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4 days ago 25 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I usually wake up (without an alarm) before 5:30 and loll a while in bed. However, at this time of year it is far tougher to get out of bed as it is dark.  Pitch black. Hello darkness, you’re no friend.  No disrespect to the classic Simon and Garfunkel song. At least there is November 3rd Daylight Savings time to look forward to... ...
25 days ago 26 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Could it be that Summer is ebbing in these “dog days”?  If so, there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it. Could it be that Labor Day and the start of school (and traffic) are just around the corner?I try to put that out of my mind and tell myself to be in the moment as I dream of an Endless Summer.  Then I tell myself that Fall and beautiful colorful leaves approach, but in the end I am left with the thought that the days are sadly trickling  down. After writing a draft o...
46 days ago 21 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Like the song says, It’s Summertime and the living is easy. You could alter the words a bit and say It's Summertime and the commuting is easy, as once school ends for the Summer and people migrate to the beaches, my daily drive from Nassau County to Long Island City becomes far easier and quicker (as much as a half hour each way). In a way it is a vacation in itself from icy congested roads.  Even the subway cars are looser. I tell myself to enjoy it while I can.  Labor Day i...
53 days ago 27 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
A high school friend who is a reader of my Friday With Fred blog sent me the following email last weekend:You always do great “starters” and I thought if you had remembrances of yours [First Friend] it might qualify for a prompt for your followers.  I began thinking about my happy childhood and those who contributed to memories that made it “fond”, when I first began,unknowingly, to feel warmth towards those outside of my immediately family. Looking back those memories remain...
67 days ago 29 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I live on the North Shore of Long Island and when I sit in my back yard I notice the never ending, clockwork pattern of big jets passing high above, somewhat to the South in an East/West pattern. I imagine they are coming from Europe and guess they are on the way to JFK.I have actually timed them and the intervals are around a minute and a half.  It gets monotonous to the point that it is actually less noticeable.  However, I can only imagine how it is on the South Shore near...
74 days ago 15 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Have you ever noticed that two people present at the same event oft times have different memories?I had that experience last week when I had dinner with a high school friend who, unbeknownst to me, is a reader of my Friday With Fred Blog. The first word out of his mouth was Zelig.  I took the bait and said I’m like Zelig and have been witness to many interesting events. He responded that "The (1960) Patterson/Johansson fight was at the Polo Grounds, not Yankee Stadium." Rash...
88 days ago 38 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
If you knew today was your last day on earth what would you do?Who would you be with?Who would you reach out to talk to?What would you say that you haven’t said?What credit or praise would give that you haven’t given. What wrongs would you try to right?What debts would you pay?What gifts would you give?Who would you tell of your love?What self indulgences would you allow?What would you do that you haven’t done?...
95 days ago 29 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Preface: This story is written from the perspective of our dog Charcoal who was visited upon for a week by Lucy, our son’s vacationing family’s fellow Schnoodle:I’m Charcoal in color and fellow female Lucy is White .  Lucy is a year or two older than me and when I came on the scene as a hyperactive puppy my recollection is that she was not too welcomingand I’ve spent 6 years making it up to her.  Challenging her, nipping at her heels, eating out of her dog dish, sleeping in h...
109 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Sometimes my eyes open in the predawn hour and I sample the silence and as I lay there I hear a chirp and then an answer and the silence is sweetly broken. Soon our dog Charcoal stirs as if on signal and the first cracks of dawn emerge and the sweet chirping increases. It is an ordinary, but highly over looked (or slept through), sensual experience which is timeless and perfect-the simple sounds of Nature!...
137 days ago 25 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:

Who says you can’t come home again?Klein Slides

Whomever it is will get a vigorous argument from me. 

I’m home. 

Put me in Coach I’m ready to play!

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