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Nancy Schess
Sep21
Not Just a Candle
Posted By : Nancy Schess

Several times a year we light candles for family members who have passed.   These are not just any candles.  These are special candles intended to burn for 24 hours in memory of the loved ones lost.   I always watched my parents light these candles every year, on certain holidays and on a date in the Jewish calendar commemorating their loved one’s

Nancy Schess
Sep14
Starting Anew
Posted By : Nancy Schess

This time of year brings me back to that wonderful sense of starting anew.  I can reach back and touch the feeling of the first day of school, brand new school supplies and of course, that first day of school outfit.   I’m not sure whether my memories of kindergarten are really vivid, or my memories of my parents home movies of me in kindergarten a

Nancy Schess
Sep07
Come and Take a Tour
Posted By : Nancy Schess

Welcome! To Gotham’s new website!   Hoping you all enjoyed a wonderful long Labor Day weekend.   To start off your fall season, we invite you to take a tour of our new site.   There is much to see and much has been updated, all with an eye towards providing a more streamlined site for our member’s use.   Take a look when you have a minute!   Specia

Nancy Schess
Mar04
Ahhh, Snow
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  I can’t believe I just said that . . . It’s been a less than white winter. We have seen so little snow in New York this season that it seems to be a kind of low snow record. We have seen so little snow that school districts across the city jumped to close for a snow day. So, when the forecast predicted a bit of a storm Sunday night into Mon

Nancy Schess
Feb18
Make Sure to Earn Your Salt Today
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  My husband might call this an addition to my ever growing “book of useless information.” I was reading the other day about the importance of salt in history. Yes, salt – that condiment that goes great with French fries. Apparently, in ancient and medieval times, salt was in important form of currency. Great trades took place in the form of sa

Nancy Schess
Feb11
On A Stopped Train
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  There was a crowd on the platform but the train was sitting in the station with the doors open. It was obvious that something was going on inside one of the cars since handfuls of MTA workers were hovering inside and around. No one seemed particularly anxious but something bad was going down.     Soon, we learned that there was a passenger on t

Nancy Schess
Feb04
It's a Tradition
Posted By : Nancy Schess

    Here goes my annual tradition. I’m not a huge football fan but I watch the Super Bowl every year, mostly for the commercials (and the half time show). I tried to come up with my top five commercial list -- but I wound up with six. So here goes! My 2019 Superbowl most memorable commercial list in no particular order.     1. T Mobile: The multi

Nancy Schess
Jan28
Maximizing Gotham
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  We are having a new member orientation today. We haven’t had one in a while and I am looking forward to it.     At these sessions we get to talk about Gotham history and lore and what we have learned about how members can maximize their Gotham experience. We know that Gotham is big and there are so many opportunities to make new friends but tha

Nancy Schess
Jan14
What Would You Do?
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  We’ve had some pretty severe lottery fever in recent months. The jackpots are so big that even I have started playing on occasion. Yes, I know that the system was changed so that my chances of winning are even that much smaller but it’s kind of fun to follow the numbers from time to time.     But did you ever play the fantasy game that goes lik

Nancy Schess
Dec17
Goodbye Grandma
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  We said goodbye to Bill’s mom on Sunday. I’ve blogged about her in the past and many of you have heard me talk about my mother in law. She was a sharp, intelligent woman who loved good conversation not only about family but the important issues of the world. She was most knowledgeable both because she was an avid reader and because she lived thr

Nancy Schess
Dec04
Please Please Don’t Make Me Go Back
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  There are very few things that get me more riled up than wasting someone’s time, including my own.     Have you had the experience yet of going down to your DMV to get a new Enhanced Drivers License? Well, if not, I suggest some deep breathings exercise, a little meditation, or perhaps a bottle of wine before you go.     I did not have any of

Nancy Schess
Nov26
I Remember
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  Well, I think I do.     At this time of year I am reminded of what I always credit as my first memory.     I can’t say for sure that it was actually November 22, 1963 but at some point within the few days that followed, I was sitting on my dad’s lap in his recliner in our den. We were watching a news report of President Kennedy’s death. I do

Nancy Schess
Nov12
No More Cash
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  Perhaps it’s the end of an era.     One of my local regular lunch haunts had a big sign in the window last week. “Effective 11/11, we will no longer accept cash.”     I must admit that I usually use a credit card to buy lunch. But I wondered what it would mean if I just wanted to stop in for a cup of coffee. Credit card too? What if someone c

Nancy Schess
Oct29
A Little Quiet
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  Used to be that I would look forward to alone time in the car to crank up the radio and sing at the top of my lungs.     But, I’ve noticed lately that my radio habits have completely changed. Instead of looking for some old Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen or yes, even Barry Manilow, I don’t even reach for the power button to turn the radio on.  

Nancy Schess
Oct15
Breaking News
Posted By : Nancy Schess

  Well, maybe not really breaking news.     I cannot take credit for this thought but I have to say it stuck with me. A Sunday morning news commentator posited the following observation which resonated with me.     Do you remember the feeling that came along with that ominous, but extraordinarily rare, announcement of “Breaking News”? I do. It

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