Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Dark Knight Rises: No Holy Smokes, Batman!

Don’t expect to hear Robin spouting any “Holy Armadillo”  in the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.  Don’t expect to see any comic book onomatopoeic action words like “POW!” or “BAM!” accentuating every punch and kick.   Don’t expect to … Continue reading

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Summer in NYC: Theater & Yoga

With only a few weeks left in my daughter’s summer internship in New York City, I knew I had to make good on my promise I’d made in May.  I’d attend a Bikram Yoga class with her. A yoga devotee … Continue reading

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Gun Control: Now!

How many more will it take? Columbine High School, Washington, DC. , Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora.  When will we act? Thank you, Michael R. Bloomberg, New York City mayor for asking the two political candidates to address gun control. Now. … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Once a week, the folks that run WordPress offer a photo challenge.  This week’s theme is “Inside.” Here’s my photo: Top: Garage Sale Goodies for the Grandkids Bottom: Cycling gear for today’s ride

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GPS or Maps? Depends on the Trip!

Thanks to her new girlfriend, my mother can knit in peace. Thanks to her new boyfriend, Jack, my sister-in-law Dana doesn’t mind driving to new places. These friends are their Global Positioning Systems, of course.  The ubiquitous talking satellite -programmed … Continue reading

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Leonard Pitts Jr.’s Freeman

Imagine a man walking from Philadelphia to Mississippi, hoping to unite with the woman he loves and hasn’t seen or spoken to in 15 years. That’s Sam, a runaway slave who fought in the Union Army, and is working in … Continue reading

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Fussing About Foie Gras? Try Chopped Chicken Liver!

About this time every year, there’s a flurry of emails and phone calls between my three siblings and me. Why? We’re planning what to make for mom’s birthday, July 22. I asked her a few weeks ago what she wanted.   … Continue reading

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Grandkids & Cycling: Happy July!

The July 4th holiday was a perfect ocassion to combine grandchildren and cycling, though not at the same time. We biked 63 miles in Sullivan County, beginning and ending in Callicoon, NY.  A sudden rain shower cooled us off. We … Continue reading

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Thanks to Suzanne Rogers at  for giving me my latest blog award: This is a women’s only award.  Suzanne is a fantastic nature photographer, check out her blog. In the spirit of passing along the award, I want to thank … Continue reading

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