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I once blogged about "Summertime Summertime Sum Sum Summertime" (a great song by The Jamies).  Summertime is to be celebrated, enjoyed and endless.  Well, today is the first day of Fall or Autumn.  Both the words Fall and Autumn are not good and that's just how I feel.  How did September and the not so endless days of Summer slip by so very quickly?  I repeat, so very quickly.  A veritable flash!Gershwin had it right about "Summertime and the living is easy" and now it will b...
23 hours ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last weekend, we were at a family wedding in Schroon Lake, New York in the Adirondack foothills. Many of the festivities were in the town of Lake George. Being there for a few days caused me to rethink my life-long voiced preference for beach over mountains. I love the beach. However, I have come to accept that looking out at a lake with mountains in the background beats looking out at the ocean fading into the horizon. And then there are th...
2 days ago 10 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Chopra, Dalai Lama, Joubert, Kindness
I don't where these originated, I heard them from Deepak Chopra.   We could change the world with these questions. Especially Facebook.   1. Is it true? 2. Is it kind? 3. Is it necessary?     My darling wife, Sheilagh, said: "Then there will be no cat videos for you." Oh no, I said cat videos are necessary. I find them so soothing. You may prefer dog or baby videos. Just asking myself these questions has enabled me to stop myself from making comments on things and brought...
3 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I have little occasion to find myself inside a bank anymore.     As a child growing up, I have distinct recollection of my first Citibank passbook. I couldn’t wait to physically go to the bank, make a deposit, and see how the amount would change.     But now, I don’t ever physically go into the bank. There just so little need. Deposits can be done electronically. Credit cards and checks take the place of cash. I don’t even know the people at my local branch.     Just...
4 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
As I watched the coverage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, I noticed that I was extremely uncomfortable watching the news reporters give live feeds from outside during the storms. I watched, with a bit of disbelief, a news reporter from CNN reporting from the middle of the flooded streets of Miami advising everyone that there was a mandatory curfew in effect as the streets of Miami were an extremely dangerous place to be. The juxtaposition between where she was standing and wha...
5 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This morning into afternoon members of the Bearak, Stone and Stark clans gather to celebrate a special milestone: Mom’s 80th.  If not for my involvement a primary election involving my good friend and client, the party (and this blog) would have occurred the weekend before. Anyway, mom got a nice present when she got to visit and view the new apartment grandson Doug (my eldest nephew) just occupied after a great deal of effort to secure just the right place at the right pric...
6 days ago 3 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
How often do you lie to your friends or loved ones? I'll bet it's more than you are willing to admit. No one wants to be the bearer of bad news, but the fact is that in this life, you often have to be cruel to be kind. Protecting other people's feelings, most times, doesn't do anything but make situations worse.   I've had close friends lie to me and I can always tell when they do. Maybe it's coming from a good place but it just angers me and feels like they are hiding someth...
7 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
You may know that we have had a house in Paradise (Key West) for 20 years and some have even rented it.  It is a small house on a nice street with many neighborly people.  Cayce dubbed it the Klein Cottage and may have been our last visitor.  I am writing this last Sunday morning as Irma is making land fall in Paradise as a Category 4 hurricane with 120 MPH winds and an anticipated accompanying sea surge.  I fear the worst and will know the verdict when you read this.  We hav...
8 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
As I tore myself away from CNN to write this blog, a zipper across the screen reported that power would be restored in eastern Florida by this weekend and in western Florida by September 22nd. I reflected. That's about the length of time that it took to restore electricity to our home after Sandy. Empathy. "The capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other person's frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in ano...
9 days ago 10 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Hillary, Charlize, Coco, Caring, Atomic Blonde
I knew if I wrote a blog about HRC, that it would be potentally polarizing. She brings up a lot of strong feelings in people. My reason for writing the blog becomes, then, more appropriate. I want to write about not caring what people think of me. Coco Chanel has a great quote which I used to adore: “I don't care what you think about me. I don't think about you at all.” However, since I recently discovered she was a Nazi sympathizer (how that is different from being a regula...
10 days ago 3 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  We have family and friends in Florida.  We have family and friends in Texas.     Watching the back to back devastation caused by two catastrophic storms over the last few weeks has been difficult.  As Rona blogged yesterday, the memories for those who lived through Sandy are real.     For me, the worst part has been a profound feeling of helplessness.  Mother Nature is strong willed and literally, has her own sense of direction.  While our family was evacuating the east...
10 days ago 1 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  We have family and friends in Florida.  We have family and friends in Texas.     Watching the back to back devastation caused by two catastrophic storms over the last few weeks has been difficult.  As Rona blogged yesterday, the memories for those who lived through Sandy are real.     For me, the worst part has been a profound feeling of helplessness.  Mother Nature is strong willed and literally, has her own sense of direction.  While our family was evacuating the east...
11 days ago 3 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
In the past, I would have followed the reporting of hurricanes, earthquakes etc. with a sense of empathy but, admittedly, also with a bit of apathy. In this world in which we are immediately connected to world events through the internet, it is easy to become a bit emotionally detached from world events.   I noticed, however, that my interest in Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma is much different other natural disasters. I have been anxiusly watching CNN for updates on both...
12 days ago 6 comments Categories: Tech News Tags:
Last week I wrote of possibly starting over, technology-wise.   This week, an update of sorts.   Wednesday after attending a funeral for the dad of a friend with whom I play basketball, I powered up my phone and found an alert from the Manhasset Apple Store.   It advised the MacBook Pro I brought in only four days before for repair was ready for pick up. When I left my MacBook for repair the Apple genius bar folks advised the hurricane that hit Texas may impact the timeli...
13 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
As the folks in the Houston area are recovering, Floridians are bracing themselves. As I write this Hurricane Irma is just starting to hit the keys...see here. Apparently it hit Cuba and the wind speeds have descreased to only 130 mph and who knows where Jose will land.   I was curious this morning to know if there were other significant weather events in the US this year and lo and behold our government keeps track of these things. The NOAA has a table that lists all of the ...
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