Who Breaks Their Nose Playing Tennis?

Thumbnail image for Who Breaks Their Nose Playing Tennis? by Barbara Feldman August 4, 2014

Me. That’s who. Running cross court to return a ball with my back hand, I slipped on some pine needles, and landed face first. No, I didn’t put my hands out to break the fall (I was apparently still holding on to that damn racket, hoping to get that damn ball!) and took 100% of the impact on my nose and forehead. Blood everywhere, excruciating pain, nausea. My tennis partners were really good in a crisis. I quickly had cold water and paper towels, and […]

Planning an Amsterdam Layover

Thumbnail image for Planning an Amsterdam Layover by Barbara Feldman January 17, 2014

Although I’ve often considered it, this was the first time I scheduled a layover long enough to have a fun, no-stress day in the layover city. When considering a layover city visit, the most important question is do you have enough time to get into the city, enjoy yourself, and return to the airport with 2 hours to spare to go through security. The answer depends primarily on transportation from the airport into city, and your tolerance for stress! How close are you willing to […]

Paying with Isis Mobile Wallet

Thumbnail image for Paying with Isis Mobile Wallet by Barbara Feldman December 18, 2013

Verizon Wireless asked me to take a look at their Isis mobile payment and loyalty card app on my Verizon Galaxy S4. They gave me a small stipend to go shopping, so I could properly check it out. But all opinions are my own, not theirs. My coffee break starting by looking up where in the neighborhood I could grab a cup of joe using my Isis mobile app. That was easy with both the mobile app (since it could identify my current location) and […]

Isis Mobile Wallet: A First Look

Thumbnail image for Isis Mobile Wallet:  A First Look by Barbara Feldman November 15, 2013

Verizon Wireless asked me to take a look at their Isis mobile payment and loyalty card app on my Verizon Galaxy S4.  They gave me a small stipend to go shopping, so I could properly check it out.  Woo hoo!  But all opinions are my own, not theirs. Task one was to download the app, and link it to a couple of credit cards. First off,  I noticed really terrible ratings in the Google Play app store. Ouch!  But the version I am downloading is […]

Cranberry Sauce with Raspberries

Thumbnail image for Cranberry Sauce with Raspberries by Barbara Feldman October 21, 2013

Editorial Note: October 21, 2013. This year I am actually sharing my “world famous” cranberry sauce recipe BEFORE Thanksgiving. But I’m not taking any credit for a new found awareness of editorial calendars and such. It’s because of the Midlife Boulevard recipe blog hop! I know. I know. Bloggers usually share their Thanksgiving recipes BEFORE Thanksgiving, but I didn’t think of it at the time. We had a wonderful holiday at my parents’ house. My Dad smoked a turkey in the backyard, which turned out […]

My Dad and My Challah

Thumbnail image for My Dad and My Challah by Barbara Feldman August 25, 2013

My Dad is not doing too well. So all of us kids and grandkids are visiting him as often as we can, and he’s been on my mind a lot. When he was healthier, one of my Dad’s passions was cooking for family and friends. But he wasn’t a cook with a large repertoire, rather he specialized in a few signature dishes: huge challahs, gravlox, smoked brisket, tea-smoked duck, turkey (brined and roasted or deep fried), and chopped liver with schmaltz. If he made it, […]

What is a CDN?

Thumbnail image for What is a CDN? by Barbara Feldman July 8, 2013

A Content Distribution Network (CDN) is an easy way for busy websites to make their site both faster to load and cheaper to run. And with MaxCDN and the free WordPress plugin W3 Total Cache it also VERY EASY to implement. I’ve been using MaxCDN since April, 2010 … and it was probably just a few months after that I discovered the W3 Total Cache plugin for my WordPress sites. How a CDN Works A CDN makes your website faster by taking static files (such […]