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17 hours ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Over the past few days, amidst funeral plans, vigils and protests, we have seen the children, really young adults, of Parkland, Florida raise their voices.   They accuse the adults of having blood on their hands. With passion and strong articulate words, they speak of change they want to, better said demand to, see. They ask, can our politicians, our government leaders, look them in the eye and still not work together to find a fix to this ever-growing American tragedy?   ...
2 days ago 19 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Next week my husband and I are travelling to Charlotte, North Carolina and then on to Charleston, South Carolina. In researching what to do in Charleston-my good friend from high school lives in Charlotte so she’ll be our “tour guide” there-it became apparent to me how rich Charleston is in history, culture, and cuisine. It also became quickly obvious how different Charleston’s culture was to ours here in the Northeast.       It amazes me how truly diverse cultures can ...
3 days ago 22 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags: home, house, Grand Junction
If my recollections remain correct I’ve called ten places home, three almost a sort of hiatus between more longer term stays. I thought about that as my son looks forward to his latest home. Two shared with his parents. My son experienced three of the City’s five boroughs as a home. I’ve remained in Queens with a brief early stay across its eastern border. Some experience many homes. Some not so many. My daughter has only known two homes; her mom four.   Even my latest...
4 days ago 32 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to me that all of the shooters in the recent spate of our country's massacres are male.    I have followed the commentary closely and not one person has made this distinction to my mind. If anyone can explain it I would welcome it. Said another way, why don't females engage in such carnage? On this subject and on all the other issues of the day I continue to say the women must lead!...
5 days ago 24 comments Categories: Movies Tags:
It was with nostalgic sadness that I learned that the venerable pre war Port Washington movie theater closed.  Of course, with the advent of Netflix and their competitors it should not be surprising. Sad still, nonetheless.  The Academy Awards will be announced on March 4th and in preparation therefor we try to see as many of the nominated films as possible (in the remaining theaters).   To date, we have seen The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Shape o...
6 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last Sunday, we got to the museum a little early and found our way to the room. The leader of the workshop asked each of us to introduce ourselves and say what we expected from the workshop. “I’m Ben and I’m here to escape outside of my comfort zone.” It was a workshop in tie-dying at the Jewish Museum in New York and was given in conjunction with an exhibit at the Museum. Several hours later, after having experienced about as much about tie-dying as I’ll ever need to know...
6 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Valentine, Claudius, Love
From History.com: "On February 14 around the year 278A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and f...
8 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I was reminiscing with a friend the other day about how much food played a part in our respective childhoods. So many of my memories circle back to something having to do with food. Whether it was a special restaurant or a special recipe, the food theme was prevalent.     For example, anyone remember Cooky’s Steak Pub? It was a favorite evening out in our family, always with my grandparents. The shrimp on the salad bar were plentiful but the star of the evening was the ba...
9 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Last weekend, I noticed a common theme in several stories in the Sunday Times. There were three major stories concerning the sexual harassment and assault of women. On the front page of the main section, there was an in depth story detailing the investigation and acts of Dr. Lawrence Nassar, who sexually assaulted numerous young female athletes. On the front page of the Sunday Review was an interview with Uma Thurman who detailed the sexual harassment and assault she suffer...
10 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Our Friday blogger “complains” – perhaps mentors – that I use social media not enough. He often cajoles me to post – comment – more, especially on things that matter.  My wife sometimes counters I post too often.  On Facebook some friends (small f intended) may share divergent opinions.   Where facts support another view, I feel compelled to emphasize accuracy (In my practice what we often call "pushback" almost remains a requirement.).   Recently, some friends with whom I s...
10 days ago 13 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Watching the Olympics last night gave me pause. It was not the pagentry, CGI spectacular, fireworks or even the speeches. It was the symbolic, yet real, unification of North and South Korea marching into the arena under one flag. It was heart warming and hopeful. This not the first time this has happened but it is the first time they will be fielding a hockey team as one country       I don't know what will happen post Olympics. Is this the start of a peaceful era or merely ...
12 days ago 33 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
One of the most valuable things my father ever taught me is that "There are three sides to every story: your side, my side and the truth". In these politically charged times we are constantly inundated with strong opinions on Facebook, Twitter or political list serves.  I am struck by the self assured vehemence of people whose position or opinions are diametrically opposed to mine.  Not just random people, but oft times friends (and relatives) who I have a long fruitful histo...
13 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
The words of a schoolteacher of mine from many many years ago resonate for me.  “We read the obituaries not to learn who died but to learn about those who lived.” I read the obituary of Haim Gouri, an Israeli poet, journalist, novelist, and filmmaker who died last week at the age of 94. He was a voice from the founding of the State of Israel. The words of one of his early poems ring profound. “And there, those in the right fire on the others in the right.” The New York Time...
14 days ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Brene Brown is voice worth hearing. This is what it says on her website: "The official line: I’m a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington Endowed Chair. I’ve spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame. I’m the author of four books: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, And Braving the Wilderness. The bottom line: I believe that vulnerability – the willingness to be “all in” even wh...
14 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Over the last few days, the stock market has taken a tumble. I have lost count of the number of commentators advising investors not to panic, to stay the course, think long term. But I’ve also heard just ordinary people talking about being afraid of losing their savings. Last night on the LIRR, two commuters behind me were talking about changing their 401k investments, one was trying to convince the other not to make any dramatic changes. As for me, I am just ta...
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