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240 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The current issue of The New Yorker arrived at our home the other morning. As is our practice, we allow our mail to “sit” for a day or so before handling it. The cover - see the picture - just stared at us from its perch on the floor.A picture we felt compelled to share.And when we picked up the magazine, we learned that thepainting on the cover is titled “Distant Summer” by the artist Gadir Nelson.As we anticipate this month of July - with its heat, displaced plans, and mult...
247 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I’m not sure how many times I’ve seen the statue of Teddy Roosevelt in the front of the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The statue that is now being taken down.I first saw it as a child on one of the many trips I was taken on to the Museum. More recently, I passed it with a grandchild that I was taking to the Museum.I must have been exposed to so many other statues, works of art and symbols that must now be re-examined. More difficult will be the necessary process...
261 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I’m still angry when I think about it — angry at myself.Several years ago, I was at a small wedding reception dinner and found myself at the bar with the father of the groom (I was from the bride’s side). I don’t remember much of the conversation except that he was talking about his background and used the Yiddish term (the “S” word) for a black person.I was appalled. But I didn’t say anything. Didn’t tell him how offensive the use of that term was to me.I should have called ...
268 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
What’s your background? As Zoom, Webex and other virtual meeting platforms become the new norm — they are here to stay— your background is bound to make a difference. Soon, if not here already,  there will be sophisticated analyses of how your background impacts your presentation and message. I am not a fan of those artificial scenes. Somehow your face never seems right against the scenery. Windows behind you don’t work because the glare blocks out your face in shadows. So t...
282 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The little notification beep on my phone tells me that there’s motion in my backyard. Sometimes it’s the Cardinal enjoying a snack. Weeks ago, when this was just beginning, we put a little birdseed on the deck to see what would happen. After a few days the cardinals appeared. A sweet couple - bright red with a black face and soft brownish-red. They seem unaware of what’s going on — except I’ve heard that the birds have reduced the volume of their chirping because they’re not ...
289 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This blog is for both grandparents and their children. Being a Grandparent in this time of pandemic- with physical isolation and social distancing--is difficult. We also recognize that parenting young children in these times was tough on our children.A response has evolved.A while ago, I offered to “virtually babysit” my 3 year old grandson. Not that he was left alone, but I was able to FaceTime and engage him for about a half hour whil his parents were in the next room havin...
296 days ago 22 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Well most of us don’t take a lot of notice, especially in these work at home times. But every time I log onto a Zoom or WebEx meeting, for a brief few seconds, I see an image of myself, blown up in full color. It actually is a bit startling as this is really how others will see me. But what do you see of yourself? I see more gray hair, maybe this is more distinguished looking or shows I have stood the test of some time period. In...
310 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I’m being inundated with “advice”. It’s coming in all forms: emails, drop downs,, on tv and radio, and by word of mouth from a safe distance. I admit. I cannot process all of this advice. I’m even having trouble sorting out what I may want to follow up on at a later time. Smothered by advice in the time of pandemic....
317 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I am sitting in our living room and gaze across at the dining table which now serves as my office desk. (I’ve never spent so much time at the dining room table as I have during the last few weeks.) I also gaze upon the artwork that surrounds me and some of the studio glass in the room. There’s the Blue Cloud by the glass artist Nancy Callan. It was one of first pieces in our modest collection and one of my favorites. I always marvel at the beauty of the work. Nowadays I st...
324 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Now, more than ever, it is crucial to support local businesses that are struggling to stay alive.We have a few local restaurants that are offering take-out and we alternate among them. We cleaned out our winter clothes and took them over to the dry cleaner who is suffering because no one is wearing business clothes to the office that need laundering.These businesses are the bedrock of our community. We want them to survive. Please try........
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