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To Live, or Die Trying

To Live, or Die Trying

BY LENORE SKENAZY | A few years ago, a firefighter in Sacramento, Mike DeBartoli, noticed his hands cramping up. He figured it was a symptom of the job. But when the cramps got worse, he went to his doctor and heard the three letters no one wants to hear: ALS. DeBartoli has Lou Gehrig’s disease, […]

Scorpions Don’t Deserve All That Venom

Scorpions Don’t Deserve All That Venom

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Stephanie Loria would like to set the record straight: “If you get stung by a scorpion and you are a healthy adult, you won’t die.” She paused, then added, “You may wish you were dead. But they get such a bad rap.” Yes, pity the poor scorpions — so misunderstood. Fortunately, […]

Food Trends I Almost Missed

Food Trends I Almost Missed

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Okay, I did it. I actually gave my head a pitying shake when a friend told me she had just discovered a fantastic restaurant in Jackson Heights that sells the giant Indian crepes called dosas. “It’s so great!” she said. “It’s called — ” “Dosa Delight,” I interrupted, as condescending as if […]

A New Vision for Cleaner Streets

A New Vision for Cleaner Streets

BY COUNCILMEMBER COREY JOHNSON | Nearly every day, I see garbage cans overflowing throughout my district in neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, Chelsea or Hell’s Kitchen. Just as often, I hear from frustrated constituents who express a growing sense that our city is failing in its duty to simply keep the streets clean. On weekends, these […]

Dangerous Toy List Brings Panic to Playtime

Dangerous Toy List Brings Panic to Playtime

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Sick of being warned about anything and everything when it comes to the holiday season, especially all the warnings about dangerous toys? Me too. That’s why I’m ready to throw a lawn dart at a group called “World Against Toys Causing Harm” — W.A.T.C.H. Every year since 1973 it has published […]

Old Age, The Laughing Matter

Old Age, The Laughing Matter

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Hear that joke about old people? It kills ’em every time. An elderly man comes into a bar and notices a lovely lady about his age having a drink by herself. He pulls up a stool, leans over and asks, “So… do I come here often?” Sure, laugh. Or cry. Fact […]

The Day After Plan

The Day After Plan

BY REV. CATHY TOWLE | As a spiritual person, I do not recall a moment in history where so many of us have had to take the bitter pill of defeat and broke our teeth on it so squarely. I know that many people are struggling to make sense of the surprise of this election, […]

About That Yale Interview

About That Yale Interview

BY LENORE SKENAZY | On Sunday I went to my local Queens bakery at 9, 11 and 2, and each time sat across from a friendly, open 18-year-old. These New York City students shared their hopes, dreams, and what they do in their free time. One researches drone strikes in Somalia. Another teaches the disabled […]

Squirrely Standards for Staying Statistically Safe

Squirrely Standards for Staying Statistically Safe

BY LENORE SKENAZY | A squirrel chomped the leg of a senior citizen sitting on the porch of a retirement home in Deltona, FL, last week. A television station there, WESH, reports that the victim ran inside, furry felon still attached, whereupon it bit two or three more seniors. This is terrible (especially for a […]

What Happens When Robots Take Over?

What Happens When Robots Take Over?

BY LENORE SKENAZY | We don’t kill off our retirees just because they’re not working anymore, so don’t worry about our future robot overlords killing off us humans when we’re no longer working, either — which we won’t be, since robots will be doing everything faster and better than us, just as machines have been […]