Thursday, December 31, 2015

IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN

to wish everyone a healthy, peaceful and fun 2016. As you can see I have given up on prosperity. It's time will come again, but not in my lifetime.

But health always trumps (sorry) wealth and that is the most impoprtant ingredient for the New Year.

Stay tuned for new and exciting blogs in 2016.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, December 25, 2015

I Hope

Your Xmas day was pleasant  and peaceful 
For some the day is deeply religious and for others, like myself, it is simply a happy day to be enjoyed for its spirit of peace on Earth and Goodwill toward men and women and children of all persuasions .
Bye for now,
Bill

Sunday, December 20, 2015

LAST TUESDAY

I shared about the FAU professor who challenges the reality of the Sandy Hook massacre of innocent children and his taunting of the parents who lost their 6 year old son. Horrible! I have subsequently learned he also challenges the San Bernardino shootings, the Boston Marathon bombing, and other mass attacks.

I am pleased to report that there have been "mass attacks" against him including a SS editorial entitled "Tenure be damned, Tracy embarrasses FAU" and his being given 10 days by FAU President John Kelly to respond to why he should not be terminated.

No doubt when he is, he will deny it ever happened.

Psycho Professors have no place in our Universities. We need rational data-based people influencing our young adults independent of tenure. The latter is a well-earned honor, not a license for endless insanity.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

AFTER LAST NITE'S DEBATE

I wrote down a brief list of 7 or 8 characteristics that would be prerequisite for someone to become President of our great land and Commander in Chief. These are basic qualities like Integrity, Humility, Depth of Knowledge, Excellent Judgment, Diplomacy and the like.

I encourage you to make a complete list of your own, and then tell me one candidate in either party that possesses all of those traits.

Once again there will be a lesser of evils choice on election day and as the past 16 years demonstrates, this great nation cannot find a great leader.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I RECENTLY READ THAT

a Florida Atlantic University(FAU) professor denies the Sandy Hook massacre of young children ever happened and has taunted the parents of the youngest killed demanding proof from the parents that their child, Noah, ever lived.

Terribly sad, terribly depraved. But isn't tenure a wonderful thing? NOT.

Not sure if he should be fired or just terminated forever.

Their are people in power (police, politicians, professors, etc.) who need to be removed as dangers, not unlike foreign terrorists.

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, December 14, 2015

APPROPO OF YESTERDAY'S POST


My wife checked her weather app at 11: 15 am today. It said the temperature here was 84 and felt like 88. May I remind the Gds of weather that the date tomorrow is 12/15/2015.

Perhaps The Donald will announce at the debate that he is banning global warming here and putting it behind the wall in Mexico and Mexico will not only pay for the wall but for moving global warming!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, December 13, 2015

NO ONE BELIEVES IN GLOBAL WARMING

right except AL GORE who also invented the internet?? No one believed that either.

So why is it in the 60s in the Northeast, 50s in the midwest, not much snow in Canada, and in the blazing 80s in South Flordia?

Looking forward to lighting the fireplace—maybe in February.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, December 12, 2015

EVERY ONCE IN A RARE WHILE


Facebook produces something beyond the trivial, the "who cares?," and the nonsensical:


THINK—

T Is it true?
H Is it helpful?
I   Is it inspiring?
N Is it necessary?
K Is it kind?

Actually now that I think of it if this mantra was followed social media would be kplunk!


Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, December 5, 2015

THOUGH NOT A BIGGY IN THE SCHEME OF TODAY'S STRANGE AND SCARY WORLD


Florida should pass a law that makes it easy to unsubscribe to unwanted repetitive emails and levies a penalty for those individuals and corporations who skirt the system. In many instances when I press unsubscribe it doesn't work or for a company like Lowe's it takes me right to a sales page with no unsubscribe button in sight.

I just had a negative encounter with a Realtor who was sending me emails that I didn't want. I went to unsubscribe and it didn't work. I emailed her to take me off her list last week and she said she would but didn't as I received another one today.

I wrote her an email saying if I receive one more email I will report you to your agency and the RE Board. I said I don't know you and don't want your information. She responded that she had my email address when she called me for help but I didn't take her insurance. Really lady???

I went on to say there is a difference between persistence and pestiness.

It is a lesson we all need to practice in all areas of our lives.

Bye for Now,


Bill

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

ONCE AGAIN

Let us both pray for the "lost loved ones" once again and fight for better laws re guns in our country.

We, as the song goes, are on the eve of destruction!

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, November 22, 2015

GOOD WORDS MATTER



"No matter how long you have traveled in the wrong direction you can always turn around."

—author unknown

Definitely a truism!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, November 21, 2015

I HAVEN'T BEEN POSTING OUT OF RESPECT

FOR THE TERRORIST TRAGEDIES. Prayers to those who lost their lives for no reason whatsoever and to their families.

"The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It's about what you are made of and not the circumstances."

—author unknown

This is true up to a point. The circumstances sometimes rule as we have seen in Paris and Mali. But on that train from Brussels to France our three Americans showed what they were made of.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, November 8, 2015

THE TEAM FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE DOLPHINS

has returned with a total lack of energy let alone passion, with consistent ineptitude at just about every position, and a talent not worth their paychecks.

My October 18th blog was overly exuberant and naive.

I guess even an excellent coach is limited by the players he is coaching.

I think several overpaid players owe the owner a refund.

I think I will stick to my type of coaching cause I sure ain't no sports pundit!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, November 7, 2015

SAW THIS ON THE BOOK TODAY


Which book? Face of course. Really a perfect name though I have had some people call it Fakebook!


"You are not really rich until you have something money can't buy."

So very true.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, November 2, 2015

THERE IS HEAVY AND THERE IS LITE

The Dolphins got creamed despite their enthusiastic coach. The Mets got creamed as well. But that is the lite.

At the end of the day who really cares about sports winnings, when we have migrants drowning or being beaten, good people killed for no reason, a plane full of Russian people downed, a world in total turmoil, and with a ridiculous political debate about the lite. Will all of the aholes please disappear and be replaced with serious presidential candidates.

I so try to b hopeful and optimistic, but there are days when that just doesn't work. Today is one of those days.

Let's hope tomorrow will be better.

Bye for now,
Bill

Sunday, October 25, 2015

LAST SUNDAY'S BLOG

was well received generally, but there were some contrarians who said, "They still suck!," "Coincidence!," "Newcomer's luck!," and the like.

Well hopefully today's game validated my comments about the importance of inspiring leadership and the difference it can make on and off the field.

Thursday night will tell the tail when they upset Tom Brady and the undefeated Patriots. OK, so I may be delusional, BUT I dare say the Pats will be closely watching the tapes this week as will the Fins.

Go Go Go. Each game they win and play so well reinforces the players that like "The Little Engine that Could" they can too.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, October 23, 2015

YET ANOTHER GOOD QUOTE


"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

—Picasso


Good one !

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, October 18, 2015

FOR MANY YEARS NOW

I have known the importance of having a strong coach as an inspiring leader. Today, we have seen that impact clearly with the new coach of the Miami Dolphins igniting a firestorm within a heretofore lackluster team. For the last two weeks since the London fiasco, we have seen clips of this coach talking a whole new game plan, running a whole new practice, and pushing his players to live up to their potentials. In many ways today they have gone further than in their previous 4 games combined, as he convinced them they could be greater than they ever believed.

The same is true of life coaches. Early in my career I was hamstrung by the passive principles of psychoanalysis in which I had been trained. The silent analyst was golden in Freud's view and that was probably appropriate in 19th century Europe. It certainly didn't fit 21st century America.

Having been through psychoanalysis as a patient for my anxiety-based emotional down, I knew just how slow, ineffectual, and one-sided it was. Little by little, as my understanding of minds strengthened I became more and more active, directive, and engaged with the people I was helping. Though my team was one person at a time, we consistently scored "mindly matters" points, hour after hour.

In the past few years I became so convinced of the importance of a strong coach that sometimes I talk even more than the person sitting across from me. And, while always respectful, I don't mince words when they are needed. People appreciate that these days when political correctness and just plain BS dominate. I'm quite sure our new Miami coach doesn't mince words either.

I am convinced there is no better coach than a former successful player. My strong and debilitating emotional down leveled me on the emotional playing field. I kept getting sacked over and over. But I played this awful game as strongly as I could under the circumstances. It took me a while to get back up, but once I did I have been able to coach so many to get back up too, as well as learn to avoid the sand traps and quick sand of their lives.

My hat is off to all the great coaches out there whom I know, who guide their children, life partners, employees, friends, and teams toward victories.

We are way ahead in the forth quarter, but as we know from my childhood idol, Yogi, "It ain't over till it's over."   That is particularly and painfully true for the Miami team. Whatever the outcome, the question is who are you guys and what have you done to the sad sacks I have come to know and tolerate? You are the same people as before, just being coached to a much, much higher level. I aim to do the same every day in my office.

GO, GO, GO TEAMS/PEOPLE both on and off the field.


Bye for Now,

Coach Bill

Friday, October 16, 2015

ANOTHER NOTEWORTHY QUOTE


"The worst bullies you will ever encounter in your life are your own thoughts."

—Bryant McGill


Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, October 12, 2015

A NOTEABLE QUOTE


" IF YOUR COMPASSION DOES NOT INCLUDE YOURSELF IT IS INCOMPLETE."

—JACK KORNFIELD


Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A TALE OF THREE SHITIES!

15+ years ago I began writing a book titled, "The World Doesn't Work Anymore: A Manual for Survival." By chapter 3 it became too depressing to continue and i really had no solutions to offer.
Little did I know how much worse it would get!

On my "to do" list today were 3 simple phone calls—find out why my FPL bills don't arrive until final notice time at the office, find out why my service contract on home appliances didn't refund me the $135.78 they told me they would in August, and get U-verse service restored in Jupiter.

All 3 calls involved much wait time and all 3 failed to accomplish anything after an hour+. FPL said i was on some third party email service and had to call them to get it terminated, but when I called the # the rather rude lady interrupted me and said "I can't help you..." I called back FPL and was told a rep would call within 3 biz days. Odds are 50-50 they will.

The appliance company said wait time would be 1-3 minutes. I hung up after 15. I had previously sent them an email per their suggestion to which I never received a response. I will revert to snail mail then carrier pigeon.

U-verse transferred my call and after holding for what seemed forever their VM said, "We are sorry we can't answer your call now please call back later." "But," I said, to no one in particular, "this is for your revenue!" It was to no avail as the VM hung up on me.

Then I started thinking— multiply this by the universe and realize how much time is wasted every day trying to accomplish simple things and getting no where in the process.

Kudos to AMX and other credit card companies who have found a way to consistently integrate technology with a human voice and helpful support.

Shame on the others. For all the "Your call will monitored for quality assurance," every CEO should call in at least once a day to see how her/his company is doing in the customer service department. Sad to say, most are failing serially contributing to the world not working very well anymore.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, October 2, 2015

ISN'T IT TIME?

If you could see me now you would observe tense fingers pounding the keyboard in outraged indignation, clenched teeth, a tight jaw, and a heavy heart.You might just see a few tears shed that temporarily fog my vision and make my screen invisible.

I woke up this morning thinking about all the TLC that goes into raising a child—all the stages, through the ages, and the worries about spiking fevers, croupy coughs, scary moments, and the like. I thought about all of the first day of school times filled with excitement and wonder—particularly the wonder of how my wonderful child will do? And whether the teacher or teachers will be good?

The love of a parent is unlike any other and lasts a lifetime and beyond. At least, most of the time.

And then I thought about the phone call or TV news bulletin that comes screeching at some parents screaming "There's been a shooting at______________." And I got in touch with their panicked hearts  racing madly into their throats, pounding powerfully out of their bodies, while they raced madly to the school, fair grounds or wherever. Struggling as they could  to stay optimistic, but realizing that no one yet knows for sure.

Then I imagined the terrified parents waiting breathlessly to see who gets off the bus or who comes out of the school, or from hiding, or wherever and the shooting pains of anguish for those parents whose children didn't make it through, and whose very worst fears have been realized because of another senseless killing spree by a mad man—a very mad man—who takes innocent lives as their revenge for their less than innocent life. An unfair eye from a blind eye.

Gone in a flash are all the dreams and the hopes for the son or daughter of very real parents who will be haunted for life by their loss. It is, by all measures, unfathomable and yet we had had 15 such nightmares in the past many years.

And these occur in small towns, and in hallowed halls of worship, movie theaters, schools and other sacred places that by all reason need to be safe.

Isn't it time we paid attention to the terrorists that lurk within our borders as we do to those who lurk outside of them? Isn't it time we did something—many somethings—so that more parents don't suffer such losses, especially since next time the grieving parent could be US! YOU! Isn't it TIME???

Trust me, it is TIME! Overtime.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TODAY

I planned to pay tribute to my Bronx boyhood hero—Yogi.

But yet another senseless tragedy blocked my way. How could i mourn a 90 year old man who had a full life, when 10 younger people were gunned down in a community college in Oregon?

Just last week i told a friend and colleague that these nightmares seem to happen in small towns—hardly ever in the big "crime" cities.

Prayers to the families of those who lost loved ones again. Prayers we find a better way to vet the insane who take innocent lives for no reason other than that they can.

Jail for those online who failed to alert the police and egged the killer on.

Prayers for Yogi, one of the good guys, whose unique and signature comments will confuse the other angels, but they will love him just the same.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, September 25, 2015

VOLKSWAGON

???????????????????  WTF?

Need I say more?

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I'M THINKING

of writing a book called, "I'm With Ponce: How to Cope Better with the Challenges of Aging."

And as soon as I have figured out how to do that I will start writing!

I kind of like Voltaire's comment: "Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats."

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A WORTHWHILE QUOTE

"Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be."

—Unknown

I believe it is talking about peace of mind.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, September 13, 2015

TO MY JEWISH FRIENDS

A healthy new year for you and yours.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, September 11, 2015

A SAD DAY

to remember the horrors that happened all those years ago. Time fades the sharpness of the memory but not the ache that accompanies it.

The pictures of the falling buildings are permanently tattooed  onto my brain and yours as well.

Prayers for those who lost their lives and their loved ones on 9/11/2001. Their names are engraved in the base of the fountains at the memorial park and forever etched in our hearts.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ThE GREEN BAG

In NYC and left the green bag filled with all of our granddaughters prized possessions in a cab. No money value but much emotional currency

My hope was the cab driver would bring the bag back as he dropped us off at our hotel. But hey, this is the big apple!

Yet he seemed to be a mensch and also seemed taken with our granddaughter 

So my wife was busy filling out a lost report for taxis which turned out to b a bogus site that charged $50, I was busy wondering why my mind allowed that to happen.

Sure enough the phone rang and the front desk indicated a cab driver with a green bag was downstairs A reward later my wife returned with the bag in question  
Good thing as my granddaughter had previously said " I loved my green bag and all my friends!" Can an almost 3 year old already be  a guiltifying "Jewish Mother?

The moral of the story is there are good people in the world--even in the big apple--even among cab drivers!

Bye for now

Bill


Monday, August 31, 2015

EACH TIME

The press hypes a Hurticane in Sputh Florida that disappears like Erica did they desensitize us for the next big real one!

Bye for now
Bill

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A DIFFERENT KIND OF WOOL

It is so hard not to be sucked into the vortex of politics. I will try to conclude on a lighter note.

The Donald is pulling a different kind of wool over our eyes than most candidates.Theirs are filled with PC (political correctness). His is filled with PK (aka puke). He is being the arrogant, egotistical, in your face candidate that appeals to all of the angry people in our world and their are many of them. Just watch the news.

He is the tough guy reality show abuser mostly talking nonsense or hurtfulness. Not to mention his narcissism has built many brands, not all of which were exactly successful. So for now he is the side show in the political circus—a big mouth but a very small man—with very few realistic ideas. Actually none at all.

The old joke was "How do you make money in a casino?" And the answer was "Own it!" He couldn't even make that work.

 But the scary thing is when his star fades from view who will fill the void? No one so far! And that my friends is very sad at such an important juncture in our history and our world.

Undeniably, America needs to start winning again, but we will not be lead by a bully pulpit or any of the people in the race.


Here are some laughs:

According to a new poll, Jeb Bush saw a 6% drop in support after the first debate, but experts say he still has a shot because he is "likable" and "qualified." Then Donald Trump said, "Weird, the opposite is working for me."

Trump recently said he won't eat Oreos anymore because the company moved to Mexico. Then Chris Christie said, "Does that mean I can start dipping them in salsa?"

—Jimmy Fallon

Kinda sums things up.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

IT'S INCREDIBLE

that we don't have a credible candidate for the highest office of the land come 2016. We have some intelligent people, some interesting people, some quirky people, some dynasty named people, and some jerky people BUT we don't have one that deserves to be President of the good ole US of A!

None would be elected in a High School GO run.

Time will tell, but let's hope someone comes out of the woodwork and convinces us they can run our government better. So far, I am neither impressed nor convinced.

The leaders in both parties leave much to be desired. I call them loss leaders!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, August 20, 2015

IMAGINE

 what it would b like to leave your home and most of your possessions behind to flee for your life. Imagine what it would b like to leave family and friends behind to flee for your life. Imagine what it would b like to cross dangerous passageways or waterways on foot or in flimsy crafts to flee for your life.

Imagine arriving at your destination in Greece, Germany, France, or other European countries. Tired, hungry, penniless, and just wanting to find a safe haven, a warm bed, a job, and a better life.

And not finding any of that as the less than welcoming countries have not yet set up their Welcome Wagon. And the UN is no where to be found—as usual. And other humanitarian aid is lagging far behind.

What do you do? Where do you go? How do you get there? Forget The Donald's Mexican wall, which he will get Mexico to pay for rest assured. He is irrelevant and irreverent. His wall will topple down soon all over his ill-coiffed head.

There is an epidemic flowing throughout Europe as those from war torn countries are seeking asylum, some drowning in their efforts, others living under animal-like conditions, all struggling and suffering large.

It is a tragedy of grand proportion, and like Hitler's Germany we appear to be turning a blind eye, despite being in our all empowering information age.

It is so very sad and someone, many someones, need to step up and address it now, before we have another Holocaust of a different kind to memorialize.

God bless the refugees all over the world. Thank God we are not among them—yet!

Bye for Now,


bill

Friday, August 14, 2015

IT WAS A MEMORABLE MORALITY MOMENT

Apropos of yesterdays post I must admit the only positive part of my continuous aching and painful back was my handicapped parking pass. It expired July 31.

I will admit that the temptation was there to renew it claiming continued back pain. I overrode that temptation, as I felt others needed those spots far more than me, I would be lying, not
appreciating my recovery, and most of all karma can be a real bitch sometimes.

I am proud to have taken the high road—the one least traveled having done the right thing.

So next you get a handicapped spot you know who to thank. Personally, i thank Dr. Qi.

Bye for Now,


Bill

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I FEEL GRATEFUL!

It has been about 6 weeks since my last acupuncture appointment. In all, I believe I had 11 treatments.

Keep in mind that I was in agony prior to starting acupuncture—hunched over, in constant pain, and using so much ice to numb the pain that my back was black and blue—so much so that Dr. Qi did not want to use a heat lamp initially during the acupuncture treatment.

I have been pain free all summer long. Today I played basketball for 15 minutes and then walked a mile in the blistering heat. Absolutely no pain—not even a twinge.

It is a wonder and a blessing to behold. I am very appreciative.

If you have any pain anywhere call Dr. Qi at 561 303 6943 for a consultation. He is the best there is and very kind as well.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I LOOK HIGH AND LOW FOR POSITIVE STORIES

and every once in a rare while i find one:

30 years after a doctor saved a premature baby at birth, the doctor found himself trapped in a burning car. That baby, now a paramedic, saved the doctor's life.

—Mindful Magazine

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A REALLY GOOD QUOTE FOR OUR TIMES



Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you!

—Anne Lamott

Friday, August 7, 2015

I HAVE SO MANY THOUGHTS

that I am afraid i am speechless. I try to write positive messages but the world is winning with negative ones.

It is ok. The "Donald" will save us....gd forbid!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, August 2, 2015

PRAYERS

For Roddy Piper a family friend

Too many of our wrestler friends have passed too young.

Bye for now,

Bill

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I AM SAD

about the two 14 year olds missing after a boating/fishing trip from Jupiter—my home away from home. Even Joe Namath, a family friend and neighbor, has joined in the search.

Raises many questions about parents establishing boundaries and protecting their young children. Many comments on social media in all directions.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking and so far a massive rescue search has only found the capsized 19 foot boat.

Prayers for the boys and their families.

Bye for Now,


Bill

Sunday, July 26, 2015

ON A SOMBER BUT LIGHTER NOTE

Theodore Bikel lived to 91 before he passed last week. I always thought of him as a folk singer which he was, ( as he sung in 21 languages) but he was also an actor staring in "Sound of Music," and "Fiddler on the Roof," among many other stage and movie productions. He was also a political activist supporting the Democratic Party, human rights causes, and Israel. An all around good guy who lived a long life with many fulfilling "pride bank" deposits.

We also lost Jack Carter last week, also in his 90s, a funny funny comedian from back in the day.

Finally, Tom Moore died at 86. Whom you ask is Mr. Moore? He was the cartoonist who brought to life  Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Betty, Reggie and the gang—the friends of my youth.

May they all rest in the peace they so deservedly earned by entertaining us.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I'VE BEEN QUIET

because I am just sitting quietly, observing our world, and trying to make sense of it. I cannot!

We seem to be experiencing a mass senseless shooting on a weekly basis, and it is starting to seem like a viral epidemic. The first question that needs to be asked before selling someone a gun is "Do you have a life?" If the answer is "NO" then you might want to shoot that person, or at the very least not give him a gun other than a water pistol.

Ironically, I started this blog back in the day when markets were crashing to cheer people up and inspire hope. Now the markets are back, but people are crashing and taking innocent lives for the sport of it, leaving a residue of hopelessness spreading virulently.

Will the people who run this country get out of the pockets of the NRA and have the sense and balls to make it harder for people to get guns—especially those who can't be trusted with them. Other countries have been able to do this well so why can't we?

Bye for Now,

Bill


Thursday, July 16, 2015

HAPPY TO BE BACK IN

Quiet, Boring South Florida where I see a few people here and there, but not a 100+ at every corner.

However, former Mayor Bloomberg was right.  I read an article that said, Sugary soft drinks blamed for 25,000 US deaths and 180,000 world wide a year. I think the cups are getting so big that people drown in them! Bloomberg, as you may recall, wanted smaller cups.

Actually, overconsumption was to blame. In Mexico 24,000 people died in 2010 from sugary drinks. The question is whether The Donald is exporting them there for free? He would no doubt see that as crime prevention.

And the real question is who are the morons and hate mongers who are supporting him?

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

MORE BAD BIG APPLE

The traffic is crazy a 10 minute ride takes 35 in total gridlock. The taxis don't keep ac on to save on gas and the street noise is high decibel 

I think I'll create a teeshirt that says I don't  heart NY!

Bye for now 
Bill

Monday, July 13, 2015

I'm in the big apple

There are way too many people at every corner. Crossing the street is like playing bumper cars especially with the people looking at their phones. And the prices are sky high.

That said it is a vibrant city, but I'll be happy to get back to  calm Coral Springs. 

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, July 6, 2015

INTERESTING TIDBITS ABOUT MR. WARREN BUFFET

His companies are worth a combined $350 billion.

His personal worth is 69.3 billion.

His home is worth $653,000.

He recently auctioned his 2006 Cadillac with 20,310 miles.

He decides upon an investment in 180 seconds.

He has written 1 email in his lifetime.

He has sent 7 tweets despite having a twitter following of over a million people.

He consumes 720 calories daily from regular and cherry coke.

He takes $100,00  a year salary to keep him in diet coke.

He is an interesting, eccentric fellow who will leave the lion's share of his money to charities. Obviously, he is in it for the game and not the fame, glory, or indulgences.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, July 5, 2015

IT WAS AN EXPLOSIVE WEEKEND ALL AROUND


The fireworks stayed in the sky as all of the alerts contained any would be disruptors. Best as I know there was no violence around the country that marred our 4th of July celebration, other the the one's we create on our own.

And the women's soccer team began explosively to tear up the turf Sunday eve and win gold at the FIFA international tournament by a strong score of 5-2 against Japan. If soccer was as exciting as this game was, I might just become a fan.

It was our first win in 16 years, having lost to the same team in 2011.

Now let's see FIFA win by cleaning up its less than honorable act.

Let's also hope that Greece finds its way out of their financial dilemmas without crashing delicate economies around the globe, including their own.

Overall, however, it was a most winning weekend.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, July 4, 2015

THOUGH I UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THE SIGNIFICANCE

I have never been a fan of fireworks and 4th of July celebrations. Out of respect and hunger, I did do a bbq for 2 tonight. The chicken, corn and trimmings were quite good.

The annoying people in my neighborhood lighting off firecrackers right now are not so good, and they will go on for hours cause they think that is fun.

Did I ever tell you about the time one landed on my arm as a young lad in the schoolyard and exploded? Perhaps that is from where my negativity stems. Our histories can be diluted, but can never be deleted completely. The family "firecrackers" leave even worse scars.

So, I hope it is a safe and happy holiday for you and yours as "red alerts" really light up the sky. We live in extraordinary times in both directions.

May we be safe and may those looking for trouble in our world find it and be extinguished once and for all. Why we are pussyfooting around those villains is beyond my ken. Surely "The Donald" will take care of it all—God forbid!

Bye for Now,

bill

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TWO MEANINGFUL QUOTES


"Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

—James Baldwin


"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

I would add that which we finally face can help us get rid of the word ceaselessly.

Bye for Now,


Bill

Sunday, June 28, 2015

AS THE BODY COUNTS MOUNT

of innocent people being buried prematurely—9 in South Carolina, 37  on a beach in Tunisia, untold #'s in other parts of the world, one particular set stood out in my mind—the 8 cruise passengers and pilot in Alaska, killed when their small sea plane hit a mountain.

Several years ago my wife and I were on a plane just like that flying over that Mountain and Misty Fjords, landing on a clear blue lake, and enjoying a glass of champagne standing on the wing. It was one of those memorable, unforgettable moments, made even more so by returning into the plane to listen to Sachmo singing "What a Wonderful World."

So sad those people never got their champagne or to listen to that song. Whoever thinks when going to a beach resort or on a cruise that will be the end of their lives?

It is undoubtedly a wonderful and beautiful world, but an evermore scary one these days.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, June 27, 2015

I HAVE PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN HERE

that a US President should be elected for one term, so he or she can be free to do as needed without looking over the shoulder regarding being reelected.

This week validated my belief. The President, whom many do not like, seemed more real the past few weeks during difficult and turbulent times than ever before. He is obviously out to leave a legacy behind and i sincerely hope he succeeds.

Singing "Amazing Grace..." and sounding like a preacher at the funeral earned him some human stripes that are most becoming.

It is likely his grace will be evident in many zones for the next year and a half.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, June 26, 2015

BIPOLAR US

A sad day for blacks and society. A happy day for LGBT.

A sad day for Hillary whom I predict will take a Nixon like hit. A happy day for Obama Care.

A sad day for the family of one of the killers. A happy day for a trade agreement.

A sad day for those killed by terrorists around the globe. A happy day... I can't neutralize that one.

Prosac anyone or everyone?

Not so easy to keep the faith everyday.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WTF IS GOING ON?

Carl Gustav Jung, a colleague of Freud, introduced the idea of us sharing a "collective unconscious." It refers to a DNA of the mind that we somehow acquire from eons of past times. It is an interesting, but unprovable idea.

I would like to propose a collective conscious that we share based upon past and present programming. Surely, I can't believe I am the only person who looks cautiously around at various places trying to make sure no predator is present, having absolutely no clue what a predator looks like. The last one looked like a 15 year old boy.

Sitting in a Boca Raton park last Saturday morning while my granddaughter mindlessly enjoyed the carousel ride i couldn't help but be apprehensive. "What if some waco with a gun came along to do harm?" I wondered. I unconsciously reached for my holster, which was empty. Jewish and gun is often an oxymoron.

Should needless, unprovoked, and tragic violence continue in public spaces, many will be reaching for their holster and not all will be empty. At a time when we have come so far as a society, immersed in techno blessings and liberal leanings underscored by the Pope saying, "Who am I to judge?" we seem to be regressing so far in other areas.

I really hope we can stop the tide and move it in the opposite direction. If not, this Jew may just have to buy a gun!

Darn, should i have identified my religion on a blog? Once again, it is not paranoid to be paranoid these days


Bye for Now,

bill

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

OK LET ME REALLY LIGHTEN IT UP!


In a recent interview, the pope revealed he doesn't use the internet, and he hasn't watched TV since 1990. Then he announced his plan to make Bill Cosby a saint.

Facebook has unveiled a new option to let users keep their private information secure. The option is called "Sign Off" of Facebook.

The Christmas-themed town of North Pole, Alaska has officially approved marijuana dispensaries. So don't expect your presents from Santa until next April.

Santa will be showing up with Rudolph the Red-Eyed Reindeer.

—Conan O'Brien


Bye for Now,

Bill

I WAS GOING TO GO

SERIOUS TONIGHT, but then decided to lighten it up.

My wife asked tonight if I wanted to watch the nightly news. I said, "It should be called the nightly blues." Then i heard the headlines of what was to come and thought, "It should be called the nightly nightmares."

Not sure if that really lightened anything? Sorry but I was trying. The problem is that the news these days is very trying.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, June 20, 2015

THE PRESIDENT

HAS now given 14 post black killings talks, which must be particularly difficult for a black president.

It so feels as if we regressed  to 1968 or thereabouts, and the racial divide seems wider than ever.

The only thing different is more people have more guns, and the criminally insane can get them as easy as the rest of us can get a Big Mac.

I do understand the mindset of the gun proponents—guns don't kill people, people kill people. That said, too many people who have guns seem intent on killing innocent people. Black people and white cops make for target practice these days on a regular basis.

American citizens seem far more dangerous than any terrorist organizations. I am so emotionally worn from watching tear-filled people being forced to say goodbye to innocent loved ones who were doing bible study, having lunch, watching a movie, walking on campus or in a marathon, or the like.

I pray someone finds a solution and i pray for the latest and all victims of this explosion of rage that has engulfed us like an out of control brush fire.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A HAPPY STORY

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In a world of negative news on a daily basis, it is refreshing to hear some good news from time to time. It helps us keep the faith.

Our grandson Dillon, despite having ADHD, graduated High School a few weeks ago with a 5.2 GPA. He will attend USF in the fall majoring in History and Archeology. His AP classes already give him a head start, as he needs no History basic classes. He is already ahead of himself. And he is eligible for $12,000 in scholarships plus a Bright Futures award.

But that’s not all. Back in April I had an “ah ha” moment. Our daughter’s husband’s brother is an internationally recognized Ph.D. archeologist. At the moment he was at Cambridge, in England, as a Fellow. I recalled that every summer he goes to Israel on an archeological dig.

So I reached out to him and asked if Dillon could go along? We just made the May 1 application deadline and Dillon is going as a volunteer assistant. He leaves for Israel June 24th and returns one month later to register for classes.he will blog his experience at I Dig It.

It is an opportunity of a lifetime and we sure hope he “digs” it. On weekends he will travel around to see the sights with some other participants and absorb Israel’s rich history of thousands of years.

We are very proud of him and his accomplishments to date and expect more from him as he goes on.

Now that is what I call a happy story!

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, June 15, 2015

Conan O'Brien

is a funny guy.  Here is a sample:

"In a recent interview, the Pope revealed he doesn't use the Internet, and he hasn't watched TV since 1990. Then he announced his plan to make Bill Cosby a saint."

"Facebook has unveiled a new option to let users keep their private information secure. The option is called "Sign Off" of Facebook."

The Christmas-themed town of North Pole, Alaska has officially approved  marijuana dispensaries. So don't expect your Christmas gifts from Santa until next April.

Santa will arrive with Rudolph the Red-Eyed Reindeer.

I ignored the one about Ms. C. Jenner. Enough is enough!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, June 11, 2015

AS I AM SURE HAS BEEN OVER COMMENTED ON BY NOW

there are far too many Elephants running for President and far too few Donkeys!

My question is will we ever get a President of the US of A truly suitable for the position, or will it always be the lesser of evils vote? And in 2016 it may not even be discernable!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

AFRICA PART II

So we got back to the camp, an upscale hotel in the middle of no where. I suddenly realized there was no infrastructure, no support, no help, no escape. "What if's" began to invade my mind like a thunder storm invades a pleasant beach day picnic.

The major question was, "WTF r we doing here?" But it was too late. we were already there.

I had a panic attack, the first in many many years. Then I began to go to work on ME! Two beers and two hours later i was almost fine. The lunch happened and it was downhill (or is it uphill) from there.

My logic was we r here, we will b ok, we r safer than on University Drive, and there is always Medivac.

From that point on and many prides of lions and other animals later, I felt safe and fine. Each lodge was better than the next and the people were so friendly. All they wanted was for us to be happy and enjoy.

And we celebrated birthdays and other special occasions over and over.

We saw sights we would never ever see again both from the ground and from a hot air balloon and from the small airplanes that took us all over. We had great guides some of whom even had guns. We slept in star beds that were raised out of animal range in the middle of the jungle while we listened to the animals all nite long.

It was, by all measure, a trip of a life time, and we had a most amazing time, punctuated by our daughter's wedding in a Maasai village.

One panic attack conquored, one amazing National Geographic experience enjoyed to the max.

Prayers for the woman who opened the window—a very sad tale.

Bye for now,

Bill

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A RECENT TRAGEDY

brought back a memory of mine. Recently, an American woman was killed by a lion in a private wildlife park in South Africa. All she had done was open a car window to take a picture and some video and the scene turned ghastly. A fellow passenger was seriously injured as well.

Back in 2009 we bought a trip to South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania at a breast cancer fund raiser after our daughter became a bc survivor. It was our attempt to contribute to bc research, as well as put some distance between us and the place I came to call Cancerville. A brilliant video of our trip can be seen at cancerville.com under "A Modern Day Fairytale." The video includes our daughter getting married in a Maasai Village.

However, upon our arrival in Kenya we were picked up at the landing strip by Pocket, a native guide, after he shewed away the animals blocking our 4 passenger prop plane from landing. It all was surreal.

He suggested we go on a safari before lunch and we all were excited as this was our first experience in the wild. We were soon in the jungle in an open jeep—no windows to close or open. He immediately said he saw lion tracks and followed them peering through his over sized binoculars. To me it felt like a bit of a Hollywood version— that is until we came upon a pride of five lions just a few feet from our jeep.

Though we were in awe, the practical aka worry wart side of me asked, "Pocket, how do we know they won't attack us for breakfast?" His response was not reassuring! " Well" he said, "they don't usually do that." The word "usually" stuck in my mind.

My wife said, "I'm sure Pocket has a gun, " to which he replied, "No Mam I do not." To ease the tension i quipped, "Well he could always beat them off with his binoculars." Eventually we drove off to see other amazing and wondrous sights of the animals in the wild. Virgins no more, we were true safariers now. We had come, seen, and conquored or so I thought.

To be continued.

Prayers for the people whose window opening did not go well.


Bye for now,


Bill

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SORRY

I have been off the blog as we had a family celebration for my grandson Dillon who graduated with a 5.2 GPA from high school. Not bad for an ADHD young adult. I will have more to share soon about his impressive achievements.

On another note my back is 100% pain free despite lifting, bending, walking, etc. It is an absolute miracle and I believe I owe it all to Dr. Qi and acupuncture.

I plan to return Friday for another treatment as i am phobic about the "magic" disappearing, and will go every 3-4 weeks to prevent that from happening.

I can't wait to get back to walking in the park very soon.

I encourage all in the same direction if need be.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, May 17, 2015

AN INSPIRING STORY

Anthony enrolled in West Virginia University in 1939. Three years later the war interfered with his plan to graduate.

After the war he briefly returned to school but dropped out again when his wife became ill. He worked as a machinist most of his life before resolving to finish his degree. He said, "It was always important for me to graduate."

He will receive his diploma next week.... at the ripe old age of 94.

He's not sure about a masters degree as  he feels he needs a break—a very well deserved one at that.

Bravo Tony Bravo! You teach us all a valuable life lesson—NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE UP!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A KIND STORY

Owners of a coffee shop in Denver opened one 2 years ago with the goal of hiring homeless young adults, giving them one year contracts to help them get back on their feet.

A 23 year old woman landed a job there and after having been homeless from age 15  and a new life with a full-time job at Starbucks.

She said, "This is exactly what us 'street kids' needed...It's all about love."

So is my favorite program here in South Fl. Check it out at yatc.org.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, May 11, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I

continue to be amazed at the progress with my back since starting acupuncture.

If you r dealing with pain I encourage you to try it as it is the only thing that has worked for me.

If u r in South Fl try Dr. Qi in Coral Springs—a true healer and gentlemen.

Bye for now,

Bill

Friday, May 1, 2015

WE

jumped on a five day cruise and had a lovely time. I am writing a new book addressing stress and how to de-stress, which has taken me on a journey of learning about playing—a topic about which I am no expert.

I was pretty expert as a kid, but lost my "play dates" after my father died. Life became serious then and still is for most of me.

My wires have been crossed forever and for me work is play and most play is work. The cruise allowed me to uncross my wires—temporarily.

If it had lasted i would not be writing this blog at 10:40 PM on a Friday nite.

Hope you can have a playful weekend.

Bye for Now,

bill

Friday, April 24, 2015

VIRGIN NO MORE!

The nice friendly guy at the B of A the other day uploaded its app and showed me how to deposit a check remotely.

I frankly was impressed I knew my apple app password.

I just used it. It wasn't as easy as I thought as the camera angle seems to count. Howver, it finally worked and was much easier than driving to the bank, waiting in line, and making a deposit.

That said, 23,000 hackers all now have my account information. I fear i will be bankrupt my morn! Time will tell. Meanwhile, I will practice camera angles, while they practice all the other angles.

It is an lol and a scary time.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, April 17, 2015

UPDATE ON ACUPUNCTURE


Since starting this treatment my back has been overall much much better. I had another meeting today and will have another Monday.

I even impressed myself at Disney by being able to stand and walk further and longer than in almost a year.

Dr. Qi is still as caring, sincere, and dedicated as ever.

I will keep you posted.

Bye for Now,

Bill


Thursday, April 16, 2015

DISNEY GOES HI TECH


In the old days, you bought tickets for rides in Disney. Best as I recall there were 5 categories. If you ran out there were kiosks scattered about the parks that allowed you to buy more. Calculating how much you needed was a major decision.

It is all different now. Not only do u pay one price and get unlimited attractions, but some fees allow you to go from park to park. One can stay from morning to night without any upticks.

In addition, if you stay at a Disney property you get a wrist band, which serves as room key, credit card at hotel and parks, entry to parks, fast pass proof, and even brushes your teeth. Well maybe not the latter, but surely coming soon.

Cruise ships are now doing the same and someday we will all wear bracelets or have chips embedded under the skin or our smart phones will be our agents in all matters. Perhaps all of the above.

I am not dissing this as much as applauding the efficiency of our lives and what is to come. When I can enter my room, a park, an attraction, buy a meal and a G&T all with the same wrist action, life is good—at least until someone hacks my wrist band.

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, April 13, 2015

DISNEY WORLD

is truly a magical place. Hard to be unhappy there. You would really have to work at it.

I wonder if Walt ever had the vision that his company has become?

Just returned from there. Great visit with my 2 year old granddaughter. It is an enchanting experience for young and old alike!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

YOU KOW YOU ARE GETTING OLD WHEN

no matter how many articles you read u still can't understand the never-ending battle between the Sunnis and the Shiites or vice versa so neither side gets insulted. It has been going on since the 7th century, but seems to have exploded when we invaded Iraq in 2003, as well as since the so called "Arab Spring," which seems to have turned into a bloodbath and a firestorm.

It is even hard to know who to root for, since we don't fully understand their differences.

It would be nice if all people,  Muslims of different persuasions, Israelis and Palestinians, as well as blacks and whites and gays and straights, and all peoples of different beliefs could just all get along.I think that was the point of John Lennon's "Imagine."

Like the man himself, who was killed for no reason, we have a long way to go.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A MOST INTERESTING EXPERIENCE


On Friday afternoon I had my first acupuncture treatment ever in my life. Dr Yu Qi (as in Qi Gong) is a lovely person. If your were casting a movie that needed a Traditional Chinese Medicine expert you would pick him. He is kind, sincere, honest, gracious, and gentle. I only said "ouch" once, even though he put at least 20 needles into my back, legs and hands.

Dr. Qi has 32 years of clinical experience including 22 in China. He holds a Diplomat in China in both acupuncture and herbology. He has been teaching Chinese Medicine in Florida for 11 years. He uses acupuncture for many conditions in addition to pain.

Dr. Qi told me that acupuncture would help but not necessarily 100%;he also said I might experience relief for my back, but that it could fade over  a few days time. He needs 8-10 treatments for them to make a difference.

Saturday was the best day I had back-wise in almost a year, after multiple physical therapy efforts only made it worse. Today I am hopeful. Time will tell and I will keep you posted.

Meanwhile, if you want to contact Dr. Qi he can be reached at:

           561-303-6943
           doctorqi@CNacupuncture.com
           5571 N. University Dr. Ste 101
           Coral Springs, FL.


Bye for Now,


Bill

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Noteable Quote




" They say marriages are made in heaven. But so is thunder and lightening."

— Clint Eastwood

True but shouldn't it be "But so are..." Clint obviously failed grammar! Or perhaps I did.

Bye for Now,
Bill

Sunday, March 29, 2015

HAVING FLOWN TO AND FROM NEW YORK THIS WEEK

I could not help thinking about the poor people who were killed by what appears to be a suicidal/homicidal co-pilot.

It is unfathomable to me that a trusted person would do such a despicable act.

As I have said many times, kill yourself first not last, if that is your destiny!

Prayers for those who needlessly lost their lives because one deranged man needed to.

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, March 23, 2015

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND

what politicians, police, teachers, and other entrusted people haven't all seemed to learn.

What is the definition of a text or email?

EVIDENCE!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

FUNNY WORDS




Let's stack these 47 pillows on the bed every morning, throw them on the floor every  night and repeat that everyday for no reason.


Someone has been to my house!


How kids feel about snow days is the exact opposite of how parents feel about snow days.


A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, March 9, 2015

GOOD WORDS FROM GOOD SOURCES



"YOU, yourself as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."

—Buddha

"One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks!"

—Unknown

"The secret of happiness is to count up your blessings, while others are adding up their troubles."

—Many people

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

YOU KNOW U R GETTING OLD WHEN


U try to remember the name of a person, place, or thing and go through the alphabet letter by letter 2 or 3 times struggling to remember, and come to realize that some names just don't start with a letter!

Bye for Now,

ill

GOOD WORDS FROM A GOOD GUY


"Your mind is a powerful asset. Use it for positive thoughts and you'll learn what I've learned. I call it  getting on the plateau of positivity."

—Clark Terry
    Jazz Trumpeter
    Died 2/21 at age 94

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PER MY PREVIOUS POST

Please know I have the utmost respect for police, except for those who do "bad cop" and forget about "good cop!"

On the front page of the SS Sunday it talked about the Police CHIEF of Miami Gardens, brought in to clean up the department, getting caught in a sting soliciting underage prostitutes...because he had a stressful week. Might want to run for Mayor of Washington DC when he gets out of jail. Good news he was fired on the spot. Next time try mindfulness meditation on a Friday nite or even a couple of beers, which is a smarter/safer move than a couple of teens.

Then there is the policeman who was in trouble before, who was now caught on video planted by police in a massage parlor in Boca getting a happy endings  massage. He is pleading his case, but that too, best as I know, is against the law.

Neither ending was very happy for them, or their wives or girlfriends or families.

We need cops who shine their badge every day for all the good ones whose services are invaluable, rather than tarnish it.  It's not been a good two weeks for the police. I thought the mounties are only in Canada!

Finally, what don't people, especially police, understand about the fact that there is no privacy anymore. Everyone is a video camera man or woman, and everywhere is a video waiting to capture the latest bad news.

Time, I think, to get a grip and face reality. There is no Santa or secrets anymore. OK maybe a Santa, but definitely no secrets.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, February 27, 2015

WHEN MY VOICE IS SILENT

it is because I am chewing on hard to digest information.

I saw the videos of the police acting less than polite or even kind or even police-like.

Those who protect us need to do just that. Treating people like cattle is unacceptable and i hope the bastards lose their jobs.You abused your uniforms and your badges and for that there is no forgiveness.

Not to mention the deputy today that got 12 years in prison for I don't even know what to say other than even her siblings were against her. Shoot em up drugs shoot em up fellow officers.

I think some who go into mental health counseling need it. Ditto for some of those in law enforcement. Back in the day rigorous psych testing was imposed. I don't see much in the way of that today.

Let us try to see a brighter tomorrow despite the clouds that hang heavy over South Fkorida today.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, February 22, 2015

HAPPY TO REPORT

South Florida resumed its winter identity. Low 80's all week projected.

Thank you Gd.

Bye for now,

Bill

Friday, February 20, 2015

IT IS VERY COLD HERE!

That's it, I'm moving to Florida!

Actually, I did that in 1973 or was it 2 because it was so freezing in Yorktown Heights, NY.

What happened to global warming? Was Al wrong once again? I mean he didn't really invent the internet all by his lonesome, but could have exaggerated GW too. Or is it Brian Williams who heaped on the heat, while now taking it?

Perhaps we should ask Boston, Chicago and all points Midwest or Northeast or Israel all of which are snowed in. Could GW have been a snow job?

I just don't know, but what I do know is that my house is freezing and if we turn on the heat the house will smell like a rotisserie chicken oven, a fried cat, a urinal, or perhaps D all of the above.

Stay warm and toasty,

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I FEEL LIKE A COMMERCIAL FOR IPHONES

This morning, before i left the house I couldn't find my smart phone. It has become an every few days occurrence.

However, this particular morning it was no where to be found. I was both puzzled and late.

"Oh shoot," I said to myself, "I must have left it outside in the backyard when i was reading in the sun yesterday." For those of you who live in the Northeast or Midwest there is still a sun in selective locations from time to time.

Sure enough, the phone was on the chair in the backyard, screen up. And last nite and this morning it rained heavily. From "time to time" was a key phrase in the last sentence.

In any event, I brought my soggy cell into the house, and wiped off the raindrops. And it worked. No problem at all. Amazing really. When you think of all that goes into a cell phone and that it can withstand a deluge of water, it is mighty impressive.

So if you call me and hear "glub, glub, glup, hang on a minute, and u will hear me loud, clear, and dry.

Bye for Now,

Bill
ps and please remind me to take my phone in from the rain... preferably before it rains.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

TOO STRESSED TO DESTRESS

That, my friends, is the title of my next book. It is based on the fact that the people I coach are just too stressed to visit.

While the Gurus today preach and teach mindfulness, my "hood" is mindless in the sense they are just too busy to see the roses, let alone smell them. Where is everyone running to? What makes you so, so, oh so busy?

I send people emails saying "Go to Morakami Gardens in Boca," and they don't respond, as if I am speaking a foreign language. I say, "Let's meet up," and they say," Next week or the week after."

I say, "Enjoy the moment," and they say "Next week or the week after."

The two biggest reasons for such stress are clear. They are earning a living and raising kids. Noble goals to be sure, but when do the adults get a turn? When does this group of forty somethings get to play?

Soon I hope and sooner if you come visit soon!

Bye for Now,

Bill

ps The following is not a paid commercial or political ad but i do endorse this message. It's a whole new world order for better and for worse!

Monday, February 16, 2015

I WENT TO DISNEY WORLD YESTERDAY



What impressed me most was that the basic blueprint for the park has remained the same all these years. Sure, they have added and subtracted, updated technology, etc. but the fundamental way the park operates, the way they offload and on load riders, most of the attractions in the Magic Kingdom, are pretty much the same as they were when we first visited in the late 60s.

Clearly, Walt and his staff sans lap tops, ipads and the like, were able to see into the future and create a timeless masterpiece of art that is like no other. And that means you too, Mickey and Minnie and all the gang.

Genius always impresses me.

Bye for Now,

Bill

ps For those of you who remember I am pleased that they got rid of the different colored tickets A-E, which often had to be replenished.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A WOMAN AFTER MY OWN HEART

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg confessed that she fell asleep at the State of the Union address because she had too much California wine at a justice dinner before hand, brought by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Tony, with all due respect, please invite me next time and stop getting an 81-year-old lady drunk! Oops, I think I just lost my invite.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, February 13, 2015

HOPE IT IS A GREAT V DAY

and if it isn't for some sad reason, I hope next years is!

Bye for Now,

bill

ps Frankly, its never been one of my favorites. I don't love commercialized love. I think EVERYDAY needs to be Valentine's Day. Put that on your smart phone calendar.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

THOUGH I NEVER MET THE MAN

I was saddened to see that the force behind Duffy's Sports Grill amazing growth, a favorite of ours, Paul Emmett, died today of cancer at 62.

I hate Cancerville, and always will.

Prayers for Mr. Emmett, a leader and icon in the restaurant business.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, February 9, 2015

ODD NEWS

A really major prime time news anchor admits to making up news involving himself. Really?

Two New jersey teens, looking to make extra money shoveling driveways, get stopped by police because they didn't have a $450 license to solicit services. Really?

Reclusive author of "To Kill a Mocking Bird," released a second book...50 years later. Really?

Look for mine in 2063. It will be a best seller. Really!

A Texas third grader was suspended from school because he told a friend he could make him disappear using a Hobbit-inspired ring of power. Really?

His father said, "...if he did I'm sure he would bring him right back! Really?

And I haven't even gotten to the International News! Stay tuned.

Bye for now,

Bill

Saturday, February 7, 2015

I AM AN EASY GOING GUY

 BUT some things do irritate me:

Why do people answer their phones just to say they can't talk now?

Why did a twenty something today cross the street when i had the right of way in my car, looking at his phone the whole way? He was oblivious to my vehicle about to run him over!

Why, particularly in South Florida, do drivers go from left lane sideways across three or four lanes to the right or vice versa, and expect others to just stop in their tracks to let them thru? Ever heard of a U-turn down the road?

Why do people in stores or other areas  block you, invade your space, or just stop in the middle of things, forcing you to find an alternative route?

Why do people ignore emails and texts forever when it is so simple to communicate in today's techno- world?

That's all for now, but I am sure i will think of more irritants. The key is not to let them bother us. As the saying goes "Don't sweat the small stuff...and it's all small stuff!"

Well, it's not all small stuff BUT much of it is, and we need to learn to just let it go. I am trying and some others, I'm sorry to say, are very trying.

Bye for Now,

Bill


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

MOVING

and downsizing our office has consumed all of my time. After all, thirty years of crapolla requires too many hours of sorting, eliminating, discarding, packing, and unpacking, sorting, etc.

However, it is a positive experience of letting go, kinda like a fleet enema for stuff accumulated. Moving or not I encourage you to do the same.

Next up our house. Also thirty + years of accumulation. Talk next July lol!

I want to start an organization called "PACKRATS UNITE!"Let me know if u want to b a founding member.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SENDING WARMTH

to all those dealing with nasty, cold weather all over the world.

Bye for now,

Bill

Monday, January 26, 2015

NOT MUCH FUNNY THESE DAYS

so here r some jokes to tickle your funny bone:

"According to a new poll 6 out of 10 Republicans want Mitt Romney to run for president. So do 10 out of 10 Democcrats."

—Conan O'Brien

"Comedy Central announced they're going to be roasting Justin Bieber. The Bieber roast will start on March 7 and end sometime in June. There's a lot there!

—Score 2 for Conan

"The Patriots are denying they deflated the balls. Coach Bill Belichick said there was no tampering. He said all the needles they have are used strictly for injecting steroids."

—Jimmy Kimmel

"A new survey shows that most people trust Google more as a source for current events than traditional news outlets. Traditional news outlets didn't believe the news until they Googled it."

—Seth Meyers


Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, January 17, 2015

I AM TAKING A WEEK OFF FOR SOME R&R

so catch up when i return.

Let us hope it is a calm and peaceful week for you as well.

Bye for Now,

bill

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I WAS ALSO SADDENED BY

the Paris attack today.

I think we need to learn that satire is a Western form of creative expression, not yet understood or accepted by some other cultures. To defame a God figure or  a President of a nation is not going to be received well.

Should people be killed for that? Of course, not! But go tell that to dictators, terrorists, and the like.

And, all the freedom of speech editorials will not bring 12 innocent lives back. At the end of a difficult day, respect is more important than the insult and the risk of retaliation.

Bye for now,

Bill

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I WAS VERY SADDENED TO LEARN

that Stuart Scott passed from cancer on Sunday at age 49.

Stuart fought a heroic and valiant battle, even using martial arts a few days post chemo to potentate the results. He is in all three of my books as an inspiration for everyone in Cancerville.

But sometimes, as my grandma would say, all of that effort leads to "gournish helfin." Cancerville is one tough mountain to climb, and too often it pushes people—good people—off its steep cliff!

But Stuart was a strong climber and lived his life full to the very end. He was also a creative and entertaining sports journalist and will be missed by all.

Bernie Siegel, M.D, says "It's not about death as we will all die. It's about how we live our life despite the adversities."  No one exemplified that as well as Mr. Scott, a true hero in every sense of the word.

Prayers,

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, January 5, 2015

IS IT POSSIBLE

that the same person can be both Dumb and Dumber?

A former Governor and VP hopeful with the initials SP allowed her young son Trig to stand on the family dog, either to reach the kitchen sink, or see Russia from the kitchen window.

Dumb was posting the pic of him doing that on her fbook page.

Dumber was responding to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals by saying, "Dear  PETA, Chill. At least Trig didn't eat the dog."

What is really scary is that a person of such poor judgment could have been a heartbeat away from the Presidency. Whatever were you thinking Mr. McCain? I bet you still wonder that very question  yourself!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL

Reflect back upon the year 2014 and carry forward all that was positive and prideful and leave the rest (all that cess) behind.

Be hopeful that 2015 will bring an abundance of positive, prideful, peace of mind times. Allow your heart to be open to optimism and closed for pessimistic and negative thoughts.

Allow love to heal all wounds and mend all fences, except for those that can't be mended simply because toxic people need to be jettisoned and replaced with those who enhance our lives.

Review your healthy habits and fill your pride bank, while doubling down on your efforts to stop the glop. Glop is anything that tempts us in hurtful and self-defeating directions. Who of us would want to include GLOP in our lives?

All good wishes,

Bye for Now,

Bill