Thursday, February 04, 2016

Message from Bernie 2016
Goldman Sachs Thinks We are “Dangerous”
 The CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, said yesterday our campaign represents a dangerous moment, "not just for Wall Street, but for anyone who is a little bit out of line."

I have to say, I find it a little beyond comprehension that Lloyd Blankfein would lecture our campaign about "dangerous moments" after Wall Street received huge bailouts from the working families of this country, when their greed and recklessness caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs, livelihoods, and homes just a few years ago. His arrogance has no end.

Now Wall Street is pouring money into other campaigns. But I am here to tell you that we don’t want their money and we don’t want their super PACs. We are going to do it differently. We are going to win.

Here’s the truth: Wall Street is terrified because we are running a campaign that does not support their agenda. They never expected us to battle to a virtual draw in Iowa, and they are starting to get a bit nervous about New Hampshire too.

The next primary is less than one week away, and we have a slight lead in the polls despite opposition from the economic and political establishment in the state. But if we stand together, I know that we have a good chance to win next week.

#FeeltheBern

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

 February Photo Challenge
1st Week - Pencils


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Daily Smoothie Report … Brought to you by Calcium and how to obtain it in a Vegan diet.   The key to healthy bones is more than calcium. However, it is a vital player in your growth and development, meaning it is essential that we all receive enough. While a balanced vegan diet will easily make sure you receive your recommended daily allowance (700mg for adults, 800-100mg for adolescents) it is also important to consider how much of the calcium you eat is being actively absorbed by your body.

Some foods, such as spinach, contain a high amount of calcium but are bound to a substance called 'oxalate' which hinders calcium absorption. This is why replacing spinach with low-oxalate vegetables such as rocket, cabbage and kale are key to a calcium-rich diet.  Interestingly, calcium in cow's milk is not as easily absorbed, meaning that vegetables such as kale are much better sources of calcium than animal milks or 'dairy'.

Salt and caffeine have been shown to inhibit calcium uptake, so moderate your intake. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables will increase calcium absorption, while adequate protein intake (roughly 1g of protein per kg of your healthy body weight) will also help.

Vegan-friendly sources of Calcium are spring greens, cabbage, watercress, kale, broccoli, parsley, almonds, chickpeas, tahini, drinking water, flax seeds, figs, collards, okra, tofu, white beans, raisins, butternut squash, prunes, dates, kiwis, mulberries and kumquats.

Today’s smoothie blast was created with water, ginger, turmeric, broccoli, blueberries, seedless red grapes and flax seeds.  Tasty!

Monday, February 01, 2016

PERSONAL NEWS #251
January 1st, I invited my good friend Gail over to my place for “afternoon tea”, chatting and exchanging gifties.  We had a delightful 2 hours and she brought her doggie Sage.

January 2nd, I headed into Manhattan to utilize the holiday gift cards I received from partners at work.  I purchased the following DVDs … The Losers, Hero, A Walk in the Woods, Kingsman the Secret Service, Sunshine and Snowpiercer.  Also checked out PC Richards and purchased a new antenna for my flat screen telly.

January 3rd, I joined my friend Margaret in seeing the new Star Wars movie called “The Force Awakens”.  We both really enjoyed it a lot.  That evening I watched episode one from season six of Downton Abbey.  That was also excellent.

On January 5th, I took ½ a vacation day, as I had a morning appt with NYU Dentistry about doing extensive dental work.  Afterwards I headed to B&N to pick up the “Complete DVD Guide to Granada Television Series – Sherlock Holmes”.  I’ve wanted this for quite some time.  After work I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

On January 7th, I attended the monthly TGTSNBN meetup on the upper Westside of Manhattan.  Topic of discussion was on the 7th Harry Potter book.

On January 9th, after Dana cleaned my apt, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice, and then in the evening I attended the annual Brooklyn for Peace holiday party.  The party was great fun and held at a board members charming brownstone home.  Good food and diverse conversations.

On January 10th, I joined some friends and acquaintances to see the wonderful Star Wars costume exhibit at the Discovery Times Square in Manhattan.  It was great fun and afterwards we went out for lunch to a Mexican place on 42nd Street.

January 11th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

January 12th, I attended the monthly BFP fundraising committee meeting at Ken’s home and it was quite productive.

January 16th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

On January 18th, in the afternoon, I had a foot doctor appt.  Hadn’t been back to my foot doctor in over 2 years and needed a thorough checkup.  I’ve been having some issues with my left ankle and I start physical therapy for it week of the 25th.  That evening I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

January 19th, I attended the monthly BFP A&C committee meeting at Charlotte’s home and it was a productive meeting on our upcoming event.

January 23rd, we here in NYC got hit with the first blizzard of the season, and about 26 to 28 inches of snow fell on the metropolis.  Also, Fabrice came over at 12:30pm to provide a private yoga class at my apt while it snowed outside.

January 25th, I had to leave work a wee bit early for my first physical therapy session regarding my left ankle.  Good session and afterwards I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

January 26th, I had to leave work a wee bit early for my appt with NYU Dentistry.

January 29th, BFP A&C committee event at the WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to host the author, Vincent Intondi.

January 31st, I attended the “NYC Friends of Tolkien” event at Stone Creek lounge to view the “Bof5A” extended edition DVD and a belated toast to The Professor.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Adele – Hello

Hello, it's me
I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet
To go over everything
They say that time's supposed to heal ya
But I ain't done much healing

Hello, can you hear me
I'm in California dreaming about who we used to be
When we were younger and free
I've forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet

There's such a difference between us
And a million miles

Hello from the other side
I must have called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore

Hello, how are you?
It's so typical of me to talk about myself I'm sorry
I hope that you're well
Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happened

It's no secret that the both of us
Are running out of time

So hello from the other side
I must have called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore

Hello from the other side
I must have called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home


Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

 Post Snowcropolis
Northern Brooklyn
Sunday, January 24th



Monday, January 18, 2016

 Visuals Around My Hood
B&W Mode
Sunday - January 17th


First Snowfall in NYC
Sunday - January 17th

Friday, January 15, 2016

 Attended the annual holiday
party with Brooklyn for Peace
members on January 9th



 At the Star Wars exhibit
at the Discovery Times Square
on Jan 10th with Friends



Monday, January 04, 2016

 Enjoying Holiday Breakfast
with
The Parent and Friends



 New Years Day
Northern Brooklyn




PERSONAL NEWS #250
December 3rd, I attended the monthly BFP board meeting held at Gary and Martha’s home in Brooklyn. 

December 4th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

December 6th, I hosted a holiday dinner gathering at my humble abode.  We all had a great time with delicious food and interesting, diverse conversation.

December 7th, I attended my friend Jenna’s birthday dinner party down in Chinatown.  We had a great time at Pongari Thai and the food was delicious.

December 11th, I attended the “ugly sweater” holiday party at the office and it was fun.

December 12th, after my cleaning lady took care of my apt, I did many errands before having an early dinner with friends at The Jungle Café in my hood.  Afterwards, I walked around the hood to view the holiday decorations before getting a much needed manicure.

December 13th, I had an appt with my acupuncturist for much needed treatment in Chinatown.  Afterwards I purchased some artsy goodies from Blick as an early Xmas pressie for myself.

December 15th, I participated in the monthly BFP A&C committee conference call.

December 16th, I volunteered with BFP to assist with phone banking for fundraising.  Several of us made many phone calls to reach out to our members for donations.

December 18th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

December 19th, I visited the free NY public library [5th Avenue branch] exhibit called “100 Years of the Picture Collection: From Abacus to Zoology”.  My first time visiting inside this wonderful library and loved it, plus viewed the holiday decorations in the main lobby.  Afterwards I finished my holiday gift shopping at the GCS holiday fair booths, then back to my hood for a tasty dinner at The Jungle Café.

December 21st, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt. 

December 22nd, I participated in the monthly BFP Fundraising committee conference call.

December 24th, I worked at the office until 3pm, and then a much needed manicure before heading home for a quiet Xmas Eve of watching movies on telly or DVD.

December 25th, was a quiet day spent mostly at home watching DVDs.  I did go out during the afternoon to photog holiday décor around the hood and then a stop at Starbucks.

December 26th to 28th, I spent with the parents in upstate NY for the holidays.  We exchanged gifts, went out for breakfast with friends, shopping, view the holiday lights around town, and some chores about the house.

December 28th, upon arriving home in Brooklyn, I unpacked before heading into Manhattan to do volunteer computer work at WCW office.  Later on I watched some new DVDs.

December 29th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

December 30th, I had a much needed chiropractor appt for treatment.

December 31st, I took Fabrice out to lunch at The Jungle Café as a way of saying “thank you”.  In the afternoon my friend Dennis stopped by for “afternoon tea”, chat and exchange gifties.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

IN THE NEWS

10 Biggest Lies and Distortions from the GOP Debate
Adam Johnson, AlterNet

5th GOP Debate: Republican Candidates Eager for More Overseas Wars
Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Beware: Someone is Trying to Convince You that Bernie Can’t Win
RoseAnn DeMoro, Common Dreams
Sander’s message, his campaign, and the resounding support he is receiving nationwide has sent chills through those whose primarily loyalty is to the wealthy donors in mansions and corporate suites and the policy architects on Wall Street.

Think the US Leads on Women’s Rights?  UN Experts Say Think Again
Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams

‘See Something, Shoot Something’: Larry Wilmore Points Out the Lunacy of America’s Gun Culture
Kali Halloway, AlterNet

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Vegan Mac & Cheese
 Ingredients
1 pound of macaroni or rotini
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
2/3 cup diced white onions
2 ½ cups water
2/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup raw cashews
1/3 cup raw macadamia nuts
2 teaspoons fine sea salt
2 garlic cloves, chopped
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ cup unseasoned bread crumbs, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare the pasta according to the package directions.  Drain and set aside.  While the pasta is cooking; combine the potatoes, onions, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.  [The smaller you cut them, the less time it will take.]  Put the canola oil, cashews, macadamia nuts, salt, garlic, mustard, lemon juice, black pepper, and the vegetables and their cooking water into a blender and process until completely smooth.  Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce until completely coated.  Transfer to a lightly oiled 3-quart casserole dish or place 6 lightly oiled 6-ounce ramekins on a baking sheet and divide the mixture evenly among them.  Sprinkle with the bread crumbs, if using.  Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbling.  Enjoy!!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

PERSONAL NEWS #249
November 1st, I watched the annual NYC marathon from my hood.  I cheered on two friends who were running for first time in it.  Carla finished in 4:57 hours and Michelle finished in 6:36 hours.  Bravo ladies!!

November 2nd, I got a much needed pedicure after work and my feet feel good.  It was 2 months since my last pedicure and I was overdue.

November 4th, I had an appt with Dr Richheimer after work to do a follow-up check-up, plus take care of office “Leave Mgmt” paperwork for my health condition.

November 6th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt in the evening.

November 7th, I volunteered with BFP in tabling at Fort Greene farmers market to get signatures on a petition to Congress, plus hand out flyers.  Afterwards did some shopping at their delightful farmers market before heading back to my hood for a much needed manicure.  As well as a delicious, vegan lunch at The Jungle Café.

November 11th, I did volunteer work for WCW at their main office on computer updates.

This evening, November 12th, is the big event for BFP this year, and our “Pathmakers to Peace” was to honor Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. 

November 13th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt in the evening.

November 14th, after Dana cleaned my apt, I head into Manhattan to start holiday gift shopping and also supplies from bead shops.  Then back to my hood for an early vegan dinner at The Jungle Café.

November 16th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt in the evening.

November 17th, I attended the monthly BFP PEJ committee meeting at Matt’s home.  Topic was on the recent terrorist events in Paris and Beirut.

November 19th, I participated with others at work in the ESS Entrepreneur Pre-Holiday event.  Sold my bead style earrings and made about $95 in sales.

November 20th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt in the evening.

November 21st, I met up with my friend Yvette in Manhattan for a fun afternoon to strolling the Highline, late brunch at Bus Stop café in the West Village and then shopping at the Bryant Park holiday bazaar.

November 23rd, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt in the evening.

November 26th, I volunteered with Project Find to bring hot Turkey Day meals and goodie bags to senior citizens around Manhattan.

November 27th to 29th, I visited with my parents in upstate NY for the holiday weekend.

November 30th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt in the evening.

Monday, November 30, 2015

 Chillin up on the Highline
Saturday, Nov 21st
with Yvette




Monday, November 16, 2015

 Duchess with John O'Connor at the Brooklyn for Peace 3rd annual "Pathmakers to Peace" event honoring Amy Goodman. Great evening and held at the historic Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights on Nov 12th.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

PERSONAL NEWS #248
October 1st, season three premiere episode of Sleepy Hollow on TV.

October 3rd, I went to the farmers market in my hood with my friend Gail and got lots of goodies.

October 4th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt.

October 6th, I participated in the BFP A&C committee conference call this evening.

October 7th, I participated at work in assisting with the ITC conference.

October 8th, I attended the monthly BFP board meeting, and afterwards headed home by taxi to watch episode 2 of Sleepy Hollow on TV.

October 10th, after Dana cleaned my apt, I had numerous errands to do around the hood, plus did some photography.

October 11th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt.

October 13th, I joined Wendy and Claudia in seeing the extended edition of “The Hobbit – Battle of the Five Armies” in the cinema after work.  It was great seeing it on the big screen.

October 15th, started out with me going for acupuncture treatment during lunch.  I was not feeling well and the treatment helped a lot.  Then around 5pm at work many of us got to meet Ray Knight of the 1986 NY Mets World Series champs.  After work I headed to the RailLine diner for the monthly “NYC Friends of Tolkien” meetup.  Topic of discussion was on writer and Inkling member, Charles Williams.  And finally jumped in a taxi to head home and watch episode 3 of the new Sleepy Hollow season.

October 17th, started out the day with a much needed chiropractor appt in the morning.  I then celebrated my birthday by hanging out with my friend Dennis at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Prospect Park and then dinner at The Jungle Café in my hood.  Weather was sunny, but very chilly, and ran into my friend Debbie near Grand Army Plaza.

October 18th, met up with Debbie and her hubby Larry at RoseWater Café for a delicious brunch.  Afterwards, Debbie and I strolled along parts of Park Slope to check out shops.  I got home in time for my private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt.

October 19th, I met up with my friend Deanna for delicious, enjoyable dinner after work.  We went to a Thai place on 14th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue.

October 20th, I had lunch with my friend Anni at the office.  After work I participated in the Brooklyn for Peace, Arts & Culture committee, happy hour event at The Brazen Head pub on Atlantic Avenue.  We had a nice turnout of 25 people and will be holding these “events” on a quarterly basis.

October 22nd, I stopped by the theater to see Wendy and pick up the Steampunk vest she created for me.  Then home to watch episode 4 of Sleepy Hollow on the telly.

October 23rd, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt.

October 24th, I had brunch with Dennis in Park Slope before heading over to Grand Army Plaza to assist BFP with UNICEF project.  Afterwards, I joined Dennis in a leisurely drive through Greenwood cemetery to engage in photo adventures.  It was so sad to see that many of the trees / leaves haven’t changed into their autumn colors.  Back at my hood I went and got a much needed manicure.

October 25th, I participated in a beginner’s workshop for Crocheting.  It was fun, interesting and informative.

October 30th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt.

October 31st, I joined friends of mine in Manhattan for dinner and attending the wildly outrageous annual NYC Halloween parade.  Fun evening  J

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Latest in the News

Campaigners Bid Harper Adieu While Vowing to Hold Liberals Accountable

‘We Are Not Ashamed’ – How Abortion Providers are Pushing Back Against Stigma and Intimidation
Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams

Friday, October 23, 2015

 Different Views
of October in NYC
and Brooklyn






 Celebrating my 57th Birthday
with a visit to Brooklyn Botanical Garden
and Prospect Park with Friends