paul la rosa

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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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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