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44 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Malala_Yousafzai, Taliban, Oxford, Pakistan
From the HuffPost: Five years ago, a member of the Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai in the head for speaking up for girls’ rights to an education. The Pakistani teenager miraculously survived and has since given her all as an advocate for girls’ right to an education. On Monday, the anniversary of the shooting, Malala attended her first class at the University of Oxford.   “5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education,” Yousafzai tw...
46 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  With full disclosure, I’m not the biggest Disney fan. But, last week we were in Orlando for a concert because my son was performing. How could we be in Orlando and not visit Disney? Bill indulged me but insisted that he was not setting foot into Magic Kingdom.     So we spent the day at Epcot. Have you been?     I have to say that the day was much more enjoyable than I had anticipated. Disney has mastered theme park efficiency. The rides were fun and walking, and eating...
47 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Several years ago-after Hurricane Sandy-my husband and I decided to apply for a grant, through N.Y. Rising, to raise our home above flood level.  After several years of applications, submissions of plans, costs etc. and a variance hearing, work is set to begin on our home tomorrow.   During the construction, the bottom level of our home will be obliterated and the top level will be raised over twelve feet in the air. Obviously, as a result, we have to move out of our home dur...
47 days ago 10 comments Categories: Music Tags: Leaves, Leaf Bags, Squeeze
  Today the City picks up the leaves. That meant I needed to place out the Leaf Bags. 10 of them. Knowing I had floor access (not seats) for Squeeze that eve and basketball to start my day, I started the day earlier to bag the leaves in the yard. I already had three bags out front filled over the two weeks since the first of City collections dates, November 19. I intended to rest my legs for the evening by filling the yard leaves; indeed I filled five more bags before ba...
48 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Does her name ring a bell? Maybe you'll recongnize the picture.   The picture, snapped by a White House photographer traveling with the president as he left his golf course in Sterling, Va., went viral almost immediately. News outlets picked up the story when it appeared in a White House pool report. Social media began hailing the unidentified woman as a “she-ro,” using the hashtag #Her2020.     Yes...her name is Juli Briskman. Her employer, government contractor Akima LL...
49 days ago 19 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
No doubt, You have seen the great Godfather movies and probably remember Don Vito Corleone's  son Frederico (Fredo) Corleone played by the fine actor John Cazale.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgHXHtHSsNo&sns=em   Fredo is a fictional character, dreamed up by author Mario Puzo, who is weaker and less intelligent than his brothers and has little power or status in the crime family. His feelings of personal inadequacy and his inability to act effectively on his own b...
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50 days ago 5 comments Categories: Games Tags:
There is so much going on. Sometimes it’s a relief to just talk sports. There is something I don’t like about the Eli Manning situation. The Giants have been awful this season — one of the worse I can remember. Eli, the Giants’ quarterback and long-time face of the franchise, was abruptly told that he would not be starting this Sunday’s fire 210 straight starts over 14 years, Eli has been benched. Call me sentimental, but I remember the great Super Bowl wins brought to us by ...
51 days ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
What do you do when an organization is doing "good," but they also are doing something you don't support? Let me first say, that I can often not see the "big picture" and I am also often an A#%hole. I was sent two emails, asking me to "adopt" a child in poverty by two people I trust. Thanks to wonderful Gotham members Sonia and Gail, I went to Charity Navigators and looked the adoption site up and it has good reviews. Great, its legit. The "issue" for me is that this organiz...
52 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  We were standing with two suitcases in the corner of the ballroom. They weren’t our suitcases, they were my son’s. Our job was to keep them company until he had checked in to the All National Music Conference at which point we would say our goodbyes until the concert three days later. [More on that experience in another blog]     The ballroom was literally swarming with high school students, hundreds of them. Nearby to where we were guarding suitcases, a young woman was ...
54 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I am hoping that this blog is not read as a political blog. Rather, I hope it’s read as a blog about family.   I was saddened to see pictures, on the internet, of Malia Obama tailgating before a Harvard football game. There were allegations that she was doing much more than tailgating, but, when I realized what I was looking at I quickly clicked off of the website. I remember how difficult freshman year at college was for me, living away from my family for the first time, mak...
Tempted   Out with friends for dinner with more than a few couples before a charity function sponsored by my Knights of Pythias (FDR) Lodge, the ladies evidently were discussing plans ahead and my wife shared our plans for next weekend. Our friend Abby asked how many times Shelly and I attended a Squeeze show. I responded at least four.   That answer was correct only to how many shows we attended together through the summer of 2008. Since that time, we we experienced lead...
55 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I thought I would share the unvarnished truth about "Black Friday."   The first recorded use of the term Black Friday was applied not to holiday shopping but to financial crisis: specifically, the crash of the U.S. gold market on September 24, 1869. Two notoriously ruthless Wall Street financiers, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, worked together to buy up as much as they could of the nation’s gold, hoping to drive the price sky-high and sell it for astonishing profits. On that Friday ...
57 days ago 27 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
2017 may end up being the best year of my life (or right up there) and for that I am thankful for abundant reasons. Passing on ample family reasons, 2017 was distinguished by many highlights. Examples follow:1) Celebrating Gotham's 20th Anniversary at the Harmonie Club2) My obsession with Yankee rookie Aaron Judge (and enjoying 2 playoff games with Paul Napolitano)3) Meeting my look a like Jonathan Goldsmith (the "Most Interesting Man in World") 4) Pitching the Gotham Batmen...
57 days ago 3 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
On this day, there are so many things to be thankful for.... As I sit at our Thanksgiving table, surrounded by family, I expect that my thoughts of thanks will focus on two things: First, having just survived the annual Thanksgiving basketball game, and Second, the two newest members of our family who are celebrating their first Thanksgivng this year. May we all survive many furture basketball games and May our newest family members enjoy many, many Thanksgivings to come.   H...
58 days ago 3 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Fifty-four years ago on this day, a police officer, army veteran, father, husband and a man working two part jobs in addition to being a police officer, was shot and killed in the suburbs of Dallas, TX while investigating a murder. Everyone remembers the victim of that murder, lets take a moment to remember a man doing his job, supporting his family, married to his high school sweetheart... Officer J. D. Tippett. From Wikipedia: Tippit was born near the town of Annona in Red ...
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