Monday, March 02, 2015

 Visited the Parents
in Upstate NY
Weekend of Feb 27th

Feb 1st & 2nd, I was in the hospital [Lutheran Medical in Bay Ridge] dealing with lung issues.  My friend Anni came around on the Sunday afternoon to visit me and bring some goodies.

Feb 7th, after Dana cleaned my apt, I took car service to Park Slope for the 3rd annual BFP board member retreat.  In the evening I had a yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Feb 11th, I had a much needed chiropractor appt for treatment.

Feb 12th, I had a much needed acupuncturist appt for treatment.

Feb 13th, my private yoga class was conducted in my apt with Fabrice.  Easier that way than dealing with the bitter cold winds to and from yoga studio.

Feb 17th, I treated my friend Larry to dinner, as payment for doing my taxes.

Feb 19th, I attended the monthly “NYC Friends of Tolkien” meetup at a new location.

Feb 20th, my private yoga class was conducted in my apt with Fabrice.

Feb 21st, I attended the 2nd Annual BFP A&C Committee retreat.  The retreat was very productive, interesting and informative.  I also stepped down as co-chair and left the “chair” position to Joel, as he does most of the work anyway.

Feb 22nd, I had a much needed acupuncturist appt for treatment.  I also watched episode eight of Downton Abbey and season finale of Grantchester on PBS.

Feb 26th, I attended a Brooklyn Peace Fair planning meeting with other BFP members in the Fort Greene area.

Feb 27th to March 1st, I visited the parents in upstate NY to assist with projects around the house and other errands, plus go to hair salon.  Back in NYC on Sunday late afternoon ... yoga class with Fabrice and watched the wonderful season five finale of Downton Abbey.

Monday, February 23, 2015


The Truth About the Oscars – How and Why Women and People of Color are Overlooked
Kali Holloway, AlterNet

How Wall Street’s Greedy Tentacles Sank into Schools, Trapping Them in Massive Debts
Ellen Brown, Web of Debt Blog

The Neocon Recipe for Iraq – How to Completely Ruin a Country in 13 Years
Thom Hartmann, AlterNet
When are we going to do in Iraq what we did in Europe after war destroyed that continent?

Do Men Love Differently Thank Women?
Steven Stosny, Psychotherapy Networker

5 Ways to Turn Our Militarized Cops Into Public Servants Who Protect Us
Norm Stamper, YES! Magazine

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Jan 1st, after accomplishing many chores around the apt, I strolled around the hood to do some holiday photography.  I invited my good friend Gail over for afternoon tea.  We exchanged gifties, chatted on several topics and played with her dog Sage.

Jan 2nd, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva

Jan 3rd, after Dana, my cleaning lady, finished tackling my small, humble apt, I headed into Manhattan for the annual “Tolkien Birthday” event at Stone Creek lounge with others from our meetup.  Afterwards, I wasn’t feeling well, and took a taxi home.  Rest of weekend, into Monday, I was ill with low grade fever, 24-hour bug and lung infection.

Jan 4th, first episode of season five of Downton Abbey started this evening  J

Jan 5th, I had an appt with Dr Tan for much needed acupuncture treatment at 11:30am.  Afterwards, I headed back home to relax, drink lots of soup, and watch “Sleepy Hollow”.

Jan 10th, I had a much needed chiropractor appt in the morning, followed by shopping and taking down the holiday décor in apartment.  From 6:30pm to 9:30pm I attended the enjoyable annual BFP holiday gathering.  This time it was held at Mel and Susie’s place in Park Slope.

Jan 11th, I attended a presentation on Young Living essential oils in Brooklyn, and hosted by Keri, an acquaintance of mine via NYC Friends of Tolkien.  Fascinating, informative and would provide many healthful benefits.

Jan 12th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva

Jan 13th, I attended the monthly BFP fundraising / peace fair committee meeting at Ken’s.

Jan 17th, I had a much needed appt with Dr Tan in Chinatown and then shopping afterwards at Macy’s and Lord & Taylor.

Jan 18th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva

Jan 20th, I attended the monthly BFP A&C committee meeting, which was productive.

Jan 21st, I volunteered at the WCW offices to help out with computer projects.  While there I had a minor lung issue and had to take a taxi home.  Called my lung doctors service and left messages.

Jan 22nd, I took a personal day from work to stay home and deal with minor lung situation.

Jan 25th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.  Then home to watch a new episode of Downton Abbey.

Jan 27th, I took a “personal day” from work, due to Winter Storm Juno.

Jan 30th, I attended the 4th Annual WORD event, which is hosted by BFP A&C Committee, and the spotlight this year is on poet / activist Jan Clausen.

Jan 31st to Feb 2nd, was admitted to Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn for health issues with my lungs.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

 Winter Storm Juno
Northern Brooklyn
 Looking up the Street
at 10pm on Jan 26th
 Looking out the Window
at 2am on Jan 27th
 Afternoon of Jan 27th

Monday, January 19, 2015

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

 Tolkien Birthday
Celebration at
Stone Creek Lounge
Saturday, Jan 3, 2015
[NYC Friends of Tolkien]

Duchess - Tall Pale Elf

Friday, January 02, 2015

 New Years Day
Around My

 New Years Day Selfie

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Dec 1st, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Dec 4th, I attended the monthly BFP board member meeting at Eleanor’s home.

Dec 5th, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Dec 6th, after Dana cleaned my apt I did some errands, as well as got a manicure / pedicure.

Dec 7th, I had a much needed acupuncture treatment appt with Dr Tan.

Dec 9th, I participated in the monthly BFP Fund/PF committee meeting at Ken’s home.

Dec 10th, I had a much needed chiropractor treatment appt after work.

Dec 12th, I had another much needed chiropractor treatment appt after work, and then on to my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Dec 13th, I participated with other members of BFP at the hugely attended and peaceful “BlackLivesMatters” march in Manhattan during a sunny, but cold afternoon.  [Photo below of me at the march.]

Dec 14th, I was invited to Joe & Marie’s annual holiday gathering at Madera Cuban café in Long Island City.  Great time was had by all  J

Dec 15th, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Dec 16th, I attended the monthly BFP A&C meeting, which was productive and informative.

Dec 18th, I participated in the BFP phone banking for our annual fund drive.

Dec 19th, I had a much needed acupuncture treatment at Dr Tan’s office.

Dec 20th, I met up with friends [ie: Tim, Michelle, Wendy, Pauline, Margaret, Mary and Debbie] for a light brunch at Schnippers before seeing “The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies” at the cinema.  It was a great movie and the end of the trilogy.  Afterwards; a few of us [ie: Wendy, Pauline and Debbie] went for a light dinner at URBO on 8th Avenue.  Following that I did last minute holiday shopping down on 14th Street before heading home.

Dec 22nd, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Dec 24th to 27th I visited the parents, brother, sister-in-law and some friends in upstate NY for the Christmas holidays.  [Photo below - I was invited afternoon of Christmas Day to Nick and Roberta's home.]
Dec 29th, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Dec 31st, after doing several errands I got a much needed manicure and pedicure.  In the evening I watched the extended edition of LOTR “The Return of the King” on DVD.  Goodbye 2014 and hello 2015 … may you be a better year.

Monday, December 29, 2014

 Christmas Holiday
Upstate NY


* Thankful for Enterprise car rentals
* I am thankful for Dana, my cleaning lady

* Seeing several NY METS baseball games this year with friends
*  As of March 2014 my lung condition has been stable for 2.5 years

* Thankful I passed those five nasty exams at work in Dec 2013 and March 2014,
as well as receiving my EY certificate

* Visited the Far Rockaways for the first time beginning of June
* Love my new Vitamix

* Thankful that Mom broke no bones during her “fall” on August 10]
* Thankful Mom made it through her back surgery 100% in October

and taking care of the parents during that time

* Meeting and speaking with Noam Chomsky and Laura Flanders
at the BFP 30th Anniversary gala

Monday, December 22, 2014

 Joined several Friends in seeing
The Hobbit - Battle of the 5 Armies
Saturday, Dec 20th
 Pauline, Deborah, Duchess and Wendy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Marching for Justice in NYC
Saturday, Dec 13th
Commentary by Matt Weinstein
Photos by the Duchess and Matt

Thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets on Saturday demanding an end to racist police violence and seeking justice for those who died at the hands of officers who are never held accountable for their illegal actions.  The crowds of tens of thousands, diverse and overwhelmingly young, were a wonderful representation of New York and they were exuberant and militant in their demands: "No justice, no peace!" rang throughout Washington Square Park which is where they assembled at 2:00 pm on a blustery winter Saturday. The weather proved no deterrent as marchers left the park and headed up Fifth Avenue. "I can't breathe!" "Hands up, don't shoot!" were shouted out, echoing the dying words of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, whose deaths ignited the unending protests that have created, what seems to be, a new civil rights movement in our country - or at least a growing awareness by millions that something is terribly wrong with the so-called justice system in these United States and a determination to demand change to right that wrong.

Washington Square Park

 Matt from BFP at the March

 Hands Up!  Don't Shoot!  I Can't Breathe!

 Marching from Washington Square Park

 Marching Peacefully up Fifth Avenue

Thursday, December 11, 2014

 Xmas Time
Northern Brooklyn

BFP Statement on Police Killings 

The police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Akai Gurley are the most recent examples of the long, brutal history of racial oppression in the US.  Our hearts go out to the families of these young black men, one of them only 12 years old.  We are horrified by the systemic racism of our “justice” system. The tremendous outpouring of protest throughout the country and even the world serves as public indictment of the system which does not even bring to trial the perpetrators of these crimes, modern-day lynchings.

           An increasingly militarized police force oppresses not only black but also Hispanic, white, Muslim, South Asian, and other communities. It is the domestic counterpart of our foreign policy in which whole countries are subjugated to violence. This systemic racism in our police and justice system is the mirror image of our illegal wars in the Middle East and elsewhere, where thousands of completely innocent civilians have been killed in the so-called "war on terror."

         Brooklyn For Peace is committed to eliminating war and the social and economic injustices which lead to war. We see the racist bias of our criminal justice system, alarming environmental destruction, the widening wealth gap, the gentrification of our city centers, the privatization of our public schools, and the decaying infrastructure of the country—as issues which are connected, and which must be urgently addressed. Black lives matter! All lives matter!  All families matter, and need the resources to thrive!  Please join us on Saturday, December 13th in a Day of Anger as Millions March in NYC.  

Friday, December 05, 2014

 Thanksgiving Weekend
up at
the family homestead

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Monday, December 01, 2014

On Nov 1st, after Dana cleaned my apt, I took care of many errands and chores, plus got a much needed manicure.

Nov 2nd, I had a much needed appt / treatment with my acupuncturist.

Nov 3rd, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Nov 5th, I attended the BFP Fund/PF committee meeting, and main topic of discussion was regarding the Nov 15th gala event.

Nov 6th, I attended the monthly BFP board meeting in Brooklyn.

Nov 7th, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Nov 8th, I participated in a 3-hour photo workshop at Green-Wood Cemetery with Antonio.  Workshop was very informative, interesting and fun.

Nov 9th, I joined Wendy and Debbie to see a costume exhibit at the MmofA.  Afterwards we had a delicious dinner and dessert at Candle79 on the upper Eastside.

Nov 14th, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Nov 15th, I attended and participated in the successful and awesome BFP Pathmakers to Peace gala event at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights.  The event was also a celebration of Brooklyn for Peace’s 30th anniversary in the peace and justice movement.  Our guest speaker for the evening was Noam Chomsky.  I was honored to shake his hand, hang up his coat and briefly speak with the great man.

Nov 16th, I attended the viewing of extended edition of DofS at Stone Creek with other members of “NYC Friends of Tolkien” [Photo L to R - Carole, Pauline, Tim, TJ and me.]  Afterwards Wendy, Pauline and I had dinner at a nice Indian restaurant in the hood.
Nov 17th, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Nov 21st, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

On Nov 22nd, after shopping at the local farmers market, I had a much needed manicure.

On Nov 23rd, I joined my friends [ie: Debbie S and Nancy] out in Queens for a delicious Asian lunch and conversation.  My friend Debbie S is moving to Salem, MA in two weeks.

On Nov 24th, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

On Nov 26th, I volunteered with Project Find in assembling goodie bags for home bound seniors on Turkey Day.

On Nov 27th, I volunteered with Project Find to take goodie bags and hot Thanksgiving meals to many home bound seniors in Manhattan.  I worked with Sheilu and her two sons [photo].

Nov 28th to 30th, I visited the parents in upstate NY for the holiday weekend.  Got my hair done at salon, shopping, decorate the parents’ home and breakfast with friends at Country Gals café.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Brooklyn For Peace Turns Thirty — And We Celebrate!
Gala Honors Noam Chomsky As PathMaker To Peace.
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014

Oh what a night! An evening to come together, to celebrate, to find old friends, to eat and drink, to listen, to ask, to learn. An evening to remember!

It was Brooklyn For Peace’s annual Pathmakers To Peace gala and there were two very good reasons for the gathering of several hundred people to be there.

First, they came to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of Brooklyn For Peace, a most remarkable organization that has been been fighting the good fight for peace and justice for three decades and that is declaring its readiness to continue that struggle as long as the plagues of war, inequality, economic distress, environmental deterioration and social injustice require its attention.

Secondly, they came to witness our Pathmaker To Peace award, this year given to honor the life-long work of  Noam Chomsky, one of the brilliant minds of our times: linguistics professor, scientist, social critic and fierce advocate for peace and social justice.

The positive vibe and warm emotions in the grand Hollis Hall of historic Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights were palpable. Gathered here were friends, supporters, members, founders and early-on activists of Brooklyn For Peace, all come together to celebrate the longevity, rare in today’s world, of this community-based peace organization and to laud the dedication and perseverance of the stalwart activists who have made that possible.

They also came to hear the words of Professor Chomsky who painted a picture of the dire times we live in. He described the collapse of our democracy, the domination of society by the one-percent, the destruction and utter exploitation of the environment on behalf of the energy industry’s super profits and he said the tasks confronting progressive activists are enormous and daunting but that we can, and must, overcome if we are to save the people of our planet.

An emotional high point of the evening was the introduction and recognition of the original founders and early activists: the “pioneers” of Brooklyn For Peace. Among that group were today’s BFP Chair, Charlotte Phillips and Vice-Chair, Carolyn “Rusti” Eisenberg. Dr. Phillips received a loving and grateful standing ovation from the assembly for her dedication and perseverance over so many years. Eisenberg told the story of how the group was formed back in 1984 after President Reagan sent U.S. troops into tiny Grenada. Back then the group was called Brooklyn Parents For Peace because it’s founders were mostly young moms (as well as some young dads).

Also attending this evening were allies of our peace group with whom we have worked closely on various struggles – leaders of the movement to preserve Brooklyn’s public libraries, Michael D.D. White and Carolyn McIntyre were there as well as Brooklyn’s Green Party members, Gloria Mattera and Jonathan Fluck. Community activist and former candidate for Congress, Jelani Mashariki, was present and Dan Wiley, representing Congress Member Nydia Velazquez attended. Progressive member of Congress, Representative Yvette Clarke, came in person to honor Brooklyn For Peace on its thirtieth birthday and was welcomed heartily by the assembly.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

 "Death Becomes Her"
Costume Exhibit
at MMofA