Whose Birthday Is It? May 26, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? May 26, 2020

Al Jolson (1886) Jolson was one of the most popular entertainers in the US in the 1930s. The son of a rabbi, he had planned to be a cantor but instead became a singer and comedian. By the age of 15, he was touring in vaudeville and minstrel shows. His 1909 blackface performance of “Mammy” was a hit, and he performed on Broadway and the radio. In 1927, he starred in the first feature-length “talkie,” The Jazz Singer. How do scholars differ in their analysis of Jolson’s use of blackface in his performances? More…

by · May 26, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: May 26, 2020

Quote of the Day: May 26, 2020

If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby “it.” Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

by · May 26, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Word of the Day: May 26, 2020

Word of the Day: May 26, 2020

drudgery  Definition: (noun) Hard, menial, and monotonous work. Synonyms: donkeywork, plodding, grind Usage: The novelty soon wore off, and though she thought she was prepared for drudgery, she found it very tedious to go on doing the same thing day after day. Discuss.

by · May 26, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Remember The Meaning Of Memorial Day And The Pandemic

Remember The Meaning Of Memorial Day And The Pandemic

This Memorial Day is different as we honor those who served this country and became our fallen heroes. The Coronavirus pandemic has caused the difference.   This columnist roamed around the Pelham Bay community this holiday weekend. There were hardly any […]

by · May 25, 2020 · Holidays
Whose Birthday Is It? May 25, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? May 25, 2020

Beverly Sills (1929) Sills was an American operatic soprano. She sang on the radio as a child and made her operatic debut in 1946. Her 1966 performance in Julius Caesar made her an opera star, not just for her voice, but also for her acting. After 25 years of singing with the New York City Opera, she became its director, and she also served as chairman of the board of New York’s Lincoln Center and of the Metropolitan Opera. In 2006, she claimed to have stopped singing, even in the shower, for what reason? More…

by · May 25, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: May 25, 2020

Quote of the Day: May 25, 2020

Compromise, n.: Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due. Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

by · May 25, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Word of the Day: May 25, 2020

Word of the Day: May 25, 2020

ebullience  Definition: (noun) Zestful enthusiasm. Synonyms: exuberance Usage: Once Sam’s fever broke, his natural ebullience began to return, and he was soon begging to be allowed outside to play. Discuss.

by · May 25, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? May 24, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? May 24, 2020

Joseph Brodsky (1940) Soon after Brodsky began writing poetry in the USSR in the 1950s, he was accused by the government of “social parasitism” and sentenced to hard labor. Exiled in 1972, he settled in New York and began writing in English. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1987 and was poet laureate of the US for a time. His poetry, with its themes of loss and exile, is highly regarded for its intensity, depth, and wit. What was his retort when a Soviet judge once asked him, “Who enrolled you in the ranks of poets?” More…

by · May 24, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: May 24, 2020

Quote of the Day: May 24, 2020

I always advise people never to give advice. P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

by · May 24, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Word of the Day: May 24, 2020

Word of the Day: May 24, 2020

orison  Definition: (noun) Reverent petition to a deity. Synonyms: petition, prayer Usage: Jehan go every evening to chapel, and sing there an anthem with verse and orison to Madame the glorious Virgin Mary. Discuss.

by · May 24, 2020 · Bulletin Board

Faith That Goes Above and Beyond

By: Rev. J. Loren Russell 1 John 5:4-5 KJV “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that […]

by · May 23, 2020 · Matters of Faith, Religion

Churches Re-Opening

I feel the need to speak up and to speak out about Donald Trump’s executive Order that reopens churches. I urge all pastors and leaders to think long and hard about re-opening the sanctuary for worship. The death rate has […]

Mayor de Blasio leads the Jacobi Hospital workers in a big Thumbs Up to all the Front Line workers.

Mayor de Blasio comes to Jacobi Hospital to lead the 7 PM Clap

Friday evening Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped by Jacobi Hospital to congratulate the health care workers at Jacobi saying “You were saving lives before this crisis, we wish we never had”. In looking at the over one hundred hospital workers […]

by · May 23, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? May 23, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? May 23, 2020

Rosemary Clooney (1928) Clooney was an American singer popular in the 1950s with hits such as “Come On-a My House.” She also appeared in several movies, including White Christmas (1954), which co-starred Bing Crosby. In the 1960s, mental illness and drug addiction took a toll on her career, but she made a comeback in the mid-1970s and performed until her death in 2002. Her 1968 mental breakdown was precipitated by the assassination—as she stood nearby—of what personal friend? More…

by · May 23, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: May 23, 2020

Quote of the Day: May 23, 2020

It was the policy of the good old gentleman to make his children feel that home was the happiest place in the world; and I value this delicious home-feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow. Washington Irving (1783-1859)

by · May 23, 2020 · Bulletin Board