Monthly Archives: July 2010

my beautiful niece!

This Week!


A Special Day of Golf

Please join us at our inaugural Strides for Sara Golf Outing at Basking Ridge Country Club on
Monday, August 2, 2010
for a wonderful round of golf followed by a cocktail reception and dinner at the Johnson residence
35 Franklin Road, Mendham NJ.

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“I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.”
Pablo Casals
































happy birthday my amazing friend

i love you & wish you the world!!


If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember.
you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most
important thing is, even if we’re apart.. i’ll always be with you.”
Winnie the Pooh

mother knows best


“See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars,
the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to
be able to touch souls.”
Mother Teresa


CURRENT CONDITIONS at 6:06 AM , Temperature: 68 °F

5-DAY FORECAST for July 26, 2010
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“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

never in ny

you’ve no doubt heard the expression ‘only in ny’ .   in 18 years living in nyc,  i’ve heard it countless times – mostly from people visiting from the suburbs.  i now find myself wondering if they ever bothered to take a look around their own environment.  with the lack of anything else going on, one would think someone would have developed a  special slogan for the activities which occur outside of the city.  following is a list of just some of the things i’ve noticed in the last several days that you would never find in ny:

a nun in full habit pulling into the parking lot of the local ‘quick chek’  in a behemouth, black, GMC Suburban.

‘quick chek’ stores (which carry only soda and chemical laden food-like products packaged in boxes or cans)

a baby bambi-like deer with little white spots on her back lying dead on the side of the road.

a speeding pick-up truck with a horse trailer attached and police lights flaring from the dash, crossing a double yellow line, passing a car on a 2 lane winding road.

5 women in the waiting room of the vet’s office – all middle-aged, overweight, with gray hair wearing farm clothes.

11 deer (in 7 different spots) on the way home from my brother’s house (and people are afraid to drive in the city??)

the same parking spot almost every time i come home.

a ladybug on the wall in the living room.

no vegetarian restaurants, group meditation, adult education classes,  frozen yogurt or health food stores in an entire zip code.


“My message is the practice of compassion, love and kindness. Compassion can be put into practice if one recognizes the fact that every human being is a member of humanity and the human family regardless of differences . . . ”
Dalai Lama



“Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.”
Gillian Anderson



roxy’s mom

i only know her as ‘roxy’s mom’.  roxy is a yorkie puppy that ivan and i  run into most mornings on our walk.  everyday, roxy’s mom is wearing her bathrobe, slippers and bi-focals.  she also has the worst / best bed-head i ever saw out in public.  last night i ran into her for the first time after 7 am.  she was wearing sweats, a t-shirt, flip flops and bi-focals. her sweats were rolled up to her knees to display the large floral tatoos on the back of each calf.  her hair didn’t look much better than usual.  following is the enlightening conversation that took place:

me:  hello

rm:  i’m so tired

me:  hmm . . .  it ‘s probably the heat

rm:  no, im tired, really tired. i even went in to work an hour late today.  i just called them up and told them i’m going to be late – i didn’t care, i’m just too tired.

me:  oh. . . what do you do?

rm:  i’m a job coach for handicapped people – it’s really hard.

me:  that’s nice, you help people get jobs?

rm:  no, i don’t get them the jobs.  i go on the jobs with them & help them to do their job better.  it’s mostly cleaning – going to walmart and helping them clean the shelves & one time i got to go to ortho.  sometimes i show them how to fold boxes.  it’s really hard and i’m tired but it’s 12 bucks an hour and in this economy . . .  what do you do?

me:  i work for a scientist who researches nutrition.

rm:  really?  i used to be anorexic.  i was down to 70 lbs.  -  - like a bone  (held up pinky finger for emphasis).  now look at me (she appears to be around a size 2 ).  sometimes when i deliver newspapers in the hospital on weekends i go to the eating disorder ward and i want to go up to all the anorexics and tell them  ‘you look really good’.  (laugh)

this is zen in the suburbs.


Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.”
Helen Keller

daily scope

long ago i quit looking at my horoscope in the ny post.  what made me click on it today?


Something isn’t working and needs to be changed.
You know what that something is and you know you have put it off too many times already.
Get tough with yourself and make the break — it’s for your own good.

“There are many methods for predicting the future. For example, you can read horoscopes, tea leaves, tarot cards, or crystal balls. Collectively, these methods are known as “nutty methods.” Or you can put well-researched facts into sophisticated computer models, more commonly referred to as “a complete waste of time.”
Scott Adams

my boss on tv today! :)

WASHINGTON – Every five years, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducts a review of the “Food Pyramid” dietary guidelines. Some scientists say the dietary guidelines are making us an overweight nation and that these findings are being ignored. Richard Feinman, a professor of cell biology at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center joined FOX 5 Morning News to discuss this issue.

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“The deleterious effects of fat have only been measured in the
presence of high carbohydrate.  A high fat diet in the presence
of high carbohydrate is different than a high fat diet in the
presence of low carbohydrate.” 
-   Richard Feinman, PhD

is it legal to make illegal?


French parliament approves ban on face veils

The French parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a ban on wearing veils over the face in public, a move which could make the Muslim burqa illegal.

There were 336 votes for the bill and just one against at the National Assembly.

Most members of the main opposition group, the Socialist Party, refused to participate in the vote.

President Nicolas Sarkozy has pushed for the law, saying the full veil “hurts the dignity of women, and is not acceptable in French society.”

But government advisers warned the proposed ban could be unconstitutional.

Face-covering veils, like the burqa and niqab, are worn by Muslim women out of choice and are not required by Islamic law.

Although France has the largest Muslim population in Europe — an estimated five million people — the veil ban is thought to affect fewer than 2,000 women.

The new legislation would forbid face-covering Muslim veils in all public places in France, including on the country’s streets.

Anyone caught flouting the ban would face a €149 ($189) fine, or citizenship classes, or both.

Those convicted of forcing someone else to wear a full veil would be hit with a fine of €29,900 ($37,900) and a one-year jail sentence.

If the ban is approved by parliament, the law could come into force by September.

A similar law was passed in Belgium in April. (ny post)


if you find yourself asking  “what exactly is a niqab?” click here.  in an older post, i noted some questions i had about full burqas but  this article in the post leaves me with more unanswered questions.   first, i wonder who was doing the complaining that prompted this new law?    i also wonder how they came up with a penalty of $37,900.?   


“Cultures can only realize their further richness by honoring other traditions. And only by respecting natural life can humanity continue to exist.”
 Daisaku Ikeda