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Have You Made Your Labor Day Resolutions Yet?

Originally published in September 2012, updated yearly Many Labor Days ago (before everything was online) I remember reading an op-ed piece in the NYT, exploring why Labor Day would make a better New Years Day. Don’t ask me where my … Continued

What (Else) to Do in the Rest of Summer 2013

Hear that tick-tick-tick?  YUP, it’s Summer 2013 winding down.   In May, the promise of summer stretched out in front of us, as bright as the sun, and as far as they eye could see. But now, with only three weeks til Labor Day, you may be inclined … Continued

Think of The Refreshed Home as Your New i-Whatever

When you got your last electronic gadget, did you just take it out of the box, and start using it? Well, you probably wanted to. Maybe you even tried to. But new model have different programs and capabilities. Even early-adapters … Continued

It Will Be a Long Winter

161 games over six months, and for 3 teams in the Active Rain Baseball Junkies Fantasy Baseball League, it all comes down to tonight. The lead has see-sawed back and forth for the last two weeks. This morning when we … Continued

Living Life After September 11th

I remember a lot of that day eleven years ago, but more about the days after.  Vividly, violently  confronted with the previously unimaginable, people in the NY metro area clung to each other in their horror and grief.  From this vulnerability came tenderness and kindness. … Continued

Have You Made Your Labor Day Resolutions Yet?

Originally published in September 2012, updated for 2013 Many Labor Days ago (before everything was online) I remember reading an op-ed piece in the NYT, exploring why Labor Day would make a better New Years Day.   Don’t ask me where … Continued

Celebrating Arthur Ashe, and Arthur Ashe Kids’ Days

Tomorrow marks the start of the the US Open in Flushing Meadows Park, in Queens, New York, which means yesterday was  Arthur Ashe Kids’Day. The annual kick-off event for the US Open since 1993, it’s a combination tennis-entertainment-charity event that commemorates tennis legend Ashe’s … Continued

MLB Umpire Jim Joyce: The Story Keeps Getting Better

Regular readers know I am a big baseball fan,  but I had never heard of MLB umpire Jim Joyce before summer of 2010…then in an unlikely confluence of events, he burst into probably all our consciousnesses. Doug and I had attended a high school lacrosse game that … Continued