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NEW YORK “HOLIDAY” MINUTE..


Pandemic 2020... HANDLE IT OR DIE...


Hmmmm.. sounds harsh .. but such is the TRUTH..


HANDLE IT ... NYC is not the MERRIEST CHRISTMAS EVER..


Yep.. There is a TREE.. WINDOWS TO GAZE UPON.. ( from a distance),

The NY TIMES..has its holiday recipes, AMAZON packages are arriving in droves .. NETFLIX kindly is offering “LOVE ACTUALLY” and “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE...” ..( two favorites up here in 10024.. where we search for love on bumble, and meaning In the self help section of B&N...conveniently located 2 blocks from ZABAR’S...)


Mariah is hitting her yearly “high note”...Nat King Cole.. ( the opening strains .. launching into “CHESTNUTS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE..”..., we start the yearly longing for a “better time”... Like the SNOWY scenes in any movie about HOLIDAY NYC.. ( I will take that “Christmas tree” scene from “WHEN HARRY MET SALLY...”). sigh ....


BUT HERE WE ARE.. SMACKED WITH REALITY... COVID CHRISTMAS,

POLITICAL MELTDOWN... BROADWAY “BABIES” STILL SLEEPING, NO ROCKETTES KICKING.. NO NYC BALLET NUTCRACKER, NO MIDNIGHT MASS,

ECONOMIC “You must be kidding me...”., as the NYC performers and those of us who work in their support..try to figure out how to pay the rent ... ( slush fund is DOWN.. and I am one of the lucky ones who have one ...)


OK... BUT.. ( now that I have set a depressing tone...”. WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS.. RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT...”


WE MUST DANCE ON, NYC...


WHY? AS MR. GRINCH SAID IN HIS BEST BORIS KARLOFF VOICE..


“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,

stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”


CHRISTMAS MEANS MEMORIES...

MEMORIES ARE IN OUR CONTROL..


MAKE MEMORIES...


Sure.. we could just go through the “motions”... WAIT for 2021..

WE ARE NOT GUARANTEED THAT “DO OVER”....

PANDEMIC 2020.. has indeed displayed .. THE TIME IS NOW...


Open your heart...( yes.. I am talking to myself here ..).. CELEBRATE .. in the NOW... with MORE MEANING.. than in a “GOOD” year..


I AM HERE.. AND I AM HEALTHY...

I have lost this year... I have gained as well....


Those I love.. those who love me.. deserve to see the full force of my RESILIENCE.. ( if you are here... that .. has multiplied .. no choice..)


APPRECIATION and SUPPORT MEANS .... “BRAVE” FACE.. AND FORWARD..


GRATITUDE FOR WHAT WE HAVE SHARED... ( and apparently will continue to until the day ahead... when the LIGHTS are ON.. the SUN is SHINING.. we are all DANCING IN THE STREETS.. ( in NYC.. street performers are allowed MARCH 1.. and whatever that means... IT WILL BE ... because ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS IN NYC DO NOT NEED A VENUE...THEY NEED ENERGY ... EACH OTHER..)


WE HAVE EACH OTHER.. NYC...


Thousands are hurting... the GOVERNMENT is BROKEN..


SO...WHAT TO DO?


MEANING AND PURPOSE... HELP OUT... SAY “HELLO” TO EVERYONE..

BE PART OF COMMUNITY...


IN THE WORDS OF THE UPPER WEST SIDE “NOT SO SAINTLY” PATRON SAINT..

JOHN LENNON...


“AND SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS... AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE...?”


“I CARRIED ON, JOHN... I LEARNED “LIFE IS RANDOMLY UNFAIR,

NOTHING IS FOREVER... AND I FOUND “MEANING” IN MY HEART, NOT JUST MY HEAD...”




( and this.. My FAVORITE JOHN LENNON QUOTE..


IN THE BEGINNING...AS THE LIVERPOOL LADS WORKED THEIR BUTTS OFF IN HAMBURG, GERMANY...John would KEEP THEIR SPIRITS UP WITH THIS CHANT..


“WHERE ARE WE GOING, “LADS”?”

“TO THE TOP...”


YES.. NYC... WE ARE.... THIS TOO ... SHALL PASS.


OUR CITY WILL BE BACK “ TO THE TOP”....







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