• 0

I used to work with a company that built stuff we needed for projects. Their constructs were perfect for what we were doing: not too expensive, not too fancy, did just what we wanted. But they were also exactly what we needed, and no more. They had no pretensions of grandeur. Indeed the guys…

  • 0

The numbers are up, way up. To be sure, there are regional variations: they are highest in the south and southwest, but still trending steadily upward in the northeast and west. And while the increase is across the board, the demographics with the greatest increase appear to skew toward thos…

  • 0

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead’s latest book “Harlem Shuffle” centers on a petty criminal named Ray Carney. Carney is a fence, a minor yet essential player in the criminal firmament, whom Whitehead describes as “only slightly bent when it came to being crooked.” Asked in one…

  • 0

Given a choice, most people will prefer one thing over another. In most cases there’s no right or wrong, just different tastes and ways of doing things. Neither selection is inherently better and, depending on circumstance, one might even slide across the divide and go the other way: these a…

  • Updated
  • 0

All the new neighbors were checking in. Michael Carpentino called, then Maria Rockwood. Just before that it was Barry Grossbaum, David Solomon and Janet McErlean. And not to be left out we also heard from Indra Dube, Charles Brown and John Loveless. Another new person called a few times, as …

  • 0

With the Olympics starting up, the world will once again be treated to amazing feats of athletic ability. There will be bronze, silver and gold medalists, attesting that those who earn it are the best in their sports. Additionally, some of those performances will take it to another level alt…

  • 0

Let’s play word association with places. If I said Hollywood you might respond with movies. London might produce Big Ben, while the South Pole would produce penguins. And depending on your state of mind, Sweden could prompt smorgasbord, Ikea and, for a few misguided souls, ABBA.

  • 0

They say the language to learn these days is not Spanish or French or even Chinese, but computer code. It is the most basic building block of everything we do, from making Zoom calls to buying toothpaste on Amazon to writing a report for your boss. Sure, you can punch up an existing app or p…

  • 0

I was the only granddaughter in a family of four grandsons. So when we vacationed with my grandparents and cousins on a lake in New Hampshire, I was aware that I was different. Why did I have to wear a bathing suit with ruffles on my chest while my brother and cousins could go topless?

  • 0

One person, one vote. Direct election of the president and vice president. Can we, at last, make these democratic aspirations a reality? If not now, after a violent attempt to stop the Electoral College votes from being certified, then when?

  • 0

You could be forgiven if you’re having problems getting into the holiday gift giving spirit. After all, you’re not driving anywhere so you don’t see any lights and displays. You’re not wandering through stores, so you don’t see any Christmas sales. You’ve been barred from going to tree light…

  • 0

It’s a world you can’t control, where the big things on big stages demand your attention. Competing with that is a fool’s errand. Rather, the only way to survive is to carve out some space of your own. Routines help: having the same breakfast every day or a morning workout helps to get you s…

  • 1

When I was growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, Scarsdale was a thriving commercial hub. My parents shopped for all our basic needs in local mom and pop stores — groceries, clothing, school supplies, books, house wares and tools, home furnishings and linens, art supplies, newspapers and magazin…