Today is both National Oatmeal Cookie Day and National Raisin Day. You can already see where I'm going with this. Put them together and bake up a great batch of soft gooey oatmeal raisin cookies. Try the recipe link below for a terrific option. And send me a few by mail if you do. Yummy! … Continue reading Two National Days that go well together with a recipe that blends them!
National Superhero Day was actually founded by Marvel Comics but today it has an entirely new cast. Our superheroes today are our doctors, hospital staff, nurses, first responders, pharmacists, police, fire fighters, EMTs, delivery drivers, restaurant workers, grocery store workers, and truck drivers. They are saving our butts today. Thank you. As always you can … Continue reading National Superhero Day in the Age of Pandemic
All New Yorkers are directed to stay at home except for necessary trips for groceries and medicine. We are permitted to step outside for short trips to get air as long as we wear a mask and safely social distance. But that can be difficult in the most dense population center in the country. I … Continue reading Upstate Manhattan is in bloom
During this lockdown period it is likely your screen time is increasing tremendously. Wonder how that played back in 1918 for the last pandemic when the telephone technology was relatively new. Take a look at this ad: A new way to stay in touch even in that early day. But not every home had a … Continue reading National Telephone Day in the age of COVID-19
Today is National Take Our - and whoops - what bad timing. With schools and many jobs shut down everyone is in the same place already - home! Need to rethink this one and see if the home school monitor will write an excuse letter to let the kids move from the kitchen table to … Continue reading National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Happy 50th anniversary of Earth Day in a most unusual time. With much of the world on stay at home orders for the last month research shows marked reductions in pollution all around the globe. We've always known that Earth's real problem is people. It took the current pandemic to make it demonstrably apparent. How … Continue reading Happy Odd Earth Day
New York now requires everyone to wear a mask when they are in public and can't safely socially distance. To be safe (considering my own susceptibility after my recent health issues) I have been wearing a mask and gloves in an abundance of caution. Here is an N95 mask I had laying about from a … Continue reading New York Fashion Face Masks
Stuck inside, one of my obsessions has been reading about the global pandemic to find meaning and thoughtful insights about our future, instead of the noise and conspiracy theories that abound. The New York Times this weekend published a thoughtful and detailed look at next steps. If you are not a subscriber you should still … Continue reading A comprehensive New York Times look at COVID-19 – and a couple of cute takes
Garlic is such an integral part of our cooking it is hard to imagine how we would do without it. But the most useful and delightful way to use it is to simply roast it. You can do a few heads at a time in your toaster oven or a whole sheet pan full in … Continue reading National Garlic Day – now go roast it!
Without comment, hope you enjoy some memes found this week regarding our situation. Some seem darker this week than previously... Remember to be kind to each other, to check on your neighbors, friends and family. But most importantly, be kind to yourself. We'll get through this and we need you with us when we do. … Continue reading Memes of our times…
We lost a great actor yesterday. I've seen Brian Dennehy in lots of screen roles but I am blessed also to have seen his Tony winning Broadway performances. In 1999 he led an amazing cast in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" and I also saw him lead an astounding production of one of my … Continue reading In Memoriam – Brian Dennehy
While there are competing stories of who originated Eggs Benedict, it is widely agreed it was here in New York City in the latter half of the 19th Century. Makes sense it was first devised in a city that celebrates a brunch culture. As you know it is an English Muffin, topped with bacon, poached … Continue reading National Eggs Benedict Day
108 years ago today a really big ship sideswiped an iceberg and an industry was born. Novels, movies, even a Broadway musical were launched and by now everyone knows the story and the plot lines built around it. If you don't, you now have plenty of time to dip into books and movies to catch … Continue reading National Titanic Remembrance Day
Mmmm. I love pecans, in waffles, in gooey pie, in just about any way. As you are sequestered at home it would be nice to have a tasty snack high protein way to enjoy them. Lucky you, here is a simple recipe I have adapted from Southern Living magazine that I know you will enjoy! … Continue reading National Pecan Day and a make at home snack
Long before Twitter there was a pithy way to express important sentiments with a limited character set, church signs had limited real estate and they became very adept at getting their point across in few words. And just think, they didn't have the chance to make multiple (1/?) messages. And so it is this interrupted … Continue reading Easter 2020 in the age of COVID-19
I've only been writing scripts a relatively short time, less than 15 years. While I played around with the idea when I was younger, I never seriously attacked it. I wish I had started earlier. On this national day I've reached out to a number of young writers to encourage their work. I've been part … Continue reading National Encourage a Young Writer Day
New York is downright eerie right about now. Streets are downright empty but the air is filled with the sounds of sirens, echoing off our concrete canyons. In my upper Manhattan neighborhood people are out and walking but keeping respectful distances and most wearing mouth coverings of some kind. Grocery stores limit the number of … Continue reading More reflections on New York in Lockdown
I thought you otter gnaw that today is International Beaver Day. It is the best dam day there is. You may not know that a beaver keeps track of how many trees he cuts down by keeping a log. I wood've said more but ran out of puns. As always you can find more at … Continue reading International Beaver Day
Hope you are well and taking care of yourself and your family. Here in New York we are praying for the week ahead. It will be tough as we approach the predicted apex. We hope it will not be as bad as the experts say but we must be prepared for the potential number of … Continue reading Dispatch from the Epicenter
I have tried not to focus on my health issues when my entire city is getting sick around me, but it does go on. As a matter of fact, it has been delayed and detoured as hospitals are turned entirely into COVID-19 treatment centers. But recently I was fitted for something called an Arizona Boot. … Continue reading Footnotes #23 – Arizona Boot
Happy International Pillow Fight Day! While you are locked in a COVID-19 lockdown this is the very best and least dangerous way to take out your frustration. Pillows are the safest weapon to use on your locked up friends! And who knows, maybe the world could adopt such a conflict protocol. At that point we … Continue reading Happy International Pillow Fight Day!
Happy April Fool's Day. I understand these measures taken to stop the spread of the virus are deadly serious, but freezing in place sometimes feels like one giant prank. Yes, most of us will be spending more time at home to stop the spread of COVID-19. New York State has extended orders to stay in … Continue reading More time at home