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15 days ago 6 comments Categories: Health Tags:

I must have seen the commercial a dozen times. Recently, it has taken on new meaning.
In addition to discovering ancestry, the tests offer meaningful insight into genetic tendencies for illnesses.
My apprehension about genetic testing is under internal review. Is it the next generation of diagnostics?
But questions remain....and.... Do I want to know?

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16 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Who’s your Muppet?   Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities. It is considered to be an innate tendency of human psychology to give human traits to our non-human friends. It’s slightly different than personification.   Truly a genius literary device used by Jim Henson to provide perspective and self-observation through the Muppet characters. Kermit the frog is kind and compassionate, loyal and funny. He’s likened to...
17 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
    Here goes my annual tradition. I’m not a huge football fan but I watch the Super Bowl every year, mostly for the commercials (and the half time show). I tried to come up with my top five commercial list -- but I wound up with six. So here goes! My 2019 Superbowl most memorable commercial list in no particular order.     1. T Mobile: The multiple commercials with cute texting exchanges were clever. I particularly liked the one where a daughter is talking to her dad who i...
18 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It’s the Monday after and I’m feeling a bit sluggish. I have learned to try to avoid any meetings, court appearances etc. the Monday morning after the Super Bowl. I have the day after the Super Bowl noted in my work calendar so I can avoid scheduling anything significant, most notably court appearances.   Every year, prior to the Super Bowl, there’s a movement to declare the day after a national holiday so all those who stayed up late the night before can recuperate. But t...
19 days ago 27 comments Categories: Games Tags: Super bowl, Foothall, Jets
Today represents for many one of those much watch TV days. Some for the pomp and circumstances. Others for the commercials. A few for the gala at half-time. And most for the main event, the Superbowl. I’ll watch. At time of this drafting, not exactly sure where (I can post in the comments for any who really ought to know.). My interest since my team seems to achieve excellence in avoiding participation for 50 years involves some charitable fundraising around the game.   My f...
20 days ago 26 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
My wife and I went to the movies last Saturday night. We saw A Star is Born which we both liked.     But that's not the real story....when we walked up to the ticket counter, I asked for two adults. And then we heard a shocking but true response from the young man behind the counter. "Senior Discount?"   We both looked at each other in shock and laughed. It was the first time we've been asked. Pam asked the ticket seller what age is the senior discount. He said "60" and we bo...
21 days ago 23 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Recently I was going down a one-way street in the wrong direction and a passing driver called me out for it. Without thinking I heard myself say “but I’m left-handed“ and the driver laughed.   As you know I am left-handed and think on the right side of my brain. Whether or not being  left handed is the reason for it, as you may know, I do not stifle my unconventional impulses. Thus, my catchphrase “Up is down and down is up“. I say it often and somebody is listening, because ...
22 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
As I write this blog, we anticipate a few days of unusual cold. As you read this, we should be in the throws of the “life-threatening” cold. The polar vortex is that mass of very cold air that circulates over the Arctic. Usually, it stays in place — over the North Pole. But sometimes, the vortex weakens and when it does, it travels south and invades our continent. I did a little research and, yes, there is evidence that with climate change and warmer temperatures, the wea...
23 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Often times we find ourselves disconnected from our innate ability to intuit beyond the physical, or obvious. If left unattended, the heart becomes desensitized in its design to find meaning beyond the shallow. Notice the beauty and deeper complexities of our human design. Notice behavior; a powerful form of communication of our truest thoughts and sentiment.   Lady Gaga writes:   I 'm off the deep end, watch as I dive in I'll never meet the ground Crash through the surface,...
24 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  We are having a new member orientation today. We haven’t had one in a while and I am looking forward to it.     At these sessions we get to talk about Gotham history and lore and what we have learned about how members can maximize their Gotham experience. We know that Gotham is big and there are so many opportunities to make new friends but that can be overwhelming. We started doing these sessions years ago to try to share some tips for getting the most out of Gotham.   ...
25 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about The Sopranos. Several weeks before that I had written another blog about binge watching Game of Thrones. In thinking about both blogs, I realized they had a common theme, great television.   There are a lot of shows I would call really good television, Cheers, The West Wing, Friends, and Seinfeld. But when those shows ended, I felt it was time for them to end. There were a handful of shows, however, that when the series came to an end, ...
26 days ago 22 comments Categories: Games Tags:
As I started day seven of the just ended week, it was solely about the number of decades – seven– someone just surpassed.   (At one point this morning I thought it might also be the number of full court games my team won; it just turned out to be the number of games my friend Shawn and I played (We did take five of seven; we hit foul shots to get into game six, won it and almost took game seven.).)   But this is really about a friend named Leonard – we fondly call him Lenny –...
27 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I stumbled across a list of jobs that are no longer in existence.   Switchboard Operator Video Store Clerk Encyclopedia Seller Typist Projectionist Soda Jerk Linotype Operator Human Computer Pinsetter Telegraph Operator Gas Lamplighter Iceman/woman Then I wondered what jobs people are working today that will be gone within the next 10 years. Here are some that are already diminishing at an alarming rate. Driver Postal Worker Dispatcher Telemarketer Travel Agent Farmer Cash...
28 days ago 22 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
A 100 years from now very few of us today will still be functioning.  Yet, (hopefully) the World as we know it will continue to thrive, turn and ripen.   Just as 100 years ago few of us were alive.  Yet 1919 society, as it was, thrived and resonates still today.  A great example is the epic Babe Ruth trade that year from the Boston Red Sox to my Yankees.  Babe Ruth is even more famous today than in 1919.  True, in 1919 they did not have the internet or iPhones, but mothers, f...
29 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We recently visited the Conservation Laboratory at the Brooklyn Museum. Explaining the intricate process of restoring/repairing a beautiful glass goblet from the 1800s, the Conservator shared the lengthy and detailed analysis that goes into determining the chemical composition of the glass in an effort to match the most-appropriate epoxy for the repair. And she shared that there was a little box on the shelf that contained a shattered glass vessel. A valuable repres...
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