Category Archives: Westchester Wanderer

Column: Off to college? What’s the rush?

Six AP courses with a 4 or better? Check. Sixty hours of community service? Check. SAT, ACT, SAT II? Check, check, check. Varsity letters? Check. Summer internships? Check. Burned out teenager? Double check. It’s no wonder teenagers today get to college exhausted and unfocused, not knowing what they want to study or who they want […]

Brotherly love…of a sport

Unless you have twins, it’s unlikely you’ve experienced more than one child on the same sports team at the same time as there are usually strict requirements regarding age cutoffs. By the time most children reach high school age, many have dropped out of the numerous sports they played in childhood. The distant memories of […]

Column: Living the dream, 50 years later

In August 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before hundreds of thousands of people calling for peaceful change. He inspired the entire country with four small words, “I have a dream.” In the crowd on that day were students from Manhattanville College, who boarded a bus […]

Column: The antidote to January

I have a love-hate relationship with the month of January. For one thing, it starts with a bang. After the big buildup of the holiday season and all the work it entails, you still have to have something special planned to mark its arrival. My New Year’s Eve celebrations have tended towards the anticlimactic. You […]

Column: Decking the halls, the malls and more

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Santa’s workshop isn’t at the North Pole. It’s actually located on a small, non-descript side street in Mt. Vernon. There you will find a 110,000-square-foot warehouse overflowing with ornaments, wreaths, toy soldiers and sleighs, where 160 elves work tirelessly seven days a week for three months of […]

Column: Indie holiday shopping for the whole family

For Her: Outerluxe 1951 Palmer Ave., Larchmont • Sapphire blue velvet boots by Penelope Chilvers from Great Britain, $425 Wendy Gee!  1949 Palmer Ave., Larchmont • Slippers, $19 • Ladies scarves, $29 • Ladies handbags, $68-$165 Siren 224 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck • Cashmere dress toppers in all colors, $138 • Holiday wear by Karina Grimaldi, $198 and up […]

Column: Hungry for change

Happy Thanksgiving. In honor of my favorite holiday, I spent the week looking for a feel-good story that centered around food and, if possible, had a turkey as a photo op. I found exactly what I had in mind at the Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills. Many people have heard of, and maybe even […]