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2462 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?!?...
2463 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? ...
2464 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 ...
2465 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...
2466 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...
2467 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
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2468 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...
2469 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...
2470 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....
2471 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Since Kim Kardashian announced that she was pregnant, photographs of her have been published on an almost daily basis. Equally pervasive have been negative comments about her weight gain and her choice of clothing during her pregnancy. She has been criticized for gaining too much weight, wearing clothing that was too tight, too revealing, and heels that were too high.   The criticism of Kim’s clothing choices reached a fever pitch last week when Robin Williams tweeted a...
2471 days ago 4 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Before the first Mother's Day Eve and I shared a few years ago we excitedly went shopping for our mothers.  It was the first time our parents all met.  It was a lovely day and our mothers sat together opening their gifts and telling the other that they hoped we would get married one day.  I remember it well. It was a very happy day.   Now, my mother is gone, and Eve's mother is gravely ill.  Things changes slowly, and then quickly and the landscape is so different than it was...
2473 days ago 7 comments Categories: Tech News Tags:
As a follow to my blog last week about turning your technology off I decided to try it.   Yesterday I did not look at any emails or crack my computer till about 3 o'clock. I couldn't wait any longer...it was pulling me. I thought I had heard my phone say..."gotta check your email..." but I could be wrong.   When I did open my email in my iPhone I was inundated with about 300. Lovely. I scrolled quickly through to see if there were any emergencies or urgent messages. Thankfull...
2474 days ago 30 comments Categories: Health Tags:
I am one of the few Gothamites qualified to opine on the virtues of age. Yes, it creeps up on you and suddenly you are "Mr. Klein" and your hair is silver (not gray). You learn to accept a new consciousness and state of mind (which still harbors youthful thoughts, desires and aspirations). You find yourself (semi proudly) stating, rather than hiding, your age and often hear "consider the alternative" or "fine wine" in response. Well, that being said, a surprising number of th...
2475 days ago 8 comments Categories: City Blogs Tags:
  The weather in Seattle last weekend was spectacular. Cloudless skies. Very un-Seattle-like, especially for early May. Beautiful, memorable sunrises over Mount Rainier were the prominent news stories. So Flo and I decided to view what was being touted as the opportunity of a lifetime. Tuesday was our last morning in Seattle and we were up at five a.m. to walk over to a promenade from which the majestic snow-capped volcano could be seen to the east of the Seattle skyline...
2476 days ago 6 comments Categories: Health Tags:
We had struggled with it for years.  My wife was more inclined to being open to the concept, where I was resistant.  I had seen and heard about it being overdiagnosed for years.  I felt ADD was something that often was a crutch for parents who would rather rely upon medication than instilling discipline, that teachers often relied upon rather than working to manage behavior.  While I wasn't completely wrong, I was for the most part...wrong.    What didn't make sense was why ...
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