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So what’s Bali like?

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Jul 16, 2016

I’ve been asked that question a lot since I returned from a two-week vacation in Bali so let me try and put my thoughts in order. For openers, Bali is exotic, beautiful and exciting with a fascinating culture and very friendly people. Not bad… I confess to knowing so little about Bali before I went […]

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True confession: I was a Hamilton ticket scalper…

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Aug 18, 2016

In case you missed the 14 million stories written about it, the Broadway musical “Hamilton” is a hot ticket. New York scalpers are making a nice living out of reselling tickets to the show. In fact, an article in this week’s New York Times claims that scalpers are making $60 million annually in the re-sale […]

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Is paying too much attention to bad news harmful to your peace of mind?

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Oct 25, 2016

I know, I know. You’re sick of hearing the word ‘wellness’ or maybe it’s the phrase ‘wellness lifestyle’ that makes you grind your teeth. But it’s a real thing and, as I get older and perhaps wiser, I find myself trying to surround myself with more good than bad. That includes food, exercise and what […]

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Goodbye bodega…hello ‘caffe, ristorante’

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Dec 3, 2016

There once was a bodega on my Brooklyn corner but then it closed more than a year ago and the windows were papered over. Someone was in the process of a very serious renovation but none of us could see inside. Rumor had it that an Italian caffe was opening there but it was just […]

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Best TV series and books of 2016, according to me….

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Dec 11, 2016

I love end of the year lists and I have a lot of opinions and I have a blog so here is my ‘Best of..” list for 2016. Feel free to disagree or tell me your favorites. Best books: “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman — I haven’t finished this novel yet but, unless […]

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Surry down….

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Feb 20, 2017

Trapped inside a very crowded subway car, I was feeling cranky, annoyed and even a bit nauseous. I was ass-bumping the person behind me (which is, I believe, a felony when one is below ground), and could smell what the person next to me had for breakfast. It was impossible to hold a book and […]

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R.I.P. Jimmy Breslin, his own best character….

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Mar 20, 2017

Rest In Peace Jimmy Breslin. I saw him first-hand at his best during the days when Son of Sam was writing Jimmy those crazy letters. I was then a copy boy scouring all incoming mail for yet another letter from the serial killer. Opening mail was never as exciting again. Breslin was in his prime […]

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Blogging about not blogging….

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Apr 8, 2017

A couple of my friends recently mentioned to me that I hadn’t been blogging as much lately and that’s true. So why is that, I ask myself. I often talk to myself as I’m assured only the most intelligent people do. The main reason I find myself blogging less and not on Facebook as much […]

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2017– The Summer of Hate

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May 21, 2017

Fifty years ago this summer, the baby boomer generation went through its infamous Summer of Love. It was 1967 and anything seemed possible. Minds were being expanded with the use of LSD and Sgt. Pepper was in the air, along with a slew of other great music from the most classic of the classic rock […]

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The fix is in for our subways…

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Jul 28, 2017

The MTA has a new boss–Joe Lhota–and the guy has a plan to fix the subways. That’s a good thing. I’ve been riding the subways my entire life and it’s true–they’ve become more crowded, less civil and full of panhandlers. It’s pretty intense down there and I wouldn’t blame anyone for embracing the handlebars of […]

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