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The FBI missed Omar Mateen but, then again, this is the agency that investigated Lee Harvey Oswald….

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Jun 13, 2016

People across the country have expressed shock and/or outrage that Omar Mateen was able to murder 49 patrons of a gay nightclub even though the FBI conducted a 10-month investigation of him in 2013 after he reportedly told co-workers he was connected to terrorists. To quote the New York Times story: “First he claimed family […]

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How the song “Different Drum” became a hit….

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Jun 15, 2016

I was in a local Key Food supermarket the other day when the ’60s classic “Different Drum” featuring Linda Ronstadt came blasting through the store’s sound system. I stopped right there in the produce aisle and just listened with wonder, yes, and admiration. The song has always been a favorite of mine and I had […]

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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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