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4 hours ago 0 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I need some help understanding a phenomenon running through the radio. Do you hear Yanni or Laurel?   I have listened at different times on different channels and pieces of equipment. I hear Yanni (sorry, Laurel). But the rest of my family definitely hears Laurel.   We have seen things like this before. Remember the dress that was either gold or blue?   Can someone please explain this to me? ...
1 day ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Its two days later and social media is still all abuzz about the Royal Wedding. I believe Russel Crowe expressed it best. He tweeted, “It feels like the world paused for a moment to witness love.” I felt the same way, with all of the horrific news coming out of Texas and Cuba on Friday it was nice to take a short break away and witness the wedding of a young couple in love.     Watching Harry’s expression when he saw his bride walking down the aisle and seeing him mout...
The wretchedly rainy weather suggests otherwise. Usually the warm weather we usually find – albeit not this year – signals wondrous opportunities to experience live music, often outside. So in addition to looking forward to attending some baseball games, discussions before, between and after my weekly weekend and eve basketball games involves upcoming concerts; we call them “shows.” Many performers take to the road during the summer. Several of my friends and I scan the c...
3 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
As you watched the spectacle of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married this moring you may have missed this important story...Hasbro announced it has trademarked one of the most recognizable aspects of one of its most iconic products: the smell of Play-Doh. Yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially recognized the distinctive Play-Doh smell as a registered trademark of the brand, which first hit stores in 1956.   Hasbro released a statement describing the ...
4 days ago 21 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Since I was young I always liked to "take pictures".  As such, we have walls of photo albums and other walls covered with "blowups". With the advent of the digital age and the iPhone camera, if anything, I have upped my game.  I believe that a key secret to taking memorable photographs is being in the moment, seeing a shot, and whipping out my iPhone to capture it.  Thus armed, creativity flows freely. What's more, with the availability of Instagram and Facebook I have platfo...
4 days ago 1 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Since I was young I always liked to "take pictures".  As such, we have walls of photo albums and other walls covered with "blowups". With the advent of the digital age and the iPhone camera, if anything, I have upped my game.  I believe that a key secret to taking memorable photographs is being in the moment, seeing a shot, and whipping out my iPhone to capture it.  Thus armed, creativity flows freely. What's more, with the availability of Instagram and Facebook I have platfo...
5 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
There has been a lot in the news lately about apology. No, this is not intended to be a political blog. However, the talk got me to think about the concept of apology. Certainly, something we have all had to consider, and, I would think, from both the giving and receiving sides. The word apology traces back to the Greek — a formal justification. However, current usage is “an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret”. The definition of apologize...
6 days ago 12 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
You may not know her name, but Sarah Zorn is making history in Charleston, SC- Home to Rhett Butler, a great videography conference I attended, the angel oak, and The Citadel. The Citadel, established in 1842, had its first female student in 1995. In 2018, it is having its first female Regimental Commander, the top cadet. From the NY Times: When Sarah Zorn applied for admission to the Citadel four years ago, she had not heard the story of Shannon Faulkner, the first woman to ...
7 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I’m noticing lately that I am receiving more and more email soliciting my business. These emails don’t read like spam necessarily. They are coherent and pointed descriptions of a service.     I don’t like these email solicitations. They clog my inbox and I am not likely to engage someone through such a “cold call” email but maybe I am missing something.     Have you ever done business with someone who “cold called” you through email?     ...
8 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Fred has a saying that I love, “Let your freak flag fly.” While I have never specifically discussed this with Fred, I have always taken this to mean, be proud of your individuality. Embrace what makes you different.     For me, my freak flag involves my love of science fiction. I grew up watching science ficton on television, “Star Trek,” “Lost in Space,” and “Space 1999” (only true science fiction fans would know the last one). As an avid reader of any type of fiction, a...
9 days ago 14 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Mother's Day
Friday’s blogger recounted this past Friday how Sundays prove a “tough beat.” But one thing the other bloggers can never, ever do involves special days like today. The other bloggers can wish ahead (or behind) but never, ever, express gratitude to the moms – our moms – on this special day. Heck, last year on this day, I got to Thank Mom as she approached a special number (It also linked to three songs for the day.). Two year’s ago today, Sweet, included a nod to the most...
10 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
In the anals of golf, I'm not sure the inventors of this game would of thought of this...although goats did graze on golf courses to keep the grass in check.     In eastern Oregon, there's a luxury resort built on working cattle land called Silvies Valley Ranch. They have a spa, lavish cabins, and four, links-style golf courses. If you go there, make sure you book a tee time on the 7-hole McVeigh's Gauntlet because the caddies on that course are a bit unusual...they're goats...
11 days ago 28 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
According to the Gotham website, I have composed, to date, 284 Friday With Fred blogs for Gotham.In my dreams, they would make an interesting coffee table book, but for now I strive to continue fulfilling the creative task. At present, Gotham has seven daily Bloggers: starting with Corey on Sunday (a "tough beat" according to the previous Sunday blogger Hard Hitting Don Bernstein), Rona on Monday, Nancy on Tuesday, Cayce on Wednesday, Ben on Thursday, me on Friday and Mitch o...
12 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
There’s a Japanese saying that translates to “one moment, one chance.” The positive perspective suggests taking every moment as a new opportunity. However, the saying also suggests that a missed opportunity will never present itself again. FOMO - the “fear of missing out” The other evening we had our third meeting of the Long Island Dinner Group. Due to space limitations, we have had to close out every meeting as we surpassed full capacity. As we sat around the fu...
13 days ago 5 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
In my unending quest to bring life affirming stories to the forefront, here's the latest found in the stalwart NY Times (by Corey Kilgannon):   Even by the dizzying standards of New York City philanthropy, a recent $6.24 million donation to the Henry St Settlement on the Lower East Side was a whopper — the largest single gift from an individual to the social service group in its 125-year history. It was not donated by some billionaire benefactor, but by a frugal legal secreta...
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