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Usually this space would share an experience that included attending a Broadway show; not this year. Absent Broadway, about which my friend Vincent Russo’s son, Robert, writes a nice newsletter, yesterday’s celebration found a different way to inject culture and visual experience; and instead of the theatre musical, dinner included a live musical performance. Interestingly, as I shared a year ago in this space, Shelly and I discussed doing something different this year. Who k...
15 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I find it fascinating that in my travels, I'm seeing license plates from all over the country...Missouri, Texas, Minnesota, Florida, Georgia, Virginia and I wonder why.   Are they students who didn't go back to their schools? Are they out-of-towners staying in a place where COVID is low? I then make the leap...did they quarantine? Do they have COVID?   Thoughts I never had before. It seems to be in the back of my head when I enter a place of business. Is there someone her...
16 days ago 24 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
You should read Malcom Gladwell’s Blink wherein he posits that there is such a thing as thinking without thinking. He writes that we possess an innate ability to “Thin Slice” and reach instantaneous conclusions based uponlimited information, ie, at a glance. Such limited information is called a “Tell”. For instance, high stakes poker players scan the faces of opponents for a “Tell” as to whether he or she is bluffing. As an attorney/negotiator I found success in reading oppo...
17 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I cursed the traffic that turned an hour and a half drive to visit friends into a three hour nightmare. I thought about the recent months of light traffic. I considered the  reasons for the heavy traffic and for the light traffic. Pondering only one aspect of the Return as I reflect upon what we’ve been through. ...
18 days ago 19 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
First appearing in France in 1664, Salons were an important place with which to exchange ideas. A social forum where one could increase knowledge, through the art of conversation. Such conversation aimed to please or educate, by allowing free thought and discussion through the expression of art, philosophy and poetry, via oration. Does it remind you of Gotham? It does for me. We still have salons today, except the word is often associated with hairstylists, blow-outs, neighb...
19 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  What advice would you give – or better yet, did you give – last time you helped someone draft a cover letter?   My son is getting ready to apply for summer internships.  He is a college junior studying chemical engineering (with a nuclear engineering minor) and has a strong interest in energy.   At this point, he is diligently working on cover letters. Who better to reach out to for advice than the accomplished professionals that comprise our Gotham family?   So, what would...
20 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Within the past two years three of our children have “left the nest.” The fourth one left five years ago. And each time a child leaves they ask the same question, "what type of bed should I buy?"   Our answer is always the same. We bought our Sleep by Numbers bed sixteen years ago and we love it. We haven’t had to replace it or repair it in the past sixteen years and both think it's great for sleeping.   Our children always seem to make up their own minds. One bought a mat...
Shelly left the gym early the other day since once nearby user constantly removed his mask during workouts; of course she complained but the “hall monitors” never seemed to police that location inside. As we dine I shared my experience at the Roosevelt Field Mall Friday afternoon. I visited the Apple Store their by appointment for service on my iPhone (It needed a battery replacement, and I found the repair cost-effective.). It was my first time, post COVID visiting that mall...
22 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I'm watching the Weather Channel and witnessing the 4th hurricane this season making landfall on the Louisiana coast. The reporter just said "this has never happened before."   How many times have we heard that phrase this year..."this has never happened before."   I wonder how many more times we'll hear it....
23 days ago 22 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:
Have you noticed all the tents cropping up in back yards and parking lots?A sign of the times!With the cold weather coming I am told there has been a run on out door heat lamps and tents too I’m sure.  How else will restaurants survive?For me, Thanksgiving turkey with family is a goal which I have been pushing. Where is Omar the tent maker when I need him most?...
24 days ago 5 comments Categories: Music Tags:
I’ll paraphrase from the Hebrew: “How good and pleasant it is ... people sitting together.”Meaningful on so many levels - both figuratively and literally - especially now.The thoughts came to me last weekend as we sat on a lawn at the Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts and listened to live music.The first live performance that we’ve seen in over six months.Outside, socially distanced with masks. The air was a bit chilly and the music kept us warm. It was like old ...
25 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
After a long summer filled with sweet treats, hot eats and endless glasses of wine, it’s time to clean up my diet. Every October, I push the reset button on my food choices and dial everything down. Exercise daily, bedtimes that provide 7-8 hours, balanced schedules of work and play, makes for a healthy, wealthy life. Fundamentals give us a baseline with which to return; a compass on the beaten path to guide us. These same principles can be applied to every space in our live...
26 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I do that a lot these days. Most times, one of my blessings is that I have so many on my list! A nice place to be. On this week’s blessing list is my mom. We just celebrated her birthday (and in family tradition I am not allowed to publish exactly which one . . .) Occasions bring reflection. I know that my mom taught us all how to love and the meaning of family and caring. She grew up that way and has always demonstrated a commitment to people -- some who she doesn’t ...
27 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This weekend was a special birthday for my husband. He turned 60 on Saturday. Exactly a year ago, I conceived a plan for the perfect surprise party for this weekend. Covid changed all of that and, instead, I planned small surprises throughout the weekend for him.   I was excited to give my husband a surprise party. I have had one surprise party during my life, my bridal shower when I married my first husband (Nancy was there). I genuinely enjoyed the surprise and wanted to ...
A time existed – it seems many years ago – where a laptop and desktop took up space in this office.  The office featured a different configuration; there was my desk and the desk setup my son left behind when he moved out.  At some point, the desktop no longer served any purpose.  I even lent indefinitely the flatscreen to a close friend. While a consultant advising the 2010 re-election of my friend Gary Ackerman, the laptop required replacement.  I already enjoyed my iPhone;...
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