Read This Now

August 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Read this now | Leave a comment

In general, I enjoy living in America. There are lots of things we take for granted here that don’t exist in other parts of the world, freedom of speech, we can vote in elections without worrying about whether we will get blown up, an abundance of supermarkets and fresh food markets, and other fun stuff : ) However, there are certain stories that bring to light situations which the American government can do a better job of handling. The cover story of the Sunday New York Times is one example. In theory, I understand that there does have to be rules for immigrants coming into the USA. Somewhere along the way, things got very messed up. From what I understand (and you can correct me if I’m wrong) one complaint is that illegal immigrants take away jobs from people that were born in the USA. Most of the jobs that are taken are labor intensive work. Also, crossing in the USA illegally is dangerous. I imagine that life has to be downright difficult, maybe unbearable in other countries if someone wants to leave their family, pay thousands of dollars to someone who is supposed to take you across the border and run the risk of getting caught and being deported back home, or worse yet, dying.

Speaking of situations that the American government could have done a better job with, read this article about the closing of a FEMA trailer park in Baton Rouge. It’s been almost 3 years since Hurricane Katrina and it’s heartbreaking to realize that some people in Louisiana are struggling to survive.

On the lighter side, read about a 50-something lady who is bringing the art of belly-dancing to the suburbs of Westchester. 

The Olympics start in 4 days, and the New York area has a substantial group of athletes representing in a variety of sports from swimming to soccer. You can find out more if you click here.

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Read This Now

July 28, 2008 at 3:17 pm | Posted in Read this now | Leave a comment

The Literacy Debate story on the front page of yesterday’s NY Times is thought provoking. Does the internet take away the power of books or can books and the internet exist side by side?

This week’s Modern Love story is written by a young woman, now married with kids, who got tattoos after breakups and what these tattoos meant to her then and what they mean to her now.

More people in the NY/NJ area are using public transportation and carpools, this story illustrates the lengths that people will go to in order to save a buck or two. I consider myself very lucky, I walk to work everyday except in cases of inclement weather, then I go on the bus. After reading this story, you better believe I will not be giving up my job anytime soon without a fight. There’s also a story on the increase of people who ride their bikes to work.

Read this now!!

July 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm | Posted in Read this now | 1 Comment

This is the debut of a new weekly feature. I have always loved reading, as a kid you would find me with my nose stuck in a book most of the time. Although it is more challenging to make time for reading, I try to find time for reading when I can, even if it means reading for minutes at a time while on a crosstown bus or right before going to sleep.

1. When I looked at the cover of this week’s New York Times magazine, I was instantly drawn to this story. It is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a former drug addict and how he got drawn into using and selling drugs and more interestingly, how he changed his life.

2. Having spent some childhood summers in this city, I got a kick out of the cover story in this week’s Travel section.

3. Vacation is one of my favorite words ever. I try to go on vacation once a year. It could be for 2 1/2 weeks in Israel, which I did back in 2006 or a 1 week jaunt through Prague and Amsterdam, like I did back in 2004. My most recent vacation was a 4 day vacation in Las Vegas with my family. I find vacations to be a necessary but overlooked part of life. It gives me something to look forward to on those crazy workdays when the phone won’t stop ringing. However, with rising prices of travel, many people are rethinking their vacation plans, either postponing or canceling their plans. This story leads off the Style section and combines personal stories of how people changed their vacation plans to save more money and also gives some sobering statistics that might change the mind of those people that are too attached to their workplaces.

4. Read this piece about an Orthodox synagogue in the middle of Venice Beach, specifically the conflict between the synagogue and a store next door that sells t-shirts, bathing suits, and lingerie.

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