Longboat Key, which is just above Sarasota, is connected to Anna Maria Island by a drawbridge. Last winter I’d bird in the early morning and in midmorning I’d walk over the Longboat Pass Bridge to Anna Maria. There I’d continue along a sand road to the end and then back to LBK, a round trip of three miles. This walk was more about exercise than birding. However along the way I often found unexpected small moments that sometimes made the walk a spiritual exercise as well.
As we boarded the jet, we knew we were in for a long, full day of travel. The final destinations were Los Angeles and San Diego, with a stopover in Dallas. (Why can’t the airlines use direct flights from New York to the West Coast?)
Visiting grandchildren is a pleasure. New York was cold, rainy and snowy. We looked forward to the sun and fun in the Southwest. Swimming was a must on our schedule. Both cities turned out to be chilly and cool. No lazy afternoons at the pool.
Two weeks ago I wrote a column entitled “Returning Home.” In it I listed the various jobs and chores that you have to accomplish when you return from a trip, such as collecting mail, checking phone messages, sitting at the Internet computer and finally calling the kids.
Actually there are many things to do before you leave on a journey. These tasks are no less important than the ones I mentioned on the return. However, the vision of the time off clouds the mind, but you cannot afford to miss any of the important duties.
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who helped make this year’s soldier collection drive a great success. While I am saddened by the fact that such a drive is necessary, I believe it is critical that we do our part to boost the morale of our soldiers. This program serves as an important reminder that the daily sacrifices made by our uniformed service personnel are not taken for granted.
In the book, Tales of the South Pacific, by James Michener and in the musical adaptation drama by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, we observe hatred and prejudice along racial lines in World War II.
Lieutenant Joe Cable falls in love and wants to marry Bloody Mary’s beautiful daughter. He is an American soldier and she is a Polynesian living on the island of Bali Hai. There is much hostility against the young couple because of intolerance. Bloody Mary sings, You Have to Be Taught to Hate… You Have to Be Carefully Taught. This is a lesson worth remembering.
The American Red Cross and its volunteers work every day to help save lives or rebuild lives that have been shattered by disaster – whether it is down the street, across the country or around the world.
Since 1943, every president has declared March to be Red Cross Month across the country. During this month, we thank those supporters whose generosity helps us continue our service to those who need us, every day.
(Editor’s Note: The following letter was given to the parents in the Plainview Old Bethpage School District and is being printed here at the district’s request.)
As you may know, Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School and H.B. Mattlin Middle School have implemented a comprehensive bullying prevention program. We are committed to taking proactive steps and our efforts this year have focused on raising awareness and educating our community on the issue of bullying and cyber-bullying.
As the key enters the lock, after a vacation or a weekend trip, there is great trepidation.
Will the home be untouched and will everything be in order? When the answer is “Yes,” there is a huge sigh of relief. Now we can pick up our lives and continue along the same life-path as before.
It was disappointing (and surprising) that Steve Israel’s letter about his “Telephone town hall with senior citizens in my district to share tips on how they can protect themselves from these (identity theft) scams” did not include the following tip (which I read somewhere)—-which will allow people to keep your Medicare card with you at all times without risking some identity thief obtaining their Social Security number if their Medicare card ever becomes lost or stolen. By following this tip, seniors will not have to worry that keeping their Medicare card for medical emergencies will make them more vulnerable to financial fraud or identity theft.
Let me introduce my wonderful nephew, Dr. Yevgeniy “Gene” Gincherman. He was born in Russia and came to America in 1988. He went to Middlebury College and then to medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He married Daryl Colodzin and has two children, Maya 7 and Ella 5. Read about his trip to Haiti:
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