“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
― Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings
Today at Governor Andrew Cuomo State of the State Address!! Praise God for Divine Favor with Gov. Andrew Cuomo!! Praise God for Vice President Joe Biden. Last year Gov. Cuomo lost his Father Mario Cuomo was a Great Gov. and VP Biden lost his son to cancer. They understand. They care.
My Legal Team at A Better Balance had invited me to attend Governor Andrew Cuomo State of the State Address and at first I declined. Then yesterday at work I saw a 518 number on my cell phone. The Holy Spirit said return that call turns out that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had read the NY Times article about me and Stephen and through his representative I was personally invited to attend. When the Gov. calls you answer!! At first it was planned for me to give remarks but time was short since Vice President Biden was also in attendance and spoke.
Let me include the backstory on my FMLA struggles for those followers who have recently subscribed.
The New York Times on my brother Stephen and me that came to the attention of Gov. Andrew Cuomo! http://nyti.ms/1BktTeP
Thanks to my Better Balance Team-mates, Thanks to Gov. Cuomo for inviting me and Thanks to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has seen my troubles, heard my prayers and is answering. As the Lord spoke unto Mary He saw the low estate of His Handmaiden and stepped in. Just think me, a guard caught the eye and ear of the Gov. of New York State. Miracles Happen!
After attending the State of the State Address from Gov. Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden A Better Balance interviewed me on how Paid Family Leave would affect my ability to care for Stephen. As soon as the interview goes Live I will give out the link. Meantime please check out the photos from the event!!
Greater is He Who is in Me than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Praise Dance Time!!
Mary Mary – Go Get It
It was an Honor to be at this State of the State Address at the McBurney YMCA located on 14th Street across from the Salvation Army church. A church I attended as a young woman. God said He would bring me before Great Men and he did. Jesus said Fear Not for I am with you always. Many Unions under the banner of AFL-CIO were represented and my only disappointment was not seeing anyone from DC 37 however during the continued standing ovations given to Gov. Cuomo and Vice President Biden I shouted out my Union DC 37!! DC 37 Local 1503 I did nothing special that any one of you cannot do. All you have to do is have faith but remember Faith without Works is dead!! There are people who believe in the Working Class!
Photos of me, my Better Balance Team, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Biden can be seen here.
The song that has resonated in my spirit was Tasha Cobbs – Break Every Chain (Lyrics) https://youtu.be/-pD2zIuiC2g. I can’t explain the effect of this song and the call from Gov. Cuomo’s office but I actually saw chains breaking in the spirit world. Both speeches from Gov. Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden were heartfelt, uplifting and empowering!! Wow!! The energy in the room was incredible. Like Tasha Cobbs sings in the song, “There’s an Army Rising Up!!” Working people are rising up in the Empire State!! With such outstanding Leadership we will Have Paid Family Leave in New York State for 2016!!
Tasha Cobbs – Break Every Chain (Lyrics)
2 Timothy 1:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
What one thing are you really glad you did yesterday?
Rested up after fighting my way to and from work in the blizzard Snowstorm Jonas!
Are you generally focused on today or tomorrow?
Would you want to have as a guardian angel/mentor? What would they tell you right now?
Guardian Angel. Have Faith. Believe God. The Battle is Already Won!
Would you rather live in a cave house or a dome house made out of glass? (photos of the houses found on google search)
Cave house. Glass Dome House is too much exposure. I’m a person who enjoys her privacy anyway I would not feel comfortable parading around in the nude in a glass house!! Also the Cave house seems warmer and more cozy!
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Grateful that the Lord God helped me make it safely to work on Saturday and brought me back home safely while braving the brutal elements of Snowstorm Jonas. Looking forward to seeing all this nasty gross snowy icy mess melt because the streets are still blocked and pedestrians are competing with the cars and buses for rights to walk the streets!! Also just saw an older man fall and EMS take him away in an ambulance. Sanitation has pushed up all the snow against the sidewalks so there are no pathways to cross the street or catch the bus! Can’t stand frozen dangerous weather! Ugh!!
We might not be in control of Snowstorm Jonas but Janet Jackson is in Control of the Groove!!
Janet Jackson – Control
My landlord is digging us out now. My room-mate and I were literally trapped inside the house by snow! I tried opening the front door and there was a snowdrift nearly as tall as me! Anyway we should be Free soon. Thank God today is my day off! Yesterday I had to fling myself over a four foot snowdrift just to get onto my block and inside my house. Glad I’m in good physical shape. Guess now I qualify for the winter Olympics Snow Vaulting competition!! LOL!!
The snow is knee deep and in some areas waist deep. Yesterday I really got in my cardio and resistance training walking from East 84th Street to 86th Street CPW to reach the subway station! All the shoveling will prevent those dreaded bat wings that plague ladies of a certain age. Yes folks this nearly 57 year old middle-age Woman is now ready for an Iron Woman competition!
Now Gimme a Beat and Let’s Get into That Nasty Groove With SiStar Janet Jackson!
Now for some BadAss Nasty Free Winter Verse for that Nasty Winter Snow Storm!
Winter Storm Tempest Rages creating Cathedrals of Ice and Snow. Worshipers rush through the Snowy sanctuary. Walls of white engage silent priests.
Stalactites and Stalagmites frozen ring in the frozen choir. Chill winds blow blizzard communion wafer pellets into exposed skin. Muffled voices murmuring against snowy silence. Snowstorm suspends civilization of modern man in its wake.
Father Winter and I are now one. Snow battered bodies blister in ecstasy. Gale force winds whip me Heavenly upwards to behold Glory.
These photos were taken outside my home in Brownsville, Brooklyn. As you can see both my front and back yards are completely blocked by snow drifts. I had to dig a pathway to my front gate so I could get photos of the street. And yes I actually had to climb over 4 foot snow drifts just to get to my front door after getting off the subway. What an adventure!! Snowstorm Jonas is the evil Jonas brother!! LOL!!
This is one Badass Blizzard. Thank you Jesus!! The Museum closed at 2:30 pm. Made it home safely to Brooklyn! NYC bus service shut down at 12 noon so I had to hoof it to 86th Street Central Park West! Had to walk in the street. Fortunately the Mayor and Gov. ordered all non-emergency vehicles off the streets so I did not get run over. Caught a D train to 59th Street and picked up the A train which was running local. Snow was inside the Ralph Avenue station. The entire platform was snowbound. The Mayor and Gov. cut off all subway service at 4 pm. Made it home by the skin of my teeth!
Snowstorm Jonas has brought the Big Apple to a halt except for the rich people on the Upper East Side frolicking with their kids and dogs in Central Park. But for those of us forced to work it was an icy hell. Glad to have made it home safely.
Here is the Google Photos link because I cannot get the video to post to this page. I took this photos from the windows at the museum. Please excuse the blurriness of some photos since at times the snow is drifting and a total white-out!
Living my life on my own terms and conditions, I've celebrated life at every given opportunity. Here I take the opportunity to share a few of my experiences in form of poems, short stories or articles.