Good Afternoon, my name is
Charlene, and I am co-chair of the “NYC Area Friends of Tolkien &
Fantasy”. We are hosting TOLKIEN READING DAY in conjunction with Books of
Wonder and we’d like to thank them for this honor. This is the second year
we’ve hosted this delightful event at Books of Wonder.
Before we officially start
Tolkien Reading Day, I’d like to briefly tell you abit about our group, which
can be found through meetup.com The
“NYC Area Friends of Tolkien & Fantasy” was created in January 2011 by
Apulia, Carole Linda Gonzalez, to keep our small group of Tolkien enthusiasts
together and to honor the late Alexei Kondratiev, Celtic scholar, author of
"The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual",a prominent member of the
Mythopoeic Society and a friend to some here.
We have regular, monthly meetups and
several “special” events throughout the year … such as celebrating Tolkien’s
birthday on January 3rd, picnics, attending movie viewings, talk
shows. Topics of discussion range from
Tolkien to other genre; such as Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Sci-Fi, and yes
even Downton Abbey. Be sure to check out ""NYC Area Friends of
JRR Tolkien & Fantasy" on meetup.com.
Our MC’s this year are two
fine, clever and talented gents … please give a warm welcome to Timdalf andTeel James Glenn. Thank you and enjoy Tolkien Reading Day.
ANOTHER LIFE is back! Another Life is a surreal romp through
the post-9/11 decade; an out-sized mogul (George Bartenieff) controls,
cashes-in, and is undone in the only American play about the U.S. torture
program. At the Theatre for the New City, 155 1st Avenue, between East 9th and
East 10th Streets, Manhattan. Thursday – Sunday, March 28 – April 21. More at
Feb 1st, after working the afternoon at a
client site, I had an appt with Dr Tan for acupuncture treatment.
Feb 2nd, I attended a fascinating, informative
and at times entertaining BFP retreat for the “board of directors”, of which I
am one. Then it was off to my private
yoga class with Fabrice at the yoga center.
On Feb 3rd, I headed up to CT to visit with my
good friend Katherine, take her out to lunch and exchange our Xmas
gifties. I got home in time to watch
last half hour of Downton Abbey.
Feb 4th, I was having some concerns with my
iPad and stopped by the Apple store in GCS after work to get it resolved.
Feb 5th, Busy, productive evening starting
with an appt with my lung specialist, then a much needed manicure and finally
listened in on the monthly Peace Alliance conference call.
Feb 8th, I worked half a day at the office and
left early due to the blizzard. I also had
an appt with my chiropractor for lower back issues. Also went outside periodically to capture the
storm in motion with my camera.
Feb 9th, I had an appt with Dr Tan for
acupuncture treatment. Total snow amount
for northern Brooklyn was 8.5 inches, and heard that parts of Long Island got
Feb 10th, I attended my private yoga class
with Fabrice at the yoga center, and afterwards hung out at Starbucks using
their free WiFi for my iPad.
Feb 11th, I had a much needed appt with my
Feb 12th, after my foot doctor appt, I
attended a delightfully productive monthly BFP PF committee meeting. Feb 15th, 10th anniversary of my being involved with peace and political activism. The following is a brief "outline" of my story. **** My entry into peace and political activism started 10 years ago on Feb 15, 2003. The day thousands of New Yorkers, and others from the Northeast, including a novice like me, came out to protest a possible, and yes illegal, invasion and occupation of Iraq. It was a bitter cold day, but that did not stop us from raising our voices in protest and solidarity. It was an amazing sight to behold and still resonates with me to this day. On that day, a wonderful elderly Quaker couple took me under their wings and told me stories of activism from the 1960s to the present, as well as how to get “information”. I am in debt to them and their kindness. Over the ten years I attended more protests, rallies, vigils, forums, panel discussions, reading of books, progressive news articles, listen to WBAI and also volunteered on many progressive Democrat campaigns. Through the latter I started meeting many fascinating, interesting and inspiring individuals who have become my friends and acquaintances. I am truly blessed in knowing them. Through the Kucinich 2004 presidential campaign, I became aware of the Dept of Peace and joined the NYC chapter [NYDoP]. I was active on their board, as well as a volunteer, from October 2004 until it disbanded in 2011. During the years with NYDoP, other members and I attended three [ie: 2005, 2007 & 2009] amazing Peace Conferences down in Washington DC. These days I am involved with World Can’t Wait and Brooklyn for Peace. The continuation of learning non-violent action/communications is an ongoing process, as is activism in general. It’s not a whim, nor a part time fad, but a strong part of my life until the end of my days. Once you step into the light, there is no turning back to the darkness.
Feb 16th, started out with Dana cleaning my
apt in the morning, and then an appt with Dr Tan later on in the
afternoon. This was followed with seeing
Wendy and getting my Hufflepuff dress robes creation started. She did measurements and we discussed the designs
Feb 17th, I attended my private yoga class
with Fabrice at the yoga center, and from 5-7pm attended Jax’s birthday party
in Manhattan. Had fun at her party and
got to see friends / acquaintances. Got
home around 7:30pm and watched Season Three finale of “Downton Abbey”. Good episode and a cliffhanger at the
end. Season Four to air here in January
Feb 18th, I did volunteer work at WCW office
in the evening.
Feb 19th, I went to see the Harry Potter
exhibition at the Discovery Center during lunch time from work. While there I ran into Christine, Debbie,
Deanna, Mari and Jenna from TGTSNBN. We
had a great time chatting and browsing the gift shop. Later that evening I jumped on a productive
and informative BFP A&C committee conference call.
Feb 21st, I attended the BFP hosted forum on
US Military and Drones at The Commons.
Guest speakers at the forum [Drone Warfare – Is it Making the World
Safer?] were Ann Wright [former US Army Colonel] and Nick Mottern [author &
Feb 22nd to 24th, I visited with
the parents, brother and sister-in-law in upstate NY.
Feb 24th, I had an appt with Dr Tan for
Feb 25th, I attended my private yoga class
with Fabrice at the yoga center.
Feb 26th, I am now officially part of the BFP
Fundraising committee and attended the monthly meeting this evening.
Feb 28th, I attended the monthly BFP “Climate
Action” committee meeting to hear the latest on fracking issues in NY and PA,
plus climate change in general.