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Why You Should Go to New York City This Fall

Posted On: August 26, 2019

It's not too late to check out why people are drawn to the city in the fall.  This article lays out so many great things to take advantage of in the city that most of us don’t take the time to enjoy.  Whether it's taking in a show, a museum, the latest jazz club or just going in for a good meal.  It's fun to go play in the city, even if you are not an urbanite!

Selected excerpt(s), photo and linked article courtesy of Lyndsey Matthews, AFAR & Shutterstock

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How Long Island Suffragist Alva Belmont Helped Women Gain Equality

Posted On: March 09, 2021

In honor of International Women’s Day and Month, this article highlights Long Island Suffragette and socialite Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, who formed the National Women’s party with Suffragette leader, Alice Paul.

Their cause was for the right of women by law to vote in national and local elections.  Without their sacrifice and dedication, we might not have the right to vote.  Ms. Vanderbilt Belmont was the party’s president and primary benefactor.  She was also known for saying “Pray to god, she will help you.”

In 1917, the group began a vigil with hundreds of flag waiving protestors, displaying huge signs, shouting their message which marked the first time that protestors picketed in front of the White House.  It was January 1917 when the group began their vigil that lasted six days a week for six months, despite the weather conditions!! 

All the liberties and rights that women have today are a result of the women who came before us.  I am so grateful for all the strong women, many of whom we have never heard about when we were taught the “history” of our country.  It's time we start to talk about our “herstory”!

Selected excerpt(s), photo and linked article courtesy of Annie Wilkinson of the Long Island Press

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The Top 10 Things to Do on Long Island

Posted On: May 19, 2020

Needless to say, Long Island is one of favorite places since it has been my home for my entire life.  As summer approaches (and as coronavirus restrictions begin to lift), it is always exciting to find different things to do.

These are among my favorites...making visits, even during the winter or fall months to the beaches, is a must for me.  I love hearing the beach sounds and walking to the lighthouse in Robert Moses State Park.  They have a great boardwalk path from the last parking lot to the lighthouse that is right next to the beach.  You can enjoy both and get some exercise at the same time!  Obviously the wineries are a fun place to go, either for a day out on the Island or a short trip.  The other thing that people may not be aware of is that we have some very nice museums right here on Long Island, and of course, boating, fishing and eating seafood are top on the list.

Check out this great article if you ever need a suggestion or need to think about what to do one weekend.

Linked article courtesy of Devorah Lev-Tov of Trip Savvy
Photo courtesy of Mitchell Bleier/Getty Images

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Conservative Activists Accused In Hoax Voting Robocalls Ordered To Make New, ‘Curative' Message

Posted On: October 30, 2020

As we get closer to the election...A justice in the Southern District Federal Courts in New York has directed two Trump supporters who sent out thousands of false voter intimidating Robocalls in several major cities and swing states to send out corrective robocalls with a specific script crafted by the judge acknowledging that their prior call was false and deliberately intimidated voters.

Selected excerpt(s), photo and linked article courtesy of Mark Hicks, The Detroit News

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16 Quotes For Women’s History Month To Share With Your Kids

Posted On: March 17, 2021

Happy Women’s “Herstory” Month!  In school we were mainly taught “history”, and rarely did we hear about women leaders, let alone their quotes. 

Here is a wonderful article of sixteen quotes that you can share with your children and teach them about the impact each of these women have had on herstory.  I particularly love the ones from Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Michelle Obama and Ayanna Pressley.  I will also add one of my favorites by Elenore Roosevelt, “A women is like a tea bag, you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water”.

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Gone But Not Forgotten: 12 Trailblazing Women We Lost in 2020

Posted On: January 05, 2021

We lost so many people this past year it feels inconceivable.  I am especially sorry for the loss of these trailblazing women who opened doors, broke barriers, shattered ceilings, paved new pathways for women, and inspired so many to do more in their everyday lives.

The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg literally made me cry.  I never had the privilege of meeting her, but she was just so amazing and inspiring and her death came at such a tragic point in our history.  Not only did her time on the Supreme Court change so much for us, but her passing and who has been placed on the bench in her stead may also have an untold impact on us for years to come.

I also feel cheated not only by the loss of these women but for some like Katherine Johnson, the mathematician for NASA 101, whom I never knew about until I saw the movie Hidden Figures.  How horrible is it that this group of black women, who made it possible for the space program to be successful and actually saved men’s lives, were never recognized or had their story told in our school’s history books for decades?  Our education system must not just tell the white man’s history (his story) but needs to embrace all people’s history, minorities of all colors as well as women’s history (her story)! 

One of the women listed here, B. Smith, was a restaurateur and a model.  I had the privilege to meet and dine on several occasions in her New York City restaurant which was absolutely amazing. 

Remember the women that stepped forward in World War II:  well, we have lost the original “Rosie the Riveter” Rosalind Walter.

I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did and I look forward to hearing about many new women who are trailblazing for the next generation!

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Lesbian Baker in Detroit Got Homophobic Cake Order: Why She Made It Anyway

Posted On: August 25, 2020

A customer of a well known black lesbian owned bakery in Detroit attempted to bait the owners into reverse discrimination by requesting a cake online with a homophobic message. The customer, an employee of a Ferndale-based, conservative Catholic organization — a group that broadcasts pro-life, anti-gay, anti-feminist, Islam-fearing, human-caused-climate-change-denying orthodox Catholic, was surprised when the owners not only made the cake, pursuant to their online ordering regular requirements, but attached a note responding with a message of love good wishes and inclusion for all!

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Couple Married For 47 Years Die Of COVID At The Same Time

Posted On: December 22, 2020

This is a very touching article, like Romeo and Juliet.  This Michigan couple was married for 47 years and died in the hospital on the same day at the exact same time.  They were 75 and 78 years old, respectively.

They were both no strangers to public service; Pat was a registered nurse for over 35 years at the hospital and Leslie was a veteran of the United States Naval Reserves.

This couple did literally everything together...an incredibly heart-warming story and read.

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