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positive covid test

Relationships

Covid companions

   Carol and I joined the Omicron club this week. Her symptoms began a day or two before mine, and then we both tested positive for Covid. With all the grit and resilience of a Yonkers girl, Carol accepted her fate, making a pot of chicken soup (out of what was supposed to be chicken […]

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home alone Reid

Relationships

Carol Madigan’s Diary January 17, 2022

   Dear Diary,    Well, I got a pretty good peak behind the curtain at how things would have gone in the house while I was away. (I postponed the planned spa weekend in Arizona that I’d won in a Covid vaccination contest sponsored by my health insurer, as a result of developing some last […]

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Madison, 1814

Shake My Head

It’s 1814, Let’s take a little trip

   President James Madison sat at his writing desk, pen in hand, when a sentry burst in. “Mr. President, the White House is on fire!”   Madison bolted upright, nearly knocking himself out of his booster seat.   “The what?” Madison replied, on the floor on his knees and looking around for his pen.    […]

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teenager beach party

Daytripping

Zoot suit riots

   So, what began as a humdrum weekend chaperone with Carol’s two oldest grandchildren soon metastasized into Carol and yours truly hosting a New Year’s Eve California beach party extravaganza for, now, six swarming, super-energized hormonal containment systems, otherwise known as teenagers. Or at least, that was how I was initially projecting the new plan. […]

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the baby

Lifestyle-ish

You gotta see the baby!

   I’m six months old. I understand more than I get credit for, and as near as I could figure it, I was in for a time this evening not unlike the moment I emerged from my mommy. Except worse. Instead of a doctor, a nurse and what I’d come to realize as my “parents,” […]

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Relationships

Madigans unbound

   The main phalanx of Madigans rolled into the local burger joint like the first Roosevelt Administration, a collection of siblings, cousins, neighbors and parents to celebrate a boy’s 9th birthday. The pool table was the first casualty, cues and balls used in ways never intended by the rules of the game. I was on […]

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little italy

Uncategorized

Paradiso Regained

   So there’s a joke that goes, God grants you one more day on earth and says it can be about anything you want. You say, “I want to learn how to make pasta, eat at an Italian restaurant and then stay over at a cute pension in Little Italy.”   I know, it’s not […]

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Infographics

The Importance of Vacations

Vacations give a better outlook on life and motivate one to achieve goals. Here are some factors to emphasize the importance of vacations:

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joking around

Relationships

Love in the time of narcissism

   I was in my 70th year when I asked Carol Madigan to meet me in person, after only a few weeks of exchanging wise cracks via Facebook PM. At this point I was smitten by someone simultaneously wielding a sweet disposition and a Yonkers cutting wit. I was in over my head once again, […]

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Infographics

The Health Benefits of Laughter and Humor

A good sense of humor can help you in dealing with difficult situations. It appears to be a calming remedy to relax anyone. Here are some health benefits of laughter and humor.

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