By Billy Sternberg “The Fish” was the Fisherman’s Quarters on the old North Road in Shinnecock Hills. New owners changed it from a roadhouse to a music hangout. They hosted local jams, with estimable musicians. As a founding member of its Host Committee, I worked behind the bar on some nights and, on one occasion, flipped burgers. I became friendly with the gang. One friend, a drummer with twin boys, called me unexpectedly one day. He’s a house husband and happened to be in my neighborhood. He wondered if it was cool for the three of them to drop by. ... 3 Aug 2020 by Billy Sternberg
The Founding Fathers were a gifted group. Somehow, sifting through all their competing interests, different constituencies, clashing ideas, and firmly held beliefs, they could still see clearly enough to draft a Declaration of Independence, a Constitution, a Bill of Rights, and a canon of laws to serve their new and groundbreaking system of government. The basic concept was that “no man is above the law,” and all men (and women) must be bound by a fair and just code that applied equally to all. They couldn’t account for every contingency, however, and they certainly couldn’t see far into a future ... by Phil Keith
“The Future of Energy on Long Island” was the topic of a recent talk by Bob Catell, a Zoom presentation, part of the series of varied talks sponsored by Long Island Metro Business Association. (I spoke before LIMBA a while back on the deadly dangers of nuclear power.) Mr. Catell is former chairman and CEO of Brooklyn Union Gas, what was the best utility in the New York metropolitan area. Its excellence was why, when the Long Island Power Authority was created, it chose Brooklyn Union (which changed its name to KeySpan) to operate LIPA’s electrical system. Mr. Catell is ... by Karl Grossman
Even if the barn doors are closed, the wrens find a way inside. They slip through at the top, a little gap just for them. They flit in and survey a corner for a nest. I go in and out of this barn a few times a week, and at first I thought I had trapped them by leaving the doors open and later shutting them. So I pushed the doors back open, clapped my hands and said, “Shoo!” The bird perched on a rafter and peered down at me, scolded me and then flew out. Later, when the doors ... 28 Jul 2020 by Marilee Foster
It was the talk of the internet last week: an Instagram selfie of 78-year-old domestic icon Martha Stewart, emerging from her Lily Pond Lane swimming pool in full makeup, hair perfectly highlighted, and her frosted pink lips provocatively pursed. In digital-era terms, the classic “thirst trap” — a photo designed to entice viewers sexually. It was hardly the Martha we have all gotten to know, typically in her perfectly pressed man-tailored shirts, rolling out pie crust dough for the kind of pies that would certainly have been served at that Thanksgiving dinner immortalized by the artist Norman Rockwell. Martha has ... by Steven Stolman
When my thick hair started to fall out from my chemo treatments, I immediately made an appointment with Kevin Maple at his salon on Jobs Lane. I asked for a Jean Seberg/Judi Dench very short cut. He said, “You mean a pixie cut?” “Yes,” I answered. He very considerately put me in a private room so I wouldn’t have to endure the stares of other clients as my locks cascaded to the floor. An hour later, I walked out shorn like a boy, feeling very light, liberated by my lack of hair, ready to carry on. I had surgery at ... by Joanne Pateman
By Ryszard Krasowski There is a pandemic that, whoever is blamed for it, took everyone by surprise. People are getting sick and people are dying. The medical experts are warning what it means and what may happen if we are not careful in our everyday lives. But those whose egos don’t allow them to think otherwise disregard experts’ expertise and come up with an explanation that there is nothing to worry about, because some kind of miracle will happen and the problem will disappear. If not a miracle, the commonly used cleaning supplies, swallowed or injected, will make us feel ... 27 Jul 2020 by Ryszard Krasowski
By Lars Clemensen In the shadow of the Ides of March, schools across the nation turned out the lights and closed the doors. Many today still have images of budding springtime on the walls, as if education froze in time. Nothing could be further from the truth. In response to a global health pandemic, public education pivoted to meet the needs of students and families as governors announced the closing of schools in their states. Is there a time in living history that such drastic steps have ever been taken? Recently, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos singled out schools as falling ... 21 Jul 2020 by Lars Clemensen
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