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15 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Some of my favorite people in the world are natural born connectors. Who comes to mind? Fred Klein, Mitch Tobol, Josh Zinder, Liz Saldana, Victoria Drogin, Paul Napolitano, Shelly Simpson, Dan Hochler, Nancy Schess, Tom Gallin, Susan Zinder, Ben, Paul, Raj, Kelly…The list goes on.   My firm held its annual growth and development meeting this past week in Buffalo, New York. They hired this amazing professional speaker named Alan Stein, Jr. author of Raise your Game to speak ...
16 days ago 14 comments Categories: Books Tags:
  When summertime rolls around, I dream about just sitting in my backyard on a beautiful afternoon with a glass of wine and a good book. Thanks to David Abeshouse and Paul Napolitano, I’m on my way to expanding my taste in wine. I have even been known recently to affirmatively choose a Pinot Noir over a Moscato. Some would say progress . . . But while my wine choices seem to be under control, I’m low on books for my summer reading list. So, Gotham friends, what is your...
17 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Ever since the United States reestablished tourism to Cuba, my husband and I talked about going. Our dream became a reality when we booked a cruise with friends to Havana out of Tampa for this September. That dream came crashing down this week when the United States government banned cruise ships from docking in Cuba. Within a day of the announcement, our cruise changed ports from Havana, Cuba to Cozumel, Mexico. Disappointment does not begin to describe how we felt.     ...
17 days ago 0 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Ever since the United States reestablished tourism to Cuba, my husband and I talked about going. Our dream became a reality when we booked a cruise with friends to Havana out of Tampa for this September. That dream came crashing down this week when the United States government banned cruise ships from docking in Cuba. Within a day of the announcement, our cruise changed ports from Havana, Cuba to Cozumel, Mexico. Disappointment does not begin to describe how we felt.     ...
Last week, I lamented the lack of free (and low cost) shows this summer. This, by no means, indicate a lack of quality shows to attend; it just means parting with many, many pennies to access them. My intended lineup of summer shows remains in flux. But, a schedule of sorts appears to show some promise.   Vacation plans may impact the ability to catch some great shows.   In one case, I continue to mull which of three shows I want to attend. Friends made a case for one, and th...
19 days ago 23 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
A few weeks ago Fred blogged about his version of “ Afterlife.” The subject fascinated me . And so I’ve decided to put pen to paper and investigate this concept with a deeper dive . Fred , Paul and I have been touching on it superficially over the last few weeks . So here we go . Indulge me if you choose to .     We are talking about that period from which we retire or in other words quit working for the man so to speak and the final curtain.   How do we fill this time and h...
20 days ago 28 comments Categories: Games Tags:
One of the very very special things in my Afterlife is the weekend ritual of having batting practice with my 51 year old son David and his 20 year old son Jackson, my Batman teammates (pictured), at the local school yard. We bring a box of balls, take turns as one hits, one pitches and one shags. There are muscle memories and eternal memories being sown and words can not describe the feelings that well up in me as we do our thing! Wait there’s more, grandpa then drives to the...
21 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The hotel is losing its soul. The building hasn’t changed. Rooms are as nice as ever. But people have left. Others may be leaving. The friendly welcome at reception is not what it used to be. The people whose smiles greet us are not happy and we feel it. The soul of the hotel is the people. The soul is leaving. ...
22 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I used to get in trouble for talking in class when I was in grade school. In high school, my German teacher gave me detention for talking too much in class. Although she said, we could talk as much as we wanted, as long as it was in German. She lied. In college, I taught aerobics and kickboxing-now I was shouting for an hour straight! Maybe talking in class is a sign of some other skill set? My son is a talker. He could talk the ears off a brass monkey. Hmmmmm.. The art of ...
23 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  It was one of those crazy commutes this morning. At every turn, something went wrong – and I had to be at a meeting at 10 am. I hate those pressure filled kind of mornings. First, my line on the LIRR was pretty much just down. [Did you know that I hate the LIRR? Are you my Facebook friend? If so, you would know for sure.] After fixing that fiasco, with a special thanks to my husband who drove me across the island to a different line, the subway was delayed too. I wa...
24 days ago 5 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
As I sat down to write this blog, I had no idea as to what I would write about.  I started surfing the net for inspiration but found much of the news, especially that out of Virginia Beach, upsetting and  depressing.   Just as a goof, I googled "happy news stories." Up popped the website Sunnyskyz.com. I clicked on it and immediately smiled. The mantra of the website is "every day we share good news stories from around the world." And they do. Included on their site on Sunda...
As Summer approaches I traditionally look forward to posting a list of free concerts by originals artists. I viewed the Long Island listings and found a bevy of cover bands, many in rock genres I enjoy. At this time, I remain unready to lock in dates the way I might if I bought tickets for a show. I see no reason to list shows and possibly lock in dates for shows that might be fun but not something “must see” or “must experience.” Each year we lose fave artists as times catch...
26 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It's a sign of acknowledgment, a job well done or a friendly expression of love. If you need one you might want to head over to Ireland where more than 800 students at an Irish school gave each other pats on the back to break a Guinness World Record.   824 students from Willow Park, Blackrock College, and St. Andrew's College formed a chain on the front lawn of Blackrock College this last Thursday and exchanged pats on the back. It was for a good cause serving as a fundraise...
27 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Sometimes my eyes open in the predawn hour and I sample the silence and as I lay there I hear a chirp and then an answer and the silence is sweetly broken. Soon our dog Charcoal stirs as if on signal and the first cracks of dawn emerge and the sweet chirping increases. It is an ordinary, but highly over looked (or slept through), sensual experience which is timeless and perfect-the simple sounds of Nature!...
28 days ago 2 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Over the years, I’ve seen several iterations of the highway message warning people that driving and alcohol don’t make for a good combination. The messages range from the relatively mild “Don’t Drink and Drive” to those which suggest the penalties that may be inflicted for a violation. I wonder who composes the succinct words and decides the precise wording ? We were in Arizona last weekend. Driving outside of Phoenix the message flashed over the highway — “Drive Hamm...
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