April 22, 2018

I walked into the room and I saw eyes light up. I was holding my ukulele. I offered it to someone I don’t know and said, “Play it”. He said, “I don’t know how. I said, “ It doesn’t matter, just try.

Beautiful music erupted from his tinkering. It turns out I had crossed path with a cast member from “Crowns” currently playing at the Long Wharf Theatre. He in turn introduced me to the rest of the cast. From that first moment, they made me feel as if I belonged.

The story slam event began with...

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Four String Magic

April 18, 2018


I brought my ukulele to Jake Shimabukuro’s concert. As I waited for the doors to open I played a tune. I saw a man’s eyes sparkle and asked if he played and he said, “Yes”. I offered my ukulele snd he accepted. He finger picked a classical tune. Everyone around us stopped, looked and listened. He told his story.

I made eye contact with a man carrying a uke in a case. I asked him if he played. He did, even though he had a bandage on one of his fingers.  It was wonderful. He told me his...

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Top Ten

April 7, 2018

I spotted a list of “must not miss” dishes in NYC's Chinatown. Expecting Peking duck and sweet and sour chicken, I was intrigued that a meatless pie at a vegetarian kosher restaurant made the list. 

I had never been to a vegetarian kosher restaurant before!

I ordered the meatless pies that I understood were appetizer size and two other small plates. 

The waiter warned that one was very spicy and gave me the chance to change my mind.  I said “no” for the thrill of it.

Regulars were...

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To Go or Not to Go?

March 31, 2018

It was a new theatre work under development. I knew little about it, but I decided it didn’t matter. A friend designed the stage set - I knew that it was going to be epic. I wasn’t disappointed.

It was intricate, it was puzzle like, it resembled a cave fantasy. The troupe referred to it as "The Altar". The show was imaginative and the acting and music amazing. I loved it. 

It was a special treat to experience the work in an intimate performance space. 

I’m glad that instead of finding...

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Weather Kindness

March 29, 2018

Some wickedly cold weather snaps in the Northeast motivated me to bring extra hats, gloves and scarves (new or gently used) with me on a trip to NYC.  My goal was to gift them forward to anyone who might need them. 

I initiated the offering by remarking, "This weather is unbelievable you look cold" and wait for a response.  If the person admitted they were cold, I offered them a piece from my collection that would match what they were wearing and meet their need.  I did it on the subway, in...

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