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3 days ago 10 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Holiday Songs, Christmas, Chanukah
One starts in two days, another in two weeks; others also this month too.  And so to ring in the season I release an updated version (all links work at time of posting) of Happy Holidays in song Enjoy! Happy Xmas – John Lennon   This Is Xmas – Luther Vandross   The Xmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) – Nat King Cole   The Xmas Song – Mel Torme (who composed it)   Have Yourself A Merry Little Xmas – Judy Garland   Same Auld Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg   White Xmas- ...
10 days ago 10 comments Categories: Music Tags: Leaves, Leaf Bags, Squeeze
  Today the City picks up the leaves. That meant I needed to place out the Leaf Bags. 10 of them. Knowing I had floor access (not seats) for Squeeze that eve and basketball to start my day, I started the day earlier to bag the leaves in the yard. I already had three bags out front filled over the two weeks since the first of City collections dates, November 19. I intended to rest my legs for the evening by filling the yard leaves; indeed I filled five more bags before ba...
Tempted   Out with friends for dinner with more than a few couples before a charity function sponsored by my Knights of Pythias (FDR) Lodge, the ladies evidently were discussing plans ahead and my wife shared our plans for next weekend. Our friend Abby asked how many times Shelly and I attended a Squeeze show. I responded at least four.   That answer was correct only to how many shows we attended together through the summer of 2008. Since that time, we we experienced lead...
With Thanksgiving and for many of us a long weekend approaching, I find it nice to anticipate gatherings of families and friends.   Every Thanksgiving involves memories and traditions. Some revolve around the food and how we prepare it. Others peculiar to some celebrants.   Music remains important to me and one tradition started when I listened to the original free-from WNEW-FM back in the day. My fave DJ, the late Pete Fornatale, would play Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo G...
31 days ago 24 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Four blogs ago I focused on those who by action(s) or inaction(s) enable creeps to perpetrate terrible harm or worse on others.   Friday I received an email disturbing in content: it defended Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. I replied, “So are you saying that notwithstanding Moore’s conduct he merits election to any public office? "A creep is a creep whether left or right or anywhere in between.”   An incredulous response in part read, “Are you saying you believe the c...
38 days ago 12 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Voting, Elections
Tuesday, I expect to devote much of my day inducing others directly or indirectly to exercise their right to vote.  Advising a candidate who all expects to win overwhelmingly you might not think that  --  as we used direct mail, community newspaper ads, robo calls and canvas teams to encourage eligible folks to exercise this right I view as something sacred and a right all must cherish.  The data suggests otherwise.  Too many opt out.   Besides candidates for various offices,...
45 days ago 8 comments Categories: Music Tags: Lists
This (as in today’s) blog found its voice or muse while reading my friend’s “Fridays with Fred” blog. I did a number of blogs around likes and more recently dislikes. My post comment raised lists as natural provocateurs of conversation. Recall all those top ten lists on late night show. Indeed Fred and I share a secret list aptly named and only we know who gains placement and why (See his reply to my comment on his blog. Some lists I maintain remain personal: Concerts a...
I face an interesting dilemma involving a City Council candidate I advise. We want to include material advocating his position on a very important ballot issue – Proposition No. 1 (“Prop 1”) – voters get to weigh in on this November 8 when voters will also find him on the general election ballot. Four years ago, voters chose him with 96.8% the general election following a bruising multi-candidate primary for an open seat. The year he prevailed in a two candidate race with ...
59 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Harassment, predators
The proverbial water cooler discussion over the past week involved sexual harassment and worse. The political scientist in me viewed what occurred as a perverse exercise of power.   Acts totally unjustified.   I tweeted a Newsday editorial with my own spin, “Protecting #predators & letting acts go unpunished, endangers more people. Shame too on enablers.”   So many stories came out and one theme that interests me involves what kept the perpetrator of such harm in place...
66 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags: Basketball, court
Yesterday involved a new milestone very important to me. I certainly welcomed it and gladly survived it. I write not about some annual date which always merits celebration reaching a level generally considered symbolic. Yesterday marked a return to court (and not the legal variety that a friend advised I strongly consider). A leg ailment and a summer primary combined to keep me from playing my regular twice a week basketball. Shelly “instructed” me to play only one ga...
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