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15 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags: Buffalo Bills, Gotham, Mets
I often look back at what I drafted the previous year before I compose the instant blog.  Peaking at that 2020 commentary really focused on the contrast in how we live today, still under a Pandemic but hopefully vaccinated, or on the verge of receiving this protective measure.  Last year – joined by a few friends – I watched a playoff game albeit not featuring my still failing team (at least they rid it of the coach who ought never have been given the reins to that team wrong...
16 days ago 20 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
A fortune cookie provided by my local Chinese take out with my dinner the other night read:     "If you don't enjoy what you have, how could you be happier with more?"   That is so true. I was enjoying reflecting on this statement when I turned it over and it said "Please disregard all previous fortunes."...
17 days ago 22 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Did you ever notice a circular scar on someone’s arm or leg?  When I was young such scars were visible and common due to the mid 20th century need for smallpox vaccinations. To my knowledge such scars are not caused by a coronavirus vaccination.  I am one of the people who seeks to be vaccinated. I just got on a vaccination list and can’t wait for my turn to come up.   Even if my vaccination causes a small scar it is a very small price to pay on the road to herd immunity!   ...
18 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When my children were born, I saved a copy of the New York Times from their birthday. I’m not sure what eventually happened to those copies over the many years but I remember showing it to them as they grew up. On Tuesday, my daughter gave birth to her second child - our newest grand-daughter. On Wednesday, my daughter texted me and asked me whether I had a copy of Tuesday’s New York Times….and could I save it. A nice tradition - remembered and valued. ...
19 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
So what’s really changed other than the date on the calendar? 2020 was marked by so much uncertainty – I dare say more than usual – and here we are in 2021.     One of my favorite’s by Sondheim is “With So Little to Be Sure Of” is about being grateful for a beautiful moment in time, “a marvelous moment” despite there being “so little to be sure of.”     We can be certain that the sun will rise in the morning and set in the evening.  We can count on Spring following Winter and...
20 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Just like everything right about now, it’s a weird new year. But I am kind of psyched for 2021. Yes, I know that we are not anywhere near through the crises that have plagued us all since early last year. I’m still at my dining room table just as I was just before the new year. But there was something about the new year coming, that has made me feel hopeful. I am optimistic for what later in 2021 is going to look like. I know it doesn’t make much sense – but it feels ...
21 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
My husband and I are going to be first time grandparents. My stepdaughter is due in July on my 60th birthday (the timing of the due date is fodder for another blog).   Obviously, my family is very excited and almost all of our recent conversations revolve around Danielle’s pregnancy. This week, the topic was names and what do our names mean.     My parents believed that you honor relatives who have passed when naming your children. Their belief was that you give the child...
This time of the new year or at the end of the prior year I traditionally post my commentary on the top ten concerts of the year just ended. The recent post to my website covered a handful of shows. COVID19 raising its ugly head (ALWAYS) played the culprit.   I really enjoyed what I got to attend.   The last show before COVID was truly amazing. I ran into several Gothamites (Jason Greenberg, Steve Lichtenstein and Bernie Dolington) at that special Allman Brothers Band 50th A...
23 days ago 20 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The tradition continues... and your intrepid prognosticator went 3 out of 4 for 2019!   In total I'm 21 out of 40 since 2007. Not bad eh?...I'm over .500 and could get milllions for that in baseball :)   Okay...so this is a tough year to predict but I'll give it my best shot.   1. The Yankees will win the World Series 2. By years end we will be hugging people again 3. SpaceX will break two records... One; the number of launches/year from a single company and Two; the number o...
24 days ago 30 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:

2020 is finally over!

Good riddance to an annus horribilus!

It's a New Year!

Hallelujah!

Happy New Year!

P.S. Keep wearing your mask and we will move toward the light and emerge safely and happily from this horrible tunnel!

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25 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
For years we have celebrated New Year’s Eve with our dear friends. Usually just the two couples. We’d find a place on the East End to have dinner and stay over for breakfast on New Year’s Day. This year will be different—for obvious reasons- but we are trying to hold on to some tradition. We found a place to have an early dinner with our friends. Outside, of course. Then we’ll drive home - well before midnight. Bringing on the new year in the time of pandemic. Be safe and ...
26 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last year at this time we headed into the New Year with 2020 vision. Who could have predicted what was in store for us?.   As we head into 2021, we still live in CoronaTimes. Is that changing the way you are looking forward? Has it changed how you think or speak of the upcoming year? This is usually the time for making promises or plans and heading into the new year with resolve. It’s the time for goal setting and “road mapping” – I’ve checked those boxes already irrespecti...
27 days ago 20 comments Categories: Food Blogs Tags:
  I saw a Facebook post tonight that reminded me of my childhood. It’s funny how certain foods take me right back to our kitchen on Batchelder Street, sitting around the table in a room surrounded by shiny wallpaper which was covered floor to ceiling with huge orange and yellow flowers. (I know my mother did not come up with that décor on her own. How many of you will share your stories of similar themed decorations?) But I digress. Back to the food. The Facebook post was ...
28 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  We buried my Mom on Mother’s Day, 2008. I was extremely close to my Mom and my Dad knew that. Therefore, on the day of her funeral, he handed me her diamond wedding band, for me to wear, “always.” On that day I slipped it on my right hand and vowed never to take it off.   Over the years, my Mom’s ring became a symbol of her presence and comfort to me. I would absentmindedly play with it while working out a problem or touch it while thinking of my Mom. But, most important...
29 days ago 18 comments Categories: Music Tags: YouTube, Apple Music, Happy New Year
Annually, I offer a rather short blog with a concerted purpose: a musical start to welcome the new year.  We reached that moment with the most popular of the playlists I post on YouTube and Apple Music: Song To Ring in the New Year.  Please do enjoy and share it.   As I explained in prior years, this curated list reflects more my musical taste in comparison to the holiday songs setlist which “accept” selections proposed by others; that helps explain that lengthy playlist.   S...
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