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15 days ago 1 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The only certainty is change; how do we handle change? We checked into Ink48, a favorite hotel of ours in the City, on Friday, January 31st. As we checked in, we were advised that, as of midnight, the hotel would no longer be part of the Kimpton hotel chain. We had always known it as a Kimpton. Will we be going back to Ink48? Does the change give us the opportunity to explore other options? Coincidentally, Ink48 was not the only hotel to recently change its brand aff...
16 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
“Barn Kitty” earned a new name. “South Paw.” He survived the surgery and now has 1 less paw. It hasn’t stopped him from his cat-like grace. Rest and cuddles help in the recovery process, along with physical therapy sessions, raw meat and filtered spring water. Ginger faces, green-eyed sweetness and one less left-hook. He’s gonna be paw-right. If anyone in Gotham wants to write a children’s book about this beautiful story, I’m game!...
17 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  It was supposed to be a quick stopover in Baltimore on the way back to New York after some relaxing time in Florida. But that plan soon changed. A young woman and her three young children boarded the plane. She most definitely had her hands full. A flight attendant commented almost in passing about the baby’s flushed face. Innocently, the mom responded that the baby had been getting over a fever. That was the moment that changed everything. The young woman and her chi...
18 days ago 4 comments Categories: Movies Tags:
  I love watching the Oscars. I enjoy watching the show to see the different gowns the people in the audience will be wearing. I am also interested in the awards themselves, to see whether I will agree with “The Academy’s” choice of best picture, best actor etc. And, if I haven’t seen a movie that received awards, I will tend to see it after the Oscars.       I am also an avid reader of movie reviews. Often, when a movie is first released, I will read the reviews before deci...
Often my first show of the season involves a Gotham connection. Last year, it was a show at My Father’s Place that Shelly and I attended with Vincent and Susan Russo. Often, The Gotham Battle of the Bands® (“BOTB”) works out as my first show of the year. This year, definitely not to be. Marisa and I take in the Eagles later this month at MSG. A few weeks back I already outlined here the state of my concert plans. Besides the band above influenced by my favorite band Poco and ...
20 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Two people can have the same exact experience but walk away with totally different feelings.   Think about the last time you went to a movie with a friend or a loved one. Or maybe had a meal together or witnessed an event. Did you feel the same afterwards? Maybe one person just acquiesced and agreed with the other so as not to cause conflict.   It’s fascinating to me, especially when I'm teaching. My class is always filled with an assortment of people from a variety of backgr...
21 days ago 50 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
John is my favorite Beatle  Keef is my favorite StoneLive Aid is my favorite memoryYankees are my favorite teamJudge is my favorite YankeeJFK is my favorite POTUSSword fish is my favorite mealSashimi is favored over SushiBiking is my favorite transportation Patron (Silver) is my favorite drinkBlogging is my favorite creative outletCharcoal is my favorite puppyThe Godfather is my favorite movieMarilyn is my favorite Movie StarKey West is my favorite ParadiseJoanne is my favori...
22 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
May this blog not be a jinx. So far, this winter (in NYC) has been very tolerable weather-wise. I don’t like heavy winter coats but the ragged coat in my closet needed to be replaced. So, I did. I am beginning to wonder whether I’ll ever need to wear the new coat this winter. As I walked the streets of the City recently, I saw a full range of winter clothing from sweaters and jackets to down parkas and more. I’ll always opt for the lightest coat I can — with an ap...
23 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Pull up a chair....this is a story you'll want to share with your kids, your spouse and your parents. 2 months ago, a little tiny orange kitten showed up at my door at 11pm, with his tiny litte kitty voice saying "mew...mew...mew." (It's important that you know I live in the middle of Nowhere, Pa. Literally.) I slowly opened the door, thinking, how could a little kitten live out here? We have foxes, and coyotes and the likes everywhere. But, there he sat, looking up at me, wi...
24 days ago 2 comments Categories: Entertainment Blogs Tags:
  Every year I take a stroll down the Super Bowl experience on the Tuesday following from the perspective of someone who doesn’t really engage in the actual game. That means a review of the commercials and the half-time show. Quite honestly, I was a little disappointed with the commercials this year. There were a few memorable moments. I particularly enjoyed Bill Murray and the stroll down Groundhog Day lane. On a more serious note, I literally applauded at the Olay commer...
25 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I think all of our hearts broke when we heard the tragic news about the helicopter crash that took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, several of their friends and the pilot. I know, for me, I still tear up when I see pictures of the father and daughter together as well as the other families who were lost that day.     But there is also another tragedy that occurred on that Sunday. Apparently, TMZ leaked the news of Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s deaths before authorities...
Already two prior blogs posted about tonight’s main event. I find it a travesty that I need to refer to it as an eve game. The game really belong to late afternoon. The current scheduling often means gatherings break down after half-time, especially those who might need to travel a bit to get home; and with tomorrow remaining a work day, no reason to expect many to hang late on a Sunday eve. Sometimes, we join friends to watch; the hanging certainly outdoes watching the game ...
27 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
As we are getting ourselves ready for the big game tomorrow here are some fun facts you may want to share with your friends (whichever kind you are with:)...   • Did you know you can make a bet on how many times J.Lo will change her outfit in her 10 minute peformance? (I bet 3)   • The Super Bowl I halftime show consisted of two marching bands, acclaimed trumpeter Al Hirt, two men in jet packs, and 300 pigeons.   • This is the first Super Bowl appearance for the Chiefs in 50 ...
28 days ago 25 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
There are all sorts of friends: Best Friends Old FriendsGood FriendsGreat FriendsFamily FriendsOne Dimensional FriendsFair Weather FriendsFriends With BenefitsPhony FriendsFriendly EnemiesBFFsVacation FriendsBusiness FriendsSupportive FriendsDrinking FriendsSocial FriendsQuaker FriendsJealous FriendsFriends you pay (EB)Passing FriendsFormer FriendsGambling FriendsNeighborhood FriendsFacebook Friends What kind of Friend are you?...
29 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
As the Super Bowl approaches this Sunday, I ask “What does this Super Bowl mean to me?” The Kansas City Chiefs against the San Francisco 49ers; neither team is one that I’ve followed. No favorites. No hats. But I look forward to the Super Bowl as a break. It should be a welcome distraction from the fracas in Washington and from the helicopter tragedy in California that took Kobe Bryant and others and is rocking the sports world and beyond. The incessant commentary of ...
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