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Janie Villiers Blessings

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

Bette Dewing NEVER LET ANYTHING SEPARATE YOU FROM THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE Or, as Abraham understood God to have told him, “Heyay beracha,” which means “be a blessing”—that is why we are here. Timeless counsel for all people from Rabbi Harvey Tattelbaum’s “A Thought for the New Year” homily published in this newspaper. And no doubt, his [&hellip
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Commonplace Street Dangers

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

Bette Dewing Incidentally, the “Smile!” and “Don’t rush!” inscribed on my billfold aim to reduce stress and remind me to stow my wallet deep within my pocketbook after a transaction, even if the cashier and those waiting behind me are impatient. Evidently, I wasn’t careful after making a CVS purchase, and shortly after, at the Morton Williams [&hellip
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The Tragedy of Elizabeth Brody

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

Bette Dewing Renewing an All-Out Fight Against Traffic Crimes “Stay safe” says the green whistle Assemblyman Micah Kellner gave out at the 19th Precinct’s Night Out Against Crime held at the entrance to beautiful Carl Schurz Park. (Ah, if nature like this were truly appreciated, there’d be less crime to protest—an Olympian goal.) I took a lot [&hellip
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Olympian Principles for Everyday Life

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

Bette Dewing A smile can make everything better  “I could show the world how to smile, I could be glad all of the while…” Well, there’d be infinitely more to smile about if songs like that again topped the charts. Ah, but the physical act of smiling does makes us feel better. Supportive research must get out [&hellip
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What Community and Good Neighbors Are All About

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

Not only in a dangerously hot summer I could just cry, and indeed I did, when the hearty little plant that had sprung up this past spring in the otherwise bare tree pit outside my window was suddenly gone, yanked up by workers who were exchanging bark shavings there for some sort of soil. “Where [&hellip
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Outing Heartless Offspring and Heartless City Hall

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

Bette-Dewingas1 Failure to protect small businesses from Second Avenue Subway construction chaos Even though it means a lifelong worry like no other, most parents say being a parent is the best thing that ever happened to them. No regrets, even if one day they become bit players in the lives of their beloved offspring, “But that [&hellip
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The Joel Morales Story

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

Stopping hate-filled violence and creating a better society by Bette Dewing What if your two sons were bullied and, when transferred to a different school, the harassment continued and your request for housing in another district was denied? Of course you know this happened to a 12-year-old East Harlem boy, Joel Morales. Finally, this beloved [&hellip
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A Bumpy Ride on the Road of Betty White

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

Bette Dewing(as) As usual, several burning concerns need your attention and action, so as Bette Davis warned in All about Eve: “It’s going to be a bumpy ride.” The May 17 New York Times City Room blog post “A Target Older Than the Jokes at Her Roast” dismissed anyone “easily offended” by Friar’s Club roast jokes. The [&hellip
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Pounding Suicide Prevention into the Public Consciousness: Life-affirming books and music aren’t just for Mother’s Day

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

betteDewing By Bette Dewing If “a picture is worth a thousand words,” the AP photo of Junior Seau’s anguished mother, Luisa, could save a thousand lives by drumming into the national consciousness the endless sorrow of a son or daughter’s suicide. Such graphic examples of grief could be a deterrent to what Jimmy Breslin once said [&hellip
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Connecting with Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors

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

Life-saving communication skills for those most in need There’s sure a lot to roar about, says this often cowardly lion, when it comes to roaring, as Mike Wallace once did, “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Ah, if only he’d roared against age discrimination; maybe 60 Minutes would have kept him on to [&hellip
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