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15 hours ago 5 comments Categories: Health Tags:
I have seen so many articles lately which tout the importance of consistent nightly sleep. Apparently, some of the few benefits of having healthy sleep patterns are improvement in memory, reduction of stress and anxiety, aid in weight loss, reduction in inflammation, a sharper focus, and, essentially, help you live longer.   I, admittedly, have horrible sleep patterns. I am definitely not consistent in when I go to sleep or how long I sleep. Some nights during the week, ...
I had to cut short my weekend basketball (not easy when you shoot 75%) for baseball (well, sort of). I accepted an invite to visit Citifield – home of my beloved Mets with Shelly. Doors opened at 12:30 p.m. and hoops officially ends at noon but often runs a bistle over. Needless to say, we arrived a bit early. We met my brand new group sales liaison. Shelly then took and posted a photo of the “new Mets owner” on social media. Anyone who requested tickets I directed to Ju...
3 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
What follows are some funny tweets I found...enjoy!   "I just spent 20 minutes at the store choosing the best food with only organic ingredients for my dog, then took my kids to Burger King."   "Steps to survive on a dessert island: 1. check spelling 2. if correct, enjoy"   "Carrots are a great thing to eat when you are hungry and want to stay that way"     "Welcome to the DMV waiting room, if you don’t have a cough, one will be issued to you"     "Interviewer: what are your ...
4 days ago 17 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
A couple years ago, while at a GOtham Green meeting I had a "Save the World" type of inspiration to blurt that, in the spirit of the tobacco litigation, somebody should bring a lawsuit against the oil companies concerning their obvious impact upon our climate change.   Of course, it was a favorably received notion, but nothing came of it.   Recently, however, New York City instituted litigation against 5 major oil companies for their alleged impact on our climate.  Of course,...
4 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Two blogs ago, I wrote about a view from a glove. Giving personality to inanimate objects is, for me, a wonderful little fantasy escape. An exercise in imagination. Feelings should abound and be enjoyed even by things. My fantasies were validated the other morning. We are lucky to have a wonderful glass sculpture that we call “Sunshine”. It’s a fairly large yellow droplet shape with streaks of white. It’s by a window and enjoys playing with the sunlight as it comes through...
6 days ago 12 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
How often do you change your fixed perception of a situation in a significant way?   It happened to me a number of years ago when I saw the musical Wicked for the first time. It was literally life changing. There is a well established, pretty universally accepted "norm" and it is shattered. Never looked at The Wizard of Oz the same again.   Recently, I had a similar experience with the film, "I, Tonya." To see things from her perspective, very enlightening. Sonia sent me a ...
7 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Yesterday my son hit the send button for the last time. That is, he applied to the last college on his list. We had a little party.     Now we are in the waiting game as the schools make their decisions over the next few weeks and months. A nerve-wracking time but actually kind of freeing.     At this moment, as a high school senior he has done everything that he could possibly do – hard work, extracurriculars, recommendations, great essays, college visits, and on and o...
8 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  This blog is not so much about the story that I’m relaying. This blog is about trust.     The same woman, Rachel, has been cutting and coloring my hair for the past ten years. On Saturday morning, I had an 9:00 a.m. appointment for a cut and color. The salon called me early in the morning to tell me that Rachel was ill and would not be coming in. The salon’s offer was either I could reschedule my appointment with Rachel  or they had someone else available on saturday mor...
When I seek a respite from work mostly in and around politics (which I enjoy), I turn to sports and music.   I enjoy playing ball, with regular weekend and weeknight full court basketball “games” at my former elementary school gym.   Live music, especially from performers I’ve followed from back in the day who still got it, provides a real shot of adrenaline and more.   Occasionally, I get to enjoy both on the same day. Witness this weekend.   Almost a year ago I blogged ...
9 days ago 29 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
IKEA is certainly pushing the envelope with a new ad just released in Sweden. The ad encourages pregnant women to urinate on it. The ad, which is running in one of Sweden's most widely-read women's magazines - states: "Peeing on this ad may change your life."     It adds: "Pee on the marked area and wait a moment. If you are expecting, you will get a surprise right here."   If a pregnant woman's urine is detected on the patch of the page where women are encouraged to wee, ...
11 days ago 28 comments Categories: Movies Tags:
Recently Joanne and I stayed in on consecutive Saturday nights and watched Godfather I and II.  Our (unanimous) impression was that the original was better, if not far better, than II. It is so rich in color, music, composition, content, acting, writing and lessons.  And it is so eternally quotable. Topical today is second son Fredo's protestations that "I'm smart and I want respect." My favorite is Hyman Roth's "We're bigger than US Steel".  I can just hear Meyer Lansky sayi...
11 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last Sunday, Flo and I were at a hardware store in Huntington, Long Island, just picking up a few things. As we got to the counter, the cashier informed us that he had to charge us 5 cents for a bag to pack our purchases. It was our first encounter with the new “bag law” that went into effect in Suffolk County on January 1st. “No, thank you. We have a reusable bag.” We answered. Flo and I always have a reusable bag handy. Flo had one in her purse, she always carries at le...
13 days ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Recy Taylor, Listen, Me Too
Bears repeating: But it's not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It's one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They're the women whose names we'll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factor...
14 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I read an announcement yesterday that my gym decided to remove cable news from the viewing choices. The theory is that the news stations contain negative content, contrary to a healthy way of life. Those are not my words. Simply, I object. Cable news is often my draw at the gym. I switch back and forth between stations, taking in contrary interpretations of current events, but multi-tasking as I wind my way through my workout. It is good for burning calories. There is...
15 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It’s that time of the year again, Gotham invoices are available for payment. And, invariably, this is the time when I hear members asking, “What has Gotham done for me?”  Here’s my answer to that question, this is what Gotham has done for me. As most of you  who read my blog know, I love to travel but I am a very fearful flyer. Bill Solz, Gotham therapist extraordinaire, has generously spent  time talking to me and helping me to understand the genesis of the fear. While I ha...
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