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194 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It wasn't exactly a scene from The Birds, but it was bad. We had a sense, but the full impact was not felt for days. We decided to go down to the beach one evening to try out the restaurant at TOBAY that is under new management. The write-up in the press made it seem worthwhile. So, after  a walk on the Boardwalk at Jones Beach, we drove east along Ocean Parkway to TOBAY. We were offered a lovely table on the deck with a nice view of the bay. We soon moved inside to get away ...
201 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We packed a deck of cards, Scrabble and books for our long holiday weekend in the Berkshires. The weather app was predicting a likelihood of rain and we wanted to be prepared. The cards, Scrabble and books came home unused. With the exception of brief localized thunderstorms in late afternoon on two days, the weather was perfect. Maybe I read the app wrong. But when I checked with others, my suspicions were confirmed. The forecasts were, quite simply, wrong. My b...
215 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last weekend, Alexandria, Virginia. I followed as Flo and Jackson, our 4 and a half year old grandson, got on the free "Trolley" that makes its way up and down King Street in Old Town. Flo found a seat on the front bench next to a pleasant looking woman with her child. They made room for Jackson on the bench as the Trolley started moving. Then the women looked at me and asked if I wanted a seat. As I shook my head "No, thank you", I noticed the sign above the bench. "...
229 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
An aphorism is a short phrase that expresses a true or wise idea. We all encounter them and fall back on our favorites from time to time. For years I have enjoyed the aphorisms posted in our local bagel store. Steve, the owner of Town Bagel in Plainview, takes pride in the aphorisms that he changes every Tuesday and have become a tradition. But it wasn't until last week that I was so struck by the message on the thought-provoking sign that I decided to share it. "Everyone y...
243 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I have been privileged to have been to the Western Wall in Jerusalem several times. There is an awesome and unavoidable sense of history and, for me, a holiness that encompasses the historical and more. There is a custom of inserting little slips of paper inscribed with personal notes, perhaps prayers, in the crevices of the Wall. It was reported that when Donald Trump visited the Wall earlier this week, he followed the custom of leaving a little piece of paper in a crack in...
250 days ago 9 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...
264 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last weekend, we went to Washington to visit our children, Jeremy (and Stephanie) and Mea (and Charles), who live in the nation's capital. We like Washington and having family to visit makes the trips their even more special. But this trip was very special. We drove down to D.C. with a very special passenger. When she heard that we were driving to Washington, my Mom asked for a ride. Grandma was going to spend the weekend with her granddaughter, Mea. "I just need a ...
278 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...
292 days ago 2 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I wasn't sure what to expect as we entered the restaurant last Saturday for the 50th anniversary dinner reunion of my high school class. Brooklyn Tech was a ‘commuter’ school with students coming from all over the City. So, interaction was limited to school and after-school activities. You didn't have a lot of friends among your classmates. But there were four of us - Queens boys - who hung out together -- Mark, Frank, Bill and me. I knew that we'd all be at ...
305 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We had been to the glass artist's studio and Gallery before, but I didn't remember the big neon sign that went through its computer-generated silence, sequenced blinking to full message and back to silence. "LOOK! SEE?" At first glance, a very simple message. Look at the art but are you seeing it? Really seeing? Allow the art have its effect on you. Let it in. Its akin to hearing and listening. Pause, focus, STOP and sme...
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