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309 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It was an uncomfortable feeling of something missing as I realized that the cold on my head was the result of the absence of my favorite winter hat. Baseball style, cashmere, waterproof, with ear flaps - available if needed yet neatly folded out of sight most of the time. A perfect hat. On Monday, with the blizzard on its way, I was meeting an attorney from out-of-town and a client in the lounge of a mid-town hotel. In a rush, I folded my coat and hat on the sofa next...
316 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I'm looking for a word - perhaps not yet invented or evolved - or perhaps the extension of the meaning or import of an existing word. Here's the background to my search. A friend has an appointment on a certain day and, having been advised of this important event, I ask to be informed of the outcome as expeditiously as possible. "Let me know. I'd like to hear from you." As soon as the words pass my lips, I realize the dilemma. I communicate with this person by talking or by ...
330 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
At first, I thought that the photograph on the front page of yesterday's Wall Street Journal was historical. As a child of Holocaust survivors, I have seen many pictures of gravestones toppled at Jewish cemeteries in Europe during the 1930's. I then realized that the photograph is not historical. It is current. It is today's news. A cemetery near St. Louis desecrated  over the weekend. Many troubling thoughts run through my head. Not an isolated incident. Empowered? Encour...
337 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Pitchers and catchers reporting early. Spring training. My nephew, Jared - who covers baseball for the Wall Street Journal - on his way to warmer climates. This is a good time of year for optimists. How are the teams shaping up? Who is healthy? Who's reporting in good shape? Can we finish better than last season? We need an outlet. We need hope. We need our national pastime. ...
351 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
They tracked me down. It was an email from an old high school friend forwarding information about the upcoming fiftieth reunion of my class at Brooklyn Technical High School. Frankly, I am not one for reunions and have not attended either a high school or college reunion. But there was something about the email that caused me to save it. Perhaps it was that the email focused on a small dinner - rather than the events of the reunion - and  there were some familiar names copie...
358 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Yesterday, I was at the Annual Meeting of the Health Law Section of the State Bar Association. I've attended the meeting yearly for many, many years. Although I get continuing legal education credit for attending, I find the meeting a great way to keep current on developments in health care law. It's also a nice way to network with my colleagues and adversaries. I have found that I always come away from the meeting with valuable information. I don't usually pose questions in ...
372 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Every week, on Friday afternoon, towards the end of the workweek, I get a subliminal message reminding me to wish a good friend a "Good Sabbath" - a "Shabbat Shalom" - in anticipation of the imminent arrival of sundown. We exchange the greeting, whether in a text message, voice call or, on rare occasion, in a face-to-face exchange, and whether initiated by him or by me. The gesture is many things: A marker in my week. A nod to tradition. An homage to a good friend. A paus...
393 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last Sunday, I gave a half-full/half-empty canister of cat treats to my longtime neighbor. We kept the treats for the neighbor's cats -- Oreo and Hoppy -- who were frequent visitors to our front porch. Oreo is the friendlier of the two. Hoppy, more guarded. Oreo would wait to see any activity by our front door, or wait for our car to pull up and quickly find her place on a cushioned chair on the porch. It was almost like having cats of our own. The neighbors moved to No...
400 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Except, perhaps, for walking and chewing, you really can't do two things at the same time. I was at a conference on health care. Two days of presentations. Lawyers sitting behind long rows of narrow tables. Several laptops and many, many smartphones resting on the tablecloths that covered the tables. My phone found its way to the space in front of me. Although I turned off the ringer, the light of alerts often caught my eye. "I can listen to the presentation and check that me...
407 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We live in a condo development. PSE&G just completed a several-week project - replacing power lines. There was lots of equipment around - trucks, cranes,front loaders and a "CallAHead" for the convenience of the crew. The condo is also doing a renovation of our clubhouse. One day, I noticed a second "CallAHead" sitting next to the first. It turns out that one is for the PSE&G crew and the other is for the crew working on the clubhouse. PSE&G wouldn't let the othe...
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