“Masks probably do provide some protection.” That’s the latest news from The New York Times
NYTimes on Masks and Coronavirus:
“Masks probably do provide some protection. They’re particularly effective at keeping somebody who already has the virus from spreading it to others, and they may also make the mask’s wearer less likely to get sick.
“Coronavirus appears to mostly spread when germ-containing droplets make it into a person’s mouth, nose, or eyes,” Vox’s German Lopez explains. “If you have a physical barrier in front of your mouth and nose, that’s simply less likely to happen.”
Of course we should give first priority for masks to health-care workers. And there may be no masks available.
What can you do? You can Make Your Own Mask!
It may not be medical grade – but it is surely better than nothing! Tie a Scarf around your Nose and Mouth! (You’ll feel like a Movie Star – The Lone Ranger! ) Or Use a Bra Cup – any size will do! Fasten with hooks and eyes, snaps or elastic – get creative. Or cut up an old shirt or pants leg! (Use your imagination, your scarf, shirt, pants…or bra!)
Fashion Forward means NewYorkStrong!
You don’t have to live in New York to be NewYorkStrong !
Share a Ride – Save five thousand dollars ($5,000) !
You can – when you learn to Be Your Brightest Friend!
Sharing a ride is the bright way to travel around New York City. It’s less stressful than the subway and less expensive than solo rides. I use Via Car Service ridewithvia.com (let me know if I should refer you).
Save a Hat is what my fellow passenger did when my favorite hat fell on the floor – black side up and hard to see. As she was exiting, she said “Your hat fell on the floor.” Sure enough – there it was with its golden treble clef that symbolizes my love of music! Her behavior told me more about her character than any internet profile or job resume! And it started my morning with faith in human nature – and some members of the legal profession. You see, she spoke in an intelligent manner, and she exited our Via Car near the Manhattan Courthouse at 9 am. This told me that she probably worked in some legal capacity….right?
Now the question you’re all waiting for…. how did I save five-thousand dollars ($5,000) ?
I was on my way to the Brooklyn Surrogate Court to pursue my own case. I was representing myself because lawyers are expensive, and I figured I could do my own digging and get the help I needed – at least, for now. If I needed a lawyer – I would cross that expensive bridge when I came to it (probably a $5,000 retainer…and billing at $400/hour).
Guess what? The Brooklyn Surrogate Court (and many other courts) have a Help Center for people who don’t have lawyers. Of course, I had to figure out to solve some tricky issues (like confusing legal forms, finding a capable, convenient process server (Thanks EmpireLegalService.com ) – and find free Legal Help (scroll down for the link)
My first court date was in the pouring rain when I was on crutches! But my dear friend/stained glass artist & repairs Dennis Lynch (http://astainedglass.com/ ) drove me in his car (which he named “Sue” – after me). We drove in “A Car Named Sue” to the handicapped entrance of the courthouse. I staggered in on my crutch with an injured knee but a determined mind! I looked pathetic in the courtroom – so much the better!
What about saving five-thousand dollars ($5,000)?
That’s how much my opponent’s lawyer charged today – just for showing up in court and a few hours of easy work. I would have had to pay my own lawyer much more money (for more time). But despite the hard work, it’s been an exciting challenge – and I learned a lot about free legal help!
Sophie Tucker, superstar singer, showbiz innovator and marketing genius – (imagine the founder of Facebook as a fat, fabulous diva) – called herself “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas!” Tucker was an international sensation with a sixty year career – she headlined in vaudeville and Broadway, sold out nightclubs; recorded songs tailor-made for her lusty persona, and guest starred on television (including the top-rated Ed Sullivan Show). She hung out with movie stars/singers (like Judy Garland, Mae West, and Frank Sinatra – all of whom she mentored), mobsters (like Al Capone, who booked her in his club, as did Lew Walters, father of Barbara Walters) and seven US Presidents. Due to her limited exposure in Hollywood films (she appeared in only two, which flopped), Tucker is almost forgotten today, but the documentary film “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” (opening July 24 at Cinema Village, New York City) aims to change all that.
Susan & Lloyd Ecker & Dr. Sue
The docu-bio (produced by Susan and Lloyd Ecker and directed by William Gazecki) traces Tucker’s rise from goulash – (a family restaurant in Hartford, CT where a teenage, but already zaftig (plump, curvy) Sophie served kosher food) – to glory! She eloped with a handsome ne’er-do-well named “Tuck” and quickly became pregnant. But she was determined to escape her mother’s fate as a kitchen slave. In a move that was outrageous (especially for an early 20th century Orthodox, Jewish girl), she handed the baby to her sister, changed her name to “Tucker,” and took off for New York City. Considered too “fat and ugly” for show business, she was forced to belt out songs in black face as a vaudeville “coon-shouter.” She hated it, and when her make-up failed to arrive in Chicago, she went onstage as herself, brought the house down, and never looked back.
I asked Eckers to share the secrets of Sophie’s success. “It didn’t hurt that she had a voice that could peel the paint off walls.” But mainly it was that combination of warmth (she personally answered all her mail and wrote cards to her fans telling them when she was going to appear in their town) and business. Sophie said, “Friends and fans = box office.” She was one of the first performers to take a percentage of the gate (during her first number, she counted the seats and made sure she wasn’t cheated). If you wanted her autograph, you bought her book – and she didn’t give change, even for a $50 dollar bill. (She would announce, “It all goes to charity.” In fact, she raised huge sums for her favorite charities, including synagogues.
Rabbi Jill & Dr. Sue
Sophie may have been a rebel, but she became a prominent member of The Actors’ Temple (339 West 47th Street, NYC), which features Tucker’s plaque, stairwell photograph, and stained glass window. I interviewed Rabbi Jill Haus, spiritual leader, cantor/singer, and show business supporter. The Actors’ Temple hosts shows, a Hanukah open mike and performance fests (like Midtown International Theatre Festival). I asked Rabbi Jill to share a story about Sophie. She told me the temple was originally Orthodox, with men downstairs and women in the gallery. A woman who was a big contributor to the temple, sat herself downstairs, and Sophie immediately followed. “The Rabbi was smart, and the synagogue immediately changed from Orthodox to Conservative (with mixed seating).”
Sophie was always ahead of her time – especially when it came to sexy self-assertion – for all genders, sizes, and backgrounds. The soundtrack of “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” includes her top hits: “I Ain’t Takin’ Orders From No One,” “No One Loves a Fat Girl (But a Fat Girl Knows How to Love),” “The Sophie Tucker School for Red Hot Mamas”, “My Yiddishe Momme” (the heart-tugging, unofficial Jewish anthem), and her signature song “Some of These Days.”
So what are you waiting for? Pep up your life with Sophie serum – movie, soundtrack CD, the Eckers’ fictionalized memoir “I Am Sophie Tucker” (friskier and more fun than the official, sanitized 1945 biography). Susan and Lloyd Eckers’ first date was at a Bette Midler concert (Ms. Midler told her version of bawdy “Soph” jokes and belted out songs a la Tucker.) The Eckers married, built and sold a business, and are living their dream of bringing their favorite broad back to Broadway! Stay tuned at www.sophietucker.com . For press reservations, interview requests, or more information, contact Richard Skipper Celebrates at Richard@RichardSkipper.com or 845-365-0720.
In the spirit of Sophie Tucker, here’s a a video of my original, funny song: “A Jewish Girl Named Tex”:
“A Jewish Girl Named Tex” by Sue Horowitz
Creative Living by Dr. Sue: Perk up with Positive Songs!
Long before I ever heard of this film, I used to start my day with Sophie’s songs. Her funny, heartfelt, strong assertion of womanhood, sung in clear, jazzy, melodic voice with perfect articulation, always perked me up!
Support the Arts!: Without the arts, many children have no chance for a better, more fulfilling life! Without the arts, there is no real beauty, joy, or civilization!
We’re “dancing in the street” and on the stage at the annual Dance Parade! The parade route boogies down Broadway to Tompkins Square Park, NYC to celebrate the performing arts and multi-cultural fun!
Dancing divas, colorful costumes, and diversity rule the day in New York City!
Here I am with the beautiful Red Silk Dancers – a Chinese-American Company that performs traditional and contemporary dance. http://redsilkdancers.weebly.com/
Pure Onyx Movement Dr. Sue
Brooklyn is in the house – with Pure Onyx Movement – an American company that celebrates its African/International roots, Belly Dancing, and Inter-Generational Sisterhood!
Director Jeannie Mitchell says, “We breathe together.”
Here I am with Pure Onyx Movement!
Navatman Dancers & Dr. Sue
Is Bollywood calling? Navatman is a South Asian Dance and Music Company. The troupe and school is based in New York and trains dancers in traditional Indian performance styles.
Here I am with the Navatman dancers. There are two lovely ladies and two utterly charming children.
Dancing Wheels & Dr. Sue
Diversity means more than multi-culturalism. It extends to the differently abled – like members of The Dancing Wheels Company and School.
Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher, may be in a wheelchair, but her passion for dance, vision of possibilities, and sheer capability have created a company and school where thousands of children and adults with and without disabilities study and perform together.
“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”
– Robert Browning
(Photos by Jay Berman)
Hope you enjoy hearing me sing my original song: “You Can Be a Hero” copyright 2015 Susan HorowitzCreative Living by Dr. Sue: Support the Arts!
Without the arts, many children have no chance for a better, more fulfilling life! Without the arts, there is no real beauty, joy, or civilization!
The annual New York Times Travel Show has something for everyone: from fantasy vacations to a fun afternoon!
You can vacation globally (Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, Antarctica)!
You stay-cation in NYC with a Broadway Show, Dining Certificate & Parking Voucher with ManhattanClub.com
You can spin a wheel and win a deal (a cruise for two) at GetReadyToCruise.com
You can book a cruise or cruise with books with RoadScholar.org , EnrichmentVoyages.org , or SemesteratSea.org (learning & adventure for savvy seniors or college students).
You can time-travel through New York State via ILoveNY.com/PathThroughHistory,.
You can climb-travel in the Himalayas or a fiberglass wall at the Javits Center. (The wall is a good place to drop off the kids – but fasten that safety harness – unless you really want to drop them off!)
You can climb into a bikini at a resort pool… or climb into a martini at a midtown Manhattan bistro…
Sue “Dr. Sue” Horowitz (Vocalist) & Rick Bogart (Clarinet)
Perform Jazz Standards, Romantic Songs & Clever Parodies
Broadway Thai Restaurant 241 West 51st Street (btwn Broadway-8th Ave) NYC
Saturday/Sunday Nights (212) 226-4565, No Cover.
Thai & American Food & Drinks are delicious (and reasonable)
Creative Living:Live Your Vacation Dream – You can’t take it with you – but you can take a plane, train, bus, boat or taxi to wherever you imagine! So as the song goes, “Pack up all your cares and woes…” and go for it!
(Editor/Photographer: Jay Berman)
I just had the pleasure of attending the New Tang Dynasty (NTD) TV’s New Year’s reception – a celebration of the revival of traditional Chinese Arts. The date fell between the Western and Chinese New Year – and provided many East Meets West moments – a traditional Chinese tea service in one room and a cocktail bar in another; models in costumes inspired by ancient dynasties posing in front of a Christmas tree; a demure, musician playing a pipa (traditional stringed instrument) – while in other rooms, programmers sat at computers producing NTD television –technically sophisticated international, multi-lingual cable and webcast programs.
NTDTV sponsors Shen Yun – http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/ – a multimedia feast of Chinese dance, music, costume, cultural costumes, in a blend of live performance and digital projections of a classical landscapes and spiritual visions. Shen Yun tours internationally and performs annually in New York around Chinese New Year. NTD also sponsors other cultural events throughout the year – musical, dance, fashion, and culinary competitions. In fact, our hors d’oeuvres were made by a master chef and competition winner. One of my first words in Chinese is “ho mei!” – delicious!
Here’s another photo from the reception – photographs by Photographer/Writer Jose Pinto Stephen (who is in the top photo). I’m wearing my East-Meets-West black and red jacket!
Happiness/Success Habits: Enjoy cultural diversity! There is so much to learn, savor, and share! Your real kindred spirits may – or may not – come from your own background. Why limit your friendships to people who look or sound like your relatives? Life is like a rolling cart of steaming dim sum (Chinese dumplings) – you have to sample a few to find out what’s ho mei!