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The Finish


ROI by Frank J. Rich







By Frank J. Rich



When focused on the completion of a skillful act, Allen Iverson of NBA fame watched every shot attempt to the very end of its flight, as though an electronic guidance system were directing its course. Tennis champions patiently approach their shots with the concentration of a cat after prey, riveted on the small spherical missile headed their way, calculating the backswing that will measure pace, distance, trajectory, placement, and spin, while watching the ball into and through the racket. Decision leaders carefully consider the views and experience of others, the moment’s dynamics, and the ROI in decision making with the focus and aplomb of the uniquely self-assured.

Finish is defined as the effective completion of something—and which most often contributes to a planned result. Though very similar to the definition of success—the achievement of a planned goal—the finish (in all things) is that moment of accomplishment that meets the goal, apart from all else that is going on around it.

Inexorably tied to focus, the finish requires concentration on something until it is done. This applies most to accomplishments achieved in short moments—the accurate shooting of a basketball, summarizing the views of many to reduce the ardor in re-examining each in detail, evenly slicing bread, or managing the ingredients of a recipe coming together. Longer-reach accomplishments are best achieved after several breaks to refresh the mind and clarify base understandings such as task goals and the motivation in achieving them.

The finish is so uniquely qualifying that the success of a task is largely dependent on it. One may spend hours on a project that is late against its deadline only to discover that the direction of the initiative has changed without benefit of that work. Every writer must come to a conclusion that both restates the theme and summarizes the meaning in the work. Airline passengers don’t applaud a successful flight, but rather, a successful landing. Rewards follow the finish, which is why when asked if he was happy with the scoring of 40 points in a game, Allen Iverson would typically say that he missed too many shots.

Perhaps the greatest obstacle to finishing what we start is ultimately us—our fears, anxieties, and doubts. This does not count the pause to consider one’s experience or the approach of others known for successful behavior. It isn’t about making it the best that it can be. It is most often our fears that keep us from the finish line.

We learn most from our failures—this, largely because judgment suffers most when we succeed at something, when the adulation of others washes us with an overactive sense of ourselves. Success seldom reveals improvements. It too often suggests that we have no growth to achieve. This seldom is the case for any endeavor. There is always more to learn. Even a perfect score on a test can be undone by questions of historicity—how we know what we know. In the end, the longer it takes us to get to the finish of things, the longer it takes us to improve and to move the indicative along.

A fundamental part of the finish is giving one’s work over to another. This most often grows perspective on the work and its approach, nuance, clarity, and completeness. Every writer needs an editor, as the saying goes. This fundamental adds accountability and a deeper sense of commitment to the work, usually an interdependent collaborative. Giving the work over to review aids a better result. It eases the fear of exposure by valuing others. This most often increases the desire for team members to be helpful, and less competitive. Ultimately, review reduces risks and criticism, replacing it with encouragement and constructive alternative views.

Many are known for their ideation ways; more still believe this is the contribution necessary to organizational endeavors. The well-known TV commercial about how consultants pop in, drop their ideas, then disappear, leaving the work to others, rings true, though not the method of serious consultants. Nonetheless, we are too often the victims of a low self-esteem, grasping at “home run” models, while others do the plodding. The best practice hard and perfect the finish.

When things don’t work out we feel it, especially if we prepared hard and invested heavily in the outcome, only to have failed to deliver on the promise. This reality encourages a drive-by ethic that hits hard but stays little. Clearly, it’s easier to come up with ideas than to finish what we start, but the results are seldom equally rewarded, at least in real terms. This is why our real identity needs a secure foundation before tying it to one thing alone, such as our roles. When the goal eludes us we are best to consider the elements of the next try, and not our self-worth. Allen Iverson never stopped believing in himself, that he could make every shot he took. He did not think of himself as less for failing to achieve that goal despite his failure to do so. Very few NBA players shoot better than 50 percent.

In the end, we mean to make a difference, however small. Remember, the definition of success is the accomplishment of a planned goal. At times it requires that we go at it again and again. We might all be reading by candlelight had not Thomas Edison performed 10,000 experiments before his light bulb succeeded.



November 17, 2017 |

Under the Covers Winter Concert to Warm Up Brewster Village



Music Director Daphne Sasson

Join the Cultural Arts Coalition “Under the Covers” as they present an entertaining concert of cover songs about winter weather, the holidays and love! NYC musicians and vocalists along with some of the best local talent present an eclectic mix of jazz, rock, soul, and traditional versions of holiday favorites, original songs and radio’s biggest hits for a unique holiday celebration!

The Choir Around the Corner will sing selections from musical theater, Harry Potter and Vulfpeck. The Choir includes Antonia Carey, Elizabeth Dimeo, Max Likens, Tim O’Hara, and Amelia Sasson.

Jazzy versions of wintery tunes will be performed by a duo of the NYC based Rafael Rosa (Guitar) and Benjamin Sutin (Violin).

Arin Maya Lawrence and Edson Sean (bka Write Angle) will present soulful renditions of favorite holiday and romance music along with a few originals.

You will want to sing along to the YouTube style cover of a bass and flute duo mashup of chilly pop songs.

The winners of our cover song competition, SUNY Purchase jazz student Martine Mauro and Brewster High School student Max Likens will also perform their songs!

The “Under the Covers Winter Concert” will be presented twice on Saturday, December 2nd at 2:00PM and 7:30PM at the Studio Around The Corner located at 67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY. Purchase tickets online in advance by December 1st to receive discount admission of $10 for Adults and $5 Students/Seniors.

Please note: Seating is limited; any available tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 Adults and $10 Students/Seniors. Audience members can join in on the fun by participating in an Ugly Christmas (Holiday) Sweater contest! Plus, spend the day in Brewster by attending our concert before or after the Magic Show at 4:30 at the Southeast Museum and Village of Brewster Tree Lighting at 5pm.

For more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit:, call (845) 363 – 8330, email or find us on Facebook at “Cultural Arts Coalition”.
Cultural Arts Coalition and Studio Around the Corner
67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509

(845) 363-8330




About The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition

The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining cultural arts within the Town of Southeast and its surrounding region. TOSCAC was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in August 2010 with the purpose, as detailed in the incorporation papers, “… to promote and raise funds for the development and effective management of affordable, accessible performance space that will provide citizens of the Town of Southeast opportunities to participate in and appreciate cultural arts, including lectures, theater, dance, film, music, visual arts, and inclusive community events.”

Our current focus is the renovation of the Southeast Old Town Hall, a historic landmark within the Village of Brewster and a perfect venue to serve as a cultural hub. The Old Town Hall has been described as a “Jewel in the Center of Brewster” and its renovation will help foster the revitalization of downtown Brewster.


November 16, 2017 |

Westchester Community College Presents Skatetacular Dreams on Ice on January 27


A performance of SkateTacular Dreams on Ice is slated for Saturday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. in the Academic Arts Theatre on the Valhalla campus at Westchester Community College.

Introducing a unique full-length musical on ice, this family friendly show includes incredible professional skaters, sensational music and an enchanting original story line featuring a wintry wonderland experience, fusing theatre and the art of figure skating.

Tickets are $30 (general admission), $28 (for seniors), and $24 (children under 13). Tickets can either be purchased in advance by mailing with a check or by cash at the Box Office, 30 minutes before the scheduled performance time. For online credit card purchases, please visit and click on the “Buy Tickets” link.

For more information about this performance or the many other exciting cultural events, please call the Office of Cultural Affairs at 914-606-6262 or visit us online at



November 15, 2017 |

Westchester Community College Presents Chicago’s Tidings of Tap on December 3


A performance of Chicago Tap Theatre’s Tidings of Tap! is scheduled for Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 pm in the Academic Arts Theatre on the Valhalla campus at Westchester Community College.

In this holiday spectacular, tap-dance-glam will rock you! This celebration of joy and love as the American dance form of tap breaks the creative ceiling with innovation and high-octane energy. A memorable family event!

Tickets are $24 (general admission), $22 (for seniors), and $18 (children under 13). Tickets can either be purchased in advance by mailing with a check or by cash at the Box Office, 30 minutes before the scheduled performance time. For online credit card purchases, please visit and click on the “Buy Tickets” link.

For more information about this performance or the many other exciting cultural events, please call the Office of Cultural Affairs at 914-606-6262 or visit us online at


November 15, 2017 |

Wise Choices for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Bits & Pieces Column

Helpful Chitchat







By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel



What’s not to like about a meal consisting of roasted turkey, delectable sides, and oh, those wonderful desserts? It’s easy to indulge during the holiday, but some pre-planning can make your choices a bit better.

The American Heart Association (AHA) notes that even small changes can be important while not sacrificing taste at all. What you eat and how you prepare it can help reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease. Risk factors include poor cholesterol, high blood pressure and excess weight. These risk factors can be addressed by preparing tasty dishes without overdoing the salt, sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat. Studies show that nearly 80% of cardiovascular events, including stroke, may be prevented if risk factors are controlled. One of their suggestions is skipping white mashed potatoes and going for sweet potatoes instead. They are a source of vitamin A, C, potassium, and fiber that can make a tasty side dish.

To replace mashed potatoes, cook cauliflower instead. Boil the cauliflower until soft, drain and then whip with an electric beater. Sprinkle in onion or garlic powder for taste. For your stuffing, use less bread and add more onions, celery, vegetables or fruits such as dried cranberries or apples to make it a lower calorie version. Use whole wheat bread to make it an even healthier option.

For gravy or sauces use low-fat buttermilk or low-sodium chicken stock in place of cream or whole milk. You’ll achieve a creamy consistency and loads of flavor, minus the unnecessary fat and calories. Avoid packaged, processed foods with a high salt content. Go with fresh fruits and vegetables instead of canned and limit the amount of salt while you cook. If you are using packaged foods, look for the Heart-Check mark and you’ll instantly know if that food has been certified by the AHA to meet guidelines for heart-healthy foods.

When it’s time for dessert, think about fruit cobblers without a bottom crust or make a pie packed with more fruit, less sugar and only crumb topping. Homemade pumpkin pie filling can be cooked in small individual Pyrex dishes without a crust. Top with low fat whipped topping. Fresh fruit can also be served as an extra dessert.

Thanksgiving will be just as memorable, because it is the friends and family gathered around the table that is the reason to celebrate! Happy Thanksgiving to all our PennySaver readers and may your holiday be a happy, healthier one this year!


November 15, 2017 |

Managing High Blood Pressure During the Holidays


To Your Health







(Family Features) Managing blood pressure can be difficult, especially during the holidays and winter months. A change in routine, family visits, traveling, illness, holiday menus and financial concerns can all conspire to derail your best efforts at keeping chronic conditions, like high blood pressure, under control.

If you are one of the millions of American adults with high blood pressure, it is vital to keep your blood pressure stable. Drastic changes can put you at risk for heart attack or stroke.

Here are three ways to control your blood pressure throughout the holiday season from the American Heart Association:

Be Wary of Decongestants

Decongestants are in many over-the-counter cold and flu medications but they have some harmful side effects. They can raise blood pressure and decrease the effectiveness of some prescribed blood pressure medications. It’s best to use them for the shortest duration possible and avoid in severe or uncontrolled hypertension. Consider alternative therapies, such as nasal saline, intranasal corticosteroids or antihistamines, as appropriate.

Keep Track of Medication

The winter months tend to bring an increase in both heart attacks and strokes. According to research from the Journal of the American Heart Association, a 4.2 percent increase in heart-related deaths occurs away from a hospital from Dec. 25-Jan. 7.

“Factors like cold weather, sudden increase in activity like shoveling snow, stress and dietary indiscretion can contribute to a chain of events leading to more stress on the heart during the winter months, potentially triggering a heart attack or other cardiac event,” said Jorge Plutzky, M.D., director of Preventive Cardiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a volunteer with the American Heart Association.

It is vital to keep track of your medication and take it as prescribed by your doctor to decrease chances of heart attack and stroke. The American Heart Association’s Check Change Control Tracker is one way to monitor your health, as it allows you to set up text message reminders, text in blood pressure readings, connect with volunteers or providers, and receive messages from volunteers or providers.

Maintain Healthy Eating Habits

The holidays can be a bad influence on healthy eating habits. However, it is important to stay active during these times and continue eating healthy. While you are enjoying holiday feasts with family, be aware of sodium, often found in seasonal foods like bread, cheeses and prepared meats, which can increase blood pressure. Don’t feel like you can’t indulge a little, but make sure to incorporate healthy meals.

Staying active while traveling can be a challenge, as well. Try bringing simple exercise equipment like a jump rope or resistance band with you. Consider walking to sights or restaurants nearby, or finding a local park or indoor walking path.

For more information and tools about blood pressure management, visit

Bayer’s Consumer Health Division, maker of Coricidin HBP, is a sponsor of the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure website.


Photo courtesy of Getty Images


November 15, 2017 |
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