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15 hours ago 16 comments Categories: Health Tags:
As a follow up to my recent Recurring Dreams blog, last week I had a brand new dream.I was running hard in a road race and I was on pace for a good time when I turned a corner and saw a long train (pictured) approaching an intersection at breakneck speed. This is where my dream memory did not serve me.  I can’t remember what happened next,ie, did I stop, did I squeak by or...Has anyone ever had this dream and if so what happened and what does it mean?...
1 day ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The line wasn’t quite around the long block. It certainly wasn’t as bad as we had seen earlier or the day before or as we witnessed the next day. The rain and mist had stopped and it was a bit milder.Everyone was wearing a mask and the line moved steadily. People in pairs were in conversation while those alone were preoccupied with their phones. Within twenty minutes, we were inside and directed to a table for registration and the task at hand. Thirty minutes after getting on...
2 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This week I’m taking personal inventory on what I deem important vs what others deem important. Am I living intrinsically or am I motivated extrinsically? I’ve never been a fan of allowing others to dictate my decisions, nor do I desire the responsibility, or weight of other’s decisions. Why do individuals feel compelled to convince others to have the same beliefs? Is it okay to be an individual today, or has collectivism replaced independence? Celebrating our individuality...
3 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Based on my very informal survey, I would say that procrastination is on the rise. Yes, we have probably all fallen victim to this periodically. However, our current times seem to be the culprit now. With all the added distractions, disruptions, and challenges of running a business during these unusual times, I personally have found myself procrastinating more frequently.   Of course, there will always be those projects which are a bit anxiety provoking as they chart new te...
5 days ago 18 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last week, my husband, friends, and I were supposed to be in Hawaii. For obvious reasons, we cancelled the Hawaii trip. We decided instead, because we needed to get away but wanted to stay safe, to plan a one week trip around upstate New York. Happy to be going away, but certain the trip would not be as spectacular as the planned Hawaii trip, we left on a Saturday for our one week “lap” around upstate New York.   From the moment we were north of the Bronx, New York State str...
6 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Other topics always intervened. And something nice occurred yesterday but covering it follows a different timetable. As Friday’s blogger knows and experienced, and like Saturday’s blogger (aka “wheelman”), this commentator knows how to and skillfully weaves in and out of slower moving traffic where poor or just lazy drivers slow things down inappropriately. Some drivers ought NEVER enter any interstate or limited access highway.  Some do not know how to gently ease on to a...
6 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Yes...it's that time of year to experience something that is unique to the Northeast forest. (I learned that from David Attenborough:) Watching the green leaves change into a variety of colors.   BTW the term "fall" was likely a deviation from the Old English words "fiaell" and "feallan," both of which mean to fall from a height. And autumn came from the Latin word "autumnus," with the root of the word having connotations regarding "the passing of the year."   As I look outsi...
7 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Coping is a most necessary skill/state of mind. Especially in these 2020 “Strange Days Indeed.”While all around me others are depressed and hang dog, I react to difficult situations by thinking and exclaiming (to the chagrin of some in earshot) “It’s an adventure!”That’s my approach and I really mean it and I think it works. Try it you might like it!...
8 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Nowadays we’re not seeing certain people as frequently as we used to. And I’ve noticed changes in people that probably would have not been noticed in the regular and gradual personal interactions of “normal” times.Perhaps it’s the Zoom or Facetime camera, poor lighting, neglect in grooming, but I’ll see someone who I haven’t seen in a while and can’t help but comment to myself about a change of appearance. Yes. I sometimes wonder whether others are seeing me similarly. Is the...
9 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Gotham Philadelphia happened last night. Oh, yes it did! Shelley Simpson, one of my favorite Gothamites participated in our intimate zoom conversation. We shared meaningful conversation about lovely topics. Everything from COVID realities, to playful walks in the park, to dog attacks and protection from harm it was salon style. Education for the mind and nutrients for the soul. A fond memory bubbled up for Shelley, right at the end of our zoom call. A playful memory she c...
11 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  My inbox fills up pretty fast. I am absolutely not complaining, well maybe a little. The junk mail can be a little overwhelming. Lots of people really want to date me, or sell me jewelry, or want to warn me of something terrible – you get the idea. But past the junk mail which is easy enough to delete, I am constantly working on and revising systems to manage my inbox. I use flags and folders. I set aside time in the morning to clean up. Those sorts of things. But ...
12 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last week I wrote about the bed I sleep on. This week I just want to follow up on the sleep theme and ask the following, what routines do you recommend to help you get to sleep?   In these Covid times, I find, sometimes, going to sleep to be difficult. The anxiety that we are all experiencing seems, for me, to be worse, sometimes, at night as I’m trying to fall asleep.   I have tried some natural remedies such as Melatonin and HHTP. Some sleep experts have told me that the ...
Usually this space would share an experience that included attending a Broadway show; not this year. Absent Broadway, about which my friend Vincent Russo’s son, Robert, writes a nice newsletter, yesterday’s celebration found a different way to inject culture and visual experience; and instead of the theatre musical, dinner included a live musical performance. Interestingly, as I shared a year ago in this space, Shelly and I discussed doing something different this year. Who k...
14 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I find it fascinating that in my travels, I'm seeing license plates from all over the country...Missouri, Texas, Minnesota, Florida, Georgia, Virginia and I wonder why.   Are they students who didn't go back to their schools? Are they out-of-towners staying in a place where COVID is low? I then make the leap...did they quarantine? Do they have COVID?   Thoughts I never had before. It seems to be in the back of my head when I enter a place of business. Is there someone her...
15 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
You should read Malcom Gladwell’s Blink wherein he posits that there is such a thing as thinking without thinking. He writes that we possess an innate ability to “Thin Slice” and reach instantaneous conclusions based uponlimited information, ie, at a glance. Such limited information is called a “Tell”. For instance, high stakes poker players scan the faces of opponents for a “Tell” as to whether he or she is bluffing. As an attorney/negotiator I found success in reading oppo...
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