Archive for July, 2009


>The New York Times
Friday, July 31, 2009

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Trust and Ye Shall Rock Out
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By MELENA RYZIK
Friday, July 31, 2009

Were you stymied by the beer line or the ferry wait at All Points West last year? The promoters behind this year’s festival felt your pain, and have promised to fix things this weekend. Head to Liberty State Park for Jay-Z, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend and more; hopefully your trust will be rewarded.

Breaking News Alert

The New York Times
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 — 6:52 PM ET
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Poll Shows Obama’s Clout on Health Care Is Eroding

President Obama’s ability to shape the debate on health care appears to be eroding as opponents aggressively portray the effort as a government-takeover that could limit Americans’ ability to choose their doctor and course of treatment, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Americans are concerned that overhauling the healthcare system would reduce the quality of their care, increase their out-of-pocket health costs and tax bills and limit their options in choosing doctors, treatment and tests, the poll found.

Read More: ~The New York Times~

>Breaking News Alert

>The New York Times
Monday, July 27, 2009 — 10:36 AM ET
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Merce Cunningham, Influential Choreographer, Dies at 90

Merce Cunningham, the American choreographer who was among a handful of 20th-century figures to make dance a major art and a major form of theater, died Sunday night. He was 90 and lived in Manhattan.

Read More:
http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na

>Now everyone knows that . . .

>Bella is an insecure whiney little thing. LOL! But it sometimes helps to whine a little. See, J. Kaye from J. Kaye’s Book Blog took pity on me and tweeted about my giveaway, and now people have entered! It is actually going to be a contest now! I am so happy. Yes really, now off to find a life.

In other news, Em got a new car, a blue Hyundai Elantra. They got a rebate from Hyundai and cash from the government for D’s old van so everyone is happy.

My mother called, she is home and feeling alright. She doesn’t know yet if she’ll have to have additional treatment. Test results are not in yet.

Lastly, my belly is healing and still looks oh so cute!

>Checking out this blog a vagabond’s sketchbook I found this Youtube clip. I’m not a big fan of Bob Hope or James Cagney, but the dance routine is only surpased by the quips. Enjoy and check out the blog. It’s pretty cool too.

>I’m Sad

>Sometimes it’s better not to know things. Like I used to not have a site meter. I just assumed that if no one was commenting, then no one was reading and I was happy. Then I got a site meter, and the numbers showed that people were reading my blog, how exciting! As the numbers went up, my mood went up. I was happy, then this morning I got my weekly report that said I have an average of 1 person reading my blog. That made me sad. Now I want a pity party, on the count of three everybody go ‘Ahhh, poor Bella, she has no life!” Er, I mean, well you know what I mean. Pity party over.

Adding to the site meter report is the fact that so far on my book giveaway I have one person entered. ONE PERSON! And supposedly I have more readers on that blog. Sigh. I am going to have to take drastic measures to get more entries. The giveaway is only for another week. For a while I was afraid I was going to
(a) tell the publishers that I had no entries; or
(b) lie and make up some entries (you know, give them the addresses of friends and family).

Well now I have one entry. Hopefully I’ll get at least one more before the end of the week.

>My postcard collection is not just postcards people have sent me. Take this postcard,


Back in May, Em and I went to the Museum of the City of New York. The link takes you to my blog post of the day. It as very interesting, as they had a special section dedicated to Henry Hudson. I found this postcard in the gift shop. I like to buy postcards as rememberences. Unfortunately, I don’t have the back of the postcard with any description because I glued it in my album.

I have found the saying to be true. I meet lots of friendly people in New York.

For more postcard fun, visit postmistress Marie Reed

>The New York Times
Thursday, July 23, 2009 — 8:51 AM ET
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F.B.I. Arrests Dozens in N.J. Corruption Sweep

F.B.I. agents are sweeping across northern New Jersey Thursday, making arrests in what is described as a major corruption probe.

WNBC-TV in New York reported and showed images of the mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus being taken into F.B.I. headquarters in Newark. The station also showed rabbis being taken into custody.

Read More: ~The New York Times~

>You would think

>That this late in July you wouldn’t have to wear long sleeved anything.

I wore my sweat-jacket this morning. I wore it cause I have on a sleeveless top and I was afraid I would be cold on the train and in my office. Walking from the subway to my office, it was raining and I was freezing. 21st day of July and I was standing there getting wet and freezing and wishing I had worn a real jacket instead of my sweat jacket! I am freezing now because I had to put the jacket back on and it is still damp.
This has been the craziest summer (weather wise) ever.

>Frank McCourt Dies

>Very sad news. Frank McCourt, author of the memoirs Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis and Teacher Man, died yesterday at 78 in New York City. He had suffered from metastatic melanoma, according to the New York Times, which has a long obituary and a remembrance called “A Storyteller Even as a Teacher.”

We remember him fondly for his comments at the publication party for Teacher Man, when, with his usual deadpan delivery, he lamented that the fame and fortune that came with Angela’s Ashes hadn’t come earlier in his life, but then said that had this occurred, he would have died long earlier “from drink and fornication.”