Off script

In 1992, MTV’s “The Real World” launched the so-called reality show trend we love/hate today. But we later learned that even that first “reality” show wasn’t completely real. Show producers set up scenarios to create conflict between cast members and even asked them to “replay” scenes for the camera crew to capture. The alluring promise…

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Act of Love

I witnessed something amazing this weekend and I’m not using that word lightly. While the news reported cowardly acts of hate with NY and NJ bombings, there was a courageous act of love taking place in Central Park. Eric Gelber calmly and quietly ran 200 miles in two and half days to raise over $250,000…

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Acting your age

“So how is Davy doing in Kindergarten?” My mother was attending her first parent-teacher conference with Virginia Kessler. I remember her as a happy teacher with a brunette beehive and an ever-present smile. And how did Mrs. Kessler perceive me? “Well, David has been doing extended 20-minute performances in Show and Tell.” My mom was…

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Embracing positive people

“Can you hold the microphone? I’m not good with those things.” Janet Rainey adjusted her hat and peacock blue knit scarf as I pre-interviewed her about her story. She was volunteered to answer one of my questions in front of an audience of 125, who also happened to be cancer survivors. Janet, a sweet and…

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