Bruce the Blog

December 6, 2017

My 27-year-old daughter, Elissa, asked me what I wanted this holiday season. My choice was one of those newfangled, voice-activated digital doodads disguised as an unassuming sound speaker but which otherwise behaves like the late, great Robin Williams’ Genie from Disney’s “Aladdin.” “Your wish is ...

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Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about the trend in company parties for the 2017 holiday season… MOM (reading her digital ...

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The following information is sourced from a podcast that was published Nov. 3. You can hear it at socialmediaexaminer.com. The other day on Facebook, someone I follow posted a comment wondering if he should unfriend people whom he concluded were no longer active because he hadn’t seen any posts ...

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It’s understandable that when people see empty storefronts, they infer it’s the mark of economic malaise. It is not. What’s not taken into account by jumping to that conclusion is that times change, marketplace dynamics change, shopping habits change. Consumers are spending money, all right, ...

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It’s all over but the shouting; the voting has ended, and the results are in: Depending on where you live, local elections are out of control. Not the part about casting ballots. The part about those mailers, ads and what-not telling you how to cast your ballot. I don’t have any proof at hand ...

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Theater-lovers in this region are used to seeing classic plays by high-profile playwrights on local stages, so it’s culturally newsworthy when new dramas and comedies, including original plays by our Hudson Valley neighbors, come to town. Here are highlights of two such productions you can ...

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Life is about many things, loss being one of the most constant and certainly the most traumatic. We lose parents, though usually not when we are children. I lost my mother when I was 9 years old. More than a half-century later, I wonder how that has shaped me—or perhaps mis-shaped me—as an ...

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“Kids, I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today. “Kids, who can understand anything they say…? “Why can’t they be like we were? “Perfect in every way, “What’s the matter with kids today?” When Lee Adams, who lives in northern Westchester, penned those laugh-worthy lyrics for ...

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Are you one of those folks who tells people that you can get by with sleeping, say, a mere four hours a night? I’ve always envied people like that. I’m the south to their north—a polar opposite. I need double that amount of sleep. I’ve always assumed—or maybe once was told—that it is due to my ...

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“Anything you complain, I complain better, I complain night and day better than you.” That’s my feeble attempt at a lyrical parody of “Anything You Can Do,” one of the string of standards that make Irving Berlin musical “Annie Get Your Gun” a Broadway treasure. (It is on stage at Westchester ...

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Author’s note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about the controversial body language of professional athletes. MOM: Game’s on, Pop. POP: ...

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Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about Pop’s penchant for writing Letters to the Editor… MOM: Whatcha doin’ there, Pop? POP: ...

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“Job creation” has become a non-partisan rallying cry at the heart of modern American life. Creating jobs, though, is only the beginning. Holding on to a job is critical for employee and employer alike, especially for entry-level workers. It’s the rare young adult who can walk into a new ...

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At Hollow Brook Golf Club on Oregon Road in Cortlandt, a plaque affixed to a decorative rock at one of the holes reads: In Loving Memory. Tommy Bertoline 1954-2013 “Though gone, his divot remains” If a golfer reading that tribute knew nothing else about Tommy Bertoline, he would know him as a ...

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Editor’s Note: The author is a publicist for the Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro. Dorothea LaScala has lived in northern Westchester with husband, William, for more than a half-century. I’ve lived in Yorktown for less than half that time. The LaScalas moved to Yorktown from New York City in 1963.

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Anybody who’s ever stepped foot inside a sports stadium knows this clarion call: “Beer here!” When it comes to suds, I was the teetotaler of my frat house (AEPi Syracuse, for those into Greek culture). Notwithstanding, my given name being a homophone for the modestly alcoholic beverage (you ...

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What is the meaning of life? Search me, but where cosmic queries are concerned, here’s a new one: If humans are becoming as easily manipulated by digital impulses as are robots, is that a form of evolution or devolution? We marvel at the onset of artificial intelligence (AI) as if it’s right ...

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Business owners always have their hands full managing any number of functions, simultaneously, to keep their goods and services in front of their target audience, keep their coffers flush, and keep their bottom line sustainable. Yet, even among more-successful small business owners and ...

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Mention Cravath, Swaine & Moore to lawyers, and they will fairly genuflect out of respect. Mention Tesla to car enthusiasts and their eyes will brighten like headlights. Mention Westinghouse and the mind plugs in to home appliances. Mention J.P. Morgan Chase, and you can bank on the ...

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We’re taught in grade school English about synonyms (words with similar meanings) and antonyms (words with opposite meanings). What I don’t recall is learning about contronyms. That refers to a word that can have two contradictory, if not opposite, meanings. A common contronym in public affairs ...

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Chambers of commerce like those in Yorktown, Somers, Mahopac-Carmel and elsewhere have a vital purpose in supporting and promoting a healthy, growing economy composed of local businesses that are predicated on the profit motive. At the same time, points out Deb Milone, executive director of the ...

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I’ve always loved the sound of the saxophone. No instrument is more sensual. It can wail. It can moan. It can soar. It speaks volumes. It talks to me. When, as a college student at Syracuse University, I reviewed for the campus paper David Bowie’s immortal album, “Ziggy Stardust,” I couldn’t ...

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There’s Hastings-on-Hudson, Croton-on-Hudson, Cornwall-on-Hudson, and that 1984 Robin Williams movie, “Moscow on the Hudson.” Now, there’s Fun-on-the-Hudson, though that’s not the official name for what is sprouting virtually overnight at Charles Point Marina in Peekskill: An elaborate ropes ...

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Ever listen to some of the self-styled savants who populate the phone lines on sports talk radio? Once a professional sports contest is concluded, notably a home team loss, they rush to judgment and second-guess managers and coaches, exercising uncanny foresight into the past. Nobody has broken the ...

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Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about the common misperception of what empty storefronts signify. POP CULTURE: Mom, did you see ...

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One of the great controversies in public education is whether our schools should place more emphasis on teaching critical thinking skills, also known as 21st century learning skills. It’s a discussion worth having. Learning by rote is not without its benefits and its ardent advocates. A healthy ...

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I met Ted Sarandos more than two decades ago when I was a journalist covering Hollywood’s home entertainment business and he was a video store executive on the west coast. In that same era, I met Reed Hastings, a former math teacher and Peace Corps volunteer who had what he felt was a bright ...

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It’s not every day you see a bunch of 12-year-old boys squaring off against a bunch of police officers. But that’s exactly what will happen next week in northern Westchester. The good news is that, apart from competing for bragging rights on the baseball diamond, both sides are going to bat for ...

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Memorial Day, some would argue, has become a weekend-long, red-white-and-blue display of our discomfort dealing with the deceased. When I came across the following passage some years back on a now-defunct website, it struck me as a pithy, if slightly sad, summation of how the day has been denatured ...

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When I was publisher of a local weekly newspaper, much like this one, I had a stock response for the occasional reader who would accuse our reporters or our news coverage of bias: “You’re right,” I would say. “There is bias in the media, because every single person brings his or her own bias to ...

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