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30 days ago 10 comments Categories: Music Tags: New Year's eve, New Year's songs
Two weeks back I shared my list Happy Holidays in songs to allow folks to enjoy musical cheer through the holiday season and that includes celebrations that continue today and tomorrow (and thereafter). Ahead of the new year we embrace, I offer an updated “Songs To Ring In The New Year.”   Please enjoy the new year. Ring it in loud and enjoy the playlist. And please share them.   Best wishes this holiday season and for the year....
31 days ago 17 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
While tooling around the intenet for something positive, I ran across this list from Joshua Becker. In his blog, he writes "...the quickest way to find happiness is to help someone find theirs." I couldn't agree more.   1. Handwrite a letter. 2. FaceTime/Skype an old friend. 3. Buy coffee for a stranger. 4. Smile and joke with your next cashier. 5. Leave a nice tip. 6. Buy movie tickets for a family in your neighborhood. 7. Ask your religious friend about the story behind the...
32 days ago 24 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
When I was young I was afraid of the dark and everything that went with it, imagined, real or suggested.  So fearful that I had extreme trouble falling asleep. Yesterday was the winter solstice, the shortest (day light) day of the year.  One could call it Heart of Darkness Day and say it is the worst or best day of year, as darkness bottoms and starts to bounce back to light. Day Light Savings Time only confuses things (circadian rhythm) and in my opinion should be banished. ...
33 days ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
If you’ve ever wondered whether your vote makes a difference, consider what’s going on in Virginia. Three races for seats in the Virginia House of Delegates are in the midst of recounts. Yesterday morning the reports were that one of the candidates had a one vote lead. That one seat could also shift party control in the House. (Yesterday afternoon the report was that another ballot had been found and the vote was tied.) The takeaway? Every vote counts. ...
34 days ago 9 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
From HuffPost April, but timeless:   On Sunday, native New Yorker Jackie Summers posted a photo on Facebook and Twitter that appears to show a Jewish man and woman sitting on a New York City subway car next to a Muslim woman in a hijab holding a baby. The caption Summers wrote on Facebook reads: “A Taoist (me) gives up his seat so a Hasidic couple could sit together. They scoot over so a Muslim mother could sit and nurse her baby, on Easter Sunday. This is my America: peop...
35 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  AIM went away this week. I admit to being among the last few using this old style means of communication. But, I really liked it. It was such a nice quick way of communicating.     We are exploring different alternatives (anyone have any opinions about SKYPE messaging?) but AIM was part of my work day for so many years, that I think I am having an adjustment issue.     I am sure whatever new program we settle on will amply replace that feeling of connectivity that I had...
36 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
In an effort to find a favorite blog for the Gotham Gazette I read a few of my older blogs. One of first blogs concerned an attempt to overcome a personal fear. Rereading the blog several years later inspired me to revisit the topic.   As many may know I love to travel. As many of you may not know I am an extremely  fearful flyer. In that blog, I wrote about my fear of flying and wrote about my intent to overcome the fear.  Yet, here I am several years later still a very fear...
37 days ago 6 comments Categories: Music Tags: POCO, Badfinger, Straight Up, Central Park
Last week’s blog “released” a list of holiday-themes tunes for the season we currently enjoy. Not sure everyone seeks to hear those themes but certainly they predominate on radio dials. My ears and sometimes my eyes focused elsewhere when I chose music. I stumbled on a concert film, “Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris - Real Live Roadrunning - Full Concert” a few days back and played it in spots. It runs one hour forty plus; still have about one half hour to enjoy. Ridin...
38 days ago 21 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
After shopping at one of the suburban malls last night, I stepped out into the snowy slippery parking lot. Although I was in the mall a half hour at most, I needed to brush of the snow and scrape the ice off my car. A beautiful cold wintry night to be sure.   As my car rumbled to life I was grateful for the seat heater and heated steering wheel. Two great inventions everyone needs to experience at least once.   While following the exit signs, I noticed a wide expanse of the p...
39 days ago 19 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
In these politically charged, truth is stranger than fiction, Twilight Zone, days I find myself hoping, writing and saying there will be a Day of Reckoning. The definition of "day of reckoning" is the time when past mistakes or misdeeds must be punished or paid for, a testing time when the degree of one's success or failure will be revealed. Synonyms are judgment day, day of retribution or doomsday. To my mind that day is approaching in our country.  How soon and how directed...
40 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Reflections from the subway. I am an occasional subway rider. However, I was on the subway yesterday. Walking in the tunnels connecting the Times Square stations. I could not help but think about the incident on Monday. The planned bomb that, thankfully, did not cause the intended result. I am confident that I will continue to take subways. I’m less confident that the thoughts will ever abate. A new reality accepted. ...
41 days ago 8 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
As I'm writing this, the voting is going on in Alabama. I'm concerned that the outcome will be difficult, when you read this, you will already know. So, as always, its healthy to remember ALL the great good that goes on in the world.   From MSN-Melissa Chan: When bullets rang out at the Route 91 Harvest country-music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, Jonathan Smith could have fled. Instead, the 30-year-old father of three raced back toward danger to help about 20 strangers—ma...
42 days ago 3 comments Categories: City Blogs Tags:
  Yesterday was not an ordinary day, but unfortunately, it was one that has become all too uncomfortably common.     Someone thought it was a good idea to try to blow themselves up in the train station at Times Square. By definition, that is not a good idea at all.   The outcome could have been far worse but still, these periodic episodes of inexplicable behavior shake your center before normal returns.     By the time I stepped onto the LIRR, the incident was under inve...
43 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I was so saddened by the news last week of the death of David Cassidy. He truly was my first child hood crush.   As a young girl, I remember saving up $8.00 in cash and coins and mailing it all away to be a part of his fan club.  Immediately upon receiving the posters and small heart stickers with his  picture on them, I proceeded to cover my walls.  I’ll never forget how angry my mother was with me when she saw  fifty one inch stickers glued onto my pink wall. But, for David...
44 days ago 11 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Holiday Songs, Christmas, Chanukah
One starts in two days, another in two weeks; others also this month too.  And so to ring in the season I release an updated version (all links work at time of posting) of Happy Holidays in song Enjoy! Happy Xmas – John Lennon   This Is Xmas – Luther Vandross   The Xmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) – Nat King Cole   The Xmas Song – Mel Torme (who composed it)   Have Yourself A Merry Little Xmas – Judy Garland   Same Auld Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg   White Xmas- ...
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