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Martinis on Christopher St.

I loved my nirvana on the corner where I savored chance encounters with all comers — locals, tourists, art and film mavens, even an occasional boldface name. But then began my maiden skirmish in N.Y.C.’s internecine war over booze.

Oct 17, 2019
Tomato Time

The sight of the local farm stand bounty conjures a sense memory of an early fall in Indiana, and the stovetop follies of a group of friends.

Oct 10, 2019
Officers in Blue, Please Don’t Sue

It’s a mistake to allow police officers to sue the families of children or adults who have mental illness when something goes wrong after a 911 call. This may set a precedent the consequences of which could be a reluctance to make the call in the first place or even lost work because of time in court.

Oct 3, 2019
Rethinking God

A survey by the Pew Research Center observed that 63 percent of Jews say they’re either “fairly certain they believe in God” or are in some place of nonbelief or questioning. Unless we have an honest an conversation about spirituality, this “God gap” will continue to widen.

Sep 26, 2019
Postcard From the Brink

The Global Climate Strike, a weeklong demonstration that starts Sept. 20, offers a chance to reflect on ethical choices we can make to do what’s right for nature and animals while we can still make a difference.

Sep 19, 2019
‘Art, Get a Wetsuit’

The first time I did a half-mile open water swim I came in last and was the only one without a wetsuit. At my age, why would I possibly want a wetsuit?

Sep 12, 2019
Goodbye, Indian Wells

Labor Day weekend is always bittersweet.

Sep 5, 2019
Genius Reconsidered

A retrospective for the most misunderstood artist of the 20th century.

Aug 29, 2019
The Beatles at Shea, 1966

On an August night 53 years ago, teenybopper screaming subsumed every sound. Then teenybopper weeping filled the giant soup bowl that was Shea Stadium. I wonder why we went?

Aug 22, 2019
Remembering Hal Prince

The Broadway legend offered encouragement to a young composer and conductor, and it stuck with her for a lifetime.

Aug 15, 2019
Starstruck

I’ve watched Tom Wolfe at a church bazaar, was elbow to elbow with Bianca Jagger at the video store, browsed books with Billy Joel, shopped for antiques with Martha Stewart, and saw Candice Bergen outside Citarella. I admit it, whenever I see someone famous, I go a little goofy.

Aug 8, 2019
Lurking in the Grass

Playing Major League Baseball might have been my dream come true. Or my death sentence.

Aug 1, 2019