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13 days ago 6 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Eating jelly donuts is one of the customs that makes Hanukah what it is. My friend related the following story. Bob was seeing some people for the lighting of the first candle. He thought it would be nice to bring donuts. He called and ordered two dozen from the bakery and would pick them up on the way. With a credit card, it was done. A few hours later, he picked up the donuts. Two boxes were waiting with the charge slip attached. The charge was extravagantly-more than he...
14 days ago 10 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Another woman who deserves more attention than she has thusfar received. From the NY Times: Amrita Sher-Gil, a pioneer of modern Indian art, used her paintbrush to depict the daily lives of Indian women in the 1930s, often revealing a sense of their loneliness and even hopelessness. She painted women going to the market, women at a wedding, women at home. Sometimes she showed women bonding with other women. At times the worksseemed to convey a sense of silent resolve. It w...
15 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  There are very few things that get me more riled up than wasting someone’s time, including my own.     Have you had the experience yet of going down to your DMV to get a new Enhanced Drivers License? Well, if not, I suggest some deep breathings exercise, a little meditation, or perhaps a bottle of wine before you go.     I did not have any of those things, but I did have my research skills. Those are well honed after all of these years practicing law.     So, I resear...
16 days ago 5 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
My husband and I did not watch Game of Thrones when it began airing. For years my daughter has been telling my husband and I that we were really missing out, that we would love it. After my other daughter got married her husband joined in, also telling us that we would love it.   As the years went by, we were tempted to start watching it, but the time commitment seemed overwhelming. During Thanksgiving, however, my nephew and brother-in-law joined the chorus, telling us it w...
17 days ago 22 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Holiday Songs, Christmas, Chanukah
One starts this eve, another in just a few days after three weeks pass; others also this month too (Mitch covered it some yesterday. And so to light up the days ahead and ring in the season I release an updated version (all links work at time of posting) of Happy Holidays in song   Happy Christmas – John Lennon   This Is Christmas – Luther Vandross   The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) – Nat King Cole (music and lyrics by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells)   The Ch...
18 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
December. Last month of the year...Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanza, Boxing Day, New Years Eve, National Cookie Day (December 4th) and some very important birthdays are celebrated this month :-)   Here are some interesting facts I've uncovered: An almanac prediction states that if snow falls on Christmas Day, Easter will be warm, green and sunny. The name December comes from the Latin decem for “ten”, as it was the 10th month in the Roman Calendar. “Jingle bells” was composed in...
19 days ago 20 comments Categories: Health Tags:
I go to the gym twice a week and in doing so I have observed a number of those you might call gym rats. A gym rat is someone who spends much leisure time working out in the gymnasium. While at the gym I concentrate on my work out and try to stay away from the gym rats who are always there.  I can’t help noticing them and that they seem to have a fellowship. They usually leave me alone, almost as if we have made a silent deal to ignore each other. Last week I was sitting after...
20 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Have you ever noticed that people tend to sit at the same seat? This phenomenon was mentioned at a recent Gotham meeting. Members just sat at their “regular” seats. Same perspective of the room and others.  No judgment. Simple observation. I thought about this phenomenon for a while and, a few days later, was confronted by it and the discomfort caused by a change of seating. I attended a regular breakfast meeting. At a diner. Five people. We were not seated at our regular...
21 days ago 8 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to just go somewhere and have all your needs taken care of? To be free to just BE? Well, thats exactly what I'm doing this week. Free to just do whatever I feel like. I have ventured to Kripalu to have this adventure of self discovery. Here they have great food of all kinds, great classes and tons of yoga for all levels (not so much my thing). They have a meditation room, reading room, cafe - all phones are on SILENT- tons of gr...
22 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Well, I think I do.     At this time of year I am reminded of what I always credit as my first memory.     I can’t say for sure that it was actually November 22, 1963 but at some point within the few days that followed, I was sitting on my dad’s lap in his recliner in our den. We were watching a news report of President Kennedy’s death. I don’t remember any words, but I distinctly remember my dad pulling me just a little closer and his feeling of great sadness.     C...
23 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
For years my children have insisted that our computers, cell phones, and Alexa device listen to our conversation. I have always dismissed and laughed off their “conspiracy theories.” This week something happened that made me question whether they were right.   Yesterday, my stepson and I were discussing a certain designer necklace that he was considering buying for his girlfriend. We discussed two specific varieties of the necklace, the long version and short version. I neve...
At Thanksgiving which we celebrated last Thursday, we express thanks for our family, friends and all good things. In two days we get a different chance to express our thanks. Indeed, many of our inboxes probably experienced receipt of email messages exhorting our participation in giving on Tuesday, christened  “Giving Tuesday,” Interestingly, in Gotham, we experience collectively the fruits of our own giving when our tribe’s “Season of Giving” concludes with the selection of ...
24 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:

This could have been me.

 

A teenager got his driver's license and had it revoked under an hour later. Police in Germany said that an 18-year-old was caught going 60 mph in a 30 mph zone just 49 minutes after he passed his driver's exam and was given a license.

 

"Some things hold for eternity... some not even an hour," police wrote.

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26 days ago 23 comments Categories: Food Blogs Tags:
Invariably, my waistline expands as the weather gets colder.  Some say this happens due to our natural need for insulation. Whatever the reason, it's happening.Obviously, I know that carbohydrates are not so good for me as they are fattening and that being a carnivore I should consume mostly protein. However, although I usually eschew bread, pancakes, French toast and waffles, I can’t resist French fries, pasta, risotto, ice cream, cookies, cake, pizza, and such other delicio...
27 days ago 3 comments Categories: City Blogs Tags:
I am sitting in a restaurant at the corner of Fulton Street and Greene Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. I’m about two blocks from where I went to high school many years ago. The neighborhood has changed. Back then you wouldn’t think about a casual walk down Fulton Street. I walked past the stairs to the subway station. Stairs I climbed twice a day for most of the four years I was at Tech. In those days it was a focused walk between the subway to the safety of the school’s ...
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