My Favorite Pair of Shoes

Y-3 ShoesThe piece that follows was written on the Last Day of February in 2013 — one year ago.
I post it today, a year later, in Celebration of How Far we’ve Come over this past year, with the Defeat of DOMA and how much of this piece is, ThankFully, no longer the case. Let us acknowledge that Great Achievement and how much Progress can be made in a singe rotation around the Sun!

At the same time, Let it serve as a Reminder, as the Evil Hostilities of the Arizona Legislature attempt to further discriminate against Marginalized Groups and divide a Nation, of How Far we still have to go.
Kudos to Governor JAN BREWER for today’s Veto of the Bill! (more…)

Sochi 2014

PatrickChanCanada

So much can be said.
But Let’s focus on one moment.

It was in the Figure Skating — not sure if it was Long Form or Short Form.
The Beauty of the Figure Skaters tends to give me Stendhal Syndrome.
But there was one Male Skater.
I tried to find his name, but most Olympic Athletes, like Singers and Dancers in the Ensembles of Broadway, are known for their Contribution to a Team, moreso than their individual name or notoriety.
Perhaps this is why we Admire them So Much.

It was not one of the Medalists.
Not even sure he was a finalist.
But there was this Moment… (more…)

Grace at the Token Booth

Baby AJ

Baby AJ

A Christening on Long Island.
Baby AJ.

Trains to Oakdale run every two hours.
Only the 9:41am Train at Jamaica Station will get me there in time.

After four hours sleep,
Long Waits…
R to the F…
I get off at Briarwood — change for the E to Jamaica.
Almost there…

Postings everywhere read: “No Jamaica-bound E Train service at this station!”
Take the F Train on the other side all the way back to 71st/Continental

I will have missed Baby AJ’s Christening.
I am devastated.

Upstairs in the token booth, I find a small East Indian man, eating a bowl of rice (more…)

Don’t Buy It!

Valentines-Day CandleFebruary 14th is St. Valentine’s Day.

According to CNN, last year’s Valentine’s Day spending total for Americans was:
$ 18,600,000,000.00

BIG BUSINESS!

All for a day which honors a third Century Roman Martyr who was beaten, stoned, and then decapitated under the Emperor CLAUDIUS II, for marrying young Christian Couples in secret at a time when it was believed that single men made better soldiers (Less timid in battle; Less responsibilities — More fearless… Not dissimilar to today’s recruiting policies…)

How did this turn into 18.6 Billion Dollars in Spending? (more…)

Doing the Best We Can

New York Subway Platform

Standing on the 42nd Street Subway platform late last night,
I saw a man
Older, somewhat disheveled, unshaven, ungroomed, in old clothes.
He was smoking and walking toward me.
Being the Son of a New York City Cop, I have an instinctual homing device which moves my feet away from potential danger. (more…)

Crazy Grateful

Crazy Grateful!
I am Crazy Grateful today!

Ten Months ago, we received some tragic news.
My Partner’s MOM had had a massive heart attack.
She has been in a Vegetative State since then.
Lots of Prayers…
Lots of Hope… (more…)

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Chinese New Year
Jewish New Year
Regular New Year

So many different Calendars
So many different ways to tell Time
So many methods to measure the Moments…

The Lunar New Year is a time for Celebration
Also for Clearing Out the Old and Making Room for the New…
Letting Go of anything that’s broken or worn out — or Getting it Repaired;
Buying fresh Table Linens…
Replenishing…
Rejuvenating… (more…)