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13 days ago 23 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I have used iPhones since all the way back to my early Blackberry days, but just now hooked up with Siri.   Was I shy or just a Luddite?  No matter, we had no intercourse until my Apple computer Guru Steve Levy recently introduced us.  He asked if I used Siri and I said I did not.  He then patiently explained what I’ve been missing and proceeded to share her tricks: Hey Siri turn on the flashlight. Hey Siri tell me when 30 minutes have passed.  Hey Siri wake me up at 4:15.  (...
20 days ago 27 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
My Top 10 New Year's Resolutions are as follows: 1) Eat less French Fries2) Drink more water3) Wear a hat and sunscreen4) Make a new friend5) Wash my hands more6) Be more tolerant 7) Spend less time on my phone8) Fend off suppression9) Develop new routines10) Dream!...
48 days ago 30 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Did you ever wake up in the middle of the night with a start and realize that you forgot to do something important? Well, in the early morning hours of last Saturday I had such an experience as I realized that Gotham had forgotten to make plaques for this year’s worthy networkers of the year Laurel Scarr-Konel and Brett Deutsch.What to do? It quickly came to me that Fred Morante, Chairman of our vibrant Queens Group which had the highest percentage of members in attendance at...
83 days ago 39 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I am a loyal disciple of Juice Plus which I use every day and believe bolsters my immune system. If that wasn’t enough there are also little inserts in my delivery which I read and are quite fruitful and interesting. The following caught my eye: New research shows that allowing yourself to be bored is key to creativity. While out for a drive, a walk, or a run, resist the temptation to talk on the phone or listen to a podcast, and see if letting your mind roam free sparks new ...
97 days ago 29 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Having reached a venerable age, yet aspiring to be Forever Young, one notices many not so subtle changes. One of the most obvious is having someone get up and offer a subway seat.  Another is receiving courteous “Sir” greetings. Some would say “It’s all good” and that I earned it. Nonetheless, there is an invidious flip side.  Too often, almost every time we are being seated in a restaurant, we are traveled to a far corner.   In actuality I don’t mind the out of the traffic a...
111 days ago 29 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When I was young there were only 48 states, “Under God” was not in the Pledge of Allegiance, we got under our school desk in nuclear attack drills, TV was aborning in black and white with few channels, there was a smoking car on the rail road, pay phones were few and far between, Alan Freed was spawning Rock n’ Roll, I read The Daily Mirror tabloid, milk was delivered in the morning to the milk box, planes had propellers, bills were only paid in cash, police were men, the Yan...
167 days ago 25 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
One of my favorite pastimes or hobbies is to take pictures/record images and my new IPhone 10 has the best camera ever available to me. For instance, the other day I looked out the back door and observed vivid butterflies flitting through the flowers. I quickly grabbed my phone, ran out and clicked away. The best of those clicks is above.  To me, a very very beautiful Monarch Butterfly image.  I hope you find it as striking as I do!...
174 days ago 30 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When I was young I suffered from severe youthful irresponsibility which was best exemplified by being habitually late. It’s a fact that I was an hour late to my PSAT test. As a consequence, I really hated myself for this characteristic which forced me to flip into a person who hates to be late. One of our biggest disagreements in our long and bountiful marriage is that Joanne doesn’t need to be early and I have to be. One of the consequential manifestations of this trait is t...
181 days ago 27 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
One of the best things about Summer is seeing the Lightning Bugs/Fire Flies dancing around in the air at dusk.  It is one of Nature’s greatest light shows. Apparently these marvels are winged beetles which use bioluminescence (when oxygen combines with calcium adenosine triphosphate and the chemical luciferin in the presence of luciferase a bioluminescent enzyme, light is produced) during twilight to attract mates or prey. Their fancy name is Lampyridae and maybe that’s becau...
195 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last Saturday we were the subject of a (hack) hoax. It started with Netflix denying access and reporting that too many others were using it. Joanne went to our computer to reach Netflix, but found an **Apple Warning Alert** Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected (pictured) on the computer screen.  As per the alert, she called for support and once "Support" was reached she called me in for support as I am the main user and more familiar with the computer. One of the ...
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