Wishes 


 

 

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Wish

Sharing wishes with strangers makes a powerful emotional statement.

Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating 2014

https://www.shinnyoen.org/beliefs/her-holiness.html

http://www.shinnyocenternyc.org/about-us/

You write your wishes/prayers on the Lantern then float it in a body of water. I’ve done various volunteer activities with this Buddhist Temple.  I don’t attend as much as I used to but I still get together with my Japanese friends for Buddhist services, chanting and meditation.

 

 

My Greatest Wish is to spend more time with my brother Stephen who is an Awesome Autism Guy! ♡ ♡ ☆ ☆

 

 

Share Your World – 2016 Week 44


 

Share Your World – 2016 Week 44

Share Your World – 2016 Week 44

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What was your favorite subject in school?

Actually I had two favorite subjects. English and History or back then it was called Current Events.

If you could have a servant come to your house every day for two hours, what would you have them do?

My Laundry!!

Where did you live when you were in the third grade of school?  Is it the same place or town you live now?

Third Grade. I would have been age 9. I Lived on 115th Road in St. Albans, Queens, NY. I no longer live there. Now I Live in Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY. The below photo taken March 1964 is Stephen and I sitting on the stoop of our home. I was 5 Stephen would have been 3.

DeB and Stephen March 1964
Me and Stephen March 1964 Home 115th Road St. Albans, Queens, NY

In your opinion, list some places that are great for shopping?

Jamaica Avenue. Downtown Jamaica, Queens. Today I scored two winter sweaters for only $3 a piece. That’s $6.00 of warmth!!

Green Acres shopping mall located in Long Island, New York

Fulton Street Brooklyn New York

Lord & Taylor located near 37th or 38th Streets on Fifth Avenue.

Actually there are many funky, fun, fascinating places to shop in New York but those are the once that come to mind immediately.

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

I’m Grateful for this wonderful email message that I received from my brother Stephen yesterday. Here is the message. Please don’t mind the spelling. I think Stephen is doing quite well for an Autism Guy. He is wonderful.

Good morning sister, hi how are you doing today. I got your massage and will make you another picture, and bring it when i come to see you again.

 I had a great week at program. we had a party , we sang songs and dance , they had stacks and soda there it was a good time . thank you for the halloween costumes .
 I really like the knight costume, I wore it to the party and my fiends liked it  i had a good time.😎
I’m grateful for the fun that Stephen and I had at today’s Halloween party held at AABR which is a Training Center for Developmentally Disabled Adults located in Jamaica, Queens, NY.
Given that one of my good friends passed away last week and I attended her wake/viewing I’m grateful for Life. I look forward to not only being Alive but enjoying Life and having Fun.

Funny Video for Halloween

The Wednesday Dance
https://youtu.be/F3jnymeJof4

 

Rain Walk


 

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Decided to take an evening constitutional. Fortified myself with the other half of my Subway sandwich, collected my umbrella and small travel purse, keys, Metro Card in case I got too tired and had to take the bus, put on a light jacket and of course made sure that I went to the bathroom before neighborhood striding!!

Stuck to Fulton Street which is a major thoroughfare in Brooklyn. Plenty of bright street lights and folks are out and about. Many are returning from shopping, visiting friends and/or family or on their way home from work.

Started out at 9:30 pm. Most of the rain had subsided but I was still anointed by rain drops descending from the trees. Continued my trek from Rockaway Avenue a little past Utica Avenue and made my turn around at Boys & Girls High School. Took half an hour to get to Utica so that’s why I reversed my course so I could be back home within an hour.

I accomplished my goal plus I had the pleasure of a resurgence serene divine essence from Heaven.  Now when I say peace and serenity I do not mean quiet. I Live in Brooklyn specifically the Inner City.  As soon as I stepped out the door I was greeted by wailing EMS and police sirens!! My neighborhood is loud!  I mean high volume. However I’m used to all types of loud noises. I’ve learned to sleep through Be-Bop, Doo-Wop, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Block Parties, Noisy neighbors, etc….  Yes I do have insomnia but that probably comes from inner turmoil and stress.

The warm caress of showers brought internal Blessings.  I was Walking in the Rain with the Ones I Love = Me, Myself and I!!  Yes I Feel So Good!!  In this Warm Soft Autumn Rain I Reign…..

Walking In The Rain 1972

 

Bible Verses Regarding Rain

James 5:18 – And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Leviticus 26:4 – Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

Zechariah 10:1 – Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; [so] the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.

Isaiah 55:10 – For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

1 Kings 18:41-45 – And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for [there is] a sound of abundance of rain.   (Read More…)

1 Kings 8:35 – When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them:

Jeremiah 14:22 – Are there [any] among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? [art] not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these [things].

Psalms 72:6 – He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers [that] water the earth.

Jeremiah 5:24 – Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.

Zechariah 14:17 – And it shall be, [that] whoso will not come up of [all] the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

James 5:17 – Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

Hosea 6:3 – Then shall we know, [if] we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain unto the earth.

Acts 14:17 – Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

http://topverses.com/about/rain&pg=10

B.J.Thomas – Raindrops keep falling on my head (HQ)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEE’S ODD BALL PHOTO CHALLENGE: 2016 WEEK 9


 

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week 9

 

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Air Ben Franklin!
It’s all about the Benjamins’ Baby!

 

Aladdin’s dirty basement. Genie not cleaning.

 

So this is where Aladdin’s Lamp Landed. Looks like the Genie escaped!

 

Hoverboard kid

 

2 Hoverboard kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BadAss Blizzard in Brownsville, Brooklyn


 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things That are Cold

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!!

 

 

Prompt Stomp ~~ Super Heroes


 

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“…I love dressing up in superhero outfits and in fact, when I dress up as Wonder Woman, I actually think that I’m more powerful…”

—Olivia Munn

Real or made up. A super hero can be anybody. The lady next door who devotes her time to the needy, our soldiers across the seas or like our heroes growing up we can write about Batman or Wonder Woman. A super hero can take many forms. Lets write about them this week!

 

Every Halloween my brother Stephen and I become Super Heroes. Halloween is my favorite holiday because you can not only dress in costume but it’s okay to walk around the city in that costume with your new though temporary Identity. For a long time I went with a feline theme thus I was Cat Woman channeling Eartha Kitt for several Halloweens.  As you can see I greatly enjoyed my Cat Woman and Tigeress Avatars!  Stephen won Best Costume in 2011 for his Scarecrow Costume!!  in 2013/2014 Stephen was a Sailor aka like the kid on the Cracker Jack box for those of you old enough to remember the caramel popcorn with the toy surprise. Obviously for those of you living on the East Coast of the United States Hurricane Sandy put the kibosh on Halloween that year. Some photos were taken at Stephen’s training center AABR in Jamaica, Queens, New York.

Sailor Stephen
Sailor Stephen

Stephen the Happy Sailor Stephen Sails the Seas Stephen Sails the Oceans

Sailor Stephen
Sailor Stephen
Stephen as Scarecrow
Stephen as Scarecrow
Ebony Panther
Ebony Panther

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Me as the Black Panther
Me as the Black Panther
Stephen as Scarecrow. Me as Cat Woman.
Stephen as Scarecrow. Me as Cat Woman.
Year of the Tiger!
Halloween 2013 ~ Year of the Tiger!!
Me channeling Cat Woman Halloween 2011
Me channeling Cat Woman Halloween 2011

 

My Avatar ~ Cat Woman
My Avatar ~ Cat Woman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past summer Stephen with his Group Home residence had visited The New York Renaissance Faire located in Tuxedo, New York. So together we decided on variations of a Renaissance Theme. I re-imagined Diana the Huntress as DeBorah the Huntress, a combination of the Hunger Games and the Goddess Diana. So I become the Goddess DeBorah acting out my incarnation as Huntress Protector of the Forest.  Stephen transformed from a Sailor into the Black Robin Hood! This is what ensued.

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Stephen as Robin Hood October 30, 2015
Stephen as Robin Hood October 30, 2015

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Stephen as the Black Robin Hood!
Stephen as Robin Hood!

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