Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Another World is Possible, Without the 1%
Winnie Byanyima, Common Dreams

For the past two to three years I create a delicious, healthy, organic smoothie for breakfast every day.  About 1.5 years ago I started recording it, along with other thoughts, on my Facebook page.

Here is another sampling from The Daily Smoothie Report … Brought to you by the healthy benefits of Spinach, but first, the two-glass smoothie blast of organic goodness of the morning.  Today’s creation was made with water, blueberries, pineapple, ginger, Fuji apple, kale and spinach.  And now, back to full nutritional benefits of spinach.............

Full of nutrients and delicious taste, spinach is a winter super food. But what’s the best way to eat it? Read the following surprising facts about this leafy green:
·         It’s wiser to choose tender baby spinach leaves. The larger the leaves, the more mature they are and more likely to be tough or stringy. Also, spinach leaves that are placed under direct light in the stores have been found to contain more nutrients than those stored in darkness.

·         Cooking spinach actually increases its health benefits! Just half a cup of cooked spinach will give you thrice as much nutrition as one cup of raw spinach. That’s because the body cannot completely break down the nutrients in raw spinach for its use.

·         As an exception to the advice above, research studies show that taking spinach in juice form is actually the healthiest way to consume it. Blend spinach with other vegetables or fruits to create a delicious glass of juice, or try a green smoothie.

·         There’s a compound in spinach called oxalic acid, which blocks the absorption of calcium and iron. An easy way to solve this problem is to pair spinach with a food high in vitamin C. Mandarin oranges and cantaloupes spring to mind here. Another way to reduce the power of oxalic acid is to boil the spinach leaves for at least two minutes.

·         Freezing spinach diminishes its health benefits. The way to get the best from the leaf is to buy it fresh and eat it the same day.

Monday, March 23, 2015

 First Day of Spring
in the Northeast
was Greeted with a Snowstorm
[photos from March 21st]

Sunday, March 22, 2015

 Tolkien Reading Day
Saturday, March 21st
Simple Studios in NYC
Two Poems from FOTR
Seek for the Sword that was broken;
In Imladris it dwells;
There shall be counsels taken
Stronger than Morgul-spells
There shall be shown a token
That Doom is near at hand,
For Isildur’s Bane shall waken,
And the Halfling forth shall stand.
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken;
The crownless again shall be king.

Friday, March 20, 2015

My Wonderful Mom at 21 yrs
Holding lil me in March 1959

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

For the past two to three years I create a delicious, healthy, organic smoothie for breakfast every day.  About 1.5 years ago I started recording it, along with other thoughts, on my Facebook page.

Here is a sampling of The Daily Smoothie Report … Brought to you by the healthy benefits of Ginger.  But first; my smoothie two-glass blast of the morning … created with water, blueberries, seedless red grapes, spinach, kale, Medjool dates AND ginger.

And now more about Ginger … Ginger is grown as a root and is a flexible ingredient that can be consumed in drinks (ie: tea, beer, ale) or in cooking. It can be used to make foods spicy and even as a food preservative. For over 2000 years, Chinese medicine has recommended the use of ginger to help cure and prevent several health problems. It is known to promote energy circulation in the body and increase our body’s metabolic rate.

Its many benefits are ….. maintains normal blood circulation, remedies motion sickness, improves absorption, cold / flu prevention, combats stomach discomfort, Colon cancer prevention, reduces pain / inflammation, fights common respiratory issues, Ovarian cancer treatment and helps combat morning sickness.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Saturday Afternoon Tea
Once Again with Icabod Crane
of Sleepy Hollow

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Saturday Afternoon Tea
Vegan Cake and Sleepy Hollow DVD

Thursday, March 05, 2015

 Snowy Thursday
Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

 Saturday Brunch

Health Benefits of Delicious Flaxseeds
Prevention Magazine

Flaxseed is a slightly sweet, nut-flavored grain that’s out-of-this-world delicious.  Best of all, researchers are also hailing it as one of the healthiest foods on the planet, loaded with compounds that shield you against cancer and heart disease.  Flaxseed is an incredibly rich source of a group of compounds called lignans.  Many plant foods contain lignans, but flaxseed has the most, at least 75 times more than any other plant food.  You’d have to eat about 60 cups of fresh broccoli or 100 slices of whole wheat bread to get the same amount of lignans in ¼ cup of flaxseed.

This is important because “lignans subdue cancerous changes once they have occurred, rendering them less likely to race out of control and develop into full blown cancer,” says a professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto.

Flaxseed also lowers your cholesterol and shows great promise for reversing kidney damage caused by lupus.  In addition, flaxseed is very high in fiber.  Fiber is so important in your diet because it can help block the effects of harmful compounds that over time may cause changes in the intestine that can lead to cancer.  It also helps to move these compounds out of the intestine more quickly, giving them less time to do harm.

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