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117 days ago 6 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
  I know you all won’t read this until Memorial Day has passed, but I wanted to take this opportunity to say “thank you for your service” to all of those in our Gotham family, and beyond, who have served our country. It is an act that is way too often taken for granted but critical to each of us every single day.     My mom told a story this weekend about my dad’s service during the Korean War. For a number of reasons, he enlisted. They had been together about a year and he...
306 days ago 6 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
I was one of those kids who danced. I spent hours and hours at dancing school for years and years. With all candor, I wasn't very good. In every recital photo, if the whole group is pointing to the left, I am pointing to the right. If the group is doing pirouettes, I am down on one knee. You get the idea. I had so much trouble keeping up. But I loved it. I remember being in the audience at Radio City Music Hall when I was seven years old watching the Rockettes perform at t...
313 days ago 5 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
  It gets earlier every year.     I used to comment that the songs, sounds and decorations of the holidays had arrived just after Thanksgiving. I thought that was early.     Then, all of those came along with Thanksgiving. I thought that was early.   Have you noticed that holiday decorations are already up around town – and a song or two have been playing on the radio? Now, that’s really early.       Don't get me wrong -- I am a big fan of the holiday season, so I don’t ...
327 days ago 6 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
  I remember our first Halloween after moving into our house. It was 1998 and Jaclyn was not quite 3 years old. We had just moved in the previous summer after living in an apartment in Manhattan. Going door to door was a different experience.     We dressed up, she was a Pirate that year and it was a beautiful day.   I remember two things very vividly about that day.     We had to teach my daughter how to trick-or-treat. We learned quickly that her plan was to consume her...
446 days ago 6 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
  Early in the morning, my dad put the flag into its special perch on our front porch. Most times, it was up before I was. But it was part of our tradition for July 4th. When we moved into our house, our flag was one of our first family purchases. We had lived in an apartment in the city where the options to display our flag were limited. We have now continued the tradition I grew up with, although perhaps not as early in the morning. As you read this, our flag will be...
663 days ago 8 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
  Last week, I asked you all to share non-food Thanksgiving traditions. There were some fun suggestions.     In my house, we decided to repeat last year’s agenda and first posed Table Talk questions (ie: “Which of your ancestors would you most like to meet?” and “Name one goal for the upcoming year?”) followed by our annual round of “I am thankful this year for ___________________”     But really what saved our Thanksgiving was the “No Politics Zone” created at the dini...
1027 days ago 5 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
As I write this, Cyber Monday is coming to a close. You know, that day meant for fuzzy slippers on your feet, a cup of coffee in one hand and your computer mouse in the other. While I spent the day at work where my fuzzy slippers were not welcome today, I am generally a big fan of cyber shopping. What more could I ask for – variety, discounts and my purchases delivered right to my front door. All good. A week or so ago, I went on a hunt for boots. I think I ordered five...
1216 days ago 4 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
If you and I have ever talked about my blog, you know that I write on Monday nights. Each of the seven of us has our own time to create. Some plan days, even weeks, in advance. Even with the pressure of coming up with a topic on deadline, I like thinking about what is current and present just when it is time to post my blog. As I write, Memorial Day 2015 is coming to a close. It was a beautiful weekend. My son played in the All Star game for our town’s baseball league. My ...
1272 days ago 6 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
  I enjoy this time of year – so much holiday preparation!   Never ending shopping lists, planning menus, organizing family and always looking to add new family traditions. A few years ago, we found a song sheet with silly Passover songs that have become the opening act for our seder. But I digress. This week is mostly about the food. Our Passover always has matzah ball soup, homemade mashed potatoes and brisket. And, the meal never ends without my mandel bread (recipe ...
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