Joy, Peace, Happiness of Soulful Struts

My little Thanksgiving mini-vacation is coming to an end.  I’ve been off from work since Thanksgiving and I had a great time being with Stephen and my New Jersey cousins. That was lots of fun. Always great breaking bread with those we Love.

Friday Stephen and I spend a rather quiet day together and Yes I had him outside walking with me on a Soulful Strut. He rather enjoyed it. Stephen had a big smile on his face as the two of us pumped arms and legs strutting proudly like peacocks along Fulton Street in Brooklyn.  I did not make him walk too far and we did stop so I could purchase him some much need clothing. So he got some goodies out of the deal as well as exercise.  When I retire Spring 2018 I will be taking photos full-time.

I Love My Soulful Struts. Part of my inspiration for taking long leisurely daytime strolls aside from my doctor telling me to exercise was reading the book Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit.  Excellent book. I highly recommend reading this book.

Every day I tell God and the Universe that I want to be able to do my Soulful Struts five days a week enabling me to not only get much needed exercise but present me with more photographic opportunities. As many of you know I have a Photography Blog called Roaming Urban Gypsy and that’s what I am, a Roving Street Photographer.

My Dad Edward G. Palmer was an amateur photographer. He used to have his photos made into Kodachrome Kodak slides. I still have the slides many dating back to the early 1950s in my closet. Let’s hope they are not dissolving!!  Dad also specialized in Black & White photos.  This was back in the days of film and having to get that film developed. Daddy had a great day of expertise and would have made an excellent photo-journalist.

I Love taking pictures of my Beloved New York City then showcasing them on Roaming Urban Gypsy.  Whenever I’m in photo mode I feel so happy, joyful and centered.  Anytime I’m doing either writing or photography I feel I’m in my Purpose, my reason for being.  Also the walks exhilarate me.  I can feel those endorphins pumping me up!  Walking exercise and taking pictures gives me a peace of mind and a sense of creativity.

Allow me to share the gems of my photographic excavations!

Pitkin Avenue Mural Dreams

Pitkin Avenue Mural Dreams


Pitkin Promenade

Pitkin Promenade


Soulful Strut ~~ Pitkin Avenue

Greetings and Salutations Dear Fellow Bloggers & Subscribers!!  Please join me on my latest Soulful Strut at my Photography Blog Roaming Urban Gypsy.  Go ahead and click that link for some fantastic snapshots of my Brooklyn neighborhood!!  Thanks

Soulful Strut ~~ Pitkin Avenue



Afghani Women Before Taliban

Our Sisters in the struggle for the return of equal rights!! Strong Powerful Women!!

Free Choice

In the 1916’s and 1925’s Afghanistan adopted  more western ideals influenced by the colonizer culture.

but after 1991 Taliban came into power and enforced a lot of suppressive rules over women:

Denying women human rights

“Under the Taliban, women and girls were discriminated against in many ways, for the ‘crime’ of being born a girl. The Taliban enforced their version of Islamic Sharia law. Women and girls were:

  • Banned from going to school or studying
  • Banned from working
  • Banned from leaving the house without a male chaperone
  • Banned from showing their skin in public
  • Banned from accessing healthcare delivered by men (with women forbidden from working, healthcare was virtually inaccessible)
  • Banned from being involved in politics or speaking publicly.

There were many other ways their rights were denied to them. Women were essentially invisible in public life, imprisoned in their home. In Kabul, residents were ordered to cover their ground and…

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Worry about getting back into work.

Replace the words Tories with Tea Party and I feel the same way. After my two week stay at the Psych Ward of Kings County Hospital I’m no better off and back in the same bullying hateful racist bigoted environment. Therefore I can relate to this post.


Everything seems to be sliding towards a slippery slope, my friends anxiety and depression are not helping me cope.

My brain is worrying about how the government are going to make me get a job, I know I won’t be able to cope.

I’m scared I will shoved in a job with no prospects, somewhere I will become so depressed I wouldn’t be going.

With long hours and low pay, there will be nothing for me to not have a break mentally away.

I’ll have another breakdown, but be made to go to work.

All because Iain Duncan Smith thinks I am lazy and passive, ignoring my pleas as if I am lying.

Today I I’ve been wanting to die, sitting on the windowsill to see if I could try.

I took all the painkillers that we have in the house, and having them sitting on my desk.

They are…

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The Daily Post ~~ Seat Guru

Seat Guru

You get to plan a dinner party for 4-8 of your favorite writers/artists/musicians/other notable figures, whether dead or alive. Who do you seat next to whom in order to inspire the most fun evening?

I’d seat these Black Literary, Harlem Renaissance, Educators, Social, Political and Cultural Leaders in a semi-circle horseshoe fashion. That way they would be able to see, hear, discuss and listen to each other’s outlook on the state of the African diaspora in general and the state of Black America specifically.

I’d make liberal use of today’s innovative technology enabling this discussion to be broadcast worldwide.

Given their diverse lifestyles, experiences, and viewpoints we would be like sponges absorbing wisdom, knowledge and understanding I know the resulting dialogue and debate would be scintillating!

Zora Neale Hurston

Frantz Fanon

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

W. E. B. Du Bois

Booker T. Washington

Marcus Garvey


Mary McLeod Bethune


Buy Black Friday

#SoulfulStrut   #BuyBlackFriday

Thoughts on the Craziness and Greed of Black Friday

BUY BLACK FRIDAY!!!! Stephen went with me on today’s Soulful Strut. Usually his residence over packs with too much clothing however this time they under packed requiring me to buy him extra clothes. Ever determined to support Black merchants, store-owners and entrepreneurs I was able to buy Stephen some much needed items from Black-owned stores located on Fulton Street and Marcus Garvey. My African people Please patronize these stores so that all Peoples of African descent can better our economic development in America. We Must Support Our Own People. Every other ethnic group does this and that allows them to rise financially as the dollars circulate within our community and our neighborhoods are improved. Thank you!

Yes most of us are all shopping for our respective Holidays, Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa but make buying easy on yourself. Why not make Black Friday, Cyber Friday and extend to Cyber Monday. Avoid the crowds and the hassles plus still get the deals. Since most folks have PCs, Laptops and/or Tablets you can buy gifts in the comfort of your home without fighting the greedy hordes.  Just Saying……….

Black Friday = Broke Friday. If you must make purchases today please support your local small businesses and merchants.

My Sisters and Brothers of African descent BUY BLACK!!

So we can either #BoycottBlackFriday or make it work for us and #BuyBlack