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14 days ago 10 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
The Ouija board "told" me 50 years ago that I would die at the ripe age of 63. I've still got a few months until I'm 64, not going anywhere yet... Asma Jahangir died in February at the young age of 66. She is another powerful woman that I only heard of in death. From the NY Times: She was the founding chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an independent group, and was a trustee of the International Crisis Group. She won international awards and served as th...
15 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I went looking for some photos recently. I wanted to share some memories from when my kids were young with a friend.     When I use the word “share” however, it isn’t intended in the context of social media. I really wanted to sit at a table with old photos, stroll down memory lane, and physically give some to a friend.     But when I started to pull photo albums from where they are stored in my basement, it quickly became clear that from a point in time forward, I don’...
16 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I have, reluctantly, realized that I’m a social media stalker. I initially joined Facebook with the sole intention of using it as a tool to see what my children were doing while away at college. As my personal use of Facebook increased, their personal use decreased significantly.     My children barely now, if ever, use Facebook. They do, however, post frequently on Snapchat and once a day on Instagram (apparently, it is not cool to post more than one post a day on Instag...
17 days ago 15 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: San Diego, Los Angeles, Tijuana Passover, Petco Park, Citifieldt
Vacations involve a bit of work no matter where we go. As I wrote about and retain an interest in siting sports stadiums (stadia?) I always try to include one on a visit. Since I enjoy clients involved in transit and transportation issues, I check out the issues wherever we visit. I also take advantage of opportunities to gain perspectives on current issues. This spring recess centered around a visit to our daughter who lives in Los Angeles. Instead on centering our visit...
18 days ago 13 comments Categories: Tech News Tags:
The following is a direct quote from a news source. Is it real?   “In an effort to demonstrate the social media platform’s total commitment to profits, Mark Zuckerberg took to his personal Facebook page Thursday to promise that the company’s misuse of personal data will, as of now, happen again and again. ‘We have a responsibility to our users, and if we can’t repeatedly betray your trust and sell your private information to the highest bidder, then we don’t deserve to serve ...
19 days ago 24 comments Categories: Games Tags:
This blog is dedicated to Paul Napolitano who invited me to be his guest at the Yankee home opener this past Monday. Like a little boy, Sunday night, I was all excited in anticipation, but Mother Nature conspired to frustrate me as there was an unusually heavy Spring snowstorm in the night. When I awoke Monday I found that everything was blanketed with heavy snow. As no decision had been made by the Yankees at that time with respect to playing or calling the game, I left all ...
20 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Have you ever just wanted to be left alone? A little precious time. So it was when I went to the car wash recently. I took a book and  was so looking forward to those few minutes. I found my way to the waiting room with my book. “Nice day, isn’t it?” asked the woman who followed me into the waiting room. How to ignore her? Couldn’t. And I just wanted to be left alone. ...
21 days ago 8 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. I remember my Dad, who was City editor of the Atlanta Journal, getting the call. No twitter in those days...   On April 3, back in Memphis, King gave his last sermon, saying, “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop…And He’s allowed...
22 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I have blogged many times over the years about social media, Facebook and related medium. Most of those posts have been about personal social media use.     Here is my question for today.     Do you use social media to help promote your business? If so, what have you found to be effective or ineffective? Inquiring minds want to know.   ...
23 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Do you embarrass easily? I’ve been thinking a lot about embarrassment as a result of a chance encounter I had last week.     For many who may not know, I was divorced from my first husband in 1997. My divorce was a bit of a “scandal” in East Meadow-where we lived at the time-as my husband, a member of the school board had a relatively public affair with a PTA vice-president. As my children were very young at the time-one and six-I tried, as best as I could, to ignore the ...
24 days ago 5 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: memories, Passover, Easter
I am not sure what you are doing this weekend but it is likely that you are with family or friends celebrating Easter, Passover, or April Fools day . What do you think about memory? It is a strange thing. Moments in our lives recorded on our nervous systems with electrical impulses. Some are etched so deeply we recall all the details what we were doing, saying, smelling, seeing. Sometimes these moments are snapshots in the collective conscience of a generation like the day K...
25 days ago 14 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Passover, Easter, April Fools, Good Friday, Palm Sunday...the perfect holiday storm. Chopped liver, easter eggs, slow cooked brisket, golden maple ham, plus so much more, all converging in stomachs across the United States (at least in this household:)   Family, laughs, hugs, smiles, deep discussions, jokes, prayers, traditions are all a part of my life that I would not give up for anything. It's a wonderful tapestry that gives one pause to reflect on what's important.   It's...
26 days ago 31 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
In these politically charged times I am amazed at the number of people who I truly like and respect who are diametrically opposed to my political point of view.   I think I have my feet on the ground and have a balanced point of view and am willing to listen to both sides. However, when I listen to some of my opposing view good friends I question my sanity. I think to myself,  Is this what the twilight zone is like? The cop out resort is not to discuss politics at dinner with...
27 days ago 5 comments Categories: City Blogs Tags:
There is a new peril among pedestrians. I am sure that we’ve all fallen victim — hopefully without dire consequences. I was reminded of it just the other day as I was walking to the subway. I was about to step onto the first step of the stairs down to the subway when I bumped into the young woman in front of me who had stopped abruptly. After a moment, she proceeded. I noticed her smartphone and realized that she was texting. That explained her sudden stop. Perhaps an expla...
28 days ago 8 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
"It is not the critic who counts;   not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,   or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.   The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,   whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;   who strives valiantly; who errs,   who comes short again and again,     because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;   but who does actually strive to do the deeds;   who knows great enthusiasms,   th...
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