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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 10/31/23 – HALLOWEEN

Trick or Treat! That’s right, boys and girls, it’s finally here, the eeriest, hobgoblinest, most scarificacious day of the year, HALLOWEEN! Fun-starved suburban Moms have been decorating their lawns with toy skeletons and wildlife-killing plastic spiderwebs for weeks and preparing complex and cumbersome costumes for toddlers only interested in candy, Dads have been dreading being

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TALE OF A DUMB GUY, STARRING ME, OR WHY GRANDPA NEEDS A JOINT IN THE MORNING

Long story short, here I am, 69 years young and (knock-wood!) far from ending my dance on Funhouse Earth. From Day One I found the joint an absolute wonderland filled with infinite possibilities and shining people, and still do (and yes, people shine, every single one of them, you’ll just have to trust me on

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OLD SLIP STATION, HIPPY COPS, A BLACKSMITH, AND THE ROOSEVELT DESK

It was 1972, when 205 Mulberry Street was Building Maintenance headquarters for The New York City Police Department, and Police Headquarters was a few bocks away at 240 Center Street, a building whose purpose had outgrown it, and was in the process of being replaced by the nearly-completed 1 Police Plaza. I was 19 and

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THE GHOSTS OF SAN GENNARO FEASTS PAST, OR WHY I HATED RUDY BEFORE HATING RUDY WAS COOL

In the 1990s I worked at the San Gennaro Feast in Manhattan’s Little Italy for about 5 years running, an 11-day affair that saw Mulberry Street transformed for 12 blocks starting at Canal Street and ending on Houston Street. This is the largest, longest and most famous Italian American street fair in the country, and

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WEEK #209 (AND FINAL WEEK!) OF THE TRUMP ERA IN REVIEW, FRIDAY 1/16/21, TO WEDNESDAY, 1/20/21

Quote of the Week: “President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings.” – written by Trump himself, and the only entry in the official White House schedule every single day since New’s Year Eve The final week of the Trump

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WEEK #208 OF THE TRUMP ERA IN REVIEW, FRIDAY 1/8/21, TO THURSDAY, 1/14/21

The penultimate Week #208 of The Trump Era dawned on Friday to a shocked nation, no easy task in a country already stunned and reeling from 4 years of Trump’s toxic and destructive presidency and almost a full year of the deadliest pandemic in a century. Only something as horrific as the January 6 storming

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WEEK #208 OF THE TRUMP ERA IN REVIEW FRIDAY, 1/1/21, TO THURSDAY, 1/7/21

Quote of the week: “Don’t worry, Mom, I’m in the safest place in the world.” – a Congressional staffer seriously underestimating the situation on January 6. Quote #2 of The Week: “Our identity for the past several years now has been built around an individual.” – Republican Senator John Thune, trying to close the barn

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WEEK #207 OF THE TRUMP ERA IN REVIEW, FRIDAY, 12/25/20, TO THURSDAY, 12/31/20

Quote of The Week: “It’s not surprising that a criminal like Trump pardons other criminals, but apparently to get a pardon, one has to be either a Republican, a convicted child murderer or a turkey.” – Judge Robert Pratt, Southern District of Iowa  Week # 207 of the Trump Era woke us up on Christmas

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WEEK #206 OF THE TRUMP ERA IN REVIEW FRIDAY, 12/18/20, TO THURSDAY, 12/24/20

Quote of The Week: “He’s leaving Washington with a whole series of conspiracy theories and things that are so nutty and loopy that people are shaking their head wondering what in the world has gotten into this man.” – Senator Mitt Romney (R), in one of his occasional experiments in showing courage and integrity Week

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