Wednesday, January 31, 2018

 Xmas Day until End of January


 Vermeer Painting / National Gallery


 Van Gogh by Waterlogue / Tinpocket


PERSONAL NEWS #275
January 3rd, I had a dental appt after work, and the final four permanent crowns were put in place.  3 to 4 more visits to do the partials and then I am done  J

January 4th, the office was closed due to the snowstorm.  I enjoyed afternoon tea with my friend Gail a 2pm.  We exchanged gifties and drank tea at my humble apt.  In the evening, I jumped on an SGI Kent District Planning conference call for the upcoming month.

January 7th, got a much needed manicure, plus did some errands / chores.

January 10th, after work, I attended the monthly BFP PEJ committee meeting at the office on Atlantic Avenue.

January 11th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle/foot and then head into Brooklyn for the productive monthly BFP board members meeting.

January 12th, after work, I had a private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice.

January 13th to 15th, visited with friends in DC / VA for the MLK holiday weekend.  I visited the National Gallery, SGI Community Cultural Center, and old town section of Alexandria VA, dined out quite abit, shopping and a MLK Day event.

January 18th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle/foot, and then car service home to jump on the productive BFP Fundraising committee conference call.

January 20th, after my cleaning lady finished taking care of my apt, I attended an SGI district discussion meeting / chanting in my hood.

January 21st, after my private yoga class at my apt with Fabrice, I took care of many errands / chores.

January 22nd, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle/foot

January 24th, I had lunch with an acquaintance that I hadn’t seen in several years.  It was fun catching up with Judy over tasty Moroccan Lentil soup.  After work, I attended the Williamsburg Intro meeting at the SGI Center on 15th Street.

January 26th to 28th, visited the parents in upstate NY over the weekend, due to Mom having health issues.  Took care of many chores, errands and we dined out for breakfast twice with friends.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

 Enjoyed a mini Staycation
at the Box House hotel
Northern Brooklyn
December 2017



 Looking down the
hallway at 2am

Monday, January 01, 2018

View of the Chrysler Bldg
from balcony at Box House Hotel

PERSONAL NEWS #274
Dec 2nd, I had a private yoga session with Fabrice at my apt, and in the afternoon, took care of errands / chores.  Plus, I finished my holiday decorating in the apt.

Dec 3rd, I attended the annual holiday luncheon gathering hosted by friends [ie: Joe & Marie] out in Queens at an Italian restaurant. Great time was had by all at this gathering. I got to see friends whom I haven’t seen for quite some time. Diverse topics of conversation were on tap, as well as much laughter.

Dec 5th, worked late again at the office and missed out on the Slow Gongyo session at the SGI center.

Dec 6th, I had lunch with a friend from HP TGTSNBN near work. He’s moving to a new apt in Astoria sometime in January.

Dec 8th, after work, I joined some friends for dinner, and then we strolled over to Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center and St Patrick’s Cathedral to see all the holiday lights. It was crowded, but very enjoyable.

Dec 9th, NYC had the first official snowfall of about 4 inches, and it was lovely to watch. Also, after a few errands, I picked up framed items from Imagic Studio for the parents.

Dec 10th, I joined my friend Margaret and her Mom around 5pm to attend the Downton Abbey exhibit on West 57th Street. It was 2.5 wonderful hours in viewing items from the hit TV show. I made several purchases from the gift shop.

Dec 13th, after work, I had an appt with my internal medicine doctor. It went very well.

Dec 15th, our office had its holiday event in the afternoon at the Bowlmar Lanes in midtown. It was 2.5 hours of fun and food.

Dec 16th, while my cleaning lady took care of my apt, I took care of several errands and chores. Afterwards, I had a private yoga session with Fabrice at my apt and I gave him some Rumballs. From there I headed over to Bushwick for a 2-hour SGI Buddhist meeting/chanting at a very nice lady’s apt. Inspiring meeting and met several new people. I then got a much-needed manicure before doing some shopping for my upcoming holiday gathering.

Dec 17th, I hosted a holiday dinner gathering at my apt and several good friends came to enjoy. We started around 4pm and finished at 10pm. I had the food catered from The Jungle Café, and as always, it was all so delicious. A good time was had by all and diverse conversation too.

Dec 18th, after work, I had a physical therapy session with my therapist for my ankle / foot.

Dec 20th, after work, I did volunteering at the WCW office uptown. I assisted the staff with computer work.

Dec 21st, today at the office, we held two different board meetings, and then the holiday gathering at Rocco’s Steakhouse on Madison Avenue. All the events went very well.

Dec 22nd to 24th, I headed up to the parents for the holiday weekend. There was some snowfall on Friday afternoon, but with my Jeep Cherokee 4-wheel drive rental, I was able to handle it. I took care of chores, errands, hair salon appt, breakfast at Benson’s, and exchanging gifties. Due to the forecast snowstorm for Xmas Day, I headed back to NYC on Xmas Eve.

Dec 26th, I had lunch with Mike from Locker Associates to discuss black car business.

Dec 27th, after work, I joined my friend TJ to see the Doctor Who Xmas special at the cinema.

Dec 28th, I have a vacation day from work, and utilized it for two appts.  Saw a new foot doctor, as my previous doctor retired, and still dealing with issues of three toes.  Afterwards, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle / foot.  Then headed back to my neighborhood for my mini “staycation” at the Box House hotel for one night.  The room was on the top floor with a small balcony and a view of Manhattan.  The king size bed was very comfy, large bathroom and a big flat screen with cable TV.  Had a relaxing, enjoyable time.

Dec 29th, I had another vacation day from work.  I headed into Manhattan to go out to lunch with a high school friend of mine.  We went down to Grammercy Park and had a leisurely lunch at a sushi place on Irving Place.  After dropping Carla off at GCS, I did some shopping, then a light dinner at a diner before meeting Wendy at the theater.  I volunteered as usherette for the play “The Children”.

Dec 30th, after a private yoga session with Fabrice at my apt, I took care of many errands, and then head into Manhattan.  My friend Margaret and I went to the movies to see “The Last Jedi”, which we both enjoyed.

Monday, December 04, 2017

The Division Bell
In 50 plus years, never did I hear,
the division bell ring so loud, so clear.
We label, judge and assign blame…
In reality tho, we all want the same.

To live in peace and leave behind,
Much better world, than we did find.
A world in which, our children thrive,
To grow, progress and be alive.

Free of violence, war and fear,
beloved community now and here.
Indeed it’s possible, for one and all,
In unity we rise, in division, we fall.

My belief indeed, steadfast and true,
this much and more, we can all do.
Create a new world and a new season,
void of our current, lapses of reason.

Free of all judgement, anger and pain,
anything less, is really quite insane.
Our descendants will surely rise and soar
the day the division bell, rings no more.

Many thanks to my friend Joe in sharing this wonderful poem yesterday at the his annual holiday gathering / luncheon in Queens. We strive every day in working towards that division bell ringing no more.

Friday, December 01, 2017

PERSONAL NEWS #273
Nov 2nd, I participated in the BFP Fundraising conference call regarding the upcoming “Pathmakers to Peace” event.

Nov 4th, I went to the movies with my friend TJ to see the new THOR film, which we loved, and afterwards we went out for Chinese food.

Nov 5th, I hosted a dinner gathering at my apt for several friends.  Food turned out good and the conversation, as always, was diverse.

Nov 6th, after work, I had a physical therapy session with my therapist for my ankle / foot.

Nov 8th, after work, I had a chiropractor appt for my neck / back.

Nov 9th I participated in the BFP Fundraising conference call regarding the upcoming “Pathmakers to Peace” event.

Nov 10th to 12th, I visited friends in Salem, MA for the Veterans Day holiday weekend, and stayed at a charming B&B.  Weather was cold and windy, but we still had a good time.  We did some shopping along Essex Street, dined out at the Hawthorne and Jodi Bee’s, plus visited the Peabody Essex Museum.

Nov 13th, after work, I had a physical therapy session with my therapist for my ankle / foot.

Nov 16th, took a sick day from work, as I was dealing with a slight temperature.

Nov 17th, after work, I joined my friend TJ in going to see the new film “Murder on the Orient Express”, which we both enjoyed a lot.

Nov 18th, after Dana cleaned my apt, I had a private yoga session with Fabrice, and then jumped into car service into Manhattan for the “NYC Friends of Tolkien” Silmarillion roundtable discussion.  The latter was fascinating and informative.  After the roundtable, I enjoyed a delicious dinner at SongKran with several friends and discussion was on a variety of topics.

Nov 21st, after work, I headed home to jump on a BFP Fundraising committee conference call.  It was productive and our event is coming up on the 30th.

Nov 23rd, on Thanksgiving Day I volunteered with ProjectFIND, and it was my 11th year in doing so.  I worked with Jose and his wife Diane in delivering hot meals and goodies to homebound seniors in the Chelsea area of Manhattan.

Nov 24th to 26th, I visited the parents in upstate NY for the holiday weekend.  We had a good weekend … yardwork, chores around the house, errands, brunch out, shopping, etc.

Nov 27th, after work, I had a physical therapy session with my therapist for my ankle / foot.

Nov 28th, I attended the Fred Pryor seminar for Administrative Assistants, and afterwards headed to the office to tend to many assignments / meeting.

Nov 29th, after work, I had a dental appt for final prep work on remaining permanent crowns.

Nov 30th, after work, I attended the annual BFP Pathmakers to Peace event in Brooklyn Heights.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

PERSONAL NEWS #272
Oct 1st, in the afternoon I attended the “first Sunday” event at the SGI Center in Manhattan for two hours.  Chanting, news, music and other items.  It was spiritually uplifting.

Oct 3rd, I worked until 8pm due to a busy day at the office, and boss’s meetings.

Oct 4th, I had a dental appt after work for crown prep work.

Oct 5th, after work, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt.

Oct 6th, before heading to the office, I had a foot doctor appt regarding fungus.  Around 12pm I received an urgent call from Mom regarding Dad’s health situation.  Upsetting news, I talked with my boss, and he let me leave at 12:30pm to head upstate NY.  Stressful day and arrived at the hospital around 6:45pm to take the parents home. Called my friend Nancie, as I was suppose to visit DC / VA this weekend, and we cancelled for another time.

Oct 7th to 9th, visited with my parents in upstate NY to assist with errands and chores around the house.

Oct 10th, I visited the SGI Center to participate in the Slow Gongyo session, which was very helpful and informative.

Oct 12th, I jumped on the BFP Fundraising committee conference call in the evening.  The discussion was mainly on the upcoming Pathmakers to Peace event end of November.

Oct 14th, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt.  Rest of the weekend I was dealing with a head cold.

Oct 16th, after work, I had a physical therapy session with a new therapist for my ankle / foot.

Oct 20th, after work, I celebrated my 59th birthday, which was on the 17th, with friends at the PeaceFood Café.  Despite being on meds for a slight head cold, I still had a great time and received some lovely gifts / cards.

Oct 21st, after my cleaning lady took care of my apt, I did errands / chores before heading into the city to volunteer as an usher at the Manhattan Theater Club.  Got to see “Prince of Broadway”, and afterwards dined out with friends.

Oct 25th, I had a dental appt after work for crown prep work.

Oct 26th, I had an appt with my acupuncturist after work.  Help with the head cold and sinus infection.

Oct 27th, I jumped on the BFP Fundraising committee conference call in the evening.  The discussion was mainly on the upcoming Pathmakers to Peace event end of November.

Oct 28th, I joined other members of TGTSNBN for a fun HP cosplay out at Governors Island.  Weather was a warm, sunny day, though abit windy.

Oct 29th, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt.

Oct 30th, after work, I had a physical therapy session with a new therapist for my ankle/foot.

Oct 31st, at work, most of my co-workers and I dressed in costume to celebrate Halloween.

Monday, November 13, 2017

 Visit Friends in Salem MA
Veterans Day Weekend



Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Halloween Antics
with Office Co-Workers

Monday, October 30, 2017

 TGTSNBN HP Cosplay
Governors Island
October 28th





Celebrating my Birthday with Friends
PeaceFood Cafe
October 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

 Aviation Day
Cambridge NY
October 7th


 Visiting Vermont
Columbus Day Weekend

PERSONAL NEWS #271
Sept 1st to 4th, visited the parents over the Labor Day holiday weekend.  Helped out with chores around the house and out in the gardens.  Friends visited on the Sunday for dinner and socializing.  Got my hair done after many months at the salon.  Felt so good!

Sept 6th, after work, I had a dental appt for more work on the last four crowns.

Sept 7th, after work, I had to the BFP office on Atlantic Avenue for the “open house” and the forum on “The Global Rise of Extremism” hosted by Dr Partha.

Sept 8th, I participated in the monthly BFP Fundraising meeting / call in the evening.

Sept 9th, after my private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt, I headed into Manhattan for the NYC Friends of Tolkien meetup to discuss the prep work for the Silmarillion forum we’ll be hosting in November.

Sept 10th, I was invited to Anni and David’s housewarming party out on Staten Island.  It was very enjoyable and they have a charming home.  Got a ride out and back from friends of Anni.  Weather was a lovely, sunny day and low humidity.

Sept 11th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle and foot.

Sept 14th, after a busy day at the office, I headed to the BFP office on Atlantic Avenue for the monthly board meeting.

Sept 15th, I took an early lunch hour, so that I could see my foot doctor on John Street.

Sept 16th, after my private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt, I took care of errands and laundry.  Then did experimental cooking with new, vegan Autumn recipes.

Sept 18th, after a busy day at the office, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle and foot.

Sept 19th, I worked until 8pm due to a busy day at the office, and bosses meetings.

Sept 20th, I had a dental appt after work.

Sept 22nd, after work, I went to a NY Mets game, which they won, with my friend Nancy and her sister.

Sept 23rd, after private yoga class at apt with Fabrice, I joined my friend Judith in seeing the wonderful, beautiful film called “Loving Vincent”.  Afterwards, we had a delicious dinner at Fiorello’s.

Sept 24th, in the afternoon, I joined other BFP volunteers in tabling at the annual Atlantic Antic street fair.

Sept 25th, after a busy day at the office, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle and foot.

Sept 27th, after work, I invited fellow SGI member [Rhonda] to my apt for assistance with my Gongyo pronunciation chanting.

Sept 28th, after work, I had my first appt with new lung specialist on East 57th Street.  It went well and I am pleased with him.

Friday, September 22, 2017

 The BFP "Open House"
Office Party - Sept 7th
 Dad celebrating his
82nd B-day during
Labor Day weekend

 NYC Friends of Tolkien
Meeting - Discussing Silmarillion
 Duchess at Work
 Commuting to Work
Outside Grammercy Park

Friday, September 01, 2017

 Brooklyn Botanical Garden
August 2017
Photos converted w/Waterlogue



PERSONAL NEWS #270
August 1st, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle and foot.

August 3rd, after work, I participated on a conference call with the BFP board meeting.

August 4th, after work, a group of us from the office headed out to Staten Island, via the ferry boat, to attend a baseball game at the St George ballpark.  We had food, drink and an air-conditioned luxury suite to watch the game.  It was enjoyable!
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August 8th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle and foot.

August 9th, after work, I headed home to participate in the BFP Fundraising conference call at 7:30pm

August 10th, after work, I headed uptown to take my friend and ex co-worker out to dinner as a “thank you” for all her help with my job hunting.

August 11th, that evening, at my apt, I had some new friends over from the SGI Nichiren Buddhist group.  We did the enshrinement of my Gohonzon in its special case.  Afterwards we chanted, talked and drank teal.

August 12th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt, and afterwards did many chores / errands.  In the evening, I watched a DVD called “Gifted” with Chris Evans in the lead role.  Good film and highly recommend it.

August 13th, around 11am I headed to Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn for the Peace Rally against the white supremacist’s terror acts, not only in Charlottesville, but around the USA.  Then I joined my friend Deborah in going to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to renew my membership and stroll around.  Sunny, warm day and not as humid as day before.

August 16th, after work, I had a long overdue appt with my “internal medicine” doctor.  Had several tests done, all my vitals were okay, and discussed obtaining a new lung specialist, since mine had passed away back in July.  I also got my lung medication renewed, which I was happy about, since I was running out.

August 17th, joined my friend Irvin for lunch, and we went to Battery Park, while there we were briefly interviewed by “The Street” on our political views.  After work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle and foot.

August 18th, after work, I had a much-needed chiropractor appt for adjustments to lower back and neck.

August 19th, after Dana cleaned my apt, I took care of errands, chores, grocery shopping and laundry around my hood.

August 20th, after my private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt, I headed out to the East River ferry boat for a visit to Governors Island.  Weather was sunny and less humid than day before.

August 21st, the solar eclipse took place today in the afternoon.  Around 3pm I borrowed special glasses from a co-worker and went out to Federal Hall steps to view it.  It was so cool and everyone was out doing the same thing and sharing their special glasses.

August 23rd, after work, I headed home to jump on the 7:30pm BFP fundraising committee conference call.

August 26th, I headed up to White Plains, via Metro North, and my friend picked me up for a day of adventures.  Drove over the newly built Tappan Zee Bridge, which is now called Mario Cuomo bridge.  We visited Nyack, Sugarloaf, Warwick, Greenwood Lake, etc.  Checked out antique shops, farm stands with goodies, Hudson River views, Mexican lunch, sculpture gardens, shopping, etc.  It was an enjoyable day.

August 27th, I attended the weekly Williamsburg chapter of Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism meeting.  Great meeting new people and some I already know.  Chanting and community spirit.

August 29th, I got a much-needed manicure after work.

August 30th, had a chiropractor appt after work for treatment.

August 31st, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle and foot.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

 August 1st
On The East River Ferry Boat
Friday Evening - Aug 4th
Staten Island ballpark at St George


PERSONAL NEWS #269
July 1st to 4th, I visited with the parents in upstate NY for the holiday weekend.  Took them out for dinner and breakfast; plus, help Mom with chores around the house, and trips to stores for groceries et al.

July 5th, a short work week for me, but still going to be a busy one with training, and assisting my new boss before he heads to another conference.  After work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle and foot.

July 6th, met up with my TGTSNBN friend, Irvin, for lunch in the Wall Street area.  He works now on Broad Street.  After work, I attended the monthly BFP board meeting at the office on Atlantic Avenue.

July 7th, after work, I headed up to West 52nd Street to attend the “Summer Dark” event at the Oasis Community Gardens, as my friend Teel James Glenn was read from his assorted works.

July 8th, after my private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt; I took care of errands, chores and laundry.

July 9th, I got a much-needed manicure, and then a tasty dinner at The Jungle Café.

July 10th, after work I took the 5:18pm East River ferry boat to my hood from the Wall Street pier.

July 11th, after work I did abit of shopping at Dress Barn and then head to Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn for the free herbal class at Radicle herb shop.  Fascinating and informative.

July 13th, after work, I jumped on the BFP fundraising committee conference call regarding our upcoming work for the Pathmakers to Peace event.

July 14th, after work, I had a much-needed chiropractor session, and learned that my lung doctor had passed away the week before.

July 15th, after my cleaning lady took care of my apt, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt.  Later, in the evening, I joined friends of mine for a walk around the hood and then a chat in their back-yard garden.

July 17th, after work I took the 5:43pm East River ferry boat to my hood from the Wall Street pier.

July 18th, after work, I attended a Buddhist Soka Gakkai meeting in my hood to chant, hear stories and become a member of the SGI organization.  An interesting, informative and enlightened evening.

July 19th, after work, I headed up to the NYU College of Dentistry to have a temp crown replaced, plus discuss the last phase of 1.5 years of dental work.

July 20th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle and foot.

July 23rd, after getting a much-needed manicure, I headed into Manhattan to meet up with my friend Mary for lunch and theater.  We had a quick lunch at a diner before going to see the delightfully funny off-Broadway play called PUFFS.  It’s about the Harry Potter world at Hogwarts, but from the point of view of the Hufflepuff’s.

July 24th, after work, I had a much-needed therapy session with my chiropractor.

July 25th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle and foot.

July 26th, after work, I headed to the BFP office on Atlantic Avenue for training on the PowerBase setup.

July 27th, after work, I jumped on the BFP Arts & Culture committee conference call.

July 28th, that evening I had a nice dinner out with my friend Larry and we went to a Thai place called SongKran.

July 29th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt, and afterwards did many chores / errands.

July 30th, after strolling through the Union Square arts and crafts vendors event, I headed to the Buddhist SGI-USA center on East 15th Street to meet up with Rhonda.  I purchased some items in the shop to assist with my meditations and Buddhist learning.

July 31st, after work, I joined some friends at the delightful little British restaurant called Tea & Sympathy in Greenwich Village to celebrate Harry Potters 37th birthday.  It is also the 51st birthday of the HP author, JK Rowling.  Good food and fun conversation.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Views Along the East River
During Ferry Boat Ride Home
July 17th

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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