Bloomfield Couple Organize “Diversity BBQ” for over 300

Bloomfield Couple Organize “Diversity BBQ” for over 300

“This is a good thing” stated Francis Wiggins as she welcomed over 300 guests from throughout Connecticut to her home in the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield in a celebration of diversity and friendship. Several guests came from as far away as Ireland and Iceland to join participants and to share their different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

For over 10 years Francis and Al Wiggins have organized a “Diversity BBQ” where clergy, laymen, residents and local elected officials can come together to discuss issues, share experiences, provide prayers of peace and have a BBQ fellowship.

Mrs. Wiggins additionally stated, “if there is one thing that can bring folks from all various ethnic and cultural backgrounds together is good food- once we can share a meal, we can then sit back relax, talk and really get to know each other- and you know what? The bottom line is that we are all basically the same”.

Twenty five members of the “Diversity BBQ” team spent an entire week cooking and organizing the “Diversity BBQ” with guests enjoying ribs, burgers, hotdogs, jerk chicken, homemade salads, home-style baked beans, corn on the cob, baked Mac & Cheese and a myriad of tasty treat and desserts.

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The Howard – Theater Review “OKLAHOMA” at Goodspeed – MARVELOUS!

 

 

Theater Review by Howard Steven Frydman
 
Production:               OKLAHOMA
Theater:                      The Goodspeed
Music by:                    Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II
Director:                      Jenn Thompson

OKLAHOMA-RVELOUS! That says it all!!
I have just seen “Oklahoma”, the latest musical entry currently being produced at Connecticut’s premiere musical theater, The Goodspeed Opera House, and it’s not just OK- it’s truly marvelous! What A Production! In fact it has left me with a case of the kvells- which is a good thing. I don’t get them that often, but in this case I can definitely attribute this Kvelling ( kvell-bursting with pride and joy) to one person- Director Jenn Thompson! Yep she’s the one!- a little more about her in a bit! But let me emphatically utter, ( btw Oklahoma is the 46th- The Sooner State ya know), that these friendly farmers and bowlegged cowboys, that currently inhabit The Goodspeed’s stage, is a “Summer of ‘17” must see event! Yeehaw!!!!!

“Let people say we’re in love!” Laurey (Samantha Bruce) and Curly (Rhett Guter) in Goodspeed Musicals’ Oklahoma!, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 27. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

What a well produced production, “Oklahoma”, – beginning with the “O” and all the way to the “A” – let me tell you- from the set design- love that windmill, choreography, costumes, memorable music – “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, plus this production joyfully inhabits what I call such a “easy matter of fact, free flowing acting style” presented on stage- it feels like you are watching “real life” Oklahoma Territory in 19 ought 6! Yes siree- our actors literally become their characters- and even though I am seeing this production several weeks into its run- it just seemed so fresh- like it was the first time it was being mounted- and that is how it should be – right? Thank you Miss Jenn, actors, staff and the Goodspeed! But I’m not done yet- read on friends of Cowfolks and Farmers!!

“You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma O.K.!” The cast of Goodspeed Musicals’ Oklahoma!, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 27. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

“Oklahoma”, the very first musical teamed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, was based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play “Green Grow the Lilacs” which opened on Broadway in March 1943 and originally choreographed by Agnes de Mille. Set in the OK Territory, a time of homesteaders, farmers, cowboys and beautiful mornings, we are quickly introduced to Cowboy “Curly” (Rhett Guter) who has made his way to the farm of “Aunt Eller” (Terry Burrell) to ask her reluctant niece “Laurey” (Samantha Bruce) to a box social. Along the way we meet up with another cowpoke, “Will Parker”, (Jake Swain) who has won 50 bucks at the rodeo, that he so desperately needs to wed his beloved- the Flibbertigibbet- can’t make up her mind – Miss Ado Annie ( the delightful Gizel Jimenez) who is equally in love with the Persian Peddler Ali Hakim (Matthew Curiano). In the meanwhile, Aunt Eller’s hired hand, the dirty and despicable lowdown Judd Fry, (Matt Faucher) – you should see what he has pinned up on the walls of the smokehouse – fer shame! – also has a hankering himself for the farmer’s daughter – Miss Laurey! Hmmm?? There be Trouble I say in the Territory – that rhymes with T and that stands fer- ahem sorry Professor Hill- but there be troubles, you just listen to what I say- ya here!!

Oklahoma
Goodspeed Musicals

Oklahoma
Goodspeed Musicals

In my mind’s eye, there are several criteria for a perfect musical, – firstly the music- are you kidding me this is Oscar and Hammerstein for Pete’s  sake, favorite songs over flow from, “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”, the hilarious “I Can’t Say No”, “The Farmer and the Cowman”, “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’” and the self titled “Oklahoma” – you literally can’t possibly leave the theater without having one of these tunes stuck in your head – and that my friends is a good thing! Adding so much to this A-OK production- the Choreography by Katie Spelman is absolutely amazing, and major kudos go out to both Tracey Christensen for costume design and Wilson Chin for the fab job on the scenic design-I’m still sneezing from my bout of hay fever.

“When I take you out in the surrey with the fringe on top” Curly (Rhett Guter) and Aunt Eller (Terry Burrell) in Goodspeed Musicals’ Oklahoma!, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 27.

As already stated, I am in awe of this easy, matter of fact production, the person responsible for this is “Oklahoma’s” talented Director – Jenn Thompson- bravo! I have taken note of the JT effect before – most recently in last year’s Goodspeed production of “Bye Bye Birdie”, which you may also recall stared Rhett Guter as “the” Conrad Birdie. Well Jenn ya did it again- let me tell you – this is one heck of a most excellent production! A delightful highlight – so many folks remarked that they so enjoyed how the actors came and went from the aisles of the theater, and that the audience themselves were part of the cast as well. JT can we meet for coffee sometime- I’d love to learn how you wrestle these actors into performing so naturally.

“O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A!” The cast of Goodspeed Musicals’ Oklahoma!, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 27.

The actors- here it comes folks- Rhett Guter as “Curly” – simply stellar and what a nice guy “to boot”! Had a brief opportunity to talk to him before the performance- I thank you Rhett for sharing a few minutes with me. By the way, Mr. Guter has tremendous stage presence, a great singing voice, and I so enjoyed your “easy style of acting”. We also want to single out Samantha Bruce as a spirited and plucky  “Laurey”, Terry Burrell as “Aunt Eller”, Jake Swain as “Will Parker”, Matthew Curiano as “Ali Hakim”, C. Mingo Long as “Andrew Carnes”and the deliciously menacing Matt Faucher (a Hartt School Grad) as “Judd Fry”. The coveted Howard Noticed You” award goes to Gizel Jimenez as the “boy crazed” “Ado Annie”- Miss Jimenez you were absolutely adorable in this role – I could not help stop watching those expressive eyes of yours, so enjoyed your singing and on-stage comedic antics- yep- YOU stole the Show! The ensemble includes Kelly Berman, Morgan Cowling, Lauren Csete, Mark Deler, Tamrin Goldberg, Tripp Hampton, Olivia Nicole Hoffman, Kate Arrington Johnson, Howard Kaye, Morgan McCann, Andrew Ryan Purcell, Alex Ringler, Marco Antonio Santiago, Alex Stewart, and Madison Turner. Lastly, I so enjoyed this production of “OKLAHOMA” and I simply state – “So will you”! Enjoy.

“With me it’s all er nuthin’” Jake Swain (Will Parker ) and Gizel Jiménez (Ado Annie) in Goodspeed Musicals’ Oklahoma!, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 27.

“Oklahoma” will run July 14th through September 23rd, 2017. Curtain times are Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (with select performances at 2:00 p.m.), Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (with select performances at 6:30 p.m.).

Howard Steven Frydman and Rhett Guter as “Curly” in OKLAHOMA.

Tickets are available through the Box Office (860.873.8668), open seven days a week, or on-line at goodspeed.org.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at Howardbatv@aol.com

 

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The Howard – Theater Review – “Raging Skillet” – Punk Wonderful!

 

Theater Review by Howard Steven Frydman

Play:                           RAGING SKILLET
Theater:                    TheaterWorks
Playwright:              Jacques Lamarre
Director:                   John Simpkins

Arthur Miller, Eugene O’ Neal, Thornton Wilder, Jacques Lamarre –  famous Connecticut playwrights all! What you never heard of Jacques? Well pull up a Connecticut Critics Circle front row seat and lend an ear- for this guy is charismatic, he’s drama-matic, he’s hydromatic, he’s hypo-Allergenic, why’ he’s greased lightnin’!! Ahem- Ok, Ok in plain language the guy is just a really super- talented writer- but please don’t tell him!! Known for his humor, tall tales and his love of life, dogs, cats and what else -good food- I can earnestly state that Jacques Lamarre is quickly becoming one of today’s greatest playwrights. In fact I have said this a thousand times- “Jacques is today’s Mark Twain”- and in Connecticut we are mighty proud of him!! By the way, have ya noticed of late Jacques even looks a bit like Samuel Clemens! If you want true proof of his literary greatness- then head over to see Jacques’s newest work, “Raging Skillet” The True Life Adventures of a Punk Rock Caterer” currently being produced at TheaterWorks in downtown Hartford- from stage to the back row – its fan-tab-ulous!

For those familiar with the J. L. mystique, have ya ever noticed that almost all of Jacques’s works resolve around food, his exquisite tale “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti”- which detailed Giulia Melucci’s up and down romance life, her recipes and also included those varied actresses portraying Melucci actually preparing fresh pasta at each performance from flour to plate! With Raging Skillet” – Lamarre continues his tradition of food, food and more food, a delectable quirky heroine in the guise of Chef Rossi, and a solid cast including Dana Smith-Croll as caterer to the Stars- Rossi, Marilyn Sokol as Rossi’s “Yiddishe Momme”, and George Salazar as the OMAC- One Man Assistant to the Chef, “DJ Skillet”, with the production directed by John Simpkins, and a wonderfully conceived and constructed “Kitchen/Boombox” set design by Michael Schweikardt.

Dana Smith-Croll as Chef Rossi

This World Premiere production of “Raging Skillet” is a blue ribbon recipe of – Ghosts- think “Beetlejuice”, “Moaning Myrtle”, and “ Dicken’s Marley”, then beat in some punk rock,- i.e. “Joan Jett” and “The Clash” and garnished with Julia Child – bon appetite- yep there be lots of food thrown into the mix- out from the oven comes a “Raging Skillet” of deliciousness! Pull back the curtain and we are introduced to Chef Rossi, a self proclaimed Punk Rock New York Caterer, who got her big break when she catered for the cast of “The Vagina Monologues,” along the way we learn about her wild teenage years and her “Life with Mama”! Oy! Mama in this case is her deceased “Moaning Mama” who until her passing, enjoyed cooking everything in the microwave!

Let me tell you right now- I loved Chef Rossi’s Ghostly Mama- she so reminded me of my own “in memory only Mama” – as detailed, she enjoyed a good sale – 10 ketchups for a dollar, cans upon cans of “the sale of the week” Del Monte’s cream corn, the use of coupons and the same dreaded “never” tell them anything is too good- find fault- Ya never know you might get something for free! It works- it truly does! During the 90 minute production, between various vignettes about troubled teen Rossi being shipped off to a Hasidic rabbi and spending Passover in a trailer camp, we the audience are offered several samplings of Chef Rossi’s creative culinary creations, from Manischewitz Wine Spritzers to her famous – it all started with “Pizza Bagels”. The one thing I would like to strongly suggest as “The Raging Skillet” makes its way to Broadway- and yes it will and this “does” regards food Jacques- while “Chef Rossi” and Mama are preparing their BBQ chicken on a cracker- I so wanted them both to don top hats, pick up canes and then burst out singing Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ On the Ritz”! Is that a yes or a maybe Jacques??

Playwright Jacques Lamarre and Howard Steven Frydman

“Raging Skillet” is a love-able true life tale brought to the stage by the talented Jacques Lamarre. As you can already guess – it brought tears of joy to both my eyes and fragile heart- this my friends is a funny, fresh tale of family relationships, and how someone can so easily find their life’s calling and change their life’s direction. Beyond the enjoyable noshes and nibbles, created by the real Chef Rossi, that are offered to audience members, I want to mention the “punked out” loud, fast, and divine performance of Dana Smith- Carol as the Legendary Chef Rossi- a world wind job of performance and food preparation-a hot diggetty dog of a good job!

Marilyn Sokol and Howard Steven Frydman

And to “Raging Skillets” scene stealer- the marvelous, every one’s mama, mine too – Marilyn Sokol, you are absolutely amazing- what a stellar performance- you my dear gave my new heart a workout, I laughed and cried throughout the play- which is a good thing! And to the real Chef Rossi thank you for sharing your adventure in life with a new audience- you are one terrific person, so glad we had an opportunity to meet and you can touch my white beard anytime you choose- much love! As Mama Rossi states- “Food is Love”- and so is “Raging Skillet”! Enjoy!!

Chef Rossi and Howard Steven Frydman

Chef Rossi likes Howard’s beard!!!

“Raging Skillet”, by Jacques Lamarre is currently being produced at TheaterWorks, City Arts on Pearl, 233 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT. For tickets or info call TheaterWorks at 860.527.7838.
Run Dates: July 20 – August 27, 2017.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at howards2424@gmail.com.

 

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The Howard – VIP Premiere of “STEP” – complimentary Screening passes

 An  Invite From Howard

You and a guest are cordially invited to
a special advance screening of

STEP

Wednesday, August 16th
7:30PM
Bow Tie Palace
330 New Park Ave. Hartford

This is not valid for admission. Passes are required.

To download a pair of passes, go to: http://www.foxsearchlightscreenings.com/STEPHwom

STEP is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college.
This all female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so. Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.

No purchase necessary. Tickets are subject to availability and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Each applicant may select up to 2 tickets. Those who successfully claim preview screening tickets must have ID available if required. No photocopies of the page will be accepted. The screening tickets are not for resale. No cash alternative. No late admittance. The cinema reserves the right to refuse admission. In the event of a dispute, the cinema manager’s decision is final. Seating at the screening is not guaranteed.
This film is rated PG. This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recordings. By attending, you agree not to bring any recording devices into the theatre and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person for recording devices. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, including camera phones, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device, you consent to your immediate removal from the theatre and forfeiture of the device. Unauthorized recordings will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.

STEP is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college.
This all female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so. Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.

 

 

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The Howard – VIP movie premiere invite THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD

 

SUMMER OF ’17 MOVIE BLOCKBUSTERS

Hello Friends, our Summer of ’17 Movie Premieres continues….

You and a guest of YOUR choice are invited to the  advance screening premiere  of THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD.

For your chance to download passes to the advance screening of THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD on Tuesday, August 15 at 7pm at Bow Tie Palace in Hartford, click the below link here:

http://www.lionsgatescreenings.com/UOjnm07207

http://www.lionsgatescreenings.com/UOjnm07207

Remember seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so please arrive early!

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD
In theaters August 18
Summit
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6SvOIbaulA

 

SYNOPSIS
The world’s top protection agent [Ryan Reynolds] is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen [Samuel L. Jackson]. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator [Gary Oldman] who is out for blood. Salma Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife. The film will be “hitting” your theatres on August 18.

Summit Entertainment presents, Millennium Media presents, in association with Cristal Pictures and East Light Films, a Millennium Media and a CG Films production.

CAST AND FILMMAKERS
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, and Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, Joaquim De Almeida, Kirsty Mitchell, with Richard E. Grant
Directed by: Patrick Hughes
Written by: Tom O’Connor
Produced by: John Thompson, Matt O’Toole, Les Weldon
Executive Producers: Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jason Bloom, Douglas Urbanski, Jeffrey Greenstein, Yariv Lerner, Christine Otal, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, Matt Milam, Chris Jing Liu and Scott Einbinder

SOCIALS
Official Site: http://www.TheHitmansBodyguard.movie
Publicity Materials: http://www.lionsgatepublicity.com/theatrical/hitmansbodyguard/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HitmansBodyguard
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HitmanBodyguard
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/HitmansBodyguard/
Hashtags: #HitmansBodyguard

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The Howard – Food Review “Track 139” – An American Mediterranean Eatery

 

Food Review: Track 139
Reviewer: Howard Steven Frydman

“Os frutos do oceano são encontrados aqui” – translated from Portuguese which means –
“The fruits of the ocean are found here” ! Restauranteur and highly regarded chef, Paulo DaRocha has brought his native Brazilian love for fresh “ frutos do mar” – seafood – to Connecticut’s first town Windsor- in the uniquely named “Track 139” which additionally pays homage to the town’s rich history of locomotive travel. In fact, visitors to the restaurant may take in several pieces of train antiquity that surround the property including aged train tracks, crossing gates and various train inspired sculptures while inside patrons enjoy an ever streaming seascape of numerous artifacts of trains – “Artefatos de trens- photographs of historic locomotives that decorate the walls of this highly sophisticated American Mediterranean bistro. This my friends is “Track 139”.

On this sunny summer early afternoon day in July, I am cordially welcomed by long time Windsor resident and “Track 139’s” current Manager, Alaina Danner, who quickly flies me to a corner dining table to discuss the ever busy eatery. Danner, well known herself as a pastry and sous-chef de cuisine, additionally enjoys a Hospitality Management degree with a focus on culinary arts, baking and pastry arts. Alaina details the history and “carte du jour” – menu of “Track 139”. Open over a year ago, the spacious restaurant is a mixture of modern architecture, wood ceilings, accentuated by the already stated sights and sounds of locomotive travel, including several actual Amtrak trains that faithfully pass by the restaurant, oscillating “Track 139” and adding so much to your exciting and oh so romantic “full steam ahead” dining experience.

Nikki Singletary tends bar at Track 139

“Track 139” has seating for 115 diners, which includes 11 booths, 12 tables and 25 seats at the massive wooden bar at the rear of the restaurant. Lighted candles and fresh flowers adorn each table. A banquet room graciously accommodates 40 to 50 comfortably with the restaurant playing host to numerous events throughout the week.

Waitstaff Sandra Rabbett at Track 139

The menu- even though the menu states it serves up “American- Mediterranean cuisine – there is a heavy emphasis on the sweet sultry “Fritos do mar” – fresh seafood, and enjoying an offerings of heart healthy Mediterranean diet which includes, fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken, pasta, rice, flavorful olive oil and of course red wine- all aplenty here at “Track 139”. As they say – “when in Roma”!

I start my meal with the popular appetizer- “Fritos Do Mar A Moda Casa”- “Seafood of the House” – generous portions of little neck clams, mussels, shrimps, scallops served in an utterly divine, beautifully steaming saffron lemon sauce. Speaking of heart healthy- the “Portuguese Salad” is fresh and so invitingly delicious, served with grilled chicken – the salad includes fresh garden greens, intermingled with dried apricots, raisins, figs, cashew nuts and draped with aged Portuguese cheese- and lightly drizzled with balsamic dressing-a beautiful heart healthy entry!

Next up on the menu is what I would call a true meal “romântico” or a “First Time Date Meal” – perfect for two – “Paella Alla Casa” – house paella – beautifully vibrant in presentation with a pleasing Mediterranean breeze of saffron and rosemary. This entree includes fresh from the sea mussels, clams, shrimp, chicken, chorizo sausage housed happily together in flavorable steaming, fluffy Spanish Rice – beautifully consummated. I note on the menu that “Track 139” serves up several Veal inspired dishes most notably Veal Marsala- tender pounded Veal sautéed with large slices of wild mushrooms in a dreamy Marsala cream sauce- absolutely wonderful and garners the first of my coveted “Howard’s Bet Bet”! A second HBB goes to the “Shrimp and Scallops Tortellini” – large tender pillows of piping hot ring shaped pasta adorned with generous offerings of sautéed shrimp and scallops and draped over with an inspired pesto cream sauce- yum!!

Desserts- I allow Restaurant Manager, Alaina Danner, to choose my just desserts- and she does a fine job in her selection, including The Portuguese Flan- or “Pudim” – a sweet creamy traditional custard dessert- OMG delicious. Up next the “Toasted Almond Cream Cake” made in house, this confection is decadently delicious, a rich comforting layered cream cake that harkens one back to the days of the “Good Humor Toasted Almond Bar Ice Cream” that we all enjoyed in our youth. Both selections are great sweet and delicious “meal enders”.

The fruits of the ocean are truly found here at “Track 139”, with gracious service at hand, freshly made offerings, a well stocked bar providing wines, specialty martinis, plus offering numerous beers on tap. I urge you to sample this delicious bounty and inspired cuisine that is diligently prepared by a creative culinary team. For your dining pleasure – This my friends is “Track 139”- Enjoy!!

“Track 139” is located at 139 Broad Street, Windsor, Connecticut. For reservations or to book their banquet room call the restaurant at 860-688-1390. “Track 139” is open from 11am till 10pm daily serving Lunch and Dinner.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at howards2424@gmail.com.

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The Howard – Meet my Cardiologist- Dr Patrick Corcoran- Thank you!!!

 

Dr. Patrick Corcoran- Cardiologist

….,,, and now meet Dr. Patrick Corcoran- my cardiologist- on this day another appointment, another check of my heart—a weigh in, a cardiogram, a listen to my lungs, more checks of my blood pressure, and a view of my second chest incision- now three weeks young. Everything is fine!

Once again, I have the opportunity to thank this doctor for saying to me “let’s take a “Looky loo” of my internal clock and making all the Hospital arrangements for surgery – Lucky thing he did or I would not have been here to write these words.

Dr. Corcoran also said something I will always remember “Howard- you were the calmest patient I have ever had going into open heart bypass”- I smiled – I knew I was in GoOD hands-

So what do I say to this man who has also played such an important role in making me whole-
I say to him- “Zei Gezunt”!! – Be Healthy- be well!! That’s right I am teaching him a bissel
of Yiddish – its too true- I’m slowly teaching my cardiologist Dr. Corcoran – Yiddish and he is a quick study!! And it’s a good thing!

On this very day of my office visit- I brought him a gift of thanks, several Movie DVDs, some hats for the upcoming winter and other assorted odds and ends and then told him it was a bit of this or that – what me dad Jack would call “chazerai”- stuff – of a little of this, a little of that- yes- Dr. C. learned his second word “chazerai”- and he pronounced it correctly too!!

But truthfully, Dr. Patrick Corcoran- may I say to you – “Zei Gezunt”!!!

 

 

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