I can see clearly now…

I'm going to miss my Versace frames! Something tells me I'll wear them sans lenses.
I’m going to miss my Versace frames! Something tells me I’ll wear them sans lenses.

I now can do something I haven’t been able to do since I was seven years old–see without wearing prescription glasses (or contact lenses). I took the plunge. After many years of contemplating it (and, let’s face it, not being able to afford it, especially while I was a newspaper reporter), I finally got LASIK surgery.

This had nothing to do with vanity. Sure, as a high schooler and college student, and when glasses were far less attractive, I wore my contacts for hours and hours each day. I NEVER went out with my glasses. If my contacts tore, I’d stay in.

But nowadays, glasses frames are stylish, and I’m older and wiser. I like how I look with my ‘four eyes’ on! But as far as action sports, or swimming, I’ve always felt left behind. At the gym, the glasses-sliding-off-my-face thing was getting old.

So I did it. I went to Gotham LASIK Vision in midtown Manhattan, and I highly recommend them.

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I literally walked by the place dozens of times (I work nearby) and one day popped in for a brochure and eventually made an appointment for a free consultation. That’s what sold me. Gotham LASIK’s doctor, Brian Bonnani, has been performing refractive eye surgeries for more than 15 years. He answered all my questions (and I had plenty), carefully explaining how nearsightedness occurs and how this laser surgery would correct it.

Because he uses the Allegretto Excimer Wave Laser, he told me the chances of losing my night vision or having a ‘halo’ side effect, were virtually nil. So I did it.

It’s been less than a week and, thus far, I have a very slight blur when I try to read small print right up to my nose. (You know, the way I had to hold a book without my glasses before my surgery.) He tells me that will go away. Though I won’t need to hold print that close to read, (I can read like a normal person now!) it will be important for other tasks (threading a needle, for instance! lol)

I am still inserting antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eyedrops four times per day. I’m also using lubricant eyedrops to ward off dry eyes. I haven’t experienced dry eyes, but it’s interesting to note I experience tired eyes.

It’s almost as if being very nearsighted awarded me a “break” from seeing. At the gym, for instance, I’d take off my glasses and “work out” blindly. Or remove my glasses while commuting and “tune out” the world. Now, I’m always “on,” and it’s tiring. I wonder if this is psychological. (Probably!)

In any event, I’ve only tried “reaching” for my glasses once (at night, right before bed, as if I were going to take them off), and I can’t shake the feeling that I’m missing a step– that I need to remove my contacts at the end of a long day.

So, verdict: despite the occasional feeling of tired eyes, I’m happy to have 20/15 vision. Can’t wait to go to the beach this summer, where I’ll be able to see the sea when swimming!

Poisoning the Wells with Ebola


Arthur Goldwag

The Confession of Agimet of Geneva, Châtel, October 20, 1348

The year of our Lord 1348.

On Friday, the 10th of the month of October, at Châtel, in the castle thereof, there occurred the judicial inquiry which was made by order of the court of the illustrious Prince, our lord, Amadeus, Count of Savoy, and his subjects against the Jews of both sexes who were there imprisoned, each one separately. This was done after public rumor had become current and a strong clamor had arisen because of the poison put by them into the wells, springs, and other things which the Christians use-demanding that they die, that they are able to be found guilty and, therefore, that they should be punished. Hence this their confession made in the presence of a great many trustworthy persons.

Agimet the Jew, who lived at Geneva and was arrested at Châtel, was there put…

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Making Movies to play San Antonio’s ‘Muertosfest’

Kansas City’s Making Movies will join Nina Diaz and Master Blaster Sound System at San Antonio’s ‘Muertosfest,’ a two-day event that brings together traditional art and culture with the best in live music entertainment for the city of San Antonio to celebrate Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), this Sunday, Nov. 2. The event takes place at La Villita Historic Arts Village. They’re on stage at 9 p.m.

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Women Entrepreneurship Conference in New Jersey

Screen shot 2014-10-06 at 9.37.09 PMA former assignment editor from my newspaper days is now a program manager at Montclair State University’s Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship and she’s asked me to share the following information for what seems like an excellent FREE event for the business-minded.

Women Entrepreneurship Conference
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue (University Hall – Conference Center 7th Floor), Montclair, NJ
Sponsored by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship

This daylong conference of high-energy inspiration and practical tips for entrepreneurial people. The event is for those who are looking to grow their own business, or start a new venture, or executives who want to be more entrepreneurial in their company. Students and wannabe entrepreneurs are welcome! And the event is FREE: (You should register here: http://bit.ly/1CQhr8L)

Confirmed speakers include:

Essence magazine’s Mikki Taylor, Catalyst’s Ilene H. Lang, NASDAQ OMX’s Ellyn McColgan, Golden Seeds’ Joan Zief, venture capitalist and former Time Inc. exec Fran Hauser, Tracye McDaniel of Choose NJ, Kathleen Coviello of NJ Economic Development Authority, Michelle Lee of Wells Fargo, networking guru Sally Glick, plus executives at companies ranging from startups to giants like Prudential and Horizon BCBSNJ.

Visit WomenEntrepreneurshipWeek.com for speaker bios.

Everyone is invited to join the conversation. Use #WEW on social media. Tag your posts with @FelicianoCenter on Twitter.