The Wedding

Those of us lucky enough to be parents recognize that there are special days in the lives of our children that we would never want to miss. Among these most treasured events, perhaps the most precious to a parent is a child’s wedding. I have been fortunate to have been there for both of my…

The Checklist

  In the spirit of the Oscars and this week of after-Oscar buzz, I’ve been watching a few nominated movies and those that have won Oscars in the past. Anyone who knows me well will attest that I am a rabid movie fan. I love a good story, especially a story with some depth, one…

The Immigrant

Immigration. Just say the word in February 2017, and you’re bound to unleash torrents of divergent opinion, sometimes intermingled with facts, other times with “alternative facts.”  It seems to matter little whether beliefs about immigrants are true or untrue, good or bad, sometimes even to individuals who are themselves descendants of immigrants (as are all…

Life at the Schuyler Mansion

During my second tour of the Schuyler Mansion this past October, as our guide ushered our little group into the vestibule, she remarked that many visitors to the site are surprised at the size of the home. She noted that, in particular, young students on school field trips are often disappointed when they get their…