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23 hours ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
A Lesson from History by Joseph Morris Everything's easy after it's done;Every battle's a "cinch" that's won;Every problem is clear that's solved--The earth was round when it _revolved!_But Washington stood amid grave doubtWith enemy forces camped about;He could not know how he would fareTill _after_ he'd crossed the Delaware.   Though the river was full of iceHe did not think about it twice,But started across in the dead of night,The enemy waiting to open the fight.Likely f...
2 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  The sun was shining on Gotham.     What a beautiful day spent with old friends and new ones. And I have to say that my foursome never golfed better. Really. We golfed.     Laurel, Flo, Liz and I have a great thing going. But that’s what Gotham is about. We are colleagues, friends and golfing partners. And I look forward every year to knowing that we will spend a day together on the golf course.     A warm and special thank you to the great Norman Spizz for everything ...
3 days ago 5 comments Categories: Games Tags:
Every year my blog is published the day of the Gotham golf outing. I was never a golfer. I decided to try golfing as a physical education elective while I was a senior in high school. On my first day of class I took a long swing and happily watched the ball take off.     My happiness was short lived, however, when my ball went straight towards the teacher and hit him hard.  It hit him so hard that he went straight to the nurse’s office. I went straight to my guidance counsel...
4 days ago 12 comments Categories: Blogging for Money Tags: Charity
I enjoy helping and making a difference.   Friday eve involved a celebration of making a small difference for charities selected by the Kings-FDR Tolerance Foundation, the charitable arm of FDR Lodge 613 Knights of Pythias. Throughout the year we raise money from social and other events. We raised funds at Halloween and Sweethearts Dances I ran with my friend Eric and a New Year’s Eve Party that I ran with CPA Ira Spiegel, a member of Gotham First and our Foundation VP. S...
5 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
A sacred cow is an idea, custom, or institution held, especially unreasonably, to be above criticism...a taboo. Essentialy something that people do not like to question.   Regardless of your political leanings, we are in an environment where it seems a lot of sacred cows are up for grabs.   NAFTA Paris Agreements NATO Foreign trade Government adminstration Political correctness Truth   It can be unsettling or not depending on your point of view. Are there others?...
6 days ago 18 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Do the names David Bailey and Crystal Griner resonate for you?  They really really should.  They are the heroic U.S. Capital Police officers who last week, in a true moment of truth, ran into the fire, right into the guns and bullets and probably saved innumerable congressional lives.  A heroic man and woman did not hesitate and saved the day.  In these violent super charged days the prospect of being confronted with a moment of truth is greater than ever.  Have you ever thou...
7 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last weekend, Alexandria, Virginia. I followed as Flo and Jackson, our 4 and a half year old grandson, got on the free "Trolley" that makes its way up and down King Street in Old Town. Flo found a seat on the front bench next to a pleasant looking woman with her child. They made room for Jackson on the bench as the Trolley started moving. Then the women looked at me and asked if I wanted a seat. As I shook my head "No, thank you", I noticed the sign above the bench. "...
8 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Bus, Dorothy, Glasses
From April 2015, still true for me today (maybe more so):   I read recently that Jeb Bush inadvertently checked the Hispanic box in his voter registration form in 2009. His response was, “My mistake! Don’t think I’ve fooled anyone." It reminded me of a the silly mistakes I make and how foolish it is to get angry about them. How many times have I frantically searched for my glasses only to find them on the top of my head or hanging from my shirt collar? I just laugh now at my ...
9 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I read an article recently about how often to wash your jeans. The theory is that jeans should not be washed unless they are dirty, as in having a stain because your ice cream sundae left its mark. Washing jeans too frequently apparently makes them stretch in unintended ways and accelerates the fading in ways you may not desire. So, wear them for weeks, and the launder in cold water and hang to dry.     Newscasters, celebrities, and lots of others agreed.     I can’t w...
10 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I remember, when I was a child, numerous small stores  thrived in my town; clothing stores, book stores, hardware stores, shoe stores etc. I have so many memories of my Mom taking my brother, sister and I for back to school clothes at Chwatsky’s or new shoes at Jack’s Correct Fit. And, of course, the owners knew my Mom by name as well as me and my siblings. One by one as malls and larger department stores opened the small “mom and pop” stores closed. At that time, the large d...
11 days ago 7 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Father's Day
Father’s Day   Four generations gathered yesterday to honor the dads: Shelly’s Dad, our niece’s husband, and this correspondent. Unlike years prior, I “enjoyed” no responsibilities on the grill; I just provided transit for Shelly, her dad and her sister. Shelly posted her usual group of pics on Facebook: Tara and Dave with baby Eden, Shelly and Susan with their dad Lou, and Jonathan with his dad – me!   Marisa’s card arrived on Friday; she always shares sentiments that t...
12 days ago 7 comments Categories: Food Blogs Tags:
Another news nugget from your intrepid blogger. This files under the category of whaaaaaatttttt?!?!?!   Italy's highest court ruled on Friday that lobsters must not be kept on ice in restaurant kitchens because it causes them unjustifiable suffering before they head for death by fine dining.   They actually were upholding a sentence by a lower court which ruled that the fact that even though lobsters are usually cooked while still alive does not mean they can be mistreated be...
13 days ago 25 comments Categories: Health Tags:
When I was young I did not drink coffee.  I started mid life when I heard that elite runners and other athletes would load up on cups of coffee pre event or game to garner the supposed benefit of the interaction of caffeine upon glycogen.  I truly believe it is a legal performance enhancer and continue such use to this day.  Along the way I developed the enjoyable habit of nursing and sipping my sole cup of coffee through the day.  I get a little taste kick when I roll it on ...
14 days ago 4 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
First, I was just always around to see my Father.   Then I was taken to see my Father. I was then reminded to see my Father. I then remembered to see him on my own. I then looked forward to seeing my Father. I became a Father and they came to see me. And now they are fathers and ...... ...
15 days ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Calatrava, World Trade, PATH, subway
I'm very fortunate that business has brought me to the World Trade Center transportation and shopping hub a few times in recent weeks. It is magnificent. It is called the Oculus, designed by Santiago Calatrava, and completed at twice the original (public money) funding at 4 Billion Dollars. You can get both the PATH and the subway in this fantastic creation. Or a good cup of coffee. Or some high end shopping. I highly recommend you get on a subway ( E, R, W, 4, 5, etc) and ge...
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