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




Friday, June 01, 2018

 Visiting the Parents
Upstate NY
Memorial Day Weekend





PERSONAL NEWS #279
May 1st, after work, I head up to the SGI culture center on 15th Street to participate in the evening gongyo.

May 3rd, after work, I attended the productive and informative monthly BFP board meeting at The Commons.

May 4th, after work, I had dinner with a friend who is visiting from VA for a few days, and we had a delicious dinner, with diverse conversation, at the PeaceFood Café off University Place.

May 5th, I volunteered with a few other BFP board members in tabling outside of Foodtown in Brooklyn from 11am to 1pm.  Weather was okay and we engaged folk in diverse topics of discussion.  Back home I took care of chores before heading into the city for a friend’s 50th birthday dinner party at “PIE by the Pound”.  We all had a fun time!

May 6th, I joined two friends of mine for a delicious brunch at Galaxy diner on 9th Avenue before heading to the theatre to see LOBBY HERO.  It was my second time in seeing Chris Evans in this play.  [Photo below of me with Evans poster.]  Much improvement since I saw it in previews.  Afterwards my friends and I tried to get his autograph.  The other “younger” fans were crazy and he only signed a few playbills before heading off in a car.  Still, seeing him up close was a treat for me.  Then I headed to the cinema to see “Avengers – Infinity War” with another friend.  My second time and his first.  The film was even better the second time around.


May 8th, after work, I attended the monthly productive BFP Fundraising committee meeting.

May 9th, after work, I had a dental appt for partials prep work.

May 11th, had lunch with a friend, and after work, I visited the SGI cultural center on 15th Street.

May 12th, after my housekeeper took care of my apt, I did several errands and chores.

May 14th, after work, I stopped by B&N in Union Square to make purchases, and then visited the SGI cultural center on 15th Street.

May 15th, after work, I had a much needed session / treatment with my acupuncturist in Chinatown.

May 19th, I got up around 6:45am to watch the Royal Wedding on telly in the UK.  Later in the day, I got a much-needed pedicure in my hood, along with doing some errands.

May 20th, I did volunteering [1-5pm] with other BFP members at the annual 5th Avenue street faire in Park Slope.  We had our table out with the Penny Poll, buttons and several flyers.  Afterwards, I headed into Manhattan to have dinner with a friend at the Thai restaurant called SongKran.

May 21st, after work, I attended the SGI “Sophia’s Group” Buddhist chanting/meeting in my hood at a members nice apt.

May 22nd, after work, I attended a “thank you” event for an ex-BFP employee.  It was held at a delightful Italian place on Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn.

May 23rd, after work, I had a dental appt for cavity work.

May 25th to 28th, I visited the parents over a productive Memorial Day holiday weekend in upstate NY.  Busy with errands, chores, breakfast out, hair salon, interview a home health aide, etc.

May 29th, after work, I had a one-hour massage therapy session with Eric at my apt.  Needed it for my back and neck.

May 31st, after work, I did volunteer work at WCW office on their computer.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Close friends and colleagues gathered at Amorina Pizzeria on Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn last night. We were there to say thank you to Melissa, who since 2011, served as Brooklyn For Peace's full-time staff person and later its Program Director.
As such she helped keep our peace organization functioning smoothly and performed every task conceivable—organizing Peace Fairs and our annual fundraisers (Pathmakers To Peace). She kept our membership database current (no easy task), kept the office stocked, ran off tens of thousands of flyers to be used in various street corner mobilizations and at street fairs, liaisoned with myriad other organizations, produced peace and justice buttons, chaired forums....the list goes on and on. It's sufficient to say that all of that and more could not have been done fully or successfully without Melissa's hands on the levers of organization. As such, she helped keep our organization and movement alive and growing.
Thank you, Melissa. We wish you the best and know that you are going to greater things in your life, wherever your path may lead.
Brooklyn For Peace
We Say Thank You To Melissa
May 22, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018


REFLECTIVE NOTE:  Over the years, for me, milestone birthdays bring about serious, thought provoking reflection.  What have I accomplished and what can I bring about down the road.  Back when I was touching on my 50th birthday, I was excited about it, and would proudly say I am “half a century”.

I remember my paternal grandfather [i.e.: Poppy] saying to me on my 25th birthday, “what have you done with your life”.  At the time, I thought moving to NYC was a big deal.  [I’ve lived in NYC for 35 years.]  Poppy thought otherwise.  He never said much, but when he did it was heart felt and thought provoking.  Because of Poppy’s “question”, I said “self, time to do some traveling and other things”.  In my 40s I became more politically / peace aware and involved in activism.  During my 50th birthday milestone, I wished Poppy was there [damn my eyes / stop tearing up], so I could say “because of your question to me, look what I’ve done with my life”.

I am 5 months away from my 60th and I am reflecting again on Poppy’s question.  Okay self, we are not done, there is so much more to do in life.  Age and health will not deter me.  I’ve always wanted to take assorted college courses and now I’ll be seriously looking into it.  Check out and participate in more Meetup.com events, meet new people, gratitude to my parents / friends, plus be more involved with charities / volunteering.  Kick in with more traveling to different states, cities and countries.

This past winter into early spring wasn’t easy for me mentally and emotionally.  Not looking for sympathy my dear friends … I am just stating facts.  With my reflections this morning, while doing yoga, I need to turn over a new leaf and kick my butt into gear.  It may take time, but dammit, I’ll get there.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

 More fun photos
with the Chris Evans poster
Sunday, May 6th
Helen Hayes theatre

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Went to see at the Hayes Theater for the second time in two months. I really enjoyed it with my friends and I was impressed by the "improved" performance by Chris Evans. Stood 2 feet away from him after the play as he quickly signed autographs.

Monday, April 30, 2018


PERSONAL NEWS #278
April 2nd, woke up to another mini snowstorm in northern Brooklyn.  Were for art thou oh Spring?  After 9 months at my job, I received a favorable review from my boss, and a nice raise in salary.

April 5th, after work, I attended the monthly productive BFP Fundraising committee meeting.

April 6th, after work, my yoga instructor stopped by with his work ladder for me to utilize while I paint my bedroom over the weekend.

April 7th, after my much needed massage therapy appt, my yoga instructor stopped by apt to help move furniture out of bedroom, so I could prep/paint it.  Also went to the cleaners and grocery shopping.  Finished painting the bedroom a nice shade of baby blue around midnight.  After cleaning up, I went to bed at 1:30am.

April 8th, after attending the SGI Buddhist district chanting/studying session, I did laundry, more cleaning up of apt, and my yoga instructor helped me put the furniture back.  Got much accomplished over the weekend, but it was exhausting work.

April 9th, after work, I got a much-needed manicure in my hood.

April 10th, after work, I headed uptown to the theater district area, to purchase tickets for me and two friends to see LOBBY HERO starring Chris Evans.

April 11th, I attended the all-day Fred Pryor seminar for training in being an exceptional assistant.  Afterwards, I headed downtown to the office to catch up on work.

April 12th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my foot/ankle.

April 14th, after my housekeeper took care of my apt; I went to my massage therapy appt.  Later I joined friends and acquaintances at Franklin820 bar / restaurant for a fun meetup. Afterwards, we headed over to Blue Marble ice cream parlor on Underhill Road before the weather got chilly. It was great hanging out with Nancy, Margaret, Irvin, Diana, Jonathan and others.

April 15th, after purchasing a new mattress at a place in my hood, I headed to The Jungle Café for a late delicious lunch.  Then I did abit of shopping across the street at The Thing, which is a thrift shop.  Purchased two books and a DVD for $8.

April 16th, after work, I rushed home to accept the delivery of my new firm mattress I had purchased over the weekend at a good sale price.

April 17th, after work, I head up to the SGI culture center on 15th Street to participate in the evening gongyo.

April 19th, after work, I had a physical therapy session for my foot/ankle.

April 21st, I volunteered with Brooklyn for Peace [ie: tabling] outside of a Foodtown store in the Prospect Heights hood from 11am to 1pm.  Gorgeous sunny spring day and great doing peace/political activism.  Afterwards, I strolled over to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for 2 hours, and it was lovely.  Before heading home, I purchased some books on decorating from a vendor outside of the Brooklyn Museum and called a friend.

April 22nd, enjoyed another lovely, sunny spring day and walked around different parts of my hood.  Stopped for a delicious late lunch at The Jungle Café before heading home.

April 25th, today is Administrative Assistant Day, and I received a “thank you” balloon, flowers and small giftie from my boss.  Lovely surprise J   After work, I had a dental appt for a cleaning.  Then I headed to The Commons on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn to view the HBO documentary called “Mann vs. Ford”.  It was an interesting and informative film, followed by a Q&A.

April 27th, after work, I went to see “Avengers – Infinity War” at the cinema. Wow, it was filled with action, humor, sadness and last 20 minutes were numbing.

April 28th, after taking care of assorted errands / chores I got a much-needed manicure.

April 29th, I joined some friends at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for the annual Sakura Matsuri festival.  Enjoyable!  Gardens were lovely!  And always fun chillin with good friends.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

 Sakura Matsuri Event
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
April 29th

Thursday, April 26, 2018

 Spring has Arrived to NYC
Weekend of April 21st


Wednesday, April 25th
Administrative Assistants Day
Lovely Flowers from my Boss