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2354 days ago 32 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Lately the concept of Control has come to the fore and into focus. Control is defined as "To exercise authority or dominating influence over; direct; regulate". The definition brings back the memory Alexander Haag blurting (erroneously) "I am in control",  just after Reagan was shot. I really didn't consider my self a controlling type person until recently when a new acquaintance entered my life and I suddenly found myself in uncomfortable situations. I pondered my discomfort...
2355 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I have met "The Professor" several times, mostly through mutual friends. She taught at a major University in New York City. She was, by all accounts, a very popular and beloved teacher. I learned recently that The Professor was no longer teaching. I doubt that there was "cause" for her leaving -- certainly her departure was not the result of a decline in her class enrollment or because of budget cuts. The popular teacher was forced to retire because of a mandatory retir...
2356 days ago 6 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Yes society was saved by the recent court ruling banning large sodas.  It was an obvious ruling that couldn't have surprised anyone, but I suppose it wasn't the type of thing people get too wound up over.  Take away their right to a gun or an abortioin and people lose their minds, but big sodas...seems a little silly to get upset over.   As I was sitting in front of the shopping center waiting for our take out dinner to be ready, I saw a number of people walking around who we...
2357 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I do. With some frequency, actually. Last week, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned telecommuting, a practice that had become welcomed and accepted throughout her workplace. The change caused quite a stir (as did her controversial 2 week maternity leave last year after the birth of her first child). Telecommuting has become so commonplace in today’s workplaces that it is touted as a critical tool for talent retention. Ms. Mayer’s expressed concern, however, is that lack of inter...
2358 days ago 10 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
I was very saddened to hear this week that Valerie Harper, the actress who played Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and, thereafter, on the spin-off, “Rhoda” has terminal cancer. As a young girl, I loved watching “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” with my friends. While my friends all seemed to identify with Mary, it was the character of Rhoda that truly resonated with me. Unlike Mary, Rhoda was not physically “perfect.” She did not have naturally straight hai...
2359 days ago 8 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
I would not be a very good president.  Not that anyone is asking.  Most of us are not thinking about the next race already having grown tired of the last one.  But just to be clear for the record, I am not running and will not accept my party's nomination.   For one, as nice as the White House must be, I would not work well at home.  I would be going down to the Oval Office barefoot in my flannel pajama bottoms, my oversize Wisconsin long sleeve tshirt with Bucky the Badg...
2360 days ago 7 comments Categories: Tech News Tags:
With the explosion of apps and online business models, it was just a matter of time before someone came up with this. A service that will continue to post to Facebook and Twitter and even LinkedIn after you're gone and not just in a different room...gone from this reality.   If I die lets you post a video or text message on Facebook. Their tagline "What will you leave behind?". The video on the home page is funny. If you think it's creepy they already have 200,000 users.   A...
2361 days ago 13 comments Categories: Music Tags:
I am really excited!  Only 2 days to go before the Worldwide, grand debut of Gotham's First Battle of the Bands. Details, directions, etc., appear in the upper right next to this blog. Just click on the speaker. 10 bands will compete for the $2500 first prize, plus a 30 minute Show Case at Greenwich Village's storied Cafe Wha?Each band comes to us with an interesting Gotham connection, but the 5 highly qualified Judges are unbiased and ready to go. Do you like music?  Then Th...
2362 days ago 6 comments Categories: City Blogs Tags:
Every so often a tragedy strikes that, while not impacting us directly, does. Such was the tragedy that struck a young family early last Sunday morning as they were being driven to the hospital for the birth of their first child and were hit by another car and killed. The baby was delivered but died the next day. By any account, it is, indeed, a tragedy of enormous magnitude. One with absolutely no rational explanation -- other than the absolute that what happened, hap...
2363 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
People ask me why Gotham is such a good fit for me and Josh. The answer is our Dad - a lawyer whose client’s sought him out not just for his advice in his area of expertise or their businesses, but for his friendship and advice across all areas of their lives.  He was the essence of "it is better to give than receive but what goes around comes around" and gave generously of his time, effort and dynamism to many who still tell “Sam Stories. As a lawyer and entrepreneur he wo...
2364 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  She followed company protocol, but was that the right thing to do?     Last week an elderly woman passed away – and the 911 call that preceded her death is all over the news and hard to listen to.  As the 87 year old woman deteriorated in the dining room at the independent living facility at which she lived, the nurse attending to her care repeatedly told the 911 operator that she could not provide CPR to the dying woman. The 911 operator pleaded with the nurse but she ca...
2365 days ago 9 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
It’s time for my Gotham family to know my guilty little secret; I am a fan of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. For total accuracy, I should probably also confess that I am also a fan of The Real Housewives of New York and New Jersey. While in Los Angeles recently, my family and I made lunch reservations at a restaurant in Beverly Hills owned by one of the Real Housewives. Given that it was a Saturday I never expected her to be there. My daughter, who is also a fa...
2366 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
They say great men make great decisions.  I think of this when I am confronted with my morning ritual, which, on Sunday, includes what to write.  I often wake up Sunday morning, as I did today, blank.   First comes the cat and what to feed her.  She has many choices including all sorts of fish and meats in the cans stacked up in the pantry and I try to keep up the variety.  What is she in the mood for, I wonder, without really a clue.  But I pay attention and try to remember ...
2367 days ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Well the sequester is upon us. Are we scared? nervous? or does anybody really care?   And why do they call it a squester? I thought that term was used only for juries. Although I never heard of a jury cutting $1.2 trillion from the budget. Maybe the politicians just wanted to use a gentlier term than fiscal cliff so the public wouldn't be so alarmed.   Even the media isn't so hyped about the sequester. Compared to the fiscal cliff, there seems to be less stories and news abo...
2368 days ago 11 comments Categories: Movies Tags:
More than the gore and abundant use of the N word, what struck me about this movie was the depiction of plantation life.  To me, it was as if Tarantino rented a time machine and transported us back to 1858.  Shown was the day to day operation of plantations and acceptance of slavery.  It was chilling to witness the mostly unprotested day to day life along with the subjugation of the field and house slaves. In my experience, it has never been exhibited so well and matter of fa...
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