PRESIDENTS DAY AND WEEK: GEORGE WASHINGTON THE FIRST AND THE BEST.

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WPCNR MILESTONES. Reprinted from the WPCNR ARCHIVES. February 18, 2022: Thursday, February 22 is George Washington’s Birthday. The time when we remember the first leader and the best. It is instructive to look at our first leader, George Washington, the father of our nation — America — that used to be. One cannot help be reminded of the snowy winter at Valley Forge, when the bedraggled, poorly equipped rebel army suffered but held together, and attacked the German troops in Trenton on Christmas Eve, 1776, crossing the Delaware River at night. What kind of man was he that George Washington could inspire his troops against all odds? What kind of men were they who would risk certain death if wounded (no med-evacs in 1776) for an idea: rights and freedom? Washington was a man of tremendous character. Of principle. Where did he get this character? He specialized in self-control at an early age. That congressmen, lobbyists, and pundits and yes, Presidents,  means mind-control, reason and responsibility, and humanity. According to  the book, The American President, Washington, at sixteen, had formed a code of conduct. He had written a book of etiquette with 110 “maxims” to guide his conduct in matters. In this etiquette book he had written: Every action done in company ought to be done with a sign of respect to those who are not present. Sleep not when others speak; sit not when others stand; speak not when you should hold your peace; walk not when others stop;…Let your countenance be pleasant but in serious matters somewhat grave…Undertake not what you cannot perform but be careful to keep your promise. The character sketch provided by the authors of The American President, indicates this personal “rulebook” was a book that Washington wrote over the years and referred to it often, for, they write, for the following reasons: “for self-control, to avoid temptation, to elude greed, to control his temper. Reputation was everything to him. It had to do with his strength, his size, his courage, his horsemanship, his precise dress, his thorough mind, his manners, his compassion. He protected that reputation at any cost.” Earning respect by example. Quelling rebellion with a few words. He sets an example today for those who would take advantage of America’s weakness and seize power by opportunism. Washington inspired by example.
John Vorperian with “George Washington” at Purdy House where General Washington stayed during the Battle of White Plains.
He lived with his troops. He shared hardships with them, and there was so much respect for him that he was able to talk them out of armed rebellion at the end of the American Revolution. Washington had been asked by the army to join them to overthrow the Continental Congress, and make himself King. Washington had been asked by one of the officers of the rebels to join them, and he wrote them, You could not have found a person to whom your schemes are more disagreeable. Banish these thoughts from your mind. Hearing that the rebels who were planning insurrection (back in 1783, they knew what insurrection was) against the new country due to paid  withheld by the Continental Congress, Washington rode to Newburgh, New York, (not far from White Plains, NY,USA) on March 15, 1783, to meet with the dissident insurgents. Washington spoke to the rebellious group, saying, “Gentlemen, as I was among the first who embarked in the cause of our common Country; as I never left your side one moment, but when called from you on public duty; as I have been the constant companion and witness of your Distresses…it can scarcely be supposed …that I am indifferent to your interests. But…this dreadful alternative, of either deserting our Country in the extremest hour of her distress, or turning our Arms against it…has something so shocking in it that humanity revolts from the idea…I spurn it, as every Man who regards liberty…undoubtedly must.” The would-be rebels fell silent, digesting what he had said. Then Washington withdrew a letter from Congress, but could not read the text, withdrawing some eyeglasses from his tunic, remarking, “Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles for I have not only grown gray but almost blind in the service of my country.” The men present were reported to have tears in their eyes at this gesture of Washington’s and abandoned their plot out of respect for their leader. Washington retired from the military, surprising the entire new country. His action surprised King George III of England, who was astonished that Washington had refused to hold on to his military authority and use it for political or financial gain. The defeated King of England, remarked, “If true, then he is the greatest man in the world.” Washington was. Seeker of Diverse Views. How to pick a cabinet. As President, George Washington invented the Presidential Cabinet, whom he referred to as “the first Characters,” persons who possessed the best reputations in fields and areas of the jobs he was filling. Washington said on political appointments: “My political conduct and nominations must be exceedingly circumspect. No slip into partiality will pass unnoticed…” Washington tolerated the relentless clashes between Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State, and Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury, but lectured them on the necessity for tolerance and moving beyond partisanship: “I believe the view of both of you are pure, and well meant. Why then, when some of the best Citizens in the United States, Men…who have no sinister view to promote, are to be found, some on one side, some on the other…should either of you be so tenacious of your opinions as to make no allowances for those of the other? I have great esteem for you both, and ardently wish that some line could be marked out by which both of you could walk.” The Constitution Should be Protected When George Washington left office after two terms, he made a farewell address which warned future generations of Americans about foreign entanglements and partisanship in the republic: I shall carry to my grave the hope that your Union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the Constitution may be sacredly maintained; and that free government…the ever favorite object of my heart…will be the happy reward of our mutual cares, labors and dangers.” Washington died in 1800, three years after leaving office in 1797. He was saluted on the floor of congress as being First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.” He was the first and best. The ultimate role model for any leader, February 22, 2024 is a day that tries Americans’ souls. It is hoped that some of our “leaders” in Westchester, in Albany, in Washington might read the words I have quoted above and take them to heart in future deliberations. Work a little. It’s not all about you. It’s about doing what is best for us all. George Washington’s vision of his country is being challenged by those who know not what they do. Or want to do to voices that disagree with them But we who remember, and read these words must refocus. I hear you, Mr. Washington, and we heed, so help us God.
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REDRAWN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS DO NOT CHANGE MUCH VOTING ORGANIZATIONS SAY. NY INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION PRESERVES PRESENT DISTRICTS, IGNORES MINORITY EMPOWERMENT PRESERVES STATUS QUO

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“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” Marcel Proust

WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2024 ROUNDUP. By John F. Bailey February 17, 2023:

 

The New York State Independent Redistricting Commission has sent its redrawn congressional maps characterized as having been arrived at by a genuine effort of compromise to the state legislature for legislature approval.

All 26 District maps are on the NYIRC website: https://nyirc.gov/storage/plans/20240215/congressional_plan.pdf

(Simply scroll Down to District 16 and District 17.)

Leaks of how districts changed  found their way into the hands of some media outlets in time for stories to be published in major media as of Wednesday morning, when no maps were available. There were no explanations from the NYIRC  as to the effects of the redrawn maps and how many districts had changed, after the Commission voted 9 to 1 Abstention Tuesday afternoon to approve maps and then a second 9-1 vote to send the new maps on to Albany legislature for approval or denial.

The legislature in on vacation now and as of today Saturday State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins has not called the legislators back to Albany to consider a timely approval or more time to make changes before petition signature collections are scheduled to start.

The Congressional Districts of interest in the Westchester area are District 16 and 17. The District 16 map below shows no change from the previous district. The 17th district remains the same and incumbent Congressman Mike Lawler is very pleased at that.

NEW REDRAWN DISTRICT 16 IN GREENOVERLAY SHOWING NO CHANGE. (AND A CLOSER VIEW BELOW 🙂

THE NEW CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 16 HAS  519,751 REGISTERED VOTERS, 255,074 WHITE, 119,751 BLACK, 112,155 HISPANIC AND 30,355 ASIANS.

DISTRICT 17 NEWLY REDRAWN IS SHOWN BELOW IT TOO IS VIRTUALLY UNCHANGED

DISTRICT 17 HAS 533,808 REGISTERED VOTERS, 45,236 BLACK, 390,729 WHITE, 69,538 HISPANIC AND 26,093 ASIAN.

Voting organizations across the state were not enthusiastic about the proposed redrawn districts.

The NY League of Women Voters rounded up statements from a number organizations on the execution of the new proposed redrawn maps:

In what feels like the never-ending story, we bring you more news on redistricting. On Thursday, the Independent Redistricting Commission met and announced a new set of Congressional maps. You can take a look at the maps here and compare them with the 2022 version. NYC and Long Island will remain mainly unchanged, aside from a few small sections in Brooklyn and Queens. Upstate NY (yes, I’m unfortunately referring to anything above the city as Upstate) will see more drastic changes if these maps pass in the Legislature. Legislators are in their home districts on break next week so we won’t see them re-convene until February 26th. 

 

In response, the following groups released these statements:

“The reconvened Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) owes New Yorkers an apology. From the start, thiscommission met behind closed doors, locking New Yorkers out of a process that directly impacts them. We have no idea how these maps were drawn, who influenced them, and why the districts are the way they are. Now, the Legislature must hold at least one public hearing – and allow written testimony – so New Yorkers can weigh in on the process before lawmakers vote on these maps. It’s the least they can do,” 

Susan Lerner, Executive Director
of Common Cause/NY.

“New Yorkers deserve a better redistricting process. The IRC should have held deliberations in public, and sought public input. Before voting on the maps, the legislature must hold at least one public hearing, and allow New Yorkersto comment on these lines. Going forward, we need a more independent process that reduces partisanship and outside influence over the commission, brings more diverse voices to the table, minimizes the potential for deadlock, and eliminates the Legislature’s authority to veto the final maps,”

Betsy Gotbaum, Executive Director of
Citizens Union.

“New York’s redistricting process has been plagued with multiple changes and convoluted decision making, ” said Cesar Ruiz, Associate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

“It’s essential that the legislature hold a public hearing.We cannot allow the will of the voters to be undermined. A redistricting process only works where there is a processin place that is fair, transparent, and equitable.”

“The League of Women Voters of NYS is dismayed that the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) held no hearings during their consideration of new congressional maps. Public input is critical to ensuring that the voters are choosing their elected officials and not the reverse. Even though it was not required by the court decision, the IRCshould have realized the importance to all to solicit this public input in this redrawing of the maps. The League has advocated for public input throughout this multi-year redistricting process and will continue to support all efforts now and in the future to ensure the public’s voice is heard in determining district lines,”

said Laura Ladd Bierman,
Executive Director, League of Women Voters of NYS.

“Public input is essential to give legitimacy to the redistricting process. Eyes are on New York. Don’t shut the public out of the process for a second time.

We ask the legislature to prioritize democracy over expediency and hold a
public hearing before any map is finalized,”

said Elizabeth R. OuYang, Coordinator, APA VOICE Redistricting
Task Force.

“New Yorkers deserve a transparent, fair and inclusive process when it comes to redistricting.

Instead, constituents were handed a set of congressional maps developed by the Independent Redistricting Commission without community input and shrouded in secrecy until their release today. Now it’s up to the Legislature to correct this wrong, by seeking and incorporating public input from New Yorkers before voting on these new maps.

This is the only way to increase trust in the system and ensure that every New Yorker has a say in the process that will impact their lives foryears to come. Building a more open process is vital for fostering an inclusive democracy that represents and upliftsthe voices of immigrants and all New Yorkers,”

said Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director of the New York
Immigration Coalition.

On Tuesday, these groups will host a virtual hearing on New York’s redistricting process. Attendees will hear from
members of the public and voting and civil rights groups about the current state of New York’s redistricting, why

 

 

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INSTANT SNOW REPLAY!

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WHITE PLAINS NEW YORK USA 7 A.M. SATURDAY MORNING 2 INCHES OF SNOW FELL OVERNIGHT CREATING THE SAME WET HEAVY FLUFF STUFF SO HARD TO SHOVEL LAST TUESDAY. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE, SHOVELING.

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YOUR LOCAL EPIDEMIOLOGIST ON SHORTENING COVID ISOLATION PERIOD (NOT A GOOD IDEA)

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Changing Covid-19 isolation?

My thoughts.

In true Covid-19 fashion, news broke at an inconvenient time. Greetings from Mt. Fuji.

What happened? The Washington Post leaked that CDC is considering replacing the Covid 5-day isolation guidance with “staying home until 24 hours fever free and improving symptoms.”

This is what we know and don’t know, and what this all means in the larger context.

First, what we do know

  • Contagiousness has not changed. If infected, you still spread Covid-19 to others for 5-12 days.
  • Spreading Covid-19 is less consequential these days, though. Hospitalizations and deaths continue to decouple from infections. (This means ~300 deaths per day—which is still a lot—compared to the peak of 3,500.) Long Covid-19 prevalence is decreasing slowly, but millions still suffer.
  • Testing is expensive. Innovation has not kept up. Antigen tests are not positive until days 3, 4, or 5 now.
  • The number of paid sick days for Americans is abysmal—23% of Americans have zero (!) paid sick leave. Among those who do have it, the average American has 10 days.
  • We are no longer in an emergency. The majority of Americans have put Covid-19 in the rearview mirror. Only 1 in 5 adults are vaccinated.

What we do not know

The actual proposed policy from the actual agency. This was a leak, which means it lacks justification, context, and details. We don’t have the full picture, like whether they will recommend masks, a cautionary period, or what to do for those at high risk.

A leak automatically puts CDC on the defense, which is disappointing as stakeholder engagement, gathering data, and conducting models takes time. Let’s give them time to line up their ducks.

One of the worst things CDC did throughout the emergency was change guidance without clear communication. I’m optimistic this will change.

What would be nice to know

We are always working off incomplete data, but some rough answers would certainly help me, at least, craft an opinion:

  • How many people follow the current isolation guidelines? In other words, will this impact community transmission? Data from the U.K., California, and Oregon can help answer this, as they have already implemented similar guidance. Oregon, for example, shared that dropping isolation did not impact community transmission.
  • How many people get a fever with Covid-19 infection? Is a fever or improving symptoms correlated with contagiousness for Covid-19? How well does this align with the flu and RSV? Do people know what “symptoms improving” means?
  • Is there a risk difference between a symptomatic person on Day X vs. asymptomatic case walking around (which is about 40% of Covid-19 cases)?

Even if we get answers to the science, health policy is also based on psychology, politics, economy, culture, and values:

  • What is acceptable to the majority of Americans? 100% protection x 0% adherence = 0% benefit.
  • How many sick days are people willing to cash in for Covid-19? How many missed school days is “worth it”?
  • Does a 5-day isolation period disincentivize people from testing in the first place?
  • How will institutions react? If someone needs to stay home longer, will their employer let them? What will happen at hospitals?
  • What do key high-risk stakeholder organizations (i.e., nursing homes, AARP, immunocompromised, health departments, healthcare workers) think?

What is the purpose of public health?

Whether we get answers or not, all of this centers around one core question: What is the purpose of public health? Do we meet people where they are (e.g., people aren’t isolating anyways, so let’s drop), or provide a north star (e.g., this is ideal, although we know most people won’t follow it)?

Ideally, it’s a balance with a clear goal in mind. This has resulted in a tug-of-war throughout the pandemic.

This isn’t abnormal in public health, though. Take car safety. In the 1980s there was incredible pushback on seatbelt laws. But that didn’t stop guidance, and wearing a seatbelt was eventually normalized. Seatbelts had minimal (if any) tradeoffs, though. We don’t tell people not to drive, even though it’s the most dangerous thing people do daily. Instead, public health put in place interventions and recommendations to mitigate harm.

When recommending an intervention to a huge fraction of society, we’d better have strong justification of the benefits and risks, even if acting on the precautionary principle and limited data.

Ideally, guidance comes in tandem with background systematic change after an emergency—ventilation, free vaccines, paid sick leave, normalizing mask usage. I see it in Japan, but it is a fleeting pipedream in the U.S. Of course, a lot of this isn’t in the purview of CDC.

Air quality monitor in a Japanese taxi

Bottom line

Health policy is messy and complex, involving weighing tradeoffs that change over time for very diverse 330 million people. We ultimately need guidance that is protective and actionable and feasible. I’m optimistic CDC will provide answers and clarity soon.

Love, YLE


“Your Local Epidemiologist (YLE)” is written by Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, M.P.H. Ph.D.—an epidemiologist, wife. During the day, she is a senior scientific consultant to several organizations, including CDC. At night, she writes this newsletter. Her main goal is to “translate” the ever-evolving public health world so that people will be well-equipped to make evidence-based decisions. This newsletter is free, thanks to the generous support of fellow YLE community members. To support this effort, subscribe below:

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TOM SUOZZI TO THE RESCUE! TOM SUOZZI TO THE RESCUE! FOR 8 MONTHS. ONE MORE CONGRESSIONAL SEAT

TRICIA LINDSAY CHALLENGES STATE SENATOR SHELLEY MAYER FOR 37TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT

INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION IN “COMPROMISE” APPROVES PROPOSED NEW CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT  REDRAW SENDS IT TO STATE LEGISLATURE. VOTERS AWAIT THE MAPS, DEMOGRAPHICS. 

PAUL FEINER: CON EDISON UNCAPPED ELECTRIC RATES APPROACH FIXED SUSTAINABLE WESTCHESTER RATES FOR ELECTRICITY. 

NOAM BRANSON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SUTAINABLE WESTCHESTER ANALYZES PERFORMANCE OF SUSTAINABLE WESTCHESTER, AND TALKS OF THE FUTURE. (CONTRACT IS COMING UP FOR NEGOTIATION)

WHITE PLAINS HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS AVERAGE 91% OF TOTAL BEDS. NOT AS A RESULT OF COVID BUT OF STREAM OF PATIENTS

WITH JOHN BAILEY AND THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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TONIGHT AT 8: “PEOPLE TO BE HEARD” FIOS CH. 45 COUNTYWIDE, IN WP: OPTIMUM CH 76 AND wwwlwpcommunitymedia.org

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JOHN BAILEY INTERVIEWS THE NEW REPUBLICAN STEERING COMMITTEE AND THEIR PLANS FOR BUILDING BACK THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN WHITE PLAINS NY  USA

PLANS FOR REGISTERING MORE VOTERS

THE STATE OF WHITE PLAINS

ISSUES NOT BEING ADDRESSED

THE MOOD OF THE CITY AND HOW TO CHANGE iT

MEET LEFT TO RIGHT:

ANTHONY PILLA, ENRIQUE JENETE, CHARLES LEDERMAN AND BRIAN PERONI

REACHING OUT TO MR.AND MRS. WHITE PLAINS

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NY STATE REDISTRICTING COMMISSION APPROVES “COMPROMISE” REDISTRICTING PLAN, 9 TO 1

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WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. February 15, 2024:

Newly redrawn Congressional District maps created by the New York State  Independent Redistricting Commission, Chaired by Ken Jenkins, the Westchester County Deputy County Executive was approved 9 to 1 abstaining this afternoon in Albany.

In a second vote, the commission voted by the same 9 to 1 abstention vote to forward the new redistricting plan to the State Legislature for approval.

The State Legislature may not get to that for a week, because the legislature is on vacation next in observance of Presidents Week.

Petition signature collecting processes are scheduled to begin at the end of February. Should the legislature have a problem with approving it it could disrupt the process unless these new guidelines are approved soon or adjusted by the legislature very quickly.

No maps of the key 16th and 17th districts were shown. No comments were made describing how these two districts or any other lines in the state were redrawn.

Mr. Jenkins said prior to calling the question the final proposed guidelines were reached with a commitment to compromise on the makeup of the districts.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer issued a press release minutes of the approval vote, saying:

“This is only the next step in a long process; it is now in the hands of the legislature, and we are confident in the ability of Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie to complete this process fully and fairly. Regardless of the timing or the ultimate disposition of the lines, we look forward to continuing to bring our message of progressive results that benefit the people of our area, in whatever neighborhood they live and in whatever jurisdictions are ultimately assigned to CD-16.”

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HEARD IT IN A LOVE SONG — CAN’T BE WRONG — WHAT’S YOURS?

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WPCNR UNSOLVED MYSTERIES, By John F. Bailey. February 14, 2024:

Valentines Day is today. In order to get in the mood for love,  dispel the myths and  fiction notions about love, I have compiled a list of songs written over the years from ragtime to swing to the rock and roll era. They are the soundtrack of love, how it feels, how it hurts, how it saves you and nurtures your spirit, and lingers forever.

Those who have never been in love yet,  can seek out these songs as guidelines to judge whether they have a real love going, the real turtle soup and not merely the mock. (Thank you, Cole Porter)

Those of you not still in love or who miss it, can play these songs for memories and faith in the future that another love will come along because you miss love every day. I have probably left off yours. Feel free to write me and suggest other songs I have left out.

The best  observers — authorities on what love feels like are the songwriters–poets with melody. They write the feelings their minds and bodies and yes, their heart, as experienced. And put them in songs that grab you by heart and go to your head.

down and down they go like a leaf that’s caught in the tide. That Old Black Magic you weave so well”

The first 100 Love Songs of All Time titles and their  “signature lyrics”

  1. You Belong to Me

 (Fly the Ocean in a Silver Plane)

  1. You Made Me Love You

(I didn’t Want to Do it)

  1. Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby

(I was your Pretty, You were My Baby)

  1. In the Still of the Night

(I Remember)

  1. Sleepwalk  
  2. Blueberry Hill (I found my thrill…though we’re apart)

(I Found My Thrill)

  1. The Great Pretender

(Pretending You’re Still Around)

  1. Autumn Leaves

(That’s When I Miss You Most of All)

  1. Walkin After Midnight (Along the highway hopin’ I’d get a glance at you)
  2. My Heart Stood Still

 (Though not a single word was spoken, I could tell you knew
That unfelt clasp of hands told me so well that you knew
I never lived at all until the thrill of that moment When my heart stood still.)

  1. You Go to My Head

 (With a smile that makes my temperature rise
Like a summer with a thousand Julys You intoxicate my soul with your eyes)

  1. Red River Valley

(They Say You Are Going.We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile…)

  1. I want to be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart

 (I Want to Rope and Ride Across the Great Divide)

  1. Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin’

(Wait Along, Wait Along)

  1. Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes

(Far Over the Sea)

  1. Kiss and Say Goodbye

 (I wanna remember you just like this…)

  1. Begin the Beguine

(It Brings Back a Night of Tropical Splendor)

  1. Come Dance With Me

(Come on Cutes, Put on Your Dancing Boots and Dance with Me)

  1. Dancing in the Dark

(We Can Face the Music Together)

  1. Love Is Strange

(Without it you’re in awful fix. Once you’ve had it you never want to quit)

  1. Under the Boardwalk

 (down by the sea)

  1. One Night With You

( Is all I’m Hoping for…Always Lived in the Twilight.. ain’t never done no wrong)

  1. Treat Me Nice

(Don’t Kiss Me Once, Kiss Me Twice)

  1. Night and Day

(You are the one)

 

  1. I Get a Kick Out of You

 (I Suddenly Turn and See…Your Fabulous Face)

  1. One for My Baby and One More for the Road

(Set em up, Joe)

  1. You’re the Top

(You’re the Coliseum, You’re the Louvre Museum)

  1. Too Close for Comfort

 (Now)

  1. Cheek to Cheek

(Nothing Thrills Me Half as Much as Dancing Cheek to Cheek)

  1. Nothing in Common

(It’s a Phenomenon!)

  1. Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off
  2. Same Old Song and Dance
  3. Something’s Gotta Give
  4. What’s New?

 (You haven’t changed a bit Lovely as ever, I must admit)

  1. You Took Advantage of Me
  2. I’ve Got You Under My Skin

(Deep in the Heart of Me)

  1. That Old Feeling

 (I felt a thrill when you caught my eye, my heart stood still)

  1. Let the Good Times Roll

(Feel so good now you’re home)

  1. You’ve Got What it Takes

( to set my soul on fire)

  1. You Keep Coming Back Like a Song

(The sweet used-to-be That was once you and me

Keeps coming back like an old melody)

  1. Always

(I’ll be loving you always)

  1. My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own

(I’ve Tried forgetting you..)

  1. Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool

(Everybody’s somebody’s plaything)

  1. Donna

(Where can you be?)

  1. The Carnival Is Over

(I will love you til I die)

  1. Just Walkin’ in the Rain

 (All because my heart can’t forget)

  1. She Wears Red Feathers in a Hula Hula Skirt
  2. The Last Dance

 (Save me the first dance in your dreams)

  1. Hey There

(You with the Stars in Your Eyes)

  1. Everybody Loves a Lover

(I’m a Lover, Everybody Loves Me)

  1. He’s So Fine

(Sooner or later he’s gonna me mine, I hope it’s not later)

  1. Rock and Roll Waltz

(Trying to Waltz to a Rock and Roll Song)

  1. Hey Little Girl in the High School Sweater

 (Carry your books and hold your arm?)

  1. All of Me

(Why Not Take?)

  1. Racing with the Moon

 (Till I Overtake the Moon and You)

  1. So Fine

(My Baby is so Fine, Sends Those Chills Up and Down My Spine)

  1. Chances Are

(Your chances are very Good)

  1. Misty

(Too Much in Love)

  1. Thanks for the Memory

( Of faults that you forgave, rainbows on a wave…Thank you so Much)

  1. A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody

(A pretty girl is like a melody That haunts you night and day
Just like the strain Of a haunting refrain)

  1. Black Coffee

 (Love’s a Hand-Me-Down Brew)

  1. Canadian Sunset

( When I saw you there on that ski trail)

  1. I Almost Lost My Mind

 (When I Lost my Baby)

  1. Tennessee Waltz

(I was dancing with my darlin’…)

65.   Laura

(The laugh that floats on a summer night) 

  1. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

 (Seen a lot But now I’m like sweet seventeen a lot
Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I)

  1. Brown Eyed Girl

 (Where did we go?)

  1. You Send Me

(Honest you do)

  1. Oh Julie

 (Someday Julie, I’ll Be the Apple of Your Eye)

  1. Slip Away

( I Need You So)

  1. I’ll Be Seeing You

(In  All the Familiar Places)

  1. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

(Without You)

  1. Diana

(Stay with me, Diana)

  1. Love Me Tender

(All my Dreams Fulfilled)

  1. Fine Brown Frame

(Because I’m crazy ’bout, mad about, wild about Your fine brown frame)

  1. Met Him on Sunday

(He didn’t come Monday. He showed up Saturday, and I said Bye Bye Baby)

  1. I think I’m Into Something Good

 (Met a New Girl in the Neighborhood)

  1. Some Enchanted Evening

 (You may see a Stranger Across a Crowded Room,,you’ll see her again and again)

  1. I Could Have Danced All Night

(And still have danced Some More)

  1. On the Street Where You Live

(Oh, the Towering Feeling)

  1. At Last My Love Has Come Along

(You set my soul on fire, and  I’ve Really Had my Fun)

82. I Only Have Eyes for You

(Though millions of people walk by)

83 Just for a Thrill (You’re still the only one Cause you made my heart stand still)

84.  Stardust (Of love’s sweet refrain)

85.Smoke Gets In Your Eyes    (When a lovely flame dies)

86. Blues In the Night       

(A two-face, a worrisome thing
Who’ll leave ya to sing the blues in the night)

87. Love Letters In the Sand   (You laughed when I cried when the tide  would take our Love Letters from the Sand)

88. Born To Be With You (By your Side satisfied)

89. I Can’t Stop Loving You  (I’ve made up my mind to Live in Memory)

90. First Name Initial

(It Makes it Official, you’re my special guy)

91. When A Man Loves A Woman (Can’t Keep His Mind on Nothin’ Else)

92. Ci Ci Rider 

(The Moon Is Shining Bright, If I Could Just Walk with You Everything would Be All right)

93. Eddie My Love 

(Don’t Make Me Wait Too Long Ong Ong)

94 .Wonderland By Night  (Stars Hung Suspended)

95. In the Mood   (Don’t keep my chestnuts waiting when I’m in the Mood)

96. Moonlight Serenade

97.  Young Blood (I Can’t Get You off of My Mind)

98. Memories Are made of This   (The memories you gave me)

99.Once Upon A Time (A Girl with Moonlight in Her Eyes Told Me     She Loved  Me So, But that Was  Once Upon a Time very Long Ago)

100. VAYA CON DIOS   (My Love, May God Be With You  til we meet again)

 

Always.

 (Stills from The Big Sleep  (1946) of Bogart and Bacall, I never get tired of watching that movie)

May you and your Valentine always feel That Way.

 

 

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REMOTE WORK FROM HOME DAY 32 WPCNR DEGREES SNOWING WIND FROM NW 12 MPH AT 8:30 A.M.

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SHOVELING WARNING: THE SNOWFALL AS OF 8:30 A.M. 5 INCHES, BUT IT IS A HEAVY WET SNOW, HARD TO SHOVEL. BEWARE OF OVERDOING IT. 

Today
Snow, mainly before 1pm. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 35. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. Northwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. West wind 8 to 13 mph.

 

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THE WHITE NIGHT BEGINS.

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SNOWY NIGHT: Blowing snow started at 2:30 A.M. Tuesday morning and by  4 A.M. above  It was accumulating on yards, cars and roofs. 

SILENT PINES OBSERVE THE BLOWY DRIFTING SNOW, RECALLING HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW’S POEM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST AS OF 4:30 A.M. 31 DEGREES, SNOW. WIND NORTH AT 4.

Tuesday
Snow, mainly before 1pm. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 35. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. Northeast wind 11 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. West wind 8 to 13 mph.
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