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15 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It’s that time of the year again, Gotham invoices are available for payment. And, invariably, this is the time when I hear members asking, “What has Gotham done for me?”  Here’s my answer to that question, this is what Gotham has done for me. As most of you  who read my blog know, I love to travel but I am a very fearful flyer. Bill Solz, Gotham therapist extraordinaire, has generously spent  time talking to me and helping me to understand the genesis of the fear. While I ha...
16 days ago 18 comments Categories: Health Tags: Gotham Green, Gotham Green Awards, Sustainability, Earth Day
GREEN RIVER   This blog may tease some. It notes a special announcement that I get to make. Actually many. But in honor of some of the great leakers of news of the current White House, many anonymously memorialized in a book that shot to the top of the charts as this weekend began, no names. This Thursday, Gotham GREEN® announces the recipients of our Gotham Green Awards®. All very worthy. Trust me. I served on the selection committee.   Gotham GREEN® annually recogn...
17 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It's the order of the day. We live in a totally networked world where anyone and anything is connected. It would seem all of our traditional hierarchical structures are in crisis or decline. That includes states, churches, parties and corporations.   Money is being challenged by cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin). Party establishments are being replaced by viral messaging. Cyberspace has changed into a realm of "ideologial polarization, extreme views and fake news."   Evan Williams, ...
18 days ago 30 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I drive an ordinary mid sized car, but where I live there are a preponderance of behemoth SUVs.   The problem is that the streets in my village are narrow winding two ways which were not built to accommodate behemoths.   The problem is exacerbated by what seems like a behemoth own the road-"coming through" mentality.   Being mindful of this problematic phenomenon I am extra alert as I venture out, but I sure wish that SUV drivers would be less self centered and hoggish....
19 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It’s cold, really cold, and one of the absolute necessities are gloves. But what’s it like from the viewpoint of a glove? “I like being needed, especially when the weather gets really cold. I feel appreciated. But one of the great occupational hazards of being a glove is being lost. I hate being taken for granted, neglected and lost. The worst is being left on the ground or in a parking lot. Very lonely and very little chance of every being found. However, it has happened. If...
20 days ago 10 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Starlings, Shakespeare, Flocks
Individually, most people think of starlings as pesky little birds that destroy crops and dirty car windshields. They were first introduced into the United States around 1880, by a group of Shakespeare enthusiasts, who wanted to recreate Shakespeare's Garden in Central Park. Needless to say those 60 or so proliferated, much to the chagrin of many wild bird lovers.   But these odd iridescent beings actually create one of the most beautiful sights in nature.     Those amazing ...
21 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I know it’s winter, but until recently it hadn’t really felt that way. I wasn’t even wearing my real winter coat.     But the last week or so in the Northeast has been brutal. So cold that the heating system in the house has to work extra hard to just take the chill out of the air. So cold that the heavy socks come out for sleeping. And so cold that you can see your breath almost as you are walking out the door.     I don’t enjoy this kind of bitter cold -- particular...
22 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
As today is New Year’s Day, I thought it would be interesting to learn how we developed the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. Using Google as my research tool, I learned the Babylonians made promises to their deities at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the deity Janus, for whom the month of January is named. In the Medieval era, the knights took the "peacock vow" at t...
Let me start with best wishes for the new year. I hope I helped a bit to get you ready with last week’s blog highlighting my song list to ring in the new year which also exists in a YouTube playlist. (If you tire of music since two weeks ago I covered my Holiday song playlist and last week I shared concerts I streamed driving to a Chanukag gathering, you better consider stopping now!)   For the past seven new year’s eves, I compose a different list.   A top ten list.   Al...
24 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Everything seems to be in a constant state of flux. New reports on someone sexually harrassing someone else. It is disturbing, shocking and infuriating all at same time.   It's hard to feel steady when new revelations come out, on what seems like an hourly basis. Now I just shake my head and wonder who's next.   We have a huge new tax bill, which very few people seem to know anything about. Oh bits and pieces have been released but I don't think we'll understand the full exte...
25 days ago 21 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It's that time of year and whether or not they are followed through with, it is time to make New Year's resolutions.In as much as this has been one of the best years of my life, my first resolution is to keep on keeping on.Passing that, my primary resolution is to be more of a PR director for my wife Joanne's uniquely beautiful art.  An example is above. The little that I have done in this respect has borne fruit and is encouraging.Then there are the usual pedestrian resoluti...
26 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last Saturday, the Mediterranean Snack Bar in Huntington closed its doors - for good. It had been an institution for 43 years and, I can safely say that Flo and I have been eating at “Mediterranean” for a majority of those years. It was a safe place, good food, always welcoming and comforting. It’s the end of an era. I think back on other “institutions” that have come and gone. Some replaced, others always missed. A fitting reflection as we approach the end of the year....
27 days ago 5 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Santa Claus, Letters, Zip codes
One thing I love is being an Audible (www.audible.com) member, where I get books on audio. Sometimes, as a member, they give us some free audio. This holiday season they sent a collection, that included an "audio documentary" that was so uplifting, adding to my "there is so much good in this world that we know nothing about" theme that I am living. Anyway, up in Schenectady, there is an old GE plant that still operates with a very much reduced staff from its heyday in the 60s...
28 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  You may recall that late last summer I blogged about an incident in our town. Our high school had been vandalized in the middle of the night. It was not just any night. It was a particular night when rising seniors at the high school party around the town getting ready to start their last year at the high school. This is not the proudest moment for our town. I would much rather be talking to you about the accomplishments of these seniors as they get within an inch of gradua...
29 days ago 3 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
One of the most fun aspects of this time of the year, for me,  is all of the treats that are delivered to my office. We’ve gotten Lindt chocolates, baked brownies, and chocolate covered pretzels. While I try to limit my intake, it  is exciting to see what gift will be delivered next.   My husband’s office gets similarly inundated with treats. Last week he brought home a tin of candy cane flavored popcorn. It did not sound appetizing and we all hesitated to try it. Surprisingl...
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