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7 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I remember, when I was a child, numerous small stores  thrived in my town; clothing stores, book stores, hardware stores, shoe stores etc. I have so many memories of my Mom taking my brother, sister and I for back to school clothes at Chwatsky’s or new shoes at Jack’s Correct Fit. And, of course, the owners knew my Mom by name as well as me and my siblings. One by one as malls and larger department stores opened the small “mom and pop” stores closed. At that time, the large d...
14 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I am very proud to say that all four of my children are college graduates and, in fact, two have their Master’s Degrees and have great jobs. The younger two are in the process of getting their graduate degrees; Ryan just finished his first year of law school and Sydney will be starting in September a combined program for her Masters in Special Education, Elementary Education with an additional certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. My husband and I are very proud of all ...
21 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
After I graduated law school, I took off for three weeks to travel with my college roommate. Given the state of domestic and foreign relations at the time my parents- whom I was still living with- were very nervous about “two young girls travelling alone.”  To appease their concerns, I promised to keep in touch. I kept in touch with my parents by calling them collect from a pay phone when we landed at our first destination.  According to our plan my parents refused the charg...
28 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Growing up, my parents spoke Yiddish to one another when they did not want my brother, sister, or I to know what they were discussing. My parents didn’t know, however, that I slowly began to understand Yiddish and, ultimately, could understand what they were saying to one another. I would, secretly,  then tell  my brother and sister what was being said. I didn’t tell my parents  about my secret ability to understand their Yiddish conversations until I was married with my own...
42 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Recently I sat in the middle seat on a cross county flight, between my husband who had the aisle seat and a stranger who had the widow seat. Several times during the flight the channel on the television I was watching unexpectedly changed. After the second time, I realized the channel changed because the stranger next to me had put his arm on the armrest where the television controls were located.   The third time the channel changed I told the person sitting next to me what...
63 days ago 3 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
On Friday morning I started, what will be, a  long custody trial. As most lawyers will tell you, trial work can be emotionally and physically exhausting as well as mentally challenging. You really have to be “on” 100% of the time throughout the entire proceeding. Custody trials, by their nature, can be emotionally draining not only on the litigants but on the attorneys as well. And this particular trial is especially difficult.   As I left the courthouse late Friday afternoo...
70 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I always thought of myself as a good patient. I rarely, if ever, take a sick day from work. In fact, I do not recall the last time I did. I push myself to get whatever I need to get finished, no matter how I feel.   Sunday, I woke up with an apparent stomach virus. I stayed in my room most of the day in my pajamas, alternating between complaining, sleeping, and whining about how bad I felt. Clearly, not good patient behavior.     Are you a good patient? ...
84 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Professionally, I had a difficult week last week;  juggling several court appearances, late nights at the office, and a few emotionally charged cases. To say that I was pre-occupied with work last week would be an understatement.   On Saturday morning I ran a few errands in a local shopping center. When I had finished my errands I walked in the TJ Maxx store located in the same shopping center.  There was nothing I needed to purchase, I just planned on strolling through the ...
91 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Another Gotham member and I had a long discussion this week about a former colleague.  Several years ago, our former colleague had made a series of bad and, arguably, exceedingly unethical business decisions. As a result, she lost her job and paid a civil fine. To my knowledge, that was the extent of her “punishment.” I remember, at the time, being shocked at the intensity of the allegations levied against her.     Fast forward now five years. The former colleague is now in ...
98 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
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...
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