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A Year Later–and Yes, We’re Still Here

  More than a year after nature’s damaging blow to the peninsula, I continue my peripatetic existence, traveling back and forth between New York’s upstate and downstate counties. Peripatetic is really the right word, hearkening back to the wandering teachers … Continue reading

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We Demanded the Sand–but THIS is Ridiculous!

Rock Viv is back! I survived Hurricane Sandy, which struck the Northeast coast of the United States at about 9 p.m. on Monday, October 29.  I sent a panicked text message to a friend a few minutes later that said: … Continue reading

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Are You Better Off Than You Were in 1974?

Things have changed a lot in the past eight years. In October, 2004, I stood in front of my class of sixth graders at Channel View School for Research to teach a lesson on the skill of persuasive speaking–the literacy … Continue reading

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“We Used to Vacation” and Other Lost Summer Rituals

I headed into the kitchen for my morning coffee, and flicked on the radio.  A song recorded by The Cold War Kids was on, called We Used to Vacation. A great lost summer ritual. In the past week, I’ve been … Continue reading

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H2O, Gerrymandering and Socialists in Archie Bunker Land

I’ll never forget the words of the engineer who inspected the Belle Harbor home our family was about to buy, in the spring of 1994. “The number one enemy of your home is water,” he said.  Do everything you can … Continue reading

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A Paean to Irene

That Hurricane Irene was some bi-polar storm! Carefree teens tubing down the Saw Mill River Parkway on Sunday afternoon contrasted with kayakers in distress pulled from the Hudson River on Saturday night.  The mood of the city swung like a … Continue reading

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It’s Showtime!

Well, we’ve been talking about it and preparing ever since Mayor Bloomberg decided to devote millions of dollars to his plaNYC initiatives in 2007.  An actual serious emergency that could require evacuation of millions from low-lying areas of New York … Continue reading

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You Can’t Even Say “Speed Kills” Anymore

Some force on the planet was clearly at work, other than the combustion engine of the late model Infiniti G37 hard-top convertible coupe–the car that helped save three lives today. At about 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, the young … Continue reading

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It’s Spring–When a Boy’s Thoughts Turn to Baseball (Unless He’s Anthony Weiner)

At this time of year, I always realize how much I miss our family baseball years.  When my son played Little League, for three months straight, our lives were structured by those dates scribbled on a sheet by the coaches. … Continue reading

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Something There is That Loves a Wall

In his poem “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost fixed on the forces of nature that bring down garden walls, and how neighbors come together to repair them. On Saturday, May 21, residents of Rockaway Park focused on how to rebuild their … Continue reading

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