Monthly Archives: January 2010

A School is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Borrowing from a protest placard that angry parents and community members are waving in the wake of Chancellor Klein’s edict to close 23 “under-performing” high schools, “A School is a Terrible Thing to Waste.” I don’t know the answer, but … Continue reading

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Let the Sun “Shrine” In- “Fela” on Broadway

So much talent all in one week.  As you’ve read, I loved the Richmond Hill Talent Show. My friend, who worked at Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts equated the Richmond Hill performance with those at  Sinatra’s.  That’s a huge compliment. Chancellor Klein, … Continue reading

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“The Hill” is Alive

Four full years – the length of a complete presidential term- and I hadn’t ventured back to  the school that was literally my second home until February ’05.  So what better time to visit than the joyous occasion of  the Talent Show when Richmond Hill High … Continue reading

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Popcorn for Five, Please

In keeping with our annual Martin Luther King Day tradition, I met four of my closest Richmond Hill High School teacher friends - all former English department colleagues-  for lunch and an independent film. Today’s matinee was Pedro Almodovar’s latest, “Broken … Continue reading

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The Early Bird Catches “Carmen” in HD

Question: If you were looking to find your favorite  senior citizen from 1 p.m. until 5 on Saturday, where would you go? Answer: Select multiplex movie theaters. I took my mom to see the HD simulcast of “Carmen” live from the Metropolitan Opera and being virtually the … Continue reading

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Roxanna Elden’s book, “See Me After Class”

     Author David Sterry has been exceedingly helpful to me in my quest to get published. Ever since I met him at his own book signing event at Huntington’s Book Revue last year, we have been in professional contact. His latest … Continue reading

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A Letter to the Times Op-Ed

     Yesterday Kenny alerted me to Bob Herbert’s column on the Times Op-Ed page before I  even opened the paper. He said, “You should blog about this.” Instead of blogging right away, I sent a letter to the editor as I’ve done … Continue reading

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Re-viewing “The Class”

I ran to see this French film (a Palme d’Or winner at Cannes) when it was newly released in 2008 and I distinctly recall my comment about it.  I thought it was very real and admired the fact that it wasn’t a formulaic Hollywood … Continue reading

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Blogs ‘R’ Us

What a kick it is to have so many of you responding and commenting about  the website. I used to be known for sending picture postcards and of course, greeting cards for every occasion, but now I have a new … Continue reading

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“Precious” and Few…

Who has seen “Precious?”    What a harrowing hour and forty minutes! A very disturbing film (understatement) with sensational performances by newcomer, Gabby Sadibe in the title role, Mo’Nique as her monster mom (not an exaggeration), Paula Patton as her fabulous … Continue reading

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