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15 hours ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We were at the airport and I was waiting for Flo. Nearby on both sides of me were two couples —clearly each a husband and wife. And both were caught up in an argument. I moved away from one only to find the other engaged in almost identical banter. The toxicity was painful – beyond uncomfortable. I could feel it permeating my skin and had to get away. I walked away — far enough away that when Flo returned to where she had left me, I was not to be found and had to call out...
15 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Have you ever noticed that people tend to sit at the same seat? This phenomenon was mentioned at a recent Gotham meeting. Members just sat at their “regular” seats. Same perspective of the room and others.  No judgment. Simple observation. I thought about this phenomenon for a while and, a few days later, was confronted by it and the discomfort caused by a change of seating. I attended a regular breakfast meeting. At a diner. Five people. We were not seated at our regular...
29 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
At first, I thought it was a weird request.  We were at an art show and a gallery owner we know, apologized and asked me to retrieve his phone that was charging in his booth which was about fifty feet away. He was pushing a stroller with the young child of his assistant who was attending the booth and explained that if he went back to the booth, the child would be upset to see her mother. I got the phone. As I handed the phone to him, he thanked me and I thanked him. He loo...
43 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I had to do something. The pain of the massacre lingered. I couldn’t get my head around it. On Tuesday evening, Flo and I attended the memorial vigil at the JCC in Plainview. Among so many people struggling, as I was, to find meaning. Walking away I was struck by certain powers — The Power of Community, the Power of Music, the Power of Words, and, hopefully, the Power of Love. ...
50 days ago 3 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I was recently reminded of a danger that hasn’t crossed my mind in a long time. Remember when we were warned not to use cellphones when we pumped gasoline? The danger that the fumes might ignite. And the other day, I pulled up for gasoline, got out of the car, pulled out my iPhone and opened the app from Exxon/Mobil to activate the pump. (The app was promoted and I’ve been using it for several months and find it very convenient.) So there I was the other morning ...
71 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
In the whirlwind of the confirmation, the subject of nicknames appears in the periphery. Specifically, the memory of nicknames from our youth. So, I’ll share my story. An attempt to obliterate my nickname of long ago. They called me Benjie. When I went off to college, I was determined to leave my nickname behind forever. I would answer to Ben and nothing else. My plan worked, or so it seemed. Through college and law school the old nickname remained in its dark place. It ...
85 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We love to play Connect 4 and have several versions (including a  “Captain’s Game” that replicates the old game played at sea). We’ve had our travel version the longest. It is small, very portable and travels with us everywhere. Over the years, pieces have been lost and we are getting precariously close to not having enough markers to play to the end of a game that uses “all”. This was all going through my mind as one of the small black checker-like pieces slipped from on my...
92 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Flo often admonishes me to “Stop and smell the roses.” There’s a Chasidic saying, attributed to the 18th century, “Just as the hand, held before the eye, can hide the tallest mountain, so the routine of everyday life can keep us from seeing the vast radiance and the secret wonders that fill the world.” As Flo says “Stop and smell the roses.” ...
127 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Our neighbors are fanatics about coupons — asking us to make sure that those hallowed sections of the newspapers are not sent to recycling without their review. I was somewhat skeptical about coupons until a few years ago when certain prescription medicines became over the counter and I noticed considerable savings being offered by certain drug manufacturers. Searching for and cutting those coupons became a weekly event. Last week, any lingering doubts about coupons were put...
134 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
She was standing in the empty parking spot in Lenox, Massachusetts. I signaled that I was pulling in and she waved me off. My gesture of “Are you kidding?” was ignored. I parked around the corner. Saving a spot. The kind of behavior that might be expected in New York City. Might also get you killed. Unexpected in a small town in the Berkshire foothills. As I passed the spot a few minutes later, I noticed that the car parked there had New York plates. Put things in persp...
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