Monthly Archives: March 2014

Singing “The Star Spangled Banner” Do you or not?

The musicians entered, taking their places, standing behind music stands. The conductor, long and lean Italian Gianandrea Noseda, strutted in, raised his baton and cued the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, on tour in the US, to play the “Star Spangled Banner.” … Continue reading

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Russia #2: Wandering The Hermitage & Mom’s Borscht

From Moscow, we took the high-speed train to St. Petersburg. It’s smaller and more European in style, with lots of canals and bridges throughout.  Cathedrals dot the landscape. We spent practically an entire day at The Hermitage; NYC’s Metropolitan Museum … Continue reading

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Moscow in March

Mention Russia these days and everyone shudders, worrying what will be next. Does this mean another Cold War? Trying to understand it becomes more complicated when actually on the ground, in the country as I am for a week. That … Continue reading

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Goodbye Green Super Sludge

I tried one of the superfood sludge mixes promising great health and greater happiness. Here’s my experience: Goodbye Green  Super Sludge (with apologies to Dr. Seuss) Try it, buy it they say You’ll like it, drink it every day! I … Continue reading

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New York Date: Botanical Gardens & Guggenheim

“Welcome to 70 degrees,” the greeter said as we entered  the New York Botanical Gardens’ conservatory to tour its orchid show. We peeled off our coats, hats, gloves and scarves, eager to enter the world of Key West, the theme … Continue reading

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More Winter Reading: An Accident, A Tsar’s Daughter & Malaria

Winter is  dragging on a bit longer than everyone likes in the North East. I’ve managed to read three books quite quickly. Fiction from the Library’s New Book Shelf: Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker.   A tragic school bus accident starts … Continue reading

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