Nostalgic America and The South Florida Elderly Consumer

This morning I am heading home from a visit with my parents at the Colony Point retirement community in Pembroke Pines, Florida. It is the second largest (next to Century Village) in the area - located in South Florida, which is home to a disproportionate amount of the East Coast's elderly population. Why? I have … Continue reading Nostalgic America and The South Florida Elderly Consumer

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Thanksgiving and Hanukkah: Giving Thanks For The Fire That Burns In All of Us

I am certainly not even close to catching up to the thousands of bloggers who are talking about this year's first merging of two iconic American Holiday traditions since the late 1800's - Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, also coined Thanksgivukkah, among other cutesy holiday sniglets.Being both American and Jewish (at least by birth on both counts) … Continue reading Thanksgiving and Hanukkah: Giving Thanks For The Fire That Burns In All of Us

Huffing Over Holocaust Jokes? A Discussion About Joan River’s Point of View on The Function of Humor

On a post-Academy awards show the other night, Joan Rivers made what most would call an "off color" joke about model Heidi Klum's dress that referred to the Holocaust.  And MAN did it tick people off.  So much so that it made the news on CNN! As I listen to the debate as well as … Continue reading Huffing Over Holocaust Jokes? A Discussion About Joan River’s Point of View on The Function of Humor

A Jewish American New York Story: Swinging Into Modern Times

My father was a second generation American: born to native New Yorkers in 1934. A swing generation baby, he grew up at an interesting time in the history of New York and our now waning industrial economy, he wouldn't be able to afford a Baby Trend Expedition-Jogger-Stroller back then. In about two and a half … Continue reading A Jewish American New York Story: Swinging Into Modern Times

A Visit To Colony Point Part 3: The Flea Market Excavation

Perhaps my favorite outing (aside from hanging with the old gals at the pool) was the trip I took with my mother and two of her "snowbird" friends to the bi-annual flea market at the local senior center. One thing I loved about this flea market was its almost entirely contextual nature. What I mean … Continue reading A Visit To Colony Point Part 3: The Flea Market Excavation

A Visit to Colony Point Part 2: Artifacts of A Life Being Lived

What do you fill your home with when you don't have a lot of stuff but have a lot of memories? Here is the "dig" that shows you one retired Jewish couple's priorities and perhaps reflects more than just themselves. From cruising memories to grandkids to the music of an era and keeping up with … Continue reading A Visit to Colony Point Part 2: Artifacts of A Life Being Lived

A Visit To Colony Point Part 1: Breakfast With Sandy

I thought in honor of my weekend visit to the land where the former denizens of the great Jewish Northeast now preserve themselves and their culture with sunscreen and air conditioning in south Florida, I would share some ethnographic documentation. The subjects: my parents. Representative of a cultural collective: I would say as well as … Continue reading A Visit To Colony Point Part 1: Breakfast With Sandy