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18 hours ago 2 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The police in the United Arab Emirates are now using unusual means to prevent speeding -- signs that look like police cars.     It's actually just a flat sign of a police car that appears from the front to be the side of a real three-dimensional car with its lights flashing at the side of a road.   And apparently it's working as the person who captured the image stated "It was shocking moment for me. I thought it was a real police car so immediately I fastened my belt and lo...
2 days ago 23 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
All my life I've thought about being a schlepper.   Schlepper?  It is a Yiddish word meaning someone so stupid or ill educated that he or she can only be employed to carry (schlep) things.  Really. To be precise, for my whole life I have wanted to be a schlepper for a famous artist and now my dream has come true as I schlepped my wife Joanne Klein's beautiful art (sample above) over to the wonderful Helen Harrison Gallery for an opening last week.   And when I unpacked the pi...
3 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We had been to the glass artist's studio and Gallery before, but I didn't remember the big neon sign that went through its computer-generated silence, sequenced blinking to full message and back to silence. "LOOK! SEE?" At first glance, a very simple message. Look at the art but are you seeing it? Really seeing? Allow the art have its effect on you. Let it in. Its akin to hearing and listening. Pause, focus, STOP and sme...
4 days ago 6 comments Categories: Health Tags: water, gratitude, hepburn, unicef
"Water is the essential building block of life. But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water." - un.org   Today is World Water Day. March 22, 2017...
5 days ago 5 comments Categories: Music Tags:
  This is a proud mama blog.     By Sunday night, I was pleasantly exhausted. This weekend was the Syosset High School musical. For four straight nights, we sat in the auditorium each night inching our way closer to the stage, watching an amazingly talented and cohesive group of students in their happy spots – including my son.     The production this year was Hair. Remember Aquarius? Let the Sunshine In? Manchester England England? Shall I go on ?? Trust me, after four n...
6 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
On Friday, I had the occasion to take the Long Island Rail Road into Manhattan for a court appearance. Sometimes, while on the train, I enjoy just sitting in my seat, looking out the windows, and just watching the world go by. You never know what you might see.   On Friday, the view was particularly beautiful. The ice-which had been so difficult to navigate during the previous days’ commute-created a beautiful sheen on the snow. From my seat on the train, I felt that I was t...
7 days ago 3 comments Categories: Music Tags: Battle of the Bands, Live Music, Music
Don't Miss the 5th Annual Gotham Battle of the Bands® April 30 at the Legendary Cafe' Wha? Still some time to get your band in!   As Gotham welcomes Spring, we certainly look forward to a number of cool events. Next week we hold a Gala to celebrate 20 years of Gotham history and select a Networker of the Decade; pretty cool. As I blogged last week, as April begins GOtham Green® recognizes the five recipients of 2017 GOtham Green Awards®. But then as April ends, we celebra...
8 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Whether you’re Democrat, Republican or independent, the country’s unstable political climate, before and after the presidential election, has created political angst for many people.   I stopped watching and reading the news for awhile because of the stress and anxiety I felt in listening and reading. However hiding from it won't make it go away.   Ignoring it all can cause more anxiety, distrust and chaos. I read this morning that it's better to find one issue and totally un...
9 days ago 21 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Make of it what you must, but my favorite news fonts are Mika Brzezinski and Rachel Maddow, MSNBC political pundits.  Mika in the morning with her partner Morning Joe Scarborough and Rachel at 9:00 at night.  Yes they are Liberal, but they make sense to me in these extraordinary times.  Mika seems to speak directly to Trump through the camera and Rachel comes up with interesting angles and perspectives on the otherwise daily madness.   Lennon said it best: Strange days indeed...
10 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It was an uncomfortable feeling of something missing as I realized that the cold on my head was the result of the absence of my favorite winter hat. Baseball style, cashmere, waterproof, with ear flaps - available if needed yet neatly folded out of sight most of the time. A perfect hat. On Monday, with the blizzard on its way, I was meeting an attorney from out-of-town and a client in the lounge of a mid-town hotel. In a rush, I folded my coat and hat on the sofa next...
11 days ago 5 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Frost, Snow, Path, Travel
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year. He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake. The only other sound’s the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake. The woo...
12 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Batten down the hatches! It's going to snow! Here comes the Nor'easter of 2017. Supermarket shelves are empty. Every loaf of bread in the neighborhood is gone. Forget about a container of milk. Those were gone by Sunday. As for me, no panic or apprehension. I am kind of looking forward to the storm. We knew that schools were closed by about four yesterday afternoon. With the LIRR already talking about delays and suspensions, I knew I was staying home. Bill had the sno...
13 days ago 4 comments Categories: Books Tags:
Fred’s blog from a few weeks ago persuaded me to reread a favorite book of mine, “Stranger in a Strange Land.” I believe I first read it in college and the themes have stuck with me all these years. In rereading it this week I was struck by how relevant the themes still are today, fifty-five years after it was written. Grok me?   Similarly, right after the last election, I reread another favorite of mine, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”  I first read this book while in law school. Fo...
14 days ago 3 comments Categories: Health Tags: Earth Day, GOtham Green®, GOtham Green Awards®
Early in the same month we celebrate Earth Day, GOtham Green® recognizes the five recipients of 2017 GOtham Green Awards®. The special event takes places at New York City’s famed Friars Club in Midtown Manhattan at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Click here if your wish to attend.   Gotham Green® annually recognizes those who make a difference in our communities and the world by celebrating people and organizations, both Gotham members and non-Gotham members, who wor...
15 days ago 10 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
There are a lot of angry people in this country today. Unfortunately anger gets distorted. Handling it without destroying relationships is a skill that many of us need to learn.   Here's a true story that illustrates what I mean..."One [of a therapist's] clients voted for Donald Trump for president, and the client’s daughter, who is gay, took her father’s decision really hard. She felt personally hurt and angry by her father’s support of Trump. Because of that, they didn’t ta...
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