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

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

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 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

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

 January 31st Snowfall
Brooklyn NY
 Park Avenue and 24th Street
 Latest Abstract Watercolor
Painting by Moi
Experimenting with Funky
Cellphone Camera Features

Viewed at NY Public Library
January 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Jan 1st, I went a got a much-needed manicure and pedicure to start off my new year.

Jan 2nd, my friend Gail, and her doggie Sage, came over for early “tea time”, and we exchanged gifties.  Lovely visit and chatted about many things.  Afterwards, I had to head into Manhattan, and the office, as I forgot to submit my time sheet.  Then I went shopping to Lord & Taylor with my last gift card.  Got 50% off my purchase.

Jan 3rd, had to go into the office, as it was my last day at the firm.  After 16 years, I turned in my laptop, security badge and filled out the necessary paperwork for closure.  Said my goodbyes to co-workers and then headed to the upper eastside to enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The museum was crowded with mostly tourists, but that didn’t stop me in enjoying several exhibits.  Such as the annual Neapolitan Baroque crèche with Christmas tree, early Islamic world armor, Cypriot art, European paintings, furniture of the gilded age, photography of Auguste Salzmann, Shaker furniture and Fragonard drawings.  Took a break halfway through to enjoy a nice, tasty lunch at the Petrie Court café.  Then headed downtown to Stone Creek lounge for the annual birthday gathering celebrations for Tolkien.  There was a nice turnout as we ate, drank, chatted on assorted topics and watched a documentary on Tolkien / LOTRs.
Jan 4th, I originally had three appts today for health-related issues.  Had to cancel the last one, as the 2nd one took 4 grueling hours to complete.  Started off with a follow-up appt with my foot doctor regarding my ankle and foot.  The second was the final phase of prep work before the 8 permanent crowns are input, as well as the partials.  After 4 hours, my lips were swollen and gums in discomfort.  I went home and collapsed out of exhaustion.  Slept that night for 10 hours straight and felt better the next day.

Jan 6th, I had a much-needed chiropractor appt in the morning.  Afterwards I head to T-Mobile store to purchase a Hotspot device, so I will have Wi-Fi access where ever I am at. 

Jan 7th, I attended the annual BFP holiday party in the evening, and it was held this year at The Commons on Atlantic Avenue.  I made my delicious Rumballs for dessert and hardly any were left at the end of an enjoyable evening.  Despite the snowstorm that day, it was a good turnout for the annual party.

Jan 8th, I joined my friend Dennis in lower Manhattan, and we visited the wonderful Museum of the American Indian.  The admission is free and we took the gallery tour.  Afterwards, we walked down Stone Street to Smorgas Chef restaurant for a tasty, leisurely brunch.  In the early evening, I had a private yoga class at the apt with Fabrice, and then watched “Sherlock” on PBS.

Jan 9th, I had a physical therapy appt at noon time in lower Manhattan for issues with my ankle and foot.  On the way, back to my hood, I had a tasty lunch at The Jungle Café.  Regarding the job hunting front, I received a phone call about a 3rd interview with a bank set for the 17th.

Jan 11th, after a morning of trolling the internet and applying for job openings, I headed into Manhattan for an afternoon of leisure.  I took a free guided tour at the NY Public Library on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, plus a video screening of what the library has to offer.  Building is gorgeous and the tour was informative.  Afterwards I headed uptown to Rockefeller Center to see St Patrick’s cathedral on 5th Avenue.  It looks stunning since they finished the renovations and took away the scaffolding inside and out.

Jan 13th, after my chiropractor appt in the morning, I headed into Manhattan for an appt with a temp / perm agency.  That meeting went well and hope to have a few job interviews lined.  Stopped down to the Halloween shop in Union Square to visit with my friend Wendy.  That evening watched a terrific episode #2 of Sleepy Hollow on tv.

Jan 14th, after cleaning lady finished with my apt, I took care of chores / errands and then went to B&N to purchase season three of Sleepy Hollow on DVD.  Then back to my hood to get a much-needed manicure.

Jan 15th, hung out with some friends at a birthday dinner party off of Union Square.   Good food, laughs and diverse conversation at the Saigon Market restaurant.

Jan 16th, after my physical therapy session for ankle/foot, I headed uptown to Times Square and my old office.  A friend of mine my old office helped me with printing out copies of my resume on good paper, plus sending out items to a few friends via FedEx.

Jan 17th, I did job hunting on the internet in the morning.  Then 3rd interview with bank in the afternoon and followed by private yoga class at apt with Fabrice.

Jan 18th, more final phase prep work before the 8 permanent crowns are input, as well as the partials.  After 3 hours, my upper lip was abit swollen and gums in discomfort.  Afterwards, I headed down to Union Square to meet up with an acquaintance to pass along the four knitted Pussy Power hats for her to take to the DC Women’s March on Saturday.

Jan 19th, I headed into Manhattan to visit the Museum of Natural History on upper Westside.  While there I took a free-guided tour with Art at 3:15pm.  I was the only one taking the tour, so it was nice of Art to tailor it to my likes.  Afterwards I had an early dinner at Nanoosh on Broadway before heading to the anti-Trump rally / march on Central Park West.

Jan 20th, I headed into Manhattan to take the fascinating free-guided tour of Grand Central Station and surrounding area.  There was 30+ of us on the tour and our guides name was Mattie.  Afterwards I had a late lunch near Times Square and then checked out the Pierpont Morgan library / museum on Madison Avenue.  Nice gift shop and had a tasty hot cup of tea in their café before heading home.  Watch episode 3 from season four of Sleepy Hollow that evening.

Jan 21st, what a day!  The Women’s March in NYC was inspiring and awesome.  At least 250,000 people converged on NYC for this march, and one hears that 500,000 were in DC.  Plus, thousands upon thousands in other cities in the US and around the world.  WooHoo!

Jan 22nd, I had a private yoga class in the morning with Fabrice, and did chores / errands throughout the rest of the day.

Jan 23rd, I had two phone calls in the morning with agencies about being sent out on permanent job interviews.  In the afternoon, I had a Skype interview that went well.

Jan 24th, after job hunting and a few phones during the day, I headed into Manhattan and my old job.  A friend who works there printed out newly updated resumes for me and we talked about the firm.  Afterwards, I headed to the NY public library on 5th Avenue to learn about free lectures / classes.

Jan 25th, meeting with a new job agency in the morning, followed by physical therapy session and then to the upper Westside for lunch at Nanoosh.

Jan 26th, my 2016 taxes are done and submitted.  WooHoo!

Jan 28th, I visited the Museum of the City of New York in the afternoon and viewed many of its interesting, informative exhibits.

Jan 29th, after a private yoga class with Fabrice, I joined some friends in going to the movies to see an excellent film called “Hidden Figures”.  This is based on a true story from 1961.  I highly recommend seeing this film.  Afterwards, we had dinner at the Starlight diner off of 9th Avenue.

Jan 30th, I had a physical therapy session for my ankle/foot at noon time.  Plus, a few phone call interviews regarding possible EA positions with two firms.

Jan 31st, with two incoming phone calls, it was confirmed that I’d be handling 2.5 months of temp work for tax season with my old job.  Will start at the location next week.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

 Museum of the City of NY
Saturday, January 28th

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women's March
NYC on January 21st
with other Pussy Power hat supporters

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

 End of the 7 Subway Line
34th Street - Hudson Yard
[Not so crowded on MLK Day]

Thursday, January 12, 2017

 Visited the Renovated
St Patrick's Cathedral
on January 11th

 Took a Free Guided Tour of the
New York Public Library
on 5th Avenue on January 11th

 Visited Museum of the American Indian
on Sunday, January 8th, with a Friend

 First Official 2017 Snowfall in NYC
January 6th and 7th

 Visited Metropolitan Museum of Art
on Tuesday, January 3rd