Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Yesterday I had a colonoscopy. All came out fine!

This is a gentle reminder to all those who are due for one to move your tush!

What's one crappy day vs. colon cancer?

Bye for Now,


Monday, July 30, 2012


As I watched the opening ceremonies wondering what the Director was thinking or drinking when he conceived this unspectacular spectacle, I wondered what this silly show cost. I believe he should stick to making wonderful movies and leave to others the task of creating an uplifting, upbeat, and inspiring opening to the grand Olympic Games. Even the British Empire isn't quite that boring and disjointed.

Thank goodness all that positive energy was created by the proud and smiling athletes strutting their stuff, their flags, and their joie de vivre at being there. It is always nice to see the world united by a common, healthy, and empowering cause.

Now, if only the Queen had smiled it would have been a perfect prelude to "Let the Games Begin!!"

As for Ralph...well that is a whole separate blog.

Bye for Now,


Friday, July 27, 2012


after a week of heavy blogs? I certainly do!

Here is another one of George Carlin's RULES from Orange Peel Gazette:

"Ladies, leave your eyebrows alone. Here's how much men care about your eyebrows: Do you have two of them? Good, we're done."

Bye for Now,


Thursday, July 26, 2012


When I visited Bernie Siegel, M.D., in May I dressed mostly in purple. He believes that color reflects someone being open to spiritual learning. Even before I knew that, Ronnie and I began to wear that color more often because my book covers are purple.

So I was quite relieved to learn that the Weston, Fl Sheriff's office is doing every thing they can to ensure law and order prevails during these turbulent times.

On March 6, 30 or so bicyclists were riding through Weston. The group left the bike lane to pass a slower rider and two joggers. The sheriff singled out just one woman to ticket for that "awful" trespass. He gave her a $65 ticket because she "stood out" in her purple outfit, while letting the rest go free.

You might wonder why Molli S, a triathlete, was wearing purple? Because she is a cancer survivor trying to bring awareness to pancreatic cancer!

Well done officer—NOT! It is reassuring to know that our streets are safe from bike lane violators—especially those who are Cancerville survivors.

Perhaps next time he can nab a "Special Olympics" trainee or some other "super sleuth" evading the law.

Nonetheless, Ronnie and I will keep wearing purple every chance we get to honor cancer, to reflect our openness to learning and spiritual growth, to symbolize my books, and to acknowledge Molli. Go Gal!

Bye for Now,


Wednesday, July 25, 2012


And the London Olympics has the potential to give us that booster shot.

Ten thousand plus athletes will be there as well as  almost ten million spectators. It will either be a disaster or a blessing. Let's hope for and assume the latter.

We can all use a YES! moment and I am hoping these great games filled with dedicated athletes from just about all countries in the world will do the trick. I personally don't care who wins what medals. I care that the London games win their fair share of applause, accolades, and affirmations considering how hard that city has worked to make this happen so that it comes out right.

Let the games begin and let sanity and civility rule the day.

Bye for Now,


Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Having completed, "How to Cope Better When You Have Cancer, " a book I hope you never read but for professional or curiosity reasons, my blog will return to 5 days a week. That said, I will take off from August 9th to after Labor Day for good behavior. Your assignment will be to read all of the blogs you missed. There will be a test on September 4th!

On a more serious note the flags are flying at half mast in the park I walk 2 miles each day. Today I saw them in my mind not only paying  respects to the Aurora victims of crazymaking, but also to the victims of the Sandusky abuse. He stole young boy's innocence, trust, and sense of fair play. How obscene it was to create a helping organization for boys, that served to recruit his innocent victims. How disgraceful it was of him to use the playing field of sports, to play so dirty. How outrageous it was for everyone in command to turn away for the good of their Penn cause, when the sick SOB should have gone to the pen many years ago! May he go there now and receive the very painful treatment he dolled out.

What good really are the sanctions? $60 mill will be ponied up by rich alumni. The loss of face and scholarship will only hurt young athletes at the school. Tossing Paterno's statue and wins will not help the children affected, and almost seem irrelevant to the crimes that were perpetuated. His teams won those 14 titles; but he lost his way, as did so many others. We count on people in powerful positions to be honorable; perhaps that is our biggest mistake.

Nor will the words of the well-meaning president or the kind-hearted in Colorado, do much to revive the dreams of all the young people who lost their lives at the hands of a homicidal maniac. Though he delusionally believed he was The Joker, his was no joke—it was  the biggest of tragedies!

There are some crimes and injustices for which no punishment is sufficient and no words adequate. The flags at half mast tell the sorry tale and help us remember those who didn't deserve what they received. May the victims and their families eventually find peace.

Bye For Now,


Monday, July 23, 2012


There is nothing more quintessential than going to the movies on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon. It was always a Norman Rockwell moment—even on Sunday to watch "Never On Sunday."

In that dark space we could smoke cigarettes until we advanced to making out, which required nothing less than perfect breath. We could also enjoy the likes of Brando, Wayne, Sinatra, and a bevy of beautiful ladies, like Gina, Gretta, Gloria, and Grace who always disappeared just before they did the "dirty deed," but thankfully reappeared all showered and cleansed for the next scene in those censored and sounds of silence days of the 50's and 60's. The movie theater was our hangout, especially in the rain; it only cost  a quarter, if you could convince the cashier, that even though you had a pack of Marlboro in your shirt pocket or under your rolled up sleeve, you were still a child under 14. And we were!

Will anyone be able to go to a movie again without giving passing thought about the tragedy last Friday night in Aurora, Colorado? Are there not many more Mr. Holmes' out there planning and plotting their insanity debut, right in front of the big screen, a super-market, or a fast-food joint near you? "Hello world, I'm crazed and you are F'in dead! Aren't I the cat's meow?"

I have met many people who carry permitted  guns for this very reason. Though I am not a gun person, times like these make me wonder—shoot or be shot?

May our prayers and hearts go out to the families of these most innocent victims who went to enjoy a Dark Knight movie, and ended up losing their life or being seriously injured on a very, very, very dark night!

It is bad enough that we have terrorists from other countries trying to get us. When our own intelligent and charming Ph.D. students turn against us in their moment of crazymaking, we are truly left completely in the dark.

Bye & Sad for Now,


Friday, July 20, 2012


Stop messing with old people. Target introduced a redesigned pill bottle that's square, with a bigger label, and the top is now the bottom. By the time grandpa figures out how to open it, he'll be gone.
Congratulations Target, you just solved the Social Security crisis.

I think that is very funny, but for the fact that he is talking about me!

My mom lived to 100. I think part of her motivation was to get even with the government in a "got you last" sense.

Bye For Now,


Wednesday, July 18, 2012


I remembered what I wanted to write about from my walk in the park. Then I forgot again.
Meanwhile, check out these funny George Carlin words from the Orange Peel Gazette:

No more gift registries. You know, it used to be just for weddings. Now it's for babies and new homes and graduations from rehab. Picking out the stuff you want and having other people buy it for you isn't gift giving. It's legal looting.

That is funny, but there is a yang to it too. Isn't it better for someone to get what they need rather than what they need to return?

Bye for Now,


Monday, July 16, 2012


I really enjoy my 2 mile walk in the park each day. It clears my head—so much so that I completely forgot what I thought about while walking that I wanted to write in a blog.

Hopefully, it will come to me by Tuesday night. Such is the price one pays for getting older—a most interesting, and at times, challenging experience.

I am pleased to report that Bernie Siegel, M.D., came through and wrote a wonderful Foreword for the book for the patient. He is the mensch of all mensches in my book, literally and figuratively.

Bye for Now,


Friday, July 13, 2012

Self-Fulfilling Expectations

Research consistently shows that people with positive mindsets and anticipations more often achieve positive results. That is why the placebo effect can be such a powerful force.

So as you head into this weekend, despite today being Friday the 13th, expect all good things to happen. Expect peace, relaxation, and tranquility. Expect that people will be kind and pleasant to you and vice versa. Anticipate love.

Let's see what happens on Saturday and Sunday. I hope your expectations turn into your reality—not just this weekend, but most of the time.

Personally, I expect that you will like this blog—but I could be wrong. I like it and that is right enough for me.

Bye for Now,


Wednesday, July 11, 2012


but the more i read, the more i become perturbed. Yesterday I saw a bumper sticker that said, "Support America—buy a congressman!" Perhaps it should have added or "buy a presidential election" given the hundreds of millions that are poured into the campaign by both sides, not to mention the shady shades of gray or is that a sexy book of a different dirty nature? And by the way how did an old Jewish guy who owns casinos become a major macha in politics anyway?

I expressed my vote before. We elect a President for 5 years and DONE! That gives him or her a chance to be a leader without worrying about the next election and having to look over one's shoulder the whole time in office. I also believe there needs to be 4 or more VPs who divide up the duties.

No two people, no matter their talents, can lead such a diverse and overwhelming set of issues that range from domestic health care to what do do with and about Iran, the European economic crisis, and large soda cups! I nominate Mike B. for VP of soda, especially since he is soon out of a job.

You just have to laugh or you are gonna cry!

Bye For Now,


Monday, July 9, 2012


Success is a ladder that cannot be climbed with your hands in your pocket.


There was never a person who did anything worth doing who did not receive more than he gave.
--Henry Ward Beecher


Bye for Now,


Friday, July 6, 2012


 are exploding all around my house and on the TV as well.

I have never been a big fireworks fan. After three or four views they all kinda look the same, and how many times can you say oooh or ahhh with your neck cranked toward the sky.

But, the meaning of July 4th should never go unrecognized. It is about feeling grateful for living in the greatest country in the world bar none. Hold aside politics which are often silly, economic shifts which are often difficult but surmountable, failures of character which seem to be part of the landscape, and intermittent crises which are just part of life.

Focus on the progress we have made since the founding fathers (and mothers) gave birth to a new nation with liberty and justice for all. It is a beautiful thing that deserves our respect and appreciation. Today marks the US of A positioned to continue to play a key role in guiding the way of the world. I am proud to be an American and always will be. I hope you are too.

Bye For Now,


Monday, July 2, 2012


Last weeks Time magazine had a cover story about the middle class taking a major hit. With just about everything up in price and some sectors targeting fees and charges to supplement fees and charges, it is no wonder, especially as salaries continue to drop.

There is this interesting quote used by FDR in his last Inaugural Address attributed to his Groton School rector, Endicott Peabody:

    Things in life will not always run smoothly. Sometimes we will be rising toward the heights—then
    all will seem to reverse itself and start downward. The great trend of civilization itself is 
    forever upward, that a line drawn through the middle of the peaks and the valleys of the centuries
    always has an upward trend.

I think this applies equally to our lives.

Bye For Now,