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22 hours ago 20 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I have a particular taste in wine. Most who know anything about wine at all, (mostly) politely chuckle when I order.     My standing question to a server or a bartender is – “What is the sweetest white wine you have on your menu?” Ideally, the answer is a sweet Riesling or even better a Moscato. [I did learn about Ice Wine not that long ago but my leaning is still towards these two.]     All of that said, I decided that I needed to try to expand my taste.   Knowing tha...
2 days ago 3 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
On Friday morning I started, what will be, a  long custody trial. As most lawyers will tell you, trial work can be emotionally and physically exhausting as well as mentally challenging. You really have to be “on” 100% of the time throughout the entire proceeding. Custody trials, by their nature, can be emotionally draining not only on the litigants but on the attorneys as well. And this particular trial is especially difficult.   As I left the courthouse late Friday afternoo...
Next Sunday, one day following the First 100 days of the current administration, Gotham hosts its annual Battle of the Bands. Discussions about politics tend towards controversy and division. Music tends to bring people of different persuasions together.   Friday I posted the text of my presentation last Wednesday eve hosted by the Gotham Executive Group on “The Almost 100 days.” I enjoyed doing the talk and the Question and Answer period that followed. The comment...
4 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
In honor of Earth day today, I thought I might share some interesting facts:   • First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is now is observed in over 190 countries.   • In 1969, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.   • A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in. It ...
5 days ago 29 comments Categories: Music Tags:
I have learned why I have become addicted to my iPhone and Social Media.   For background, please read my Friday With Fred blog of two weeks ago: I'm Addicted. It seems that when one garners a Facebook "Like" or comment it stimulates the body to produce the chemical dopamine and when that happens, as the great James Brown exclaimed, "I Feel Good!"I admit that I post my blog on Facebook and Twitter to broaden its reach. However, even more rewarding than a Facebook reaction or ...
6 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
At Tuesday's meeting of the Long Island Women's Group, the guest speaker, Joshua Lafazan, told us how, as a high school student, he started an anti drunk driving program that provided safe and free rides to students to avoid driving while intoxicated or being a passenger. Three hundred and fifty rides were provided in 2016. This relatively small community-based campaign got me thinking about several small endeavors that could or would make a difference. Earli...
7 days ago 14 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Hepburn, words, Sonia, Fred
Recently its been coming up more and more, the importance of using your words carefully and intentionally. In my life, I've been pretty careless with words. I was raised in a clever, articulate, SARCASTIC household - mix in a little alcohol (maybe not a little) and you get desensitized to how things feel to others. I admire Fred's ability to love and accept a wide variety of people. I am not there yet. One of his regular commenters, used the phrase "Punch a bully in the face...
8 days ago 23 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  If you know me at all, you know that I am not afraid of a podium or a microphone. But the process of preparing a eulogy for my father, someone who I have always looked up to and admired, was unlike any preparation I had done in the past. I kept hearing Fred in my head. He won’t remember this, but years ago I remember Fred talking about the importance and significance of giving a eulogy. When my dad passed two weeks ago, there was no question in my mind that I had to spea...
9 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I always thought of myself as a good patient. I rarely, if ever, take a sick day from work. In fact, I do not recall the last time I did. I push myself to get whatever I need to get finished, no matter how I feel.   Sunday, I woke up with an apparent stomach virus. I stayed in my room most of the day in my pajamas, alternating between complaining, sleeping, and whining about how bad I felt. Clearly, not good patient behavior.     Are you a good patient? ...
The Doors second LP, Strange Days, featured a song, People Are Strange.   Strange days indeed as one consider the world around us (More on that later.).   I strategize. I plan.   Not all the time but certainly when things matter.   Sometimes, for some matters, I might need to think fast, almost to the point of brinkmanship.   Even where one might expect nothing of the sort to take place.   It happened a few days ago at a fraternal organization where several people acted...
11 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
As I prepare to celebrate Easter with my family, I am reminded how fallible we, humans, are. Even bible printers 300 years ago made mistakes.   In New Jersey, a 300-year-old Bible at Christ Episcopal Church sits locked in a glass case, untouched since 1916. It's opened to Luke 20, and that is not random. There, on the heading of the left-hand page, is one of Christianity’s most infamous typos.   Jesus’ parable of the vineyard, in which he assures grace for all believers regar...
12 days ago 28 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
So much is going on in his first 100 days and there is so much polarization in our country.  It truly is enough to make One's head spin.  No matter your political leaning or how you feel about the style and manner of POTUS, we are still one country.  We need to settle down, find common ground and perpetuate our unique democracy, i.e.: "indivisable, with liberty and justice for all"!How this can or will happen I can not really say, but in my lifetime we have always found a way...
13 days ago 5 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
I have often written about tradition and I very proudly relate yet one more story. At the Passover Seder (the traditional meal at which the story of the exodus from Egypt is retold), we eat bitter herbs (to remember the bitterness of slavery). For the bitter herbs, my family uses raw horseradish. I remember my father grating the large horseradish root and the pungent, tear-producing, fumes. A task that I now endure as I prepare for the holiday. The burn of the swallowed b...
14 days ago 3 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Grave, Weep, Frye, Rain
Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep.I am a thousand winds that blow,I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grainI am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush,I am that swift uplifting rushOf quiet birds in circled flight.I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry,I am not there, I did not die. ~ Autumn Rain - Mary Frye, 1932...
15 days ago 15 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Most people think that a star is someone who has talent, fame, fortune etc. Yesterday I changed my opinion. While paying a condolence call to Gotham’s cofounder Nancy. Schess, I saw her daughter Jackie. I hadn’t seen her since her high school days when Nancy used to bring her to Gotham events, and also when she ran the Oratorio event a few years ago. Most everyone knows she goes to Yale, (speak to Nancy, the proud mama, for five minutes and you will certainly know). But...
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