I Believe in Magic!

And I believe I can transfer my magic to kids! Books provide enchanting journeys to other worlds and reading is the magic wand we use to tap into that magic. I have some partners in my quest to spread the magic of reading: United Way of Westchester/Putnam, JCY-Westchester Community Partners and the Yonkers Public Library.  The Library’s summer…

That was then, this is now…

7 July 1976. Forty years ago. It was the year of the bicentennial of the United States. A flotilla of tall ships paraded in New York City harbor. And I entered West Point for Beast, probably the most psychologically and physically grueling voluntary seven week of my life. But I and the other 1500 new cadets…

Do you want to be happy? Find out how.

Does having more money increase happiness? Apparently winning the lottery doesn’t assure long-term contentment.  I know you’re saying, “I’d like to see for myself.” After good fortune of any sort, whether winning Power-ball or getting a pay raise, happiness levels spike for a short time, but return to previous levels after a few months. We seem to…

Pausing to remember who we are

Why would anyone need to take time out to figure out who they are. How silly. Of course, I know who I am. My wallet has a military ID card and VA driver’s license and if needed, I can produce a passport for identification. TSA certainly wouldn’t let me through airport security, if my documents…