Saturday, September 20, 2014


In the summer, I usually read students going to college/university. This year, there were fewer students, but now more parents of these students are having readings. The old saying about 'empty nest syndrome' does not apply today as most parents are young, happy to be free, often changing their lives once the children are gone. This may include downsizing homes, career changes, and very often divorce. Many couples stay together until the last child has graduated from high school - karma complete - now it's my turn.

Another client pattern this month: The return of clients who were here just after I moved to Bay Ridge 23 years ago. One remembered the trees when they were smaller and the view better. All were very complimentary and had lots of catching up to do. 20 years is a long time .. so much as changed and yet is the same. The issues are the same; it's just the way we handle life that's changed.

When I book phone sessions, clients send me their phone numbers to set up an appointment. What I have discovered, as I am good with numbers, is when I see the area codes, I know where the clients live and no longer have to google the codes for city and time zone. I guess after 30+years, you learn a lot from small details to patterns of reality.

Most of us have different circles of friends as we move through our lives. Sometimes the circles include a larger number of people, but as one gets busy in life, there is a large circle filled with smaller circles as if chapters of our lives. Friends come and go as we experience and evolve. What many people are telling me is that as they get older, their circle of close friends becomes smaller. You never know when a new friend and/or relationship will come into your life. FYI - friends also include pets.


What is Alibaba? Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) is a publicly traded Hangzhou-based group of Internet-based e-commerce businesses, including business-to-business online web portals, online retail and payment services, a shopping search engine and data-centric cloud computing services. In 2012, two of Alibaba's portals handled 1.1 trillion yuan ($170 billion) in sales, more than competitors eBay and combined. Read more ...

Alibaba shares surge in their NY stock market debut   BBC - September 19, 2014
Alibaba's shares closed significantly above their initial price on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Friday, a sign of the excitement surrounding the Chinese internet giant. Shares in the company made their debut in the US at $92.70 (£57), after being priced at $68 late on Thursday. They ended the $93.89 - 38% above the initial asking price. More than 100 million shares were traded in the minutes after the stock was launched - more than Twitter. Earlier in the day, founder and chairman Jack Ma rang the opening bell. The NYSE was festooned with the orange and white logos of the company to herald its arrival on public markets. The company raised nearly $21.8bn in its share sale, indicating strong investor appetite for China's e-commerce giant. Alibaba is now valued at $231.4bn - making it significantly larger than Amazon and Facebook.

September 20 - October 5, 2014


Oktoberfest    Google News

Oktoberfest is the world's largest fun-fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often simply called Wiesn, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese) themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.