BLANK SLATE

BLANK SLATE

Do you want to know the best way to play a trick on people with Type-A personalities? Hide their calendars and to-do lists. You will instantly render them immobile. Planning and predictability are oxygen for the task-driven. Without a schedule, the anal-retentive...
EMPTY NEST

EMPTY NEST

The end of this month marks ten years since Carol and I closed on our dream home overlooking the beautiful Great South Bay. At that time, little did we know that, thanks to an “Act of God” known as Super Storm Sandy, a four-foot storm surge would penetrate and destroy...
BACKPACKS

BACKPACKS

Is there anything more iconic than the backpack to symbolize the return of the school year? We see them on the youngest students, their packs looking enormous against their tiny frames, filled with crayons, scissors, and lunchboxes decorated with their favorite...
THE WHEELS ON THE BUS

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS

It’s that time of year again! School buses will dot our roads, reminding us that the summer lull in traffic (unless you are beach bound) was temporary. The weather cools, the leaves crisp, and our favorite coffee purveyors add pumpkin flavor to our morning brew. Our...
I HAVE A DREAM

I HAVE A DREAM

Imagine sitting in a sweltering classroom in the middle of a June day, listening to an instructor soothingly sharing words of knowledge. Regardless of the topic, students’ minds will start to drift away into daydreams of anything other than the lesson’s topic. I...
IF THE SHOE FITS

IF THE SHOE FITS

The young woman entered the office to begin the new work week, immediately drawing the attention of her co-workers to her feet. She apologized profusely for wearing sandals instead of more traditional office footwear. Though there was no apparent offense to her...

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