September 2011

If you loved Life, Loss and What I Wore, Gingy is back with a tribute to the grandmother who raised her and her sister, Tootsie, the irrepressible Ettie Goldberg. Gingy brings her trademark wit and emotion to the story of this unforgettably wise woman.

The Divorcee Sale is a traveling shopping event where fabulous Divorcees can shed their past wears for a great cause. TDS is a resale event created to assist women in selling their unwanted clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry (Think Prada, Balenciaga, and Tiffanies) from their previous life while benefiting charities and savvy shoppers. VIP parties begin Friday, September 23rd and the event lasts all weekend.

The election of Republican Robert Turner to Congress is significant for several reasons. One is that the result will be widely perceived as a rebuke to President Obama and the Democratic Party, which it is. For some, the issue was jobs and the economy. For others, the administration's hostility to Israel is an important issue, which affected Catholic voters as well as Jews.

In a stunning defeat for the "old guard" in local politics, the Downtown Independent Democrats took an overwhelming number of key positions in yesterday's election. Jenifer Rajkumar and Paul Newell succeeded as District Leaders of the 64th District (part c), and John Scott won a hotly contested election as District Leader of the 66th District (part b) to elevate D.I.D. to a more prominent and cohesive role as Downtown's premier political club. Jean Grillo, unopposed, was reelected as well.

Our favorite sex shop just ensured that your private life will get a whole lot sexier with the announcement of their upcoming events. With advice on sweet spots, positions, and tongue techniques you can’t really can’t go wrong. Check ‘em out!

"half awake, half asleep by Maki Kaoru explores perceptual responses to nature. This work presents layers of abstracted, ephemeral images of blossoms, rays of light, and leaves that interact with the surrounding natural elements of LentSpace, drawing attention to the public space."

“This enormous decline in euthanasia numbers—from around 25 percent of American dogs and cats euthanized every year to about three percent—represents substantial progress,” reports HSUS. “We will make still greater progress by working together to strike at the roots of animal overpopulation.”

We will all reflect upon the horrors of 9/11. Who cannot see this monumental Shakespearean tragedy for the drama, human sorrow, and murderous evil it revealed? Perhaps a quiet reflection on a similar time, some years ago, may help us understand this in some perspective.

Ed Koch provides some timely advice in this recent Newsmax Commentary: "You have announced that the speech will deal with jobs and, of course, that is the priority issue, but I suggest you go further. Most economic observers I’ve read believe that our economic recovery is being stymied by the housing bubble which, three or more years after it burst, has not been dealt with."

Kiteya will be hosting an exhibition by the Japanese beads artists mother and daughter duo, Hideko and Yasuko Taniwa from Friday, September 9th through Thursday, September 22nd. This will be their first U.S. exhibition. Hideko, the mother, has been a master of her craft for a long time, and has recently been featuring 3-D beads art, which will be shown in this exhibition. The daughter, Yasuko, specializes in natural stone power jewelry, one-of-a-kind work of art.

To paraphrase Einstein, he said that one definition of insanity is to repeatedly do the same thing and expecting the results to be different. It’s beginning to look like our political leaders are guilty of that mistake – at least with respect to economics. In the financial world, conservative professionals have been warning everyone that we have to stop kicking the can down the road. In other words, the party is over but no one wants to hear it.

As part of our “Art of Intelligence” series we have been collecting poems, prose, art and more from former and current intelligence officers. The following poem is written by John W. Davis, an Intelligence Officer with the US Army.