It should be our care not so much to live a long life as a satisfactory one.
Seneca the Younger 3BC-65AD

Well now New Yorkers can have their cake and eat it too. A new study came out today claiming that,
New Yorkers Are Living Longer Than Ever Before
Tue April 22, 2003 05:32 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters Health)
Since 1990 the life expectancy of men in New York has grown seven years to 75 years old and woman can expect to live past 80. This exceeds the national average by 6 months. Who says New York isn’t a great place to live?
One reason is an over all emphasis on eating exercising. The other is the black population has made great strides in catching up on longevity although they lag behind the white population. Black males still die an average of 6 years before white males.
With Central Park available to everyone in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn there are wonderful places to workout or just play. The biggest addition in Manhattan has been Hudson River Park. The park is a long promenade from Battery Park past the the site of the World Trade Center and on up the Hudson to Harlem. It is protected from the west side traffic, has rest stops and a couple of refurbished piers so you can get out over the water. It’s too long in coming but the park has made the waterfront an inviting and fun place, finally.
I can remember the days before the park was in and running along the river to the World Trade Center meant running among parked cars and idling busses. Now it’s a paved and landscaped promenade. A bike trip from lower Manhattan can start at Battery Park City, up the west side to 60th St. then over to Columbus Circle and into Central Park. It’s about 4.5 miles to the park and one loop of the park is 6 miles so a 15 mile ride can bring you right back to where you started with only a couple a city blocks getting into and out of Central Park to contend with. Whether you do the ride on a “city” bike or a 10 speed racer it can be a good little workout.
A nice "Peregrination".
Yes it’s easier to live longer and still live in the greatest city in the world.


It’s Not Too Late to Face Reality

That’s from the The Arab News. The article written by Khaled Al-Maeena, Editor in Chief asks “God helps those who help themselves. What have the Arabs done to help themselves over the last 40 years?”. He looks at the opportunities that passed to modernize and prosper under the aegis of Islam.

As we watch hundreds of thousands of Shia convene on Karbala for the first time in 24 years the call for an Islamic government gets stronger and stronger. Watching a nation rise out anarchy is both fascinating and frightening. It seems like a task that has no end and, in a way, no beginning. But the religious gatherings of the faithful are a centerpoint right now. One can only wonder what the Sunni and the Kurds must be thinking.

The article goes on to say that with the ousting of Saddam a real opportunity to have a fresh start is within reach. The question is will old rivalries bring the euphoria down or will the people of Iraq see themselves as one nation and be tolerant of the different voices that will be expressed. The call for a government only ruled by “Sharia” is a response to the years of rule under Saddam. Just like the Iranians who reacted to years under a Shah that was supported by the US they are struggling to find a way between their faith and the modern world.
To a westerner, who has had a critical view of this war, it will be a lesson in civics and life to see how the Iraqi’s go forward. The chants of “Thanks allot now get out!!” should be heeded as soon as possible. Only the Iraqi people can find the road that leads to a nation of mixed races and creeds.
”The name of this tune is Mississippi Goddam
And I mean every word of it”
Nina Simone 1933 – 2003

“The High Priestess of Soul” wrote those words in 1963 in response to the bombing of a church in Birmingham in which four black children were killed. She sang the blues, protest songs and jazz all with her dark and moving voice. It was probably her rendition of “I Loves You Porgy” that brought the opera to the mainstream.
Embittered by racism, Nina Simone renounced her homeland in 1969 and became a wanderer, roaming the world. She lived in Liberia, in Barbados, Switzerland, France, Trinidad, the Netherlands, Belgium and UK at various times. Her “peregrination” led her to France like so many other black musicians.
She died yesterday at her home in Carry-le-Rouet, France.