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JOSH AND I STAND IN THE CALM silence of our backyard, pajama pants and coats curled tight around us, our breath puffing against the November cold, our faces turned toward the night sky. My hands are pushed deep in my pockets. When I look at him, I can see only his nose peeking out from beneath his hoodie. We are watching for the Leonids, a yearly meteor shower that peaks in mid-November, among a set of stark constellations that blink back at us, remote, their intermittent glow casting my husband’s face in a pale halo of light. I watched these same meteors the November of my senior year of high school, though at the time I didn’t know what they were. I wouldn’t have thought then to know that they were the Leonids, or that they came every year in November, or that they were some of the brightest meteors in a pinwheeled zodiac of annual showers. I only knew that they were peaking and that my heart was broken, a swift and staggering leap to the wrecked finish line of high school love. But the ache isn’t what I remember. What I remember is my parents, how they knew I was hurting, and how they pulled three sleeping bags onto the frosted grass of our front yard for us to lay there, each in our own pod, with only our faces exposed to an expanse of sky. We lay there for what felt like hours, and we never saw anything. But I remember laughing with them, and watching the steam of my breath escape toward the constellations above me, and thinking how wonderful it felt to be alive, and how amazing it felt to be loved. My parents are incredible people. I think often about how great they are, about the



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There is extreme anxiety in the unknown. I used to lay awake as a kid not only thinking about love, how others could possibly love me, but about infinity as well, how far the universe really stretched, and how we could live on this planet comfortably without having any sense at all of its limits. I haven’t made peace with flight or with death, the whiteknuckled need to know outweighing any ability to sit back with confidence, believing that even if everything isn’t immediately known, it will all turn out fine. Sometimes I roll around at night trying to shelter my insides with the right sleeping position, certain I’ve crushed my liver by laying on it. But I have learned faith in love, even if I can’t begin to understand what it feels like to love me. There is solace in mystery, in for once letting go. My parents gave me a telescope for my birthday this year. It came in the form of a large box waiting on the doorstep when I came home from work, two days before my actual birthday. After I pushed the box into the living room and pulled off a web of packaging tape, the surprise inside stilled the rhythm of my breath. A collection of parts, a user’s manual, and an attached note that is still tacked to the cork-board above my desk: Happy Birthday, Dear – we remember how much you thoroughly enjoy stargazing. Lots of love always, Mom and Dad. A backyard astronomer’s guide arrived a day later, and by that time I’d already laid out every intricate piece and assembled the first telescope I’ve ever owned. Lots of love always. A reminder, even still, of what faith means to know this. There is a learning curve to amateur astronomy. The first time I took the telescope out to the backyard, it was to see the pocked surface of a full moon. All I saw in the lens was an enormous blinding light, so bright it eclipsed the perimeter of the circled viewfinder. What I thought would be the best conditions to view the sky are instead the worst, I’ve learned; a tenet of stargazing that every other astronomer knows. I know other things, though. I know astronomy is a delicate balance of known and unknown, a double-bind I’ve always felt opposed within me. I know that to look through a telescope is to feel the certainty of pinning the universe down at last, and to also feel myself obscured completely by everything I will never understand. I know the light a full moon sheds is radiant enough to flood an eyepiece, a fact of stargazing that tells me I’ve been misguided elsewhere, that maybe I’ve looked at death through the wrong lens, that some things aren’t meant to be captured or contained. I know that I feel most at peace when I leave the world alone and stand at its periphery, beside a telescope or beneath an open sky, breathing in the edge of what is known, the un-sounded wonder of a big world beyond the fractured grapplings of imperfect

epistemology. Watching the night sky is a meditation in faith. It is an exercise in silence, an observance of stilled solace. It is a reminder that I have learned love in gradation, that these stars blanket all of us, a watchful halo above everyone I want to clutch against me forever and never let go. It is a taming of everything fierce inside me, a will to slacken my grip, at least for a starlit moment. It is recognition of the faith I feel that others could love me, that over time I’ve learned to accept the breathless mystery of what binds us to one another and that if I can do this, then there is hope for me still. There is a sense of parity in the night sky, that if I can look at distant stars and not know where they begin or end, and if I can know that what I’m seeing is only a fraction of a potentially boundless span of stars and planets and galaxies, then maybe love is the same way – and maybe death as well. The limit of my own knowledge becomes comforting at last. If I can understand only my small allotment of the universe, then maybe there is more to love than I can ever know. There is the possibility that what I want to believe is true, in moments when the love I bear everyone else reaches an unbearable magnitude: maybe love really is too big to be contained by the boundaries of this world. As Josh and I stand waiting beneath the November sky, a bright flash darts across the constellations above us. The sight of it feels like an electric current zipping through my chest. The meteor’s path is brief, then the sky falls silent and still again, as if we never saw its secret. But this is enough. I haven’t learned a way to accept death, or that the time I have on this earth and with everyone I so violently love within it will ever be enough. I haven’t learned a way to fully trust that an ending is never an ending. But I haven’t learned the complicated paths of meteors either: how they fall or where they go, or the mechanism of every constellation latticed above us and the millions of stars beyond them. There is so much I don’t know. But I’ve seen a Leonid, a meteor the size of a pencil point, from the limited view of this earth. I’ve watched the steam of my breath dissipate toward the stars while I stand still; alive and humbled and here.


Anne Valente’s short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, won the 2011 Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition and will be published in 2014. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Copper Nickel, CutBank, Redivider, Bellevue Literary Review and Sou’wester, among other journals, and her work was selected as a notable story in Best American Non-Required Reading 2011. This essay first appeared on

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River. We had lawns and woods to roam in and a wonderful big dog, but as soon as I was old enough to take the train back in to New York I did so at every opportunity. On many of these trips I wandered disconsolately around Central Park missing my old urban life. One of my haunts was the Frick Museum, where I would sit glumly on a bench in the inner courtyard until it was time to walk back down to Grand Central Terminal and take the train home for our suburban family dinner. The landscape paintings in the museum with their incandescent light— the Constables, the Turners—were more than enough country for me. Later in my life I heard Andy Warhol say that it was better to live in the city than the country because in the city he could find a little bit of country, but in the country there was no little bit of city. He was so right! I could wander all I wanted in the suburban woods and try to be interested in the skunk cabbage that bloomed in the spring and the interesting patterns made by rotting logs next to a brook and the jelly blobs of frog’s eggs in the pond, but none of it held a candle to the magnificent variety of the Conservatory Garden or even the rolling land around Cleopatra’s Needle. I knew what Andy Warhol meant the moment I heard him say it, because for most of my life, Central Park has been my little bit of country. Years later, I raised my own children in Central Park, where the wonderful urban public spaces are more fabulous than even the most luxurious rural private spaces. Raised as city kids— I vowed to let them grow up in the city and never, ever transplant them to the country— my son and daughter clambered over bronzes of bears and Alice in Wonderland in the winter and splashed in fanciful playground fountains in the summer, while their country friends played on mail-order swing sets and in plastic kiddy pools. Country children may have had ponies, but my kids had the delicious Carousel with its honky-tonk music and bright stallions. As a wheezy rendition of “Georgy Girl” piped over us, we whirled around in a state of bliss. Suburban children had fancy art classes; my children had the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Although I have lived in many other places, I have always come back to New York City and to the Upper East Side. It’s a wealthy neighborhood, but that isn’t why I am here a few blocks from where I went to kindergarten. What makes it a rich place for anyone of any income is Central Park. As I grew up and married and my children grew up, the park continued to be my



refuge for long walks and my weekend house, my family skating rink, my tennis court, my picnic spot, my dog run, and my gym. Every morning for years, in the heat of summer and the ice of winter, I headed for the running track around the Reservoir. Once I even saw Jacqueline Onassis on the track, which is now named after her. Anthony Quinn was another regular; he had a cab bring him over from his apartment on East End Avenue and wait parked on the bridle path while he ran around the track. I have depended on Central Park for its usefulness, but its incidental beauty has often taken my breath away. I may look up from catching the flash of a scarlet tanager out of the corner of my eye, a tanager perched in the high branches of one of the huge cherry trees on the West Side, and my eyes hit the shimmering towers of midtown— the Plaza Hotel and the General Motors Building floating just above the Sheep Meadow. Sometimes while drifting in a creaky old rowboat rented for a trip on the Lake, I follow a flock of fuzzy ducklings just a stone’s throw from the blaring horns of Columbus Circle. It’s the collision of man and nature, the collaboration of the human and the divine that makes the most poignant landscape: the terracing of an Italian hillside, a garden trellis, the light houses off the rocky New England coast. An ocean view is lovely but often monotonous, until a few boats appear. The sweep of green woods and mountain valleys in New Hampshire in the summer are catapulted into beauty by white church spires rising above the green. Central Park is one of the most delicious of these collisions of man and nature. Here the most intense city in the world is forcefully interrupted by some of the most glorious corridors of trees and abundant gardens in the United States. My children are both in their twenties now, and we have two seasonal Central Park traditions these days—traditions which sometimes bring them back to New York from the cities where they live, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. For the past fifteen years, on New Year’s Eve we have gone to Central Park for the glorious fireworks that go off at the start of the New Year, and the display of lighthearted human fortitude that is the traditional midnight run. Sometimes we run too, registering and collecting a T-shirt. Sometimes we just watch. Thousands of runners, many dressed in costume, many with dogs dressed to run in matching costumes, appear on the roadway above Bethesda Fountain to run

around the park under the fireworks in the icy winter dark. It’s freezing cold, but it’s the best party of the night. After the run there is dancing in front of the Naumburg Bandshell until all hours of the morning. Our summer tradition happens on or around my birthday at the end of July. Summers in New York City are blisteringly hot, but as the day cools down we head for Central Park and walk past the sailboat pond to the Loeb Boat house on the Lake. We have dinner in the fading evening light at the Boathouse Restaurant at the edge of the water, and we eat at a table where the deck ends a few inches above the shimmering surface of the water. Ducks glide by looking for a handout, and we oblige them. There are a few boats still out, and the gondola drifts away and under the closest bridge. Suddenly the ducks scatter and turtles begin to rise out of the water to scarf up our discarded rosemary panini. First small turtles arrive and then the bigger ones come. One night the surface of the water heaved and buckled, and a turtle as big as a small car, a mossy prehistoric apparition in the middle of the city, inhaled the biggest chunk of our bread and then disappeared into the depths. I have to confess that in the real country, far from other people and the cozy hum of electric generators and the clatter of traffic, I am often frightened. The nights are impossibly dark, and the animal noises from the deep woods, where coyotes chase rabbits and owls pick off their prey, terrify me. Nature in the country is not so cute. I listen to something howling in the trees on the other side of a flimsy cottage wall, and I feel utterly defenseless. I long for the safety of the city, where nature is so beautifully and spectacularly kept on a leash. I long for Manhattan, where my door is locked at night and the noises are the comforting human noises of cars and crowds. I long for the natural wonderland that is wild enough to delight and tame enough to enjoy— the wonderland called Central Park.


Susan Cheever has written fifteen books, including a biography of Bill Wilson, the cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and a memoir about her father, the writer John Cheever. She has taught at Columbia and Yale and currently teaches at Bennington and the New School. She lives in New York City with her family. Copyright ©2012 by Susan Cheever. Excerpted from Central Park: An Anthology. Reprinted by permission of Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.

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an inTERviEW WiTH DR. WiLLiaM f. BakER, TELEviSion PRogRaMMing PionEER By Harold R. Dill From Blue Screens to Blue Ice When I interviewed Dr. Bill Baker, he was vacationing in Nova Scotia on Henry Island. After only a few minutes into the interview, it became readily apparent that this man of letters was also a man of hyphens. As a broadcasting pioneer-educator-author-lecturer-adventurer, his many professional and avocational achievements help to define his success. And those that have had the pleasure of listening to him speak quickly realize that his formal credentials must be superseded by his humanity. Co-author of Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results (American Management Association, 2008), Baker has made a career of improving the methodology and efficacy of management. By tempering strong leadership with authenticity – a discernible and often palpable quality emanates that can elevate morale and translate into greater employee productivity and retention. When asked about the erosion of civility in contemporary culture, he states, “It cannot be denied. We must seek to manage both our business and personal affairs in a manner that cultivates our humanity. Accordingly, unmitigated functional rationality will not get superior results.” Leading with Kindness will. Baker has recently released a sequel entitled Every Leader Is An Artist that explores the relationship between artistic creativity and leadership. Baker’s journey of achievement began in Cleveland, Ohio where his lower middle-class family provided all that was necessary to maintain his momentum. He recalls that his parents were always very supportive. His father was eager to encourage young Baker’s interest in broadcasting. So much so, that he built his teenage protégé a functional radio studio in a household room. Highly motivated, young Baker attended Case Western Reserve University, where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. In the course of his long career, Baker has been awarded numerous honorary doctorates in America and Europe. Blessed with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and discovery, he was, and remains, a perennial trailblazer. Much like Admiral Byrd, one of his boyhood heroes, Baker courageously trekked to explore the Polar Regions where temperatures can plummet to minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit with wind gusts exceeding 200 miles per hour. Despite the challenge, he succeeded in becoming the 8th man in human history to set foot on both the north and south poles. When asked to reflect on his near death experience of falling into a 2,000-foot crevasse near the North Pole, he blithely quips, “I only fell thirty or forty feet down. What saved my life was my camera strap, which snagged on an outcropping and stopped me from falling to my death.” When asked to share his impressions of the region’s desolation he states, “it takes you out of yourself, makes all your

human concerns small and fleeting. It’s what the early Christian monks were looking for when they went out into the desert. That’s what both poles really are. Deserts of ice.” And just as the spirit of adventure took him to far away regions, it also ignited his passion to explore new frontiers in television broadcasting. Shooting the Tube, including Rutherford’s With a lifelong affinity for water and coastal environs, it is no wonder that Baker lists among his recreational pleasures sailing, snorkeling, and surfing. He proudly states, “While living in Southern California, I could hang-ten with the best of ‘em.” But “shooting the tube” does not only describe his surfing prowess; it also describes his dissonance regarding commercial broadcasting. “In a very real sense there were moments when I felt like literally shooting the cathode-ray tube I was watching — also known as television.” Profit is, and always has been, the primary impetus of commercial television broadcasting. Not an admirer of the status quo, Baker recognized that the powerful medium of television could do much more than provide insipid entertainment. It could inspire and educate. The raison d’être of PBS, the station with which he is affiliated, is to fulfill this higher purpose. As CEO of WNET/Channel 13 New York, he dedicated over two decades of his life to innovating and improving the quality of television programming. Thanks to his dedication, WNET is recognized as PBS’s preeminent progenitor of exceptional programming. He also co-authored Down the Tube: An Insider’s Account of the Failure of WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


American Television (Basic Books, 1998) and is the author of Lighthouse Island: Our Family Escape (Ruder Finn Press, 2004). Even now, as a member of the “AARP generation,” Dr. Bill remains eager to explore new frontiers. Trailblazing is second nature to him as he is always scouting for new and exciting opportunities to fulfill his gusto for discovery that may present opportunities to manifest his vision, management precepts, and creative genius. During his twenty years commanding the helm of WNET, he distinguished himself by introducing landmark programs including Charlie Rose, Bill Moyers Journal, Great Performances, and Nature. He also oversaw the station’s transition to digital broadcasting. We can also thank him for launching WNET’s first of many cable channels -- MetroArts/Thirteen. Before joining WNET, he was president of Westinghouse Television and chairman of their cable and programming companies. At Westinghouse, Baker introduced Oprah Winfrey as a talk show host and established PM Magazine as the #1 syndicated program in America in the 1980s. During Baker’s tenure, Westinghouse also launched five cable networks, including the Discovery Channel and the Disney Channel. Baker is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Management Hall of Fame and received the Mark Schubart Award from the Lincoln Center Institute, given to individuals who most exemplify the Institute’s ideal of integrating

the arts with education. He has also been inducted into Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall of Fame and the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. In addition to numerous other awards, Baker has received the Gabriel Personal Achievement Award, two Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Journalism Awards and the 1987 Trustees Emmy Award, given in recognition of outstanding contribution to the advancement of television. Baker has also served as Chairman of the National Parks System Advisory Board and is a board member at Rodale Press. With a long and distinguished career as an educator, Baker has established an event entitled, ”Celebrating Teaching and Learning” to honor New York’s finest and most dedicated teaching professionals. The event began three years ago and attracts more than 10,000 teachers annually. When asked about depersonalized high-tech learning, Dr. Bill opines, “the essential human connection between student and teacher will never be displaced by the electronic classroom, nor will the Socratic method be rendered obsolete.”



“Baker’s Island,” aka Henry Island While “no man is an island,” some men are definitely islanders. One such man is Dr. Baker. When he is not busily attending to his professional pursuits, lecturing to audiences around the world, or savoring the solace of his Greenwich domicile, Baker may be found roughing it on his island get-away. A 30-year Greenwich resident, he loves the town’s many amenities, but most of all its magnificent shoreline. It follows that a man so enamored by coastal environs would have an appetite for coastal real estate. Dr. Baker is the proud owner of Henry Island, located four miles off the scenic coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Aside from the Baker clan, there are a variety of other seasonal island residents, including a population of grey seals that migrate there annually to birth their young. The Bakers love their maritime “Ponderosa Ranch,” with its 150 acres of heavily forested terrain, 100-foot cliffs, and most notably the 1902 built, 53-foot high, octagonal, wooden lighthouse. When I asked about his love affair with lighthouses he replied, “These structures represent a safe harbor, good deeds and selfless service to humanity. My boss didn’t like the idea. He told me I was a crazy romantic. So I started looking for another job.” Many years later, he decided to dip into his savings and buy the island from a friend of Robert MacNeil of The MacNeil /Lehrer Report fame. Originally au natural and entirely unimproved, over the years Baker has equipped his idyllic “realm” with a few modern conveniences, including running water, plumbing, solar panels and wind-turbine electrical generators. Baker does it all. He may be described as the personification of synergy wherein he is more than the sum of his capabilities and achievements. He’s also a wonderfully inspiring human being with a passion to seize opportunities where he can improve the way business transacts and humans interact. As a man of spiritual substance, Baker is the executive producer of The Face: Jesus in Art, a landmark Emmy-winning feature film that traces the image of Jesus Christ in art around the world and across two millennia. When not enjoying his rustic “splendor in the woods” island retreat, Dr. Bill spends countless hours engaged in his other loves – astronomy, horology, polar science, and putting his quill to the papyrus writing books. Arguably one of Baker’s most esoteric loves is studio clocks. He explains, “after spending a lifetime working in an industry where time plays a starring role, I became fascinated by these marvels of precision timekeeping and began to collect them. His collection included the atomic clock once used by the US Naval Observatory, which he donated in 1982 to the American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut. Fifty Years of Great Television As current chairman emeritus of WNET Channel 13, Dr. Bill will be moderating the upcoming gala celebrating WNET’s 50th Anniversary. He will also be honored for his tremendous contributions to the station’s success and to PBS. There are plenty of brilliant and lettered Greenwich residents, but few are as successful at combining genteel modesty with purposeful accomplishment as William F. Baker Ph.D.


Connecticut-born and California-raised, Mr. Dill is a freelance journalist with a graduate degree in urban planning and undergraduate degree in theater/film.

speaker’s corner

THE BookMan By Liz Clement BLAME IT

on four-dollar cupcakes. And capitalists and philistines. Because of them, the bookman has been forced out of his spot on Columbus Avenue just outside 67 Wine at 68th Street. At least, that’s what the angry words scrawled in black magic marker on a piece of salvaged wood propped up against a parking meter would lead one to believe. He had been a fixture there for at least twenty years. Not permanent, it seemed. From 1982 until 2002 I lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on West 70th Street. During that time the bookman was part of my life, the way other dog owners in Central Park and the pharmacy and drycleaner staff were. I used to walk by his piles of books every day and always stopped to see what had been added. After a decade in exile in Weston, Connecticut, I returned to my old neighborhood in early 2012, purchasing a small apartment on West 67th Street. Much had changed, but the dry cleaners with the outdated signage depicting, for some reason, the Eiffel Tower, remained, as did the pharmacy with the ancient and slightly bizarre window displays. Rigoletto Pizza was still there, with a facelift. And there was the bookman! He was in his long-term spot on Columbus Avenue, sitting on a white plastic lawn chair next to his piles of books. We nodded in recognition that we remembered each other, but that was it. Few words passed between us. Dressed in a Mexican cape-like shirt and a safari hat or occasionally a black beret, with grey hair to his shoulders, he was of indeterminate age. He smoked a cigar, which smelled terrible, but he could care less if it kept customers away. His attitude seemed to be, buy a book, or don’t, but don’t mess with me. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


I often wondered where he lived. The battered old green Honda with New Jersey plates parked next to his books became the nighttime storage unit. Every day he patiently took down all the piles and carefully placed them inside the car. There was no room left for him to sleep. So what did he do? He couldn’t drive back to New Jersey because the car had been repurposed as a book depository. During our brief renewed friendship upon my return to the city I talked with him often, sharing my collecting tastes and seeking his help. I am especially enamored of the book jackets done by Alvin Lustig in the 1940s for New Directions books, and he said he’d keep an eye out for me. One day he called me over and said he had something for me: The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West. The real thing, a New Directions book, but without its Alvin Lustig cover. He sold it to me for ten bucks, and when I got home, I found the missing cover tucked inside the pages. I felt kind of guilty, knowing it was worth at least ten times as much, but I never told him about the cover. Then one day in March I saw the sign. His pile of books was gone, but the Honda was still there, filled to the bursting point. There was tape on the car, as if to hold it together. I’d often wondered about his privileged parking space, since I have to fight other drivers for spots and sometimes feed the

in an ESSay in THE NEW REPuBLIC, “voLuMinouS,” LEon WiESELTiER REfLECTS on THE MEaning of BookS anD a PERSonaL LiBRaRy. “a WaLL of BookS iS a WaLL of WinDoWS … a LiBRaRy HaS a PERSonaLiTy, a TEMPERaMEnT.” meters. His car, though, sat there, untouched. What would life be like without the bookman? I couldn’t imagine it. I once asked him where he got all the books, and he said from estates in New Jersey. You can always tell what departed people were like from their books. In an essay in The New Republic, “Voluminous,” Leon Wieseltier reflects on the meaning of books and a personal library. He writes, “A wall of books is a wall of windows … a library has a personality, a temperament.” I returned to the city recently after a trip to Italy, and as I walked along Columbus Avenue



heading to a dinner party on West 81st Street, there he was. The angry sign was still there, but his books were back, as though nothing had happened. On his table was a gorgeous Rizzoli book on the Art Nouveau architecture in Istanbul, where I will go in October. “How much?” I asked. “Twenty-five bucks,” he said. I found my wallet empty and told him to set it aside and I’d return the next morning. “It’s okay,” he said, “take it now. Pay me later.” I really did not want to lug the heavy book to the dinner party, but I worried that I’d

insult him if I declined his offer. Somehow, it seemed a sign of trust, an acknowledgment of our long relationship, where few words were exchanged, but two people were connected through a love of books. “Thank you,” I said, taking the book from him. “I’ll see you tomorrow.”


Liz Clement has recently moved back to her old neighborhood on the Upper West Side of Manhattan after a decade away. Her recent work about city life can be found on the blog Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.

acts of kindness

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on Long Island, India Howell spent her early years in the Northeast, attending Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut and then the University of Vermont. After college she worked in several different industries in New England, including construction, publishing, and hospitality. So how did India end up living in an impoverished rural village in Tanzania? “If someone had told me, when I traveled to Tanzania in 1998, that I would be the founder of the Tanzanian Children’s Fund, I would not have believed them. I just went to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro! But, I’ve heard it said that our path in life is most often found when we are on the road to someplace else. That is certainly true for me. I discovered my path the moment I stepped off the plane in Tanzania. “After climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, I returned to the States, cancelled my plans to buy a B&B in Vermont, and took a job with a safari company in Tanzania. My job took me to the city of Arusha every week to buy supplies. As time passed, I noticed that there were an ever-growing number of children living on the streets.

I learned that these kids were mostly orphans who had run away from relatives who had abused and neglected them. I thought to myself, ‘What can I do?’ I was raised by a mother whose motto was ‘there are no problems, just solutions.’ So after much thought and planning, the Tanzanian Children’s Fund was born in 2003.” The Tanzanian Children’s Fund provides support for the Rift Valley Children’s Village, an orphanage in the Karatu region of Tanzania, and other community-based programs that improve the lives of the marginalized children of Tanzania. The Rift Valley Children’s Village (RVCV) provides a home, family and community for orphaned and vulnerable children. The core mission of RVCV is to prepare these children to become informed, resourceful and responsible citizens in their community and Tanzania. Today India Howell is known throughout the Karatu District of Northern Tanzania as “Mama India,” a woman who has given a home to orphaned children; developed a microfinance program to provide loans to villagers and build local commerce; overhauled the failing Geytighi Primary School to create a safe and productive learning environment for students, and implemented a free bimonthly medical clinic to improve the overall health of the local communities. The Rift Valley Children’s Village currently provides a home for 85 orphaned children. From its location amidst coffee plantations in Northern Tanzania, the Children’s Village staff work with local village leaders to identify children in the surrounding community most in need of the safe haven RVCV can provide. From the moment they step through the gates, these children are no longer orphans – they become permanent members of the RVCV family. “When they arrive at the ChilWESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


dren’s Village, our children often suffer from malnutrition, weakened immune systems, and emotional scars. However, almost immediately, the healing process begins,” explains India. A team of Tanzanian social workers, expat staff, and international volunteers work with all children to ensure that they are physically and emotionally cared for, and that they have the opportunity to learn and grow into happy and healthy adults. Organized around a family model, the Children’s Village is made up of seven children’s homes. Twelve children live in each home alongside three Tanzanian house-mothers and two volunteers. Living together – doing chores with



the Mamas and playing with the volunteers – the children become members of a unique community which balances laughter and learning in equal measure. Above all else, the Children’s Village is a place that gives children another chance to become part of a loving and supportive family. GIFT & FundRaISeR IdeaS Sponsor a Child: When you become a sponsor you will be able to see your money at work through the eyes of a child. For $150 a child can be provided with one year of primary school education; for $1,000 a child can be provided with three meals a day, medical

care, a year of schooling, and a home at the Children’s Village. Buy a desk or uniform: By purchasing a desk for $50, you are helping to provide students with the learning environment they need to focus on their studies. School uniforms are mandatory in Tanzania. At $25 per uniform, you are giving a child the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential.


TANZANIAN CHILDREN’S FUND: P.O. Box 382006, Cambridge, MA 02238.

curator’s corner

By Elizabeth Spaulding Titus



ary Lichtenstein is one of just a handful of master silkscreen printers in the world, collaborating with artists to recreate their work, from paintings to collages, into limited-edition silkscreen prints. With the advent of digital printing, a process that is faster, cheaper, and less labor intensive than silkscreen printing, the ancient process was threatened with obsolescence. Lichtenstein, through his work and internship program he offers at his studio in Ridgefield, Connecticut, is doing his part to ensure the art of silkscreen printing is not lost. “Silkscreening is a painting technique used to make prints. It’s not the same as reproducing,” Lichtenstein explains. “It’s recreating. Each silkscreen print is an original, its own work of art, even if it’s based on a gary lichtenstein painting. I reinterpret what the artist has done and make it into something new.” The history of silkscreen is fascinating, dating back to the Chinese Song pursuing his color expressionist painting in an independent studio as Dynasty (960 A.D.-1279 A.D.) and fifteenth and sixteenth century Japan. well as opening SOMA Fine Art in downtown San Francisco in 1978 to The process as we know it today, though, originated in the early 1900s, give artists a place where true, collaborative partnerships could flourish. Inspired by artists such as Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler, with patents taken out in England and the United States. During World War I, screenprinting was used for making flags and advertising banners. Lichtenstein has produced over 200 oil-based paintings that exhibit In the 1930s, artists used silkscreen to create posters and stickers for mastery of the properties of light absorption and reflection. His canvases promotional purposes. Later, in the 1960s and 1970s, Pop artists such as have been described as ethereal, and he has been praised as one who Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Victor Vasarely, and Robert Rauschenberg manages to capture a “sense of no-self ” in paintings that are atmospheric and evocative of natural forms and phenomena. He is especially proud made silkscreen into a new and lasting art form in its own right. In 1971 Lichtenstein, while studying at the Art Institute of San of “Reflections,” a joint exhibit with Taiwanese sculptor Yu Yu Yang at Francisco, apprenticed with the legendary rock-and-roll poster artist Bob the University of California in 1995-1996. Lichtenstein and Yang met at Fried. Fried was a key member of the “sixties scene” and an innovative, the 1994 New Trends exhibition in Hong Kong and realized their work prolific member of a small group of artists designing posters for rock conveyed similar themes, aesthetically and spiritually. The two artists groups such as The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and Santana. Fried later brought a compelling global mix of experience to the shared work that turned to the limited edition screenprint, which is when Lichtenstein comprised “Reflections,” and the exhibition, which opened during the apprenticed with him. “It gave us a back door into artists’ studios,” 50th anniversary of the United Nations, was heralded as a “symbolic Lichtenstein says. “I liked it, and I figured I could earn a living at it while bridging between East and West.” In 2001 Lichtenstein returned to his home state of Connecticut, still doing my own painting.” For the next thirty years, Lichtenstein remained in San Francisco, understanding that he needed to be close to the art world in New WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


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Gary Lichtenstein is a uniquely inventive force in the art world… an extremely talented artist whose work has too often been invisible – not that you cannot see his work, but you might not be aware that it is his. Such is the fate of the collaborative artist. –Harry Philbrick, Director, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, October 2010

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recent work at Marc Straus Gallery in New York City. Hinman describes his work with Gary Lichtenstein in this way: “The project is and must be a joint venture – the coalition of the artist and the printmaker. It is necessary for both to have a common sensitivity in order for the product to be a success. Working with Gary, I find that our minds work as one. The process and the result are quite gratifying to me.” Lichtenstein has also printed silkscreen editions for American Image Atelier, one of Robert Indiana’s silkscreen print publishers; Robert Indiana is the creator of the widely celebrated LOVE icon. In 2008 Indiana created another icon, HOPE, in the style of LOVE, the project upon which Lichtenstein embarked. Other artists Lichtenstein has enjoyed lasting and productive collaborations with include Robert Cottingham and Jessica Stockholder. He has also collaborated with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier, creating silkscreen prints of Meier’s collages, which the architect has been making since the 1970s. Richard Meier’s publisher, Greg Smith of Exhibit A Fine Art & Editions, contacted Lichtenstein in 2011, and subsequently Meier, Lichtenstein, and Smith worked together for nine months, creating a limited edition, boxed set of silkscreen collages. The

portfolio will be released internationally this fall. Robert Cottingham expresses the joy of collaboration in words that could be Gary Lichtenstein’s own: “Printmaking is an alternative art world. For me, it provides a perfect opportunity to escape the solitude of the painting studio. I relish the spirit of collaboration and experimentation of the print shop, the trial and error procedures, the happy accidents and the inevitably unpredictable results that this process offers. In addition to all this, printmaking makes visual ideas more accessible.” Lichtenstein’s work has been shown and collected by, among others, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Smithsonian; the San Francisco Art Institute; the Chicago Art Institute; the Butler Institute of American Art; the International Print Center (IPC); and Art Asia (Hong Kong). He has had solo exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.


Elizabeth Spaulding Titus is a freelance writer who lives in Weston, Connecticut. She has published articles in,, and Skidmore Scope and will soon appear in Narrative, Talking Writing, and IthacaLit.

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When the polite, attractive, young officer leaned in my window and asked if I’d been drinking, I replied without perjuring myself. “I did have one drink,” I told him, and he had me step outside for a sobriety test. When he asked me to walk in a straight line, I couldn’t—not because of my dizziness, but because of the tall wedge heels I was wearing. I asked if I could remove them. He said yes, but his backup—a female cop in her 30s, waiting a few yards away—said no. If one drink is my limit, I thought, this is a swell time to find out. I’d take my DUI and let this handsome cop drive me home. I had to go back to the precinct, they said. I watched placidly as my car was



towed away. It was Friday night, so I couldn’t pick it up until Monday. Suddenly the woman cop yanked and cuffed my hands behind me. The steel hurt—especially when I was shoved into the backseat. in neW york city, Where i greW up, it Was all too common for policemen to sympathetically pat me on the head as they kindly escorted my alcoholic union-leader father home. While New York City was a much bigger place with far more anonymity for the masses, my father was part of the powerful elite. It was understood that someone of his status could call the mayor or the police chief and be handled by the police with extra care. From the time I first met New York City cops, I understood the meaning of influence and camaraderie. And when my husband got pulled over and was asked if he’d been drinking, all it took was a “No, sir” and we’d be on our way. Dad would’ve been enraged if a broad half his age—some “bossy dame

in station wagons used to wait for their husbands at the train with a martini glass and shaker in hand. Alcoholism wasn’t a worry if your husband wore a grey flannel suit, or if you in your Mary Tyler Moore adorableness tipped back a few glasses with neighbors and drove home. Times change, of course, and I didn’t feel I ought to be exempt from the law. But something was off—something about the way the woman cop in the precinct station eyed my expensive jeans and jacket and the eight $20 bills in my pocketbook, which she counted and bagged. i felt guilty. i had never carried that much cash with me in my life, but I had just come from the West Coast and my husband had insisted I carry cash, just in case. Women of my generation rarely carry much cash. It’s a gender issue left over from the days when mothers told us women were vulnerable and having cash might make us targets. Though I have worked my whole adult life, I still carry about $20—and that’s a bonanza for me. The male cop read me my Miranda rights. I passed on calling a lawyer, deciding instead to own up to whatever the Breathalyzer showed. But when I tried to blow, the volume of air I produced wouldn’t register. The machine aborted. I told them I had to pee. “I’m older than you and I’ve had three kids,” I pleaded to the woman cop, crossing my legs. “It’s hard to take a deep breath when I drank two cups of tea and a large glass of water, plus one martini, more than an hour ago.” She thought I was faking it. Some people do that if they think they’re “blind drunk” and would rather defend themselves after a night in jail—the penalty for refusing the Breathalyzer. Believe me, I wanted to say, I know what drunk looks like. But I didn’t say it. It might be used against me. Alcoholism runs in families, and these cops didn’t need to know a thing about my father.

In its heyday, westport was the archetypal cocktailhour town. wives in station wagons used to wait for their husbands at the train with a martini glass and shaker in hand. in a guy’s uniform,” he’d say—had been the one to cuff him. It would’ve turned physical. The man was so bellicose that, once, when my mother tried to take his keys away after a night of drinking, he loaded us in the car and shouted, “You want to see drunk? I’ll show you what it really means.” He pulled his fedora over his eyes and drove, weaving, visibly drunk and now blind, until he felt he’d made his point: Male expertise with a machine was not to be questioned. if you fight crime in a toWn like Westport, Connecticut, where the annual per-capita income is just under six figures, you’ve got a boring job. During the day, a soccer mom might rear-end a hedge-fund manager; there’s an occasional burglary, maybe a murder every decade, a suicide here and there—but for the most part, our 25,000 residents, me included, keep quiet and cause little trouble. The average cop earns about $40k a year, and unless he’s snagged another breadwinner, he can’t afford the local lifestyle. It’s a dicey socioeconomic dynamic where the less well-off hold such power over the very privileged, and in Westport, this divide rears its ugly head at times. I can safely call some of my neighbors overgrown spoiled brats. But I can also say that I’ve seen beautifully dressed women driving safely in a Lexus get stopped for no reason and detained. In its heyday, Westport was the archetypal cocktail-hour town. Wives



finally, after the guy saW me struggling not to pee on the floor, he convinced her to let me go to the bathroom. The toilet was steel— without a seat—and it was low. The woman stood less than two feet in front of me, hands on her belt, poised to club me if I tried to bolt. She handed me a fine-gauge-sandpaper towel for personal hygiene. I aborted the Breathalyzer test again. “Maybe you could take blood,” I suggested. And I asked, worried I wasn’t breathing right, if I needed a pulmonologist. “You use too many big words,” she said. We locked eyes. I told her I was sure she was doing her job pro forma and holding up to all the standard police-policy rules, but that I am also doing my job: “I’m a writer and a damn good one. I get paid to be articulate. So you do your job and stop trying to humiliate me for doing mine.” We’d now drawn the socioeconomic line in the sand, and it was with our words. The tone in the room changed. In some part of her I could see that she must have worked hard to get to Westport, to save lives as well as give routine tickets. Eventually I produced two vials of urine. I was given a court date. I learned

I should hire a lawyer. My husband came and bailed me out: $500 in cash. He was told he could get a bail bondsman if he couldn’t come up with the money. This is a term most Jews in the suburbs have never heard: bail bondsman. i didn’t sleep for Weeks. i considered attending an AA meeting. I wondered if I was a drunk and, just like my father, refusing to admit it. I also didn’t want to have a cocktail in front of anyone because my name had appeared in the papers, online and in print, and now I felt I was being judged. I considered staying home for the rest of my life. Or hiding a flask in my pocketbook and sipping it in the bathroom. When I opened the envelope marked “State of Connecticut Department of Public Safety Scientific Services,” I winced. The legal ground zero is 0.08 and I was 0.10. My lawyer says that used to be the legal limit. I was “barely drunk,” but at my height and weight, even with a three-ounce martini I was over the limit. DUI.

be greeted by a cop in an enclosed, raised stanchion, the height of a lifeguard’s perch. His job was to guard the thoroughfare in a town of 5000 by stopping each car and checking out whether or not you belonged there. He wore a stiff-brimmed gold officer’s cap. He’d blow a whistle and hold up my father’s huge, black Chrysler Imperial. They’d exchange pleasantries until he gave us the OK: “Now move it on up.” My father loved that ritual. Real power, he’d chuckle, was holding up cars on their way to a beloved lakeside destination. The summer I was 14 I told my parents I wanted to be a nurse. Both my parents shrieked, “Wear a uniform?” Women in uniforms were waitresses, toll takers, cooks, housekeepers, and maybe a “dyke prison guard.” The secret code for uniformed girls who were past Girl Scout age was “not of our class.” Not smart enough even to be a switchboard operator. Or a typist in the typing pool. Too poor to go to college. forty-six years after my father’s alcohol-related death, I became locked in a class, power, and stereotyping struggle with a woman. Me, the daughter of a labor leader. Throughout my life I’ve fought for women’s financial independence. But I hadn’t ever thought about the entitlements I had witnessed growing up, and that here in the police precinct those entitlements were a detriment with another woman. The wit and playfulness that I had always been able to use with men amounted to a hangman’s noose with this woman in uniform. My mother would’ve been penniless if she ever left my father. I lived through an era of “don’t ask, don’t tell” sexual harassment in the workplace. I fought for women to have equal power. Now, here is my backlash in this epitome of upscale suburban America.

the only thing I felt with this woman who had her hand on her pistol was humiliated, and that’s bully’s work: humiliation, not real authority. He said he’d figure out how to let me keep my driver’s license. “Maybe a handicapped plea. It’s a first offense, but you’re in jeopardy whenever you finish a drink in a restaurant.” I started asking friends if they thought I had an alcohol problem. They pondered and said no, but that I “like my one drink.” If I’m driving, they said, I should start appreciating my half-drink instead. the more illuminating issue for me is hoW rancorous I still feel about the woman cop who needed to overpower me. I would like to tell her that I didn’t feel powerless in the precinct—I felt far more powerless when my father was drunk behind the wheel. I feel powerless when any man I know insists on driving when I know he’s had too much to drink. The only thing I felt with this woman who had her hand on her pistol was humiliated, and that’s bully’s work: humiliation, not real authority. A 19-year-old female filmmaking intern at our local arts center told me how she and a woman friend were forced to get out of the car and the car was searched. They were parked in a blinding rainstorm because they couldn’t see out the window. Two Westport cops, (and the same woman cop I encountered) said if they didn’t open the door they would smash the windows. They claimed they heard loud music and smelled alcohol and saw teenage girls. It wound up on an official citizens’ complaint, showing no reason the cops should have been so forceful. In the 1950s and ’60s when we drove up to our summer house in Great Barrington, my family would arrive on a Friday before dark and

i only Wish that alcohol hadn’t been the reason I met with this woman in uniform. My father’s ghost had scared the crap out of me about drinking. But the cop and I, I like to think, could’ve had a martini and a hearty meal together one night before my arrest. We could have bonded over the good fight, the gender and power war we’re still waging. We’d have been on the same side—if it hadn’t been my father’s ghost we were battling. Or would we have? The DNA of my father’s disease haunts me, but is the fundamental Queen Bee Bitch theory of women in power truer than I want to believe? I was powerless over that one drink, was helpless over my father’s supreme power on all levels over our family. Thirty years ago, she wouldn’t have had any power over me. My father would’ve loved my achievements, my rapport and friendship with men and women of all backgrounds. But that night, powerless over alcohol as my father once was, I crashed at the crossroads of socioeconomic and gender inequality. And my father, for all his power, couldn’t help me this time.


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the East – from the Hadhramawt, meaning the Place Where Death Comes. Wasim al-Rahib glanced at the tall, bearded Bedouin and wondered why he had joined the Belgian tour group. Wasim had made his arrangements with the local tribal sheik, Musa, paying the man one hundred American dollars for the privilege of visiting this national historic site. Also, of course, the money bought peace; the promise that no Bedouin tribesmen would annoy, hinder, or in any way molest the tour group. So, Wasim wondered, why was this Bedouin here? The Panther noticed that the tour guide was looking at him and he returned the stare until the guide turned back to his group. There were no other tourists at the temple today; only one or two groups each week ventured out from the capital of Sana’a, two hundred kilometers to the west. The Panther remembered when these famous ruins attracted more Westerners, but unfortunately because of these recent reports of Al Qaeda activity in this province of Marib, many tourists stayed away. He smiled. Also because of this situation, the Belgians had arrived with an armed escort of twenty men from the National Security Bureau, a para-military police force, whose job it was to protect tourists on the roads and at historic sites. The tourists paid for this service, which was money well spent, thought The Panther. But unfortunately for these Westerners, the policemen had also been paid to leave, which they were about to do. Wasim continued his talk, “This temple is also known as the Moon Temple, and it was dedicated to the national god of the Sabaean state, who was called Almaqah.” As the Belgian girl translated, Wasim glanced again at the bearded man in Bedouin robes who was standing too close to his tour group. He wanted to say something to the man, but he

was uneasy about him, and instead he said to his group, “This was one thousand and five hundred years before the Prophet Mohammed enlightened the world and vanquished the pagans.” The Panther, who also spoke English, nodded in approval at the guide’s last statement. He studied the Belgian tourists. There were two couples in their later years who seemed to know one another, and who looked uncomfortable in the burning sun. There was also a man and a woman, perhaps in their early twenties, and The Panther saw they wore no wedding rings, though they were obviously together, sometimes holding hands. The remaining man and woman were also together as a couple, and the girl who was translating appeared to be their daughter or a relative. He noted, too, that the women had covered their hair with hijabs, a sign of respect for Islamic custom, but none of them had covered their faces as required. The guide should have insisted, but he was a servant of the non-believers. They were all adventurous travelers, thought The Panther. Curious people, perhaps prosperous, enjoying their excursion from Sana’a, where, as he knew, they were guests of the Sheraton Hotel. Perhaps, though, this excursion was more difficult and adventurous than they had been told by the tour company. So now, he imagined, they might be thinking about their hotel comforts, and the hotel bar and dining room. He wondered, too, if a few of them were also thinking about security matters. That would be an appropriate thought. Again Wasim stole a glance at the Bedouin, who had intruded even closer to his small tour group. The man, he thought, was not yet forty years of age, though the beard and the sun-browned skin made him appear older. Wasim also noticed now that the man was wearing the ceremonial jambiyah – the curved dagger of Yemen, worn by all males in the north of the country. The man’s shiwal,

his head covering, was not elaborate nor was it embroidered with costly gold thread, so this was not an important man, not a tribal sheik or the chief of a clan. Perhaps, then, the Bedouin was there to ask for alms from the Westerners. Even though Wasim had paid Sheik Musa to keep the tribesmen at a distance, if this Bedouin asked for alms, Wasim would give him a few hundred rials and tell him to go in peace. Wasim again addressed his group. “This temple is believed by some who practice the American Mormon faith to be the place to which the Mormon prophet called Lehi fled from Jerusalem in the sixth century before the Common Era. It was here, according to Mormon scholars, where Lehi buried the prophet Ishmael.

And when this was done, Lehi built a great ship for himself and his family and sailed to America.” Annette translated, and one of the male tourists asked a question, which the young girl translated into English for Wasim, who smiled and answered, “Yes, as you can see, there is no ocean here. But in ancient times, it is believed there was much water here – rivers, perhaps – from the Great Flood of Noah.” The young woman translated, and the Belgians all nodded in understanding. Wasim said, “Follow me, please.” He ascended fourteen stone steps and stood before six square columns, five of which rose twenty meters in height, while the sixth was broken in half. He waited for his group to join him, then

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it was not good to be on the road after dark, even with the police escort, who themselves did not want to be on the road after dark. Wasim spoke in English to the young woman, and to the Bedouin, “We must now leave. Thank you, sir, for your hospitality.” But the Belgians wanted a photograph of the entire group together with the Bedouin, taken by Wasim. So Wasim, thinking about his gratuity, agreed, and took the photographs with four different cameras. Wasim then said to the Belgian girl, “I think if you give this gentleman a thousand rials, he will be very happy.” He made sure she understood. “That will be about five euros. A very good day’s pay for this kind man.” Annette collected the money and handed it to the Bedouin, then said to him, “Thank you, sir.” The Bedouin took the money and replied, “You are very welcome.” He also said to the girl, “Please tell your compatriots that Bulus ibn al-Darwish wishes them a happy and safe visit to Yemen.” Wasim was looking to the north where the minibus had parked on the road behind the army truck that carried the security police. The bus was still there, but the truck was not. In fact, Wasim could not see any of the National Security police in their distinctive blue camouflage uniforms. Wasim made a call on his cell phone to the police commander, but there was no answer. Then he called the bus driver, Isa, who was also his wife’s cousin. But Isa did not answer his cell phone. Wasim then looked at the Bedouin, who was looking at him, and Wasim understood what was happening. He took a deep breath to steady his voice and said to the Bedouin in Arabic, “Please, sir…” Wasim shook his head and said, “This is a very bad thing.” The tall Bedouin replied, “You, Wasim alRahib, are a bad thing. You are a servant of the infidels, but you should be a servant of Allah.” “I am truly his servant – ” “Quiet.” The Bedouin raised his right arm in a signal, then lowered it and looked at Wasim and at the Belgians, but said nothing. The four men and five women were looking at their guide, waiting for him to explain what was happening. Clearly, something was wrong, though a few minutes earlier everyone had been smiling and posing for pictures. Wasim avoided the worried stares of his group. Annette said to Wasim in English, “What is wrong? Did we not give him enough?” Wasim did not reply, so Annette said to the Bedouin in English, “Is there something wrong?”

Al-Numair, The Panther, replied to her, “You are what is wrong.” The Belgians began asking Annette what had been said, but she didn’t reply. Then one of the men in the group shouted, “Regardez!” and pointed. In the temple courtyard below, where they had been standing, a group of about twelve men suddenly appeared from the dark recesses of the ruins, wearing Bedouin robes and carrying Kalashnikov rifles. At first, all the tourists were silent, but then as the Bedouin began running up the stone steps, a woman screamed. Then everything happened very quickly. Two of the Bedouin pointed their rifles at the Belgians while the others bound their hands behind their backs with tape. Annette shouted to Wasim, “What is happening? Why are they doing this?” Wasim, whose wrists were also bound, was at first afraid to speak, but then he found his voice and said, “It is a kidnapping. Do not be frightened. They kidnap for money. They will not harm us.” And as Wasim said this, he hoped it was so. A tribal kidnapping of Westerners. It was a common thing – what was called a guest kidnapping – and they would spend a week, perhaps two, with a tribe until money was delivered. And then they would be released. These things usually ended well, he knew, and Westerners were rarely harmed, and never killed unless the army intervened and attempted to free those who were taken by the tribes. Annette, though she was terrified, said to her compatriots, “It is a kidnapping. For ransom. Wasim says not to be – ” “Shut up,” said the tall Bedouin in English. He then said to Wasim in Arabic, “This is not a kidnapping.” Wasim closed his eyes and began praying aloud. Bulus ibn al-Darwish, The Panther, drew his curved dagger and moved behind Wasim. With one hand he pulled Wasim’s head back by his hair, and with his other hand he drew his curved dagger across Wasim’s throat, then shoved the man forward. Wasim fell face first onto the stone floor of the Temple of the Moon and lay still as his blood flowed quickly and spread across the hot stones. The Belgians stared in horror, then some of them began screaming and some began crying. The armed men now forced all the Belgians to their knees, and The Panther moved first to Annette, coming around behind her, and said

to her, “So you don’t have to watch the others die,” and with a quick motion he pulled her head back by her long hair and sliced open her throat with his curved dagger, then moved on to the others. Some cried or begged for mercy, and some struggled, though it was futile, because the jihadists held them in a tight grip as The Panther cut their throats. A few accepted their fate quietly. Only one prayed, an elderly woman whom The Panther saved for last so she could finish her prayers. It was interesting, he thought, to see how people died. In less than two minutes, it was over. All nine infidels and Wasim their servant lay on the floor of the temple, their life blood flowing freely onto the ancient stone. Bulus ibn al-Darwish, al-Numair, The Panther, watched the infidels as, one by one, they went into a final death throe, then lay still. One, however, the man who was the father of the young woman, suddenly stood, his wrists still bound behind his back, and began running down the stone steps. He quickly stumbled and fell face first onto the stone, then tumbled down the steep steps and came to rest at the bottom. The Panther said to his jihadists, “I hope he was not injured.” The men laughed. The Panther stared at his jambiyah, red with blood, then slid it into its sheath. He retrieved one of the tourists’ cameras and looked at the digital images on the small screen, which made him smile. He called to one of his men, “Nabeel,” and handed him the camera to take pictures of the slaughter. The Panther looked at the dead Europeans and said, “So, you came to Yemen for adventure and for knowledge. And you have found both. A great final adventure, and a great knowledge of this land. You have learned that in Yemen death comes.”

Chapter 2 If the earth had an anus, it would be located in Yemen. And speaking of assholes, my boss, FBI Special Agent in Charge Tom Walsh, wanted to see me, John Corey, at 5:15 p.m., and Detective Corey was now five minutes late. But not to worry – my wife, Kate Mayfield, who also works for Walsh, was on time for the meeting and had undoubtedly made excuses for me, like, “John is in a passive-aggressive mood today. He’ll be here when he feels he’s

made his statement.” Right. Another five minutes. I logged off my computer and looked around the empty cube farm. I work on the 26th floor of 26 Federal Plaza, which is located in Lower Manhattan in the shadows of the Twin Towers. Well…not anymore. The Towers, I mean. But I’m still here. It was Friday – what we call Federal Friday – meaning that by 4:30, my colleagues in the war on terrorism, mostly FBI agents and NYPD detectives, had left to beat the bridge and tunnel traffic, or they’d gone off on special assignments to the surrounding bars and restaurants. With any luck, I’d be joining them shortly. But first I had to see Tom Walsh, who is in charge of the New York Anti-Terrorist Task Force. And what did Mr. Walsh want to see me about? His e-mail had said: JOHN, KATE, MY OFFICE, 5:15. PRIVATE. SUBJECT YEMEN. Yemen? Typo, maybe. Yemex? A new kind of explosive? Maybe he meant “Yes-men.” Too many yes-men in the organization. Walsh doesn’t usually state the subject of a private meeting – he likes to surprise you. But when he does state a subject, he wants you to think about it – he wants it to eat at your guts. If I thought this out, I could conclude that Tom Walsh wanted to assign Kate and me to the Yemen desk. Do we have a Yemen desk here? Maybe he just wanted us to help him find Yemen on the map. Another possibility… no, he was not going to ask us to go to Yemen. No, no. I’d been there for a month to investigate the USS Cole bombing. That’s how I found out it was an anal cavity. I stood, put on my jacket, straightened my tie, and brushed the chips off my shoulders – a well-balanced detective has a chip on both shoulders – then made my way toward Walsh’s office. A brief history of this elite organization. The Anti-Terrorist Task Force was founded in 1980, when the word “terrorist” was not synonymous with Islamic terrorist. The ATTF in those days had its hands full with Irish Republican Army guys, Black Panthers, Puerto Rican separatist groups, and other bad actors who, to paraphrase William Shakespeare, thought that all New York was a stage, and every bad actor wanted to play Broadway. So the first Federally funded Anti-Terrorist Task Force was formed here in New York, comprised of ten FBI agents and ten NYPD detectives. Now we have a lot more people than that. Also, we’ve

added a few CIA officers, plus people from other Federal and State law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The actual number is classified, and if someone asks me how many people work here, I say, “About half.” The New York Task Force experiment worked well, and prior to September 11, 2001, there were about thirty-five other anti-terrorist task forces across the country. Now, post-9/11, there are over a hundred nationwide. A sign of the times. The theory behind these task forces is that if you mix people from various law enforcement and intelligence agencies into a single organization, you will get different skills and mind-sets coming together to form synergy, and that will lead to better results. It sort of works. I mean, my wife is FBI and I’m NYPD and we get along and communicate pretty well. In fact, everyone here would get along better if they slept with one another. The other reason for including the local police in the Federal Task Force is that most FBI agents – my wife included – are from non-urban areas, meaning the ‘burbs or the boondocks. So in a big city like New York, it’s the local cops who know the territory. I’ve instructed new FBI agents on how to read a subway map and I’ve pinpointed for them the location of every Irish pub on Second and Third Avenues. In any case, I’m actually a contract agent here, meaning I’m a civilian. Until five years ago I was NYPD, but I’m retired on medical disability as a result of being shot three times in the line of duty, all on the same day. I’m fine physically (mentally maybe not so fine), but there were other reasons to take the offer to retire. Now, like a lot of ex-cops, I’ve found a new career with the Feds, who have zillions of anti-terrorist dollars to spend. Do I like this job? I was about to find out.


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Dear Yale by Jess


t’s been much too long.

But enough about that. Don’t think of me angry. Think of me as I am, standing at the mailbox on a sunny September mid-morning, a light breeze kicking up a swirl of dust and aster leaves around my legs. Cane hooked over my arm, I steady myself against the post, and run my finger under the flap, heedless of paper cuts, like a little boy with a birthday card. There are still those of us who love the smell of fresh ink and newly pulped wood, the sweet gum of the envelope flap; who when we see, in amongst the telephone bills and the Humane Society pity letters, a simple blue silhouette of Nathan Hale, experience a perineal clench, an involuntary rectal bunching-up of joy. Today, in celebration, I put on Black Watch tartan pants, with a navy V-neck sweater, a white button-down, and a kellygreen tie dotted with canvasback ducks. My granddaughter Mackenzie, the colorblind one, gave it to me last Christmas. Why grow old if you can’t dress the way you like? I always say, though Tilda sees things differently. She says I dress like a country-club Republican. I remind her that we are country-club Republicans, and she says, oh no we’re not, not anymore, not since Monkeyface invited his drooling henchmen to squat in the Lincoln Bedroom




and do their dirt on the floor. Tilda’s father knew Preston Bush rather well, even wrote the family’s automobile policies at one point, and she took the whole Texas move rather hard. I make up errands for myself nearly every day; today it’s Wofford’s Hardware, where I buy a set of solar-powered walkway lights on sale, reduced to $99 from $299, because the sun never shines in Connecticut long enough to charge the damn things. Michael will put them in anyway. We have few visitors, day or night, and I don’t mind if they stumble. And then, yes, though it’s out of the way, and there’s split pea soup with ham at home, I drive up the long curving driveway to the Club, past the tennis courts, the young women in the short boxy skirts that flap so invitingly around their bottoms, and park in the Senior Members lot, next to the wheelchair ramp. A young man comes out to greet me, and I don’t mind saying he’s black, no more than I mind that I still think of him as a Negro, and still believe that Negroes make the best help, the most deferential and kind, because, after all, they are still human, which is more than I can say of myself on some days, and Tilda hardly ever. And it is only then, seated at my customary window table overlooking the lawn where all

three of my daughters were married in a fiveyear period during the Reagan administration, that I take your letter out of my inner jacket pocket, right side, and lay it on the white tablecloth where it belongs, where a letter from Yale deserves to be read. But not quite yet. There are other rituals to be observed. There is the removal of the toothpicks, the salting and peppering of the egg salad. There is the first glassy taste of iced tea, my first and only caffeine of the day, unless I sneak the dregs of Tilda’s instant coffee at breakfast. There is the spreading of the Journal and the scanning of the headlines. I keep my head down, intent, industrious. No one interrupts a man of my age while he’s reading. We fear heart attacks, sudden jolts, little arrhythmias. I could stay here all afternoon, three shifts’ worth of waiters silently refilling my glass. I have nothing but time. But at least I have that. Dear Yale Family, There was a young woman from the Office of Alumni Giving—a name I have always loved, because it never hints, grammatically, at who is doing the giving and who the receiving— who came to see me once, some years ago. We had lunch at this very table. It was May. The old beeches on the lawn still had that look of wetness, that intense, astringent green of

spring. Her name was Melissa Hardwick; she had pale blond hair tucked behind her ears and sat up very straight, as if she’d only recently become accustomed to sitting in chairs at all. Her hometown, incredibly, was Hailey, Idaho, Ezra Pound’s birthplace. She had been captain of the ski team. Her major was Ethics, Politics, and Economics. We discussed Machiavelli. I don’t blame her at all for what happened afterwards. I gave her the plans in a sealed envelope, and told her, with best wishes, to pass them onward, upward, to you. Imagine, she had no idea who Jonathan Edwards was! I bear no ill will toward the Melissa Hardwicks of the world. But to you, I still say, there was no need to inform the authorities. It’s the time of year when I come to you hat in hand for contributions to the Alumni Annual Fund. There are, of course, many ways that you already support Yale—donations to your class fund, to Capital Campaigns, to individual institutions, through legacy giving—but only the Alumni Annual Fund provides us with

of Faculty Interviewers, was a young lady named Zhihua Liang, whose parents literally owned a laundry. In Hartford, on Butler Street; I drove by afterward myself to make sure. Zhihua Liang, as you surely know, had perfect SAT scores, and had already received the highest possible grade on five Advanced Placement tests in her junior year. She had invented a software program that had to do with testing the screens on something called a tablet PC. She had filed a patent application. She played one of Bach’s partitas on the violin and then discoursed for nearly an hour on Bach’s relationship with the choirmasters of his father’s generation, quoting extensively from German sources. From her mother she had learned a form of reflexology that she demonstrated on the balls of my aching feet. She took my pulse and gave me a kind of scalp massage. She was wearing a rather low-cut knit sweater with a demure silver heart pendant above her small but well-defined breasts. We made love for an hour on the couch in my study, and then I wrote her a check for five hundred thousand dollars, to cover the cost of tuition and books.

to pursue my graduate degree. Melissa Hardwick, in whom green optimism sprang eternal, suggested that I would benefit from Yale’s enormous range of, as she put it, non-credit, Adult Education programs. In declining, I had to explain to her that basic precept of American philosophy, that there is no such thing as knowledge for its own sake. I was hungry, I told her. I am hungry, hungrier than any twenty-five-year-old. I wanted, I want, to get in the game. There are other schools, she said, and I laughed, again. In every age, there is only one school. And I have applied, in my late life, to nearly every one of its branches and tentacles: law school, engineering school, philosophy, classics, English, economics, poli sci. The chair of one department, I forget which, wrote me a personal letter, in which he commended my enthusiasm but suggested that my ideas belong to a discipline which may have once existed but has now vanished for lack of empirical evidence. This, to me, seemed a most ringing endorsement. Indeed, almost an invitation. Not long ago, I spoke over the phone with one of our most senior alumni, Sam Winslow,

The chair of one deparTmenT, i forgeT which, wroTe me a personal leTTer, in which he commended my enThusiasm buT suggesTed ThaT my ideas belong To a discipline which may have once exisTed buT has now vanished for lack of empirical evidence. This, To me, seemed a mosT ringing endorsemenT. the unrestricted resources we need to meet the ever-changing needs of Yale’s students and faculty. Our most pressing concern this year is a 14% increase in applications for financial aid. I nibble the crust of my wheat toast. I take up a soup spoon and prod among the swollen noodles for a shard of dark meat. Last year the club did away with its old recipe and introduced institutional canned soup, with perfect white discs of chicken, precise cubes of carrot and celery: a bizarre food-lab experiment, courtesy of some land grant college in the Midwest, Porcine State. I admit that I overdid it at the member’s meeting. Mark Philpot, the president, is a perfectly nice man; I told him so afterward in his office, over a glass of sherry. But there are ways and ways to economize. I want you to sit here and watch me as I think about the nature of the phrase financial aid. I want this to be part of our time together. The last child I interviewed before the unpleasantness began, before the AYA removed me from its list



That, according to my lights, was nothing more than financial aid. I did not need it demonstrated to me in a court of law—my check, in a plastic envelope, marked “Exhibit 439c”! I knew what I was doing. I said so at the time. Recently I had a conversation with Izameyake Ogundigasagare, a sophomore (SY ’12) who lost both her parents in the Rwandan genocide when she was only two years old. Izameyake, who still smiles when her friends address her by her new American nickname, “Izzy,” came to Yale with the assistance of the Alumni Fund’s Aid to International Students program. Raised in an orphanage in Kenya, she was invited to apply after a chance meeting with Bill Clinton at the African AIDS and Tuberculosis Summit in the spring of 2006. I am an enthusiast; that is the worst of my faults. A late interloper in realms where I have no authority, unlike, say, the realm of reinsurance for highly capitalized multilateral corporations, where I quite literally wrote the book. I waited too long

SY ’28. Sam, the only living member of his class, remembers visits to campus by Calvin Coolidge, George Bernard Shaw, and Edith Wharton. He regretted not being able to attend last year’s reunion due to ill health, but he was delighted to receive a visit by Tiffany Jackson, president of the class of 2009. Sam, who calls himself “a lifelong believer in progress and development,” says of Yale in the twentyfirst century that “it’s different from the Yale I attended in every conceivable way, except the ways that matter most.” He credits his own longevity to one word: “adaptability.” I shouldn’t have to mention this here, but I was, very briefly, brought in as a consultant on reinsurance matters to the meetings of the Yale Corporation, from April to August of 1983. Professionally it should go without saying that those were the happiest months of my career. I worked myself to a froth. I had night sweats. I slept on the couch in my office. I took on, and abandoned, a smoking

habit. When it was all over I went to a party at the home of a younger colleague, Class of 1967, on East 77th Street and Park, and snorted cocaine for the first and only time in my life. And it was in that ecstatic state—on a rooftop patio, at some ungodly hour of the morning, after the exquisite Thai prostitutes had left—that I had the first of my visions. Portfolio managers, I’m told, visualize their largest accounts in bar graphs and flow charts.

Hillhouse, but I leave the real estate concerns up to you. It could be in a basement. It could be a rural retreat. What matters is that it exists, and that every undergraduate, on the day they arrive, receive a letter in his or her box in Yale Station, giving them a day and time for an appointment. They arrive, I see it now, one at a time, in their scrubby clothes, their hooded sweatshirts and fashionably ripped jeans, and find a dimly lit, plush-carpeted, sweet-

Our house is set back nearly a quarter of a mile from the road, on a slight rise; the whole front of the property is a long, sloping lawn, that comes down to a fringe of old oaks around Warbling Brook, and to the left of the driveway, behind post fences, are the horse pastures, the barn just visible next to the woods on the opposite side. When the girls were still at home we owned four and five horses at a time, Morgans, and had

This is america; we don’T have TiTles, we don’T have pedigrees, we have money. and whaT is The meaning of money? like waTer, iT flows everywhere, buT always reTurns To iTs source. The true visionaries see numbers as swans, their feathers ruffled by the winds of market turbulence, or as sand dunes in the Sahara, their tops delicately shaved away minute by minute as the manager’s fees accumulate. I have never had this talent. In insurance we don’t see risk. But on that rooftop I did: I saw the number, our number, as a tower, an obelisk, three-sided, shining, and absolutely black. Light seemed to fall into it. The Gnostics, as you know, say that at the moment of true knowledge our earthly trappings simply evaporate; we no longer feel our bodies or see our surroundings, except briefly, fleetingly, as the mirage dissipates, and we are suffused with glowing joy at being united with the light. And I ask you, as I have asked myself my entire life, where is Yale, exactly? Can we locate it in its symbols, in beloved old Harkness, in Veritas et Lux? Of course not. We are our money. How much more baldly can I put things? Our money which is not ours, which belongs to the future, our life-giving fountain, may it ever accumulate, may it gather power unto itself! Occasionally I’m asked why it is I feel such commitment to a position raising money for an institution that already has a great deal of money. My answer is always very simple: with our great resources comes great responsibility. Staying the same size— staying the same in any way—is not an option in a complex and expanding world. It’s because you appreciate this fact that I know you’ll make this another successful year for the Alumni Fund. My proposal, then? My Institute. The Proctor Institute. I see it in one of the stone mansions on

smelling room. Beautiful olive-skinned women invite them to change into robes and escort them to a bubbling hot bath. There is champagne, and a lovely light meal. There are massages offered in private rooms. There are other experiences available, only for the asking. After an interval of two hours, the students arrive, flushed and sleek, in a conference room, with a circle of couches around an advanced holographic computer. More women arrive, bearing pots of exquisite tea, slow-brewed Ethiopian coffee. A Yale representative greets them and dims the lights. And there, in front of them, a glowing orb, a monument, a number in dancing laser beams, as the market fluctuates that day. What should he say to them? What do we all wish we could say to them, our precious offspring, these striplings, these fawns? Look around. Take note of one another. What meaning do you have, separately, individually? A thousand people wanted to take your place. Why are you here? The truth is, it doesn’t really matter, does it? This is America; we don’t have titles, we don’t have pedigrees, we have money. And what is the meaning of money? Like water, it flows everywhere, but always returns to its source. What do you want in life? We can give it to you. As long as you return the favor. Look around. I have tears in my eyes, soppy old soul that I am, and have to pull over onto the narrow grassy strip. Look around, I want to say to them. Touch each other. Love each other. Conjugate, for God’s sakes, you Changs and alAbiyas, you Wheatcrofts and Gopals! Pool your lucky genes! Yours,

family rides on Sundays. Now the pastures are overgrown with ragweed and thistle, impossible to mow, and pitted with hidden sinkholes, thanks to poor drainage. Ride a horse there now and you’d break his leg. I park at the mailbox, leaving the keys inside for Michael, and walk up the driveway: my daily constitutional, such as it is. This way, if I pitch over, at the very least I’ll be on my own property, not a burden to the taxpayers. Tilda, who has been watercoloring, and haranguing one child or another over the phone, comes out onto the front porch to “warch” me, hands on her hips. I make slow but steady progress. In one hand, I bear a letter from Yale; it flaps lightly, teasingly, with every jolting step. You who are looking at me now, who have been with me from this journey, you who see me, frankly, now, as an integer, see me now turned back into material, if only for a minute, before I go up to my study and call my accountant. See me for this once as the human being I might have been, and then I will dissolve myself, joyfully, finally, but with a tiny residue of sadness for the world I have excreted and left behind.


Jess Row is the author of the story collections The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, Conjunctions, Slate, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. He teaches at the College of New Jersey and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can track his movements at WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM



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The New York Plaza Have you been to the Food Hall at the Plaza? This has to be one of the most exciting additions to the New York City dining scene since the debut of Eataly. Located on the Concourse level of the landmark Plaza Hotel, The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English is a toast to Harrod’s legendary gastronomic emporium. Celebrity chef Todd English is the headliner and The Plaza Food Hall is a winner! Eight seating areas offer intimate experiences at the Wine Bar, Cheese & Charcuterie Station, Sushi Bar, Burger Bar & Rotisserie, Asian Noodle and Dumpling Bar, Espresso & Tea Bar, and Brick Oven Pizza and Artisanal Pasta Bar. Designed by Jeffrey Beers, The Plaza Food Hall is a handsome European-style arcade of New York City favorites: Luke’s Lobster, No. 7 Sub, Pain D’Avignon, Tartine, Three Tarts, Sushi of Gari, William Greenberg Desserts, Billy’s Bakery, Kusmi Tea shop, La Maison du Chocolat, Lady M Cakes, YoArt, Burke in the Box, Creperie NYC.



Whether it’s for tea at the Palm Court, a stay in the elegant suites or a visit to The Rose Club, The Plaza has always been a special occasion destination. What I love about The Plaza Food Hall is that it’s casual, the menu prices are not out of sight and the food is terrific. No need to wait for a special occasion; pop in for a lobster roll to go, or meet a friend for dinner. The Plaza also offers a selection of the ‘best of the best’ retail collections with its direct entrance from 58th Street. Don’t miss the Caudalie Spa, and Warren Tricomi Hair Salon for the top hair stylists in Manhattan. Can’t forget about Eloise, that lucky little girl with her very own boutique for parties and suite designed by Betsy Johnson for sleepovers. Well, for the very special young man in your life, The Plaza now offers Knights of knights of the plaza the Plaza, a Tower Suite featuring a round bed within a unique circle-shaped bedroom overlooking 5th Avenue. The 23-foot exposed brick cathedral ceiling gives the suite a real life siege tower authenticity. Young guests staying in the suite will be given The Plaza’s royal treatment, hotel-wide recognition that his lordship is present. The young knight will receive an eight inch metallic painted chocolate knight upon arrival, medieval-themed DVDs and books, and a closet full of knight dress-up outfits and toys from FAO Schwarz. The Plaza’s $450 million restoration has brought this classic hotel forward as a destination for unforgettable experiences for all ages. Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, New York, New York. 212-759-3000; Toll free reservations: 1-800-257-7544;

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A Christmas Story, The Musical! arrives on Broadway at the LuntFontanne Theatre just in time for the 2012 holiday season. The new musical, based on the 1983 movie perennial, plays a November 5 – December 30 holiday engagement. The musical features a bright holiday score by composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a witty book by Joseph Robinette based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film favorite. In 1940’s Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas—a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a tripledog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Co-produced by the film’s original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, A Christmas Story, The Musical! is holiday entertainment that captures a simpler time in America with delicious wit and a heart of gold.


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It’s uptown for Indian … Moti Mahal Delux has 100 locations in India, Nepal, London, and now, NYC. And I know why… First of all they practically invented Butter Chicken — and they make it the same uber tender way its made in India; inventive apps like shot glasses of spicy Indian spring rolls suspended in dip; steaming and fragrant rice byriani in clay pots with cooling yogurt raita. Top it off... with my new obsession, Rasmalai (sweet cottage cheese dumplings soaked in saffron-infused condensed milk)! 1149 1st Avenue at 63rd Street. 212/371-3535;



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Buenos Aires is a city of contrasts, a mash-up of elegance and graffiti. Glorious buildings of the 1930s defaced with messages of protest, soulful tango singers in smoky bars, vibrant street murals and rich Malbecs. Its bohemian heart beats in the clubs, animated cafes and eclectic shops of Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood. Funky boutique hotels are the best way to experience these South American hipster neighborhoods, and here are a few favorites:

Bo Bo Hotel

Bourgeois and bohemian, Bo Bo Hotel introduced the boutique hotel concept to Palermo Soho. A 1927 house redefined with a contemporary flair, Bo Bo gets it right; the restaurant, the rooms, the music and a wonderful staff. Rooms and suites are decorated in their own unique style ranging from minimalist to vintage to Art Deco. A full menu breakfast is included in your stay. Be sure to order the pastry basket filled with medialunas (traditional sweet crescent rolls),

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Legado Mítico Buenos Aires History speaks at Legado Mítico Buenos Aires, a luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Palermo Soho. Each of the eleven rooms is dedicated to one of Argentina’s larger-than-life historical figures:



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Miravida Soho Hotel is a cool, cozy oasis in fast-paced BA. Located on a tree-lined cobblestone street in Buenos Aires' trendy Palermo neighborhood, a visit to Miravida Soho is like staying in your own 1930s mansion. Proprietors, Cornel and Frauke Faltin, are incredibly accommodating; it's a real treat if you’re lucky enough to stay in one of their six rooms. What distinguishes Miravida Soho from other boutique hotels is its wine bar, and guests can arrange for an informal, personal wine tasting. Your stay at Miravida Soho will be memorable thanks to the ambiance, the wonderful breakfast and the unforgettable Malbec at the winebar.

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“Welcome Home!” That’s how guests are greeted and that’s the vibe of this very cool boutique hotel in Palermo Hollywood. Husband and wife team, UK record producer and DJ Tom Rixton and Argentine PR director, Patricia O’Shea, have created a hip hangout/

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Silversea Cruises: Silver Spirit by Paula Koffsky The challenge of creating a vacation that appeals to high school and college age children as well as parents can be daunting for even the most venturesome families. How do you combine a cultural experience with exciting excursions and deluxe pampering thrown in for good measure? Got it — a Mediterranean cruise! The next ambitious task is to find the elusive balance between luxury and adventure on a cruise ship. Some high-end cruise ships feel stuffy to the young at heart, and the larger mega-vessels offer cheek-by-jowl travel with the persistent overload of a loud speaker. However, the majestic Silversea Cruises offer all-inclusive, top-shelf cruising with ample opportunities for fun and extra-ordinary experiences. And much to my family’s good fortune, Silversea had a port-of-call in Piraeus, Greece; mission accomplished. Silversea is known for her fleet of six ultraluxury ships: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit, and Silver Explorer. These sleeker, all-suite vessels can venture into smaller bays and harbors. These ships can sail closer to the shoreline, and tie up dockside while larger ships must

Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises anchor offshore. Silversea itineraries also include overnight stays, as well as late-evening departures, which offer welcome opportunities to explore the local culture and soak-up the nightlife. Combine that with unique and adventuresome shore excursions, haute cuisine,

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and unparalleled service, and you have a total package of unforgettable experiences. We boarded Silver Spirit, the fleet’s newest and largest launch, where western civilization had its birthplace: in Greece. This gleaming white ship with 270 ocean-view suites and teak-lined balconies set sail with 540 discerning passengers. (The five other vessels are smaller still and offer even more intimate experiences, with capacities as low as 132 guests.) Silver Spirit offers one of the highest space-to-guest ratios at sea; the resplendent suites include private butler service, walk-in closets, and Italian marble bathrooms stocked with Bvlgari bath amenities. Silversea has an amazing ratio of nearly one staff member per guest. Highly trained personal butlers tend to every detail of your vacation, from unpacking your luggage to making dinner and spa appointments and arranging special excursions, making your trip more carefree and less complicated. Our butler welcomed us into the magnificently appointed suite we would call home for the week, with flutes of chilled champagne and plates of caviar. He would discreetly appear daily to restock our favorite beverages, deliver afternoon canapés, and personalized stationary. The atmosphere on board a Silversea Cruise WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


is friendly and relaxed, the staff seems to know every guest’s name within one day. Remarkably, more then half of the guests aboard a Silversea Cruise are returning guests, testament to the welcoming ambiance of the fleet. Silver Spirit offers guests a daily choice of six excellent gourmet restaurants. La Terrazza is a traditional Italian restaurant, which highlights Slow Food, the gastronomic movement supporting local producers and sustainable resources. Seishin is an intimate Asian bistro and Stars Supper Club is a lively nightclub reminiscent of the legendary Rainbow Room, with nightly jazz and cabaret performances. Le Champagne Wine Restaurant by Relais & Chateau is part of a distinguished international association of hoteliers and Grand Chefs who share a passion for culinary excellence. Le Champagne is the only Relais & Chateau at sea and my family couldn’t resist this gastronomic adventure. The six-course menu celebrates the local regions of the ports-of-call and the wine pairings would make any wine aficionado swoon. But for this cruise, my family’s top choice was Hot Rock. By day, this venue is the popular Pool Grill, but with the setting of the sun, it is transformed into a wildly entertaining cookout where guests are presented with super-heated lava

Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises stones and invited to grill their own juicy sirloin and seafood to mouth-watering perfection. Over the course of the week, we sailed across three bodies of water and explored five countries. We launched into the blue Aegean Sea of Athens, sailed the Ionian Sea of the Peloponnese Islands, north along the Dalmatian Coast of the Adriatic Sea, and ended our journey in the enchanted waters of Venice. Each day brought about new and exciting adventures and cherished memories. In Monemvasia, Greece, we toured the captivating Byzantine forts and castles of Mystras, enjoying the vigorous hike through the medieval ruins and the delectable home-cooked fare at a



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countryside taverna. In Corfu, we buckled up for a thrilling jeep safari, through beautiful villages, past olive groves, all the while keeping the sea in view. And in Montenegro we kayaked around the world’s most spectacular natural harbor, Kotor Bay. That evening we gathered poolside for a bountiful barbeque feast. What a celebration! We couldn’t help but relish our adventure as the sun dipped below the dramatic mountains. Guests gathered along the deck rails and watched in wonder as Captain Mino Pontillo piloted the 19-mile journey out of the fjord’s narrow channels. Our itinerary included one day at sea, a welcome opportunity to take in a cooking demonstration with Executive Chef Guillermo Muro, play a rousing game of pool volleyball, enjoy the dazzling 8,300 sq. ft. spa and lounge at the pool watching the horizon for a glimpse of friendly dolphins. But all journeys must come to an end, and although heartbroken to finally return to terra firma, we knew that we had shared a special family adventure of unsurpassed luxury, supreme style, and exhilaration made lasting and memorable aboard the Silver Spirit.

Athenaeum InterContinental Athens, Greece Arriving a day or two before embarkation allows guests to explore the city and start the journey rested and acclimatized to the new time zone and local climate. Let Silversea Cruises arrange flights, transportation to and from the airport and ports-of-call, hotel and sightseeing opportunities. In Athens, The Athenaeum InterContinental is conveniently located close to the city center and many historic landmarks. Awarded Greece’s “Leading Hotel” several years running, the hotel offers sophisticated guest rooms with comfortable sitting areas and marble

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DECONSTRUCTING THE “CROWD PLEASERS”: MALbEC AND SAUvIGNON bLANC fROM THE SOURCE It’s often quIte mysterIous what makes certain wines more popular than others. Public taste in such matters tends to be exceedingly fickle, and what was once the height of fashion quickly grows as stale as the bubbles in last night’s Champagne. But then there are those bottles whose appeal seems practically universal. To describe this particular class of vino, the industry lexicon reserves a special catchphrase: “crowd pleasers,” they’re called, and for obvious reasons. In some ways, it’s logical to think of them as the vinous equivalent of “Top 40” radio; while not always the most profound expressions of their kind, they accomplish exactly what they aspire to do: deliver a simple dose of pleasure to anyone who happens to drink them. Although there is no shortage of possible examples, two particular grape varieties immediately spring to mind as the King and Queen of the “crowd-pleasers.” For reds, we have Malbec—particularly those from Argentina, whose recent meteoric rise in consumption continues to spread at a viral pace— and, for whites, Sauvignon Blanc, which has positioned itself as a crisp alternative to the buttery, oak-laden Chardonnays whose appeal to a younger generation of drinkers expired at some point during the nineties, along with roller blades and the “Asian Fusion” craze. If you’re reading this, it’s probable that these very same wines have graced your glass more than just occasionally. For many of us, they’ve become the habitual, “go-to” pours of choice. We automatically order them in bars and restaurants, and regularly pick them out of the line-up on store shelves, confident that we’ll be getting something consistent and reliable. It’s almost like the grapes themselves have become trusted, familiar brands. Beyond the Grape: Geography in a Glass In certain ways, however, we’re missing the point. One of the unfortunate shortcomings of the US wine market is that we tend to place undue emphasis upon the grape varieties that go into our wine. We arrive at certain conclusions, such as “I adore Pinot Noir” or “I can’t stand Chardonnay” — as if the essence of a wine could be imparted by the grape alone. Ultimately, the issue of grape type represents just one piece of a complex and endlessly captivating puzzle, involving the varied factors of climate, vintage, soil type, vinification processes, and, perhaps most importantly, geography. In other words, where a wine is grown is just as important as what is being grown, whether it be Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, or anything else.



To think along these lines invokes the elusive French concept of “terroir.” This refers to the notion that a wine should faithfully communicate the specific geographical and climactic identity of its region of origin, offering what some have called a “sense of place.” You might think of it as the DNA of the soil communicated through your glass. From this angle, wine ceases to be a simple beverage. Instead, it offers a fascinating geography lesson in a bottle, as we learn to trace the shifting nuances of a particular grape— or blend of grapes, as the case may be— as articulated through the diverse framework of geographic and regional differences. To truly understand what we’re drinking when we order a Malbec from Argentina or a Sauvignon Blanc from anywhere that ubiquitous grape is grown, it helps to go back to the source. It’s here — in the native French soils that constitute each grape’s respective “home turf ” — that we encounter their most basic, archetypal expressions. These so-called “Old World” incarnations will typically come across as a bit more subtle or restrained, offering less of the obvious, “in-your-face” fruit than their “New World” counterparts. Instead, you should expect to experience more of the underlying secondary notes of minerals, earth, and herbs that communicate a genuine sense of “terroir.” It’s possible to imagine that you’re drinking the liquid essence of the specific area where your bottle was made. Sauvignon Blanc: The Loire and Bordeaux Although it’s now planted across the globe with an almost indiscriminate hospitality— notably in California and New Zealand— Sauvignon Blanc finds its spiritual epicenter in the storied region of France’s Loire valley. Here the grape delivers wines of breathtaking freshness and salinity, with a textbook “grassy” character (think white flowers and freshly mown hay), crackling acidity, and a briny wash of minerals that feels like licking the vineyards’ flinty, limestone soils. Within the Loire itself, it’s the so-called “central vineyards” (actually located at the region’s easternmost edge) that boast what are arguably the world’s most sublime incarnations of Sauvignon Blanc. Chances are you’ve heard of Sancerre, by far the most popular of these villages (due, in large part, to how easy it is to pronounce). While the names of the neighboring communes don’t roll off the tongue quite as seamlessly, they compensate for their linguistic trickiness by offering comparable wines at relatively competitive prices, including those from Reuilly, Quincy,

Menetou-Salon, and Pouilly-Fumé— the latter being known for distinctively smoky, gunflint flavors and aromas. For exceptional values, however, look for whites simply labeled “AOC Touraine.” Sometimes blended with other indigenous grapes, but often made exclusively from

Sauvignon Blanc, these modest gems distill the essence of the grape’s regional style with price tags that hover miraculously between ten to fifteen bucks per bottle. If the subject of Sauvignon Blanc immediately transports us to the Loire, we soon find ourselves returning to Bordeaux — a region far better known for producing some of the world’s most aristocratic and prohibitively expensive reds. Its oft-neglected whites, however, range from bright and zippy quaffers — such as those from Entre-Deux-Mers — to the rich and structured masterpieces from Graves and its distinguished sub-region of Pessac-Léognan. Often mixed with the Semillon grape, which contributes a creamy texture and lovely golden hues, the top examples can withstand several years of aging in the cellar. In their maturity, they transform into the kind of cozy, autumnal whites that seem better suited for the fireside than the pool, unleashing an unctuous complexity normally reserved for reds. Malbec: Not Crying for Argentina One of the wine world’s great ironies is the manner in which Malbec has become entirely synonymous with Argentina. Although the pleasantly plush and fruit-driven expressions from south of the equator continue to hold drinkers captive, the grape has only been cultivated there for a relatively short period of time. Long before achieving its “pop-star” status in South America, Malbec sang backup as one of several blending grapes in its native Bordeaux, and eventually gained a small but dedicated cultfollowing in the Southwest of France as the primary varietal in the so-

called “black wines” of Cahors. If Malbec from Argentina could be compared to a sleek, modern highrise hotel, the wines from Cahors would be the equivalent of a rustic country inn. Thick, dense, and chewy, Cahors is the sort of bone-warming elixir you’d want to drink in the middle of winter: imagine layers of black cherries and pepper, with a sanguine, game-like quality that immediately conjures hearty braises or stews — all topped off with a telltale whiff of violets that lends the best examples their surprising elegance for such burly wines. If, on the other hand, it’s a prettier, more delicate manifestation of French Malbec you’re after, you’d be well-advised to turn once again to the Loire, where the local vernacular dubs the grape “Côt.” Often blended into the straightforward but delicious “Touraine Rouge,” here the grape assumes a completely different profile, crafting fresh and light-bodied wines that have perennially lubricated the thirsty bistros and winebars of Paris. Although a bit more difficult to find, it’s equally worthwhile to seek out examples from the region made entirely from Côt. With bright yet earthy minerality and fruit that leans toward the strawberry side of the spectrum, these bottles would be the ultimate “crowd pleasers,” if only the crowd knew what they were. SuGGeSTed WiNeS Sauvignon Blanc: • 2011 Francois Chidaine Clos de la Grange Touraine Blanc, $13 suggested price • 2011 Clos Roche Blanche, Touraine Sauvignon, $20 suggested price • 2010 Denis Jamain Reuilly “Les Pierres Plates,” $18 suggested price • 2011 Chateau Graville-Lacoste Graves Blanc, $20 suggested price • 2009 Chateau Carbonnieux Péssac-Léognan Blanc, $50 suggested price Malbec: • 2011 Domaine de la Pepiere “La Pepie” Cot, $13 suggested price • 2010 Theirry Puzelat Touraine Rouge “KO, In Côt We Trust,” $20 suggested price • 2009 Clos la Coutale Cahors, $13 suggested price • 2007 Chateau de Haute-Serre Cahors, $18 suggested price


Zachary Sussman is a Brooklyn-based wine writer, educator and consultant. He contributes regularly to the National and New York editions of “Tasting Table,” and his work has appeared in Wine & Spirits, Serious Eats, Wine Chap, and the Lot 18 blog, among others. He also works as the Manager of New York University’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, where he has taught undergraduate poetry and fiction. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


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to admit she had problems with prescription drugs and alcohol until her family confronted her in 1978. Just two years before, she had been First Lady, one of the most powerful women in the world. Yet there she was, sitting on a couch in the new Rancho Mirage home she built with President Gerald Ford, humbled and horrified as her husband and children told her how worried they were about her. The entire family gathered at the Fords’ home for the final intervention two days later. And after hearing them discuss how embarrassed they were to bring friends home and share their fears she wouldn’t be around for her grandchildren, she agreed to seek treatment. Mrs. Ford reluctantly went public about her problem while getting help in the Long Beach



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Founded in 1967 and developed through a decades-long family tradition, Flexform is renown for its high quality furniture production. The Flexform brand has been instantly recognizable for almost half a century. Over the last thirty years, the company, which is located just outside of Milan in Meda, Italy, has produced an extensive range of products that have taken their place in the history of Italian design for their quality, elegance and comfort. There is a strong synergy between production and design at Flexform that has successfully stimulated creative interaction with successive generations of designers: from Cini Boeri to Joe Colombo, from Sergio Asti to Rodolfo Bonetto and Paolo Nava. Flexform continues to produce examples of Modernism with products designed by the rationalists, Asnago and Vender. Currently, Antonio Citterio, with his lucid and inventive style, coordinates Flexform’s collection. He has also written Flexform’s history, designing some of the bestsellers like the Infinity bookshelves system and the Groundpiece sofa system. In 2001, Flexform introduced a new brand, Flexform Mood, a complete collection characterized by a classical, sophisticated and international style. John Hutton, Carlo Colombo, and Roberto Lazzeroni are the designers of this line of products. Flexform: An Identity of Value For over fifty years, Flexform has pursued a philosophy based upon several values that are clearly evident in its products and corporate image. One such value is design COHERENCE, which quells a fascination for fads that may be immediately popular but quickly fade into oblivion. Another is the struggle to maintain coherence as entrepreneurs when the market goes haywire, collapses, and darkens, and fear fuels that all too human desire for immediate, effortless results. Yet another value is PERSEVERANCE in pursuing a corporate policy leaning more towards reformism than revolution, rarely inclined towards excess, and strongly oriented towards a precise, slow, reflective path. This strategy has allowed the company to create a succession of valid, complete products reflecting the reassuring stability of people with their feet firmly planted upon the ground, who go ahead in life, one step at a time, never rushing or losing their way. DISCRETION, a value that epitomizes understatement, can be attributed to the collections distinguished for their subtle beauty, disarming simplicity, and understated refinement, which clearly reflect the



concept that less is definitely more where ELEGANCE is concerned. Never excessive or extravagant, these products are proof of the persuasive strength of silence and the fact that when a person raises his voice, it is often a sign of weakness. Another value is LOYALTY, first and foremost to oneself and to the corporate image. The beauty of a story depends upon how it is

told. A good product that is inadequately promoted risks appearing bad. Through its black and white chiaroscuro images depicting sofas brought to life through the expressive charisma of men and women photographed in strongly symbolic architectural contexts devoid of everything except emotions, Flexform became the first company to invent its own unique, original and coherent narrative style that has existed for over three decades. Last but not least, there is the SERIOUSNESS of a promise: the promise of a product of QUALITY. Thus, even a chair can help improve the quality of life. Years ago, the enlightened customers of this company had the foresight to realize that two persons, in particular, were the possible “authors” of the corporate history: Antonio Citterio, the mastermind behind the structure of the various collections and projects, and Natalia Corbetta, the Art Director of the corporate image and head of the graphics project. These core values have made Flexform the distinguished brand it is today.


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twelve Beverage

When successful Wall Street veteran Pat Dealy was first introduced to the idea of an all-natural sparkling beverage that was low in calories, had no added sugar and was gluten-free, it was love at first sip. The product was Twelve Beverage, which at the time had one flavor and limited distribution. It needed refinement, but Dealy knew that with his business and marketing acumen, if he surrounded himself with the right team, he could develop a unique brand that would be like no other. So, Dealy orchestrated a group of investors to negotiate a controlling stake and has become CEO. The company, locally based, has developed into 12NtM® (stands for noon to midnight) Sparkling Beverages, with several flavors and nationwide distribution. Dealy joined forces with famed chef/restaurateur and entrepreneur



David Burke, who brought an educated palate and an ability to alchemize ingredients, marrying them into a delicious relationship. He has an uncanny knack to understand what sells in the food world. They have teamed to bring about the most innovative, effervescent beverages in today’s market. Accordingly, “chef-crafted” as a key brand attribute was born. Dealy and Burke knew by instinct that the world needed a non-alcoholic specialty drink that tastes all grown up. 12NtM® Sparkling Beverages are currently available in two crisp, refreshing flavors: Blanc, a refreshing combination of citrus, ginger, cardamom, herbs, spices, all natural fruit juices and a blend of three teas; and Rouge, a crisp blend of tangy pomegranate, black currant, bergamot, juniper berry, herbs, spices, all natural fruit juices and three different tea leaves. More innovative flavors like these are in development. The products are presented in sophisticated champagne-like frosted bottles and will soon be available in single-serve packages. The rapid success of 12NtM® Sparkling Beverages has been reflected in its nationwide availability in Whole Foods Markets as well as at many of the best specialty food markets throughout the United States. 12NtM® Sparkling Beverages uses only the highest quality all natural ingredients – over 60 in every bottle. There is no added sugar; the beverages are lightly sweetened by natural fruit juices and only have 60 calories per 8oz serving. 12NtM® Sparkling Beverages are also gluten-free. 12NtM® Sparkling Beverages pair well with a wide variety of foods. Chef Burke recommends the following: pair Blanc with Soft Gruyere, Chunks of Parmesan Cheese, Olive Tapenade, Onion Tart, Roasted Duck, Pomme Frites, Chocolate with a Drop of Orange, Mussels in White Wine, Cucumber Salad, Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Salmon, Grilled Cheese, Lemon Tart, Tiramisu. He likes Rouge with: Creamy Stilton, Ratatouille, Braised Chicken, Grilled Scallops, Salty Goat cheese, Sweet Bell Peppers, Dried Figs, Beef Stew, Chili, Roasted Vegetables, Pasta Bolognese, Dark Chocolate Cake, Crème Brûlée. For future growth and brand building, Dealy envisions white tableclothed hotels, bars, and restaurants serving 12NtM® Sparking Beverages, alone or in mixed drinks. He sees it as a healthy refresher, filling the void between alcoholic beverages and ho-hum soft drinks wherever people find themselves thirsty for something truly unique.


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Noelle Newell resideNtial desigN aNd decor IFDA and Allied Member ASID

Noelle Newell brings a contemporary approach to classically inspired interiors with eclectic touches from around the world. Noelle was first inspired by her mother’s enthusiasm for home decoration. Family activities like travel, visits to museums, antique fairs and specialty stores furthered her interest in design. She likes to bring a sense of travel into her interiors in a synthesized way without trying to recreate a destination. This May she traveled to meet with Anna Enrico of Misha handmade wallpaper in Milan. She was drawn to the product because of its aesthetics and traditional craftsmanship. As an agent of Misha wallpaper, Noelle Newell is focusing on Misha’s hand painted silk and natural fiber wallpapers. She has partnered with Ellen Robinson Designs of NY and Los Angeles, representing artists from the US, Canada and Europe. Amongst theses artists are Sean Young, James Lane, Photographer; Mark Brodkin, Mogens Kischinovsky “Kischi” and David Smyth. Noelle is a graduate of Curry College, in Milton, MA and Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. As a college student she began her career working under the direction of Matthew Smyth at David Anthony Easton. She also studied at the British Institute of Florence and at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. Her work experience includes: Senior Designer at David Scott Parker Architects LLC Southport, designer with Michael Whaley Interiors and Marjorie Shushan Interiors, New York. Design services are available to individuals as well as Architectural/ Interior Design Firms. Services include; conceptual design, furniture layout, research, sourcing (of fabrics, wallpapers, trims, flooring, hard surfaces, accent lighting, fine art and decorative accessories) shopping trips, color, fabric selection and coordination, window treatment design, purchasing and project management, and consulting for those who wish to do their own legwork and purchasing.


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mixology there was not a dressing room to be had. While each location I visited – from Hewlett to Woodbury, Westhampton to Westport – had its own personality, the unifying factor was the highly trained personnel who aren’t the least bit overbearing; when asked for assistance, they exude a love for clothing, enthusiastically imparting tasteful expertise. Every location has the odd ability to make those familiar with Soho or any major city’s hot-spot fashion district find themselves feeling reminiscent of those shopping excursions. With a devotion to representation of the latest trends in an array of

Most commonly coined as the skill in mixing drinks to an almost scientific, luscious degree of perfection, a now tangible form of Mixology – that of a super-hip clothing store by the same name, only this, with aptitude for mixing styles – is opening in the heart of Westchester at the fabulous Rye Ridge Shopping Center. Not being able to wait I took a trip to the existing Mixology locations in Long Island and Connecticut. Mixology Clothing Company was established a little over three years ago, and it must be something of a successfully proven phenomenon; in an otherwise difficult economy, sales of incredibly reasonably priced stylish and trendy items satisfied even the most discerning of fashionistas. Mixology’s high-end style in price ranges never exceeding $100, was deliberately devised to attract in this challenging market. And appealing it is – busily welcoming, and attending to, women anywhere from 14 to 50+. When I was there, college girls were home, and



carefully selected pieces, Mixology is in an envious position to curate exclusive private collections from such hot companies as Gypsy Junkies, Motel Rock, and MinkPink. Mixology is immersed in the online world with a bustling and busy website, A Facebook page has over 24,000 fans, and a fiercely devoted following on Instagram. Mixology is owned by former major label recording artist, writer, and producer, Jonathan Shapiro, better known by his stage name, Jon Saint. Mr. Shapiro has taken his experiences in the fast paced world of music and touring and translated them into Mixology’s guiding philosophy, that every visit to Mixology should be an amazing experience. Shopping, fashion, style and music are therapy that feed the soul and brighten the day. Mixology certainly does that. instagram: @shopmixology


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fig liNeNs

Fig is a year-round shop located in historic Westport, CT. They offer an extensive selection of luxury linens for your bedroom, bathroom and table. Along with bedding and towels, you’ll find many other wonderful items for your home. Sumptuous brands include: Pratesi John Robshaw Kevin O’Brien Studio Anali Exquisite Needlework Sferra Matouk Nancy Koltes Abyss & Habidecor Yves Delorme Scandia Down Lulu DK Alashan Cashmere PJ Harlow Loungewear Souchi Organic Cashmere John Derian Designers Guild Scents & Feel Beatriz Ball Ferran New York Brahms Mount Textiles Their staff is friendly and knowledgeable, eager to meet your unique design needs. They are there to offer design consultation by phone or email as you shop. Most of all, they want you to feel great shopping with them, and to always look forward to your next Fig Experience. FIG is located at 66 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880. Store Hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. (203) 227-8669.




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The Gold Standard

Looking for something special for the avid skier on your holiday list? The Colorado Ski Country USA Gold Pass is the perfect gift. The pass allows unlimited access to 21 world class ski areas all over Colorado with absolutely no black out dates, for the entire 2012-2013 season. It is also fully transferable so purchasers can share their pass with family, friends, clients and colleagues. The Colorado Gold Pass is valid at A-Basin, Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, Crested Butte, Purgatory, Echo, Eldora, Howelson, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Sol Vista Steamboat, Sunlight Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek. So, GO FOR THE GOLD at

Broken Shed

Direct from New Zealand comes Broken Shed Vodka, a premium vodka distilled four times from natural whey (the excess sugar generated from milk production). Though few other vodkas are distilled from whey, it makes an excellent natural source for distillation of pure spirit. Broken Shed is free of additives, sugars, and is blended with New Zealand’s purest spring water from two sources. This premium vodka is smooth, mellow and enjoyable. Now available in Connecticut and New York: approx. $34 retail.



500 Best Quinoa Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury Hundreds of tasty ideas using this gluten-free super food, as a side dish, as an entrée, and in desserts. Low fat, meat and vegetarian options. © 2012. Robert Rose Publishing; $27.95. 250 Best Beans, Lentils & Tofu Recipes Simple to prepare as well as gourmet options from around the world using these powerhouse, low fat ingredients. Includes nutritional information, preparation tips and serving suggestions. Meat, vegetarian, and vegan instructions. © 2012. Robert Rose Publishing; $24.95.

The Epic Continues Winter of the World, Book Two of the Century Triology by Ken Follett is here! Immerse yourself in the continuing fortunes of five intertwined families – American, English, Welsh, Russian, and German – as they bring to life the history of the turbulent period between the World Wars, and the conflagration of World War II. ©2012. Dutton Publishing: $36. Sequel to the internationally best-selling Fall of Giants.


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                             

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Private School Denial Limited space and an overabundance of applications results in more students not being accepted into their first choice – or any – private school. Here’s why well-qualified kids are getting rejected, and what happens after the dust settles.

and under, and schools like the Upper West Side’s Mandell report almost twice the number of sibling applications as last year. With the pre-school application process remaining predominately private, it’s no wonder Green has found herself in the proverbial pickle. Green and other enthusiastic parents continue to clamor for prime spots in private school programs, ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to high school. But top schools – such as Greenwich Country Day, Riverdale, Dalton, Claremont and Beekman -continue to see an increased number of student applications. In 2010-2011, The Educational Records Bureau reported that the number of students taking the intelligence tests required for admission at most private schools rose 7.7 percent year over year; last year it increased more still, by 1.4 percent. Parents’ willingness to give their kids an edge to succeed vaults some kids above others in the game of private school roulette. However, the hundreds of applicants applying for one of 35 spots makes rejection from at least one school seem inevitable. But all? Parents and professionals weigh in on the factors that may be leading to a stamp of non-approval for students, and what plan B is for those who don’t make the grade.

Last year, Notoya GreeN was iN disbeLief wheN she discovered that her 2-yearoLd tripLets didN’t Get iNto either of the two private pre-schooL proGrams iN her tribeca, New york city NeiGhborhood. “I applied to only two schools in TriBeCa since my triplets were 15 months and many schools don’t have programs for such young kids,” Green says. “What made it challenging was submitting applications for three kids, not just one.” Another factor that may be contributing to Green’s disappointing, but more-common-than-not, situation? The New York Post reports that TriBeCa has experienced a 60 percent increase of children ages 5



An Imperfect Fit Greater New York area consultant and field supervisor for School Choice International, Linda Kiarsis, experiences these rejections firsthand. Kiarsis’ job is to find private school options for children of both individual families, as well as families experiencing corporate relocation. Often, clientele are coming to Kiarsis to guide them through the private school application process, or have been rejected, and need help figuring out the next step. While Kiarsis cites various reasons for first-time rejection from every school, a major one, she says, is unrealistic expectations. “They [parents] print out that list of top private schools without really analyzing why they are a fit for their child,” adding that she once had a parent say: “‘I have a 3-year-old and want her to go to the best school. Where should I send her? I’m open to moving anywhere in the U.S.’” Extreme cases aside, “There’s intense pressure to give kids the best

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE start possible,” Green says. “If you really want an honest curriculum that stimulates your child and paves the way for Kindergarten, I don’t know if there is a better option than private pre-schools.” But there can be a great deal of pressure for students to follow a set path by parents by being accepted to a list of the top schools, or continuing a legacy that siblings, parents and even grandparents have already put into play. But sometimes, the school just isn’t a good fit (see unrealistic expectations) or the student just doesn’t have the academic chops to cut it. Kiarsis notes one situation where a mother and brother both attended Dalton, but daughter Hillary* didn’t fare as well on the ISEE exam (Independent School Entrance Exam), and this took her out of the running. “We did a lot of coaching with the family to let them know that it wasn’t a good fit,” says Kiarsis. “One child left Dalton and actually needed to find another school because of the high level

“THErE’S INTENSE PrESSUrE TO GIVE kIDS THE bEST STArT POSSIbLE,” GrEEN SAyS. “If yOU rEALLy wANT AN HONEST CUrrICULUm THAT STImULATES yOUr CHILD AND PAVES THE wAy fOr kINDErGArTEN, I DON’T kNOw If THErE IS A bETTEr OPTION THAN PrIVATE PrE-SCHOOLS.” of pressure.” Based on her experience, Kiarsis thinks: “Generally, if a child can perform in the top five to ten percent of his class, he will do well wherever he goes.” Better to be happy and successful at a mid-tier school than struggling and stressed at a top tier school, she concludes. Barrier to Entry Learning disabilities are not to be taken lightly. But oftentimes, students – particularly those eighth grade and younger, particularly Pre-K – are denied from a private school due to a learning disability that they didn’t even know existed. “Children may have learning issues that are yet to be diagnosed,” says Kiarsis. Recently, when helping with fouryear-old Brittany’s* application to private Kindergarten programs, Kiarsis experienced this first hand. Brittany applied to a solid list of eight schools, but “because she was so young, we didn’t know that she would test low on her ERB [Educational Requirements Board] due to learning issues,” says Kiarsis. Brittany was denied from all eight schools. They were able to act quickly, and with more interviews, visits and conversations, Kiarsis was able to have Brittany placed in a program

that would help her with these issues. Similar to learning issues, another barrier to entry for non-native students can be language. Kiarsis helped Anne* with Kindergarten applications. “English was not the first language, but she was bright,” she says. The family required that Anne attend a top school, and ultimately weren’t happy with the schools where she was accepted. Although Anne’s ERB scores were very good, unsurprisingly, the verbal was low because English was not her native language – and because she was four. While a learning disorder or ESL doesn’t always put a student out of the running for a private school, Kiarsis notes that many private schools don’t offer the one-on-one kinds of support that children need in these situations. Late in the Game In the private school game, being the early bird can truly offer a better chance at catching that worm. Many times, totally qualified students can be denied from every private school due to full enrollment. Maggie* is just one example of a late applicant to the ninth grade. “She was a strong student coming from Malaysia and applied to all of the top schools, including Riverdale, Greenwich Academy and Rye Country Day,” Kiarsis says. The family interviewed at these top schools, but Kiarsis believes “this was really a case of no spaces opening up at the private schools.” From here, Kiarsis and School Choice International counseled the family to a plan B: Enroll Maggie in a very good public school. (School Choice cites public schools in Westchester and Southern Connecticut ranking some of the highest). What’s Next? While there are many extenuating circumstances for why a student may not make the cut at a private school, a backup plan – including public school and re-applying to privates the following year – are often options that work out, and are not irreversible. What’s particularly tough on both parent and child can be the emotional attachment that comes from the application, tour and interview process for private schools. “When I received the letters in the mail from schools several months later,” says Green, “they left me devastated. I wasn’t sure I was going to reapply again. I didn’t know if I had it in me.” Green did end up applying again this year to get her three little ones into a Pre-K program – this time, to a total of 15 schools. If they don’t get in, she has a plan. “If we don’t get in next year, there are preschool alternative programs where you drop kids off a few days per week (there’s virtually no competition),” she says. While the situation isn’t ideal for her family, it is an alternative. “Maybe we’re all wrong and none of it matters in the end, but right now it [private schooling] seems like the way to go,” she says. Her second-time-around philosophy is to “cast a wider net and not take it personally. It really is a numbers game.” *Names have been changed.


Alexandra Vairo is a Manhattan-based lifestyle writer who lives with her family in Fairfield County, CT. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM


INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE day schools Ridgefield Academy Ridgefield, CT

Empowering Every Student Ridgefield Academy, an independent day school located in Ridgefield, CT, empowers every child to realize his or her unique potential by bringing together academic excellence, innovative programming and a diverse, supportive community. Small Classes Make the Difference Teachers and administrators believe the key to future success is empowering each and every student. The program, which educates children from preschool (two-year-olds) to eighth grade, provides students with daily opportunities to build confidence, use their creativity, work collaboratively and learn how to problem solve. Through small classes and individualized teaching instruction, children develop the skills to be critical thinkers, public speakers and self-advocates. A Comprehensive Curriculum RA’s curriculum combines the traditional, core subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, history, world language and social studies with a rich program of music, art, and drama designed to inspire students and spark their creativity. “The strengths of RA’s program can be found on many different levels,” comments one parent, “such as interweaving meaningful literature with verbal and artistic expression; expanding a history unit to include a variety of approaches like re-enactments and movie creations of certain events. These are all examples of how RA educates rather than teaches.”

of shared values. In all areas of school life, students model and reinforce the principles of respect, responsibility, fairness, and service to others. Service learning is incorporated into the curriculum to engage children in meaningful activities that reinforce the importance of service to others. Innovative Media Arts Curriculum RA’s 5,800 square foot state-of-the-art media arts center and sound room allows students to use the latest technology to develop their writing skills, learn the current methods of research and explore the digital arts through classes such as animation, digital storytelling, film and sound editing. New Preschool Wing In September the Academy opened a renovated preschool wing designed specifically for students aged 2 – 5 years of age. The facility features areas for cooking, technology and a small amphitheater for performances. The Academy’s preschool program offers children purposeful learning experiences to support social, emotional, cognitive and physiological development through science, art, math, foreign language, pre-reading exercises and movement activities. The RA Difference Many families have discovered what a difference the Ridgefield Academy experience can make for their child. For more information about Ridgefield Academy, visit, or call Julie Crane at (203) 894-1800 x112.

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Public Speaking An important part of becoming a confident learner is learning the tools to effectively communicate your ideas. Seven years ago Ridgefield Academy implemented a public speaking program. The school recognized that if children are taught the tools for effective communication and given ample opportunity to practice, they could effectively learn written and verbal communication at a young age. RA students learn the strategies for successful written and oral communication and through practice, develop into confident writers and public speakers. Service Learning and Character Development The RA school community is a caring community built on a foundation



The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall, was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1905. Lauralton is the first independent Catholic college-prep school for young women in Connecticut. A member of the National Association of Independent Schools and National Coalition of Girls Schools, Lauralton Hall is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Connecticut Department of Education. Lauralton Hall is one of a select group of Catholic girls’ schools that has remained true to its original unique mission, which is to foster a community atmosphere enriched by the Mercy tradition and to educate young women to pursue knowledge, recognize truth and respond to the needs of others. The core values of a Mercy education play an integral role in a Lauralton Hall education: compassion and service; educational excellence; concern for women and women’s issues; global vision and responsibility; spiritual growth and development; as well as collaboration.

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE Set on a beautiful 30-acre campus, the school is located in historic downtown Milford, within walking distance of the train station. Students from over 35 communities arrive by train, car, or bus. The student body is composed of young women from diverse socioeconomic, religious and ethnic backgrounds. Lauralton currently enrolls 465 students in grades 9 through 12. Lauralton prepares girls to become competent, confident and compassionate women. The well-rounded curriculum fully prepares students for college study, with demanding honors and advanced placement classes offered in all academic disciplines. State-of-the-art science labs and ever-evolving technologies in the classrooms prepare students with 21st century skills. Courses are available through the UConn Early Education Experience (ECE), a concurrent enrollment program that allows motivated high school students to take UConn courses at their high schools for both high school and college credit. Continuing the tradition of individualized attention, Lauralton’s highly regarded Center for College Counseling and Guidance provides one-on-one counseling with each student and her family throughout their four years. Lauralton Hall is a member of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) and the South West Conference (SWC) with fifteen varsity sports to choose from. The campus has playing fields and an athletic center which houses a basketball court as well as a fully-equipped fitness center. Lauralton Hall encourages each student to become involved in at least one extracurricular activity. With more than 30 clubs and organizations to choose from, there is something to fit the interest of every student. Activities include culture trips, student council, national and language honor societies, a fall musical, art club and additions made yearly based on student interest. Community service is an integral part of a Mercy education; students are challenged to succeed in a rigorous academic program and also to give of themselves – especially to those in need. Lauralton Hall: 200 High St, Milford, CT 06460. Kathleen Shine, Director of Enrollment Management: (203) 877-2786 x125. Email:; Website:

Villa Maria School Stamford, CT What would you do if your child were having trouble keeping up in school? At home, maybe your son becomes more anxious, or your daughter isn’t as happy as she used to be. Soon enough, your child may start dreading school, showing problem behaviors you’ve never seen before. These are common signs of a child frustrated by school — a child who is in a program that isn’t meeting his or her needs. Students who learn differently need a learning environment that’s different, too: one where they are understood and can be successful. For many families the safe, caring environment at Villa Maria School in Stamford has been the answer. It’s a school that has been successful at teaching students with learning differences for almost 40 years. Many have called Villa Maria the “Jewel on the Hill in Stamford” because of the beauty and serenity of the setting. But what happens inside is beautiful as well: with one teacher for every four or five students, Villa Maria offers a highly individualized instructional environment, tailored to the specific needs of the each and every student. All of our teachers are certified in special education. Villa Maria School is State approved as a special education school, and accredited by both the State Department of Education and the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. Perhaps the most powerful words about Villa Maria come from the parents who have lived through the frustration of knowing their children were not in the right place because their schools weren’t meeting their needs. Here is one story: VICTORIA JORDAN “When you realize your child needs help, you wonder if anyone can help—if there’s any hope. The worst thing for a parent is knowing your child needs help and you don’t know how to help him. I will never forget our first visit to Villa Maria. First of all, they have a welcome sign when a student visits, and I can’t tell you what that small gesture of seeing a welcome sign with your name on it means. He immediately felt important. It was such a relief to find a school that has teachers who knew how to teach my child. They not only understand how to teach each child, they do it. There’s a lot of one-to-one work that goes on and there’s intensity to the work they do here that’s very unique.” Villa Maria is a private, co-educational day school serving students with learning disabilities in grades K-9. If you are interested in finding out more about Villa Maria School, visit their website at or call Mary Ann Tynan, Director of Admissions, at 203/322-5886. Villa Maria School is located at 161 Sky Meadow Drive in Stamford, CT.

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE York Preparatory School New York City York Preparatory School is a co-educational, independent, college preparatory day school offering a traditional curriculum for grades 6-12. In the belief that every student can succeed, we provide a supportive atmosphere that reflects and is enhanced by the diversity and richness of New York City. York Prep recognizes the student as the focus of the educational process. We guide our students to reach their optimum potential intellectually, physically, and socially. Each student is challenged to think critically and creatively in a structured environment where excellence is rewarded and individual effort is encouraged. We strive to develop responsible citizens by reinforcing respect for self and for others in the community. York Prep students are grouped into subject-specific tracks, thus enabling them to recognize their academic potential. We believe subject-specific

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tracking encourages students to take academic risks and to reach beyond their comfort level. For high achievers, we have an honors program of accelerated classes in all subjects and offer Advanced Placement testing. In addition, the Headmaster may permit seniors and advanced eleventh graders the opportunity to take courses at Columbia University, New York University, or tHe german scHool of connecticut Hunter College. The York Prep Scholars Program is a three-year sequence which addresses the needs of York’s most academically able students with a rigorous curriculum. Units on such topics as “Neuroscience,” “Italian Renaissance Art,” “Statistics,” and “Shakespeare Performance” are presented independently in mini-courses taught by members of the faculty who focus on their particular intellectual passions and specialties. York Prep’s Jump Start Program helps students with different learning styles and learning disabilities to function successfully in an academically-challenging mainstream setting. Study skills, test-



taking skills, and organizational skills are key components of this supplemental program. The Jump Start program offers supervised group study periods before and after school every day except Friday afternoon, and two 45-minute one-on-one sessions with a designated Jump Start teacher, with whom the student works over the course of the school year. Located in a stately, self-contained, seven-level granite building, York Prep is situated on 68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue in Manhattan. York Prep takes advantage of its surroundings by holding its fall and spring physical education classes and team practices in Central Park and by conducting regular visits to Lincoln Center. In addition, the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are only a few blocks away. York Prep’s location truly makes the school an intimate place to learn in the heart of New York City. York Prep offers the following sports: Boys’ Varsity Soccer, Boys’ Varsity Basketball, Girls’ Varsity Soccer, Girls’ Varsity Basketball, Middle School Soccer, Middle School Basketball, Girls’ Varsity Volleyball, Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball, Girls’ Junior Varsity Volleyball, Girls’ Varsity Softball, Boys’ Varsity Volleyball, Indoor Varsity Track & Field, Girls’ Middle School Volleyball, Varsity Track & Field, Varsity Golf, Middle School Track & Field, Boys’ Varsity Baseball, Varsity Cross Country, Middle School Baseball, and Middle School Cross Country. Clubs and activities include Beekeepers Society, Book Club, Broadway Club, Chess Club, Community Service Club, Environmental & Gardeners Club, Fitness Club, French Cinema Club, Gay/Straight Alliance, Glee Club, literary and arts magazine, Knitting Club, Model United Nations, Multicultural Club, New York City Tour Club, Open Studio/Crafts Club, Origami Club, school newspaper, Peer Tutoring Program, Photography Club, Rock Band, School Production/Drama Club, Science Club, Stock Market Group, Student Government Organization, Ukulele Club, Yearbook, Swim Club, Tennis Club, Intramural Sports Program, and Student Yoga. For further information contact: Elizabeth Norton, Director of Enrollment 212-362-0400 ext. 103;; or Cathy Minaudo, Director of Admissions 212-362-0400 ext. 106;

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In today’s vibrant and diverse society, communication across national borders has increased exponentially. Consequently, the advantages to knowing and speaking several languages are limitless, but knowing and speaking the right languages is key. What many may not know, is that German has become an especially advantageous option, as a language of music, science, and literature, as well as the native tongue of the world’s number one exporter of goods worldwide. And there’s no better place to learn this interesting and dynamic language than the German School of Connecticut (GSC). With locations in both Fairfield County and Hartford, GSC is the only professional German Saturday school in the state and offers classes from pre-

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE River and the Appalachian Trail. Canterbury was founded in 1915 by prominent lay Catholics. One of the founders, Dr. Nelson Hume, was honored by Pope Pius XI for his outstanding work in education. Today the Canterbury student body is a diverse mix of both Catholics and non-Catholics from 16 countries and 21 states. Canterbury’s buildings, set on 150 acres, are a rich architectural mix of traditional and modern. The Chapel of Our Lady is both the physical center and the spiritual heart of the campus. The large newly renovated and expanded Robert Markey Steele Hall has a dining room, a student center, two computer labs, a library, a 100-seat lecture room, and the Steers Admission Center. Next door, Nelson Hume Hall has classrooms, science labs, a 400-seat auditorium, and the Theater Department’s “green room.” The sports facilities include ten playing fields, three baseball diamonds, eight tennis courts, a track, a new state of the art aquatic center, and the Hockey Arena. The athletic facility houses three basketball courts, five international squash courts, locker rooms, a weight and fitness room, a wrestling room, as well as space for aerobics and dance. New Milford, CT There are eight student dormitories, which, like the classroom buildings, have wireless Internet access. There are eighty faculty, most of whom also coach and serve as dorm advisors, and therefore may be working with a student in several roles each day. Many live on campus, 30 with their families. Canterbury School takes pride in the breadth and depth of its course options. Few boarding schools of Canterbury’s size offer as many AP classes (19). Canterbury is among the very few offering AP courses in World History, Drawing, and Music Theory. The school also offers four years of Latin. All 100% of the seniors in the class of 2011 continued on to college. Students have enrolled at excellent schools such as: Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin, Colby, Colgate, Columbia, UConn, Cornell, Dartmouth, Fordham, Georgetown, Loyola, Northeastern, Notre Dame, Penn, Roger Williams, St. Lawrence, US Coast Guard Academy, US Naval Academy, Villanova and Wesleyan. Canterbury’s sports program is extensive, the athletic facilities are substantial, and the coaches are dedicated. All Grades 9-12 • Boarding & Day • (860) 210-3934 • students participate in athletics. Three team levels – Varsity, Junior Varsity, and recreational—are fielded in most sports to accommodate players of varying skills, ages, and size. Boys day aNd BoaRdING teams are organized in basketball, baseball, crew, cross-country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, squash, swimming, tennis, track, water Canterbury School polo, and wrestling. Girls compete in basketball, crew, cross-country, New Milford, CT Canterbury School is a coeducational boarding and day school enrolling field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swim360 students in a college preparatory program for grades 9-12. In addi- ming, track, tennis, and volleyball. Students may earn academic credit for participating in the Canterbury tion to its strong academic program, the school is known for the beauty of its location, a true dedication to spiritual growth, and an exciting Choir, Chorale and Octet as well as Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Band. Other activities include student government, theater, the school newspasports program for both boys and girls. The school is situated on a hilltop adjacent to the historic section of per, the yearbook, and the literary magazine. Interest clubs are formed New Milford, Connecticut, where Roger Sherman, one of the signers of for the environment and recycling, diversity issues, and school spirit. the Declaration of Independence, lived. The campus is about 80 miles; from New York City in an area of natural beauty near the Housatonic 100 Aspetuck Avenue, New Milford, CT. 860/210-3800. kindergarten to high school and for adults. The school boasts a two-track continuous curriculum – one for beginners and non-native speakers and the other for those with native and near-native fluency – as well as classes for business German, which are tailored to the needs of employees in local businesses. “Coming to the German School of Connecticut is fun,” said Dr. Renate Ludanyi, the school’s principal. “Celebrating old-world customs and establishing international relationships and friendships is the next best thing to traveling abroad. The German School of Connecticut has been in Fairfield County for 30 years and it is still growing. It is one of Fairfield’s best kept secrets…no longer.” For more information regarding GSC, visit or call 203-548.0438 for the Fairfield County location and 860-242-3399 for the Hartford location.

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE BoaRdING schools Westover Middlebury, CT Education Plus Opportunities for Girls in Special Areas of Interest Westover, a selective boarding school of 200 girls, grades 9 - 12, in Middlebury, CT, has students from 16 countries and 19 states. Because the Westover community values the ideas and talents of every student, its students have endless opportunities to distinguish and challenge themselves. In addition to its rich and varied curriculum, Westover offers three specialized programs for those students with more concentrated interests. These programs provide co-curricular experiences for Westover students with the Brass City Ballet, the Manhattan School of Music, and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).

• Brass City Ballet. As participants in this program, a joint venture between Westover and the Brass City Ballet, select students have the opportunity to study dance at one of the region’s leading dance schools. Students audition in the fall of their entry year and take six dance classes a week in ballet, modern, and jazz. • Manhattan School of Music. This joint program between the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division and Westover offers talented musicians and vocalists the opportunity to study music and play in an orchestra or ensemble at one of the country’s leading music schools. Students must complete a separate application and audition to be accepted into the program. • WISE (Women in Science and Engineering). This advanced extracurricular program in conjunction with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) offers a variety of electives aimed at preparing students for careers in science or engineering. WISE graduates also receive special consideration for RPI’s engineering program. A number of Westover graduates who have participated in these programs have later pursued studies in dance, music, science and engineering in college and have gone on to establish careers in these fields. In addition, Westover offers three signature programs that further reflect the School’s commitment to giving students opportunities to gain experience and knowledge in special areas of interest: the Sonja Osborn Museum Studies Internship, the Online School for Girls, and Westover’s



Summer Programs for girls entering grades 7, 8 and 9. • The Sonja Osborn Museum Studies Internship. The Museum Studies Internship, designed for students with interests and aptitude in the study of art history, consists of a ten-week program. The first eight weeks are spent at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT, the home designed and lived in by Theodate Pope Riddle, Westover’s architect. The final two weeks are spent working on a project that investigates the historical ties between the museum and Westover. • The Online School for Girls (OSG). Westover was one of four all-girls schools in 2009 to establish a consortium to offer online education for girls. Girls taking part in the program are offered courses taught by faculty members from the consortium over the Internet. Courses range from multivariable calculus and differential equations to women in art and literature. All classes focus on collaborative projects for participating students. • Westover’s Summer Programs. The School’s residential one- or twoweek summer programs in the arts and academics are an extension of the Westover experience, allowing girls to benefit from courses taught by Westover instructors while enjoying a range of summer activities. Recent course offerings have included ceramics, creative writing, dance, drama, Model United Nations, and photography. These six programs reflect the diverse offerings that Westover provides for all of its students. As Head of School Ann Pollina has noted, “Westover’s small, all-girls’ environment forces students out of boxes and into a bigger picture of themselves. Our girls are artists and athletes, musicians and mathematicians, poets and physicists – sometimes all at the same time.” 1237 Whittemore Rd, Middlebury, CT. 203/758-2423; For admissions information, or to arrange a visit, contact Westover’s Office of Admission at 203/577-4521 or e-mail

Avon Old Farms School Avon, CT Since 1927, Avon Old Farms has been a leader in preparing young men for higher education, and the world. Avon is a dynamic community of learning with a rigorous curriculum anchored in the liberal arts. By understanding boys – and with appreciation for their sense of humor, their energy, and how they learn – we have created the kind of environment where our students are able to become their best selves. Avon is conveniently located in the heart of the Farmington River Valley. Our founder, Theodate Pope Riddle, an accomplished American

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE architect, created a campus with the feel of an English village on 1,000 acres of Connecticut countryside. The Cotswold-inspired architecture reflects the traditional approach to education that is so successful here. Avon’s teachers are experts in their fields who bring lessons to life and create compelling context for discussion. Creativity, innovation, and collaboration are taught by example through humor, inquiry, and debate. Small classes mean that every voice is heard and every question answered. At Avon we understand the importance of personal connection, especially during adolescence; this is why we have held strong to the model of a faculty member who advises, teaches, mentors, and coaches our boys. Athletics is an honored tradition at Avon and, we believe, a valuable part of a complete education. Our athletic program is one of the best in the country and we attribute our success to experienced coaches, excellent facilities, strong competition, and an emphasis on things that matter most: teamwork, determination, and sportsmanship. As successful as we are at the varsity level, Avon sub-varsity teams play a full schedule in every sport, giving all our boys the opportunity to learn, stay fit, and enjoy the bonding experience of being part of a team. Another way Avon boys come together is through the arts. Our rich and varied programs in music and the visual and performing arts provide many opportunities for boys to express themselves creatively and form meaningful connections with peers. Our students have been honored locally, regionally, and nationally for their creative accomplishments. Most impressive, however, Avon is a place where you can draw, paint, play an instrument, sing or act whether you have had years of experience or none. As a college preparatory school, one of our goals is to identify and facilitate the right matches between Avon students and institutions of higher learning. Our boys typically begin the college counseling process during sophomore year, setting expectations and goals early so that by the time they are seniors, they are prepared to take the lead on this leg of their journey to adulthood. At Avon Old Farms, our goal is to be the best school for boys. From the start, we have successfully given young men the tools they need to excel both personally and professionally. Our core values of integrity, civility, selfdiscipline, altruism, tolerance, sportsmanship, and responsibility are fundamental to life at Avon, and stay with our graduates for a lifetime. Avon Old Farms School: 500 Old Farms Road, Avon, CT 06001. 800464-2866;

The Storm King School Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY Balancing Competition and Cooperation in 21st Century Education Paul Domingue, The Storm King School’s 16th head of school in 145 years, introduced himself this summer with a letter that included the following thoughts. Geography dictates so much of every school’s culture, but in this 21st century it is critical that we prepare students to become leaders in a global marketplace and society. Our challenge is to identify the skills, values, and habits of mind that will serve them well in their ongoing education and careers of the future. Much has been written about the “21st century skills” we should be teaching, among them: co-operation, teamwork, empathy, and group-think—some of the essential skills for success in the new global economy. This list sits in sharp contrast to the quintessentially American notions of competition, individualism, self-realization, and personal responsibility that have been the mainstays of prep-school education. And while a sympathetic—if not empathetic—impulse to society’s betterment underpins traditional standards of

leadership, contemporary standards push for a less hierarchical approach. All of this begs several questions. Should schools dramatically shift to embrace these new imperatives? Should an individual’s success depend upon his or her group’s success? What of grades? Accountability? Personal initiative and responsibility? And are these new values the remedy for the endemic abuse of power we have witnessed here and abroad? I endorse the notion that ethics should be at the heart of all we do. Twenty-first century leaders must possess extraordinary personal integrity and, I believe, employ what is “right” as the litmus test for decision making. As we prepare our Storm King students to assume positions of leadership, traditional character education must remain at the center of our daily community experience. To slavishly abandon traditional values in favor of new, market-driven substitutes seems unwise at best. Most of the uniquely American focus on the individual remains relevant. Individualism has been and will continue to be a powerful force for progress and should not be dismissed as

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dated and irrelevant. And it is telling that US boarding schools are in great demand by students from around the world. To suppose that 21st century society will not reward competitiveness is to ignore the realities of population growth, the unequal distribution of resources around the planet, and the universal desire to provide for one’s children opportunities for a better life. The real question revolves around the need to embrace competition without allowing it to overwhelm our global sensibility and desire for equanimity. For that to occur, competition must be tempered. But to force a choice—competition versus cooperation—is a red herring. Rather, I would argue for a more balanced, blended approach that draws the best from both points of view. Indeed, the Greek notion of balance remains the single greatest gift we can give students today. So, it seems to me that the best, most forward-thinking schools will be ones that preserve the best of their traditions and balance them with emerging educational imperatives. Living balanced lives that acknowledge our competing natures and accommodate the range of human experience should be our ultimate goal. Find the complete letter at www. Mr. Domingue and the rest of The Storm King School community are eager to welcome you for a visit. For more information, visit or call Joanna Evans at (845) 534-9860. 314 Mountain Road, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520 WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM

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New Hampton School New Hampton, NH A drive through the bucolic village of New Hampton, New Hampshire, provides a view of New Hampton School’s idyllic academic row, a setting for the education of boys and girls since 1821. Nevertheless, New Hampton School’s long tradition as a transformative secondary school in the boarding school tradition has not slowed the School’s evolution in recent years. A school on the move, New Hampton School is now considered one of the most innovative boarding schools in the country, an institution that is not only preparing students for college, but also providing graduates with the skills, confidence, and values they will need to succeed in life and in a world that is more interconnected than ever. “New Hampton School opened up a world of opportunity for me and pushed me to have an open mind,” says Will Callif, a four-year boarding student who is now a freshman at the College of the Holy Cross. “It’s a tight-knit community. The adults in the community are your coaches, house parents, and advisors. I’m fully prepared for college, but I’m going to miss it, because attending NHS was the best decision of my life.” New Hampton, which recently reintroduced a weeklong Project Period, considers not only what students need now, but also what they will need 10 years from now. Look no further than School’s adoption of the International Baccalaureate diploma program. New Hampton was the first IB boarding school in New England, and many school are now making the move. Its comprehensive technology integration plan has resulted in a fully integrated 1:1 iPad Program. “As a school, we have taken the necessary steps, including training and surveys, to ensure that the iPad in our school is not merely a device but a vehicle for our students to become



better independent learners and our teachers to differentiate their pedagogy,” says Head of School Andrew Menke, who is in his eighth year at New Hampton. An independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for boarding and day students, grades 9 through 12 and postgraduate, New Hampton is nestled in the foothills of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and is in the heart of the beautiful Lakes Region. The 350-acre campus features six classroom buildings, including the state-of-the-art Pilalas Center for Math and Science. There are 13 residential houses, varying in size, each with resident house parents/family. The 2012-13 student body includes representation from 20 states and 24 different countries, and 18 percent of New Hampton students are international. New Hampton routinely sends its students to top colleges and universities. Students in the last three years have attended schools including the University of Michigan, Columbia University, Princeton University, Cornell University, Connecticut College, Williams College, Brown University, UCLA, Trinity College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Chicago. “Colleges respect the way students are asked to think in new integrative ways, utilizing the inquiry-based, interdisciplinary nature of IB courses. Our IB program puts New Hampton School in a more competitive position in the college process,” Director of College Counseling Derek Krein explains. The school boasts a tremendously strong athletic program with a number of players competing at the Division I level and at academicallyminded NESCAC schools. It also offers a variety of arts offerings. 70 Main Street, New Hampton, NH. Office of Admission: 603-677-3401; email: Director of Admission: Suzanne Walker Buck.


Chamberlain-Hunt Academy Port Gibson, MS Daily Life Undeniably, students give up some traditional teenage activities to come to Chamberlain-Hunt. What do they get in return? Rigorous Academics. Small class sizes. Opportunities to excel. Safety. Close friendships. The Academy’s belief is that the purpose of high school is not having a full social calendar, but rather to prepare students for college and adulthood. Through a structured boarding program, students get a change of pace from the usual high school experience and have space to develop academically, physically, and spiritually. cHamberlain-Hunt academy

transition into the adult world. The Academy’s military structure gives students the chance to be a leader among peers as they rise through the ranks and earn badges and command positions. It’s different from the usual high school agenda, but it offers experiences and friendships that will last a lifetime. Extracurricular Opportunities A Chamberlain-Hunt Academy cadet will have experiences that many other high school students never have. There is a 72-acre wilderness training facility adjacent to campus with two paintball courses, a climbing and rappelling tower, a fitness trail, two confidence courses, and a 4.5-acre fishing pond. At the 30-yard pistol and rifle range, students will have the opportunity to hone marksmanship skill. High-energy activities like swimming, tackling the climbing and rappelling tower, running obstacle courses, and intramural athletics will get them in the best physical shape of their lives. Application Timetable Applications are accepted at any time. The application processing fee is $100. Stephen C. Allen, MAJ, CHA, Director of Admissions. 124 McComb Avenue, Port Gibson, MS 39150.; 601/437-8855.

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Academic Program Chamberlain-Hunt’s students achieve distinction in the classroom, often for the first time. Class sizes are purposely kept small to allow each cadet to get the attention he needs. The average cadet-teacher ratio is 5:1, with class sizes ranging from 1 to 14 students. Last year, 28% of enrollment carried a 3.7 GPA or better. Writing skill is crucial. Chamberlain-Hunt is focused on giving students necessary writing skills. Chamberlain-Hunt employs Excellence in Writing (EiW), a program particularly beneficial to boys that can help them overcome the fear of the blank page. It is designed to teach structure and style in composition. This program is used for writing across the curriculum, and becomes the standard by which all writing is taught and measured. Chamberlain-Hunt’s instructors offer an unparalleled education for young men. All instructors are certified and 90 percent hold advanced degrees. Young men who complete the Academy’s program enter the nation’s top colleges. College-bound Chamberlain-Hunt seniors score an average of 5 points higher than the state average and 4 points higher than the national average on the ACT. Structure and Conduct Chamberlain-Hunt’s military structure is one of the School’s unique features, which sets it apart from most of the nation’s boarding schools. Through their time at Chamberlain-Hunt, young men learn the benefits of hard work and adherence to rules, as they see these qualities rewarded. This model has proven to have a positive effect on the students as they

Founded in 1907, Riverside Military Academy (RMA) offers a traditional, American-style education where personal values, honor, and love of country still matter. Riverside is not owned or operated by any particular religious denomination, but supports the spiritual and educational goals of all families. Riverside’s 2010-11 Corps of Cadets consists of over 380 cadets from 15 countries. RMA is first and foremost a college preparatory school. They offer high quality academics in a structured environment designed to meet the needs of boys in grades 7-12. The military setting adds structure, responsibility, accountability and yes, consequences when necessary. All contribute to a well-rounded young man. This environment works for those who have historically underachieved, who simply have not been able to manage their time, and who tend to procrastinate in every endeavor. The rigorous days at RMA are filled with academics, military activities, social activities, and riverside military academy



INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE athletics. Thus, there is little time for non-productive activities. Over 70% of their faculty hold advanced degrees and encourage their cadets to develop the daily habits essential for success at home and in the workplace. These habits include organizational skills, time management, and the ability to manage stress through preparation and exercise. Cadets of Riverside Military Academy benefit from a small class size and a 14:1 student teacher ratio. Their entire educational program centers around the way young men learn best. Because Riverside believes that there is a strong connection between physical and mental development, extra-curricular activities, field trips, and outdoor activities play an important role in the daily lives of cadets. The RMA program takes full advantage of its 206-acre campus, athletic facilities, and proximity to Lake Lanier, which is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Riverside’s college center assists cadets in preparing for and placing their college applications each year. The graduating class of 2010 consisted of 74 cadets who were admitted to over 90 universities, including the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy –West Point, and received over $4,100,000 in scholarships. Upon graduation, a Riverside cadet has experienced the challenges of the military model of education and is completely prepared for the rigors of college. He is poised, polite, and confident in any social environment. Riverside cadets stand tall, offer a firm handshake, respect authority, and display a level of confidence that parents may not have observed previously. Riverside Military Academy holds dual accreditation in SACS and SAIS. Located in Gainesville, Georgia, just one hour north of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Riverside is easily accessible to cadets and their families from around the world. In addition, RMA offers shuttle service to and from the airport for their cadets. Riverside Military Academy’s comprehensive program of rigorous academics, athletics and leadership development sets the stage for a lifetime of success. They invite you to learn more about Riverside Military Academy by visiting or by calling the admissions office at 800/462-2338.

hIGhER EdUcaTIoN The Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington Think Beyond the Ordinary While most colleges teach the same things in the same ways, Evergreen stands apart. We opened our doors in 1971, not 1791, and you’ll see the benefits in our innovative curriculum, student-driven academic pathways and focus on real learning. The Evergreen Difference • Full-time, multi-quarter interdisciplinary programs, often team-taught • Coordinated schedules for homework, tests and field study • Narrative evaluations • Customized academic pathways • Individual and group learning contracts to tailor your education • Extraordinary 1,000-acre campus in the Pacific Northwest Other Good News • Princeton Review 376 Best Colleges • Colleges That Change Lives (one of only two public colleges included) • Fiske Guides “Best Buy” • Sierra Magazine top 10 green colleges • High acceptance rate to graduate school Learning in Community, Making Connections – Imagine studying



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art, science, history, writing and sociology in one integrated program focused on a central theme. Many students take just one 16-credit, teamtaught interdisciplinary program per quarter (instead of four or five disconnected classes), studying with the same students and faculty for up to a year. Check out our catalog to get a feel for the unique and intriguing interdisciplinary programs you’ll find at Evergreen ( Coordinated Studies – In a full-time interdisciplinary program, homework and tests for one subject don’t compete with another and you don’t have to miss other classes to take field trips, work at an internship, or study abroad. Focus on Learning – Your faculty will give you feedback in a narrative evaluation instead of reducing your hard work down to a letter grade. The focus is on learning and collaboration – often in small seminar groups – not competition for grades. The absence of grades doesn’t mean an absence of high expectations. National studies show that Evergreen students read more, spend more time preparing for class and work more in teams than their peers. More Flexibility – We don’t limit your options with formal majors. You can tailor your education to meet your needs and explore areas of interest without worrying that your credits won’t count toward graduation. Later in your studies, you can also design individual or group learning contracts to create customized learning opportunities. Great Value – Evergreen is both a nationally acclaimed public liberal arts and sciences college and a Fiske Guides best buy. Our total cost of attendance for non-resident students is less than tuition alone at many private institutions. Depending on your need and/or academic qualifications, your actual cost could be even lower. Living in the Pacific Northwest – Evergreen is located in Olympia, Washington’s capital city. Our 1,000-acre forested campus – a living laboratory and classroom – has a beach on Puget Sound, miles of trails, an organic farm, a Native American longhouse, and easy access to Olympia’s vibrant downtown. More opportunities for fun – the Pacific Ocean, Olympic and Mt. Rainier national parks, Mt. St. Helens, ski areas, and the urban scenes of Seattle and Portland, Oregon – are just an hour or two away. Learn more at 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA 98505. 360/867-6170.

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extraordinary amount of personal attention, and a strong social network. All of our students start college early in an environment designed specifically for them. The way we teach, the way we set up our advising system, the way we staff our dorms and choose our faculty and arrange our curriculum – all of these things are tailored for the intellectual and emotional needs of slightly younger students. Life After Simon’s Rock Our graduates are smart, confident and prepared for the next step in their lives. They’ve had internships, studied abroad, and written theses. Those that transfer after earning their AA go on as juniors to many of the most selective colleges and universities in the nation. Our BA graduates go on to the medical, law, business, engineering, and graduate schools of their choice. Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230. 800/235-7186. email Website:

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among all colleges and universities in the nation for the percentage of our graduates who go on to earn the PhD. Why Start College Early For some students the standard track just doesn’t make sense. At 16, they are ready for —and need — the serious, joyous, rigorous exploration of topics and ideas they are passionate about. They don’t want to spend another year or two preparing for college – prepping for and taking standardized tests and padding their resumes. They want the opportunity and challenge of a high quality liberal arts education now. How To Spot A Simon’s Rock Student Simon’s Rock students are not only bright and highly motivated, but truly love learning. They are smart, creative, independent-minded, self-motivated. All have an inner sense of purpose, are mature enough to live semi-independently on a college campus, and are ready for a new community and a new challenge. At Simon’s Rock these students find true peers who share their hunger for engagement and their desire to be part of a vibrant intellectual community. What Sets Simon’s Rock Apart The quality and diversity of the students we enroll, the expertise of the professors, the small and inspiring classes, and the combination of rigor and engagement. All of our classes are seminars. Students learn from each other and from professors. All of our professors are adept at managing lively discussion and debate. Our core curriculum assures a solid foundation across all disciplines, and is complemented by a full array of electives and concentrations in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural and physical sciences, and fine and performing arts. Why Send Your Teen to Simon’s Rock We give them an exceptionally challenging liberal arts curriculum, an

AN UNCONVENTIONAL UNIVERSITY IN A MAINSTREAM WORLD Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a dynamic small, urban, liberal arts-based research university. This combination is important and unique for students who want to excel in today’s world. Our small size gives you access to research opportunities that are normally reserved for graduate students at other schools – and our urban location provides you with a diverse city environment where you can apply your skills and develop solutions to real-world problems. Clark’s tradition of close working relationships provides many opportunities for you to pursue knowledge through active participation. With a 10:1 faculty-to-student ratio, you can partner with professors and postdoctoral associates on a variety of projects. We also offer you the ability to choose from 32 undergraduate majors, along with many master’s degree and Ph.D. program options. At Clark, you will be engaged in a relevant and challenging 21st century education that can impact your life – and the lives and communities around you.

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL GUIDE AN EDUCATION ON THE CUTTING EDGE Clark gives you the chance to participate in something big: LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice), a new model of education that’s transforming the way students learn. LEEP combines a traditional liberal arts education with intensive world, workplace and personal experiences – ensuring that you develop the full range of skills needed to succeed in today’s complex, ever-changing world. A FULL RIDE FOR TEN LEEP SCHOLARS In celebration of the launch of LEEP, we’re offering up to 10 students in 2013 the chance to benefit from everything Clark has to offer – at no cost for tuition, room or board – through the LEEP Scholars program. Scholars also have the opportunity to complete a master’s degree, tuition-free, through our Accelerated B.A./Master’s Degree Program. THE ACCELERATED B.A./MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM With Clark’s excellent graduate programs and research institutes, the University is able to offer all of our students a unique cost-savings opportunity. Work hard and you could earn an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years from one of 14 different programs with the fifth year of tuition waived. Any student who meets the chosen program’s requirements is eligible. A DYNAMIC COMMUNITY WITH GLOBAL INSIGHT By living and learning in Clark’s global community, you have access to a broader understanding of international perspectives. With approximately 600 international students, faculty members and scholars from more than 90 countries, you’ll discover a variety of cultures, traditions, religions and political ideologies to learn about and enjoy. CHALLENGE CONVENTION. CHANGE OUR WORLD. Clark will inspire you to get involved in significant ways in class, on campus and abroad. More than 50 percent of Clark students actively volunteer, locally and globally, through community service and study abroad programs. Our students also lead the charge in organizing more than 120 clubs and organizations involving business, the arts, the sciences, social service, athletics, etc. With our various academic and student life opportunities, LEEP and the overall Clark experience, you’ll be well-equipped to exemplify the University’s motto: “Challenge convention. Change our world.” Clark University: 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA. 800-462-5275 or 508-793-7431;

Miami University Oxford, Ohio A Public Ivy with Powerful Outcomes Miami ranks 9th in the nation for return on tuition investment, according to SmartMoney magazine. also places Miami among the nation’s top public universities for best salary potential after graduation.



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Miami was named one of the original “Public Ivy” universities, and has a national reputation for giving our students the vigorous, wellrounded education that prepares you for professional life. Visit Miami There’s no better way to learn about Miami than by seeing for yourself! Look for year-round visit opportunities at East Coast students at Miami Many students from the Northeast have found a home at Miami. In fact, we have nearly 800 current undergraduates on campus from this area. We also have more than 13,300 active alumni in the Northeast. We know it can be a little confusing. Miami University is in Ohio, NOT in Florida. As our students like to say, Miami was a university before Florida was a state. Classic College Environment East Coast students are attracted to our picture-perfect campus in a friendly college town. It’s a student-focused world in Oxford, and when you want a city environment, just a ½ hour drive to Cincinnati. Personal Guidance, Professional Skills You’ll receive personal attention and guidance from our most experienced professors because teaching is always their first priority. Miami ranks among the top 3 universities in the country for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” in U.S.News & World Report’s 2011 “America’s Best Colleges.” Dartmouth and Princeton tie for first, and Miami is ranked 3rd. Compared to many public universities, undergraduate students at Miami have so many more opportunities to work with professors on research and other projects where students learn professional skills. Worldwide Study Abroad Miami makes it so easy to study abroad, and offers so many programs,

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Roger Williams University Bristol, RI RWU: What will you do? Roger Williams University (RWU) is a medium-sized university with huge opportunities – and they are all open to you. RWU is a leading independent, coeducational university with 43 majors and 40+ minors to choose from; where your course of study can be almost anything you want it to be. RWU is an open community dedicated to the success of students, commitment to a set of core values and providing a world-class education above all else through a curriculum that blends the essence of a liberal arts education with the best of what the professions have to offer. Personal attention is guaranteed, and professors (not graduate assistants) will teach all of your courses—even the intros. Our student to faculty ratio is 14:1 and our class size averages just 19 students; so when we say personal attention we mean it. Interested in community service? All entering freshmen participate in Community Connections, an annual day of service that sends 1,500 students, faculty and staff members to volunteer at more than 70 local organizations. Of course, service at RWU extends far beyond our local community. From alternative spring break and tax help for senior citi-

zens to serving as eco-reps to help us become a carbon neutral campus, RWU students are improving the community and world around them. Our students are also preparing for future careers. Faculty/student research projects allow students to learn from hands-on experience with faculty members, often with the opportunity to present their research at national and international industry conferences. Our students are often published researchers long before they are graduates. Of course many of them also choose to pursue internships as career preparation, and find placements in locations around the world. Speaking of around the world, the University encourages all students to study abroad, whether it’s for a year, semester, summer session or even a mini-mester. We work with programs on every continent but Antarctica! Maintain a 3.0 GPA, and the University will give you your passport for free. But let’s get real—you’re in the classroom for 15 hours a week. The college experience is everything that happens in the rest of those hours—living away from home, doing your own laundry, getting involved on campus and defining the person you want to be. RWU has more than 60 clubs and organizations and 20 varsity athletics teams, everything from Wiffleball to our national champion coed sailing squad. Then there’s our location. You’d be amazed how many people have seen pictures, but still can’t believe how beautiful the campus is. Located in Bristol, R.I. and surrounded by water, we’ve got that old New England charm with all the modern amenities of a big city school. RWU is conveniently located just 30 minutes from both Providence (R.I.’s creative capital) and Newport (R.I.’s beach haven), one hour from Boston and just three hours from New York City. Our students are training to become teachers, psychologists, lawyers, architects, engineers, business leaders and more. They are making a difference every day. What will you do? To learn more, contact our Admission office at (888) 557-5015 or email 1 Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI. WESTONMAGAZINEGROUP.COM



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July 7-August 10, 2013 The UPPER SCHOOL — Comprised of students who have completed grades nine, ten, eleven, or twelve — enrolls some 500 students who come to us from more than 40 states, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and several dozen foreign nations. ACCESS EXETER — Open to students who have completed grades seven or eight — provides a challenging academic program for approximately 250 students. Together, these students embody a rich diversity of language, culture, religion and race.

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The summer before her senior year as a criminal justice major at Rutgers, Karina Martinez of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, studied child labor laws in Ghana as part of an effort to raise awareness about human rights.

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Why would a student help another scale a 10-foot wall? Why would a 17-year-old walk differently than his friends back home? Hold his head higher? Consider himself a leader? The answer is pride. A private day and boarding academy for grades 7-12 and postgraduate, VFMA’s mission is preparing students for competitive four-year colleges. 99% of our cadets are accepted to their first- or second-choice schools. And more than 63% matriculate at the nation’s leading universities. The primary reason for that is our Five Cornerstones —academic excellence, character development, personal motivation, physical development, and leadership. Our students thrive and grow thanks to an average class size of just 13, with a student-teacher ratio of 10:1. Valley Forge Military Academy is not for everyone. It is not easy. In fact, it’s demanding. But students who are ready to push themselves to new heights, who are ready to learn, to follow, and ultimately to lead, will not only flourish here. They will proudly flourish in whatever paths they choose in life.


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Deutsch mit Spaß! German School of Connecticut

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Nothing connects us to a country more than its language. Speaking German can help you strengthen that connection while enhancing travel, education and buziness horizons. Established in 1978, the German School of Connecticut (GSC) – the only professional German Saturday School in the state – provides a high-quality German educational program for over 350 children and adults. At GSC, students at all levels learn German language and culture Saturdy mornings during the academic year. • Two convenient locations: Stamford and West Hartford. • All grades: pre K-12, and adult classes too!

“Fluency in German gave my daughter that extra edge to get into her first choice in college… and later helped her find a job as well!” - Mother of Former Student

• Dedicated, professional teachers. • Two different proficiency levels: beginners/non-native, and near fluent/native.

“My children learned so much at GSC that when we go to Germany, they feel at home with the language and culture.” - German Parent

• Best CT results in the National German AATG Examinations. • Prepare for SAT Subject Test and AP German Exam. • Deutsches Sprachdiplom A2, B1, C1, satisfying German university entrance language requirements.

“My Business Studies got me the interview, but I am convinced my fluency in German landed the job.” - Former Student/Business Major

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At The Knox School, everything we do is geared to helping young people become exceptional in the sizes, and students that care as much about good values as they do about strong academic achievement. At Knox, all our students learn to be exceptional. Contact us at 631-686-1600 or online at


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The Endangered Barber By James M. Chesbro

I’m quIte sure Al Is the lAst remAInIng bArber In town, And the only one who wIll remInd me of my fAther. whAt I lIke About Al’s hAIrcut Is thAt he’s A true crAftsmAn of A lost Art. I trust hIm to hold sheArs And hummIng clIppers to my heAd— to shAve the bAck of my neck wIth A strAIght rAzor. Every five or six weeks, I sit in his chair, watch the traffic on the main road in town, and he takes care of me. Nothing changes in the barbershop except the magazines and newspapers. You can talk with the other customers while you wait, if you want. But the guys at the barbershop don’t really say much to each other except to defer with a head nod when Al asks who’s next. Al’s hair is white around the sides. The overhead light reflects in the skin of his head. If my father were alive, he would be seventy-one, which is how old I surmise Al to be. He has three children, and his daughter was born in the same month and year as me. Photographs of his grandchildren decorate the borders of his mirror. I see their faces as I see myself and Al in the reflection. I sit in his barber chair and we talk about the weather and baseball. Sometimes you have to wait for Al. You might be lucky and find him reading in his barber chair. But most times, you have one and sometimes two guys in front of you. If it’s going to be a while, Al will ask if you have any errands you can do and to come back in



an hour or so. You can’t be impatient with Al. He’s too nice, he’s too old, and he’s too rare of a barber. It seems like an odd admission to say I worry about my barber, but I do. I’ve been to the haircut chains and other places where a barber pole spins outside the entrance. For years I tried different places before finally finding Al and his barbershop, Colonial Haircutters. Most people used one pair of clippers, and one pair of scissors. They’d ask me what number attachment I wanted on the clippers, as if I were a meal at a fast-food joint. The lower the number the closer the cut. I’m pretty sure Al uses a three, but I don’t know because Al doesn’t have to ask. Al lives in the next town over. He likes to garden. He sees his grandchildren often. And like mine, his father died of a heart attack, when he was young. I see Al more than my closest friends, more than my mother. Every five or six weeks, my son, James, and I need a haircut, and we’re not on the same schedule. After I hand Al some cash, I say, “See you in a few weeks.” He charges twenty-one dollars. I used to hand him a twenty and a five dollar bill and walk away. But ever since he’s been cutting James’s hair, I’ve given him thirty dollars. Sometimes I don’t have exact change, and Al will take both twenties and put them in his pocket, and I have to ask for a ten back. And I tell him I wish I could just throw around twenties, and how I’d gladly throw them at him, the way some men do in the barbershop at Christmas. He says, “You and me both, Buddy.” He laughs, and pats

me on the back as we leave. Outside the window from Al’s red barber chair, green grass rolls down an abrupt hill where vehicles stop and go at the busy intersection. After a long lull in the conversation, as he stares at my hair and I stare out the window in a daze, I say, “God, it feels good to sit here, Al.” He wears my father’s uniform: khakis and a plaid sleeveless button-down shirt. “Well, you’ve got the kids in your classroom and the kids at home, right?” “Right, Al.” “A man needs to kick his feet up every now and then, doesn’t he?” “You’re telling me, Al.” “Well, just enjoy it. This is the best therapy you got.” And he continues to snip behind my ear. And I continue to stare at the shifting headlights glowing in the faint light of dusk. After Al puts away the clippers, he unbuttons the plastic draped around my neck. He pushes a paper towel under my shirt collar. He rubs warm shaving cream on my hairline, and shaves it off with a straight razor. He rubs the aftershave into my skin with his fingers. I anticipate a pat on the top of my head and an atta boy, as my father used to do. He grabs a large hand mirror with the handle broken off and holds it up behind my head. “How’s it look?” “Like it always, does, Al. Like it always does.”


James M. Chesbro’s essays appear in The Huffington Post and Connecticut Review. He is at work on A Lion in the Snow, a collection of interlinked familial portraits.

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