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16 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  A Guest Blog By Norman Spizz   The other day while I was speaking to Nancy I told her about my weekly cousins cocktail zoom meetings. She asked me to take her blog day and write about it. So here it is.   During the first week of lockdown, I decided to have zoom cocktails with my sister who lives in Ithaca, my brother in Colorado and two of my first cousins who live locally and with whom we are very close. We decided that it might be fun to do it again a week later and inv...
17 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Prior to the pandemic, I always thought of myself as a low maintenance person with respect to self-care. My self-care regiment was the same for many many years. There were visits to the hair salon every six to eight weeks for a root touch up, highlights and cut, every other Saturday visit to the nail salon for an acrylic manicure and every four months a trip to a different salon to chemically straighten my hair. But, in comparison to some friends’ self-care routines, I alwa...
18 days ago 10 comments Categories: Games Tags: Mets, Yankees, Baseball, Citifield, September 11
Baseball is back this weekend. For real.  The Mets hosted the Yankees in a summer exhibition game.  Last night's outcome confused. It included players I do not expect nor want to play when the games count but it was nice to experience it via the telly. There’s more tonight. Did you check it out last night?   Do you plan to watch it tonight? It also makes me excited to think about those same teams playing against each other for real on September 11, 2021, when Gotham and my...
19 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
In Tokyo, the Japanese baseball team Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have replaced their fans with dancing robots. Over 20 robots danced to the team’s fight song on a podium in the otherwise empty stands.   Two different robots, including SoftBank’s humaniod robot ‘Pepper’ and others on four legs like a dog, performed a choreographed dance that is the Hawks’ fans tradition before games in the 40,000 capacity Fukuoka Dome.   Some of the robots wore Hawks caps and waved flags supporti...
20 days ago 36 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When I was young my father taught me the importance of looking someone in the eye while giving a firm handshake. Handshake?History tells us that the handshake derives from the ancient Greek gesture of peace, extending the right hand to show that neither person was carrying a weapon. The last time I shook someone’s hand was on March 5th when I shook Andrew Ambrose’s hand at my favorite Key West restaurant, Point 5. Little did I know!What would my father think or do?When, if ev...
21 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The other morning we sat down for our morning meditation. As we do every morning, Flo turned on the Calm app on her phone. But weird things ensued. The app kept crashing.After a few tries, we gave up and took an unguided moment to ourselves. Then Flo turned on the radio. NPR.Resigned that if we can’t have Calm, why not theanxiety of the news?A return to “normal” ?...
22 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The best part of my trip? When my little brother leaned over at the Fourth of July party and said, “ya wanna go get the four wheelers and go for a ride?” Just like when we were kids. I said, “yeah!” Off we went. Zipping by the small crowds, headed into 60 acres of open space. Aaron, leading of course. Dirt flying into my freshly washed hair, bugs hitting my sunglasses, tight turns and mud puddles ahead. It was AWESOME! I was wearing my white tennis skirt and my Torresdale ...
23 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  It arrived on Saturday and I could not have been more excited. My, oh my, how I have changed. At another point in my life, I would never have been moved by Saturday’s delivery. I would never have even known how it worked or had interest in finding out. It just was not my thing. But people change. Things change. Interests change. Sometimes, change is good. The last ten years have been different. I do not really know what flipped the switch. But it flipped. So, when my ne...
24 days ago 15 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This past weekend, my husband and I watched “Ford v. Ferrari.” (a fairly good movie that I would recommend). In one scene there is a huge crowd watching a race. At the conclusion of the race, there is a happy scene where most people in the scene hug one another. While watching that scene, I grew quite sad. It had nothing to do with the movie but, rather, our current situation.     That scene caused me think about the basic way life has changed for us. Thursday afternoon, my ...
25 days ago 28 comments Categories: Music Tags:
Two weeks ago on this "page" this blogger shared how he enjoyed sitting outide, even during a heavy rain (when otherwise protected from the elemented).  I mused since about a rain song playlist and compiled a list of songs I enjoy listening to (and have on vinyl -- if the music "aged" well.).  It almost appeared last week but another topic mused me more.  Today I share that list.  23 tunes on Apple Music and 25 on YouTube (because two selections only appear on John Fogerty's ...
26 days ago 15 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
With a mask on it's challenging to understand someone's feelings, reactions, age, etc.   Is the person smiling or scowling?   Are they chewing gum or trying to breath?   What if one of you has a hearing impairment?   So much of our personal interactions are based on seeing the other person's mouth. Without that I find myself staring at a peron's eyes and listening to the tone of their voice very intently.   And sometimes it hard to hear the other person. Try ordering an iced,...
27 days ago 21 comments Categories: Health Tags:
In these weird, stressful, sometimes sureal, uncharted Covid 19 days Joanne and I find ourselves constantly saying two things to each other: Janis Joplin’s “Its all the same f...ing day, man!” and Kenny Rogers’ “What condition is your condition in?” Have a nice day and mind your condition!...
28 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We’ve all been impacted over the last few months. Some routines and habits dropped and others formed.Most changes were imposed upon us by the shutdown and we adapted. Cardboard delivery boxes appeared at our doorstep in never-imagined numbers. Zoom replaced conference rooms, and on and on. But will these changes last?I often wonder what the new normal will be. A new normal for our society and, perhaps more significantly, a new normal for me. The meditation, the walks, the mor...
30 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  When Bill and I met many, many moons ago he had a favorite chair. It was a big grey leather recliner that took up half of his then studio apartment. Rumor had it he spent a lot of time in that recliner and he and his chair became very attached. It moved with us through two apartments in NYC and then came along when we moved to suburbia. By that point (over 20 years ago), it was already showing its age. But there was a spot for the chair, nonetheless, in our basement in fro...
31 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  A few weeks ago Corey wrote a blog in which he praised a rainy day. He asked for song titles mentioning rainy days. In my comments I wrote, “So I guess the song ‘Rainy days and Mondays’ does not apply to you."         But does it apply to you? In the past, on most Sunday nights I find myself thinking that the weekend went too quickly. Most often, I would have to try to find something to look forward in the week ahead to defeat the Monday morning blues.     Now that I'm ba...
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