Wednesday, July 31, 2013

 Latest Additions
to the
365 Project


 Duchess' Witchipoo
Hat with Feathers


PERSONAL NEWS #222
On July 4th, I hung out with my friend Jackie in the evening to enjoy a leisurely dinner at Paros on 7th Avenue in Park Slope.

Over the July 5th – 7th weekend; I visited with the parents, brother, sister-in-law and their friend Charlie for a relaxing weekend.  Although we did lose electricity for 3 hours Friday evening after a nasty storm, it didn’t dampen our spirits.

July 8th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the yoga center.

July 9th, I attended the monthly BFP Peace Fair / Fundraising committee meeting, which was very productive.

July 11th, I attended an open BFP community meeting regarding “Stop U.S. Intervention in Syria”.  Where discussion centered on ... How can we stop U.S. intervention in Syria?  BFP strongly opposes US military intervention in Syria!  We urge the US, as well as the UN, the EU, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, to push as strongly as possible for a political and diplomatic resolution of this crisis.

July 12th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the yoga center.

June 13th, after my cleaning lady, Dana, did good work at my apt, I joined my friend Margaret at The Way Station bar in Brooklyn for a fun afternoon of Sherlockian antics and fundraising.  All fundraising proceeds go to support “Pathways to HousingNY”.  Visit their website at www.pathwaystohousingny.org to find out more and make a donation.

June 14th, I attended the “Justice for Trayvon” demonstration at Borough Hall in Brooklyn with my friend Joel and his girlfriend.  Good turnout of 200 to 300 strong in support and the hope that justice will prevail.  Zimmerman getting off with a “not guilty”, as well as receiving the murder weapon back in his possession has angered many around America.

June 15th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the yoga center.

June 16th, I attended a productive, informative monthly BFP A&C committee meeting.

June 17th, I volunteered at the WCW national office to assist with computer work.

June 18th, I attended the monthly “NYC Friends of Tolkien” meetup.  It was enjoyable with discussions on assorted topics and about 12+ in attendance.

June 19th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the yoga center.

June 22nd, I had an appt with Dr Tan for acupuncture treatment, and afterwards I attended my private yoga class with Fabrice at the yoga center.

July 26th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the yoga center.

On July 27th, after my chiropractor appt, I checked out the farmers market and street fair in my neighborhood.

July 28th, I had an appt with Dr Tan for acupuncture treatment, and discussion on sleeping aids.

July 30th, I attended the monthly BCARP meeting to learn of latest developments / plans against the horrible proposed gas / fracking pipelines considered for Manhattan and Brooklyn.

July 31st, I had lung and bronchial issues, and rushed to the emergency room from work in car service.  Was at the emergency room from 6:15pm until 2am on Aug 1st, then took car service home from there.  Same issues as before, coughing up blood from my bronchial tubes.  So annoying, but have to go to ER in case there is internal bleeding.  Thankfully there wasn't.  Whew!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

 Baroness von Huffledor
showing off
her new witchy hat

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

IN THE NEWS

‘The World Will Be Shocked’ – Greenwald on Upcoming NSA Expose
Obama administration’s objective with Snowden is “to intimidate future whistleblowers from coming forward”

Robert Reich: The Republicans of the Supreme Court

Why Edward Snowden’s Leaks Have Empowered All of Us
Elliot Sperber, AlterNet

Chomsky Says Young People Don’t Care About Surveillance – Is He Right?
April M. Short, AlterNet

Richard Eskow: Where the Hell Is the Outrage?

Pesticide Use Spikes as GMO Failure Cripples Corn Belt

Fukushima Radioactive Levels Surge 90-Fold in Three Days
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/07/09-3

Corporate Interests Prevail in Transatlantic Trade Talks
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/07/09-7

How Unchecked Capitalism Has Brought the World to the Brink of Apocalypse and What We Must Do Now
Robert Jensen, AlterNet

Activists Sue Federal Agency for Illegally Withholding Affordable Housing Funds
Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

How American Weapons Are Crushing Dissent in Egypt
Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

If You Love Nature and Defend It Against Human Destruction, Be Prepared to Be Called a Fascist
George Monbiot, The Guardian

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Charming lil House
[Make it slightly bigger, and yeah, I'd live there.]

 Sherlockian
Event & Fundraiser
at
The Way Station

 Margaret & I
Chillin at
The Way Station



Thursday, July 11, 2013

 Flowers from My
Parents Garden
in upstate NY


 Sunset
on
July 6th
Incoming Storm
on
July 5th


A broad coalition came together to call for freedom for Bradley Manning, gay soldier and wikileaks whistleblower, at the NYC Gay Pride Parade.  [Note: The link above was graciously provided by WCW.]

Monday, July 01, 2013

PERSONAL NEWS No.221

June 2nd, I attended my second Qigong class at Greenpoint Yoga.

June 6th, I attended the monthly BFP board meeting at The Commons.

June 7th, I had my weekly private yoga class with Fabrice at Greenpoint Yoga.

June 8th and 9th, I attended the annual Left Forum at Pace University.  The highlight for me was seeing and hearing Noam Chomsky speak on many important topics.  Also ran into acquaintances and attended several workshops.

June 9th, did a mini photo adventure in Brooklyn Heights, had dinner at Heights Café and then waited 1.5 hours for the East River ferry to take me home.  Good thing it was a nice, sunny, warm day.

June 10th, I attended an urgent BFP A&C conference call regarding the panel event we are hosting on the 13th.  Productive call and much resolved.

June 11th, I volunteered at the WCW national office to assist with computer work.

June 12th, I attended the monthly BFP Fundraising/PF meeting.  The discussion centered on planning and organizing for the October event.

June 13th, as part of the BFP A&C committee, we proudly hosted a panel discussion at The Common’s called “Arts and Activism”.  Despite the weather the turnout was roughly 25+ attendees.  Lots of great dialogue, networking, hip-hop music, etc.

June 14th, I had my weekly private yoga class with Fabrice at Greenpoint Yoga.

June 15th, after Dana cleaned my apt, I went to get a much needed manicure and then jumped on the East River Ferry to Governors Island.  Lots going on at Governors Island this weekend … start off with the 1920s themed “Jazz Age Lawn Party” … which was cool to observe.  Many were dressed in period attire and the music was cool.  I checked out Figment event, which was okay, and then a compost/chicken farm.  Headed back to my hood on the ferry boat and then went to get a much needed pedicure  J

June 16th, I volunteered to assist with BFP tabling at the annual Seventh Heaven Street Fair in Park Slope from 12-6pm.  The weather held up nicely so that Eric, Jane, Melissa, Veronica, Vicky, Eleanor and I could connect with those attending the fair.  I also ran into Josh Skaller, who ran for New York City Council back in 2009.  I did volunteer work on that campaign and know Josh through CBID.

June 18th, I attended the monthly BFP A&C committee meeting.  Afterwards, I thought I was taking the G subway home. Instead, it got halfway there and stopped at Bedford/Nordstrom stop. We had to leave the subway station, as no trains were running due to someone at another stop committing suicide. Sigh!  I travel by car service to northern Brooklyn with another nice subway passenger.   Once home I relaxed with my new book, "Inferno" by Dan Brown, and read until 1am.

June 19th, I attended the opening evening reception at my office for the “Beyond Our Work Life – 4th Annual Art Exhibit”.  I am one of forty “artists” whose work was on display at the reception, and it’ll also be on exhibit throughout June 20th and 21st.

June 20th, I had an appt with Dr Tan for acupuncture treatment and herbs.  Apparently I have a very mild case of Strep throat.  No wonder my voice sounded terrible for a week and coughing up my lungs.  Sigh!

June 21st, I met up with my friend Dennis after work and we had sushi for dinner down in the East Village.

June 23rd, I headed upstate on MetroNorth to visit with my good friend Katherine, take her out for a belated birthday lunch, catch up on news and just hang out.

June 24th, I had my weekly private yoga class with Fabrice at the yoga center.

June 27th, I had a lunch meeting with Bob Baskin [Peace Alliance] and Liz Gannon Graydon to discuss the peace movement, NYdoPeace, etc.  After work, I attended the monthly CBID [Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats] meeting in Park Slope, and we heard several NYC candidates [ie: Jim Brennan and Carlos Menchaca] speak.  [NYS Democrat primary is Sept 15.]

June 28th, was a crazy work day with end of EY13 fiscal year work to be completed, and then handing in laptop for a serious upgrade.  Afterwards, I went out for a delightful, leisurely dinner [ie: Jack’s] with my friend Liz Gannon Graydon to catch up on a lot of news.

June 29th, started off with abit of a rough start, health wise, and then things improved enough so I could enjoy spending time with my friend Sam.  We did a mini photography adventure around my hood, and then had a tasty dinner at Sakura.


June 30th, I had my weekly private yoga class with Fabrice at the yoga center; afterwards I headed into Manhattan for some appts.  One of which was seeing Dr Tan for more herbs.