Archive | January, 2011

My Top Ten: Things That Will Always Remind Me of My Dad

24 Jan

In honor of what would’ve been my Dad’s 60th birthday today, here are the top ten things that will always make me think of him:

1.       “Hi Lili, Hi Lo” from the movie Lili

2.       Cooking big meals, especially when it involves chopping onions…and making knishes.

3.       Watching old, classic movies, like Lost Horizon, She Done Him Wrong, and It Happened One Night. Other random movies that remind me of him: The Goonies, It’s a Wonderful Life, V for Vendetta, Once, Return of the King, Ben-Hur, Gunga Din, High Noon, and Night at the Museum.

4.       The New York Mets (and Butch Huskey)

5.       Huge, ripe cherries

6.       Pistachio ice cream

7.       Klezmer music, and the way he would dance in the living room to it

8.       Curb Your Enthusiasm, especially the theme song for which we had our own routine

9.       Whenever a famous person dies

10.   “Who loves ya, baby?”

While I won’t share it here (at least, not yet), I created a much more extensive list last summer that far surpasses ten items. How lucky I am to have had somebody to miss so much.


My Top Ten: Feel-Good Songs

11 Jan

Important life lesson: Do not put on depressing music when feeling sad. Instead, play* one of these joyous tunes:

*In most cases, you will have to follow a link to YouTube. Lame-o, but still worth it.

1. The Four Tops, “I Can’t Help Myself”

In and out my life
You come and you go
Leaving just your picture behind
And I kissed it a thousand times

2. The Beatles, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on…

3. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

If you need me, call me
No matter where you are, no matter how far
Just call my name, I’ll be there in a hurry
You don’t have to worry, ’cause baby,
There ain’t no mountain high enough

4. Rodrigo y Gabriela, “Diablo Rojo”

5. Coldplay, “Life in Technicolor ii”

Time came a-creepin’, oh, and time’s a loaded gun
Every road is a ray of light
It goes on, time only can lead you on
Still, it’s such a beautiful night

6. Guster, “Come Downstairs and Say Hello”

To tell you the truth, I’ve said it before
Tomorrow I start in a new direction
I know I’ve been half-asleep
I’m never doing that again

7. The Turtles, “Elenore”

Elenore, gee, I think you’re swell, a-haaa!

8. David Gray, “Please Forgive Me”

Please forgive me if I act a little strange
For I know not what I do,
Feels like lightning running through my veins
Every time I look at you

9. Regina Spektor, “On the Radio”

This is how it works
You’re young until you’re not
You love until you don’t
You try until you can’t
You laugh until you cry
You cry until you laugh
And everyone must breathe
Until their dying breath

10. John Denver, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, Mountain Mama
Take me home, country roads



Climate of Hate

11 Jan

Paul Krugman from the New York Times, thank you for writing this piece.

On a personal note: It doesn’t matter if the disturbed Loughner saw the image (above) released by the incredibly frightening Sarah Palin. It matters that prominent politicians in our society are creating a “climate of hate” and allowing their words to poison the American psyche. Such actions are not without consequence. How many lives have to be lost before the political bickering and mudslinging stops?

My Top Ten: Places I Want to Visit Most

11 Jan


Machu Picchu, Peru

Santorini, Greece

Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

The Grand Canyon, Arizona

Aurora Borealis in Alaska

The Maldives


Jerusalem, Israel

Blue Lagoon, Iceland


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Krakow, Poland