Saturday, June 17, 2017

 Waterlogue by Tinpocket [PC app]
Turns Photos into Watercolor Paintings
Sampling of my Transformations



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

PERSONAL NEWS #267
May 1st, I had an interview with Morgan Stanley for an EA position that is temp-to-hire.  Interview went well.  Afterwards I headed to my old office in Times Square to meet up with a friend and ex-coworker.  We caught up on news and she printed up the latest version of my resume.  Back at the apt I went online to do job hunting and in the afternoon had an interview / call with a new agency.

May 2nd, I had an interview / meeting with another agency early in the afternoon.  Afterwards, I headed over to the WCW headquarters to do some volunteering with office projects.  Also, learned I have a second in-person interview with Morgan Stanley on the 8th.  And wrapped up the day with a message from a good friend that an ex-boyfriend from the 1990s passed away this morning from pneumonia.

May 3rd, I had a private yoga class this morning with Fabrice at the apt.  Afterwards, I did more job hunting online and also applied for unemployment.

May 4th, joined my peace activist friend, Liz Gannon, and her friends in Bryant Park this afternoon for tea, goodies, networking and conversation.  Later on, I attended the monthly BFP board meeting.

May 5th, I had a much-needed foot doctor appt in the morning and dealing with fungus on three of my toes. Afterwards, I had tea and oatmeal at a café before heading uptown to do volunteer work with WCW.  Weather is raining heavily, windy and cool.

May 6th, after my cleaning lady, Dana, took care of my apt, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice.  Then took care of many errands and chores.

May 7th, I had friends over for a small, intimate dinner party.  I had a few delicious vegan entrees catered from The Jungle Café.  My friends brought over dessert, veggie salad and a tasty fruit salad.  Good time was had by all.

May 8th, I had a second interview with Morgan Stanley at a different location and it went very well.  Afterwards, I had a late lunch at Wasabi before heading back to Brooklyn for my lung doctor appt.

May 9th, after taking care of job hunting, errands, laundry, grocery shopping and chores I headed to the monthly BFP fundraising committee meeting.

May 10th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt, and afterwards headed into Manhattan for GCS.  Took Metro North to the NY Botanical Gardens and met up with my friend Dennis.  Walked around the gardens for most of the afternoon, as well as see the wonderful Chihuly glass art exhibit.  Afterwards, we had dinner with a friend of ours in Yonkers.

May 11th, I had an interview with NY Life and it went very well.  Back at home worked on job hunting online, plus assorted BFP committee projects before heading into Manhattan for physical therapy appt.

May 13th, I had a much-needed chiropractor appt for adjustments / therapy.

May 14th, I had a much-needed manicure after doing some chores around the apt.

May 15th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt, and afterwards headed into Manhattan for a dental appt.  Got four of the eight temporary crowns replaced with permanent ones.

May 16th, after job hunting online in the morning, I headed into Manhattan and the upper eastside to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Checked out several exhibits; especially the wonderful roof garden with its exhibit of sculptures and statues.  Afterwards, I headed downtown to my physical therapy session for my ankle / foot.

May 17th, I had a call with a new agency in the morning, and a job interview / call in the afternoon with a securities firm.  Both calls went very well.

May 18th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt, and afterwards a call with another agency.  Missed a Skype interview for a job due to that software on my laptop not working.  I tried everything to get it to work and upset about missing out on an interview.  After that disaster, I headed into Manhattan to visit with ex-co-workers at my old job in Times Square.  Then strolled over to Bryant Park for tea, muffins and diverse conversation with friends.  That was very enjoyable!  In the evening, I participated in a webinar online on how to land a job.  Very informative.

May 20th, I had a much needed 30-minute massage therapy appt today, and thankful I have insurance to pay for it.

May 21st, it is street fair season in New York City and Brooklyn for Peace will be tabling at many of them. Volunteered with Brooklyn for Peace today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Park Slope on 5th Avenue. Many thanks to Molly, Sam, Charlotte, Melissa and Monroe.  Afterwards, I finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 movie and enjoyed it a lot. Saw the movie with my friends Wendy, Deborah​​ and Margaret​​. Afterwards we had a wonderful meal at PeaceFood Cafe.

May 22nd, After I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt, I headed into Manhattan for an appt with a new agency about a temp job downtown.  That interview with the agency went very well.  Then I headed over to the NY Public Library on 5th Avenue to check up on workshops and see two exhibits for free.

May 23rd, I visited with my good friend Katherine in CT for the afternoon.  We hadn’t seen each other in months, so had much to catch up on, plus I took her out for a belated birthday lunch.  We exchanged holiday gifties and did some shopping at a fabric store.

May 24th, I met up with another temp / permanent agency this morning and it went well.  Spent some time at Starbucks with a cup of tea and scone before heading downtown for my 3pm job interview.  That job interview for a temp position went very well  J

May 25th, I had a call with the Lucas Group agency this morning to prep for my interview in the afternoon.  That interview for a permanent EA position went very well.  Back in my hood I got a much-needed manicure before heading home.

May 26th, I headed into Manhattan in the morning for a second interview with a security firm near City Hall.  That interview went very well.  Afterwards, I headed home to do some shopping for the holiday weekend, and I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

May 27th to May 30th, I spent the long holiday weekend in upstate NY with the parents.  Took them out to dinner and breakfast.  Friends of ours visited on Sunday.  Worked on an Excel spreadsheet with info on my assorted job hunting.  Did some shopping, watch cable TV and got my hair done at the salon.

May 31st, I had an appt with NY Dept of Labor in the morning for orientation and they provided resources for job hunting.  In the afternoon I had an appt with another agency regarding permanent work.

Friday, May 19, 2017

 Roof Garden Exhibit
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tuesday, May 16th



Saturday, May 13, 2017

 NY Botanical Gardens
Flowers, Blossoms and Nature
Wednesday, May 10th







 NY Botanical Gardens
Wildlife on View
Wednesday, May 10th


 NY Botanical Gardens
Chihuly Glass Exhibit
Wednesday, May 10th



Sunday, April 30, 2017

 Chillin at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Sunday, April 30th




PERSONAL NEWS #266
April 1st, I took care of many errands and chores around the neighborhood.  Picked up a framed print I had done for the kitchen and it looks great.

April 2nd, due to “tax season” I had to work 5 hours at the office from 10am to 3pm.  [Paid overtime, oh yeah!]  Afterwards, since it was such a lovely day, I took the East River ferry boat ride home to my neighborhood.

April 3rd to 7th, damn “tax season” is really kicking into overdrive.  It is resulting in stress, aggravation and paid overtime.

April 8th, after Dana finished cleaning my apt, I had a good private yoga session with Fabrice and gave him a raise in fee.  Took care of errands, chores and laundry before doing job hunting on the internet.

April 9th, I had to work paid overtime at the office from 10am to 3:30pm due to tax season.  Missed the ferry boat at the pier, so took office paid car service home to my hood.

April 10th to 12th, damn “tax season” is still kicking it into overdrive these three days at the office.  Way too much stress, aggravation and paid overtime.  I am so done with this “job assignment” and counting down the days to the end of it.

April 13th, office life has slowed down abit, and very thankful for that.  Had a call / interview with an agency during my lunch hour.  I updated the resume last week and been farming it out to agencies and prospective jobs for EA.

April 14th, another slow day at the office, and another call / interview with an agency during my lunch hour.

April 16th, it was a beautiful, warm, sunny Easter Sunday in NYC.  I headed to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens at 1pm and then joined a friend for tea/dessert at Cocoa Bar in Park Slope afterwards.

April 17th, a busy day at the office during the final days of “tax season”.  Worked 3 hours’ overtime and took car service home.  I am so done with this dead-end temp job.

April 18th, I had a call / interview with another agency during my lunch hour.

April 19th, slow day at the office, and a call / interview with another agency during my lunch hour.

April 20th, after work I had over to the BFP headquarters to assist with phone banking during our fundraising drive for the organization.

April 21st, last day at the temp job and left around 5pmish.  Took the East River ferry boat to my hood.

April 22nd to 25th, I visited with the parents in upstate NY.  Helped them out with yard work, laundry, grocery shopping and took them out for breakfast several times.  Got to see my brother and sister-in-law, plus get my hair done at salon.

April 26th, I had an appt in the morning with a new “temp” agency down in lower Manhattan.  Went well and have an interview lined up for a temp position next week on Monday.  Afterwards, I headed uptown to meet up with an ex-coworker for a light lunch and conversation.  Then headed back to my hood for a much-needed manicure, early dinner at Jungle Café, check out The Box House Hotel and a new apt bldg on Box Street before doing some grocery shopping.

April 27th, I had two job interviews today.  One for an actual job and the other with an agency.  Both went very well.  I also stopped by my old office in Times Square to see an ex-coworker and get some of my updated resume printed out.  After the interviews, I headed back to my hood for a late lunch at The Jungle Café.  Delicious vegan food!

April 28th, I had two much needed doctor appts today … chiropractor and lung specialist … then back to my hood for a delicious vegan meal at The Jungle Café before heading home to do laundry.

April 30th, I had a good private yoga session with Fabrice at the apt, and afterwards I headed down to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to join a friend.  All the trees were in bloom with fragrant blossoms and the Lilacs were still out.  It was a cool, windy day and the gardens were crowded with people.  Picked up some lovely goodies from the gift shop and then back to friends apt for a light meal.

Monday, April 17, 2017

 Easter Sunday
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens


April 15, 2017
Commentary by M.Weinstein / BFP

In hundreds of demonstrations across this mighty country, Americans, by the tens of thousands, marched on Tax Day to demand that the only President in decades who has refused to show his taxes, do so now as they ask: "What are you hiding from us, Donald Trump?"

In NYC, tens of thousands gathered at Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan and the streets echoed to the cries of "Show us your Taxes! What are you hiding" as speaker after speaker heaped scorn on Trump's claim that Americans are "not interested" or "don't care" about his tax returns.

After speeches the marchers headed up Sixth Avenue in an hours-long parade. The march ended at that blot on the NYC skyline, Trump Tower. Never in all my years of protests against the Vietnam war and the Iraq war, with the administrations of Regan and Bush, have I witnessed such universal disdain and scorn for a President and certainly not this early in their administration.

With increasing hints of subversion of our electoral process and amazement at the open corruption and conflicts of interest of his appointments to high offices of fellow billionaires and scoundrels, it's no wonder that increasing numbers of Americans are looking at the President with increasing dislike and repulsion.

This was a peaceful and friendly outpouring of every-day patriotic Americans who seem to be saying "we want our country back. The sooner you leave, the better, Donald Trump!"

Monday, April 10, 2017

 Planting Flowers
Down on Water Street
 Waiting for the
East River Ferry
View of Brooklyn Bridge
From the East River Ferry
Looking at the Harbor
from the Office Window

Saturday, April 01, 2017

BFP 4th Annual Happy Hour
The Brazen Head Pub
Tuesday - March 28th

PERSONAL NEWS #265
March 1st, Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent.  I gave up my usual for Lent … Chocolate.

March 2nd, I had a physical therapy session after work for my ankle and foot, then once home I jumped on the meeting/call for BFP board members.

March 3rd, watched another terrific new episode of Sleepy Hollow on TV.

March 5th, I had a private yoga class at apt with Fabrice.  Afterwards I did some laundry, watched a movie on DVD [ie: The Theory of Everything], phone calls and then issues with my lungs.  Took the last of my meds to avert an ER crisis.

March 6th, I called in sick to work, so that I could rest up from my health situation, and then an appt with my lung specialist.  Got the meds refilled, along with my inhaler.

March 7th, after work I jumped on a conference call for BFP Fundraising committee meeting.

March 10th, I watched another terrific new episode of Sleepy Hollow on TV.

March 11th, I had another minor lung issue, and thankful I had meds, plus I cancelled all commitments over the weekend to rest up.

March 13th, worked at the office until 8pm, as our place would be closed on Tuesday due to the Nor’easter.

March 14th, snow day from work due to the inclement weather.

March 16th, I had a physical therapy session after work for my ankle and foot.

March 17th, I watched another amazing new episode of Sleepy Hollow on TV.

March 18th, after my cleaning lady took care of the apt, I had a private yoga class at apt with Fabrice.  Then off to do errands around the hood, along with laundry, and organizing the apt.

March 19th, after my private yoga class at apt with Fabrice, I headed into Manhattan to meet with a friend to see the film “Beauty and the Beast”.

March 20th, had to work abit of OT at the office, as it is gearing up for the big tax season.

March 23rd, I had a physical therapy session after work for my ankle and foot.

March 24th, after some OT at the office for tax season, I got home in time to watched another amazing new episode of Sleepy Hollow on TV.

March 25th, I attended the annual Tolkien Reading Day with other friends at the Jefferson Market library in Greenwich Village.  Lots of great readings by those who attended and I even gave a few short readings.  Afterwards a few of us went to Sammie’s Noodle Shop for dinner and conversation.

March 26th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt in the morning.  In the evening, I joined my friends Wendy and Debbie for dinner and conversation at the wonderful PeaceFood Café near University Place.

March 28th, after work, I attended the 4th annual “Happy Hour” event held at The Brazen Head Pub and hosted by A&C BFP committee.  Nicely attended and very enjoyable.

March 29th & 30th, worked a lot of paid OT at the office due to Tax Season kicking into overdrive.

March 31st, watched a great season finale of my beloved tv show “Sleepy Hollow”.

Friday, March 17, 2017

POLITICAL NOTE: The ravages to our beloved country are like a terminal cancer and this one runs deep. Sadly, it has been building for decades. It's not just the current POTUS and his evil cabinet; but all the others who cater to the 1%, corporations, military etc. There really is hope, stop blaming others and lets get things done. "We The People" need to come together and not be divided. "They" hate a united, educated, questioning people and will continue the "smoke and mirrors" BS to divide us. Don't let them divert you. Stay focused and strong! {{P.S. There are those who will disagree with me or spew hate. Don't give in to hate or to "them". Unite with us in love, peace, compassion, empathy, helping humanity and our beloved country ... our beloved planet. Rise and be one!!}}

Thursday, March 16, 2017

 NY Botanical Garden
Orchid Show
February 2017



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

 March 14th Blizzard
Downgraded to Wintery Mix
[2:30am window view on top]
[7am window view on bottom]

Saturday, March 11, 2017

March Photo Challenge - "The Art Around You"

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

March 2017 Photo Challenge
"The Art Around You"
[Different Views Around NYC]

Sunday, March 05, 2017

PERSONAL NEWS #264
Feb 1st, I had a dental appt at NYU College of Dentistry.  Molds of teeth and spaces taken for permanent crowns and partials.

Feb 2nd, after a much-needed manicure / pedicure, I dashed off to the monthly BFP board meeting.

Feb 3rd, I visited an ex co-worker at my old job.  We caught up on news and she helped me print out updates of my resume.  Then off to an interview with PBH for EA position with CFO.  Afterwards, I headed back to my hood for a much-needed chiropractor appt, and then watched another exciting episode of Sleepy Hollow on TV.

Feb 5th, I had a private yoga class at apt with Fabrice.  Later on, I watched the Mary Tyler Moore tv show marathon on Decades channel.  Brought back memories of my teenage years.

Feb 8th, I had an interview with another employment agency that went well.  Afterwards a late lunch and then visit with a friend at my old job.  Then downtown to stroll around Madison Square Park and the Grammercy Park areas to check out, and photog, fascinating old architecturally interesting buildings.

Feb 9th, snowstorm came through the NYC area and dropped 7 inches of the white stuff  J

Feb 10th, I had an interview with another employment agency that went well.  Afterwards, I headed down the Union Square area and the Halloween costume shop to visit with my friend Wendy.  Then strolled over to the Peacefood Café on 11th Street and University Place for a delicious late lunch.  In the evening, I watched a new episode of Sleepy Hollow on the telly.

Feb 11th, attended the BFP free Teach-In regarding “The People or Trump” at St Joseph’s College in Brooklyn.  The event was insightful, fascinating and informative.  Some of the speakers on the panels was William Hartung, Leslie Cagan, Karen Yau and Shatia Strother.  Afterwards, I headed up to Central Park to meet up with a friend and view part of the Ice Sculpture event.  We went to Nanoosh for a delicious dinner after the Central Park event.

Feb 12th, after my private yoga class at apt with Fabrice, I headed into Manhattan to volunteer at MTC were the wonderful August Wilson play, Jitney, was playing.  Afterwards, I headed down to the Union Square area with my friends Wendy and Deborah for a delicious dinner at Peacefoods Café.  Good food and diverse conversations.  Picked up some groceries at Wholefood’s before heading home.

Feb 13th, started a temp job with my old firm down in the Wall Street area and it feels good to be working once more.

Feb 16th, I had a physical therapy session after work for ankle/foot treatment.

Feb 17th, I finished my first week at temp assignment at my old firm.  Still don’t have a company laptop, security ID card or phone extension, but the temp agency timesheet works and that is a good thing.  Pay day once a week … I like that J

Feb 18th, after my cleaning lady [Dana] finished with my apt, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice, and then picked up an item I had framed.  It looks lovely on the wall in my living room.  That evening I joined other friends and acquaintances at a friend’s birthday dinner in Manhattan.  We had a great time at the Latitude bar and grill on 8th Avenue.

Feb 19th, I joined my friend Debbie in heading up to the NY botanical gardens in the Bronx for the wonderful Orchid Show.  Another lovely, sunny day that felt like spring and the gardens, plus the show, were busy with attendees.  Back in the city we taxied down to the Union Square area for an early dinner at Peacefood Café.  Delicious food!

Feb 20th, after work I got a much-needed manicure J

Feb 22nd, after work I attended a teach-in at “61 Local” called “Resisting the Trump Agenda”.  It was well attended by the community, plus students from Brooklyn College.  Learned about www.350.org and will join that organization.  Before heading to the teach-in, I stopped by B&N to pick up the Maya Angelou book called “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”.

Feb 23rd, after work I jumped on the productive monthly BFP Fundraising committee meeting and conference call.

Feb 24th, my second week of temp duty at my old firm is done.  It was a busy productive week.  Watched another great episode on the telly of my beloved “Sleepy Hollow”.

Feb 26th, I joined my friend Wendy in the afternoon to see the Oscar nominated film LION at the cinema.  It is an excellent film and I highly recommend it.  Afterwards, we took a taxi to PeaceFood café for a delicious dinner and diverse conversation.

Feb 28th, I participated in the monthly Peace Action conference call after work regarding the DT regime in DC.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Oscar Best Picture Winners – Since 1990 - I've seen 10 of them

Dances with Wolves - 1990
Silence of the Lambs – 1991
Unforgiven - 1992
Schindler’s List - 1993
Forrest Gump – 1994
Braveheart – 1995
The English Patient – 1996
Titanic – 1997
Shakespeare in Love – 1998
American Beauty - 1999
Gladiator – 2000
A Beautiful Mind – 2001
Chicago – 2002
Return of the King – 2003
Million Dollar Baby - 2004
Crash - 2005
The Departed – 2006
No Country for Old Men – 2007
Slumdog Millionaire – 2008
The Hurt Locker - 2009
The King’s Speech – 2010
The Artist - 2011
Argo – 2012
12 Years a Slave – 2013
Birdman – 2014
Spotlight – 2015
Moonlight - 2016

Sunday, February 19, 2017

 Different Views at the
NY Botanical Gardens
and Orchid Show
Feb 19th