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2726 days ago 1 comments Categories: Gotham Blogs Tags: 9 11, osama bin laden
I very distinctly remember where I was on 9/11. I was on my way into the city merrily sleeping through my everyday ordinary commute on what was not an ordinary day. From the moment I arrived at Penn Station, I knew something had gone terribly wrong. But it took me some time to piece it together. People were talking but there was no real information. I remember taking the bus across town (the subway had been shut down). I was anxious for information and so I didn't finish the ...
1 day ago 27 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Having reached a venerable age, yet aspiring to be Forever Young, one notices many not so subtle changes. One of the most obvious is having someone get up and offer a subway seat.  Another is receiving courteous “Sir” greetings. Some would say “It’s all good” and that I earned it. Nonetheless, there is an invidious flip side.  Too often, almost every time we are being seated in a restaurant, we are traveled to a far corner.   In actuality I don’t mind the out of the traffic a...
2 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The day as planned was not atypical for me; I boarded the bus for the trip into Manhattan with my art group for our museum visit.  Most of the women would then get back on the bus to return to Long Island mid-afternoon, but I planned to see another exhibit at another museum before going crosstown (Uber) to meet Ben for dinner near Lincoln Center where we would then see a performance by a group of Tibetan Monks as part of the White Light Festival.....a perfect day!   But then,...
3 days ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
None of us can escape it, but a little warning might be nice... From Tonic 9/25/18(edited for space): Of the many small humiliations heaped on a young oncologist in his final year of fellowship, perhaps this one carried the oddest bite: A 2-year-old black-and-white cat named Oscar was apparently better than most doctors at predicting when a terminally ill patient was about to die. The story appeared, astonishingly, in The New England Journal of Medicine in the summer of 2007...
4 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Well, maybe not really breaking news.     I cannot take credit for this thought but I have to say it stuck with me. A Sunday morning news commentator posited the following observation which resonated with me.     Do you remember the feeling that came along with that ominous, but extraordinarily rare, announcement of “Breaking News”? I do. It was that feeling that said stand up and pay attention because something big had just happened; something out of the ordinary, some...
4 days ago 0 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Well, maybe not really breaking news.     I cannot take credit for this thought but I have to say it stuck with me. A Sunday morning news commentator posited the following observation which resonated with me.     Do you remember the feeling that came along with that ominous, but extraordinarily rare, announcement of “Breaking News”? I do. It was that feeling that said stand up and pay attention because something big had just happened; something out of the ordinary, some...
5 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I spent all of last week in Family Court engaged in a particularly difficult custody trial. As the name implies, Family Court involves family disputes, custody, child support, and neglect and abuse proceedings. Most proceedings in Family Court-other than adoptions-are generally emotional gut wrenching cases.     During a break in my trial, I was sitting in the hallway working on testimony. I paused to look up for a moment and, sitting across from me I saw a woman crying....
6 days ago 10 comments Categories: Music Tags:
I decided to play a playlist on our drive to a show last night.  I bring up my iTunes. Its not there.  Odd I thought. I’ll deal with it later.  I use Waze to help navigate different traffic situations, in part for the headsup, as I know my way around the City and then some.  My iPhone speaker is not functioning correctly with the otherwise helpful App so playing it through the car stereo makes it clearer; thus the need to play something in iTunes.  I selected another playlist...
7 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Waking up in the dark is my first sign that the seasons are changing. I'm not a big fan. It just seems natural that we should wake up with the sun. Light tells your body it's time to wake up.   To combat that there are daylight simulation alarm clocks that begin with a soft glow and ramp up to full brightness by your wake-up time. Imitating a sunrise in your bedroom can either positively affect the way your body responds to waking up or a royal pain in the butt.   I rarely us...
8 days ago 22 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Joanne and I are not world travelers, nevertheless, in an adventurous moment we decided we wanted to travel to Italy with our friends Ennid and David Berger and we planned a year ahead and decided upon Sorrento, Italy.  Laney Sachs and her company Ortensia Blu Italian Adventures helped us find a beautiful cliff side hotel in Sorrento, over looking fabled Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples (pictured).  What’s more, she helped us plan excursions to Pompeii, Capri and the Ama...
9 days ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
The words on the pen linger in my mind -- “Mightier than the sword.” The words bring back memories of studies in history and civics. The relevance of those words today is undeniable. We are caught in a frenzy of words thrown at us from so many sources -- some reliable, some less so. It is sometimes easy, but often difficult, to discern the difference. It is a plastic ballpoint click pen -- an instrument of communication somewhere on the spectrum between the quill and the co...
10 days ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
1846 - Neptune's moon Triton discovered by William Lassell   1903 - The Women's Social and Political Union was formed by Emmeline Pankhurst to fight for women's rights in Britain.     1973 – U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns after being charged with evasion of federal income tax.   October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 82 days remaining until the end of the year.   Make 'em count. And Vote.   Everyone has his...
11 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  In this ongoing playoff season, I started to think about my own baseball memories. Growing up, my grandfather was the biggest baseball fan around me. When you think of favorite people in your life, he ranks very high.     He was a huge Mets fan. Whenever a game was on, you could find him planted in front of the television cheering on his team. Actually, cheering is one way to put it – loud coaching is another – yelling at the screen might be yet another. He definitely had...
11 days ago 0 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  In this ongoing playoff season, I started to think about my own baseball memories. Growing up, my grandfather was the biggest baseball fan around me. When you think of favorite people in your life, he ranks very high.     He was a huge Mets fan. Whenever a game was on, you could find him planted in front of the television cheering on his team. Actually, cheering is one way to put it – loud coaching is another – yelling at the screen might be yet another. He definitely had...
12 days ago 8 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
I am now renting office space in a suite with two other law firms. The conversation on Friday turned to whether we were taking today, Columbus Day, off. I was sort of surprised to see that one of the firms would be open with full staff today. My office, as well as the other law firm in the suite is closed today.   Then the conversation turned to what other holidays do you give your staff. Apparently, I am very generous in that I am closed on all of the “Monday holidays” and ...
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