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12 days ago 33 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
One of the most valuable things my father ever taught me is that "There are three sides to every story: your side, my side and the truth". In these politically charged times we are constantly inundated with strong opinions on Facebook, Twitter or political list serves.  I am struck by the self assured vehemence of people whose position or opinions are diametrically opposed to mine.  Not just random people, but oft times friends (and relatives) who I have a long fruitful histo...
19 days ago 26 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last Friday we went to a local theater production.  Although all the contributors were professionals and the ticket cost not insubstantial, the experience fell far short.   Thank goodness it was a two act play and we could look forward to bolting at the intermission.  I say "we" because it was not just me who was disappointed. The main problem or deficiency was that one of the four actors did not seem to be comfortable with or know her lines.  As she struggled (and we suffere...
26 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The other morning my day did not start well.  As I was scrolling through the early morning emails I came upon my credit card bill and I was shocked to learn my balance due was double my norm.   My first fear was that I had been hacked, but that was not the case.  The problem was that my payment of the previous month's balance had arrived late.  The due date was Sunday 1/15 and there was no mail the next day due to the Martin Luther King holiday.   Despite it being predawn, I ...
33 days ago 17 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
A couple years ago, while at a GOtham Green meeting I had a "Save the World" type of inspiration to blurt that, in the spirit of the tobacco litigation, somebody should bring a lawsuit against the oil companies concerning their obvious impact upon our climate change.   Of course, it was a favorably received notion, but nothing came of it.   Recently, however, New York City instituted litigation against 5 major oil companies for their alleged impact on our climate.  Of course,...
47 days ago 30 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I drive an ordinary mid sized car, but where I live there are a preponderance of behemoth SUVs.   The problem is that the streets in my village are narrow winding two ways which were not built to accommodate behemoths.   The problem is exacerbated by what seems like a behemoth own the road-"coming through" mentality.   Being mindful of this problematic phenomenon I am extra alert as I venture out, but I sure wish that SUV drivers would be less self centered and hoggish....
54 days ago 21 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It's that time of year and whether or not they are followed through with, it is time to make New Year's resolutions.In as much as this has been one of the best years of my life, my first resolution is to keep on keeping on.Passing that, my primary resolution is to be more of a PR director for my wife Joanne's uniquely beautiful art.  An example is above. The little that I have done in this respect has borne fruit and is encouraging.Then there are the usual pedestrian resoluti...
82 days ago 19 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
No doubt, You have seen the great Godfather movies and probably remember Don Vito Corleone's  son Frederico (Fredo) Corleone played by the fine actor John Cazale.   Fredo is a fictional character, dreamed up by author Mario Puzo, who is weaker and less intelligent than his brothers and has little power or status in the crime family. His feelings of personal inadequacy and his inability to act effectively on his own b...
89 days ago 27 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
2017 may end up being the best year of my life (or right up there) and for that I am thankful for abundant reasons. Passing on ample family reasons, 2017 was distinguished by many highlights. Examples follow:1) Celebrating Gotham's 20th Anniversary at the Harmonie Club2) My obsession with Yankee rookie Aaron Judge (and enjoying 2 playoff games with Paul Napolitano)3) Meeting my look a like Jonathan Goldsmith (the "Most Interesting Man in World") 4) Pitching the Gotham Batmen...
96 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
You could say this piece is about recycling (which is a good Green thing), but I prefer to think of it as a the start of a primer of stuff which is intended for a specific purpose and has other worthy uses. My list is as follows: 1) Newspaper bags which serve as poop bags 2) Paper napkins which clean eye glasses 3) Plastic credit cards which unlock doors 4) Tooth brushes to clean jewelry  5) iPhone photos to copy documents 6) Pets to enhance your immunity 7) mirrors to signa...
131 days ago 21 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
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