Category Archives: Family

Miss Manners, Dead at 10

Certainly a cheery title. For those of you who don’t know, Miss Manners is the pen name of journalist, Judith Martin, an author and authority on etiquette. She would have been astonished this morning in the check-out line at Morton … Continue reading

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Mornings On Horseback

I’ve just finished David McCullough’s book, Mornings On Horseback (1981) about a young, romantic Theodore Roosevelt. The by-line reads: The Story Of An Extraordinary Family, A Vanished Way of Life And The Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt. What inspires … Continue reading

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Best Story of the Week…April 11; The Chivalrous Dad

Have you ever seen the film, Love in the Afternoon with Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper? It’s where I got my blog name from…Athingirl.  It’s what Mr. Flannagan calls Ariane, who plays the cello, while Maurice Chevalier as her dad, … Continue reading

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Things That Irk Me

There are many things that irk me. People putting their feet up on furniture, smokers, and those yakking on their phones in public. Caregivers Tweeting rather than giving care, along with dog walkers who sit instead of walk. Our prevailing … Continue reading

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Best Story of the Week…Nanny and the Thin Girl

I truly don’t look for trouble, but sometimes trouble finds me, like a homing pigeon coming in for a landing. It’s cold. People are bundled like Eskimos, so I ask you, why a 3 year-old is shivering in her stroller … Continue reading

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John F. Kennedy Jr.’s Lost Legacy

I heard a story about John Kennedy Junior I had never heard before. Just when you think you know everything there is to know about someone you admire, something lost gets recovered. It’s no secret his mother raised her children … Continue reading

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Best Story of the Week…November 23

It’s early Thanksgiving morning and I can’t sleep, deciding to take a long, loll down Lex to catch a glimpse of the Chrysler Building, the Grace Kelly of Architecture, lit up like she’s coming home from a fancy ball. It’s … Continue reading

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Mrs. Cookie Jar

A woman I often see in the park I’ll call Mrs. Ross, had to put Hannah, her beloved Bullmastiff, to sleep. Hannah, who could have run for office, is who introduced us, way back when. She’s in obvious mourning nowadays … Continue reading

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Yays or Nays for the NRA

The recent Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh has really affected me. I have mixed feelings about our gun laws to begin with, as many of us do. Should we have the Right to Bear Arms, as our Second Amendment states, ratified … Continue reading

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Smurfs in the Lobby

It’s pre-dusk on Halloween as I stand outside watching trick-or-treaters, annoyed our building doesn’t participate since the board voted against it. Such tight asses they are, making you wonder, were they ever kids before they became such pompous party poopers? … Continue reading

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