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29 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...
30 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...
31 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I think about the lessons that we have imparted to our children.     Work hard and accept responsibility, be considerate and show your love of others, embrace the elephants in your life, speak out if you see injustice, make a difference in the world around you, clean up after yourself, and on and on.     Over the past few weeks, I am convinced that we are now learning from our children.     Stand up and let the world hear your worries, don’t accept something you beli...
32 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  In the wake of the Me Too movement, there has been a lot of discussion about the changing of the country’s mindset with respect to sexual assault and sexual harassment. But, to me, it’s a lot more basic than that. We need to start from the ground up. It has to begin with changing mindsets about what sort of behavior and speech are appropriate. Two recent experiences I had, which happened within a day of each other, illustrate my point.     On a recent Friday afternoon I ...
33 days ago 12 comments Categories: Music Tags:
Last night we celebrated 33. And we crossed an item off Shelly’s bucket list. The item: Rod Stewart in concert. Rod the Mod performed tunes from his catalogue including his Dylan cover (in honor of Fred?) Forever Young. The band members played a wide variety of instruments beyond the usual guitars, bass, drums and keys. At times a banjo, sax, mandolin, two violins, even a harp. At times three backing vocalists. Personally, since The Faces were among my early faves, St...
34 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Tooling along in the right lane, south on rte 135, last week at about 60 mph (cruise control), listening to a book, heat seater and steering wheel heater on, and I'm enjoying the moment.   A blue Subaru mini SUV pulls up to my left in the middle lane and slows down. They position themselves just off my left front bumper. Then, without notice, they move into my lane. I step on my brakes while simultaeously downshifting to avoid an accident. The Subaru, seemingly unfazed, conti...
35 days ago 18 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Forgetting money, everything has an inherent tangible value (more or less to each person and in differing situations or contexts).   For example, when we visited Cuba in 2016 I brought little paper American flags which I saved after their use for decorations on the Fourth of July and inexpensive white Rawlings baseballs.   Anticipating its unique value to the Cuban people trapped in their revolution, I offered a flag to our tour guide as a gesture of good will and her eyes l...
36 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Let’s share snow stories. Rarely do I ask for reader participation in my blogs, but as I sit at home watching the snow fall, I wonder how others faired through the storms of March 2018. Those in warmer climes are free to join in....but please be gentle... As for me, yesterday’s morning commute was memorable in the paucity of cars on the road. After cleaning a little snow and ice off the car, I made it to the office without incident. The office closed early and the drive home ...
37 days ago 9 comments Categories: Politics Tags: snow
Are you this person: WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM WEDNESDAY TO 6 AM EDT THURSDAY...   *WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 11 to 15 inches are expected.   * WHERE...Portions of northeast New Jersey, southern Connecticut and southeast New York.   * WHEN...From 6 AM Wednesday to 6 AM EDT Thursday.   * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel will be very difficult to impossible, especially during the evening commute. Snow will develop during ...
38 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Social media groups that is  -- an amazing resource if you are prepared to embrace it.     Facebook groups offer communities bonded around commonalities. There are Moms Groups, vacation groups, and food groups. Group members who are perfect strangers become friends in the presence of the rest of the community. It’s quite the phenomenon.     Amongst my favorites are the Tri-State Restaurant Club (where I get most of my restaurant recommendations and where David Abeshou...
39 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  In a page out of Mitch’s playbook, I had to write about a story I read about in the news this week. Apparently, in France, the government has a say in what names a parent can use for their children. Up until 1993, parents can only choose names from an approved government list. While the list is no longer mandatory, the government has been known to intervene when it determines that children’s names are inappropriate.     Recently, in Brittany, France a baby girl was born w...
Nothing like live music; especially good live shows.   Already this month, famous for the "Ides of ...."  and how it "weathers," shapes up rather nicely.   On its second day, I enjoyed original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh ("Bobby & Phil Duo") at Radio City.   On the "Ides", no assassinaton but rather a celebration of two great talents, both members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Traffic and Buffalo Springfield. As I tweeted that eve Dave Mason smo...
41 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Your intrepid blogger has dug up a fascinating true story.   More than 131 years after being thrown overboard, the world's oldest message in a bottle has washed up on a beach in western Australia. The bottle was found by Tonya Illman and Grace Ricciardo in the dunes near Wedge Island in January.   Weeks of research traced the historic note back to 19th century Germany. Mrs Illman and her husband Kym placed the note in an oven to dry it out before unravelling it to reveal a s...
42 days ago 27 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When I vacation in Key West I have a regular Friday night routine of sitting on a bench across the street from the weekly "Sound Check" at Key West's iconic rock n' roll Green Parrot venue.     I've come to consider the bench, fronting the Court House Deli, to be the epicenter of Key West culture and humanity. There, no one has a label or preconceived status.  It is a melting spot populated by a potpourri of artists, street people, lawyers, retirees, drinkers and writers.  N...
43 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I may have mentioned this before. One of the most memorable lines from my daughter, Mea, was her observation when she was five years old that “Music goes right to the heart.” The other evening, we saw “Farinelli and the King” a wonderful Broadway musical about a musical voice that quelled the craziness of King Philippe V of Spain. The power of music. It’s effect on us all. And I thought of the words of a five year old. ...
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