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The Joys and Benefits of Singing

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Yup, that’s me at the John Finley Walk pop-up-piano, but mostly I’m singing because I regrettably stopped practicing piano a long time ago. But getting “everyone singing” and ‘singing along” is this column’s most ardent desire. And you may say, just because you’re blessed with a nice singing voice and a strong musical gene, what [&hellip
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Out of the Darkness

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Our Town

Many issues need to see the light of day, despite the media’s persistence in not covering them “Until you stop hiding things, you’re hiding things, and hiding things is not healthy,” Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn told the New York Times last week. “I just want people to know you can get through [&hellip
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No More Business as Usual

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Our Town

In times of crisis, we’re urged to keep things normal – but maybe we shouldn’t “Go about your usual business, but be vigilant,” was essentially the mayor’s message to New Yorkers after the horrific bomb-caused murder and maiming of innocents at the Boston Marathon last week. The terrible maimings, even now, don’t get the coverage [&hellip
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‘How’m I doin’?’ in Late Life Is What Needs to Get Out There!

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

bette dewing My back is killing me. But before you ask, “What happened?” please offer some words of empathy and understanding. That little-known “rule” has general application. Preventing aching backs and most physical woes demands that we stand up every 20 minutes or so and move around. For some, age-related problems and waning strength make that difficult [&hellip
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Low-Tech and No-Tech Dreams Martin Luther King Jr. Might Share

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Opinion Our Town, Our Town

bette dewing Martin Luther King Jr. might have agreed with satirist Ogden Nash, who said, “Progress was all right once, but it went on too long.” The same might be said of unions, like the public-school bus drivers whose strike now has 150,000 students scrambling frantically to get to and from school. And King would worry that [&hellip
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