Monthly Archives: October 2011

The High Line: A Different Way to See NYC

What’s great about New York City’s High Line is what it doesn’t have. There are no concessions selling souvenirs or hotdogs. The mile-long pedestrian walkway brings people to an area of the city they’d normally ignore. The former rail road … Continue reading

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Singing… my new iPod

The iPod is 10 years old. For some time, I was the only family member without one; rectified by a birthday present, despite my inept technology skills. I forced myself to take the time to learn how to download a few … Continue reading

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Big Year Birds

We were ready. Binoculars, wide-brimmed sunhats, water and a picnic lunch.  Uncle Howie and Aunt Peggy were taking the family to a state park outside Tucson, Arizona. To hike.  And to bird watch. As we piled into the rental van, … Continue reading

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Accepting the Inevitable

I resisted. I denied. I procrastinated. I sang:   Then I accepted. Then succumbed. I turned on the heat.  The house is just too cold in the mornings. I had to do it. Summer is over. Time to shift the … Continue reading

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Bullying & Books

Imagine this conversation: “What did you do in school today?” “Reading, gym, Spanish, bullying.”  Anti-bullying is the latest curriculum addition, becoming mandated in school districts around the country. Everyone grows up being bullied in some way. Teased about clothing, looks, … Continue reading

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Cycling Sicily: Sheep, Seafood, & Salt Marshes

Our four –day cycling  trip through Sicily’s northwestern corner began in the village of Scopello,  a tiny farming hamlet complete with olive groves, prickly pear trees, and a stone public water fountain where residents bring empty bottles to fill for … Continue reading

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South Bank Ramble: The Headless Man & Other Sights

   Advertisers probably  could learn a trick or two from street entertainers.  To attract an audience and lure some loose change  into their overturned hats, these performance artists have to grab people within seconds or they’ll walk on by. This … Continue reading

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Balancing Beliefs: From Yiddishkeit to Orthodoxy

There’s an old joke about Jewish holidays: “They tried to kill us. We survived. Now let’s eat!” That sort of sums up my relationship with Judaism growing up.  My family, culturally connected yet spiritually secular, gathered at my grandparents’ farmhouse … Continue reading

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Kalamazoo Weekend: Tennis, Taxis & Trains

This weekend began a week ago with a phone call. “Mom, I fractured my hand.” My daughter telling me this, brushing it off as a minor injury that resulted when someone tripped over her at a concert. I immediately panicked … Continue reading

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