Patricia Vaccarino

Freedom Spent


When I was in college, a professor suggested that I read Freedom Spent by the legal writer Richard Harris. Freedom Spent was a narrative of three case studies in which Americans lost their civil liberties during legal proceedings that adhered to the letter of the law, or abided by a strict constructionist (narrow) interpretation of the law that disregarded the gravitas and prevailing spirit of the U.S. Constitution.  I lent Freedom Spent to so many friends that eventually I lost track of it and fear it is no longer in my library. 

Today, I am more convinced than ever that America has the most amazing...

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Courage is a forgotten virtue. Too often courage is shoved aside and replaced with bluster, anger, and abuse. Just ask the actor Robert De Niro. Outside the courthouse during Donald Trump’s criminal trial, De Niro expressed his fears about what another Trump presidency would bring to America.

May is Our Do Gooder Issue

There is no such thing as a good war, but some wars are more noble than others. This month Carl Larson writes about his experience providing defense support for Ukraine. Larson is also the Co-founder and President of the nonprofit organization Ukraine Defense Support (UDS) that provides non-lethal support aid to this war-ravaged nation. This month Barbara Lloyd McMichael writes about Tanisha Brandon-Felder, Ed.D, who is an advocate for literacy and the host of a YouTube program called Talking Books with Tanisha. Patricia Vaccarino writes about her grandmother Katherine Sheedy and St. Mary’s Church (Yonkers, NY) in The Third Candle.


Katherine Sheedy attended noon mass every day at St. Mary’s Church in Yonkers. Going to church was more than a religious rite. It was how she expressed herself—Irish Catholic, good natured and kind, except when she was vexed by something she did not understand. And she did not understand me, her rebellious granddaughter, the third in line.

St. Mary’s Church: For Whom the Bell Tolls

St. Mary’s Church (The Church of the Immaculate Conception) is the oldest Roman Catholic parish in the city of Yonkers. More than an ordinary church, St. Mary’s is often called the "Cathedral of the Hudson River Valley." And for good reason. Humble but elegant, the church is larger and grander than any other Catholic church in Yonkers. But right now the church is under wraps and slated to close its door on July 1, 2024. 


March 2024 Magazine

This month  Barbara Lloyd McMichael writes about a young woman, Raihab Baig, who has taken her passion for exploring healthy beverages to create a thriving business. Nick Licata’s analysis of the Middle East succinctly places the current Gaza Conflict within a historical context. In How NOT to Read the News, Patricia Vaccarino writes about how we can get a reality check to tell what is real from what is not. As always, Time Marches On! Happy March!