It is that time of year again where we will all be subjected to the crazy elf pictures when many of our social media friends try to outdo one another with their elaborate poses and shenanigans. Will this year be easier or harder? Tell the children that the elf is quarantined? Or does that make life harder, as now you had to order a mask, and supplies to quarantine the elf?

For those of you like me, who either have older children or no children at all, the Elf on the Shelf is a book that was published in 2005 by the genius mother-daughter team of Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. They are paired with Chanda’s twin sister, Christa Pitts who is the co-CEO with Chanda. Chanda is a former English teacher who co-wrote the book with her mom. (I

As I wrote in last week’s column, I love Thanksgiving. I love the food and the low pressure of no presents and just getting the house ready. My house is all autumnal and we will start the Christmas decorations this weekend. Here are a few things I am thankful for:

My friends: Again, when I speak to my friends at work, not many have friends they can trace back to elementary school. I am very lucky to have a group of both old and new friends who live all around me. From book clubs, to Christmas

Over the past few years, I have noticed a decline in the delivery of the mail. However, when we were kids on Beach 117th Street, someone could probably address a postcard with just my first name and possibly an incorrect address and it would arrive at 212D Beach 117th Street because Marty the mailman would know it was for me.

Even the Broad Channel mailman understood the humor of his locals when Uncle Joe from California sent a Christmas card to my in-laws with the name addressed as “George

Driving in Rockaway has become a sport. A sport I have told many that I do not participate in on the busy weekends as it is too stressful. People in New York, especially Rockaway and Broad Channel, need to learn how to drive. What people also need to do is to learn simple driver’s etiquette. 

1) Do not tailgate. It is not just rude, it is actually a violation. The law says to leave an adequate amount of space. Keep in mind that another vehicle should be able to occupy the space in-between you

The next holiday is Thanksgiving. Why is Thanksgiving so shunned in society? I remember in elementary school coloring wonderful pictures of cornucopias, and close dinner gatherings between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving. Is it because now the story is out and the origin is that we technically pillaged the Native Americans and caused their destruction?

Why doesn’t Thanksgiving get any recognition in the world of media? The only Thanksgiving tune that comes to

Nostalgia. What a wonderful thing to hear a song and remember a significant, or minor incident, and smile. I can hear certain songs and remember that my mom or dad liked it, that it created a great memory or sometimes a sad memory.

One of the reasons I enjoy the beach so much is so many of my childhood memories were from the beach. We had a routine each day: someone was in charge of making the drinks, someone made the sandwiches and someone made sure we had snacks. Now we did not have juice

As we sit and enjoy the last few days of summer and savor the fact that because of the calendar, we actually get an extra week due to Labor Day arriving late this year, I think we should give a shout out to all of the things we have enjoyed this summer.

  1. My electric bicycle. My husband first purchased one for himself and since I could not keep up with him, I received one too! It is a great mode of transportation and I truly enjoy it. My husband has ridden all over the town with a huge smile

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