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What is it about card tricks? We watch closely, and yet, somehow, the magician manages to fool us, right before our eyes, again and again. We think we might know the secret, but, no, we are just … more
When I was younger, I was only familiar with the pumpkin pie spices — cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and the like. However, as time went on, I began to mix in many different circles and, one day, I … more
On Wednesday evenings, the sounds of Antonín Dvorák’s “Mass in D major” or his less-ecclesiastical “Songs of Nature” drift through the doors of a choir … more
The canoe wobbled slightly from side to side, prompting light shrieks of delight tinged with perhaps a note of alarm from children, as paddlers were settling on their seats for a ride along Van … more
It is not often that so many parts of my life flow together at one moment: Judaism, Riverdale, Israel and the natural world. I was browsing through the biweekly newspaper the Jewish Link and came … more
In the basement of the Bronx High School of Science sits one of the nation’s few high-school museums of its kind – a Holocaust museum, a reminder of the atrocities of the past and an effort to … more
To some gardening is a hobby, but to many people who garden at the Schervier Nursing Care Center, the act of routinely tending to their crops is more of a lifeline.  The community garden on … more
A long time ago when I was a college student, I worked part-time in a genetics lab. The organism of choice for these experiments was the lowly Drosophila melanogaster – our very common fruit … more
Pull up a chair. Hush, now. You’re in the presence of giants. Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty and sad truths of a great American art form. Remember this as the lights go down, if … more
By early August, I begin to feel the slide towards fall. The weather is hot, there is not enough rain and the plants look exhausted. With the advent of September, I start cleaning up some of the … more
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