Enjoy Your Sunday

• The inventor of the treadmill died at the age of 54.

• The inventor of gymnastics died at the age of 57. •

The world bodybuilding champion died at the age of 41.

The best footballer in the world, Maradona, died at the age of 60.

• James Fuller Fixx, credited with helping start America’s fitness revolution by popularizing the sport of running, died of a heart attack while jogging at age 52.

BUT … • The KFC inventor died at 94. • The inventor of the Nutella brand died at the age of 88. •

Cigarette maker Charles Winston died at the age of 102.

• The inventor of opium died at the age of 116, in an earthquake.

• And, the Hennessy Liquor inventor died at 98.

How did smart people come to the conclusion that exercise prolongs life?

The rabbit is always jumping up and down, but it lives for only two years, and the turtle, that doesn’t exercise at all, lives 400 years.

Get some rest, chill, stay cool, eat, drink and enjoy your life

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Phyllis Raphael, 86, in her Manhattan apartment, and Stan Leff, 89, have been a couple for six years.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE

It’s Never Too Late to Fall in Love

For Phyllis Raphael, 86, a chance meeting on the street turned into a get-together. Then came a date. A second and third followed. So did a love affair.

By Alix Strauss——-from The New York Times

“It’s Never Too Late” is a series that tells the stories of people who decide to pursue their dreams on their own terms.


In 2015, nine months after her husband died, Phyllis Raphael, now 86, ran into Stan Leff, now 89, while exiting Citarella, a grocery store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

“Stan remembered me from a party on Fire Island in 1974. He said I was on a deck serving hors d’oeuvres. But I didn’t remember him,” said Ms. Raphael, a Brooklyn-born writer. “We’d known each other peripherally and seen each other at parties but never spoke to each other until that day.”

By then each had been married twice. Both were widowed. Mr. Leff’s second wife had died a decade earlier, Ms. Raphael’s second husband of 24 years had died of amyloidosis, a rare disease.

“We started talking. A few nights later he called and asked me out,” she said. “He had gotten my number from a mutual friend of ours who thought our getting together was a good idea and encouraged him to call.”

That call turned into a get-together. Then came a date. A second and third followed. So did a relationship. Then a love affair.

Six years later the couple are still deeply committed to each other. Ms. Raphael said they spend some weeknights and weekends together; Mr. Leff sleeps over at her apartment in a stately prewar building on the Upper West Side. A retired bookseller, he lives four blocks away. At the moment, they have no plans to marry. (The following interview with Ms. Raphael has been edited and condensed.)

What was life like after your husband passed away?

I was going to a support group at New York Hospital that was filled with grief, which suited me at the time. I would go to dinner parties, there were always five single women and two men. I didn’t think I’d ever go on Match.com. I was going to throw myself on the mercy of my three kids and my friends. Stan changed everything.

How did the relationship start?

We saw Amy Schumer’s movie “Trainwreck” for our first get-together. I found him very attractive. I liked sitting next to him in the movie. We went to the Lime Leaf for dinner, which is no longer in business. I offered to pay my share; he offered to pay the bill. That established something. We started seeing each other shortly after that.

We went to plays, movies, dinners, and took walks in Riverside Park. I couldn’t understand what we were doing. That November we were watching a movie at my home and I thought the time has come. I put my head on his shoulder. That opened the door. He said to me: ‘Winter is coming. It’s getting cold. I’m not going to want to go home at night.’ I understood what that meant. We became lovers that night.

Did you ever think you’d be in another relationship?

I never dreamed there would be someone else. I knew I would be lonely, but I wasn’t looking for a relationship. When I began seeing Stan, I didn’t think it would evolve to more than widowed neighborhood friends. Once it was happening, I was so surprised. I thought that part of my life was over, but it wasn’t. At my age you think, ‘OK, if this is what life is going to hand me I’m going to take it.’ So I started seeing him seriously.

A few years ago I submitted a piece to Tiny Love Stories about our relationship. I originally wrote it as an exercise, which is what I do when I’m trying to write and can’t get started. I wanted to write something, and Stan was important in my life. He still is.

How is this relationship different than what you had with your second husband?

This is a different kind of love. I loved my husband. We had a very good marriage. I grew to understand him better as time passed, but I don’t believe we were soul mates. Sometimes Stan comes closer. There’s sex, affection and longing for one another. We care deeply about each other. My kids love him and that means a lot. He’s devoted to his children. I couldn’t love someone who wasn’t. This relationship works for both of us. I’m crazy about him. Not the way I used to be with my husband, but differently. When he walks in the door I’m really happy to see him. It’s not euphoric. You can catch your breath, but we would suffer without each other.

What makes this relationship work?

We are two people who have a really good time together. We grew up in the same era. We laugh at the same jokes. We both love show tunes. We remember the same things. He’s my companion, but so much more. Stan’s at the top of my emergency list. I trust him. He makes me feel safe. He’s kind, reliable. We are good physically. I’ve not figured out what love actually is, but this comes pretty close.

What are your future plans?

Stan fits this time in my life. He calls me his girlfriend. I call him my boyfriend. We are more than friends; we are more than lovers. I don’t want to get married. I don’t want to mess with what we have. What we have is really good.

What suggestions can you offer people who feel stuck?

Do something new that you normally wouldn’t do, or something you hadn’t planned on doing, or something you’re passionate about. Take an acting class or a cooking class, or go to a museum. These things let you connect to other people you might not have met ordinarily. It can make your life more lively. Pick up the phone. Send an email. Think of something you want to do and then ask someone if they want to do it with you. Don’t be afraid to let things happen.

Any words of wisdom to share?

Not to expect. I didn’t expect this to happen, or to be with someone for six years. I thought he must have other women in his life, but he didn’t. When I was married I had expectations. I have none of that here. You never know what’s around the corner. That thinking has made me happier.

Life is a gift; it expires. When you get to my age you begin looking back on your life. I feel there are opportunities I’ve missed, but I’ve explored a lot. We all have an expiration date. It’s better to use the gift while you’ve got it.

Biden Vs Trump (We need to make sure he never gets in again! How can you help?

A must read by Andrew Yang

There have been a number of pieces out recently projecting that Trump is going to run in 2024 and that he will be very difficult to stop.

I agree. He’s raised over $100 million. He polls at 65% among Republicans, thirty points higher than others. His base remains fervent. And many of his strongest opponents will choose to sit it out rather than lose their luster among the most partisan.

Nikki Haley has already said that she wouldn’t run against Trump. Ron DeSantis may be the strongest alternative, but Ron is young enough to wait out a cycle rather than risk it all against Trump – and he’s been telling supporters in private he wouldn’t run against Trump. Trump might draw an opponent like Chris Christie and Mike Pence, but it will likely be a cakewalk. The biggest obstacles to this in my view are his health – he is 75 – or an unlikely legal prosecution based upon some of his past financial dealings in New York.



One big variable – does Trump the presidential candidate get his social media megaphones back? It’s hard to exclude the nominee of a major party or even a contender. This is an awful thought, to me, as things have felt saner with him off Twitter.

Let’s say it is Trump. Who will run against him from the Democratic side? The logical choice is Joe Biden, the incumbent who already defeated Trump once. The main issues are that Joe will be 81 and may be visibly flagging by then. Joe also is relatively unpopular right now for a President at this stage in his administration – he’s running at around 43%, though this could obviously rebound over the coming months.

Joe characterized himself as a bridge to the next generation. Does that mean that Kamala Harris would be the most likely candidate in 2024? Some would love the contrast between Kamala and Trump. Kamala, however, regularly polls worse than Joe by a few points. Her one big national foray – her presidential run – underperformed. The team around her is shifting. And she seems to have some elements of the political media that aren’t favorable to her.

Kamala reminds me of Hillary Clinton – a deep blue state Senator who underperformed in a presidential primary and then is appointed to a very senior position by the Democratic President who defeated her. Her native ability to win a national campaign is a total unknown with the existing data points somewhat discouraging. Unlike Kamala though, Hillary had a very deep set of relationships among just about everyone in the Democratic power structure.

Who does that leave? After you go past Joe and Kamala, you’d likely have to run a competitive primary. It’s not like they can just look around and say “Our nominee should be . . . Pete!” even if a critical mass of the party decides that’s what they want. There are also the terrible optics of pushing aside Kamala, unless she were to make it seem that it’s entirely up to her. It would be difficult to run a competitive Democratic primary in 2024 with a sitting President and Vice President right there – it would make the party seem fractious and introduce uncertainty that Democrats wouldn’t enjoy.

In my opinion, the Democrats’ best bet might be a candidate like Jon Ossoff, who is a young Senator from a swing state who could energize a lot of voters. Jon is social media savvy, media friendly and has been through two races that were nationalized with flying colors. But again, Jon would have to go through a competitive primary that Democrats would, I believe, prefer to avoid.

So that leads us back to Joe. I believe the biggest variable is Joe’s health. Joe underperformed in early primary states where there was a lot of retail politicking in part because he wasn’t as strong a campaigner as some others. He did much better in states where it was strictly TV.

Note that I had a front row seat to this. Will he have the strength after 3 years of being President? He would be the incumbent which would have many advantages – most of his campaigning would likely be on television from the White House or other presidential venues.

One thing that many don’t understand is that Joe’s victory in 2020 was razor-thin; 42,000 votes in 3 states – Arizona, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania – decided the race. Joe’s massive popular vote win was driven up in blue states like New York and California, and that margin is irrelevant.

Joe will also likely be saddled with a Republican Congress after 2022. The in-power party traditionally loses 10 -15 seats in off-cycle elections. Right now the Democratic majority is only 5 seats, likely to be reduced by redistricting. Note also that Democrats surprisingly lost 13 seats against Trump in 2020, in what they were hoping was a wave election.

Betting markets have the Republicans retaking the majority in the House in 2022 as a 74% likelihood. This will almost certainly make Joe’s ability to have major victories to crow about in 2023 and 2024 leading up to the race almost nil.

If you’re a Democrat reading this, perhaps you are shuddering. A lot can change on a dime of course. Maybe the reconciliation package will pass and be so popular that Democrats hold the House. Maybe one of the people we are discussing could have a major health issue tomorrow.

But based on what we know, we are likely looking at Biden vs. Trump II.

I don’t think that would be welcome news to a significant body of Americans who would look up and say, “We’re running this back again?” The advanced age of both candidates would be historic on both sides. It truly would be a sign of how sclerotic our system and institutions are.

But this is where the political incentives will lead.

This isn’t even the main concern. Bill Maher makes the case that the issue isn’t who the Democrats run or even what the vote totals look like – it’s going to be the integrity of the system itself and whether people stay home or take to the streets.

In an environment where millions of Americans don’t trust vote counts and can be encouraged to insurrection, the unthinkable is on the table: widespread violence and a contested election.

The superficial script will be Democrats vs. Republicans. The underlying challenge will be the continuation of a stable Democracy with peaceful transitions vs. an arena of political chaos in a time of record-high institutional mistrust.

You can put me in the camp believing that this is a real possibility.

So what do we do?

People imagine that I am setting up a third party in order to set the stage for a presidential run in 2024. That’s wrong. I’ve founded Forward in order to provide a movement to reform a system that is increasingly setting us up to both fail and turn on each other.

There has to be a positive, unifying political tribe that acts to reform the dysfunctional system in 2022 via ballot initiatives and elevating aligned candidates.

I hope you’ll join us! This is our only chance before 2024 to introduce a different political dynamic and free a critical mass of representatives from complete adherence to party dictates. It may mean the difference between election integrity and civil unrest.

There is the battle between the 2 major parties. And then there is the battle to modernize, preserve and sustain a functioning democracy in the time that we have.

That’s our opportunity. We don’t have long. Let’s spread the word and work hard and fast. 2024 will be here before we know it.

– Andrew

Artist Andoni Bastarrika creates hyper realistic sand sculptures of animals….. These three-dimensional masterpieces look like they’ve crawled onto shore to take a nap

He’s a self-taught artist from the Basque region of Spain—began in 2010 building sand sculptures to entertain children on the beach—one picture went viral and now he’s teaching the art of sand sculpting—it is truly amazing.

Works mainly with his hand and few tools such as toothpicks, etc. add in some realistic touches like real horns, hoofs, etc. He’s actually able to support himself doing sand sculptures. Thank you Michael Sommer for sharing.





























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Highlights From W Magazine

What’s the update on Donatella Versace, Iman, Manolo Blahnik

FROM THE MAGAZINE

Donatella Versace Finds Strength in Failure

byAndrea WhittlePhotographed byMert Alas and Marcus Piggott10.12.21

Donatella Versace wears her own clothing  and jewelry. Retouching: Dreamer Post.

Donatella Versace wears her own clothing and jewelry. Retouching: Dreamer Post.

For our annual “The Originals” issue, we asked creatives—pioneers in the fields of art, design, fashion, comedy, activism, and more—to share their insights on staying true to themselves. Read all of this year’s interviews here

Looking back at your career, what do you consider some of the biggest barriers you have broken as a fashion designer?null

To be honest, I do not think there were many fashion barriers left after my brother Gianni. If anything, I am still trying to inspire confidence in men and women through my collections. We live in a moment in which the barriers we need to overcome are discrimination, hate against race or sexual orientation, body shaming.

What does originality mean to you?

Being unapologetic to yourself.

Do you have a style icon?

If I have to select a single person, out of the ones I’ve been lucky enough to meet in my life, I would choose Prince! He understood the power of fashion, the power of one’s image, like no other. In many ways he reminded me of Gianni, because they both lived in a time when there were a lot of taboos and impermissible behaviors and views around fashion, and neither of them gave any importance to that. Prince was a “pure” artist in that sense. He did not allow others’ opinions to affect him or his fashion choices. All he cared about was his art, his music, and being himself. If that entailed wearing high heels and makeup, then so be it.

Who was the first person who made you realize you could break the rules?

I had to get to that conclusion by myself. I did not choose this career path; it was forced on me because of what happened to my brother. In many ways, I felt like I owed it to him, that I was supposed to continue what he started and celebrate his work and what he created. But no one believed I could actually do it. For many years, I felt like everyone was expecting me to fail. And I did fail! But today I know that failing is just part of the process, and the challenging part is making sure you pick yourself up. Every time I did, I felt stronger. Once I made peace with my past, I was able to find my own voice. That’s when I really started to do what I wanted. I brought back the iconic prints of Gianni in my own way, and created new ones. Today I can say that what you see on the runway is truly an expression of who I am.

What is the most unoriginal thing people ask you?

“How do you pronounce ‘Versace’?”

What inspires you about your children’s generation?

Their ability to comprehend technology, and to make it fun and so easy to use. Well, it’s also kind of unnerving. I mean, I love technology, but I am not very good at it. I try, but still… I feel the younger generations were born with a smartphone in their hands, and what they do with technology is amazing. Take virtual reality, AI, or special effects, for example. These have now become part of our daily reality in many ways. I also admire how so many have had the courage to use technology to amplify their voice and beliefs. They have made us stop and think about the impact we have in this world. I love how involved they are with their communities and how they have utilized different platforms to debate and educate the public on subjects like sustainability, diversity, and climate change. They understand that our communities and planet need to be nourished, because that’s the one they will inherit. It’s amazing, don’t you think?

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Iman Has Spent a Lifetime Building Her Own Seat at the Table

The legendary supermodel has broken barriers in the modeling, fashion, and beauty industries for decades. By no means is she done yet.byClover HopePhotographed byCampbell AddyStyled byChristina Holevas10.12.21


Iman wears a Marc Jacobs sweater and hat.

Iman wears a Marc Jacobs sweater and hat. 

For our annual “The Originals” issue, we asked creatives—pioneers in the fields of art, design, fashion, comedy, activism, and more—to share their insights on staying true to themselves. Read all of this year’s interviews here

You’ve been an icon for decades: You became a boundary-breaking supermodel in the 1970s, and established yourself as a businesswoman and humanitarian in the years since. In 1994, you launched IMAN Cosmetics for women of color, but only recently has the beauty industry caught up and become more inclusive. Why did it take so long?

First, we should give due credit to the ’70s makeup brand Fashion Fair, which was exclusively for Black women. What I created was for women of color. And let’s not forget Rihanna; she’s the one who came with 40 shades of foundation for Fenty Beauty. We have always been the masters of our own destinies. We force people to change. Less than 10 years ago, five years ago, you know, there was the idea that you had to be invited to the table. Nobody cares now. I can buy my own table. I can build my own table. And it’s not just about using models. It’s about hiring Black creatives, putting people in decision-making positions. We’re owning how we want to be seen, not how people “should” see us.

What’s the biggest barrier you’ve broken as a model?

A couple of months after I arrived in the United States, in 1975, I found out they were paying Black models less than our counterparts, and I said, “I’m not doing this.” If I’m doing the same job as the white model, I have to be compensated. I went on strike for three months. And then, of course, they raised my rate.

What made you decide to speak up?

Being a foreigner and majoring in political science and coming from Somalia, where all of us are Black, I’ve never thought of myself as less than anybody. When you have that instilled in you, you’re not coming from a place of want. You’re coming from a place of, I have something to offer you.

What does originality mean to you?

Refusal. Independent thinking. Walking away. The person I always thought of—and this was way before we met—was my husband [the late David Bowie]. I used to go to all his shows, and I never met him until we were set up years later. He was the first artist that I thought, Wow, how original. And he’s still original.

Who’s a new trailblazer in fashion to you?

Anok Yai is an original. She is unapologetically herself. She’s creating a space for herself. When you see her, you say, “There goes somebody different.”

What does it take to be a successful model today?

There is this argument that a lot of young models who have followers in the millions—the Kendalls or the Hadids—have not gone through the same arduous steps as others. That’s true. But let’s not forget that these models are also hard workers. There’s only so much the followers can do for you. I’m not from the school of people saying, “Oh, they don’t make models as they used to.” Oh no, they do! And they make them better! You have to move out of the door to let other people in. When Naomi Campbell was interviewing me once, she said, “Why did you retire?” I said, “You bitches were coming right behind me!” [Laughs] “You, Linda—it was time for me to exit gracefully.”

Where do you see your influence in the beauty world?

The new generation should know where things came from. If you want to be a great model, start looking at old magazines—Black models, specifically, women of color like Naomi Sims and Donyale Luna. Naomi Sims’s pictures are just as elegant and beautiful today. There is a rich history behind us.

Iman wears a Marc Jacobs jumpsuit and shoes.
Marc Jacobs jumpsuit and shoes.Hair by Derick Monroe; makeup by Keita Moore for Iman Cosmetics and Armani Beauty at the Only Agency; photo assistants: Stephen Wordie, Patrick Lyn, Alex Kalb; retouching: Post Apollo; fashion assistant: Amir La Sure.

Who has been your style icon over the years?

Isabella Rossellini. She’s beautiful, and she’s a very dear friend of mine, but what I love about her is that as she’s aged, she created this uniform. When you’re talking to her, you don’t see the clothes, jewelry, whatever. I love that. I have the attention span of an ant. I need to change all the time. But to me, she’s a star and somebody who’s still as arresting as when she was 20 years old. She has a singular style.

What was your first major fashion purchase?

The first big check I spent was on 10 pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage. Some of the trunks are like tables. I bought them in the late ’70s, and I still travel with them.

What’s the most prized possession in your closet?

My husband bought me a black alligator Birkin bag. I have several Birkin bags, but that one is unique

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FROM THE MAGAZINE

Manolo Blahnik Is Ready for the Return of Elegance

byJenny ComitaPhotographed byMisan Harriman10.12.21

Manolo Blahnik wears his own clothing and accessories.

Manolo Blahnik wears his own clothing and accessories.SEE MORE FROMThe Originals Issue 2021

For our annual “The Originals” issue, we asked creatives—pioneers in the fields of art, design, fashion, comedy, activism, and more—to share their insights on staying true to themselves. Read all of this year’s interviews here

It’s been a big year for you! Not only did you celebrate your 50th year in business, but you opened a big new store on Madison Avenue in New York this past spring. How did you manage to pull that off in the midst of the pandemic?

Well, I haven’t really left home in two years, so I haven’t even visited my bloody store! Can you imagine how tragic? It’s been done by Zoom with the architect, who was in Paris giving orders to people in New York. It’s been quite, quite, quite exhausting! But I really like it, based on the pictures, and I hope I can visit soon. I love New York. I always feel at home there as soon as I arrive. At the airport, all the ladies in customs say, “Oh, Mr. Blaaw-nik, when you have a sale, let me know!” It’s just fantastic.

What are some of your best New York memories?

I have so many, but my favorite was visiting Rumpelmayer’s, the soda fountain on Central Park South. My friends and I would go there sometimes twice a day! Everything was so beautiful and clean, and the people would say, “Oh, hi, Manolo! How are you?” When it closed, I was devastated. I thought, This is something I will never, ever have again. There was Studio 54 and all of that, but Rumpelmayer’s was my New York. A tuna fish sandwich and three milkshakes—heaven!

Manolo Blahnik, pictured with a dog, wears his own clothing and accessories.

In the absence of those milkshakes, how are you indulging yourself these days?

Books! I have them up to my eyeballs in all of my homes. I don’t know where to put them anymore—soon I will be buried alive! Right now I’m reading about the French Revolution, 1920s first editions in the original language. Extraordinary! And I have all the letters of Saint Teresa of Ávila, and it’s wonderful—in a very old Spanish, but I understand it. I have English things, too. About 20 Lord Byron books from the 1870s that are beautiful. And a first edition of Myra Breckinridge, by Gore Vidal—signed! Once, I met Gore Vidal. He was sweet.

Whose style do you most admire these days?

I still love girls like Shalom Harlow. They’re not so young anymore—I don’t like those new girls now. The first time I saw Shalom, I was doing the shoes for Isaac Mizrahi—this was 100 years ago—and I saw this girl coming along, skinny, with that hair! And I thought, Oh my god, who is that? And Isaac said, “Oh, it’s my new girl, Shalom!” That first impression was extraordinary—the way she moves… Not long ago, I saw a video of her dancing, and she still has it. And then, of course, the chicest woman in Europe is Amanda Harlech. She can put on a little mingy dress from Kmart, but she has divine shoes and divine hats, and that, to me, is elegance. Anything she puts on, the cheapest thing, she makes it fabulous.

Do you think elegance will make a comeback after these many months of sweatpants and sneakers?

I do. In London, people are now dressed up and going to Savile Row to have suits made. Not everyone is wearing those hideous trainers and things like that. It gives me hope that young people will go back to some kind of style. Don’t forget, as long as we are human, we will want to be decorated—for ourselves; not for other people so much. When I wake up in the morning and say, I’m going to wear happy colors today, that is for myself! You can tell immediately when a person is dressing for someone other than themselves. Ugh, you can smell it in seconds!

Manolo Blahnik, pictured with a dog, wears his own clothing and accessories.

What are your dreams for the future?

I just want to be healthy and keep doing things. I don’t want anything else. I have everything I want, and I have wonderful memories. My life has only been full of fantastic things, actually. Or maybe there have been horrible things, but I don’t remember them. Either way, really, it’s fantastic.

How Can One Man Survive Such Tsuris?

Everything You’ll Want to Know About Donald Trump’s Legal Woes | DCReport.org

My question to you is how does he get away with it? How can anyone, who is being accused of so much, be a possible candidate for the President of the United States? I know some of the answers but I’m not going to write them here. We can discuss anytime you want. It’s a short conversation.

https://www.dcreport.org/2021/08/13/everything-youll-want-to-know-about-donald-trumps-legal-woes/

Thank you Dick Krain for the article.

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It’s Not Sustainable’: What America’s Port Crisis Looks Like Up Close

This is another major situation that doesn’t seem to have a satisfactory solution. What the heck is going on?


https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/10/business/supply-chain-crisis-savannah-port.html?referringSource=articleShare

Written for a friend who recently lost a few friends

Written By David Steven Simon (a prolific writer for TV, theater, books, essays, and poems). We know him for years and have been the recipient of many of his great works.

Amidst A Tangle of Final Baby Breath

The flowers

Which we cradled in a pale, life-chipped ceramic vase,

Like a vibrant , rosy-cheeked baby from 

The fields of Arles

Can only love us

For so long 

Before they begin to curtsy and bend

Like an exhausted prima ballerina

On withered stems

Who will then

float away

towards the eternity

Of the wings

at the speed of 

suddenly lost love.

And yet it was only a few days ago

When we carried them home in our arms

Trimmed and arranged them

Like soft-hearted teachers placing children in size order

In an orderly line

And carried them on the reverence of tip toes

to their place of honor,

On the notched pine bed of a  coffee table

Where we stared at them every morning

And every night like

Hypnotized parents 

And did everything we could

to keep them happy and alive.

And yet

While we were otherwise engaged

Watching The Crown

Or playing Sudoku

There was 

A sudden decline

An unannounced droop

A Garbo collapse  as

The cells surrendered 

and the bouquet passed quietly away

Amidst a tangle of final baby breath

Which is why I suppose that

artists memorialize our fallen flowers

And why

photographers capture them

And writers eulogize about them.

To remind us

That every cherished visit

Is as brief as an idea

That to welcome the limpidity of beauty

And the transmission of color

Is to be loved unconditionally 

That there are indelible lessons in the magic

Of fidelity

And most importantly, that the pain of loss can be stilled by 

By the legacy that you have inherited

The epilogue of a life

that will continue to guide and inspire you

Long after they said goodbye.

Did It Ever Occur To You?

What is the opposite of a croissant? A happy uncle.

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims.

Which branch of the military accepts toddlers? The infantry.

Did you know you can actually listen to the blood in your veins? You just have to listen varicosely.

Though I enjoy the sport, I could never date a tennis player. Love means nothing to them.

I have a joke about time travel, but I’m not gonna share it. You guys didn’t like it.

What’s the opposite of irony? Wrinkly.

I was kidnapped by mimes once. They did unspeakable things to me.

Got a PS5 for my little brother. Best trade I’ve ever done!

I finally decided to sell my vacuum cleaner. All it was doing was gathering dust!

A friend of mine went bald years ago, but still carries around an old comb. He just can’t part with it.

You know there’s no official training for trash collectors? They just pick things up as they go along.

I’m thinking of a career where I estimate crowd sizes at different outdoor events. I wonder how many people are in that field.

What do you call a woman who sets fire to all her bills? Bernadette.

Did you hear how the zombie bodybuilder hurt his back? He was dead-lifting.

I saw Usain Bolt sprinting around the track shouting, “Why did the chicken cross the road!?” It was a running joke.

Where does the General keep his armies? In his sleevies.

How does a squid go into battle? Well-armed.

What’s the best thing about Switzerland? I don’t know, but their flag is a huge plus.

A bear walks into a restaurant. He tells his waiter, “I want a grilled…cheese.” The waiter says, “What’s with the pause?” “Whaddya mean?” the bear replies. “I’m a bear!”

What do you call a Frenchman wearing sandals? Phillipe Phillope.

Never criticize someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’ll be a mile away, and you’ll have their shoes.

Two men meet on opposite sides of a river. One shouts to the other, “I need you to help me get to the other side!” The other guy replies, “You’re on the other side!”

What’s the difference between a hippo and a Zippo? One is really heavy, and the other is a little lighter.

What do Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common? Same middle name

Thank you cousin Harvey Oshinsky for these little gems.

Many Kids Today Inspire To “Goof Off” As Their Occupation

Bill Maher is so right. No one wants to work anymore. I have countless parents calling me just as their children are graduating college to ask if I would counsel them on career choices. Nine times out of 10, I find out that the ladies want to be Kim Kardashian and the gents want to be house husbands.

They just don’t want to work. What’s the point of that? They think their parents wasted their lives working all the time in a world that is just falling apart. They would rather own less, and experience more.

Watch Bill outline the scenario for you in the following video.

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Warning! Be Prepared To Cry Your Eyes Out. This is an emotional ride

First Seen On 60 Minutes. Despite his Alzheimer’s, Tony Bennett prepares to perform with Lady Gaga. He is the miracle man, his wife, an angel, and Lady Gaga, a wonderful human being. What a wonderful world this could be.

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Second Act

Super fabulous news. The greatest PR agent to the stars is moving from LA to my hood. This is us at her son Jeremy’s Bar Mitzvah in 1986. We have been working together since 1974 and now we are the Golden Girls still making people, products and things famous. The fun has just begun. I am thrilled beyond description.

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Some Of Our First Shots From The iPhone 13 Pro

Your head is in the clouds. What’s the point of $100 million condo 60 stories up? Photo by Eliot Hess on Billionaires Row, NYC

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During our flight from NYC to Miami on AA, the pilot suddenly said, “tighten your seat belts, we are going to hit some turbulence.” When we looked out the window are saw Trump’s National Doral Golf Club. Photo by Eliot Hess.

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NYC back in action. Photo by Eliot Hess
They don’t build buildings like this anymore. NBC studios in NYC. Photo by Eliot Hess..

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This is what some of the upscale outdoor dining looks like in Manhattan. Thank you Quality Meats.

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Eliot becomes part of the merchandising display at Nordstrom’s.
Eliot captured quite a view of the Rockaways when we first arrived at JFK airport.