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7 days ago 2 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
"Play Ball" I was actually looking forward to hearing that call.Yes, it would be different. No fans in the stands. But then again, no one came to watch me when I played ball. So much drama leading up to the season. Negotiations. On, off and on again. A short season. A sprint, not the marathon of the usual baseball season. But, perhaps, a little move to normalcy. And then, almost as soon as it began, a postponement  and another. Covid is not a fan. And with these disruptions,...
21 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The other morning we sat down for our morning meditation. As we do every morning, Flo turned on the Calm app on her phone. But weird things ensued. The app kept crashing.After a few tries, we gave up and took an unguided moment to ourselves. Then Flo turned on the radio. NPR.Resigned that if we can’t have Calm, why not theanxiety of the news?A return to “normal” ?...
28 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We’ve all been impacted over the last few months. Some routines and habits dropped and others formed.Most changes were imposed upon us by the shutdown and we adapted. Cardboard delivery boxes appeared at our doorstep in never-imagined numbers. Zoom replaced conference rooms, and on and on. But will these changes last?I often wonder what the new normal will be. A new normal for our society and, perhaps more significantly, a new normal for me. The meditation, the walks, the mor...
35 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...
42 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...
56 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 ...
63 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...
77 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 ...
84 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...
91 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...
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