About Mary Jane

Mary Jane Wilkie has been teacher (music, children’s theatre, Spanish, and ESL), had a corporate career (sales and marketing), and a career as a translator. She has given workshops and presentations on various music and spiritual topics, and has published articles on children and music. She has been music director of high-school musicals and director of children’s theatre workshops. She currently works as an independent contractor, deriving most of her income from recruitment for a national non-profit. She also served as a Fort Tryon Gardens board member beginning in 2015.

    By Mary Jane Wilkie Now that it’s spring, many of us are more conscious of the need to brush our pet, to remove hair that will end up on the furniture or clothes. Rather than dispose of their hair in the garbage, however, you can make it available to birds that frequent our...

By Mary Jane Wilkie As I approached the building, it was there, on the threshold, wedged (by its own efforts) between the door and the door jamb. A small bird, brown/gray like many, moving slightly (or I would not have seen it). Not knowing what to do, I opened the door and it flew—or rather...

by Mary Jane Wilkie You may have noticed the planters outside some entrances to Fort Tryon buildings and wondered about their origin. As a test, our hard-working, dedicated Garden Committee created them and filled them with dried foliage last fall. The test has been successful, and we residents will soon have the opportunity to join...

"Manners Matter" by Mary Jane Wilkie Who hasn’t had issues with laundry? You walk into the laundry room and find: Detergent spilled on top of a machine Clothes left in the machine after washing or drying is complete Someone is using the cart when you need it, and isn’t in a rush to finish We...

by Mary Jane Wilkie A preacher was walking by a farmer’s field and stopped to admire it. “Mighty pretty field you got, Farmer Brown.” “Thank you, pastor.” “Isn’t it wonderful what God and man can do working together!” “Yep, but you should have seen it when God had it by himself!”   Here at Fort...

New York City apartment dwellers will pay dearly for three things: -Light -Space -Quiet They pay because these are the hardest to come by, but there are ways to increase your share of all three. Light is enhanced in your apartment by careful use of curtains and wall colors. You can gain space in your...

by Mary Jane Wilkie If you lived in a house and someone were on your front porch, you would expect an explanation, for no one should be there without a valid reason. The hallways of our buildings are our front porch, and we are entitled and even have an obligation to know why anyone is...

By Mary Jane Wilkie I moved into Fort Tryon Gardens in 2012 as a renter, and purchased my unit last summer. The purchase price included renovation, and the management offered me the use of a vacant apartment for the duration. I gratefully accepted, and moved into a space that will remain unnamed. My temporary apartment...

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