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Guestwords: I Learn From Caroline Pratt

I first picked up Caroline Pratt’s 1948 memoir-cum-history of the City and Country School, “I Learn From Children,” in the late 1960s, and its progressive commitment to growing activist citizens instantly resonated. It’s out in a new edition, and not a moment too soon.

Jan 23, 2020
Guestwords: My Wainscott Sphinx

Norman Jaffe’s landmark design for Harold Becker’s house in a Wainscott pasture taught me that rule-bending buildings can change your mental space, your emotional compass, your perception of the relationship between nature and human nature.

Jan 16, 2020
Guestwords: Hi Ho, It’s Off to Work I Go

My life as a full-time patient.

Jan 9, 2020
Climate and Real Estate

Long Island real estate is suffering as sales decrease and homes lose value, and one reason is chronic flooding fueled by climate change.

Jan 1, 2020
The Memoir Consortium

Writing a memoir was not something that came naturally. It was more like building my first treehouse and my second marriage. I had to struggle to learn how to “measure twice, cut once.”

Dec 26, 2019
The Walgreens Welcome

Breaking news, Verizon. There’s a new kid in town, a challenger for your WCW crown — Worst Company in the World.

Dec 19, 2019
Satirizing the Third Reich

“Jojo Rabbit” is told from the point of view of a boy during the war. I was a boy at the same time. And I had trouble laughing.

Dec 12, 2019
William Ruckelshaus, Eco-Hero

Remembering William Ruckelshaus, the first administrator of the E.P.A., a principled government official whose life was dedicated to environmental leadership.

Dec 5, 2019
Guestwords: Longing for Light

There is no greater pain than the feeling of shame. I know. As a victim of clerical sexual abuse, my tears waited nearly half a century to stream from my eyes.

Nov 27, 2019
When Will We Ever Learn?

I don’t know if any one of us ever really got through John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Nov 21, 2019
Guestwords: The Uninvited Guest

There’s one big reason for not hosting Thanksgiving — the turkey.

Nov 14, 2019
Guestwords: For Marcelo Lucero

A marathon story-shaping Freedom Forum at Stony Brook University on Saturday is dedicated to the memory of Marcelo Lucero, the Ecuadorean immigrant who was stabbed to death in Patchogue in 2008.

Nov 7, 2019