On Presidents’ Day, Let’s Reach for the Stars

On Presidents’ Day, Let’s Reach for the Stars

By Phyllis Segal   Nearly 50 years ago, President Kennedy’s bold dream to land on the moon was realized. I can recall exactly where I was on July 20, 1969, watching Neil Armstrong describe his “one small step” on the moon’s surface as a “giant leap for mankind.”...
Did you have a mentor when you were growing up?

Did you have a mentor when you were growing up?

By Phyllis Segal   It’s National Mentoring Month, and I’m reminded of child psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner’s words: “Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her.”And that makes me think about my dad. He made me feel I could do no...
Four ways you can preserve democracy for the next generation

Four ways you can preserve democracy for the next generation

By Phyllis Segal I have voted in every election since I turned 21, and before that I remember going to the polls in Queens to watch my parents vote. After our children were born, my husband and I brought them to watch us vote. They were able to cast their first votes...