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Montclair, NJ
This is my personal blog. I live in Montclair, NJ with my wife and 2 dogs.
Interests: music, films. baseball (yankees), jazz (charlie parker), video production, martinis (grey goose), fiction (john le carre), humor (larry david)
Recent Activity
Mark Zuckerberg told me I needed to post something or my blog would not appear on my Facebook page. It got me to thinking about how Facebook can influence your behavior, this being one example. And certainly "likes" on FB... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Rob's Blog
We recently had to say goodbye to our beloved dog, Beauty. Her name defined her both inside and out. All dogs are special but Beauty had something deep and spiritual about her. She had an intense, human stare and used... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Rob's Blog
A school run by the NGO, Lwala Community Alliance encourages girls to stay in school, which helps strengthen communities. The lack of sanitary protection is one factor in girls dropping out of school because of embarrassment. Johnson & Johnson helps... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Rob's Blog
It's been about a year since I've been retired, and a lot of people have asked me, many with their own impending retirement on the horizon, what it's like. For the most part, very good. It's actually been less of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Rob's Blog
I find myself reading a lot about Native Americans these days. I've always admired their culture, their respect for the land and the natural world. Unfortunately during the mid 1800's we essentially decimated their population and culture, by either slaughtering... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Rob's Blog
With all the hype about the film, Gravity turned out to be a rather empty, superficial story. I guess the effects were interesting, but more likely from a process point of view, rather than being overly impressive to see. George... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2013 at Rob's Blog
How do you know that you have been to a great concert: You can't get the music out of your head. It is like being in love, you feel the music deep in your soul. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2013 at Rob's Blog
In my retirement I'm finding myself busier than I'd expected. It was definitely an adjustment not having a place to go every day. In the beginning I was still getting up at my regular time of 6:45am. I got into... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at Rob's Blog
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Oct 11, 2013
Now that I'm retired I can actually hang out during the week! Although the city traffic does not make for a pleasant experience. Other than that, I had a great afternoon in with my cousin Suzanne Laberge Great find for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at Rob's Blog
After 19 years at Johnson & Johnson, I just finished my last day! It hasn't really sunk in yet, though I feel a wave of relief as its been a difficult year. There have been a lot of changes at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at Rob's Blog
This January, we went on a Safari in Tanzania, with the Oberlin Alumni Group. It was an incredible experience. We saw just about every animal imaginable - lions, giraffes, cheetahs, a leopard who we saw kill a baby antelope, warthogs,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at Rob's Blog
Christmas, like Trix (for those of you who remember), is for kids. This was our granddaughter's first Christmas and it was much more fun opening her presents than the requisite "adult" gifts of books, gift certificates, etc. It's amazing how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2012 at Rob's Blog
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we enjoyed spending time with Jeremy, Stacey and Makaela, who is now 1 year old! Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2012 at Rob's Blog
Nothing like a disaster to make you appreciate the little things in life - like electricity. It was almost unbearbable being without heat for 7 days, especially in this weather. It was exhausting. We used the fireplace a lot, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Rob's Blog
It's been an eventful past year. In November 2011, Linda and I became grandparents to a lovely girl, Makaela. Recently, sadly, Linda's mother, Barbara (Chris) passed away. Like it or not, time is somewhat ruthless. Unless you believe in time... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2012 at Rob's Blog
Last night, my wife Linda, was an honoree at the BlueWaveNJ Annual Ball, this year's theme being "Working for the Common Good." BlueWaveNJ is a progressive grass roots organization working to effect positive change in such critical areas as health... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2012 at Rob's Blog
Image via Wikipedia No, it's not a friend of mine with weird name. Zemanta is this software add-on for blogs, which supposedly generates appropirate graphics, links, etc. for the stuff you're writing about. Hey, it works! It came up with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at Rob's Blog
I visited Zuccotti Park yesterday, site of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration. It was like being back in college in the 60's. Hundreds, maybe thousands of people gathered, of all ages, colors and religions, and you could smell marijuana wafting... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2011 at Rob's Blog
Johnson & Johnson 125th Anniversary Video, celebrating our history, our products and our community. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at Rob's Blog
Got back last week from a terrific vacation in the Seattle area. We spent a few days in Seattle, which is a nice city, very laid back, though that belies the fact that you can't walk a block without running... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2011 at Rob's Blog
July 28, 2011 I’m in a small, impoverished village in Haiti, just over the border of the Dominican Republic. The heat is sweltering, and there’s no electricity or running water. Dozens of pregnant women, many of whom are in their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2011 at Rob's Blog
Well, not really, but Zach has been working at the NonProfit Times, specifically their job seeking site. In this economy, I'm very happy that he has been able to get a paying job, after doing various internships. However, his experience... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at Rob's Blog
Last night I saw the much acclaimed Tree of Life, the new Terrence Malick film. My first reaction was that I hated it, though after thinking about it a bit, I now simply didn't like it. It was way too... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2011 at Rob's Blog
Every Wednesday night, Greg Spinelli and his wife Cheryl run an open mic at 12 Church St., Montclair, NJ., upstairs from what USED to be the Market restaruant. This just in: Greg and Cheryl have now opened a new restaurant... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2011 at Rob's Blog