I am thankful for: A happy, healthy, and loving family that accepts and (cheerfully) makes fun of my many flaws. Friends and colleagues whom I respect and admire, and who, through their examples, challenge me to do better and be better. The opportunity to serve a community I care about deeply and to advance values … Continue reading I Am Thankful For . . .
Just back from a family vacation and catching up on a zillion emails, but couldn’t resist posting this photo. My first fishing experience. Much harder and more intense than expected, but worth it: this 35-pound striped bass was delicious!
For a century, the West End has been the center of immigrant life in New Rochelle — first German, then Italian, now primarily Mexican and Latin American — so it’s not surprising that you can find some terrific food. When it comes to decor, however, most of the restaurants in the area are pretty modest … Continue reading Food Blog: La Casona
Jeremy and I took the day off yesterday and decided to walk the entire (almost) length of Broadway in Manhattan. We started at around 200th Street by Fort Tryon Park and — about 12 miles later — finished up along the Canyon of Heroes at Bowling Green. A really interesting way to see the City. … Continue reading Broadway Adventure
Catie and I spent Saturday hiking in Minnewaska State Park with a couple of good friends. Aside from enjoying the pretty trails and beautiful vistas (and wild blueberries,) we had a couple of really remarkable wildlife encounters, at least from our city slicker perspective. First, rattlesnakes! One was coiled up at the edge of our … Continue reading In the Wilds of New York
This has been an exceptionally difficult week for New Rochelle. Yesterday morning, representatives from our Police Department shared information concerning the tragic death of Gabrielle White, a seven-year-old student at Ward Elementary School. During the press conference, I made the following statement: “Our entire community mourns this tragic event and is united in offering thoughts … Continue reading An Incomprehensible Tragedy
Over lunch yesterday, I had the great honor of meeting Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor winner and one of the most decorated servicemen in American history. He’s now a regular military affairs commentator on NBC. A truly remarkable life of heroism and accomplishment, both on and off the battlefield. It was hard not … Continue reading A True American Hero
I don’t ordinarily hawk books, but when a good friend – author Alan Burdick – gets a glowing review like this from the New York Times, how can I not share it? I’m about a third of the way through Why Time Flies right now. Catie is almost done. A unique blend of science, philosophy, … Continue reading Why Time Flies
A little scene of family dysfunction . . . While visiting the Lincoln Memorial a few years ago on a family trip to Washington, DC, I pulled Jeremy and Owen aside and walked them to the Memorial’s north wall, on which are engraved the words of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. “Come look,” I said to … Continue reading A Different Inauguration