Do You Believe In Karma?

Nov 28

Do You Believe In Karma?

My cab driver yesterday did. And not just bad karma, but the good kind, the thing you get from doing something better than the usual what’s-in-it-for-me. He should know. He deals with (so-called) human behavior daily, 6 days a week, 12 hours a day: the good, the bad, the ugly, not to mention the fare beaters. Did you have any idea how hard cabbies work? I do,...

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Wasting Time Online

Nov 20

Wasting Time Online

How Much Time Do You Waste Online? What a loaded question! Personally, I may take the fifth. Does wasting time include all the trolling I do on Facebook attempting to answer my Italian relatives about how I’m doing after the hurricane in New York? Or reading the rants and ravings of my previous Italian teacher who’s beginning to sound like the love child...

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The Pussy Cat Lounge

Nov 14

The Pussy Cat Lounge

“Do something out of your comfort zone.”  How often have you heard this advice? I think whoever said this meant something like try seeded rye instead of whole wheat, or take the express train and walk 3 blocks instead of sitting longer on the local. I, of course, took this advice far too literally and went out — I mean, way out —of my comfort zone,...

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Friends In High Places

Nov 05

Friends In High Places

So. What’s Your Hurricane Sandy Story? Mine starts with a bolt out of the blue, literally, which looked like lightning but was the Con Ed substation exploding on 14th street, 10 blocks away. Spoiler Alert: “Con Ed” and “exploding” in the same sentence is not a good omen. Sure enough, plunged into darkness moments later, we went madly...

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Are You An Elitist?

Nov 30

Are You An Elitist?

  To find out, take this simple test. My answers are below: What kind of food do you like? Obviously champagne and caviar set off major alarms. And I confess I like both, although actually ingest very little of either (It’s the economy, stupid). On the other hand, I love mac ‘n cheese, dirty water hot dogs from street vendors, Devil Dogs — and Mallomars:...

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Giving Thanks For Uncle Nunzio

Nov 22

Giving Thanks For  Uncle Nunzio

Everyone has something to be thankful for. Not everyone has Uncle Nunzio . . . Scene: A large hospital in the metropolitan area.A harried looking woman, strangely like the caricature on this page, paces back and forth in front of a busy nurse’s stand, speaking too loudly on a cell phone: “Hello, Uncle Nunzio! I’m so glad you called. Yes, Yes, I...

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