Real News

While CNN obsesses about Russia and MSNBC cheerleads anti-Trump marches. What happened in the real news? The first woman was elected to Congress from Georgia. Phippy ditched his longtime caddie Bones. Dick Cheney is fighting to salvage his legacy by promoting defense spending. Mitch McConnell drafted a healthcare overhaul bill. Trump is headed to Iowa for a campaign rally as Mike Bloomberg predicts his re-election. And. Adam Schiff, co-chair of House Intelligence Committee blocked so-called campaign colluders from testifying. Oh. Blech. Joe wrote Mika a love song which he sang to her at Prohibition on the UWS.

Happy Summer.

City Birds

No not pigeons. Actually haven’t seen lots of those. Geese galore. Ducks abundant. At the Lake in Central Park. But. Every morning and evening bird songs resound. Cardinals. Robins. Sparrows. In real trees right outside our windows. Believe it or not. More warbling music here than in the country. Can’t hear songbirds out in the ‘burbs when the lawn mowers, leaf blowers blare daily at dusk. A surprise city pleasure.

Media Myopia

Mainstream media learned nothing from the last election. Still missing the mood of the country outside the beltway. Completely in denial that their polls and data were grossly inaccurate. Pushing Hillary’s dominance swayed the results more than Russian interference. Yet. That’s all they are focused on. Like dogs with a bone. Constant coverage of Trump campaign’s potential collusion with Putin. Once again they are living in the Northeast elitist bubble. Thinking that the rest of the country is similarly outraged. They are not.

Economy. Jobs. Infrastructure. Healthcare. Terrorism. They still care about things like that.

Ritzy Russian Read

Our NYC Book Group’s latest pick. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. Count Rostov wears a gentlemanly attitude despite his confined 30-year sojourn at the Metropole Hotel in Moscow from 1930’s to 1950’s. Under house arrest after the Revolution, this aristocrat relishes the finer things found in his new surroundings from literature to furniture to food. It’s a beautiful story of love and loyalty that takes place within the walls of this old-world hotel yet spreads its view into the history and streets of Russia throughout the decades from the Revolution to the Khrushchev years. Guests of the hotel bring worldly culture in from the cold. And the funny narrator welcomes us into the fray. A great read.