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This past weekend I went “home” to Boone, North Carolina to see the littlest Gentile, Nicholas, graduate from high-school. As you can see from the picture attached, he was REALLY thrilled about graduating. Because I am 11 years older than Nicholas, I still see him as a helpless baby, and watching him walk across the… Read more »

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Q: It is so hard it is to identify the origins of clothing these days (re: sweatshops!). Plus, there’s the obfuscation of employee/worker issues (American Apparel sex scandals?!) and companies that are surreptitiously making multi-million dollar donations to hateful causes (Target supports anti-gay legislation??!!). It seems like those few companies doing things on the up-and-up… Read more »

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In the fall of 1997, on Long Beach Island in Jersey, my friends John, Jerome, and Freddy cautiously agreed to let me help them build a porch on Second Street in Beach Heaven. John knew I was mechanically challenged and still years away from memorizing and applying “lefty loosey, righty tighty” when turning a screw. Early in the affair,… Read more »

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I love Lower Manhattan this time of year. I have at least 50 (no exaggeration) different spots along the water where I can sit and watch boats, or the sun, or children playing. I never get tired of seeking out new vantage points on the Hudson and East rivers because, like my ancestors of long… Read more »

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Q: Iʼm a thirty-something straight guy on a budget. Iʼd like to trade in my baggy, basic blue jeans for something more stylish and current, but a lot of the designer brands are way out of my price range. Iʼm not looking to shop at K-Mart, but I canʼt afford Barneyʼs either. Where in NYC… Read more »

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Just jump on the moving train and try not to die. —Chris Rock, What to Expect When You’re Expecting I’ve been on a speeding train for the last couple of months, but I think (key word: think) it’s going to slow down a bit this summer—a mixed blessing. While it would be nice to unpack… Read more »