Tuesday, February 23, 2016

 Attending Friends
Birthday Parties in February

Taking Some Watercolor Classes
[I haven't painted in 3 years]

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

 B&W Views
Brooklyn Heights
Sunday, Feb 7th

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Message from Bernie 2016
Goldman Sachs Thinks We are “Dangerous”
 The CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, said yesterday our campaign represents a dangerous moment, "not just for Wall Street, but for anyone who is a little bit out of line."

I have to say, I find it a little beyond comprehension that Lloyd Blankfein would lecture our campaign about "dangerous moments" after Wall Street received huge bailouts from the working families of this country, when their greed and recklessness caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs, livelihoods, and homes just a few years ago. His arrogance has no end.

Now Wall Street is pouring money into other campaigns. But I am here to tell you that we don’t want their money and we don’t want their super PACs. We are going to do it differently. We are going to win.

Here’s the truth: Wall Street is terrified because we are running a campaign that does not support their agenda. They never expected us to battle to a virtual draw in Iowa, and they are starting to get a bit nervous about New Hampshire too.

The next primary is less than one week away, and we have a slight lead in the polls despite opposition from the economic and political establishment in the state. But if we stand together, I know that we have a good chance to win next week.


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

 February Photo Challenge
1st Week - Pencils

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Daily Smoothie Report … Brought to you by Calcium and how to obtain it in a Vegan diet.   The key to healthy bones is more than calcium. However, it is a vital player in your growth and development, meaning it is essential that we all receive enough. While a balanced vegan diet will easily make sure you receive your recommended daily allowance (700mg for adults, 800-100mg for adolescents) it is also important to consider how much of the calcium you eat is being actively absorbed by your body.

Some foods, such as spinach, contain a high amount of calcium but are bound to a substance called 'oxalate' which hinders calcium absorption. This is why replacing spinach with low-oxalate vegetables such as rocket, cabbage and kale are key to a calcium-rich diet.  Interestingly, calcium in cow's milk is not as easily absorbed, meaning that vegetables such as kale are much better sources of calcium than animal milks or 'dairy'.

Salt and caffeine have been shown to inhibit calcium uptake, so moderate your intake. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables will increase calcium absorption, while adequate protein intake (roughly 1g of protein per kg of your healthy body weight) will also help.

Vegan-friendly sources of Calcium are spring greens, cabbage, watercress, kale, broccoli, parsley, almonds, chickpeas, tahini, drinking water, flax seeds, figs, collards, okra, tofu, white beans, raisins, butternut squash, prunes, dates, kiwis, mulberries and kumquats.

Today’s smoothie blast was created with water, ginger, turmeric, broccoli, blueberries, seedless red grapes and flax seeds.  Tasty!

Monday, February 01, 2016

January 1st, I invited my good friend Gail over to my place for “afternoon tea”, chatting and exchanging gifties.  We had a delightful 2 hours and she brought her doggie Sage.

January 2nd, I headed into Manhattan to utilize the holiday gift cards I received from partners at work.  I purchased the following DVDs … The Losers, Hero, A Walk in the Woods, Kingsman the Secret Service, Sunshine and Snowpiercer.  Also checked out PC Richards and purchased a new antenna for my flat screen telly.

January 3rd, I joined my friend Margaret in seeing the new Star Wars movie called “The Force Awakens”.  We both really enjoyed it a lot.  That evening I watched episode one from season six of Downton Abbey.  That was also excellent.

On January 5th, I took ½ a vacation day, as I had a morning appt with NYU Dentistry about doing extensive dental work.  Afterwards I headed to B&N to pick up the “Complete DVD Guide to Granada Television Series – Sherlock Holmes”.  I’ve wanted this for quite some time.  After work I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

On January 7th, I attended the monthly TGTSNBN meetup on the upper Westside of Manhattan.  Topic of discussion was on the 7th Harry Potter book.

On January 9th, after Dana cleaned my apt, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice, and then in the evening I attended the annual Brooklyn for Peace holiday party.  The party was great fun and held at a board members charming brownstone home.  Good food and diverse conversations.

On January 10th, I joined some friends and acquaintances to see the wonderful Star Wars costume exhibit at the Discovery Times Square in Manhattan.  It was great fun and afterwards we went out for lunch to a Mexican place on 42nd Street.

January 11th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

January 12th, I attended the monthly BFP fundraising committee meeting at Ken’s home and it was quite productive.

January 16th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

On January 18th, in the afternoon, I had a foot doctor appt.  Hadn’t been back to my foot doctor in over 2 years and needed a thorough checkup.  I’ve been having some issues with my left ankle and I start physical therapy for it week of the 25th.  That evening I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

January 19th, I attended the monthly BFP A&C committee meeting at Charlotte’s home and it was a productive meeting on our upcoming event.

January 23rd, we here in NYC got hit with the first blizzard of the season, and about 26 to 28 inches of snow fell on the metropolis.  Also, Fabrice came over at 12:30pm to provide a private yoga class at my apt while it snowed outside.

January 25th, I had to leave work a wee bit early for my first physical therapy session regarding my left ankle.  Good session and afterwards I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

January 26th, I had to leave work a wee bit early for my appt with NYU Dentistry.

January 29th, BFP A&C committee event at the WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to host the author, Vincent Intondi.

January 31st, I attended the “NYC Friends of Tolkien” event at Stone Creek lounge to view the “Bof5A” extended edition DVD and a belated toast to The Professor.