Hanging Out With The Duchess
A PLACE WHERE I EXPRESS MY THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ON MUSIC, LIFE, EVENTS, TRAVEL, LOTR, HP, TV, NEWS, PEACE MOVEMENT, POLITICS AND EVEN MOVIES
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Monday, March 03, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
PERSONAL NEWS #229
Feb 1st, I had a much needed appt with my acupuncturist for treatment.
Feb 2nd, I visited my good friend Katherine up in CT. We had a leisurely lunch at a Chinese restaurant, caught up on news / gossip and exchanged Xmas gifties. Plus, I got to meet her new doggie, Chloe, who is an adorable Boston terrier.
Feb 3rd, I had a private yoga session with Fabrice and Shiva.
Feb 6th, I attended the monthly BFP board member meeting at The Commons. 14 of the 20 board members were in attendance, and it was a productive session.
Feb 7th, I had a private yoga session with Fabrice and Shiva
Feb 8th, I had a much needed chiropractor appt for treatment
Feb 9th, I joined my friend Margaret in seeing the film “The Monuments Men”, which we both enjoyed, and when we came out of the cinema it was snowing J
Feb 10th, I had a private yoga session with Fabrice and Shiva
Feb 11th, I attended the monthly BFP Fundraising and PF meeting at Ken’s home.
Feb 12th, I had to work at a client site today, and afterwards do volunteer work at WCW office.
Feb 13th, I worked from home yesterday due to the nasty weather and my lung condition.
Feb 14th, I had an appt with my lung specialist, and now on new inhalers for my condition.
Feb 15th, after Dana cleaned my apt, I headed into Manhattan for a much needed acupuncture appt, then back in my hood I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
Feb 16th, after getting a much needed manicure, I headed into Manhattan for a friend’s birthday brunch [ie: 20 in attendance] at Sofrito. I had a good time and caught up on news with friends and acquaintances.
Feb 17th, at work I attended a Super Bowl volunteer appreciation event and got to meet Tiki Barber. [Photo below of me with Tiki] He signed a football and pro-photo for my father. That evening I had a private yoga session with Fabrice and Shiva.
Feb 18th, I participated in the monthly, and very productive, BFP Arts and Culture meeting/call. Due to inclement weather, we again had to hold the committee meeting via call.
Feb 19th, I met up with my friend Larry after work, so he can assist me with my taxes and then out to dinner.
Feb 20th, I attended the monthly meetup with “NYC Friends of Tolkien”.
Feb 21st, I had a private yoga session with Fabrice and Shiva.
Feb 22nd, I attended the BFP board members 2nd annual retreat at Martha and Gary’s home. We covered many topics, goals and set agenda for certain important projects.
Feb 23rd, I watched season four finale of “Downton Abbey” on Channel 13, and it was very good. Wonderful visuals, costumes and there are some interesting changes in the story line et al.
Feb 24th, I had a private yoga session with Fabrice and Shiva.
Feb 25th, I attended the monthly BFP PEJ committee meeting in Park Slope. Afterwards did a wee bit of shopping at Barnes & Noble before heading home.
Feb 28th, I volunteered with BFP to assist with tabling at the “Hobo Grunt Cycle” show at Dixon Place in Manhattan.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
IN THE NEWS
10 Reasons to call for MORE Than $10.10 as a Minimum Wage
Richard Eskow, AlterNet
Robert Greenwald Takes on Obama’s Out-of-Control Drone Warfare in New Documentary: ‘Unmanned’
Jeffrey Fleishman, LA Times
Ana Marie Cox: If the 1% Wants Class Warfare, Maybe It's Time to Start Fighting Back
Khaled Beydoun: Deconstructing the Dunn Trial: The Weaponization of Blackness vs. White "Fear"
Michael Parenti: 85 Billionaires and the Better Half
Dud Hendrick: On Peace and Despair: A Veteran’s Musings While Vigiling
Toxic Chemicals Linked to 'Global, Silent Pandemic' Striking Children Worldwide
Thursday, February 20, 2014
IN THE NEWS
As TPP Opposition Soars, Corporate Media Blackout Deafening
Jon Queally, Common Dreams
Robert Reich: Why Widening Inequality is Hobbling Equal Opportunity
Richard Long: A Bill To Return Power To The People
No Wonder the World is Terrified of America – We’re the Biggest Threat
Noam Chomsky, AlterNet
Bill McKibben: We ‘Don’t Trust’ Obama on Climate Change
Environmental leader says Obama can stand up for the planet’s health or fossil fuel industry, but his legacy will suffer horribly if he chooses wrong.
80,000 March in North Carolina Proudly Pushing Back Against Radical Right Agenda
Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet
5 Ways Rich People’s “Entitlements” Cheat You and Me
Paul Buchheit, AlterNet
And the more they take from us, the greater their belief that they deserve the wealth we all helped to create.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Saturday, February 01, 2014
PERSONAL NEWS #228
Jan 3rd, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva
Jan 4th, I attended the BFP Brooklyn Museum meeting and rehearsal for our upcoming event on the 10th at Matt’s home. Afterwards I headed into the city for a much needed appt with my acupuncturist.
Jan 5th, my friend Gail came over with her doggie Sage for afternoon tea and we exchanged Xmas gifties. During the evening I watched the 2-hour season four premiere of Downton Abbey.
Jan 6th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva
Jan 8th, I attended a BFP meeting and rehearsal for our upcoming Brooklyn Museum event on the 10th at Tom’s church.
Jan 9th, I attended the monthly BFP board members meeting.
Jan 10th, I worked from home in the morning, and took half a personal day in the afternoon to participate in a successful BFP presentation at Brooklyn Museum. This was followed by appts with my acupuncturist and lung specialist. In the evening I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
Jan 11th, Dana came by to give my apt a good cleaning, and I took down my holiday decorations. Then a much needed manicure followed by a marathon viewing of episodes 1 through 8 of the TV series “Sleepy Hollow” on DVD. The latter I continued into Sunday morning.
Jan 13th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva. Afterwards, I watched a new episode of “Sleepy Hollow” on the telly, plus caught up with episodes 9 and 10.
Jan 14th, I attended an intense and productive monthly BFP fund/peace fair meeting at Ken’s apt.
Jan 15th, was up at 4am with bronchial tube issues, and had to take a sick day from work. I had to see my lung specialist regarding the situation.
Jan 17th, I had a much needed chiropractor appt after work, and started to help in feeling better. Learned my chiropractor was in the hospital week of Jan 6th with a bad bout of pneumonia.
Jan 18th, I had a much needed acupuncture appt with Dr Tan. The road to recovery is continuing J
Jan 19th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva. Afterwards, I watched new episodes of Downton Abbey and Sherlock.
Jan 20th, after a much needed pedicure, I watched the season finale of “Sleepy Hollow”.
Jan 21st, due to the inclement weather, our monthly BFP A&C committee meeting was turned into a productive conference call.
Jan 22nd, I volunteered at the WCW office and assisted with computer work.
Jan 24th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
Jan 25th, I hosted a small gathering at my humble abode and invited some friends [ie: Chelle, Laura and Mary] over for good food, wine, and fun conversations on diverse topics.
Jan 26th, I joined others from the NYC Friends of Tolkien group for several hours at Stone Creek lounge to celebrate the Professors 121st birthday. We all had a good time with fun conversations, food and drink.
Jan 27th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
Jan 31st, I attended a Brooklyn for Peace event at WORD bookstore, which is being hosted by the A&C committee I belong to. The event is about the book “The Invention of the White Race” with Jeffrey Perry on Theodore Allen’s classic book about the creation of a “white race” in America. Refreshments for the event were donated by The Garden and attendance was 50+.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
LATEST IN THE NEWS
The 10 Obama Policies and Failures that Make Us Angriest
AlterNet Editorial Staff
Obama's sweet talk has begun to turn sour—he has a long pattern of soaring rhetoric and empty promises followed by some fundamental failures to deliver. It is the lack of action, the hypocrisy, the talking the talk without walking the walk, that have made many progressives and liberals frustrated and angry.
America’s Biggest Crises are Rooted in the Fact That the Economy is Rigged for the Wealthiest
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, AlterNet
Matthew Rothschild: Rest in Peace Pete Seeger, A True Progressive Hero
Tim Koechlin: Our 'Winner Take All' Economy Is Destroying Us
Bill Moyers on the Dark Money Assault on Democracy and How Racism Still Drives Our Politics
Harvey Wasserman: So Long, Pete & Toshi Seeger, It’s Been Amazingly Great to Know You
Pete Seeger (1919-2014): Peace Activist and Folk Legend Has Died
Pipeline Protesters Urge Obama: 'Be A Climate Champion'
State of the Union: Obama’s Underwhelming Plan to Tackle Inequality
Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNethttp://www.alternet.org/economy/state-union-america-land-small-opportunity?akid=11454.9992.9QZ4rJ&rd=1&src=newsletter952411&t=3
Monday, January 27, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
The Brooklyn Museum invited Brooklyn For Peace [BFP] to present a perspective --- a discussion on our organization's view of war, relating it to the museum's current exhibition, War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath.
Using poetry, spoken word, music, video and slides, the presentation was attended by a room full of museum goers, many of whom were new to the BFP organization. Touching on War At Home, War Abroad and War on the Planet, the conversation touched on questions of lopsided spending priorities in Washington that overwhelmingly favor the Pentagon over human needs. A fact-filled discussion on the new face of robotized warfare through the use of drones was presented as well as a section on the effects of war in the destruction of the planet's environment. The audience was invited to participate in all the discussions. It was an impressive production and the BFP "performers" pledged to carry the show to other venues in the months ahead.
The museum's War Photography exhibit runs through February 2, 2014. It's highly recommended.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
PERSONAL NEWS #227
Dec 2nd I had an appt with Dr Tan at 4pm and in the evening attended private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
Dec 3rd, after work I volunteered to assist with the yearly BFP fundraising phone-a-thon.
Dec 5th, I attended the monthly TGTSNBN meetup at Simple Studios. It was great seeing friends and acquaintances who love HP. This meetup was geared towards decorating holiday cookies with an HP theme. It was a lot of fun J
Dec 6th, I along with other EA’s had to take the first 3 of 5 exams today at work. What a nerve racking nightmare that was and my health suffered due to it. Despite that, I think I passed 1 of the 3 exams, which means I’ll have to take two of the exams again in March 2014. UGH! I thoroughly loath testing! That evening I attended my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
Dec 7th, I finished decorating my apartment for the holiday season and my tree looks lovely. I then participated in the BFP fundraising phone-a-thon and afterwards I did some holiday gift shopping at B&N, as well as Trader Joe’s.
Dec 8th, I attended an enjoyable friends annual holiday party at a delightful Cuban restaurant in LIC. It was like a mini-NYDoP reunion … we had many laughs, caught up on news, eat good food, etc.
Evening of Monday, Dec 9th, the “NYC Area Friends of JRR Tolkien and Fantasy” Meetup group was at the AMC Empire 25 on 42nd Street for a special exclusive screening of "The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug". This is part two of Peter Jackson's new "Hobbit" trilogy. [We saw the film at IMAX in 3D, so that explains the special glasses we wore.] What a roller coaster ride of a film! Excellent! My only real gripe was too many Orcs. I sat with Wendy, Margaret and Pauline. It was great chillin with everyone and seeing others from our meetup group.
Dec 10th, I attended the monthly BFP Fundraising / PF committee meeting, which was very productive.
Dec 11th, I facilitated a conference call with several members [ie: Matt, Charlotte, Tom, Melissa and Gary] of BFP. We are creating a 1.5 hour presentation for Brooklyn Museum in early January dealing with war, photography and the aftermath. It was an informative and productive call J
Dec 12th, I participated in the BFP annual fundraising phone-a-thon after work.
Dec 13th, I attended private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
Dec 14th, I joined my friend Jackie for movies and dinner while it snowed throughout the day. We saw the film “The Desolation of Smaug”, then dined at Cosi and exchanged gifties.
Dec 16th, I attended private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
Dec 17th, I took the last two of the five exams in the afternoon, and I think I did pretty well. After work I briefly attended the company holiday party at the Marriott before heading home.
Dec 18th, I facilitated a conference call with several members [ie: Matt, Charlotte, Tom, Melissa and Gary] of BFP regarding a Brooklyn Museum event we are participating in.
Dec 19th, I participated in the monthly BFP A&C committee conference call, and we got quite abit accomplished.
Dec 20th, I attended the annual BFP holiday gathering at Martha and Gary’s home in Park Slope … a great time was had by everyone. We enjoyed lots of good food, drink and interesting, diverse conversations. Earlier in the day I learned I passed 4 of the 5 exams at work. I was quite relieved about that and will have to retake the 5th one in March 2014, so as to obtain my certificate.
Dec 21st, I had a much needed chiropractor appt for my neck/back. Later on I headed into Manhattan to meet up with Wendy and Deborah to see “Desolation of Smaug” in the cinema. Afterwards we took a taxi down to Chelsea for a delicious meal at an Italian place on 9th Avenue.
Dec 22nd, I had a much needed acupuncture appt, and then in the evening a private yoga class with Fabrice. I gave his six month old kitten Shiva some catnip toys for Xmas. Shiva went bonkers over them J
Dec 23rd to 25th, I headed upstate NY to spend time with the parents, my brother and sister-in-law for the holidays. While up there I came down with a lung infection and had to take the 26th off from work.
Dec 27th, I facilitated a conference call with several members [ie: Matt, Charlotte, Tom, Connie and Gary] of BFP regarding a Brooklyn Museum event we are participating in.
Dec 27th to 30th, my friend Cindy came in from Ohio for a brief visit before heading off Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. We had a very nice time together despite us both being abit under the weather with health issues.
Dec 30th, I attended private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva in the evening after work.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Evening of Monday, Dec 9th, the “NYC Area Friends of JRR Tolkien and Fantasy” Meetup group was at the AMC Empire 25 on 42nd Street for a special exclusive screening of "The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug". This is part two of Peter Jackson's new "Hobbit" trilogy. [We saw the film at IMAX in 3D, so that explains the special glasses we wore.] What a roller coaster ride of a film! Excellent! My only real gripe was too many Orcs. I sat with Wendy, Margaret and Pauline. [Pauline took this photo of Margaret, me and Wendy] It was great chillin with everyone and seeing others from our meetup group.
Monday, December 02, 2013
PERSONAL NEWS #226
Nov 1st I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
Nov 3rd, I watched the NYC marathon in my hood on Manhattan Avenue, while listening to the live Reggae tunes performed by Nando Griffiths.
Nov 4th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
Nov 6th, I attended a talk given by Rashid Khalidi on the Middle East situation. Mr. Khalidi is the author of the book … “Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East”. This deceit, by the US towards the Middle East, and its continued support of Israel, has been ongoing since 1975.
Nov 7th, I attended a talk given by author Ann Jones at the Brecht Forum in Brooklyn. She was speaking about her latest book … “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars – The Untold Story”. The event was hosted and co-sponsored by Haymarket Books, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, IVAW and BFP.
Nov 8th – 10th, I had health issues over the weekend due to lung condition and on anti-biotic.
Nov 11th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
Nov 12th, I attended “The Future of Stop & Frisk! Can We End it?” community forum in Fort Greene area of Brooklyn after work. The forum was an amazing event with speakers who are passionate about seeing to it that real change happens. Even with the temporary setback that happened when 3 current judges over rule the decision of the initial judge on the case. Over a 100 people were in attendance at the forum. Also, discussion shifted to potential actions that people could take, starting from a grass roots level. With most things it requires social media as well as on the ground face to face contact to motivate and keep people involved.
Nov 15th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
On morning of Nov 16th, my cleaning lady stopped by to tend to my apartment. Afterwards, I had a much need appt for acupuncture therapy with Dr Tan, and following that with an equally needed pedicure.
Sunday, Nov 17th, I joined other members of “NYC Friends of Tolkien” for a delightful “Brunch with Bilbo” at Stone Creek lounge. We socialized, enjoyed good food and watched the extended edition of The Hobbit.
Nov 18th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
Nov 19th, I participated in the monthly BFP Arts & Culture committee meeting, which was productive, and we had two guests attend.
Nov 20th, I volunteered at the WCW national office to assist with computer work.
Nov 21st, I had an urgent dental appt in the morning to fix a chipped tooth. Ouch!
Nov 22nd, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
Nov 23rd, I joined my friend Debbie S at Stone Creek lounge for an enjoyable Doctor Who event in the afternoon. Afterwards we headed over to a friend’s apartment for a social visit. We drank tea, played with Dobby [cat], nibble on tasty pastries made by Deanna and talked about all sorts of topics.
Nov 25th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
Nov 26th, I had a consultation with my dental specialist about implants. My office dental plan covers half and I would have to pay the other half, which amounts to $1,900. Ouch!!
Nov 28th, since 2006, I volunteer with Project Find in Manhattan to assist with bringing hot meals and goodie bags to home bound seniors. This year I helped with getting the goodies into those bags; then working with Gloria [driver] and Diane [another escort] in delivering meals and bags to 16 people along West 24th Street. Weather was cold, windy, but sunny.
Nov 29th to Dec 1st, I visited the parents, brother and sister-in-law in upstate NY for the remainder of the holiday weekend. Weekend did not run smoothly for my father, and we had to have the ambulance take him to hospital around midnight on Friday. [Mom and I followed in the car to hospital.] Learned he has Strep Pneumonia and has to stay in hospital through Wednesday. Visited him on Saturday afternoon … the shakes and fever have dissipated. He is on the slow road to recovery. Amen! Rest of weekend Mom and I did some shopping, dining out, decorate house for Xmas, hair salon and watching HP on cable TV.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
IN THE NEWS
How Wall Street Turned America into Incarceration Nation
Les Leopold, AlterNet
Transforming poorer neighborhoods into desirable real estate for the new elites often requires getting rid of the poor: jail becomes the new home for many.
The NY Times Uncovers Conservative Attacks and Then Prints One of its Own; Both Are on the Front Page
George Lakoff, AlterNet
As Experts Weigh in, Warmongers Emerge as Sole Opponents of Iran Nuke Deal
The Climate Disaster Bubbling in the Arctic
Americans for Safe Access: Report: Medical Marijuana States Already in Compliance with Federal Enforcement Guidelines
Sierra Club: 12 Michigan Counties Show Unhealthy, Poorly Controlled Levels of Ozone Pollution
5 Things You Need to Know About the Iran-US Deal Over Nuclear Program
Alex Kane, AlterNet
10 Biggest Myths About Retail Workers
Stephanie Luce, The Guardian
Over 1 in 10 US jobs is in the retail trade. Here’s what their lives are really like.
6 Outrageously Greedy Companies that make Scrooge Look Like a Softie
Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet
How Wall Street’s New Empire of Rental Homes Could Blow Up the Economy
Laura Gottesdiener, Tom Dispatch
Wall Street is at it again, this Time, they’re turning rentals into the next get-rich-quick bubble.
Monday, November 25, 2013
"Extreme Whether" tells the story of climate change as a family drama. Today, we launch an Indiegogo funding campaign to bring what we feel may be our most important play to production in March-April at Theater for the New City. We have already done four super readings with terrific audience response. Climate scientists and climate activists have praised "Extreme Whether". Please, take a few minutes to view the video and, please, if you like what you see, ask your friends to visit the site. We need your help to spread the word about what we feel is the most important story we can tell, the struggle to save the earth. The start of any funding campaign is crucial; we’re asking for your early support. Thank you for your help!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
IN THE NEWS
Fact Check: Social Security Does NOT Increase the Deficit
Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet
Bought politicians and pundits continue to spread nonsense about America’s best-loved program.
You Might be Surprised Who Collects on the Tips You Leave at Restaurants
Saru Jayaraman, The Washington Spectator
By law your tip is supposed to go to restaurant workers -- often they don’t.
It Was Bad Enough That We Militarized Our Own Borders – Now the U.S. is Doing it to the Rest of the World
Todd Miller, TomDispatch.com