Monthly Archives: August 2012

Your Moment of Zen, on Sunday Morning

Originally published on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 9:54am

Zen on Sunday Morning

CBS News Sunday Morning has been around for as many years as I’ve been alive.  Originally hosted by Charles Kuralt, and since 1994 by the similarly venerable Charles Osgood, it is a show best described as Sunday New York Times Arts & Leisure section meets 60 Minutes.

While I was growing up, my mother loved this show.  She made a point of watching it every Sunday, as I’m sure she still does today (it’s been a while since we’ve talked about it).  Invariably, it would be recorded on VHS for rewind and playback, or later viewing, as there were no DVRs in those days.  Occasionally, she’d call my attention to some segment, pulling me away from whatever I was doing, or urging me until I watched the recording a little later.  I hated this show, and didn’t particularly have a taste for any kind of “news,” so this was no different.  I even vaguely recall Mr. Kuralt reading on-air, a viewer letter from the mother of a little girl “forced” to watch the show, referring to it as “the broccoli of the airwaves.” Continue reading

Banking Answers

Originally published on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 12:55am

While working for a bank, I received numerous questions through numerous channels, related to how banking really works.  Still, I continue to be asked such questions.  I figured that now was as good a time as any to share what I know.  Though most of my experience comes from one bank in particular, the one I worked for, what you’ll find here are more or less generalizations of the US banking climate as a whole.  If you have questions about how banking works, please read this post in it’s entirety.  I promise you will find it informative, all be it long. Continue reading

Mary Gershkoff, 1923 ~ 2011

Originally published on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:04pm

Mary Gershkoff

Thank you to all of our friends and family who were able to drop by Thursday evening or attend Friday’s services in Cranston and Exeter.

Mary enjoyed a long life rich with experience, family and love, and in the end that is all one could ever ask for.  She lived to see many grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.  Many of us were fortunate enough to attend a large family gathering at my home in Warwick only a few weeks ago, where Mary met her newest great-grandson Andrew Martin Hanson for the first time, born in February to my sister Sara and her husband Pete in Coral Springs, FL.

Following the mass in Cranston, a small ceremony was held in the cemetery chapel in Exeter, during which Sara read aloud, with some difficulty, the moving remembrance that appears below. Continue reading

Martin John Berman, 1920 ~ 2010

Originally published on Friday, December 31, 2010 at 2:09pm


A shiva candle burns at my house in Warwick, the same house Martin called home for nearly forty years.

Thank you to everyone who attended the memorial service this morning. It was great to see you all!  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the RI Community Food Bank. 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI 02907.

Though she was unable to travel from FL for the funeral due to pregnancy, my sister Sara wrote the beautiful eulogy below, which was read at the memorial service. Continue reading

New Blog!

Since I don’t really care for the prevailing social networks as a blogging platform, I’ve decided to start a new blog expressly for this purpose.  Welcome to that blog!

I went with a plain and simple theme, since this is really about the blog, and not a flashy site.  I’ll be starting off by re-posting a few favorite items from the past.

Thanks for visiting!