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1807 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Thank you to my friend Marlene Fischer for suggesting this blog topic. One of the largest law firms in the world has been in the news recently due to the content of an internal "Presentation Tips" memorandum that went viral. The memorandum was created by the Women’s Committee and distributed to only the firm’s female associates. Included in the memorandum were the following “tips:” You’ve got to lose “Um” and “Uh,” “You Know,” “OK,” and “Like.”Your friends will still ...
1807 days ago 8 comments Categories: Movies Tags:
There are three movies out now that have some common themes.  They are Gravity, Captain Phillips, and All is Lost starring Robert Redford.   They each in their own very different settings deal with danger, life and death, and courage.    All is Lost is all Redford.  Literally.  Though the dangers of a man alone at sea were predictable, it was still gripping and uncommon.  A movie with essentially no dialogue, it reminds me of The Old Man and The Sea by Hemingway.  As were we...
1809 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I'm excited. Today is the first ever Gotham Oratorical contest and I'm one of the judges. Fred wrote about it in his blog on 10.18.13 If you're not familiar with the term, it's the art and skill of public speaking. Something I love to do :)   This contest is for High School students only and even more impressive is that Nancy's daughter Jackee created and is adminstrating it.   Now judging, in my opinion, is an art form even though there will be criteria we need to abide by. ...
1810 days ago 18 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last week My wife Joanne went away for a long weekend to a Woman's Film Festival and I was left home alone with our puppy Charcoal and my thoughts.   Being a social animal I do not fare well in solitude. Thank goodness for the puppy and her walks where we could interact with other dogs and their owners. You might call this Old School Social Networking.   Thank goodness also for my cell phone calls with Jo and my emailing, texting, fredslisting, Facebooking and the like. B...
1811 days ago 7 comments Categories: Health Tags:
That was the reaction of my wife and I in response to the diagnosis finally given to our daughter, 16 months of age at the time. That was also the reaction of all but 1 of the 50+ NYC and Long Island physicians of various disciplines that met our daughter. We had been seeking answers since she was 2 weeks old and finally at 16 months, thanks to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we were given a name: Cardo-Facio Cutaneous Syndrome, also known as CFC, a rare genetic cond...
1813 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I am learning about a new phenomenon and it is a little shocking. Teenage boys buying and selling sneakers, very expensive sneakers, for profit. Sometimes these outlandishly priced shoes are even pre-worn. That’s right, sneakers that some young man has already worn sold at dramatic markup. How are they sold you might be wondering? Many ways. Online, to friends in school – and then of course there are the “Sneaker Expos”. Correct, “Sneaker Expos.” When my son and his b...
1814 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
While I have a self confessed fear of flying, I love travelling and have visited many cities. In doing so, I have come to realize that I am a Manhattan snob. Having gone to school in Manhattan, I love the city. I love just walking around the city, exploring and, ultimately finding new places. Wherever I travel I seem to find myself, unintentionally, comparing other cities to Manhattan. Generally, in comparison to New York, I have found most other cities lacking. Recent...
1816 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Did you know that right now, to be licensed as a Farm Brewery, any beer brewed in the State of New York must have 20% of its ingredients (besides water) grown right here? Apparently the current acreage devoted to growing the ingredients for beer cannot support the need. And...that the number of breweries being built in the NYC area alone are expected to double in the next year or two. Anyone want to start growing hops?   I learned this fascinating information plus much mu...
1817 days ago 25 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
Upon the passing of Lou Reed this week I mentioned that I knew him and he had played my fraternity party in Roslyn on New Year's Eve December 31, 1962.  This inspired Cayce Crown to nickname me Zelig. She references Woody Allen's Leonard Zelig a nondescript enigma who pops up everywhere.   I don't know if I can live up to Zelig's ubiquity, but I have happened upon and known a number of famous people: Michael Crichton, Michael Phillips (And wife Julia), Chris Miller (writer ...
1818 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I am happy that the Red Sox won the World Series and I'm happy that they won the final game in Fenway Park. It is more fun to watch sports if you'e routing for one of the teams, and, for that reason, I had to choose between the Red Sox and the Cardinals. I was routing for the Red Sox. I'm a Mets fan and after the New York teams ended their seasons, I was drawn to the Red Sox. After all, Gotham has groups in Boston. I like that they went from a last place finish last seaso...
1820 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It’s a little eerie looking back one year ago. Early in the day, we could not have anticipated what would soon be upon us. Sure, there were warnings and advanced preparation. All transportation had shut down as did the NYSE for a nearly unprecedented second day. But still, I don’t think anyone really understood what was coming. Seriously, how could we. I remember sitting on my couch in the dark playing games by candlelight with my family and telling the kids this was an ...
1821 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Fred, as he loves to do, wrote a comment on Erik’s blog this week that exasperated me. Fred wrote: “Single parent homes is one of our greatest problems.” I was a single parent for eight years. During that time, I was faced with many preconceptions about my children as a result of my marital status. Thus, I am very sensitive to Fred’s sentiments. I have previously blogged about an incident wherein my older daughter defended her friend to a parent of a child who had bee...
1821 days ago 10 comments Categories: Health Tags:
As a younger man, ailments were nothing more than ailments, something to see a doctor about and treated without much fanfare.   Closing in on 60 however seems to have created a more gloomy perspective.   Now aches and pains appear to surely be the result of something fatal.  The hacking and choking cough and chest tightness I suffered in August led to a CAT scan that was certain, I thought, to reveal an invading cancer.   Turned out it didn't.  But the news was that my spleen...
1823 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Sometimes sleep comes easy and sometimes not. This night I'm up writing this blog and it's in the wee hours of the AM. My mind keep running...clients...projects...relationships...   It's tough to shut off. I turn the TV on and hope that watching the machines that make pencils put me to sleep. The experts say that no matter what time you go to sleep you should wake up at the same time every day otherwise your circadian rythm gets messed up. I certainly wouldn't want that. Who ...
1824 days ago 7 comments Categories: Movies Tags:
The Gotham Film Festival featured some short films that featured some great short films that told some great stories. I get to see Fred Klein ooze some joy as the Film Festival becomes an Annual Gotham cultural event.   Tuesday night brought many Gotham members, families, and friends to a wonderful display of young cinematic talent.  This year's Gotham Film Festival's filmmakers certainly know how to tell a story and capture an audience.   The GFF 2013 edition was a breakthro...
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