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124 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
There’s a “Corner Bakery” on the corner of North Capital and E Street in Washington, D.C. On most mornings, a homeless gentleman stands on the corner and wishes a “Good Morning” to passersby. I saw him last Saturday and Sunday. As I left the bakery with my coffees on Sunday morning, I gave the gentleman a dollar as I wished him a good day. As I walked away, I heard a voice behind me. “Can I buy you breakfast this morning?” the woman’s voice asked. I heard the gentleman respo...
138 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Home delivery of newspapers is not a concept of the past in our home. We still get home delivery of three newspapers. I have often thought about this as unnecessary and recently spoke to my brother-in-law about it. He also gets three newspapers - a local paper, the Times and the WSJ. Perhaps it’s an effort to get balance, perhaps just holding on to tradition, or, perhaps, a lingering resistance (albeit, unsuccessful) to the onslaught of the alerts and notifications of cyber ...
145 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I am following up on last week’s blog; the apology is made, but is it accepted? The ball, as they say, is in the court of the person to whom the apology is made. (My legal training compels me to label this person the “apologee”.) It seems to me that the first threshold for the apologee is a judgment of whether the apology is sincere - and, therefore, should be accepted. This decision can create immediate problems for the fate of the apology. Assuming we’re beyond the judgmen...
152 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
There has been a lot in the news lately about apology. No, this is not intended to be a political blog. However, the talk got me to think about the concept of apology. Certainly, something we have all had to consider, and, I would think, from both the giving and receiving sides. The word apology traces back to the Greek — a formal justification. However, current usage is “an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret”. The definition of apologize...
159 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
There’s a Japanese saying that translates to “one moment, one chance.” The positive perspective suggests taking every moment as a new opportunity. However, the saying also suggests that a missed opportunity will never present itself again. FOMO - the “fear of missing out” The other evening we had our third meeting of the Long Island Dinner Group. Due to space limitations, we have had to close out every meeting as we surpassed full capacity. As we sat around the fu...
166 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I noticed the credit card on the ground as I walked away from my parked car. I picked it up and asked myself “What now?” Leaving it for someone else to find didn’t seem right. After a moment’s thought, I called the number of the back of the card. The bank was very nice, appreciated my call, canceled the card, and said they would contact the cardholder. About a week later, we were driving home after parking the car in a garage. We were a few blocks away from the garage whe...
173 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I’ve always thought it was nice that you go through U.S. Customs in certain Caribbean islands before leaving the island. Convenient. And I wondered whether customs agents enjoyed their tours of duty on a Caribbean island. Several years ago, after we had recently secured our Global Entry status, we were leaving Aruba. We tried the express clearance and computer system. When we approached the agent, she asked whether we had any food with us. Apparently, we had checked the wro...
180 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It is happening more and more frequently. There was a time when people were reluctant to share their cell phone numbers. Perhaps less so now and people are more accepting of being reached on their cellphones. In any event, if I must speak to someone (as contrasted to email), I generally first try them on an office line (unless I have an established familiarity that the cellphone is best). However, if I know that a person is hard to reach and doesn’t return messages ...
187 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last Sunday, we attended New York’s Annual Gathering of Remembrance, in observance of Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day. One of the speakers was a Holocaust survivor who, like my mother, speaks to school children about her life. This woman took great pride in how, after surviving, she rebuilt her life and her family in the United States. The fact that she survived and prospered is her revenge for the atrocities she was subjected to. (I have always felt that, as a c...
194 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Have you ever just wanted to be left alone? A little precious time. So it was when I went to the car wash recently. I took a book and  was so looking forward to those few minutes. I found my way to the waiting room with my book. “Nice day, isn’t it?” asked the woman who followed me into the waiting room. How to ignore her? Couldn’t. And I just wanted to be left alone. ...
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