Out Loud: Courage

Out Loud: Courage

Writing  by Declan Toth Founders’ note: Not everyone is born with the ability to use their voice. Not everyone can easily communicate their thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams. On this page, we’re giving non speaking people in our community the opportunity to be heard. The authors are students at Mouth to Hand Learning Center in Mount Kisco. You can read ...
Self-esteem and Ice Cream

Self-esteem and Ice Cream

You send your child to school to learn “hard skills,” like reading, writing and math. But what about the “soft skills” they need to become successful? How can they learn skills like emotional intelligence, leadership, communication, cooperation, integrity, drive and focus? Dance. You enroll them in dance classes. And, more specifically, you select a dance studio with a proven track ...
Creating Conversations

Creating Conversations

Picture it. The movie just ended and all you can think is “What did that mean??” You want to discuss the film with several people, not just the person you came with. And even though people are milling about in the lobby, you’re not sure if they’re just saying goodbye or want to stick around and discuss what we all ...
A Fairytale Reality

A Fairytale Reality

By Gia Miller Photography by Justin Negard Deep in the forest, the morning sun is bursting through the canopy. Its rays beam down, straight into a gushing, cascading waterfall. A lone hummingbird is ready to dive in, perhaps searching for its next meal. A crow sits idly on a branch. About halfway down and slightly to the right, there’s a ...
A Day at Sagamore Hill

A Day at Sagamore Hill

Writing and photography by Justin Negard For this issue, we thought a travel story to someone’s home was appropriate. However, rather than drag you to a glitzy mansion with a multi-car garage, we decided instead to show you a home with history, personality and a little bit of the bizarre. If you are an animal lover, as we are, please ...
Out Loud: Listen

Out Loud: Listen

Writing  by Laura Hull Founders’ note: Not everyone is born with the ability to use their voice. Not everyone can easily communicate their thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams. On this page, we’re giving non speaking people in our community the opportunity to be heard. The authors are students at Mouth to Hand Learning Center in Mount Kisco. You can read ...
Connecting with Andre Catrini

Connecting with Andre Catrini

Writing by Oscar Andy Hammerstein Northern Westchester native André Catrini graduated from John Jay High School in 2007 and is now a musical composer and lyricist in Manhattan. A graduate of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (CCM), Catrini composed the score for the new musical S/He & Me, which tells the story of Alexandra Billings; ...
Remembering Roy Lerner

Remembering Roy Lerner

The Vista-based artist passed away last May at the age of 68 Writing by Rob Cavenagh Photography by Justin Negard Some children have fond memories of watching their parents in the kitchen or going to their workplace on days off of school. Yvonne Lerner, however, remembers doing her homework in her father’s studio, located approximately a quarter mile from their ...
Mary Ellis

Mary Ellis

Writing by Ava Fleisher Photography by Justin Negard This story begins when artist Mary Ellis was “very, very young.” An abstract expressionist painter and owner of Fifth Avenue Manufacturers, Ellis received support from those around her who could recognize her unique style. But throughout her childhood and adolescence, she struggled in school.  “I was told that I shouldn’t even apply ...
Tips for Hosting a Memorable Dinner Party

Tips for Hosting a Memorable Dinner Party

By Gia Miller When it comes to dinner parties, a lot has changed over the years. When Emily Post’s book “ETIQUETTE” was first published in 1922, the wealthy were still literally rolling out the red carpet for their dinner guests. There were so many home entertaining rules that Post dedicated well over 20,000 words to the topic.  Today, though, our ...
A Day at The Clark Institute

A Day at The Clark Institute

Writing and photography by Justin Negard In 1950, Sterling and Francine Clark made a decision. It was time to give back. As heirs to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune, the Clarks spent much of their life avidly collecting artwork from around the globe. Their passion was for Italian, Dutch and Flemish paintings dating back as far as the Renaissance. They ...
Crafting Glamour

Crafting Glamour

Writing by Amy Baker Photography by Justin Negard In the mid-1990s, jewelry designer Cynthia Ryan created her first Lunette ring while enrolled in a beginner’s jewelry-making course at the Fashion Institute of New York. Her professor was amazed. “What exactly do you do during the day,” he asked. “Your design is a different approach than most, more architectural and reminiscent ...
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