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2634 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 ...
10 hours ago 2 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.”...
2 days ago 8 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
It is the 199th day of the year. 166 days to go. How are you spending them?   Today would be Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, which means "Father of the Nation." Mandela's given name was Rolihlahla, which his schoolteachers were unable to pronounce. One of them started calling him Nelson after British admiral Horatio Nelson, and the name obviously stuck. Rolihlahla, b...
2 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  We spent last week in Florida visiting family, including my mother in law. She recently celebrated her 96th birthday. Think about that. She was born in 1922. World War I was over and she would be a young girl when World War II broke out. She was born during Prohibition (which didn’t end until 1933) and lived through the Great Depression. Her body may be starting to show some wear and tear, but her memory and recollection are pristine. As a result, sitting and just tal...
4 days ago 3 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
  World Cup fever. Did you have it? Our home did. And anticipating Sunday’s 11:00 a.m. final I bought all of the ingredients for a huge breakfast so we could enjoy the final game over a family breakfast.     It has always amazed me how the rest of the world is transfixed and emotionally connected to soccer (football). The scenes of highly emotional fans reacting to their country’s games throughout the world were astounding. Yet here, in the United States, soccer does not...
5 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags: Fredslist, Promolist
Today’s Sunday blog covers how the right tribe behind you and with you helps you make a difference and makes a difference for you and the other with whom you connect. Please read on!   Since I began moderating Fredslist (and Promolist) at the end of last summer I early get to see requests for help, as well as thank yous to members of our Gotham tribe who responded to these requests. Other times posts share information, advise of Gotham events, request involvement in Gotham (e...
5 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last Sunday I embarked on a day long cook… Smoking a brisket. It’s a true commitment because smoking a brisket is at minimum 12 hours of cooking time. It all started the day before when I purchased a 9 pound brisket from my local butcher brought it home and put my special rub on it then place it into the fridge overnight.   Unfortunately I can’t tell you what’s in my special rub because then it wouldn’t be special :-)   In the morning, at the crack of dawn, I awoke and set ...
7 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last Saturday we were the subject of a (hack) hoax. It started with Netflix denying access and reporting that too many others were using it. Joanne went to our computer to reach Netflix, but found an **Apple Warning Alert** Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected (pictured) on the computer screen.  As per the alert, she called for support and once "Support" was reached she called me in for support as I am the main user and more familiar with the computer. One of the ...
7 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...
9 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Facebook, Social Media, Twins, Siblings
My friend Sonia always says #beautyiseverywhere and I've found that the more I see it, the better my life is. Well, here is a great story about the beauty and humanity of FaceBook. Two brothers who had recently found each other through AncestryDNA (another great resource), realized they had a pair of older twin sisters. To find them, they posted on Facebook with a picture : "Looking for our twin sisters born 1968 and adopted together in the Ellwood City, PA area. Birth mother...
10 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  It’s such a small thing, but so powerful and so noticeable when absent.     When someone says “thank you” it means that they appreciate something you have done. With two small words, they show gratitude for something large or small. It could be as simple as a cashier saying thank you when your transaction is complete. Or if someone gets up to give you their seat on a crowded subway, a thank you is certainly called for.     I remember a parent teacher conference when J...
11 days ago 7 comments Categories: Food Blogs Tags:
  As I have written, Costco has opened in my town. We find ourselves shopping more and more in Costco for our everyday items. And my shopping habits are beginning to change. For instance, I love making roasted chicken. I rarely now, if ever, cook chicken because I cannot buy a raw chicken anywhere cheaper than I can purchase one of Costco’s rotisserie chickens. And my family loves their rotisserie chickens.     A few months ago, I purchased a box of Starbucks Pikes Peak k...
I was advised we needed to do something outside today. I suggested seeing “Thor” pitch in a rehab assignment in Coney Island. She agreed. The team we all hope he rejoins soon frustrates me. I am sure all the players are trying their best but the record suggests a limit to their collective abilities and it remains a source of frustration. No plans to change teams; just hoping tinkering a bit can lead to improvement. I find no merit trading off the pitchers who smart GMs can bu...
12 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I was relieved and surprised when the 12 boys and their coach where found safe and sound in a cave in Thailand. However, the ensuing saga of getting them out became very serious when a former Thai Seal died from lack of oxygen on his way out.   I have a new perspective after finding this illustration of the cave, made with the help of a caving expert, which shows just how treacherous it is.     Thai officials have now ruled out any immediate attempts to evacuate them despit...
14 days ago 23 comments Categories: Games Tags:
I live on Long Island and drive to work in Manhattan. Actually, I drive 19 miles from my home to the Queens side of the East River and take the subway two stops to my office in Manhattan.I take various driving routes without using Waze and bide my time by making Bluetooth telephone calls and listening to books on CDs. Once school is out traffic lightens and I think of breaking my 42 minute door-to-door record.  A key factor in a record-breaking effort is a good subway connect...
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