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7 hours ago 1 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
As I'm writing this, the voting is going on in Alabama. I'm concerned that the outcome will be difficult, when you read this, you will already know. So, as always, its healthy to remember ALL the great good that goes on in the world. From MSN-Melissa Chan: When bullets rang out at the Route 91 Harvest country-music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, Jonathan Smith could have fled. Instead, the 30-year-old father of three raced back toward danger to help about 20 strangers—many...
1 day ago 3 comments Categories: City Blogs Tags:
  Yesterday was not an ordinary day, but unfortunately, it was one that has become all too uncomfortably common.     Someone thought it was a good idea to try to blow themselves up in the train station at Times Square. By definition, that is not a good idea at all.   The outcome could have been far worse but still, these periodic episodes of inexplicable behavior shake your center before normal returns.     By the time I stepped onto the LIRR, the incident was under inve...
2 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I was so saddened by the news last week of the death of David Cassidy. He truly was my first child hood crush.   As a young girl, I remember saving up $8.00 in cash and coins and mailing it all away to be a part of his fan club.  Immediately upon receiving the posters and small heart stickers with his  picture on them, I proceeded to cover my walls.  I’ll never forget how angry my mother was with me when she saw  fifty one inch stickers glued onto my pink wall. But, for David...
3 days ago 10 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Holiday Songs, Christmas, Chanukah
One starts in two days, another in two weeks; others also this month too.  And so to ring in the season I release an updated version (all links work at time of posting) of Happy Holidays in song Enjoy! Happy Xmas – John Lennon   This Is Xmas – Luther Vandross   The Xmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) – Nat King Cole   The Xmas Song – Mel Torme (who composed it)   Have Yourself A Merry Little Xmas – Judy Garland   Same Auld Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg   White Xmas- ...
4 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Ahhh the first snowflake...finally winter has arrived. I thought I might share some fun and reflective quotes about snow. Enjoy your weekend :-)       "A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship." Markus Zusak   "When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels." Unkown   "Kindness is like snow—It beautifies everything it covers." Kahlil Gibran   "Silently, like thoughts that come and go, the snowflakes fall, each one a gem."...
5 days ago 22 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Tuesday night was our annual Holiday Party, at the Friars Club, and it was attended by about 100 people despite the rain (how come it always rains when we have our party?).Highlights were the announcement of the 2 well deserving 2017 Networkers of the Year, Susan Zinder and Carly Meyer (pictured above) who continued our winning red heads tradition. Jason Greenberg was the recipient of our Red Bandanna Award for exhibiting selfless sacrifice in the memory of Welles Remy Crowth...
6 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Yesterday, the morning after Gotham announced its Networkers of the Year and recipient of the revered Red Bandana Award, Time magazine announced its Person of the Year — the Silence Breakers — the women who came forward to hold Harvey Weinstein accountable and bring him down. Inspiring, and inspired by, #MeToo, the Silence Breakers began a conversation. Indeed it is more than a conversation. There are revelations every day, and with every new revelation, we are each compelled...
7 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Malala_Yousafzai, Taliban, Oxford, Pakistan
From the HuffPost: Five years ago, a member of the Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai in the head for speaking up for girls’ rights to an education. The Pakistani teenager miraculously survived and has since given her all as an advocate for girls’ right to an education. On Monday, the anniversary of the shooting, Malala attended her first class at the University of Oxford.   “5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education,” Yousafzai tw...
8 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  With full disclosure, I’m not the biggest Disney fan. But, last week we were in Orlando for a concert because my son was performing. How could we be in Orlando and not visit Disney? Bill indulged me but insisted that he was not setting foot into Magic Kingdom.     So we spent the day at Epcot. Have you been?     I have to say that the day was much more enjoyable than I had anticipated. Disney has mastered theme park efficiency. The rides were fun and walking, and eating...
9 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Several years ago-after Hurricane Sandy-my husband and I decided to apply for a grant, through N.Y. Rising, to raise our home above flood level.  After several years of applications, submissions of plans, costs etc. and a variance hearing, work is set to begin on our home tomorrow.   During the construction, the bottom level of our home will be obliterated and the top level will be raised over twelve feet in the air. Obviously, as a result, we have to move out of our home dur...
10 days ago 10 comments Categories: Music Tags: Leaves, Leaf Bags, Squeeze
  Today the City picks up the leaves. That meant I needed to place out the Leaf Bags. 10 of them. Knowing I had floor access (not seats) for Squeeze that eve and basketball to start my day, I started the day earlier to bag the leaves in the yard. I already had three bags out front filled over the two weeks since the first of City collections dates, November 19. I intended to rest my legs for the evening by filling the yard leaves; indeed I filled five more bags before ba...
11 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Does her name ring a bell? Maybe you'll recongnize the picture.   The picture, snapped by a White House photographer traveling with the president as he left his golf course in Sterling, Va., went viral almost immediately. News outlets picked up the story when it appeared in a White House pool report. Social media began hailing the unidentified woman as a “she-ro,” using the hashtag #Her2020.     Yes...her name is Juli Briskman. Her employer, government contractor Akima LL...
12 days ago 19 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
No doubt, You have seen the great Godfather movies and probably remember Don Vito Corleone's  son Frederico (Fredo) Corleone played by the fine actor John Cazale.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgHXHtHSsNo&sns=em   Fredo is a fictional character, dreamed up by author Mario Puzo, who is weaker and less intelligent than his brothers and has little power or status in the crime family. His feelings of personal inadequacy and his inability to act effectively on his own b...
Eli
13 days ago 5 comments Categories: Games Tags:
There is so much going on. Sometimes it’s a relief to just talk sports. There is something I don’t like about the Eli Manning situation. The Giants have been awful this season — one of the worse I can remember. Eli, the Giants’ quarterback and long-time face of the franchise, was abruptly told that he would not be starting this Sunday’s fire 210 straight starts over 14 years, Eli has been benched. Call me sentimental, but I remember the great Super Bowl wins brought to us by ...
14 days ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
What do you do when an organization is doing "good," but they also are doing something you don't support? Let me first say, that I can often not see the "big picture" and I am also often an A#%hole. I was sent two emails, asking me to "adopt" a child in poverty by two people I trust. Thanks to wonderful Gotham members Sonia and Gail, I went to Charity Navigators and looked the adoption site up and it has good reviews. Great, its legit. The "issue" for me is that this organiz...
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