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4 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We were having coffee at a little cafe. Small space. Couldn’t help but hear the conversation at the next table. One of the people was sharing a little issue she was having. Frustrated by her inability to find a solution. One of her friends offered the following: Your mind is like a TV. If you don’t like what your seeing, grab the remote and change the channel. As I heard the words, I smiled to myself and would have offered “And there are so many channels to chose from.”...
11 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I have a plethora of T shirts emblazoned with names, messages and logos. Carefully chosen, assembled, maintained and stored over too many years. The messages they carry - some significant only for a moment - while others endure. Funny that one remembers every acquisition. Recently I’ve considered moving to plain t shirts. Then, over the weekend, I was having breakfast at a local place in the Berkshires and someone behind me said “I like your shirt.” The s...
18 days ago 6 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Independence Day is one of those few holidays that will always be celebrated on the precise day of its origin —— July 4th. No changes to Monday for the convenience of a long weekend. Most years, however, Independence Day provides a long holiday weekend — either three or four days — to begin Summer. But, by my unscientific calculations, every six years or so (depending on leap years) Independence Day falls on a Wednesday as it did yesterday. And when Independence Day falls...
25 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We had the pleasure of seeing Audra McDonald in concert at Tanglewood with the Boston Pops. Great venue. Great concert. When I listen to music that touches me, I usually come away with a lyric that stays. Mostly because the message is pertinent and special,although sometimes it is just an “ear worm”. Since last Sunday, the lyrics of Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green have been with me.... “Make someone happy, Make just one someone happy, And you will be happy too.” ...
32 days ago 3 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I hadn’t given it much thought in many years, perhaps once or twice in passing since my father died almost twenty years ago. In the mid-1960s, my father went to Germany to testify at a war crimes trial against former guards in the Plaszow concentration camp. When he returned, he didn’t say much. However, he did tell me that the map of the ghetto in the courtroom was wrong. Streets were wrong. His testimony fixed the map. I must have had a certain amount of healthy tee...
39 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
There’s a “Corner Bakery” on the corner of North Capital and E Street in Washington, D.C. On most mornings, a homeless gentleman stands on the corner and wishes a “Good Morning” to passersby. I saw him last Saturday and Sunday. As I left the bakery with my coffees on Sunday morning, I gave the gentleman a dollar as I wished him a good day. As I walked away, I heard a voice behind me. “Can I buy you breakfast this morning?” the woman’s voice asked. I heard the gentleman respo...
46 days ago 4 comments Categories: City Blogs Tags:
Like my fellow Gothamite Al D’Elia (and I’m sure there are others) I went to Brooklyn Technical High School, one of the specialized high schools in New York City. Now there’s talk of eliminating the test for entry to these schools. Bills are being introduced in Albany - I’ve gotten several emails from the Alumni Association to “Save the Test”. From what I’ve read, the proposal is to base entry on a number of factors, including grades, and scores in state-wide tests. There ...
53 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Home delivery of newspapers is not a concept of the past in our home. We still get home delivery of three newspapers. I have often thought about this as unnecessary and recently spoke to my brother-in-law about it. He also gets three newspapers - a local paper, the Times and the WSJ. Perhaps it’s an effort to get balance, perhaps just holding on to tradition, or, perhaps, a lingering resistance (albeit, unsuccessful) to the onslaught of the alerts and notifications of cyber ...
60 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I am following up on last week’s blog; the apology is made, but is it accepted? The ball, as they say, is in the court of the person to whom the apology is made. (My legal training compels me to label this person the “apologee”.) It seems to me that the first threshold for the apologee is a judgment of whether the apology is sincere - and, therefore, should be accepted. This decision can create immediate problems for the fate of the apology. Assuming we’re beyond the judgmen...
67 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
There has been a lot in the news lately about apology. No, this is not intended to be a political blog. However, the talk got me to think about the concept of apology. Certainly, something we have all had to consider, and, I would think, from both the giving and receiving sides. The word apology traces back to the Greek — a formal justification. However, current usage is “an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret”. The definition of apologize...
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