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Email #32: The Days of Our Lives (7/22/16)

“Time is on my side” -The Rolling Stones Good song. Wrong message. Here’s some math. How many days do most of us live? Let’s break it down. Excluding leap years, because they’re too much of a pain to deal with, each decade is 3,650 days. By the time you’ve completed two decades, and for most…


Email #31: Areena & Man’s Best Friend (7/15/16)

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.” -J.W. StephensMan’s best friend. Three simple words everyone knows. Our dogs are unconditional love. Devoted, loyal, endlessly entertaining. There are 310 million people in the U.S. and it’s estimated there are almost 80 million dogs. That’s more than the combined populations of California, Texas and New York!…


Email #30: Innovation & the End of Libraries (7/8/16)

“I want to be a paperback writer”            -The Beatles Does anyone know what a paperback even is anymore? The digital age has brought about some of the most amazing innovation in the history of the world. Innovation, however, has had an unintended consequence: the death of libraries. Most of us…


Email #29: Family is Hard. (6/24/16)

Clare Ansberry recently wrote a piece for The Wall Street Journal entitled “Siblings Matter More as We Grow Older.” It is the story of two sisters, living just outside Pittsburgh. I highly recommend reading the entirety of this wonderful article (you can do so by CLICKING HERE) but here is a passage of particular note:…


Email #28: In Celebration of Mr. Hockey (6/17/16)

Our readers and members know that I write about a wide variety of topics so the fact that I’m choosing sports for the second week in a row is purely coincidental. I am from the Bronx. When I was a kid the sports we played were baseball, because it was easy to find a stick and…


Email #27: Willis Reed & the Need for Great Men (6/10/16)

Willis Reed, the Captain. The greatest New York Knick ever, no question about it. We’re in the middle of the NBA Finals and when I watch great players like Steph Curry or LeBron, I’m reminded of Reed. The Man from Grambling. Drafted behind Marvin “Bad News” Barnes. Willis used to say he had to succeed and played every game like it…


Email #26: Highwaymen Traveling Their Own Road (6/3/16)

“And when I reach the other side I’ll find a place to rest my spirit if I can Perhaps I may become a highwayman again” I am a major rock and roll guy, which I’ve told you before. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate other music. Over the weekend I saw the remarkable PBS American…


Email #24: On the Inefficiency of the TSA (5/20/16)

Last weekend O’Hare International Airport in Chicago sent out a notice to anyone on an outgoing flight. The notice was direct: because of long security lines, get to the airport three hours before your flight. Three. Hours. Here is the lede from an ABC report out of Chicago: “Security lines at airports in Chicago and across the…


Email #23: A VFW Hall Closes. A Door Opens. (5/13/16)

The story of Tommy Smythe is the story of many men from “The Greatest Generation”. After returning home from World War II, Tommy went to work in a factory until joining the New York City Fire Department in Woodside, Queens. Every day after work, for nearly 30 years, he spent an hour or two at…



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