On Friday, I had the occasion to take the Long Island Rail Road into Manhattan for a court appearance. Sometimes, while on the train, I enjoy just sitting in my seat, looking out the windows, and just watching the world go by. You never know what you might see.
On Friday, the view was particularly beautiful. The ice-which had been so difficult to navigate during the previous days’ commute-created a beautiful sheen on the snow. From my seat on the train, I felt that I was t...
In the world of social media, “likes” are very important. I recently noticed that my daughter had taken down a picture she had posted on Instagram. When I asked her why the photograph was removed she told me, “Because I didn’t get enough “likes” in the first hour it was up.”
Based on my Facebook year end history I am a good “liker.” Apparently, I hit the “like” icon on Facebook over 6,000 times in 2016. I guess I do my part to help those who find “likes” important.
In Yiddish the word for jinx is kaynahora. Kaynahora is roughly similar to “knock on wood” and is often spoken to ward off a jinx after praise or good news. Kaynahora is a contraction of three Yiddish words: kayn ayin hara, literally not (kayn) the evil (hara) eye (ayin). Essentially, kaynahora is a word that one uses when they want to ward off the evil eye. I find myself using the word quite often.
This weekend I read an interview in the Sunday Times with of one of the p...
Anyone who knows me knows I love to travel, my fear of flying notwithstanding. And my husband and I have tried to instill our wanderlust into our children. We have always taken them on vacation during Christmas vacation and, in the past, have tried to take them travelling more often than once a year.
In addition, on each vacation, I try to schedule at least one day trip that will educate us about the culture of the country we are in. For example, on our recent vacation to...
I have a habit that, I know, annoys my friends and family. I, generally, do not listen to my voice messages on my cell phone. I will, almost always, call them back but, when asked about the message they left, I have to admit that I did not spend the time to listen to it.
Conversely, if I call someone on their cell phone, I generally will not leave a message. So, if you call me on my cell phone, I will definitely call you back. Just do not expect me to listen to the mes...
97 days ago11 comments
I had an experience this week that truly showed me that, no matter how we perceive ourselves, there are others who see us quite differently.
While I am admittedly over fifty years old, I do not perceive myself as being “old” or looking “older.” That perception was challenged this week when I stepped onto the subway in Borough Hall, Brooklyn to go to Penn Station. A young girl got up and offered me her seat. I told her it wasn’t necessary that I was fine. She insisted and t...
104 days ago11 comments
I had one of those horrible days at work this week. A client had an angry and emotional breakdown in the halls of the courthouse. Her breakdown had nothing to do with the results we were getting in court--in fact, we had just gotten a highly favorable recommendation from the judge--it was just a function of who she is.
I had no time to gauge my own reactions to the sight of a person literally falling apart in front of me. I had a short time period in which to try to calm he...
111 days ago4 comments
I realized the other day that I am a creature of habit. I love my routines. On Saturday mornings, I’m up by 9:00 a.m., then on the treadmill, a shower, coffee, and then, by 10:15, I’m sitting at the kitchen table writing my blog. Sunday mornings one can generally find me drinking my coffee, reading The Times and cooking dinners for the week.
My comfort in my daily routine, follows through into my workday. If I am not in court in the morning, I am sitting at my desk by 9:3...
132 days ago3 comments
Growing up, the topic of proper manners and consideration of others was an important topic for my Mom. We were taught to always say, “please,” thank you,” and “excuse me.” Whenever I called a friend at home I always begin with, “Hello, this is Rona, may I please speak to ____?” I guess with the use of cell phones and caller id, that last lesson is no longer relevant. But, as a Mom, I tried to instill in my children the same lesson-to be considerate of others and mind your ma...
139 days ago10 comments
I had written a different blog to post today. But after what occurred to my family this weekend, this blog practically wrote itself.
On Saturday, my husband realized he was the victim of a computer hack. The hacker first got control of my husband’s business account and started changing passwords and making small transfers. My husband called his bank and, while on the phone with them, he received a call from the bank fraud department to question several large transfers that ...