I saw two films in the last week that somehow brought me back to the old, pre-computer, pre-iPod, pre-blogging and much simpler times.
The first film was Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg. The Goldbergs was first a radio show and then a television show that took America into the Bronx with a family called the Goldbergs. The brilliant Gertrude Berg leaned out her Bronx apartment window and solved the nation’s insecurities. Raising her two children Rosalie and Sammy, she influenced women all over America in proper child-rearing. Her easy manner while uttering Jewish malapropisms was laugh-provoking with a definite point to be understood. She also sold Sanka coffee as she did her believable ads while at the window.
As I grow older, I am occasionally snapped back by my youthful memories. As a boy growing up in the East Bronx, my experiences were limited. My apartment house, my block, my school and my friends were probably my total world. Today, I can look back and try to remember certain highlights that led to my present life.
This summer I sponsored and passed legislation in Nassau County that protects children on the Internet by banning all convicted sex offenders from social networking and Internet dating websites. Working closely with nationally renowned advocacy groups Parents For Megan’s Law & the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect we were able to pass this important legislation to provide a safer environment for our children to surf the Internet.
I have always been annoyed and uncomfortable when a fellow diner makes a “fuss” at a restaurant. I sink a bit lower in my chair and wait for the incident to be settled and finally be resolved.
Usually I am not the aggrieved party and I am only an impatient observer. Last weekend I was the culprit. Let me present my case.
In light of the recent discussions surrounding bottled vs. tap water, the Plainview Water District Commissioners thought it would be beneficial to highlight some of the facts that were reported on during the July 9 airing of ABC’s Good Morning America.
According to the report, bottled water manufacturers are not required to disclose where they get their water from, how it is purified or whether it is treated at all. And yet with all of this uncertainty, Americans spend about $16 billion a year on bottled water.
I write to protest the atavistic treatment meted out to the 13 young women arrested at a Khartoum café for wearing trousers, 10 of whom were publicly flogged and fined.
The Republic of Sudan will never be a great nation so long as such bizarre, demeaning and humiliating punishments are imposed in purported courts of law. If, however, the objective is to perfect a national image that is rife with intolerance, misogyny, cruelty and masochism, then such protocol has attained its goal.
I ask that you refer this letter to President al-Bashir and Dr. al-Turabi.
Thank you for your consideration respecting this matter.
Who says you have to leave Long Island to have a great time in the summer? We have everything right here!
On Friday night we had reservations at Peppercorns Restaurant on East Marie Street in Hicksville with Paul and Jerilye Streich. The four of us were placed at a corner table, and it was cozy and easy to have a conversation. The service was gracious and the food was delicious.
On one of our earliest dates, Lorraine brought along a large newspaper wrapped container. We were babysitting for Caren, Lorraine’s niece, then 2 or 3 years old, now 48 with three grown children. What was in this surprise package?
Lorraine neatly spread the newspapers on the living room floor. She asked this question of me, the sophisticated New Yorker. “Have you ever eaten spiced crabs?” she queried.
Stanley Greenberg is right about the sports press often making “heroes” of star athletes; only to eventually tear them down. He’s right that most of these superstars don’t deserve the man of the year-type labels they get. However, I’d like to point out that those who “are caught carrying illegal guns, or brutalizing women, or taking unlawful drugs” do deserve to have the press begin the tearing down process.
It’s just too bad that such athlete-criminals usually do not receive all the punishment they deserve from our court system. For instance, the token 30 days that football player Donte Stallworth will have to spend in jail for killing a woman while driving drunk. After those 30 days are served, he will be “free”, while she will, of course, remain dead and buried.
The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens is one of the premier birding spots in the NYC metropolitan area. In the invigorating early morning air during the annual spring migration it offers a parade of colorful birds and a chance to ponder the mystery of avian DNA at work.
Last year I went there with a small group of veteran sharp-eyed birders. As soon as we arrive someone points out several white-crowned sparrows pecking at the grass adjacent to the parking lot. The black and bright white streaks on their crowns scream for attention. By contrast their breasts and bellies are pearl gray while their stout little bills appear almost orange. This bird’s designer made its creation simultaneously striking and soothing. Three brown-headed cowbirds are in a nearby tree. They are parasites that put their eggs into the nests of other birds among the occupants’ eggs, usually one per nest, hoping that the unsuspecting parents-to-be will incubate them.
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