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12 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...
13 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...
14 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...
15 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...
15 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...
16 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 ...
17 days ago 8 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: SNAP
After the fundraiser alluded to in a brief sidebar in in last week’s blog, Shelly posted a pic to Facebook with a caption, that included the phrase, “Chairman of the Board.”   So that weekend, no surprise she ordered this “Chair” a new chair for when I set up shop at the dining room table.   The new seat arrived during the week (Assembly required – another story which may or may not find its way into a blog or post.).   For those interested, this fundraiser mentioned abov...
18 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Waking up this morning I caught myself getting "up to speed" by checking my email and responding to some, looking at the weather, monitoring websites, etc.   It struck me how fast the pace of business and life has become. Activities for children are scheduled and parents race to keep them on time. In business, at any point during the say I'm answering one of my emails, getting on a conference call, writing copy among other tasks all at the same time. Everybody wants everythin...
19 days ago 29 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When I was young there were only 48 states, “Under God” was not in the Pledge of Allegiance, we got under our school desk in nuclear attack drills, TV was aborning in black and white with few channels, there was a smoking car on the rail road, pay phones were few and far between, Alan Freed was spawning Rock n’ Roll, I read The Daily Mirror tabloid, milk was delivered in the morning to the milk box, planes had propellers, bills were only paid in cash, police were men, the Yan...
20 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
In the whirlwind of the confirmation, the subject of nicknames appears in the periphery. Specifically, the memory of nicknames from our youth. So, I’ll share my story. An attempt to obliterate my nickname of long ago. They called me Benjie. When I went off to college, I was determined to leave my nickname behind forever. I would answer to Ben and nothing else. My plan worked, or so it seemed. Through college and law school the old nickname remained in its dark place. It ...
21 days ago 9 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
From HuffPost 2013: "As U.S. lawmakers argue about the economic effects of immigration on the country, they might as well consider that a lot of America’s most profitable companies were founded by people born elsewhere. 3.6 million workers around the world in 2011 and were responsible for more than $1.7 trillion in revenues in 2010, according to the Partnership For A New American Economy. Those job-creation tendencies aren’t unique to a few success stories. A 2012 report...
22 days ago 9 comments Categories: Music Tags:
  Bill and I saw Billy Joel perform – again – at Madison Square Garden.     It is one of only a few concerts I can think of where you enter the venue singing, sing the whole time and leave thinking about the few songs you didn’t hear. His repertoire is so vast that he could fill many concerns and never repeat a song.     And, Billy Joel is so relaxed on the stage behind his piano having a conversation with his fans. As if he was born to that spot.     But . . . here is...
23 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
With everything that was going on in the news last week, I thought I'd use my blog to relay an act of kindness that I experienced.   I was on the train going into New York City last week when I first noticed it, I didn’t have a pen. I can blame the new handbag that I was carrying but that’s a blog for another day. I politely asked the person sitting next to me whether she had a pen that I could borrow. After searching her handbag-which was twice the size of mine-she realize...
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24 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags: David Wright, New York Mets
So much experienced last week. Some truly tragic involving loss.  Revelations about hurt inflicted on others. Developments (ongoing) on the government side (not just in D.C.). A very successful function supporting a great program including its two centers serving seniors (where I serve as board chair). A great concert and an anniversay both of which I had blogged about in advance.   This morning I reserve for Number Five (5). A great Met; probably their greatest position play...
25 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:

I want to share with you two posts my daughter sent me yesterday. They are so pwoerful...

 

 

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