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1574 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
What would you do if you had nothing to do ? I pondered the thought earlier today - New Year's Day - after friends with whom we were to spend the day had to change their plans because of a family emergency. I had been thinking about “unstructured” time as something to aspire to in the new year.   Although not something that would be attractive on a frequent basis, not having something to do has a certain relaxing quality to it. Don't plan, don't structure. Just see w...
1588 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Unless it touches us directly, we are generally immune to crime. It is something that happens "out there" and “to someone else”. From that perspective, we follow the news and accept crime as part of the landscape. But every once in a while, a crime -- even “out there”-- touches us and gives us pause. Such was the recent car-jacking and murder at the Short Hills mall. A young couple leaving the mall after some holiday shopping. The man closes the car door for his wife...
1595 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We were in Miami last weekend for Art Miami and got to visit the new Perez Art Museum which opened last Wednesday. If you're in Miami, don't miss the Museum.   And try to get there while the "Ai Weiwei- According to What?" exhibit is on. At a time when we contemplate the life of Nelson Mandela, the art of this Chinese dissident/artist is especially compelling.   As I walked through the exhibit, the question "What is art?" kept repeating in my mind. The Bowls of Pearls,...
1602 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
“It's better to give than receive, but what goes around comes around.” The Gotham mantra kept going through my mind as I watched us bestow the Red Bandana and the Networkers of the Year Awards, and make the grants to four charities from the Gotham Foundation on Tuesday evening at the Holiday Party.   I remember when, years and years ago, we came up with the mantra that embodies this organization. These few words captured the essence of Gotham's culture -- the first ...
1623 days ago 17 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Yiddish is an old language. Some say it is a dying - if not already dead - language. No room for technology and Yiddish? Not so fast...   Flo shared this story with me. Recently, she was in the Jewish Museum in New York for the opening of the Art Spiegelman exhibit when she overheard a group of "older" people asking "What is the Yiddish word for cake?" Given the place and the participants in the discussion, it was a strange question. One would have expected at least on...
1637 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I am happy that the Red Sox won the World Series and I'm happy that they won the final game in Fenway Park. It is more fun to watch sports if you'e routing for one of the teams, and, for that reason, I had to choose between the Red Sox and the Cardinals. I was routing for the Red Sox. I'm a Mets fan and after the New York teams ended their seasons, I was drawn to the Red Sox. After all, Gotham has groups in Boston. I like that they went from a last place finish last seaso...
1651 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
   With the change of seasons, I am motivated to get into my closets and do a little cleaning.         I am truly amazed (perhaps embarrassed would be more accurate) by the number of T shirts that I have. It seems that every event in my life is commemorated by a T shirt that found its way into my closets. As I go through the piles, most of the shirts evoke good memories or, simply, look good. Yet, when I need a T shirt to wear, I usually choose one from a relatively select f...
1658 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The entrance sign said                     “Admission - $20                    Seniors   - $10”       But nowhere was there a definition of “Senior”.       Since getting my Senior Citizen Beach Permit from the Town of Oyster Bay (undated but good for “Lifetime”), I have become aware of senior discounts. Although you start getting offers to join AARP at 50, I've seen senior discounts offered at 60, 62 and 65. I have yet to identify the determining factor for the diff...
1665 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I like the Fall. I like the change of weather from summer to the cooler nights, and, ultimately, the cool days of Fall.   But the best thing about Fall is the color. There is nothing better than the natural beauty of the leaves changing. This looks like a good year for the colors of foliage. We were up in the Berkshires last weekend and the leaves are turning and the wonderful palette abounds.   Forget the politics that dominate the news. Don't lament that the baseball pl...
1672 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
On Tuesday, I eavesdropped on my Mother speaking to about 50 Gothamites and guests at the Friar's Club about her experiences as a Holocaust survivor. I say "eavesdrop" somewhat in jest, because I was in the audience and in plain sight.   No matter how many times I have heard the stories, there is always something new. Perhaps I have heard it before but at this hearing it has a different nuance or meaning to me. Flo has a theory that every time my Mother speaks, she r...
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