Bruce the Blog

October 12, 2016

Near as I can tell, some folks have a problem with nuclear energy. That’s fine. I don’t. That’s fine too. There you have, in so few words, the simple and lucid breakdown of how Tony Vitale views the yin and yang of local attitudes toward nuclear energy in general, and, in particular, toward ...

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An acquaintance told me recently, “You and I are kindred spirits in one respect.” OK, I replied. I’ll bite. He explained, “We both have a problem with people who have a parking problem.” The gentleman, an elegant senior citizen whose gait was being girded with the support of a cane, said he had ...

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I take words at their word, which is to say seriously, sometimes too much so for my own peace of mind. Take the Days of Awe those of my faith currently are observing. The 10-day span that starts Oct. 3, with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and culminates Oct. 12, with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) ...

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A few decades ago, an AEPi fraternity brother of mine at Syracuse University, Harold Feigenbaum, took a music course in what then was a new device: the Moog synthesizer (pronounced mohg with a hard g, as in rogue). The wondrous invention, by Robert Moog, soon would play an instrumental role in ...

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Doesn’t it seem lately that we always are on the internet? Or that the internet always is on us? (As they morph into something akin to an external organ, smartphones now are used more than computers for everyday tasks like a Google search.) That’s not to say it’s a good thing that we willingly, ...

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When Jason Chapin was a teenager, he lost his father in an automobile accident on the Long Island Expressway. That was 35 years ago. Yet, as with many artists of yore whose gifts resonated with millions, Harry Chapin lives on in song and spirit. His distinctive sound and colorful storytelling ...

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When octogenarian Dana Rosenberg shares “The Story of My Life as an Artist, Teacher and Poet” this Friday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m., in the Heritage Hills Activity Center in Somers, there will be someone in the audience whom she last saw 33 years ago. In 1983, the same year Dana was honored as an ...

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“Life is all about great food, amazing wine, friends that make you feel good, family that you cherish, laughing, loving and a place to enjoy it together.” That’s one of the homespun mottos gracing the walls of Furci’s restaurant in Yorktown Heights, where the bonds and bonhomie of family ...

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I have an anniversary next month: Number 33, thank you. But before Elyse and I reach that milestone, I have to navigate three other wives, a couple of whom are millstones. Or are written that way, at least. Some folks belong to a bowling league or look forward to a regular poker game. I get my ...

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You’ll forgive me if I’m feeling a little misty-eyed right about now. For more than 30 years, this journalist was immersed in home entertainment technology, starting with hi-fi and videogames in the 1970s, through the debut of DVD in the 1990s, to the streaming Age of Netflix this century. I ...

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The checkered history of the record business is rife with stories about managers and even record labels shortchanging or disrespecting their own gravy train, the talent. Earlier this year, in his induction remarks at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Steve Miller summed up the sentiments of many ...

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“Like many of my fellow millennials...” is how Ivanka Trump began her remarks as she took the stage last week to introduce her Republican presidential nominee dad at the Republican National Convention. The heiress went on to say, “I do not consider myself categorically Republican or ...

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Author’s Note: Mom and 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 upcoming presidential election. MOM CULTURE: Who’re you voting for, Pop? POP ...

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Don’t ask me why, but of late I’ve developed this rabid curiosity about that distant historical time known as “antiquity.” If it’s medieval, it’s for me. Maybe it’s a byproduct of moving on in years and feeling faintly antiquated myself. A local online community newspaper referred to ...

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We celebrated our nation’s independence this past weekend. Our independence 240 years ago from the country across the pond that just not-quite-celebrated its independence from the rest of Europe. Central to America’s independence is the Constitution’s First Amendment. That’s the one guaranteeing ...

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Do you know somebody like this where you live? S/he’s a chronic complainer who gets up at every town meeting to criticize, lecture, finger-wag, trash the ideas of others, but rarely offers better alternatives. You get the picture. Not a pretty one. [Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in ...

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Do words like predictive marketing, customer journey, retargeting, lifetime value, programmatic, and the internet of things mean anything to you? Unless your livelihood involve the discipline of marketing, the answer probably is no. Those words, though, and others like them are the vocabulary ...

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We’ve been hearing a lot of allegations this election season about “rigged systems.” The accusations are being made both by victors and by runners-up, as well as by the most ardent supporters of both. The gist of their righteous outrage is that how someone votes in a particular contest can be ...

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“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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