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15 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Bill just had his high school reunion. I won’t disclose which one – that’s up to him. But I will say that he was really looking forward to it. For weeks, he studied his high school yearbook, connected with friends on Facebook, and strolled down memory lane. It was fun to watch. And it was a fun night too. Lots of reminiscing and connecting. I truly don’t remember my high school class having a reunion although Facebook has been great for me to connect with some hig...
16 days ago 15 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  How good are you at saying good-bye?     This week my stepson moved out of our house and into an apartment in Manhattan. He’s starting work in two weeks in a large law firm in the city so he wanted to move in before work began. This is all good. We are incredibly proud of his hard work in law school that culminated in him being hired as a first year attorney. And, given the extensive  hours he will probably be working, moving into the city is, no doubt, the best move for...
I do not recall feeling like this last fall. Perhaps because I had most of the summer 2018 to ease into things. All I know is some sort of void exists. My team plays no longer. The only recent event involved a firing of the manager. On the other hand Friday's blogger’s team still plays. I find I really miss watching my team and attending the games.   While I plan to be there Opening Day 2020 and already took 145 RSVPs between Gotham City Networking and my FDR Lodge 613 Knight...
18 days ago 17 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I teach entrepreneurship at Hofstra in the evenings and just started another class last week. Each class is filled with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds from matriculated students to single working Moms. As I start every semester, every student stands and describes their business idea and what they would like to get out of the class.   While listening to each person's dream, I am always inspired. Most individuals in the class have worked a full day, taken ca...
19 days ago 20 comments Categories: Health Tags:
The expression is “Let a smile be your umbrella” and it is profound. To smile is to appear pleasant and agreeable.  That’s a powerful social tool. A smile conveys feelings of happiness, hope and positivity to anyone who sees it. When you smile, you are sending a nonverbal message to those around you that they are accepted,  welcome and that all is well. Have you ever noticed that some people lead there way with a smile?  It usually works too. Studies show that the best nonver...
20 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
What goes around comes around — whether you know it or not. A few years ago I assisted a client of mine in resolving and terminating a long-standing business relationship. The attorney on the other side was a bit more aggressive than may have beennecessary under the circumstances — a point that was not lost on my client. A few weeks ago that same attorney called me asking that I reach out to my former client to assist the attorney in a call to a regulatory agency to cle...
21 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
There is nothing like a hardy, breathless bout of laughter to reset life. Sometimes we get caught up in the seriousness of life; our duty to family, our commitment to professional obligations and making smart choices that we miss the opportunity to laugh our butts off. Whenever I’m in need of a good belly laugh, I call my mom. We have code words and catchy phrases that produce instant giggle fits; the kind that make your eyes water and have you gasping for breath. I nee...
22 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  One of my favorite observances during the holidays is a ceremony called Tashlich, the ceremonial casting of the sins. For this ceremony, we gather together at a body of water to throw away our sins of the past year and make some commitments for the new year. Part of the tradition is to throw old bread in the water. The type of bread you choose to throw has its own significance. For example, for complex sins we throw multi gran bread; for tasteless sins – rice cakes; for ...
23 days ago 11 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I often find it interesting as to where the comments on my blog will take the discussion. Recently, the comments to a blog I wrote about fast food centered on the merits of coffee in the morning. While the topics may be somewhat related, it is not the direction I expected the discussion to go.     Nancy recently wrote a blog attesting to her admiration of teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg. That blog resulted in an, off the blog, email conversation between myse...
24 days ago 5 comments Categories: Music Tags:
The Jewish New Year starts this eve. Looking forward to gathering with close family at “Grand Junction” for dinner. It follows another eventful week. Marisa and I saw the deGrominator lock in a second straight Cy Young Award with his performance last Wednesday at Citifield where the polar bar hit #51 (on the way to tying Aaron Judge Friday and surpassing his rookie record HR record last night). We took in The Zombies reprising their classic Odessey and Oracle LP at The Beacon...
25 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
About 15 years ago I started eliminating gluten and dairy from my diet. It was mighty difficult considering my affection for cheese and fresh, warm bread plus the total lack of products available. Today, there is no shortage of Gluten or dairy free products. Where I used to search high and low for a loaf of gluten free bread, there's no less than 5 different brands in the stores I shop. Same with dairy...now there are 46 different kinds of dairy free yogurt on the shelves at...
26 days ago 21 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Lucy is a snow white 8 year old schnoodle (cross breed of schnauzer and poodle) who cares for my son David’s family (David, Julie, Jackson and Maggie).   They are so well cared for that it was David’s inspiration to share the care, and some 6 years ago at his urging we were adopted by Lucy's sister schnoodle, who Joanne dubbed Charcoal due to her dark puppy coat. In the early days there was turf war between the dogs as Charcoal sought to carve out her space in the family. How...
27 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
As I was driving home from the office the other day, I glanced over at the car to my right and noticed the CNN logo on the car’s multi-media screen. He must also be listening to CNN. I listen to the news during my commute — when I’m not on the phone. I listen - and watch - the news far too much. I’m beginning to believe that it’s not good for me. However compelling and, perhaps, interesting, the news can become addictive. I’ve always tried to follow the guidance of ...
28 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Recently, I have found myself in vulnerable conversations about current events. Vulnerable because sharing raw opinions can be dangerous in mixed company. It fascinates me that people’s perception of popular opinion doesn’t actually match my personal belief systems, but majority of conversations with colleagues and clients assume they do. The sociology project I have discovered this past week has peeled back yet another layer of my connection with my colleagues and clients. N...
30 days ago 3 comments Categories: City Blogs Tags:
  She was 15 at the time she became an activist. Now at 16, she was most recently the focal point of an international movement mobilizing young people around climate change. The intention of my blog is not political, it is admirational (I’m pretty sure that’s not really a word but I’m going with it anyway).   Greta Thunberg has a mission and a passion, and she is capable of articulating that mission and passion in a clear and direct way that motivates her generation. Put...
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