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

 Views of Green-Wood Cemetery
Photo Workshop on Nov 8th

Friday, October 31, 2014


Oct 2nd, I attended the entertaining monthly TGTSNBN meetup on the upper Westside.

Oct 3rd, I attended my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva

Oct 5th, I joined my friend Carole in visiting the NY Botanical Gardens in the Bronx during a sunny, lovely afternoon.  Perfect autumn weather, though just a tad chilly.

Oct 8th, I joined friends [ie: Dennis, Kathy, Frodan, Mary and Carole] for dinner at Twins Pub on 9th Avenue.

Oct 10th, I attended my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva

On Oct 11th, after a much needed acupuncturist appt with Dr Tan, I purchased my Amtrak tix at Penn Station, and then tea time break with Debbie at the Cocoa Bar in Park Slope.

Oct 12th, I had to go into office and do mini-tax season work for five hours.

Oct 14th, I participated, via conf call, in the monthly BFP Fund/PF committee meeting.

Oct 14th to the 27th … I spent my vacation in upstate NY taking care of the parents.  During that time I had a hair salon and massage therapy appts, plus I photog leaf peeping.

Oct 17th to the 19th, Mom was in the hospital in VT having surgery on her lower back.  Surgery was a success  J

Oct 28th, I attended the monthly BFP A&C committee meeting.

Oct 29th, I volunteered to do computer work in the evening at the WCW office.

Oct 31st, I attended my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

 Autumn in Upstate NY

Friday, October 10, 2014

 October at the
NY Botanical Gardens
in the Bronx

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

 NY Botanical Garden
Kiku Gardening Exhibit
October 5th

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sept 1st, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Sept 4th, I attended the monthly NYC HP meetup on the upper Westside.  Meetup was fun and a good turnout of members.

Sept 5th, I attended an excellent forum in Park Slope called “Which Way Forward – Climate Chaos or Climate Justice?”

Sept 6th, I met up with Debbie in Park Slope [ie: Cocoa Bar lounge] to give her Mom’s horsey pin for repair work.   Afterwards, I headed into Manhattan to meet with Wendy.  I gave her the 9 yards of tartan fabric that she’ll create into a Hufflepuff vest, sash and skirt for my HP cosplays.

Sept 7th, I had a much needed acupuncture treatment at Dr Tan’s office.

Sept 8th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Sept 9th, I attended the monthly BFP Fund/PF committee meeting at Ken’s apt.

Sept 10th, I had a much needed chiropractor treatment appt.

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

Sept 13th, after Dana cleaned my apt in the morning, I took care of errands, worked at the office for abit, and then visited Wendy for costume fitting.

Sept 14th, I joined friends of mine at a NY METS baseball game out at CitiFields for “Stitch n Pitch”.  We had a fun time, but sadly the NY Mets lost the game to the Washington Nationals 3-0.

Sept 16th, I attended an interesting and productive monthly BFP A&C committee meeting at Charlotte’s place.

Sept 18th, I volunteered, via my office, to work at an outside event from 7am to 5pm.

Sept 19th, after a much needed chiropractor appt, I had private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Sept 20th, I joined other TGTSNBN members for a HP cosplay in Old Lyme, CT at the delightful Gillette Castle estate.  Great time and lots of fun.

Sept 21st, I joined other members of BFP to attend the immensely huge and awesome Peoples Climate March in Manhattan.

Sept 22nd, I worked an all-day EY / client event offsite from 7am to 6:30pm.  Company paid for car service to and from the event.  That evening was the premiere on TV of season two for “Sleepy Hollow”  J

Sept 25th, I joined Debbie S, Mackenzie and Debbie B for dinner at Sammy’s Noodle Shop and Grill to chat about Doctor Who, Lost and Harry Potter.

Sept 26th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.

Sept 27th, I had a much needed acupuncture therapy session with Dr Tan

Sept 28th, I joined other friends in heading up to Valley Cottage for the annual Tolkien theme picnic at Timdalf’s place.  We had lovely weather, fun conversations and good food.

Monday, September 29, 2014

 Annual Picnic at Timdalf's
to Celebrate
Bilbo and Frodo's Birthdays

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

 35 Members
Brooklyn for Peace
Headed into Manhattan
for the
Peoples Climate March
Sept 21st

CosPlay Harry Potter
 Hogwart Witches Dueling
Bellatrix and Death Eater
Gillette Castle
Old Lyme, CT
Sept 20th

Inside Gillette Castle
Harry Potter and Hedwig
Rowena Ravenclaw and the Baroness

 The Werewolves Thrashing it Out