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29 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I'm taking this time to honor my Mom. It's her 88th birthday and she deserves some recognition beyond the normal Mother's Day Hallmark holiday.   She's had quite a life. Married to my Dad for 54 years and worked for the Democratic party in Nassau County trying to effect change she felt passionate about plus getting two degrees, teaching and more impressively, putting up with me and my sister with all of our shenanigans.   So we are having all the family over to Sunrise in Gl...
31 days ago 25 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
On Monday I received a number of calls on my cell phone from a number which I did not recognize and which the phone did not identify. As a practice, I normally do not respond to a number which is not in my phone's address book.However, the number kept calling and in deference to the callers's persistence and my curiosity I finally answered.I was rewarded by hearing a man say that my voicemail box was full and asking if I recognized his voice. I did not and there was an awkwar...
32 days ago 3 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I hadn’t given it much thought in many years, perhaps once or twice in passing since my father died almost twenty years ago. In the mid-1960s, my father went to Germany to testify at a war crimes trial against former guards in the Plaszow concentration camp. When he returned, he didn’t say much. However, he did tell me that the map of the ghetto in the courtroom was wrong. Streets were wrong. His testimony fixed the map. I must have had a certain amount of healthy tee...
32 days ago 12 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
These have been bumpy days for me recently. My "second mother" growing up, passed away. She frightened me when I first met her because she was "no nonsense" and I was all nonsense. As I matured she became a valuable asset and friend in my life. Known her about 50 years. A couple I love dearly in Issaquah, WA are getting divorced. Two 8 year old twins. I have a picture of them from a year ago, visiting NYC and smiling broadly together. I knew them long before they had children...
34 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  With Father’s Day just having passed, I think about the type of wisdom and advice that passes from father to child.   My father was all about honesty, integrity and doing the right thing -- alongside a corny joke. He was very free with his advice. To this day, I continue to hear stories about advice my father gave family and friends when it came to handling difficult times in their lives. And, in every situation, it was about making sure to do right.   Your turn . . . w...
35 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I always thought I was a procrastinator. In fact I would say that I had procrastination down to a science. I have come to realize that I am not a procrastinator. In fact, I am actually the opposite; I get my tasks completed early.     The realization came to me recently when I had a substantial set of responsive motion papers due. I had the papers completed and sent out to the other attorney days before they were due. The day the papers were mailed out the attorney called...
Happy Father’s Day!   I already enjoyed a stellar card from Marisa – she always finds a card with the right sentiments and message --earlier this past week and mom’s on Friday.   Sometimes we barbecue; mostlyhere, albeit as detailed in this space last year I caught a break and our nephew hosted.   No BBQ this year.   Unfortunately an institution announced plans to close and Shelly suggested we get there with her dad.   It’s my fave deli.   Heck when a friend and former cli...
37 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The day before Father's Day and I'm reflecting on my Dad as I do from time to time. I miss him.   I often read blogs written by people remembering someone who has passed. It usually is something glowing about how perfect this person was or how wonderful they were.   The reality is life can get ugly, uncomformtable and quite frustrating but I know my Dad loved me without any conditions, even though I put him through many a sleepless night. The point is that even though he was ...
38 days ago 27 comments Categories: Games Tags:
Last week I finally got to play with my son David and my grandson Jackson, all together in a row, on the Gotham Batmen softball team (see photo). It's been a long long time coming and I can truly say that it was one of the greatest moments of my life!Can you imagine that Jackson hit a long homerun which I caught on video tape, David got the game ending hit and I was the winning pitcher allowing only two (unearned) runs, no walks with a number of strikeouts. It was a dream com...
39 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
There’s a “Corner Bakery” on the corner of North Capital and E Street in Washington, D.C. On most mornings, a homeless gentleman stands on the corner and wishes a “Good Morning” to passersby. I saw him last Saturday and Sunday. As I left the bakery with my coffees on Sunday morning, I gave the gentleman a dollar as I wished him a good day. As I walked away, I heard a voice behind me. “Can I buy you breakfast this morning?” the woman’s voice asked. I heard the gentleman respo...
40 days ago 8 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
I think a society reveals itself in its culture. Thats why so many have a problem with Facebook, you can really see who people are and they may not even realize it. My Facebook feed is a constant source of joy and creativity, but I am a good gardener. I have deepened existing relationships and grown new ones via FB. I digress. I was quite heartened by the Tonys on Sunday night. The Band's Visit (I haven't seen the Broadway show, but have seen the film) won many awards and is ...
41 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Before a series of firsts.     Today was my son’s last day of high school class. He has one test before graduation next week, but for all intents and purposes his high school years have ended.     Two weeks ago we had his last Spring Concert, the last time he will arrange and perform with his acapella group. Then of course, there was prom this past Friday night.     See what I mean? It’s a series of lasts. Don’t get me wrong. Each “last” has been a celebration of accomp...
42 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  · I thought it was me. Recently, another attorney's personal comments were making me a bit uncomfortable. But, I could not articulate a single individual statement that was specifically innappropriate. And, in the wake of the #metoo movement I didn't think any male attorney would still think it would be appropriate to make personal statements to me. It had to be me.   Then I received an email from him concerning an upcoming court appearance which he signed, "XO."  I w...
43 days ago 12 comments Categories: Games Tags: Gotham, Pythians, Pythian Camp, City Council, Citifield, Mets, Yankees
The evening before involved a rather large outing of sorts.   Some 265 or so of friends, colleagues, their family, friends, colleagues and clients. Attending either through Gotham City Networking,Inc.® or Kings FDR Tolerance Foundation of FDR Lodge 613, Knights of Pythias.   Citifield. Mets v. Yankees. Five home runs.   Fireworks during the game and after.   Some left happy because of one outcome (which disappointed others). (If only this score above held but it was nice wh...
44 days ago 21 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
My morning routine hasn't varied for quite awhile and I noticed this morning that, sometimes, I go about it without thinking...like today :)     Wake up (which is a good thing) Check in with my phone (not a good thing) Roll out of bed...literally Stand up and say to myself "Another day in paradise!" Take care of some personal issues Go downstairs, grab some fruit and make myself a couple of eggs Crack my laptop and check email (and on Saturdays, write a blog:) Take a shower,...
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