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22 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
As I write this blog, we anticipate a few days of unusual cold. As you read this, we should be in the throws of the “life-threatening” cold. The polar vortex is that mass of very cold air that circulates over the Arctic. Usually, it stays in place — over the North Pole. But sometimes, the vortex weakens and when it does, it travels south and invades our continent. I did a little research and, yes, there is evidence that with climate change and warmer temperatures, the wea...
29 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We recently visited the Conservation Laboratory at the Brooklyn Museum. Explaining the intricate process of restoring/repairing a beautiful glass goblet from the 1800s, the Conservator shared the lengthy and detailed analysis that goes into determining the chemical composition of the glass in an effort to match the most-appropriate epoxy for the repair. And she shared that there was a little box on the shelf that contained a shattered glass vessel. A valuable repres...
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We recently visited the Conservation Laboratory at the Brooklyn Museum. Explaining the intricate process of restoring/repairing a beautiful glass goblet from the 1800s, the Conservator shared the lengthy and detailed analysis that goes into determining the chemical composition of the glass in an effort to match the most-appropriate epoxy for the repair. And she shared that there was a little box on the shelf that contained a shattered glass vessel. A valuable represent...
36 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It was a nice jacket. Would probably have served me well...I think. However, it was, to my mind, over-priced. I went back a few times to see if it was still on the rack as the post-holiday sales gained momentum. Although reduced, the price was still too high. But, perhaps, going in the right direction. Last time we went back, it was gone. The price must have been right for someone else. By the way, I won’t miss the jacket. ...
43 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I recently opened an occasionally-used news app on my smartphone. A notice appeared about the use of cookies by the app. Long legal explanations and disclaimers. A request to accept before going on. However, there was no ability to decline permission. I tried to get around the notice without consenting, but could not. I thought about all of the warnings about tracking personal data. I considered that my personal data must be followed by other apps. I debated whether I re...
50 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We live in the Town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County. We have been avid recyclers. Things are changing. A few weeks ago, we received a notice of new recycling guidelines. The notice announced that “The International Recycling Market Changed...Here’s how it impacts you!” It was reported some time ago that China, which historically purchased much of our recycled waste, was changing what it would accept. For whatever reasons, standards would be different going forward. ...
71 days 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...
85 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...
99 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...
113 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. ...
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