Holidays
As the daylight on the 4th ended Shelly noticed the full moon and pointed it out. It still hung low and later it moved me to take a shot as I sat out back watching an array of fireworks, likely less than legal blocks away, sometimes closer in every direction. I do not recall ever seeing such an investment by neighborhood folk in risky activity, no matter how attractive the results appear from the apparent safety of my yard. News reports this year certainly noted an unusual up...
98 days ago 31 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Father's Day
Once again I get to take advantage of a Sunday blog gig falling on a day where we give thanks; this time to our dads (I even qualify for this one.). Let me start with a tradition I started sharing a wonderful song for this special day by current Poco bassist and vocalist Jack Sundrud.   After my morning coffee outside (See spot in pice at left.).  We plan to celebrate with a BBQ, our usual tradition. Last year at this time, my daughter lived a coast away; this year she’s home...
140 days ago 23 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Mother’s Day
Funny how last weekend I “occupied” my outside spaces; one might think the days that followed would offer more of the same; not a chance; it even snowed – really – while I grilled steaks last night to enjoy with the #1 mom in my life. I decided to plan something special today but cannot share it until later. I hope to pull it off. Normally it’d would appear on a certain calendar but that would blow the surprise.   She deserves her day!   Happy Mother’s Day sweet Shelly!   Ha...
So my thoughts focus on when we can get together again.   You might ask why but I suspect most know.   After all, in other times, many would be looking forward to hosting or visiting family towards the end of this week into next weekend. Usually a big meal serves as the centerpiece. Instead, this time any meal involves those in the immediate household; at best we can employ video technology to perhaps widen the size of the gathering and connect family and friends around a vir...
President’s weekend honors our first and 16th Presidents. Why not honor them by extolling public and community service? Many we know toil in government gigs at all levels. Next time your see them or speak to them (or email or message them), just thank them. Many of them and many of you also perform some community service. Describe something better than doing giving back in that way. It makes a difference. It makes the community better. It makes life better. It makes the world...
280 days ago 12 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
A busy weekend ensues. It started when we gathered with some good friends; most traveling a good distance to join us nearby (to us) on Long Island for dinner than a show; Shelly posted about it on Facebook. Day two required us to cross two rivers (pass through two tunnels) to gather with Shelly’s family for a (pre-) Chanukah gathering hosted by our niece. After watching some football (I can only hope for some improved play against a tough opponent.), we look forward to gather...
Light up this holiday season with song.  Continuing a Gotham tradition inspired by Friday's blogger (and which preceded this blog; used to just be a post to Fredslist), please find and enjoy the latest version of Happy Holidays in Song.  In three weeks some of us start with lighting candles.  Three eves later, the holiday that inspires the bulk of the songs below and days later still another. This year -- as this remains an open set list of sorts, we added the suggestions pro...
When I think about the approach of Thanksgiving, I think about more than giving thanks for my family, friends, colleagues and my life. More and more the focus involves giving. I only hope I do enough. The Tuesday that follows Thanksgiving – Giving Tuesday – represents a culmination of giving efforts through Gotham. As Friday’s blogger repeatedly reminds us on Fredslist and various Gotham groups he attends, Gotham’s Holiday Party that eve features the selection of charities th...
336 days ago 18 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Strawberry Shortcake, birthday
Yesterday my father in law told me I'm his fave son-in-law.   Really an unfair question.  I am the only son-in-law!  It happened at his 90th birthday.  The immediate family with one exception gathered together to celebrate.  Four generations.  Two Daughters.  One of two grandsons. Three granddaughters, one with husband (thus explaining). A great-granddaughter and a great-grandson. Elder daughter Shelly toasted her dad once all arrived.   Marisa procured a beautful Strawberr...
469 days ago 5 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Happy Father's Day!
I shared many times since I scored this Sunday blog "gig" (Some who covet one of the days might call it an ("honor.") how I look forward to blogging on days such as these; I get to post on the actual day.  No different here.  Keeping with tradition, I offer this wonderful song for this special day by current Poco bassist and vocalist Jack Sundrud. Last year we broke with the BBQ tradition to visit a landmark before it closed.   I look forward to a simple one this year.  Over...
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