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Manhattanhenge is the twice a year event when the sunset lines up perfectly with the main street arteries in Manhattan. This year, the two dates were last night and the second one will be July 12th. Unfortunately, the sunset was hiding behind cloud cover last night. Hopefully, on July 12th the sky will be clear. If… Read more »

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Memorial Day is a day when millions of Americans pay lip service to people who gave their life in service to our country. It’s happening at a time when the government’s treatment of our veterans has never been worse. Laying a wreath for the dead is not a substitute for respecting the living. And our… Read more »

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New York City, February 1941: On a Saturday morning, my father woke up and found his father drinking coffee alone in the kitchen with only the winter light coming in through the backyard window. My grandmother and uncle had left for work. Dad, 11, talked baseball with his Dad for an hour while eating three… Read more »

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Poetry is practically impossible to describe.  On a personal basis poetry is undeniable but it evades and eludes a singular definition.  Poetry can astonish, inspire, educate, encourage, enlighten, frustrate and even infuriate.  In fact, poetry is capable of touching every aspect of the human condition.  In consideration of this, the only challenge that may be… Read more »

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When I moved back to New York City years ago, one of the greatest benefits was that I didn’t need a car. My luck with cars has been terrible. My first car, a 1987 Plymouth Horizon, broke down constantly. I was a broke college student who couldn’t afford a new head gasket when my car… Read more »

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Two years ago, I stopped my bike at Sailboat Lake in Central Park and watched the hawk called Pale Male search for prey. He soared over Fifth Avenue. I tired before he did, but not before I took several photos of him dancing with the moon. Leaving the park a water fountain got all psychedelic on… Read more »

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Spring is here. The desire to hold hands in leafy glens forces a girl to do stupid things. Like online dating. Aside from the bizarre experience of viewing the photos of twenty men plastered across the page like shoes for sale, there is also the requirement of plastering oneself upon the page. Am I a… Read more »

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Love is a beautiful thing. It can also be a terrible mess. The nurturing embrace love may offer can also turn into bitter jealousy and devastating abandon. One fascinating story that illustrates the ecstasy and agony of love is that between the famous Russian composer Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and his patron Nadezhda von Meck. When… Read more »

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“Drift Light By Saffron,” is a company that designed a smart LED bulb to improve sleep, a light that’s indistinguishable from incandescent lights that imitates the sunset. Drift-light makers say the bulb avoids melatonin suppression, a hormone that induces sleep. Drift light-bulbs most unique characteristics is the dimming features over the course of 37 minutes,… Read more »