Share Your World – January 2, 2017


 

Share Your World – January 2, 2017

Share Your World – January 2, 2017

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Would you prefer to receive a unicycle, bicycle, tricycle or motorcycle?

None of the above. As my vision is 20/100 I cannot operate any type of motor vehicle even bikes!! Me riding a bike would be the equivalent of Mr. Magoo driving a car which is another activity I had to give up.

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Mr. Magoo

What is one thing you’d like to accomplish this year?

The most important thing is for me to find an apartment around or before Oct. 1st, 2017. It is not a question of like. Safe, clean housing that is near transportation is a necessity not something I can do without.

What was one of the highlights of 2016 for you?

Being a part of the Paid Family Leave Movement for the State of New York!! I received a personal invitation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to attend the rally! Paid Family Leave will become active Jan. 2018!!  Gov. Cuomo read the New York Times article about my difficulties being a low wage worker and trying to get time off the care for my brother Stephen who has Autism.  Please click on the second link to get the link for the New York Times article. Again Praise God my workplace situation has improved so some of the issues I faced then are no longer a problem.

I Thank God that Stephen and I Live in a Democrat, Liberal, Progressive state like New York where the Mayor and the Gov. do their best to protect their citizens, provide New Yorkers with benefits that the rest of the country does not have and is a safer space for minorities and immigrants!! New York is and will continue to be a Sanctuary fighting against all Trump policies!! Trump is against Americans who have disabilities.  I am Proud to be a Member of the Resistance!! Yes to Basic Human Rights!!

https://dancingpalmtrees.com/2016/01/31/7-deborah-and-a-better-balance/

https://dancingpalmtrees.com/2016/01/29/getting-our-blessing/

 

Stephen and I continue to be Mighty Warriors and Autism Activist/Advocates!

 

 

Would you prefer to fly a kite or fly in a hot air balloon?

I’d take flying the kite as I have a Fear of Heights!! I had enough of helicopters and planes!

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Glad the holidays are over and behind me. I can now return to some sort of normal life. No special plans for either this week or next week. January tends to be a bad weather month so other than going to work I’m staying in. However lately the weather has been in the 40s and 50s which I hope lasts for the entire winter.

 

 

 

 

 

Saratoga Dreaming……..


 

Saratoga Dreaming….  On such a Winter’s Day!!

Okay. Apologies to the Mamas & the Papas!

I can easily get the time off now that I work evenings. The evening shift offers much more flexibility.  Saving for the Greyhound Bus or Amtrak is doable. The only sticking point is finding a clean, safe, inexpensive hotel. Guess I’ll have to start using my AARP card for travel!

Vacation Travel Dream Goals for 2017

Saratoga Springs

http://www.saratoga.com/guide/health-mineral-springs.cfm

http://www.saratoga.com/things-to-do/spas-wellness/

http://www.saratoga.com/things-to-do/arts-culture/

 

Harlem Renaissance Exhibit at Yale

I’m sure that I can make it to this special exhibit because it’s a One Day Trip so I won’t need a place to stay overnight. A friend knows my Love of Photography and especially the Harlem Renaissance.  I often think of what it would be like to be transported back to Harlem in the 1920s rubbing elbows with Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Van Der Zee, James Weldon Johnso.

http://news.yale.edu/2016/12/20/harlem-renaissance-creators-showcased-gather-out-star-dust-beinecke

http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/harlem-renaissance

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_events_harlem.html

Lift Every Voice and Sing with Lyrics also known as the Negro National Anthem

The Smithsonian
National Museum of African American History & Culture

I have been to Washington, DC several times and had the opportunity to see some of the various Smithsonian museums but there are so many you can never see them all in just one visit. Obviously I have a special interest in African American History and Culture so later on when the demand dies down I will go visit. Right now the demand is so high that even though the All the Smithsonian museums are Free they must issue tickets for this one to control the crowds.

https://nmaahc.si.edu/

Civil War

Several years ago when I went to Washington, DC with a cousin we visited a Civil War Museum dedicated to African American troops. It was not far from a Monument to Colored Soldiers. Many of you have heard me speak about my Great, Great Grandfather William Henry Halstead who served with the Connecticut 29th Colored Regiment.

http://www.conn29th.org/history.htm

During that time I was able to locate my Great, great Grandfather’s name inscribed into the monument. A momentous occasion and somewhat emotional.

 

 

I also plan to go to Sleepy Hollow to visit his grave. Hopefully this year 2017.

William Henry Halstead Headstone ~ Sleepy Hollow

 

I visited San Diego, California and Disneyland many years ago! Enjoyed it immensely! Now here is the Song!!

The Mamas & the Papas – California Dreamin’