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It’s 2018 and… YOUR TIME HAS COME TO SHINE

It’s 2018 and… YOUR TIME HAS COME TO SHINE When our daughter, Kate, graduated from high school, I gave her a silver tray engraved with some lines from that wonderful song written by Paul Simon and sung by Art Garfunkel, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Even today, just looking at the lyrics or hearing the song hits me straight in the… read more

2018…WHAT TO BRING, WHAT TO LEAVE BEHIND

2018…WHAT TO BRING, WHAT TO LEAVE BEHIND The question of what to bring with us into the New Year - the future, the next great segment of our lives – and what to leave behind is not a frivolous one. Nor are the answers necessarily obvious or all that easy. The problem is that I have a tendency to bring just… read more

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE…

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE… It’s true. On Christmas – or any other day of the year – if we’ve got love, we’re going to be okay, no matter what form it takes or what else happens in our lives. And we won’t be just “okay.” We’ll be good. Maybe even great.  But to “get love” we usually have to look for… read more

REJOICE!

REJOICE! ‘Tis the season to be jolly, right? But if you ask someone the question, “What’s new?” you don’t always get a perky, upbeat, filled-with-joy-response, like, “Wow, never better!!!” Things can be dark out there – in spite of the lighting of candles and the millions of gorgeous lights, sparkling and glittering on every tree (inside or out), every… read more

KEEPING OUR FAITH IN PEOPLE

KEEPING OUR FAITH IN PEOPLE It’s absolutely vital to keep our faith…in ourselves, in each other, in people in general. If we lose it, if we become cynical, negative doubters and full-time critics, we lose big time – and ultimately, we lose ourselves. But faith, like trust, can be fragile and fleeting. There are so many “pulls”… read more

YOUR BEST THING

YOUR BEST THING It was pouring down rain and I needed a cab. Badly. I spotted one wheeling around the corner of Madison and 56th Street, but he didn’t see me. So I did what I always do: I whistled. Oh, I don’t mean some mealy-mouthed, lady-like, baby-doll kind of whistle; I mean an ear-piercing, glass-breaking, thumb-and-second-finger-in-your-mouth kind of… read more

GETTING BACK UP…

In the past few days, weeks and months, as the result of extraordinarily destructive storms and “acts of nature,” many of our countrymen have lost everything. The media has been filled with unforgettable, profoundly moving and heart-breaking stories – stories of people from whom everything has been taken…people who have lost their homes, all their… read more

“I don’t recall…

Wow, I don’t remember three words said so many times by so many people in such a short period! In his recent testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding his role in  the continuously unfolding Russian saga, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said those words over twenty times… Evidently, “amnesia” has long been a tactic used… read more

WE WILL NOT BE TERRORIZED Not Now; Not Ever

WE WILL NOT BE TERRORIZED Not Now; Not Ever It was a picture-perfect morning. I had just returned from an absolutely gorgeous walk downtown where I’d seen the most adorable, happiest, colorfully dressed little “Halloweeners” squeeling and laughing their way from block to block. I couldn’t stop grinning. “Now this is what Halloween is all about,” I said… read more