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15 days ago 12 comments Categories: Games Tags:
Two blogs I ago I covered supporting causes. I mentioned several upcoming events and one that we enjoyed last night. It was BINGO fundraiser, but of another kind:Radio BINGO. We enjoyed it; believed all who attended did.   The net proceeds supported the Pythian Diabetes Research Association (My good friend Craig Shink serves as its president.). Instead of numbers and letters, a DJ played song snippets.   All attendees had cards with 25 squares set in 5 columns and five rows ...
16 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
All we can be is ourself. At home, business, networking, with friends, family, etc. It is when we are truly present and authentic can we connect with ourselves and the people in our lives.   This reminds me of a scene in The Last Samuri as Tom Cruise is practicing combat with a wooden Samuri sword. He is continually getting a beat down until a young man comes over to him and says "No mind." It is only then that he is not beaten by the Samuri he is practicing with. He can clea...
17 days ago 34 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
As blogged last week, Saturday was my birthday and it was a very very nice day.   Thank you all for your happy birthday wishes through blog comments, emails, texts, cards, phone calls  and Facebook messages! Presents came too.  Examples are cool Roy Orbison/Sun records and Batman tees plus significant numeral art work from Jo, a chilled bottle of my favorite Veuve Clicquot champagne, and a coveted painting (pictured) from my favorite local artist.   A favorite family traditi...
18 days ago 8 comments Categories: Tech News Tags:
Do you answer calls to your cellphone from numbers that are not in your contacts or recognized by you? I try not to. I never answer a call from the same exchange (first three numbers) as my phone number. I find that the “local caller” phenomenon is also spreading to nearby locales. I have a harder time with Blocked/No Caller ID numbers because some of my usual callers have blocked their numbers. Now my cellphone sometimes warns me of a suspected telemarketer and it app...
18 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When I was a young girl, I spent a lot of time with my Dad. He started his construction company when I was a wee kindergartner and I rode next to him in his pickup truck everywhere. Over time, I became the permit girl, the organizer, the excel-spreadsheet expert, employee relations, collections and Dad’s biggest confidant. Through his many lessons, the one that meant the most to him was “being a man of his word”. He would often say, “all the money and power in the world is f...
20 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I just had the flu. I haven’t had the flu in years. Actually, the last time I had the flu was the year before I started taking a flu shot. Yes, I admit there were years back then when I guess I thought I was invincible. And then the flu smacked me in the forehead, and I haven’t made that decision again. Seriously, I remember that my partners pretty much tied me down to make me take the shot the following year. But nonetheless I just had the flu. The moral of my story tho...
21 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
We are living in an era of influencers. Apparently, Kim Kardashian gets paid an extraordinary amount of money for having her picture taken with a product. I have noticed that other celebrities will do the same on Instagram. They will post either a picture or a video using a certain product and, clearly, endorse the same. I guess it’s the social media version of a commercial.   So, I was intrigued when a friend told me that she was going to try to become an influencer. She ha...
Last weekend we celebrated 34. The actual anniversary fell one week ago today; I noted it in last week’s blog (‘Cause it matters). We chose to officially celebrate on the eve before. Interestingly, we chose the “events” based on an unplanned interruption several weeks earlier.   I scored “twofer” tickets for Jersey Boys on February 16 at the New World Stages but a manhole fire in the street outside the entrance canceled that eve’s show. We were walking down the south side of ...
23 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
So a very good friend couldn't tell me the truth the other day. He was not courageous and did not handle himself well. I totally empathize with him and understand his business decisions. However, the way it was told to me (through other people) actually hurt more and left me wondering...   Do you tell the truth to your friends or do you avoid it using the excuse that you are protecting their feelings.   I have been guilty of the latter and try very hard to continually tell my...
24 days ago 42 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Tomorrow is my birthday and that means I’ve experienced over 28,000 days on this earth.   That’s a lot of days and and experiences and I’m fortunate to say that most of them have been good ones.   I’m an early riser and welcome every day and its challenges with vigor.   On this first day of the rest of my life I can look forward to how many more days and challenges in my ongoing quest to remain Forever Young?...
25 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
When Fellow Gothamite and co-chair of the Long Island Dinner Group, Laurel Scarr-Konel asked me whether I would like to judge a high school Moot Court competition, I paused for a few moments before volunteering with an enthusiastic “Yes”. In those few moments, my thoughts went from my time commitments to “could be interesting” to giving back to the community. Giving back is so important and there are so many ways to do so. If I can, perhaps, touch even a single high s...
25 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This past week was an exciting one for me. One of my favorite sports is Connecting people with the intention of creating opportunity. It may have been a record week..... Sometimes the opportunity is to help one person advance, while other times a trifecta of wins occurs. The rush of watching a face light up with possibility creates a spark in me that carries me through the day, the week and even the year. At times, I can’t help myself. From Chicago, to New York, to Phila...
27 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  It was an experience that exemplified what we say every day in Gotham. Last week, I was on the LIRR with my head buried in my phone – oh, what a surprise. But as the conductor came by, the woman sitting across from me realized that she had left her wallet at home. Not only did she not have her train pass, but she didn’t have a penny. Haven’t we all experienced that feeling? It’s awful. So, I took out my wallet and told the conductor that I would pay her fare. The wom...
28 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I have been somewhat intrigued with the latest scandal that’s been in the news, Operation Varsity Blues. The parents of some of the nation’s wealthiest and most privileged students sought to buy spots for their children at top universities by cheating on entrance exams or faking athletic credentials. This scandal brings up so many issues that warrant discussion. What I find very intriguing, however, is the issue of parenting style. Julia Roberts was quoted as saying, that ...
With Spring comes a number of “flings” – that means fundraisers. Many adopt causes. Some causes adopt others. Some come from relationships and involvements. Certainly explains mine.   I chair the Board of Directors on Services Now for Adult Persons (“SNAP” before the acronym had other worthy uses!). The Board’s biggest concern involves the completion of a new center to house several of our programs and offices, including a senior center serving four communities where I spent...
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