and Sergey Brin may or may not mean anything to you. Odds are, though, you’ve heard of the company they started. The two were Ph.D students at Stanford University 22 years ago when they figured out a new and improved way to produce search results on the internet. They called it ...

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We take water for granted. Elizabeth Phelps Meyer does not. “Water is the first medicine,” she says. “We use it to heal, to cleanse, to live. We are disconnected from all this in our culture, but Native Americans are not.” When the visual arts educator and interdisciplinary artist became ...

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To a music lover scanning the list of American standards to be heard later this month at “Symphony at the Seashore” in Cape Cod, most of the composers are instantly recognizable. Who doesn’t know George Gershwin, or marching band maestro John Philip Sousa, or country music’s Lee Greenwood, or ...

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Every year in this season of diplomas and mortarboards, the local charity we host in memory of our son—Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation—awards a scholarship to a high school senior whose well-rounded pursuit of excellence echoes Harrison’s. He was born with a rare form of dwarfism, but his ...

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I’m no fitness or wellness expert. I know just enough to try to keep my temple (see: body) out of trouble, health-wise. My day starts by popping six non-prescription pills (C, D3, E, low-dose aspirin, CoQ10, echinacea), and several prescribed pills. Other than fruit, I avoid sugar like the ...

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I’ve loved Broadway musicals since I was smaller than a piano bench. That’s one reason I enjoy writing about local productions in this space. The more people who go to musicals, the happier it makes me. I didn’t realize how old-fashioned about musicals I could be, though, until my wife Elyse and ...

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In its first few moments, sitcom-style comedy “Clever Little Lies” grabs audience attention right away, with one of the most revealing wardrobe changes you’ll ever see on stage. It is done modestly but just provocatively enough to elicit vocal appreciation from amused patrons. The fast-paced ...

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My name is Bruce and I’m a snowflake. It’s quite the burden to bear. I trace it to my childhood. I don’t know what my parents were thinking. They had a crazy notion to bring me up to not reflexively dislike other people. So, I don’t know any better. I don’t begrudge anybody what ...

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I am well acquainted with the abiding concern that Somers Town Justice Michael McDermott harbors for young people and their families. At his invitation, I have sat as an observer on his bench in the town of Somers. I have watched, with a mix of admiration and amazement, how he deftly and firmly ...

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Social media recently showered a lot of likes and love on a high school pitcher in Minnesota whose team was playing in a regional final that would send the winning team to the state championship game. After the last batter of the game struck out, the pitcher did something unheard of. Rather than ...

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