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Putin’s Syrian Dance

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Russia’s bombing of Syria has much greater meaning than the context of Russia simply coming to aid of its greatest ally in the Middle-East.  This is a very serious event that will set the parameters of Putin’s next strategic action. A few weeks ago, I watched the Putin interview on 60 Minutes.  Amidst a barrage …

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Winter on Fire

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Last night I thought I was going to the movies at the IFC theater in the West Village, but instead I went back to Kyiv and joined the protests that took place at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, in November 2013.  That is how vivid the depiction was by Director Evgeny Afineevsky in his newly released documentary “Winter …

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End of Summer Blues

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Writers write. That being the case, I certainly haven’t been much of a writer lately… My summer was a hectic string of endless packing, un-packing and repacking.  In past years, when I lived at the shore, my plans were made with carefree whimsy, as my mood would dictate what I was going to do in …

Crooked Nation

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It seems that each day another story breaks about a crooked politician.  And although some are outraged by the news, the vast majority seems to accept it, as what is becoming the new normal.  We shrug our shoulders, roll out eyes and move on with our day without giving it another thought until the next …

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Ukie Village

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  This morning I went to the East Village to visit the blast site where the three buildings burnt down to the ground. I knew this would be an emotional venture because these buildings were part of the background landscape of a neighborhood that is very close to my heart.  It is a neighborhood that …

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That Woman

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I usually spend Saturday mornings catching up on emails and news articles that I find of particular interest.  Yesterday, the one article that caught my attention was this week’s TED talk featuring Monica Lewinsky as the speaker. If you are my age or older Monica Lewinsky needs no introduction, but many from the younger generation …

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Game Over

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Last week, while at the gym near my office, I overheard two men talking, almost venting.  “It’s over” they said with constant repetition.  Normally, these words would have little meaning without the proper context, yet I knew exactly what they were talking about.   I too have been saying this for quite some time, and with …

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Toast of Taos

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What does the one of the largest hedge funds in New York City and a backwater ski resort in New Mexico have in common?  The answer in a moment. Taos Ski Valley, boasts some of the steepest, most challenging slopes in the Rockies.  Its crown jewel, Kachina Peak stands tall at 12,481’ high and spans …

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Valentine’s Day Massacre

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Since I moved into Manhattan, my social life has exploded.  I am reconnecting with old friends and meeting dozens of new people.  Even the dating scene has been hotter than it’s ever been for me, including when I was single and in my twenties – mostly because back then, I had little experience and didn’t …