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2246 days ago 9 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Driving around my neighborhood on Memorial Day, I made the following observation. My house was the only one displaying the American flag. A little disconcerting. Growing up, my father religiously put the flag out on our front porch in Brooklyn on Memorial Day, July Fourth and probably a few other holidays during the year. I don’t really remember talking about it -- the flag was just part of the tradition. We weren’t alone. The American flag flew all over the place in our...
2247 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I was asked to discuss at a meeting  this week, how the South Shore was doing six months after Sandy. I talked about many of the businesses that still haven’t come back. I also spoke about all the homes that still haven’t or are just beginning to undergo construction.   Without realizing that I would, I spent a lot of time discussing  the color green. One effect of the storm that I did not expect is that the salt water kills grass, shrubbery, and trees. For the longest...
2248 days ago 9 comments Categories: Health Tags:
This topic is inspired by Fred's post on "Failure."  It is the urge, or obsession, that everything has to be just right.   Whenever I get my haircut, and my haircutter Audrey is the best, I return home and carefully examine it.  I see that she missed one little hair, it is sticking out like a flagpole.  I take out my scissors and snip away.  Later, noticing another area that seems a tad too long, I take off another clump.  Having messed up what was fine to begin with, I have ...
2249 days ago 11 comments Categories: Health Tags:
We all want the silver bullet when it comes to exercise and diet. This will add fuel to the fire...a recent article in the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal says you only need about 7 minutes performing 12 specific exercises (image on left) using only a chair and a wall, no weights or machines. It has been proven by scientists that even a few minutes of training at an intensity approaching your maximum capacity produces m...
2250 days ago 17 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Failure is something which we all inevitably experience, one time or another, in our lifetime. That said, I feel that failure gets a bad rap. The common impression is that failure should be avoided and covered up at all costs. To the contrary, it is the fear of failure that is the negative. Thus, playing it safe is the common approach. However, as one who has failed mightily (eg, the Bar exam) I feel that such failure can be a seminal moment in one's life. The feeling of sham...
2251 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
By the time this blog is posted and being read, we will, hopefully, be safe and sound in Prague. We are flying Lufthansa, the German airline. For many years as I grew up, Germany -- and it’s products -- were persona non grata for my family and generally prohibited. As a child, I learned to be sensitive to a product’s country of origin, and “Made in Germany” was a non-starter. My father (who, as most know was a holocaust survivor) was a printer and had a small printing bu...
2252 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
There is a TV show on HBO called Girls that I have likened to watching a car accident.  I understand that my taste might not be everyone's and I can accept that.  What I'm curious about is how badly it makes it's female characters look.   I have wondered if the same exact show were made by a man rather than Lena Dunham, whether women would be screaming bloody murder about the negative portrayal of women.  Has the concept of "likable characters" just gone by the wayside?!?...
2253 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Prom season is upon us. Dresses -- matching tuxedos – flowers – dates -- pre-party – limos -- after-party -- and the list continues Growing up in Brooklyn, I did not experience any aspect of prom season for the simple reason that we did not have one. But living now on Long Island, the role of prom as a rite-of-passage comes through loud and clear. Will you share with us a prom experience? ...
2254 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This past weekend began a very exciting period for my husband and me.  All four of our children are graduating this spring. My daughter and step daughter graduated college this past weekend. My other daughter and step son graduate high school in June. The overwhelming emotion my husband and I are feeling is pride. With respect to our older children, we are proud of their accomplishments while in college and their choices in pursuing post-graduate education. We are even ...
2255 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Thursday was a beautiful day so I took the day off and Eve and I drove up to Amenia for a 21 mile bike ride.  The sun was blazing and the air was warm as we started along the Harlem Valley Rail trail past the farms and hills of Dutchess County.   We came upon an open stretch of the path with a lovely large pond bounded by a hill on the far side and the trail on the other.  In the distance we saw some geese and as we got closer saw a mommy and daddy and about three or four yel...
2256 days ago 5 comments Categories: Tech News Tags:
The Syrian Electronic Army (S.E.A.) successfully attacked the NY Times yesteday. This is the same "army" that hacked the Twitter account of the A.P. and drove the stock market down by Tweeting that there were explosions at the White House.   We have a cyber army and so does Russia, England, Israel, Iran, Pakistan and of course China. Just about every country has one...even Bangladesh.   Anyone can start one. Just get together some smart, computer saavy people, create a name a...
2257 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
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2258 days ago 8 comments Categories: City Blogs Tags:
I have had an occasional interest, but no great and burning desire, to visit Poland to see the cities where my parents lived before the war. I am not sure why. Perhaps the images in my mind from the stories I have been told and pictures that I have seen is sufficient. Perhaps I realize that with the exception of the re-enactment in the movie "Schindler's List" (for my father's Cracow) and the PBS documentary "The Lodz Ghetto" (my mother's city), I will never be able to...
2259 days ago 15 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I read a recent article about how the family of former Pirates pitcher Fritz Ostermuller was upset about how their father was depicted in the movie about Jackie Robinson, "42".  Historians now say that the movie represented more of a charicature, symbolic of all of the hatred and racism faced by Robinson, rather than an accurate portrayal.  In is not an unusual tactic for a writer and it probably is harmless to those who aren't in the Ostermuller family.  What I don't underst...
2260 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I tend to write long cards on all of the various occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, and everything in between. So does my daughter. But my son has seemed to master the impact of the short message. His handmade card this Mother’s Day, on bright green construction paper and written in multiple colored markers, read: “You are the best mom a child could ever ask for. Thanks for always having my back.” I think he must have learned that art from my husband....
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