Monthly Archives: April 2010

daily horoscope for pisces


although i know this is a ineffective way to go about things, whenever i am feeling unbalance in my world i start doing silly things like reading my horoscope to find out why.   i do realize it’s not a solution and just another distraction but i still do it on occasion.  today is one of those occasions.

astrology.com says:

This is a bad day for distractions — you need to keep your mind on the game! If you can focus yourself, you should do quite well, so get rid of anything that might get in the way of your plans.

ok, well  that’s just the story of my life – this astrologer must have been in a rush today.  i’ll check in with kazulah.com and see what they have to say:

Friday, Apr 30, 2010
Right now you feel a need for sweetness – perhaps in the form of emotional and physical affection, or even of food. You are apt to be pleasantly self-indulgent.

you may think this astrologer knows me personally but that is not the case. in any event, this is not news and i will continue my search for something i can use today.

astrology on the web says:

The Moon in sunny Sagittarius shows that you may feel increased heat in your tenth house of career and reputation. With sensual Venus under pressure, you are likely to experience strong feelings. If you encounter an authority figure, be prepared to endure a less-than-pleasant experience. Many of you will be involved in a power struggle with a parent now. Fortunate colours are blue and white. Lucky numbers are 10 and 26.

i will put on my blue underware and move on to a better website.

 i’m going with this one:

Pisces: Affirmation for this week of PERCEPTION – Establishing a new set of spiritual disciplines helps me see the higher purpose of events. New awareness reveals how Spirit is working in my life.FRIDAY: Today’s Sagittarius Moon will reveal a surprising opportunity and hint at a new journey ahead. If you follow the intuitive leads that come your way today, you’ll get even more support and encouragement from the heavens. Wear a gold ring, chain or earrings to alleviate any financial worries hanging over you. You’ll receive some good news from a loved one that changes your entire perspective on the future.

feel much better now that i’ve taken care of that and will now accessorize with a gold necklace and go for a manicure.

have a joyful day.

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“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
 Buddha

park avenue is no place to raise a family


A mother mallard, who built her nest on a traffic island in the middle of the busy thoroughfare, panicked and abandoned her 11 ducklings when well-meaning New Yorkers tried to help her web-footed little legion reach safety yesterday.

She flew frantically between East 68th and 69th streets, loudly squawking as her babies, unable to follow her, quacked in near unison below.

Then she disappeared.

full story

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“If you’re not in New York, you’re camping out.”
  —  Thomas E. Dewey

soo jin


“treasure;  excellence and truth.”

i will do my best to live up to this korean dharma name.

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“Unless your heart, your soul, and your whole being are behind every decision you make, the words from your mouth will be empty, and each action will be meaningless. Truth and confidence are the roots of happiness.”
 – unknown

a few good questions


with all the billions of people who live and have lived on this earth, how can they all look so different?  i think about the variety of noses, eyes, teeth bodies and the millions of combinations available, but it still mystifies me that there aren’t any repeats.  except for identical twins and triplets, of course.

will summer ever get here?

where do thoughts come from?  how do they start?

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“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
 – Socrates

hero dog


When Ben Heinrichs was working on his truck in his Anchorage, Alaska workshop, a spark landed in a puddle of gasoline and ignited. His clothes caught on fire, and he ran outside to roll in the snow and extinguish them. As soon as he had, he realized that his German shepherd, Buddy, was still inside the burning shed.

Heinrichs ran inside to rescue Buddy, who was fortunately unharmed. Then he told his dog, “Buddy, we need to get help.”

Buddy took his best friend seriously. Immediately, the dog bolted for the woods, and started running towards a local road. Before long, he came across an Alaska State Trooper, Terrence Shanigan, who was unsuccessfully attempting to navigate the back roads to locate the flaming building, after receiving a call from one of Heinrichs’ neighbors.

When Shanigan saw Buddy run in front of his car and look at him, then take off down a side road, he had a hunch that the dog knew what he was doing. He decided to follow Buddy. A few times during the drive, Buddy turned back to watch the car, as if to make sure that the Trooper was still on his tail. Check out the raw video footage here.

Within a few minutes, Buddy had guided Shanigan to the Heinrichs’ residence. The workshop had burned to the ground, but because Shanigan was then able to act quickly to gather volunteer firefighters, the Heinrichs’ home was barely damaged.

“He’s my hero,” Heinrichs told Anchorage Daily News. “If it wasn’t for him, we would have lost our house.”

For his courageous actions, Buddy was rewarded by the troopers with an engraved dog bowl. We’re sure Heinrichs filled it up with plenty of his favorite treats.
Gimundo – Good News Served Daily!

if i only knew


when i was young i didn’t even know this was a career option – and it seems like it’s probably a little late to make a career change like this now.  i wish i had known . . .

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“What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.”
Benjamin F. Fairless

cleavege quake?


  Maybe the world really is hanging on by a bra strap.

The same day that women showed off their cleavage to disprove an Islamic cleric’s claim that such displays cause seismic activity, there was, in fact, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan.

“Maybe I shouldn’t wear a low-cut shirt ever again,” said Annie Marter, 33, in Manhattan. “I feel really bad.”

Though the Taiwan quake resulted in no injuries and minimal damage, Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi may feel vindicated by the result.

“Many women who do not dress modestly . . . lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes,” he said last week.
Jennifer McCreight, a graduate student in Indiana, then came up with the idea of a national day, dubbed Boobquake, to protest the remark.

She said yesterday she’s not convinced that all of the extra partially exposed breasts were to blame for the shakeup on the other side of the globe.

Read more:

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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.”
— Dr. Seuss

sugarholics


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“If you’re going to America, bring your own food.”
 Fran Lebowitz 

happy birthday lisa love!


 

a great, kind & compassionate friend, teacher, healer, and all around wonderful human being.  may your day be as beautiful as you are!  happy birthday to you my friend.

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“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
 Ralph Waldo Emerson

does this dog look happy?


 

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“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
 Epicurus

friday


travelling is fun.

11:45 service picked me up – the driver was texting or reading texts the entire way.  he answered the first text in the middle of a sentence.  he was  answering a question i had asked him. the driver never finished his answer.  he probably forgot he was even speaking when interrupted by the text.  that’s what  o.c.d.  texters do.

3:00  we were asked to deplane the jet that was scheduled to leave jfk for seattle at 2:06.  

somewhere around 3:30 we were told that our new plane would be leaving from a gate on the opposite side of the airport.

4:30  just prior to take off the flight attendant ripped the earring out of my ear while demonstrating how to inflate the life vest.  a collective gasp followed from fellow passengers.

6:00  the televisions in the exit rows finally caught a signal – an hour into the movie. everyone else was watching either  sherlock homes or avatar.  i decided to tune into a criminal minds episode i had already seen which turned out to be a good choice because ½ way through the show the tv went blank again – but i already knew how the episode ends. 

for 6 hours i sat in my chair as it moved through the sky at 496 miles an hour & arrived in seattle safe and sound.  all is well.

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“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”
 Lao Tzu

glad it’s raining


since i’ll be spending the next 3 days in seattle where rain is pretty much expected, it’s good to know i won’t be missing any sun in nyc. rain predicted all weekend.

this makes me happy – is that wrong?

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“May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire.”
 Irish Blessings

65 and sunny


it was a beautiful day today 65 and sunny – still you needed a light jacket.  some people got a little carried away with thoughts of summer and wore shorts.  lenny wore shorts  – with his parka, scarf and of course his mets hat.  here he is:

 

i love lenny.  meanwhile, it’s now after 9:00 pm and the temperature has dropped quite a bit.  but that hasn’t stopped cindy from enjoying her new backyard.  she is now outside in the pitch dark singing to her 2 cats.  she is singing so loud i had to turn up the t.v.

i’m not quite sure how i feel about moving.

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“It’s weird…you know the end of something great is coming, but you want to hold on, just for one more second…just so it can hurt a little more.”
 – unknown

gives me hope


Five years ago, I witnessed an overweight girl being harassed. A group of “popular girls” had pulled down her pants while we were leaving school. The girl grabbed her pants and ran away crying. Our school’s star quarterback chased after her to comfort her.

I just came back from their wedding. GMH.

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In high school, I was in a wheelchair from an accident.

I couldn’t walk, and at graduation, I was voted Class Inspirational. The football captain said he’d walk me across stage.

Instead of just pushing my wheelchair, he picked me up by the waist and help me take my first steps since the accident. He GMH

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One day in gym class, I was still running while everyone else had finished.

Everyone was laughing and pointing at me when one girl came up to me and started running beside me. She told me she’d go slower so I wouldn’t finish last. She is the most popular girl in my school.

Her compassion GMH.

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The other day, I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things.

While walking through the parking lot, I noticed a man stand on his shopping cart, and give a few good pushes before jumping on. He smiled and laughed the entire way, loving life.

He was about 50 and wearing a business suit. GMH.

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for more wonderful stories, check out the ‘gives me hope’ website – everyday!

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“May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams. May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you find in your yesterdays.”
 – unknown

tmi


i’m getting a new neighbor.  the anonymous girl who moved in for 11.5 months after lauren & james left, moved out several weeks ago. i was kind of glad about that. not that there was anything wrong with her – but anyone who rents a garden apartment with a backyard in the middle of manhattan and never opts to use it, has to be just a little bit freaky.  or, ok – a lot freaky.  that’s just my opinion.  she left for greener pastures in astoria.  i hope she enjoys queens .  .  .

i met cindy last week prior to the official start of her new lease, when she was trying to figure out which key opened the  door to the building.  the building has 2 entrance doors. the outside door has no lock and upon entering a very small vestibule is a second door which requires a key to open.  as cindy tried to locate the right key to unlock the door, ivan and i returned from our walk and joined cindy in the tiny vestibule where it was immediately evident that she had just farted. the 3 of us stood amidst the fart while she fumbled with her keys. after about 30 seconds breathing solely through my mouth, i practically elbowed her out of the way, put my own key in the door, pushed it open, stepped into the hallway and drew a deep breath.  following me, she soon realized i was her new neighbor and excitedly introduced herself with a big smile as though we were long lost friends – acting as if the fart didn’t happen at all.

cindy told me she would be moving in on friday and when friday morning rolled around, she knocked on my door to let me know she had arrived.

on saturday she knocked again. she wanted to know if the apartment she just moved into was quiet. i might be just being crazy, but wouldn’t that be a question to ask prior to the move? anyway, from my doorway she saw that i have brick walls and asked if she could come in to see my apartment. it turns out she liked mine better than hers and asked if i would let her know if i was ever planning to move as she would like to switch apartments. as luck would have it, i am planning to move out in a month and a half and i made the possible mistake of telling her. cindy asked if i would mind if she measured the rooms to be sure her furniture would fit and if so, she would hold off on hanging anything on her walls since it would only be a month and a half.

“sure”, i said and she left.  5 minutes later there was another knock. it was cindy – with her tape measure.  she stayed for an hour and a half.  she also never stopped talking.  i have known cindy for less than 1 day and i can tell you this:

cindy is 26 & in the process of getting a divorce, she cheated on her unemployed husband, who used to be a truck driver but got his license suspended after his 7th accident last year.

cindy makes $73,000 annually as a hedge fund analyst ”but they also give nice bonuses at blackstone”, which i now know is located on 49th street, and, there is a good possibility cindy will walk to work. she is originally from queens but moved into a subletted  co-op on 55th st. after leaving her husband. she pays her soon to be ex $300 a month in alimony thanks to her mother-in-law who insisted on the monthly dues –  after all, she had paid alimony to her first ex-husband for 20+ years.  cindy moved out of the co-op because she hated the fact that after an extensive interviewing process all of the residents knew her business – including how much money she makes.  (?)

cindy hadn’t washed her hair for 3 days and apparently it it usually much “puffier” when clean, is of yugoslavian decent,  has 2 cats; one with kidney problems & uses a catheter, for which cindy gets her supplies at a pet store on 74th st.   she will be getting her groceries delivered each saturday by fresh direct and plans to use the back yard often.

i blame lauren and james.

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“I feel like I have a hangover, without all the happy memories and mystery bruises.”
 Ellen DeGeneres

people are good


Narayanan Krishnan Serves Over 1 Million Meals to India’s Homeless
By Kathryn Hawkins

In 2002, Narayanan Krishnan, a gifted young chef from Madurai, India, was working for an exclusive hotel group preparing haute cuisine for the ultra-rich. But when he went home to visit his family, something he saw shocked him to his core. “I saw a very old man eating his own human waste for food,” he told CNN.

Krishnan knew he couldn’t go back to the gourmet restaurants he’d been working in when his own countrymen were starving to death. So he decided to stay in India and begin fixing meals for that man, and for the countless others who could not care for themselves. The following year, he founded the nonprofit group Akshaya Trust. The organization is named for the “Akshaya bowl” from Hindu mythology, a bottomless bowl that can feed the hungry forever—just as Krishnan hopes his group will do.

Each morning, Krishnan and his team rise at 4 AM, and seek out the homeless throughout a 123-mile radius, armed with packets of hot vegetarian meals that Krishnan has prepared by hand. He brings the meals to a crowd of about 400 regulars, and gives them free haircuts and beard trims when they need it. In the years since starting the nonprofit, he’s served over 1.2 million meals. His recipients are nearly all mentally ill, and do not have the capacity to thank him. Nonetheless, Krishnan receives great pleasure from the work he does. “I get this energy from the people,” he said. “The food which I cook … the enjoyment which they get is the energy. I see the soul. I want to save my people.” Watch a video of Krishnana at work on CNN, and check out the Akshaya Trust site to learn more or make a donation.

Gimundo – Good news . . . served daily.

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“People living deeply have no fear of death.”
 Anais Nin

spring into summer


it’s 90 degrees and the outside office is open!

 this makes me very happy.

last week it was spring, and i think just the week before that it was winter. 

first floral sprout sighting

life is good.

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“Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.”
 – Arthur Rubinstein

easter bunnies


                                                                                                       

 

  

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“Easter is not a passport to another world; it is a quality of perception for this one.”
~ W.P. Lemon

happy easter to you


 

 

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“You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I’ll buy you a new car.”
 Harvey Diamond