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14 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This blog is for both grandparents and their children. Being a Grandparent in this time of pandemic- with physical isolation and social distancing--is difficult. We also recognize that parenting young children in these times was tough on our children.A response has evolved.A while ago, I offered to “virtually babysit” my 3 year old grandson. Not that he was left alone, but I was able to FaceTime and engage him for about a half hour whil his parents were in the next room havin...
15 days ago 10 comments Categories: Movies Tags:
This week, I have needed the medicine that cures all. LAUGHTER! Anyone watch the new Jerry Seinfeld gig? 23 Hours to Kill. I highly recommend watching. Jerry made me laugh out loud. Anyone have a fear of Port-O-Potty’s? I do. So does Jerry. He explains why. Anyone prefer texting to talking? He’s polished and the delivery, exceptional. If you need some laughs, he will deliver. I’m looking for inspirational ideas this week. Someone suggested watching the video of a LIVE...
16 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
One morning a few weeks ago, I woke up to a series of curious emails in my inbox. One after the other – Amazon, Venmo, Paypal, Netflix, . . . No, I had not authorized a change in my password on any of these accounts in my sleep. But somehow, each had been changed. I suddenly had strange email addresses attached to all of my accounts – and I was locked out of all of them. For the next day or so, it kept happening. Less important platforms – Spotify access does not really ch...
17 days ago 15 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I remember when the thought came to me. It was mid-April and I was feeling sad. I was sad for the people we lost and who were sick. I was sad for the tremendous financial loss so many people were feeling. There were a lot of reasons to be sad.   I needed to turn myself around. I needed to think about what I had to be grateful for. I was grateful for mine and my family’s health. I was thankful that we have food on the table and a roof over our heads. But on that day, I jus...
18 days ago 23 comments Categories: Holidays Tags: Mother’s Day
Funny how last weekend I “occupied” my outside spaces; one might think the days that followed would offer more of the same; not a chance; it even snowed – really – while I grilled steaks last night to enjoy with the #1 mom in my life. I decided to plan something special today but cannot share it until later. I hope to pull it off. Normally it’d would appear on a certain calendar but that would blow the surprise.   She deserves her day!   Happy Mother’s Day sweet Shelly!   Ha...
19 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
The bedrock of Gotham has always been its tender heart.  And this beating heart was brilliantly expressed this past Tuesday at our ZOOMFEST virtual luncheon of Gotham ‘s Health and Longivity group.   Gotham founder and master interrupter, Fred Klein, took the (virtual) floor to remind us what Gotham was all about: He said:  “During these challenging times, Gotham is striving like never before to provide a lifeline to its members by bringing people together.  We are devoted t...
20 days ago 37 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It’s 7 years now that Charcoal (our 14 pound hypo allergenic Schnoodle) has resided with us and abided by our wonderful unspoken Bargain.  In return for 2 feedings a day, walks whenever she gives me “the look”, post walk treats, bimonthly groomings and water in her dish she serves as our undocumented Therapy Dog with lavish lap time, watch dog duty, animated tail wagging, clean my plate/dish washing, bed time cuddling and far far more.   I consider myself a good negotiator, b...
21 days ago 22 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Well most of us don’t take a lot of notice, especially in these work at home times. But every time I log onto a Zoom or WebEx meeting, for a brief few seconds, I see an image of myself, blown up in full color. It actually is a bit startling as this is really how others will see me. But what do you see of yourself? I see more gray hair, maybe this is more distinguished looking or shows I have stood the test of some time period. In...
22 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
A colleague posed a question to me yesterday, looking both to express himself, and to seek connection. “Do you still have that general sense of malaise this week?” I applauded his bravery in allowing himself to exist and explore the generally unexciting place occupying his mind. Without hesitation, I encouraged him not to “fake it”, but to speak openly with clients, colleagues, friends and family. Chances are, they feel it too. Maybe even a new sense of reality that may feel ...
23 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
    [Guest Blog by Shelley Simpson] As we anxiously await the grand opening of the future, I’ve been intrigued by the notion of reimagining what it will look like: Suburbs looking a bit more like cities with space set aside for socializing - grabbing a coffee and sitting with a friend instead of using the drive-through; Cities with less traffic, more open spaces, gardens and more pedestrian friendly promenades; More “happy hours” (with or without alcohol on line and ...
24 days ago 14 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I have been playing around with this blog idea for a few days now. The picture Fred posted on his blog on Friday made me “seal the deal.”       I realized several weeks ago that face masks are going to be a part of our lives for the immediate future. So, I ordered a few “stylish” masks for myself and my children. My husband is a medical professional and must use a hospital grade mask, so he did not want one of the stylish masks. My daughters wanted animal prints, tie-dye ...
25 days ago 22 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Finally a really nice day. It's a good morning...and I'm feelin' fine.   I prepared for it for several weeks, setting up my deck aka the outside office (as I outlined in a prior blog). I made Shelly and this correspondent my specialty omelets (sauteed onions, garlic and ginger) topped with Muenster Cheese. Shelly has hers with a toasted English Muffin; I preferred the Bialys. We both enjoyed my morning brew (hers was a second helping as she prefers Dunkin’). After our tasty ...
26 days ago 17 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Our lives have certainly changed. Neil said yesterday (among other things) in a comment to Fred's blog "You think this is bad . Think Pearl Harbor , Hiroshima , Berlin." I couldn't agree more.   I compare the present event to my personal 'incidents' and it pales in comparison. Not everything is cancelled. Here's the start of a list...   Sunshine     Spring Love Friendship Reading Barbequeing Napping Devotion Music Dancing Conversation Connecting Kindness Imagination Devotion ...
27 days ago 26 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Last year at this time I was watching Aaron Judge and my Yankees every night and getting ready for my softball season with my son and grandson.    This year I am watching Ozark, Bosch and Outlander after a hard day of Zooming and mask and glove wearing.   Next year? I want my Life back!...
28 days ago 9 comments Categories: Health Tags:
About a week ago, my friend, Gil, sent me the picture shown on this blog. Twenty people wearing masks over looking Jerusalem. Prophetic ? Not exactly…. We were on a trip to Israel with about twenty people. Two weeks of touring on a bus and meeting people. We didn’t know — until about the end of the first week, that we were an incubator for the Flu virus. Someone on the trip had the virus and, during the course of two weeks, the virus had us - almost every one of us (althou...
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