Posts Tagged ‘Dewing Things Better’

SHED A NEW LIGHT ON OLD PROBLEMS

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Yup, that’s me, dear readers, photographed by the light of a flash camera and a nearby silk-shaded table lamp. Isn’t it maddening how many designers eschew kindly table lamps for fixtures more suited to mechanical robots than flesh and blood human beings? If ever emperors were not wearing clothes… This paper’s photographer, Andrew Schwartz, found [&hellip
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A NEIGHBORHOOD CURE-ALL

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“Don’t agonize, organize!” was the Older Women’s League’s rallying cry when OWL was a true movement for change. Organize and act! Ah, that’s change we need to overcome injustice—the illegal, but also the legal kind, like the shutting down of everyday places we need, above all the neighborhood restaurants. And get healthcare professionals, like cardiologist [&hellip
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PEACE, GOODWILL AND COMMUNICATION

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Don’t hang up—this is not only about how we talk, except talking sure is vital to an overall healthier New Year. There’s big talk about Caroline Kennedy’s “ums” and “you know” speech tics, but why wasn’t she helped to overcome such discrediting impediments? Ah, intervention in general is so achingly needed but so rarely employed [&hellip
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A DIFFERENT TWIST ON PRESERVATION

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Remember, there are eight days of Chanukah and 12 days of Christmas. So don’t put all your holy/holiday eggs in one basket. Fast movers, slow down. And smile, don’t forget that! Sing, too. Ah, if only sing-a-longs were, say, even a fourth as popular as concerts are. Music is good for what ails us when [&hellip
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REFLECTING ON THE AFTERMATH OF TWO TRAGEDIES

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“All Americans need to reflect on this tragedy as we approach this season which should be goodwill toward all humankind, and ensure that it never happens again.” The Dec. 1 New York Times wisely printed a letter from Nevada-based Michael Pravica whose concluding words begin this column. The letter was titled “Black Friday Sale Shouldn’t [&hellip
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RECIPE FOR A THANKFUL HOLIDAY

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“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable unto thee, our strength and our redeemer.” Now, don’t tune out—even non-believers’ holiday and other shared meals could be more nourishing if this pre-sermon prayer from former Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church pastor Dr. David Read is adapted for the “first course.” [&hellip
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ALL ABOUT COUPLES AND OFFSPRING

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Now hear this, all ye elected officials: the Constitution says your first duty is to protect public safety. So, Mr. Mayor, don’t cut the already-reduced crime and fire-fighting forces. Any loss of public safety and enforcement of laws that protect life, limb and property cost very big bucks—in health care alone, not to mention affordable [&hellip
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EFFORTS FOR PEDESTRIANS

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Dear Ms. Dewing: I’d like to answer a question from your recent column in which you ask why so many elected officials consult with Transportation Alternatives regarding pedestrian safety (“A Café Closing on 79th,” Oct. 16). To be sure, TA does have a strong bicycle advocacy program, but we are also the city’s strongest advocate [&hellip
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A CAFÉ CLOSING ON 79TH

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“Wow, what luck,” I thought. “My assemblyman, Micah Kellner, witnessed my nearly being flattened by two early-teen sidewalk cyclists.” They came silently from behind as I stepped to the left to greet the assemblyman, who was looking for a cab on 81st and York. Now I’ve learned not to change lanes on the sidewalks or [&hellip
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THE GOVERNMENT DUTY TO PROTECT PUBLIC SAFETY

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While human-made, unnatural disasters are worse than the nature-caused kind blasting the Gulf Coast, both bring people together in a social climate when post-Boomer-agers, especially, are “normally” only involved in their own little spheres. Thanks to Judith Cutler, around 50 neighborhood people gathered quietly around the 9/11 memorial tree outside 530 E. 84th St. for [&hellip
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