"The Hy Life"

My column in the newspaper is about the Hamptons. And about celebrities. And about dogs and dads and all things that inspire me. There is no real rhyme or reason—I wake up one day and say: “oh, I will write about this!” Generally, it is me that the blog focuses on, it is me that I know the most about—‘write what you know!’ but it also deals with other people, other incidents, all sorts of stuff that I think may amuse people. Anyway, it amuses me.

Read on.

Latest Blog Post

Cigarette Girl: My Bette Davis Story

by Hy Abady

I have been watching “Feud” on FX every Sunday night at 10. Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon play Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during...

Posted 04/21/2017

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Diva December

by Hy Abady

I first saw Streisand, before she might have been even known as Babs, in Vegas in 1969. “Funny Girl” was behind...

Posted 02/23/2017

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Shoe Story

by Hy Abady

I worked in a shoe store in the mid-1960s. My dear, devoted, now departed step-father owned the store and insisted I work there...

Posted 01/17/2017

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How I Dodged the Draft

by Hy Abady

To many of you out there, the draft is what seeps through improperly caulked windows, or a gust of sudden wind that sometimes...

Posted 12/13/2016

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Two Nights in a Moroccan Jail

by Hy Abady

I’m not entirely sure this piece will ever see the light of day, will even surface as a blog; it certainly will not be...

Posted 11/22/2016

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Bridge Redux

by Hy Abady

It’s been two years now, my mild obsession with bridge. There are those of you out there—my close friends and few...

Posted 10/13/2016

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My Summers Without the Summer House

by Hy Abady

         It’s been three years, four summers, since I sold my house in...

Posted 09/22/2016

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Retirement, My Way

by Hy Abady

         In 2012, the first day of summer in fact, I was forced into retirement. Thing...

Posted 09/22/2016

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Black Like Her

by Hy Abady

         I am not a racist. I’m a Jew and a homosexual and am even more sympathetic to all...

Posted 07/15/2016

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"Does anybody really read this sh*t?!"

by Hy Abady

I’m a writer. I have always been a writer since my early days in advertising—a copywriter then, for 45 years,...

Posted 04/25/2016

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Smart TV. Dumb Owner.

by Hy Abady

There is a line in a Woody Allen movie; I can’t remember which movie, which actor delivered the line or even what the set...

Posted 03/29/2016

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It’s A Dog’s Life

by Hy Abady

There’s a dogwalker who comes to my building often. He’s not young, his face is lined and his coarse dark brown...

Posted 03/17/2016

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"I Do Lunch"

by Hy Abady

Some people do needlework.

         My Mom, long gone, was a master (mistress?) at...

Posted 02/25/2016

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Why I Like Facebook

by Hy Abady

I didn’t always. For years, I didn’t quite get what the Facebook fascination was all about. An office mate of mine,...

Posted 02/02/2016

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Ad Agency as Dinosaur

by Hy Abady

I love the advertising business. Correction: I loved the advertising business. And I was damn good at it, too, as a writer and...

Posted 01/11/2016

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My Sondheim Story

by Hy Abady

         I was late coming to Sondheim. 1979. I was 31 years old and now I can’t...

Posted 12/29/2015

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"Does This Post Make Me Look Fat?"

by Hy Abady

         We were all thin once. Well, many of us were.

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Posted 11/05/2015

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Losing My Shirts--along with my mind.

by Hy Abady

         The expression: losing my shirt, tends to mean losing money, like on a deal gone bad, a...

Posted 10/19/2015

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Five Weeks in Provincetown -- (for mature audiences)

by Hy Abady

I wrestled with calling this piece: “My Un-Hamptons Summer” and even considered it as a sub-title, but thought...

Posted 10/02/2015

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Bridge: Play Group for Seniors

by Hy Abady

I don’t play tennis. I don’t golf. I burn easily, even with a hat and an SPF of 30 on my face, and my surfeit of...

Posted 08/14/2015

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