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1 hour ago 0 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
On this day, there are so many things to be thankful for.... As I sit at our Thanksgiving table, surrounded by family, I expect that my thoughts of thanks will focus on two things: First, having just survived the annual Thanksgiving basketball game, and Second, the two newest members of our family who are celebrating their first Thanksgivng this year. May we all survive many furture basketball games and May our newest family members enjoy many, many Thanksgivings to come.   H...
1 day ago 2 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Fifty-four years ago on this day, a police officer, army veteran, father, husband and a man working two part jobs in addition to being a police officer, was shot and killed in the suburbs of Dallas, TX while investigating a murder. Everyone remembers the victim of that murder, lets take a moment to remember a man doing his job, supporting his family, married to his high school sweetheart... Officer J. D. Tippett. From Wikipedia: Tippit was born near the town of Annona in Red ...
2 days ago 6 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
I was one of those kids who danced. I spent hours and hours at dancing school for years and years. With all candor, I wasn't very good. In every recital photo, if the whole group is pointing to the left, I am pointing to the right. If the group is doing pirouettes, I am down on one knee. You get the idea. I had so much trouble keeping up. But I loved it. I remember being in the audience at Radio City Music Hall when I was seven years old watching the Rockettes perform at t...
3 days ago 9 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
Today, I am all about surprises. Yesterday, my husband and I threw our eldest daughter a surprise bridal shower and, even though there were slip-ups, i.e. text messages not meant for her sent in a group family text, I think we pulled it off. She had a fabulous day and she seemed, genuinely, surprised.   For me, planning the party was more fun than I expected. I really enjoyed planning a party for someone else. I loved figuring out what restaurant she would most like to have ...
With Thanksgiving and for many of us a long weekend approaching, I find it nice to anticipate gatherings of families and friends.   Every Thanksgiving involves memories and traditions. Some revolve around the food and how we prepare it. Others peculiar to some celebrants.   Music remains important to me and one tradition started when I listened to the original free-from WNEW-FM back in the day. My fave DJ, the late Pete Fornatale, would play Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo G...
5 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I'm excited...my favorite holiday is just about here. No presents exchanged, no religion, no politics (maybe:) and of course great food.   I'm particularly looking forward to frying a turkey and barbequing a couple of ducks. Both require a bit of finesse and thought. The ducks in particular have quite a bit of fat and the drippings can easily spark a flame. In fact, that happened a few years ago. I was tending the turkey in the fryer and my daughter said to me: "Dad, the gril...
6 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
You could say this piece is about recycling (which is a good Green thing), but I prefer to think of it as a the start of a primer of stuff which is intended for a specific purpose and has other worthy uses. My list is as follows: 1) Newspaper bags which serve as poop bags 2) Paper napkins which clean eye glasses 3) Plastic credit cards which unlock doors 4) Tooth brushes to clean jewelry  5) iPhone photos to copy documents 6) Pets to enhance your immunity 7) mirrors to signa...
7 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I’m not one who pedals conspiracy theories but I do marvel at some coincidences. We live in stressful times. Cable news attests to that. Is it any wonder that the standards for hypertension have been lowered? More blood pressure medication will flow. And the new head of Health and Human Services comes from Big Pharma. And all this came in one day earlier this week. The perfect storm. ...
8 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Twenty-Six letters. Seven colors in a rainbow. Isn't it amazing what human beings can do with just a few musical notes, or colors or letters. Create joy, bring back forgotten memories, enlighten nations. We can do so much with so little, the human heart and brain are miraculous things.     There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. - Einstein  ...
9 days ago 5 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
  It gets earlier every year.     I used to comment that the songs, sounds and decorations of the holidays had arrived just after Thanksgiving. I thought that was early.     Then, all of those came along with Thanksgiving. I thought that was early.   Have you noticed that holiday decorations are already up around town – and a song or two have been playing on the radio? Now, that’s really early.       Don't get me wrong -- I am a big fan of the holiday season, so I don’t ...
10 days ago 13 comments Categories: Food Blogs Tags:
I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us. And for the first time in several years, I am hosting.   While for most people on Thanksgiving the turkey is the “star” of the show, I am all about the side dishes. I love filling my plate with a taste of every side dish and just a smidgen of turkey. Given that I am hosting, my plan is to have an assortment of sides to appease me. :)     So I am reaching out to you Gotham. Other than stuffing (which my husband makes the be...
11 days ago 21 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Four blogs ago I focused on those who by action(s) or inaction(s) enable creeps to perpetrate terrible harm or worse on others.   Friday I received an email disturbing in content: it defended Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. I replied, “So are you saying that notwithstanding Moore’s conduct he merits election to any public office? "A creep is a creep whether left or right or anywhere in between.”   An incredulous response in part read, “Are you saying you believe the c...
12 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags: Mom
This one is for you, Mom!   As a daughter of immigrants who arrived in the U.S. in the early 1900’s, when your parents’ lives were threatened abroad in pogroms, you were raised with compassion and kindness, teaching you the importance of love and family. During the Depression, money was so tight but food was always on the table. You taught us about this unconditional love from your parents. And taught me to care and fight for the present day immigrant who came here to survi...
13 days ago 25 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
In these high stakes, politically charged, days of social media exposure I attempt to stir it up on Facebook and Twitter.  What amazes me is the degree of responsive heated, opinionated exchange generated on my feed. I try not to be too obvious in my leanings, but anyone with half a brain can discern my bent.  To say the least, I motivate and encourage differences of opinion. Even more amazing to me is the vehemence and single minded self assurance of opposing views.  It is l...
14 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I attended a talk among glass artists who were discussing their approach to their craft. One artist mentioned that he never went to college and observed that he was not enamored of formal education. As he explained further, he clarified his observation that teachers only taught what they knew and that students are acknowledged for repeating what the teacher knows. The result, he urged, is that students are not taught to experiment and go beyond. From the artist’s perspectiv...
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