Life According to Winnie the Pooh

February 7th, 2012
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“What day is it,?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
I have a soft spot in my heart for Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood.  It reminds me of a more innocent time when my son was a child and he would sit in my lap or his father’s lap and we would read Winnie the Pooh aloud to him.  I’m going to date myself now, but we also had Winnie the Pooh tapes to pop in the VCR (no CD’s then) and watching Pooh and especially Tigger together … Read More

A Resilient Giants Victory

February 6th, 2012
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Ron Antonelli/New York Daily News Part of healing and jumping back into the regular routine of life is finding something to care about.  It can be anything in the whole universe and you can change it anytime you want. Yesterday, for me, it was the New York Giants and their 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots. The Super Bowl party I attended was loose and friendly in the beginning of the game but it became a little more tense in the fourth quarter as the clock ticked away and the game looked like it would be decided by one… Read More

Love Peace & Soul — Don Cornelius

February 3rd, 2012
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Soul Train was something you got right away or you didn’t. If you had to explain why you watched it, then you knew Soul Train’s appeal had escaped the other person. From the get go, the very first time I watched Soul Train I was hooked.  Every Saturday morning I would turn it on, turn it up, watch it and dance.  How else was a young white girl gonna stay on top of the latest dance moves?  News stories say that Soul Train was a black American Bandstand but really we all know that Soul Train was so much more. … Read More

Fordham Hoops

February 2nd, 2012
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Let’s file this post under “Things That Make Me Happy.” My son is in his senior year at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. I’m posting this picture, currently on display on West Side Highway and 134th Street, just to show support! Go Rams!!… Read More

Dogs Are Making A Difference for Veterans

February 1st, 2012
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Dogs are perceived as completely accepting of humans who treat them well and therefore dogs are incredible stress reducers for their owners and those who also spend time with them.  Don’t you just love the picture above??? Research shows that people who are facing a stressful situation or coming out of a traumatic combat event have lower heart rates, blood pressure and anxiety levels when they are with a dog. Now NBC News has aired a wonderful story about an 89-year-old U.S. veteran who has raised millions of dollars to train dogs to help the more than 40,000 service men… Read More

Sympathy Cards

January 31st, 2012
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Recently, I sat at my desk, intending to write a sympathy card to a good friend but found myself floundering.  I started writing a few phrases and then stopped. I couldn’t find the right words that I thought would offer comfort.  It was a struggle to get my thoughts on paper and it seemed as if everything I wrote sounded awkward. I started again.  I opened the card and started to write and stopped.  Maybe I was over thinking what I wanted to say, but everything I came up with sounded so trite.  Of course, I was sorry and very… Read More

Monday Music — Owen Danoff’s Drive By

January 30th, 2012
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Let’s start off a new week with a new cover just recorded by the always talented Owen Danoff. The song is Train’s Drive By and after you watch Owen’s performance you’ll definitely look at your kitchen differently. Please check out Owen’s other great songs on YouTube. Also, congratulations to Owen Danoff for his two WHAMMYS nominations announced last week!!!  Go Owen!… Read More

Good Karma

January 27th, 2012
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Photo by Eileen Milner I am not a Buddhist but I do believe in karma. Building up good karma in the great big ‘ole universe of spirituality reminds me of what Catholics think of as corporal and spiritual works of mercy.  Karma is the universal law of cause and effect.  Most people try to do good deeds because it makes them feel they have helped someone else and also because it’s the right thing to do. When it comes to doing bad things, we all try our best to minimize the bad karma we put out there.  It sounds so… Read More

Music Heals Soldier’s Souls

January 26th, 2012
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Music is a powerful medium that touches the human soul. This link will take you to a compelling story featured in today’s Washington Post.  I’m sharing the link because the story shines a light on the healing effects of music for veterans trying to overcome their traumatic memories of war.… Read More