Thursday, November 01, 2018

Recent visit to Bronx Zoo
with a Friend



PERSONAL NEWS #284
October 1st, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

October 3rd, I had lunch with a friend and we talked about his book / job hunting.  After work, I attended the productive monthly BFP PEJ committee meeting.

October 4th, after work, I got a much-needed pedicure in my hood.

October 7th, during the afternoon I visited the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for a leisurely stroll and then visited friends nearby.

October 8th, our office was closed today for the holiday.  I had a medical appt regarding bone density and mammogram.  Afterwards, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

October 10th, after work, I attended the monthly BFP board members meeting, which was intense, as well as productive.

October 11th, after work, I went out to dinner with a good friend, who is also my accountant, and we noshed at SongKran on 8th Avenue.

October 13th / 14th, visited the parents in upstate NY and help out with errands, shopping and chores.  In addition, Mom and I visited with Dad at the CLR both days.  In addition, we had breakfast with friends on Sunday at our fav establishment.

October 15th, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

October 16th, the BFP Fundraising committee had a conference call during the afternoon to work out more details regarding the December Pathmakers to Peace event.

October 17th, after work, I headed to Salam restaurant on West 13th Street to celebrate my 60th birthday with friends, and we had a wonderful time.  Received some lovely cards and gifties.

October 19th, after work, I had dinner with a friend at SongKran on 8th Avenue.

October 20th, I joined a friend in visiting the Bronx Zoo for a fun, leisurely afternoon, and then off to Yonkers for a delicious Italian dinner at Carlo’s on Tuckahoe Road.

October 21st, after getting a much-needed manicure, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

Oct 22nd, after work, I met up with two friends in Chinatown for more birthday dinner celebrations.

Oct 25th, after work, I met up with a high school chum, and we had a delicious belated birthday dinner at Souen Macrobiotic restaurant in the East Village.

Oct 26th, after work, I attended the “20 Years of Magic Celebrating HP” at Books of Wonder.  Got to hang out with other friends and acquaintances from TGTSNBN.

Oct 27th & 28th, I visited the parents in upstate NY and Dad is still at the CLR in VT.  Had Sunday brunch with friends at Benson’s.  Good food and good times.

Oct 29th, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

Oct 30th, I jumped on a BFP fundraising committee meeting/call in the afternoon, as we are still planning the “Pathmakers to Peace” event for early December.


Oct 31st, at the office, we had fun dressing up in costume, and awards were given out.  Sadly, my costume here didn't win.  After work, I headed up to West 13th Street to join friends for the annual NYC Halloween Parade.

Monday, October 01, 2018


PERSONAL NEWS #283
Sept 1st to 9th, I was on vacation from work.  Visiting with the parents in upstate NY to take care of them.  Took care of many errands, chores, hair salon, and paperwork for medical services, celebrated my father’s 83rd birthday and dined out with friends of the parents.

Sept 10th, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

Sept 11th, received call from Mom, stating that Dad was rushed to ER with pneumonia and pulmonary edema.  He will be in ICU for a while.

Sept 13th, after work, I joined a friend of mine to see the NY Mets beat the FL Marlins out at Citi Fields.

Sept 15th / 16th, I visited with the parents in upstate NY to help with errands, chores, shopping, plus visit Dad in the hospital.

Sept 17th, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

Sept 18th, after work, got a manicure and then did some grocery shopping.

Sept 19th, after work, I went to the SGI center near Union Square to do 30-minutes of chanting with others.  It is always an uplifting experience.

Sept 21st, after work, I saw several wonderful exhibits at the Morgan Library & Museum.

Sept 22nd, I joined a friend of mine in visiting the NY Botanical Gardens during a nice, leisurely afternoon.  The Georgia O’Keefe exhibit was terrific, as was the exhibit in the greenhouse on Hawaiian plants / flowers, and we enjoyed the tram ride around the gardens.  Back in Manhattan, I had a delicious dinner near Union Square at Nanoosh.

Sept 23rd, I volunteered with BFP at their table during the Atlantic Antic street fair.  Afterwards, I did some grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s.

Sept 24th, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

Sept 27th, after work, I attended the monthly SGI Buddhist planning / study meeting in my hood.

Sept 29th, I joined a friend of mine up near Warwick, NY in visiting the lovely “Pacem in Terris” gardens with funky artwork on a perfect autumn day.  We had a late lunch in Warwick, apple picking, shopping in Sugarloaf, watched a sunset, and wrapped it up with dinner down in Irvington, NY at a terrific Thai place.

Sept 30th, I got a much-needed manicure in my hood.

 Visited Pacem in Terris
with a Friend
Saturday / Sept 29th





Wednesday, September 26, 2018

 Visit the NY Botanical Gardens
Saturday, Sept 22nd



 Georgia O'Keefe
exhibit at the
NY Botanical Gardens


NY Mets vs FL Marlins
CitiFields
Sept 13th

Celebrating Dad's
83rd Birthday

Thursday, August 30, 2018

 Bennington Battlefield Monument
August 26th


PERSONAL NEWS #282
August 1st, after work, I jumped on a productive conference call for the BFP fundraising committee.

August 3rd, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

August 4th, I joined my friend Wendy in seeing the film “Christopher Robin”, and afterwards going to PeaceFood Café for a delicious dinner.  The film was delightful, fun and charming.  I highly recommend it.

August 7th, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

August 8th, during my lunch hour I had an eye doctor appt.  First time in 8 years and went from 2.0 to 2.75 concerning my reading glasses.  Everything else is okay.  After work, I got a much-needed manicure, and finished packing for my trip to Seattle.

August 9th to 12th, I visited with two friends out in Seattle, WA for a mini vacation.  I attended a 3-hour Pearl Jam concert at Safeco Field, and saw some of the sites.  Weather was nice, low humidity and sunny most of the time.

August 14th, I attended a Fred Pryor seminar today regarding Emotional Intelligence, and afterwards I headed back to the office to put in 3.5 hours of work.

August 15th, Mom is back in the hospital with a fracture upper arm, and the Home Health Aide is staying with my father until I can get upstate.

August 16th to 19th, I headed upstate NY to take care of my Father while Mom was in the hospital.  Then they were both put into the rehab center in southwestern VT for the week.  Working with assorted organizations, insurance, doctors etc. on getting the situation stabilized.  Took care of their house, went to hair salon, chores, errands and then breakfast with friends of ours.

August 21st, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

August 25th to 26th, I headed upstate NY to take care of my parents while they were in rehab, and the house, with other errands.

August 27th, after work, I got a much-needed pedicure at a salon in my hood.

August 29th, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

August 30th, after work, I attended the monthly BFP board meeting in Brooklyn.

Monday, August 13, 2018

 MoPop Museum
Pearl Jam / Marvel Exhibits
Saturday, August 11th



 Pearl Jam
Safeco Field / Seattle WA
Friday, August 10th


Space Needle
Seattle, WA
Friday, August 10th


 Snoqualmie Falls
Thursday, August 9th


Wednesday, August 01, 2018

 Book Launch
"The Life and Lies of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore"
by Irvin Khaytman

 Irvin and I
Books of Wonder
July 31st


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

 Manhattan Skyline
Saturday July 28th
Lunch with a Friend
Royal Siam
Saturday July 28th


PERSONAL NEWS #281
July 1st, after getting a much-needed pedicure in my hood, I hosted a dinner party for a few long-time friends.  Great food, diverse conversation on interesting topics and wonderful air conditioning.

July 2nd, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at my apt.  Needed it for my back, neck and legs.

July 5th to 8th, I visited the parents in upstate NY for the holiday weekend.  Took care of errands, chores, hair salon, and out to breakfast a few mornings.  Weather started out hot and then cooled off by Friday evening.

July 9th, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

June 10th, after work, I stopped by Jerry’s Artarama Store near Union Square for watercolor painting supplies.

July 12th, after work, I met up with two ex-co-workers [previous job of 16 years] at Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ [West 44th Street] for dinner and gossip.  It was a fun evening and good food.

July 13th, after work, I took the 6:11pm East River ferryboat to my hood, as the weather was quite nice.

July 14th, at my chiropractor’s office, I had a 30-minute massage therapy for my lower back.  Afterwards, I did errands and chores before heading into Manhattan.  Went to see the film “Antman and the Wasp” with a friend, and then dinner at the Westway diner on 9th Avenue.

July 15th, I got a much-needed manicure in my hood.

July 16th, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

July 17th, after work, I attended the productive monthly BFP Fundraising committee meeting in Brooklyn.

July 18th, I had lunch with a friend, and we mostly talked about his Dumbledore book launch slated for July 31st.

July 19th, after work, I attended a Nichiren Buddhist meeting in my hood.  Chanting, discussion and studying was on the agenda.

July 23rd, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at the apt.  Ongoing therapy for my back, neck, legs and lungs.

July 24th, after work, I attended the productive monthly BFP PEJ committee meeting in Brooklyn.

July 25th, took a sick day from work.  I had an appt with my internal medicine doctor for a follow-up visit.  As well, as obtaining lung medication.

July 26th, after work, I had an interesting and informative Buddhist meeting and chanting at my apt.

July 27th, after work, I attended the Sartorial Geek Harry Potter house party at WORD bookstore in my hood.

July 28th, I enjoyed a delicious lunch, with a friend, at Royal Siam restaurant on 8th Avenue in Manhattan.

July 31st, after work, I headed up to Books of Wonder for two fun hours of Irvin’s book launch regarding Albus Dumbledore.  Met up with friends and acquaintances I haven’t seen for quite some time.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

 One of Dad's recent Colorings

 Two recent views of
Lower Manhattan
July 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018

 Extended July 4th Weekend
Upstate NY
 Breakfast at Benson's


Quote by Marshall Rosenberg, creator of Nonviolent Communication … “Every message, regardless of form or content, is an expression of a need”

Monday, July 02, 2018


PERSONAL NEWS #280
June 3rd, I visited a good friend of mine up in Westchester County for the afternoon.  We visited our old hometown to catch up on memories.  Brunch, exchange Christmas gifties, cemetery tour, visited a museum, and run into old acquaintances.

June 4th, after work, I had a much-needed appt with my chiropractor for my lower back.

June 5th, after work, I had a one-hour massage therapy session with Eric at my apt.  Needed it for my back and neck.

June 6th, after work, I had a dental appt for partial prep work and one cavity fix.

June 7th, after work, I did some shopping at TJ Max and then visited a friend at Broadway theatre where she works.

June 8th, after work, I invited two local SGI Buddhist friends over to my apt for an hour of chanting and discussion.  It was fun, interesting and informative.

June 9th, after my massage therapy session, I headed to the annual Brooklyn Pride event, and volunteered with Brooklyn for Peace tabling.  It was a warm day and our team chatted with many individuals.

June 10th, I joined a friend of mine for an outing to the Bronx Zoo, and afterwards a delicious late lunch at the Italian restaurant called Carlo’s in Yonkers.  Best marinara sauce I have ever had in years with penne pasta.

June 11th, after work, I attended the monthly BFP Fundraising meeting, and it was productive.

June 12th, after work, I had a one-hour massage therapy session with Eric at my apt.  Needed it for my back, neck and legs.

June 13th, before heading into work, I had a dental appt for the final phase of partials.  Next week is the last visit.  After work, I had a delicious dinner at The Jungle Café in my hood.

June 15th, I had lunch with a friend in the Wall Street area, and after work, I got a much-needed manicure.

June 16th, I head up to Westchester County, via Metro North, for a delightful afternoon visit with a friend I had not seen in several years.  We had a delicious Asian lunch at Wild Fusion and then hung out at her home on the back deck.  Back in Manhattan, I went to B&N to purchase several DVDs … Foyle’s War box set, The Greatest Showman and Black Panther.

June 19th, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at my apt, and needed it for full body.

June 21st, I took a late lunch hour for my second to last dental appt and finally got the partials input.

June 22nd, during my lunch hour, a co-worker assisted me in purchasing a new cellphone and setting it up.  After work, I headed uptown to the Integral Yoga Institute on West 13th Street about taking classes.

June 23rd, after my housekeeper took care of my apt, I completed several errands before heading into Manhattan to see the Avengers: Infinity War film with a friend, and then dinner at Theatre Row diner.

June 24th, during the afternoon I volunteered with Brooklyn for Peace at their table during the annual Smith Street Fair.

June 26th, after work, I had a 1.5-hour massage therapy session with Eric at my apt.  Needed it for my back, neck and legs.

June 27th, after work, I had my last dental appt, from the ongoing work over 2.5 years.  I will not have to go again until October for a cleaning and follow-up.

June 28th, after work, I attended a delightful fundraiser for Brooklyn for Peace at a member’s home and the guest speaker was the Honorable Liz Holtzman.  Ms. Holtzman talked about the Watergate scandal, Nixon’s impeachment and correlations of that era to the present situation in DC.

June 29th, after work, I attended a reading event at the Oasis Gardens, were a friend of mine was one of the featured authors.

June 30th, after doing several errands, and getting a much-needed manicure, I headed into Manhattan to dine at Royal Siam with several friends.  Afterwards, I did some shopping at WholeFoods.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Bronx Zoo
 Sunday, June 10th