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ODEY RAVIV
Sep22
Broadway is Back, Will You Be?
Posted By : ODEY RAVIV

I always look forward to the excitement of the Fall Cultural Season. The Sunday New York Times features a bunch of gigantic sections for the New Seasons of Movies, Television, Music, Dance, and Theater.   But, the major essay about the fall season has this ominous headline.  “The Thrill is Back, So is the Anxiety.”  Earlier in the summer, the optim

Nancy Schess
Sep21
Not Just a Candle
Posted By : Nancy Schess

Several times a year we light candles for family members who have passed.   These are not just any candles.  These are special candles intended to burn for 24 hours in memory of the loved ones lost.   I always watched my parents light these candles every year, on certain holidays and on a date in the Jewish calendar commemorating their loved one’s

Rona Gura
Sep20
Letting Go
Posted By : Rona Gura

My husband and I became grandparents over the summer. As my fellow grandparents can attest to, becoming a grandparent is a real lesson in how much you can truly love another human being. But we have also learned it is a real lesson in letting go.      As parents it is difficult not to espouse, or should I say dictate, our opinions to our children a

Corey Bearak
Sep19
plans changed (but that's OK)
Posted By : Corey Bearak

It’s nice to be be busy – and I am not talking about work (but that too!) When this weekend got scoped some time ago, my daughter was getting the benefit of attending a Broadway matinee (Letters of Suresh) with her mom yesterday and an afternoon game at Citifield today with her dad. Plans change. The Baseball gods moved the game from this afternoon

Mitch Tobol
Sep18
Tiny pocket
Posted By : Mitch Tobol

You ever wonder why there's a tiny pocket above the front pocket on some jeans?    I did so I consulted the oracle. Turns out it had a clear reason behind its creation. It’s just that we don’t use it for that reason today.   That small pocket originated back in the late 1800s with the first pair of jeans sold by Levi Strauss & Co and the re

Fred Klein
Sep17
"Reality Ray"!
Posted By : Fred Klein

We have a terrific member named Ray Walcott who fills many Gotham roles reliably, ergo, his nickname “Reliable Ray”.  Last Saturday night both Ray and I were at the Gotham Yankee/Met game at Citi Field and were both, responsibly, wearing masks.  Thus, when I first encountered Ray I was not sure who he was.  Later I figured it out and approached him

Benjamin Geizhals
Sep16
First Days of School
Posted By : Benjamin Geizhals

For me, there will always be a sense of new beginning in September. It’s probably the remnant of years of new school years so long ago.Over the last few days, Flo and I have received pictures of our grandchildren on their first days of school. Bright smiles with cautious enthusiasm and expectation…and the mandatory backpack filled, or to be filled,

ODEY RAVIV
Sep15
Muhammad Ali: A Kid from Louisville Lights Up the World
Posted By : ODEY RAVIV

I became fascinated by Muhammad Ali in 1960.  My father was a huge Olympics fan and the first one we watched together was the Rome Olympics.  Ali’s style of punching and getting away from his opponents gracefully was unique. He was 18 when he won the light heavyweight Gold Medal. He quickly turned professional and won his fights as he grew in size

Nancy Schess
Sep14
Starting Anew
Posted By : Nancy Schess

This time of year brings me back to that wonderful sense of starting anew.  I can reach back and touch the feeling of the first day of school, brand new school supplies and of course, that first day of school outfit.   I’m not sure whether my memories of kindergarten are really vivid, or my memories of my parents home movies of me in kindergarten a

Rona Gura
Sep13
Turning Off
Posted By : Rona Gura

How do you turn off the noise in your mind? I had a particularly disturbing day in court on Friday afternoon. Leaving the courthouse I was more emotional than usual. I knew I was coming home to an empty house as my husband was working late. So, I had no one to really vent to.   I also knew that I would be eating dinner on my own. I decided to pic

Corey Bearak
Sep12
9/11
Posted By : Corey Bearak

It was a special night.  I think my tweet captured the sentiment.   We gathered at Citi Field last night.   It involved more than a game. Shelly posted on Facebook some nice pics of the pre-game ceremony.  The outcome on the field remained secondary (thought there certainly are those happy or not at that) to the commemoration.  Bottom line,

Mitch Tobol
Sep11
A clear day
Posted By : Mitch Tobol

I remember looking out the window of my office and saying out loud "It's such a clear day, how could someone fly into the Word Trade Center?"   When the second plane hit the second tower, I was transfixed to the TV trying to understand what just happened.    The brave men and women on the ground and in the air responded. Welles Remy Crowther was on

Mitch Tobol
Sep11
Launching
Posted By : Mitch Tobol

Funny thing about websites...you can test all you want (which we did on about 25 devices) but when you launch, it can be a totally different outcome. I've been battling some crazy issues this week which I did not expect. I believe (hope) we have ironed out most of them.   This new site was conceived over 2 years ago and I'm so happy it's finally li

Fred Klein
Sep10
Tattoo You?
Posted By : Fred Klein

Of course, being Old School, I do not have a tattoo.  And being nonjudgmental I question why anyone would do that to their body? Yet, so many do and it seems more and more fashionable and acceptable.  I just don’t (won’t) get it! Tattoo You?  

Benjamin Geizhals
Sep09
Leaving
Posted By : Benjamin Geizhals

Many years ago, as I was packing the car after a nice vacation for the trip home, I shared my feelings about leaving our idyllic vacation spot with a fellow guest. “If you don’t leave, you can never come back.”   I have shared those wise words many times.   And the wisdom of the message is sound guidance beyond the vacation. If we never leave our z