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4 days ago 21 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Since I was young I always liked to "take pictures".  As such, we have walls of photo albums and other walls covered with "blowups". With the advent of the digital age and the iPhone camera, if anything, I have upped my game.  I believe that a key secret to taking memorable photographs is being in the moment, seeing a shot, and whipping out my iPhone to capture it.  Thus armed, creativity flows freely. What's more, with the availability of Instagram and Facebook I have platfo...
4 days ago 1 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Since I was young I always liked to "take pictures".  As such, we have walls of photo albums and other walls covered with "blowups". With the advent of the digital age and the iPhone camera, if anything, I have upped my game.  I believe that a key secret to taking memorable photographs is being in the moment, seeing a shot, and whipping out my iPhone to capture it.  Thus armed, creativity flows freely. What's more, with the availability of Instagram and Facebook I have platfo...
53 days ago 31 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
In these politically charged times I am amazed at the number of people who I truly like and respect who are diametrically opposed to my political point of view.   I think I have my feet on the ground and have a balanced point of view and am willing to listen to both sides. However, when I listen to some of my opposing view good friends I question my sanity. I think to myself,  Is this what the twilight zone is like? The cop out resort is not to discuss politics at dinner with...
60 days ago 18 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Forgetting money, everything has an inherent tangible value (more or less to each person and in differing situations or contexts).   For example, when we visited Cuba in 2016 I brought little paper American flags which I saved after their use for decorations on the Fourth of July and inexpensive white Rawlings baseballs.   Anticipating its unique value to the Cuban people trapped in their revolution, I offered a flag to our tour guide as a gesture of good will and her eyes l...
67 days ago 27 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When I vacation in Key West I have a regular Friday night routine of sitting on a bench across the street from the weekly "Sound Check" at Key West's iconic rock n' roll Green Parrot venue.     I've come to consider the bench, fronting the Court House Deli, to be the epicenter of Key West culture and humanity. There, no one has a label or preconceived status.  It is a melting spot populated by a potpourri of artists, street people, lawyers, retirees, drinkers and writers.  N...
74 days ago 17 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Web Master Mitch and I have assumed the responsibility of composing our new opinion polls. The present poll appears below near the bottom of the website.  Our first new poll pictured here was our most successful to date, asking Gotham's opinion as to the best picture Oscar and we called it right!  The Shape of Water.  A great call and a great flick.  The present poll asks your opinion as to your favorite Gotham aspect.  We appreciate your feed back in our never ending efforts...
88 days ago 34 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
One of my favorite songs is Dylan's Forever Young and my oft stated quest is to live to 100 and beyond.   With this as background, I was very pleased to receive a link (http://bit.ly/2HFR65V) to a TED talk from Judy Mauer on the subject of "The Strongest Predictor On How Long You'll Live".  According to the TED Talk, there was a Brigham Young University longevity study of thousands of middle-age people over a long period of time.  The results were pleasantly surprising. The 1...
102 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...
109 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...
116 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 ...
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