For my next trick

Last week, I started my new weekly religion column, called FaithBeat.

I mused about the difficulty of pigeonholing “Catholics.”

For column #2, which ran/posted Saturday, I tried to explain what “civil” marriage means to people on both sides of the gay marriage debate.

Give it a looksy, if you may….

What subject can I attempt to demystify next week? The War on Christmas, perhaps…

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.