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I once blogged about "Summertime Summertime Sum Sum Summertime" (a great song by The Jamies).  Summertime is to be celebrated, enjoyed and endless.  Well, today is the first day of Fall or Autumn.  Both the words Fall and Autumn are not good and that's just how I feel.  How did September and the not so endless days of Summer slip by so very quickly?  I repeat, so very quickly.  A veritable flash!Gershwin had it right about "Summertime and the living is easy" and now it will b...
7 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
You may know that we have had a house in Paradise (Key West) for 20 years and some have even rented it.  It is a small house on a nice street with many neighborly people.  Cayce dubbed it the Klein Cottage and may have been our last visitor.  I am writing this last Sunday morning as Irma is making land fall in Paradise as a Category 4 hurricane with 120 MPH winds and an anticipated accompanying sea surge.  I fear the worst and will know the verdict when you read this.  We hav...
14 days ago 20 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I have been mistaken or compared to the Dos Equis beer former pitchman-Most Interesting Man in the World and I have often cracked "I'm his stunt double". Draw your own conclusion from the above Photo.  Two weeks ago Debbie Lindner informed me that The Man was appearing at nearby Bottle Buys and urged me to go and meet him.  In preparation I googled him and learned that the actor portraying the original Most Interesting Man in the World is Jonathan Goldsmith and other interest...
63 days ago 46 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When I come upon an interesting statement I often write it down for inspiration and/or recycling. For example, Mae West said "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful". Dylan said "Take what you've gathered from coincidence". The Marine Corps has an adage that "Pain is weakness leaving the body". Claire Cook said "If plan A doesn't work, the alphabet has 25 more letters". Branch Rickey said "Luck is the residue of design". There's a lot of inspiring thought going on there!  ...
91 days ago 18 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Do the names David Bailey and Crystal Griner resonate for you?  They really really should.  They are the heroic U.S. Capital Police officers who last week, in a true moment of truth, ran into the fire, right into the guns and bullets and probably saved innumerable congressional lives.  A heroic man and woman did not hesitate and saved the day.  In these violent super charged days the prospect of being confronted with a moment of truth is greater than ever.  Have you ever thou...
182 days ago 23 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
All my life I've thought about being a schlepper.   Schlepper?  It is a Yiddish word meaning someone so stupid or ill educated that he or she can only be employed to carry (schlep) things.  Really. To be precise, for my whole life I have wanted to be a schlepper for a famous artist and now my dream has come true as I schlepped my wife Joanne Klein's beautiful art (sample above) over to the wonderful Helen Harrison Gallery for an opening last week.   And when I unpacked the pi...
189 days ago 21 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Make of it what you must, but my favorite news fonts are Mika Brzezinski and Rachel Maddow, MSNBC political pundits.  Mika in the morning with her partner Morning Joe Scarborough and Rachel at 9:00 at night.  Yes they are Liberal, but they make sense to me in these extraordinary times.  Mika seems to speak directly to Trump through the camera and Rachel comes up with interesting angles and perspectives on the otherwise daily madness.   Lennon said it best: Strange days indeed...
203 days ago 28 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When I was in high school our telephone number was 516 621 3525.   Before that there were operators and a party line (which I must admit I listened in on).   When my parents moved I managed to have my boyhood number transferred to my home.   Today in this iPhone era we still have 2 landlines. 3525 is for Tradition and our Fax.  Before you pass judgement on this seemingly wasteful excess I remind you that during the devastation of Super Storm Sandy the only thing that worked w...
210 days ago 26 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
One of the driving forces in my life was the lack of direct praise I received from my father.  Yes, his friends told me how proud he was of me, but it was a hollow substitute.   As a result I was determined to share my ample pride with my sons and I think I did a far better job than my dad.   I am so proud of them! That gets me to Chris Wallace of Fox. If only his dad, the famous 60 Minutes out spoken reporter Mike Wallace, were alive to hear his son proclaim "You don't ge...
217 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
One of the best books I read when I was young was Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (Biblical phrase) which has been referenced frequently in popular music.  Well I am no longer young and I feel as if I am a stranger in a strange land when, for example, I get on the subway in Long Island City along with the throng transferring from the Brooklyn train which parades by sporting their art, tats and sleeves on their arms, legs, faces, chests, backs and who knows where else.  ...
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