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
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/28-12

Tim Koechlin: Our 'Winner Take All' Economy Is Destroying Us
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/28-0

Bill Moyers on the Dark Money Assault on Democracy and How Racism Still Drives Our Politics
Democracy Now

Harvey Wasserman: So Long, Pete & Toshi Seeger, It’s Been Amazingly Great to Know You
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/28-2

Pete Seeger (1919-2014): Peace Activist and Folk Legend Has Died
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/28

Pipeline Protesters Urge Obama: 'Be A Climate Champion'
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/28-7

State of the Union: Obama’s Underwhelming Plan to Tackle Inequality
Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet
http://www.alternet.org/economy/state-union-america-land-small-opportunity?akid=11454.9992.9QZ4rJ&rd=1&src=newsletter952411&t=3

Monday, January 27, 2014

 TOLKIEN BIRTHDAY TOAST
EVENT
January 26, 2014
 Carole Opening the Event
 Timdalf Talking about Mythmoot and Mythcon
 Moi with my Boromir Action Figure
 Mary Proudly Shows off Her 1979 Special HOBBIT Book




Monday, January 13, 2014

Afternoon Tea with my
buddy Sage - Gail's lil doggie
[Jan 5, 2014]
Gail and I had afternoon tea
and exchanged gifts while Sage looked on

January 4th Sunset
Northern Brooklyn


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.