Monthly Archives: July 2011

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happy birthday my amazing friend

i love you & wish you the world!!


“Are you a princess? I said & she said I’m much more than a princess, but you don’t have a name for it yet here on earth.”
 – StoryPeople

city fresh vegetables!

gotta love the wednesday farmer’s market on 46th and 2nd. . . .


“The organic story is now broadening far beyond the health benefits of pesticide-free foods.  Organic farming, whether asparagus, strawberries, cotton or our own beautiful flowers, helps protect Mother Nature — it’s that simple.”
 Gerald Prolman

a big day for weddings in the city

Chelsea residents Phyllis Siegel, 77, and Connie Kopelov, 85, got hitched at the marriage bureau on Worth Street in Lower Manhattan at 9:02 a.m., setting off wedding bells across Gotham.  story


one day people will look back and say, can you believe not so long ago  it wasn’t legal to marry who ever you want?  it’s kind of like remembering the times when people owned slaves or when women couldn’t vote.  i’m happy for chelsea & phyllis, and i’m happy for all the people who can now marry whoever they want to marry.    yay for you!   may you always be happy!  yay for ny!


“A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.”
 Ezra Pound

may all be happy!


forgot to pick a future he’d like, so now he’s practicing for the one he’s got.
 – storypeople 


       Strides For Sara


Sara is my niece.  She was born with cerebral palsy.  Someday she will walk and I believe that from the bottom of my heart.  But today she can’t –  so we will get her an elevator.  Sara faces a lot of challenges – and always with a smile.  Please help ease her path by making a donation so that she can get an elevator in her home.  No amount it too small.

Strides For Sara was started in 2009 to provide Sara with the tools she needs for mobility and accessibility in her everyday life. An electronic wheel chair was purchased proceeds raised in 2010 for which Sara is so grateful. Now in 2011 we would like to make Sara’s home wheel chair accessible. The funds will be raised by several social events focusing on family and celebrating life including a fun day of golfing on August 8th.   If you don’t golf, just join us for dinner.  If you don’t eat, you can make a donation.  🙂


Date: Monday, August 8, 2011  (Rain or Shine)

Place: Basking Ridge Country Club
185 Madisonville Road
Basking Ridge NJ 07920

Attire: Spikeless shoes only; Shorts permittedon course; Swimsuit required for cocktail reception


Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00am

Range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 am – 11:45 am

Lunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Shotgun Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12:00 pm

Cocktail Reception . . . . . . . 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Dinner at the Johnson House – 35 Franklin Road, Mendham, NJ




Donate what you can – no amount is insignificant.
Thank you. 

Strides for Sara Brochure


“The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
 Albert Schweitzer

strange for a monday

it’s tax time.  that may seem strange for a monday in july – but not for me or for nms. this morning i spoke with the accountant who does my taxes, the business taxes and my boss’s taxes – we both agreed it was time to wrap up the tax thing for 2010. . . . his name is henry & he’s the coolest accountant on the planet. i can’t remember a time that i spoke with henry & he didn’t question why i wasn’t married – and then follow up with some advice on what i should be doing to meet mr. right.  before ending our phone conversation today, henry said,  “you need to start going outside every day for lunch.  spend at least 1 hour outside – everyday  – and you will meet someone.”

i decided to take henry’s  advice and took a walk around 12:30.  on 50th street an indian man with a curious hat came walking towards me.  his headdress was something like a cross between a turban and a tall white chef’s hat.  i had never seen anything quite like it before.  as he passed me he slowed his pace, looked me in the eye and said  “you have a very lucky face.”

it was very hot out today &  when i arrived home i changed out of my jeans and into a new pair of shorts.  there was something in the front pocket of my shorts.  i wondered what it could be since i had never worn the shorts before.  it felt like a rock but i couldn’t be sure because i couldn’t get to it.   i took the shorts off and took a closer look.  the rock was sewn into the pocket lining.  i was curious to know why there was a rock sewn into the pocket lining of my new shorts and i also wanted it gone.   i hated to have to cut open the fabric to remove the rock but saw no other option.

here are my new shorts inside out with the hole i had to cut to remove the rock:


here is the rock:



i wonder if these types of things happen to others.


“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”
Peace Pilgrim

moon view

The full moon each month is actually an instantaneous event when the  Earth-facing side of the moon is completely lit up by sunlight. For July, this occurred early today (July 15) at 2:40 a.m. EDT  (





“The day he first told me he was starting to disappear I didn’t believe him & so he stopped & held his hand up to the sun & it was like thin paper in the light & finally I said you seem very calm for a man who is disappearing & he said it was a relief after all those years of trying to keep the pieces of his life in one place. Later on, I went to see him again & as I was leaving, he put a package in my hand. This is the last piece of my life, he said, take good care of it & then he smiled & was gone & the room filled with the sound of the wind & when I opened the package there was nothing there & I thought there must be some mistake or maybe I dropped it & I got down on my hands & knees & looked until the light began to fade & then slowly I felt the pieces of my life fall away gently & suddenly I understood what he meant & I lay there for a long time crying & laughing at the same time.”
 – storypeople

now the question

will the police continue to look for the person responsible for the life of caylee anthony?  and if not, why?


“It’s very hard in military or in personal life to assure complete equality. Life is unfair.”
 John Fitzgerald Kennedy

very tired

i’m really too  tired to write at the moment – but you can just look at the pix & make up your own story.


“you want life to be fair?”
 – PL 

to save or to spend

thank god for the post to give us a heads up on this one.

NYC rationing toilet paper
at Coney Island

Hey buddy, can you spare a square?
The city is so hard up for cash that it’s rationing toilet paper in women’s public restrooms — to the point where bathroom attendants are doling out a few measly squares per patron — along the world-famous Coney Island boardwalk.

The Post witnessed stone-faced Parks Department employees leave toilet-paper dispensers empty last week and instead force astonished female beachgoers to form “ration lines” in the bathrooms.

Regina Ballone, 25, of Brooklyn visited a boardwalk bathroom at West 16th Street Wednesday and was “grossed out” at the thought of someone else handling her toilet paper  . . .  Beachgoers also have been forced to line up for their paltry allotment of the city’s cheap, single-ply toilet paper at the boardwalk’s other women’s restroom at Stillwell Avenue  . . . .  Toilet-paper rationing isn’t an issue in the men’s rooms — but only because they apparently don’t have any to ration. The toilet paper was gone whenever a The Post reporter went to inspect the men’s rooms.

here’s the proof from the post : 

coincidentally, just this weekend i took the subway downtown. when i got to the 53rd street station i noticed the brand new blue turnstiles telling all who enter to “quit smoking today”  & that we should all  call 1-866-ny-quits.

i immediately wondered how much the city must have spent to tell every subway rider to quit smoking today and call 1-866-ny-quits.  i couldn’t help to believe that had to be a colossal waste of money.  can you just imagine even one person passing through the turnstile and then thinking, “quit smoking?  oh man, what a good idea!”



bloomberg doesn’t like salt either.  the wsj ran a story once titled,

Smack Is Bad, But the Crackdown Is on Salt.

the article stated, “This week the city unveiled what it is modestly calling the National Salt Reduction Initiative.”

who knew we had a national salt reduction initiative?  clearly we can do a better job of advertising this issue before any more people die of  bloat – or whatever it is they believe salt is doing to us.

maybe someone could suggest to the mayor that he could get that slogan printed on rolls of toilet paper.  it would be a win -win – win situation.  the city bathrooms could have proper supplies for the people, drug addicts would stop using smak and new yorkers would be less puffy.


“I don’t necessarily agree with everything I say.”
 Marshall McLuhan

sweetest song

yesterday we celebrated dad’s birthday at thomas’ house in nj.  dad had a great time.


wishing you many many more happy years, dad!  laura’s family was in from hungary and surprised dad with the sweetest serenade in hungarian.  here they are singing their hearts out:


of course they could have been singing about swamp monsters for all we knew, but it sounded beautiful.  these amazing people really made yesterday special for dad – and everyone else.  xoxo!


“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”
 – Anne Frank

it’s friday – take time to laugh!




“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.”
– Dr. Seuss