paul la rosa

On the inside of a song…

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Mar 23, 2016

A couple of years ago, I bought a guitar. Aside from the very few lessons I took as a teenager, I never played but I’ve listened to music forever so I thought why not? I knew it would be tough (and it is) but I hoped I’d get some enjoyment out of trying to play […]

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Donald Trump would be my 4th….

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Apr 5, 2016

Just to be clear, I’m not voting for Donald Trump BUT, if he were to become president, he would be the 4th president I’ve met one on one. I’m not rooting for him but I like to keep track of my close encounters of a presidential kind. Here they are in order: Richard Nixon — […]

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If you’re looking for a horror movie this summer, might I suggest “Weiner?”

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Jun 3, 2016

This new documentary about the former Congressman from New York is downright frightening in its intensity for Anthony Weiner and his-wife-who-deserves-so-much-better Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s right hand woman. She’s so close to the Clintons that Bill once referred to her as his second daughter. The film documents Weiner’s run to become mayor of New York […]

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We are all “soft targets” so what are we to do?

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Jun 12, 2016

As security experts have gotten smarter and better at protecting government, corporate and military facilities from being attacked, Islamic radicals and others have turned their attention on the rest of us–the so-called “soft targets” like the patrons of the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, site of the latest unspeakable tragedy. No use mentioning the shooter’s […]

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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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