Happy Women’s Day

Mar 8, 2015 by

There are days during the year,  when people are celebrated for something they gave or did for others.  I am glad there is a day when women can be celebrated as women for who they are and not just for the tangible contributions they have made to receive respect, admiration, validation and acknowledgement.  Sometimes even the best contributions that women make can be quite taken for granted.  This is a celebratory article and one that serves as a special thank you to some great women in my life. Some of these great women have reminded me that a woman of value is not only someone who has given a tangible gift or made some tangible contribution.  A woman is someone who shines her best self and has much to contribute through her uplifting and...

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The Eleventh Commandment Should Be: Thou Shalt Treat Your Pet With Love...

Feb 24, 2015 by

Recently, I saw a dog tied to a pole in front of a supermarket in the middle of one of the coldest days this winter.  My husband and I were heartbroken to see this poor animal in such distress from the cold.  It was a beautiful canine, but a sad looking one.  His owner had tied him in a spot that was full of icy, frozen snow and the poor animal was forced to sit right on the ice.  He had his right quivering paw raised, trying to avoid touching the ice with his paw, while arching his body away from the frozen snow.  He was standing on a tiny sliver of wet pavement where there was no ice, yet there was not enough space on the edge of the sidewalk, that could accommodate...

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The 30 Day Detox Challenge

Feb 22, 2015 by

I have decided to go back to my holistic,  organic,  non-GMO, lifestyle of eating.  Back in August of 2014, I decided to adopt a new way of thinking when it comes to my eating habits.  I began eating gluten free foods,  foods without white bleached flour,  substituting them with foods that were made with brown rice flower, no fructose, no phosphates, no pesticides, no cornstarch or soy.  I realized that getting healthy meant reading the ingredients and contents of food products containers and boxes and making sure that I was no longer eating products that contained preservatives, pesticides,   chemicals and toxins.  I began my life style change and put the holistic,  organic approach to healthy eating to the test.  Well,  as someone who has an underactive thyroid,  the results that I experienced within...

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Hot Summers, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream and the Yankees...

Feb 12, 2015 by

When I was a child I remember how during the hot summer days, if you tucked your head out of the window, almost every day you could hear the sounds of televisions in our neighborhood  (which was comprised mainly of mixed Italian, Hispanic, Irish and Jewish immigrant families), for hours and hours on end. You would hear the clanging of dishes in kitchens, children playing out doors waiting for the first run of the “Mr. Softee” truck and yes, the loud screams of fans at Yankee stadium blaring loudly through every television console speaker in the neighborhood.  It was inevitable, you couldn’t get away from the sounds of the Yankees game coming through on every single television station on our block.  It seemed everyone was a Yankee fan. Those were the days when summers...

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Larry O’Connell: A Metamorphosis...

Feb 3, 2015 by

Joe Franklin:  “Larry, congratulations on your new found fame and popularity.” Larry O’Connell, Comedian, Actor, Playwright and a former educator for many years, with whom piano player and friend Ira Allen collaborated in the music and entertainment arts at his former venue, Forest Hills High School, has undergone a metamorphosis.  A respected educator who was well loved by his peers and deeply admired by his former students, Larry helped to put on many Broadway worthy stage productions on the Forest Hills High School stage, to the raves of the FHHS audiences.  Some of the gems that Larry helped mount since 1992, were “Dracula,” and the crowning jewel in his roster, which was the most powerful off, off, off Broadway performance of its kind — “Fiddler on the Roof,” featuring professional choreography in the most...

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A Funny Valentines Story: A Tale of Two Friends at the San Martin in New York City...

Feb 2, 2015 by

  New York City is one of the most romantic cities in the world, but on Valentines Day it sizzles. On February 14th head to the big apple for a great dinner, professional, romantic music and comedy. Singer, Film Director Sandy Jordan and I have created a program for this special evening as a tribute to New York City lovers on Valentines  Day.     We hope to make this evening a memorable one for all the romantics at heart.  Sandy and I will be telling a story about two different kinds of love,  through songs from the American Songbook, Broadway tunes and some amazing romantic songs. Come join us at the elegant San Martin, [which is located next to the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Hotel] for a fine dining experience and a great romantic music...

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Comedian Bob Greenberg: Joe Franklin “King of Nostalgia”...

Jan 29, 2015 by

He always said “Yes”.  In fact, I don’t think he ever said no to anybody.  I first discovered Joe when I was a kid.  My brother knew I was into Old-Time Movies and Joe would devote his entire TV show, “The Joe Franklin Show” (on Channel 9 here in NY) to Old-Time Movie Time with two or three shorts a night, for a couple of weeks at a time.  When not showing them he would have a Talk Show with a rather eclectic guest list.  A typical Joe Franklin show might have guests like Bing Crosby, Joey Ramone, Barbra Streisand, Jack LaLanne, and some unknown, who’d written a book about bottle tops or knitting, all on the same couch!  Well, when Joe promised on a Friday night, that next week would be devoted entirely to Old-Time Movies,...

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