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having celebrated our 50th issue july 2013, rye magazine is 1 of 12 upscale, hyper-local regional lifestyle publications published by the weston magazine group in the new york city metro and suburban markets in ny, ct and nj. we serve the affluent and sophisticated suburbs of southwestern fairfield county ct, rye, ny, westchester county, the hamptons east end of long island, long island, the enviable neighborhoods of the upper east side, central park west, and tribeca in manhattan, and alpine, nj in bergen county, nj

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58 Firenze in the Footsteps oF Dante...anD Dan Brown by Dan Burstein / photos by Julie O’Connor
70 oJ in the Morning, g&t at night Late life limbo. by A. E. Hotchner
82 MoDern Day Darwin Richard Wiese is Born to Explore™ by Erin Levi
94 thirD eye Central Park bench scenes. by Tod Papageorge
104 Fiction: can i have a Million Dollars? What’s a million between friends? by Alan Zweibel
114 Fiction: weDDing party The nuptials of the season. by Aurelie Sheehan
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33 the local scene School plays, summer festivals, area fairs and frolics.
124 rural palates New marketplaces, bistros and bars.
134 i’ll take Manhattan Hot yoga and hot tix..
144 Da Mo Da Merrier by Simone
154 like a rolling stone Tropical pleasures and mountain getaways.
168 vacation hoMe Destination: Telluride and Costa Rica.
180 acts oF kinDness The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
192 in the Driver’s seat The Maserati convertible! by Charles Moseley
204 appraiseD anD approveD Tips and tools for living right.
215 inDepenDent school guiDe Three Keys to a Compelling College Essay. By Hillary Frank
272 coMMunity rooM A homeless man lived in my backyard. by Robert Steven Williams
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which always came as the day went on. I sat her down within the deep sofa in our cozy den, my arm tightly around her as if I could some- how hold together the heart which I was now about to break.
“Something bad has happened.” I didn’t know how to say it, though like a plunge into icy water it needed to be done swiftly. “The barn, honey… the barn is gone. There was a fire last night and it’s gone.”
“Donner?” She couldn’t understand. “No, sweetie.” I held her as if my body could
protect every piece of her. Of course it couldn’t. “Blue? Brando?” “No one, honey.” A whisper, for all thirty-
one were gone. Oh, dear God, you’re tearing your child into
little pieces, hold it together. Curled up within each other, with more tears than I ever thought possible, we eventually settled into that gentle sway of her baby years I remember so well as hours went by.
Holding her, it seemed her childhood float- ed down her back to disappear before it even reached the floor. Now neither little girl nor adult, she didn’t know how to react. To see my child’s innocence swept away as quickly as sand at the water’s edge took me to the brink of helplessness. I couldn’t fix this. Couldn’t change what the storm’s lightning of the night before had done. All I could do was watch her cry, her sweet little face in so much pain. There was nothing else to do, except cry to- gether. She for her own losses, me for the pain, but also for her youth, which I knew would never return.
When the world is dark and frightening, where do you look for hope? We began by coming together, the barn girls and their par- ents. The girls clung to one another, all twen- ty or so of them staying at one girl’s home for the next week. Mothers on their watch we sat quietly downstairs, sometimes wandering out into the summer light or sneaking a peek into the room upstairs, littered with sleeping bags and stuffed animals, which they kept dark. We waited. Then waited some more.
We didn’t know how to begin either. Our first steps were a caravan of cars with
headlights on in that tradition of solidarity, parking at the foot of the drive which once took us to the top of the hill where that red barn used to hold the sweet smell of hay and horses and laughter. Up there nothing now but blackened, charred wood. But it was the fence along the road which offered our first glimpse of promise. It overflowed, the entire length, with a vast bountiful garden of flowers left by unknown others. Bouquets of summer colors, chipper yellow daisies and fragrant ros- es, some still wrapped, others casually strewn about among bunches of horse-loving carrots, so many carrots, wrapped carefully with color- ful ribbons… and handwritten signs of love
for these beautiful animals and the girls who had been so young a few days ago.
They walked slowly along the fence, hand in hand, touching and taking in the hope others offered them. Cars began to stop, strangers got out, and without a word began directing traffic behind us, keeping the many television crews at bay across the street. Grief shared in so many small, grateful ways.
Summer passed as if we were in one of those movies where the clock hands swiftly sweep the hours and days away. Confusion accompanies sudden tragedies. All those unanswerable ques- tions of “why?” would arrive without warning. Now the crying didn’t help and the sorrow and anger wouldn’t go away. She became sullen and unresponsive, like a little shroud of sadness, go- ing through the motions.
We all deal with grief differently. But oh, my daughter; I couldn’t bear for her to travel that dark road, though it didn’t matter what I wanted. She needed to go step by step like ev- erybody else and there were no detours either one of us could take. And that’s what she did, as slowly I began to see the shift.
She read of others’ grief, which at first I thought only reinforced her own. I was wrong. She learned she wasn’t alone. Not only did this come as a relief to her, but her reading choices changed. No longer did she crave the
Saddle Club books, but instead began choos- ing themes which challenged her perspective. She began questioning the high school petti- ness and girly competitions, which seemed so important before. Her journal, which once held the scribbles of…
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