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15 hours ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  We all know that networking is amongst the most powerful marketing tools. Success in building your business is directly related to who you know and perhaps more importantly, who knows you.     But my question for you today is – what is the value that you find in networking that is not directly about building your client base? How does networking help your business in other ways?     In my world, networking is equally important for both purposes. Having the support of gr...
2 days ago 7 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
I look forward to May and June every year. Not only because those months signal the beginning of summer but there is always so many wonderful events going on during those months; graduations, weddings, bridal showers etc. For us, this May brings us two happy events, my youngest daughter, Sydney’s, college graduation and oldest, Danielle’s, graduation from graduate school.   Sydney graduated yesterday from SUNY Buffalo with a BS in Health and Human and Services.  In the fall, ...
3 days ago 6 comments Categories: Music Tags: Richie Furay, Timothy B. Schmit, Poco, Eagles, Buffalo Springfield
Some people can boast of attending Woodstock or Monterrey Pop some renowned concert like George Harrison’s Bengla Desh shows at Madison Square Garden or the Allmans at the Fillmore East or The Band at the Academy of Music (Rock of Ages) or their Last Waltz, or No Nukes also at the Garden. Indeed movies chronicles many of the shows and most of the great performance (though not all). You may suggest other shows. Myself I attended more than 400 and probably some I forgot to d...
3 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
My cousin Helene, Norman's daughter, tragically passed away last Wednesday. As I reflect through this heartbreaking loss, my memories take me back to meeting her when Norman and Mara were married in my parents house. She was bright and beautiful with a big smile.   Helene had a great voice and even sang at my wedding reception. When we had her over our house for an evening, we all sang as she played the piano like a pro. We laughed and smiled all night.   Helene was a gifted,...
5 days ago 22 comments Categories: Movies Tags:
Do you remember the 1987 movie of John Updike's above entitled novel?A brief summary: Jack Nicholson is cast as the male lead with dynamic costars Cher, Michele Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon cast as unknowing witches living together in a coven into which Jack wanders. I just love the send up and can't help casting myself and my three female partners Joan Rothermel, Jane Jacobs and Nancy Schess into this scenario.  After all, I am most fortunate to be situated as the only male p...
5 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
"Please silence your cellphones." An often-repeated admonition that has become part of our everyday lives. Sometimes heeded, sometimes not. So, heeding the advice, and, more significantly, wanting to enjoy a romantic anniversary dinner, Flo and I silenced our phones and tucked them out of sight. About an hour later, when we were brought dessert with a candle -- the restaurant knew it was our anniversary-- I took out my phone to take a picture. I noticed over a dozen un...
6 days ago 10 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Beth Hamedrash Hagadol
A story of change... A three-alarm fire ripped through an empty, landmarked synagogue on the Lower East Side Sunday night, according to the FDNY. Nearly 140 firefighters battled to bring the blaze under control for about five hours, from p.m. to shortly after midnight. The congregation's building, a Gothic Revival structure built in 1850 as the Norfolk Street Baptist Church.Even as the building was under construction, the ethnic makeup of the church's neighborhood was rapid...
7 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I carry them with me. The oldest one is handwritten note from my grandfather. My grandparents gave me a watch for high school graduation and my grandfather wrote me a note on his special notepad telling me to think about him when I wore it. When Jaclyn was 8 years old, she visited my office. I left her sitting at my desk for a few minutes and came back to a handwritten note thanking me for bringing her in and saying how much fun she was having “fileing”. On green ...
9 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Recently I sat in the middle seat on a cross county flight, between my husband who had the aisle seat and a stranger who had the widow seat. Several times during the flight the channel on the television I was watching unexpectedly changed. After the second time, I realized the channel changed because the stranger next to me had put his arm on the armrest where the television controls were located.   The third time the channel changed I told the person sitting next to me what...
10 days ago 9 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Mother's Day, Natalie Wood, Liz Taylor,
Happy Mother’s Day to the all moms, especially the three most important ones in my life.   After basketball yesterday, I gave thought to this blog and realized not only this one falls on Mother's Day but what I posted last year fell on the day (and as long as I get to blog on Sundays, I easily claim this and other cool topics). I searched back and you just might want to read, “Sweet.”   I actually looked at songs for today and this commentator who shared song lists around ...
11 days ago 5 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Being the guy in the hospital bed, you gain a unique perspective. A little over two years ago, I was that guy.   Recently, my brother-in-law was that guy. He had a heart attack, got a stent and is doing fine. We talked about "being in the bed" when I saw him last weekend. We both had the same reaction.   When you're in the bed it's your reality. You're not wondering, just feeling. It's your friends, family and loved ones that are in emotional trauma because they don't know wh...
12 days ago 22 comments Categories: Music Tags:
As you may know, my son Alex has 2 bands: Tiajuana Caravan and, the off shoot, The Tall Boys. When Alex was in the crib we placed a toy guitar next to him and it took root.  He now has more than 20 guitars and has become, to my taste, a very entertaining and talented performer fronting and writing songs for his bands.  I know no greater thrill (kvell) than to be standing before him photographing and videoing  his performances.  Just 2 Saturday nights ago I again enjoyed this ...
12 days ago 4 comments Categories: Music Tags:
When I go to a live concert I go to enjoy the music and the rapport with the artist. I prefer when the performer connects with the audience. We saw Barbra Streisand at Barclay's last week. A wonderful evening. She is a great performer and still has that great voice. And she certainly connected with the crowd in Brooklyn (where she grew up). Barbra has no reservations about sharing her political views, and with Bill and Hillary Clinton in the audience, she was not shy ...
14 days ago 5 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
On this day in 1872, Victoria Woodhull became the FIRST woman to be nominated for the Presidency of the United States. In 1869, she and her sister Tennessee were the first women stockbrokers on Wall Street. In 1871, she was the first woman to address a Congressional committee. However, it was not all harmony among the suffragettes. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and other giants of the women’s suffrage movement embraced Woodhull around the time of her congressi...
15 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  It was a crowded morning on the LIRR. Once again, there were problems with the train and so as we proceeded through the stops, the cars quickly became standing room only.     A woman boarded the train at Jamaica. She was likely my contemporary (no, I won’t tell you exactly here) but she was walking with a cane. She came up the aisle right alongside where I was sitting.     I started to stand up to and offered her my seat. Very loudly, but respectfully and forcefully, ...
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