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Pilates Is Uniquely Suited For Equestrians

By at August 29, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Pilates Is Uniquely Suited For Equestrians

TALES FROM THE TRAILS It was such a simple thing, something riders do every day without thinking: mounting a horse. Kathy Newman, a successful hunter/jumper rider, stood on the mounting block and stepped across. The horse moved further out, Newman missed and went down, hyper-flexing her knee the wrong way. “I basically tore everything,” she recalled. “The only more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Help! My Phone Is Slowly Taking Over My Life

By at August 29, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Help! My Phone Is Slowly Taking Over My Life

THE SONIC BOOMER Having a problem with your computer? Call in a 13-year-old to take a look at it. That’s the old joke, but it’s true! How those kids know what’s wrong with it is beyond me. It’s like when the Beatles were introduced on The Ed Sullivan Show. Our parents were in the room, snickering at the moptop haircuts, but every kid in America knew the more...

Deborah Welky

‘Sin City’ Movie A Stylized Study In Violence

By at August 29, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Sin City’ Movie A Stylized Study In Violence

‘I’ ON CULTURE I am torn when writing about Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The movie is slick and moves quickly, but the subject matter is unappealing. A sequel to the Sin City film that director Robert Rodriguez did back in 2005, it has great production values. The plot moves quickly, occasionally a bit too quickly. But the characters are unsympathetic. The men in more...

Leonard Wechsler

Clever Gadgets: What Will They Think Of Next?

By at August 29, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Clever Gadgets: What Will They Think Of Next?

FOOTLOOSE AND... Are you in a devil-may-care mood? Perhaps even willing to spend limited bucks on a quirky new invention that could make you the envy of the neighborhood? Take a look-see at some of the latest, “advanced” and probably unnecessary gadgets available. For example, there is the Phillips Hue Connected Bulb Kit. This novel threesome of LED bulbs will more...

Jules Rabin

Merrilyn Griffin Enjoys Officiating Dressage

By at August 22, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Merrilyn Griffin Enjoys Officiating Dressage

TALES FROM THE TRAILS  Merrilyn Griffin is opinionated. Just ask her; she’ll tell you that’s one of the reasons she is a dressage judge. Ah, but there’s a lot more to her than that. Originally from Ridgewood, N.J., she started riding in high school. Once a week, she would pedal her bike the two miles to a local barn, fork over $2 and ride for an hour in a more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Stop Fighting And Start Fixing Common Core

By at August 22, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Stop Fighting And Start Fixing Common Core

‘I’ ON CULTURE Common Core is one of those items that makes people in education crazy. Watching Fox News, you can get the impression that lesson plans are being written by either al-Qaeda or the Socialist Workers Party. On the other hand, the head of the New York United Federation of Teachers threatened to punch anyone in the nose who doubted the effectiveness of more...

Leonard Wechsler

This Summer, I Got To Soar Through The Air

By at August 22, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

This Summer, I Got To Soar Through The Air

THE SONIC BOOMER It’s time again for everyone to write about what they did on their summer vacation, isn’t it? Of course it is. On my summer vacation, I went to the Dolly Parton theme park, Dollywood, in the Tennessee hills. I know, I know. With all the best theme parks in the world right at my doorstep, why would I want to do that? I like to think of it more...

Deborah Welky

Have You Planned Your Financial Future?

By at August 22, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Have You Planned Your Financial Future?

FOOTLOOSE AND... Shocking as it may seem I recently heard a statistic, on the radio, that claimed 36 percent of our population had no financial plan on how to handle retirement. Let’s hope that is an exaggeration. But, if you have Social Security, you should be knowledgeable about its workings to plan your future. Now, in 2014, for a worker who retires at full more...

Jules Rabin

I’ve Begun A New Career As A Secret Shopper

By at August 15, 2014 | 12:00 am | 1 Comments

I’ve Begun A New Career As A Secret Shopper

THE SONIC BOOMER I have always wanted to be part of a retail focus group and now, thanks to someone referring me, that dream has finally come true. Think about it — instead of wandering the aisles of a store, grumbling about why that awesome comforter doesn’t come in pink or why the otherwise-contemporary shower curtain has that stupid fringe or why most blue more...

Deborah Welky

NASA’s Spacecraft Is Getting Close To Pluto

By at August 15, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

NASA’s Spacecraft Is Getting Close To Pluto

FOOTLOOSE AND...  If Congress ever gets back to doing some work, one of the financial requests to be acted upon is that by NASA for $ 17.5 billion for the New Horizons mission, which is sending a spacecraft to Pluto. You know about Pluto, right? It’s that downgraded planet sometimes called “the icy, little dwarf” of the space world. If you recoil over the more...

Jules Rabin