Share Your World – August 14, 2017


 

 

Share Your World – August 14, 2017

Share Your World – August 14, 2017

 

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When you leave a room, do you turn the lights off behind you or keep the lights on throughout your house most of the time?

Usually I turn the lights off unless I’m going back into that room.

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500? 

#1 ~ My brother Stephen

#2 ~ Me. I rarely have any extra money to spend on myself even for my basic needs much less the much touted Self-Care that everyone blogs about.  I’m working class so what little money I make usually goes towards bills.

Complete this sentence: My favorite thing to do on my cell phone is…

Read my email and write blog posts. WordPress has an App for Android cell phones.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

My vacation. Going to the beach at Coney Island and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I Welcome any opportunity to get out into Nature.  I just really really wish I could spend more time in Nature. Just being outdoors helps me a lot but I gotta work and earn those coins so until next year 2018 farewell to the Great Outdoors!

 

 

Share Your World – August 7, 2017


 

 

Share Your World – August 7, 2017

Share Your World – August 7, 2017

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Good morning everyone.  I thought I would switch things up a bit on Share Your World.  I will still be asking four questions, but the fourth question will be the same each week.  The last question will be about anything that inspires you.  

What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved?

 

An Annual Compendium of Black Photography that Was a Revolutionary Act

In 1973, a small band of black artists published the Black Photographers Annual, Volume I, a book that changed the history of photography in America.

https://hyperallergic.com/393569/black-photographs-annual-virginia-museum-fine-arts/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=An%20Annual%20Compendium%20of%20Black%20Photography%20that%20Was%20a%20Revolutionary%20Act&utm_content=An%20Annual%20Compendium%20of%20Black%20Photography%20that%20Was%20a%20Revolutionary%20Act+CID_b3133d7e020a99f86d4e359bb75a866d&utm_source=HyperallergicNewsletter&utm_term=Read%20More

 

Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

Yes. Whether it is Heaven or Reincarnation I don’t know. As my Aunt Gladys told me once, Nobody has come back from the dead to tell us!  And I mean dead for several days! As a Christian I believe in Heaven. I want to see my family again. I want to be reunited with my Loved Ones who have Gone onto Glory.  I would not want to be reincarnated because who in their right mind wants to return to this horrible world called Earth!

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

Poems. My specialty is Poetry. I have dabbled in short stories but I suck at character development, story lines, etc… It’s best I stick with Poetry.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

My brother Stephen Palmer. I am on vacation so we spent time together this past weekend. Friday we rocked out to the music of the late great Robert Palmer. He goes back to his Group Home Residence today.  Here is a video of a walk we took through Mt. Prospect Park yesterday Sunday. Stephen was enjoying some chocolate flavored popcorn thus the popcorn lips.

 

 

If a movie was made based on your life, what actor/actress would play you?

Jada Pinkett Smith. She is a petite Black Woman like me. Eartha Kitt if she was still living. Love her Cat Vibes.  Also both women are Fierce and Feisty like me.

If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?

Controversy.  Stirring up mix. Outspoken with No filters. Blunt. Straight. No Chaser. No wait, I’m already famous for that.  Guess I met the requirement.

I am the 21st Century version of the Warrior Goddess Judge DeBorah whose story is in the Bible book of Judges Chapters Four and Five.

 

 

Share Your World – July 24, 2017


 

 

 

Share Your World – July 24, 2017

Share Your World – July 24, 2017

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List some of your favorites types of teas.

Green tea. Yerba Mate. Moroccan Mint Tea.

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?

A Work day is Slow or Yield.  A traffic sign that describes my life is Detour.

 

What are a couple of things could people do for you on a really bad day that would really help you?

Buy me lunch or dinner!! Take me to a Beauty/Health Spa. A trip to the beach.

Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would do do?   Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed.

I would be like my fictional character and alter ego the Nubian Ninja! I do admire Venus and Serena Williams.  Also Misty Copeland.

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

Always Glad for weekends. Those two days I have a little Me-time. Work days are devoted to my job. I was supposed to go out Friday but due to the extreme heat I elected to stay near home. I did go outside in the backyard. I look forward to next weekend, vacation in August and retiring next year. Basically when you work full-time you spend most of your time commuting to and from work. Then when you’re off you still have to do laundry, clean house and grocery shopping. You exchange on job for another. Then back to sleep. I’m so exhausted by the time the weekend comes so I usually wind up cancelling any plans I made to go somewhere. I made that one exception for Curlfest.  It always astonishes me that people have energy to travel engage in hobbies. I’m preparing an art project and only force of will power will help me get it done even though it is something I want to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share Your World – July 17, 2017


 

Share Your World – July 17, 2017

Share Your World – July 17, 2017

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What is your favorite cheese?

I suppose Cheddar or American Cheese. I enjoy a great many types of cheese but as it contains high amounts of salt I must limit my intake. Bad for those of us with high blood pressure.

Are you left or right handed?

I am right handed. Stephen is left handed.

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?

Both. I exercise my mind by watching educational videos on YouTube, reading and of course since I work in a museum viewing artworks on a daily basis.  Thanks to the NYC MTA and the poor bus and subway service I have the opportunity several times a week for unscheduled exercise after being let off the subway train 10+ blocks away from my intended destination.

Complete this sentence: Hot days are …THE BEST!!!! I LOVE Hot Weather. My skin, hair, nails and mood improve and brighten up. My hair grows faster and my skin does not suffer from those horrible winter rashes.  Summer is my Favorite Season!! I get more done and can spend more time outside in hot weather as opposed to cold weather.  Also I can wear my lovely summer dresses!

As long as the temps don’t go over 90 degrees.  100 degrees is not only uncomfortable but dangerous. I drink lots of water. Give me 70 and 85 degree days all year long! They are the best.

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

Making phone calls to my various elected officials to alert them to vote against trumpcare, keep Medicaid and improve services and programs for adults with Autism. By calling my various Congresspersons, Senators, Reps I hope to get funding restored for the programs and services eliminated due to budget cuts. Always wearing my Autism Advocate hat.  I am an Autism Activist!!

Also I had lots of fun at Curlfest on Sunday. Even though it was a really hot day in the park I spent lots of time dancing and having fun!

Looking forward to my vacation in August.

 

CELEBRATE SUMMER!!!

 

Share Your World – July 10, 2017


 

Share Your World – July 10, 2017

Share Your World – July 10, 2017

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How do you like to spend a rainy day?

Inside. Rain is bad for my arthritis. Creates more pain. If it rains on a work day or if I have a meeting to attend then I just grin and bare the pain and pass out when I get home. Joint pain is no fun so rain is not my friend.

List at least five favorite treats. (They do not have to be sugary).

Plantain chips

Blueberry muffins

Egg and American cheese on a cinnamon raisin bagel

Italian ices

Yogurt

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests?

I never have out of town guests but I remember when I was a young girl and my family from Ohio came to New York either my Dad or myself would take them to the famous New York sites. Empire State building and all those touristy places I don’t like. I suppose if someone were to visit me and I had the vacation time to spend with them we’d be going to all the New York Museums which I can get in for Free since I am employed by a NY Museum.

You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with?

That’s something I don’t even want to entertain since it has happened on my job. Not to me but to my co-workers. I have a fear of enclosed places with no escape which is bad because one of my duties when there is a special exhibition opening is to operate the elevator. I know my bosses can see me pacing back and forth inside the elevator. Scary. Ugh. This scenario is a Trigger for my nerves. Reminds me of when I was trapped underground in the subway for over an hour last Jan when the train hit a guy on the tracks. Suicide victim. Horrible.

Given that I have high blood pressure, anxiety and panic attacks I’d pick Jesus because only Jesus could get the elevators to work or take me to Heaven in case I have a heart attack or stroke.

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

I got to see Stephen. I had planned for a relaxing three 3 day weekend but that did not happen.  The only good part was attending Stephen’s meeting and seeing him. The news about all the layoffs and cutbacks due to lack of funding was depressing. Less and less services and programs for Stephen and the other residents.

The art program has been completely cut.  Stephen enjoys art and making drawings, ceramics, etc….  He is no longer going out to as many work-sites because New York State has not provided funding to pay staff to take him to his job sites.  Stephen used to attend a special camp for Adults with Autism but that got cut also. So you see my 3 days off was not relaxing in the least bit.

Developmentally Disabled citizens are being kicked to the curb because our American government no longer cares. Many professionals and family members are worried that this is a return to the warehousing of developmentally disabled people that was the norm in the 50s, 60s & 70s.  Those of you old enough will remember Willowbrook and the scandal that reporter Geraldo Rivero exposed at that house of horrors.

I wish I was rich and wealthy so I could donate money to hire more staff and return the arts, camps, work-site/work readiness programs that make the lives those with developmental disabilities fulfilling.

 

 

Share Your World – June 19, 2017


 

 

Share Your World – June 19, 2017

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What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?

Sports. Working until they drop dead. Public displays of affection. (Gross)

What quirky things do people do where you are from?

I Live in New York City. What don’t they do?

What are some things you wish you could unlearn? 

Nothing. You can’t unlearn things. Life is not a movie like The Men in Black where some guy touches you with a device that makes you forget. If such a device existed trust me I would use it!

Whatever has happened in your life good, bad, ugly and total disaster is yours to keep. That includes the anxiety, nerves and stress. That’s a package deal. You can never go back to being carefree, your childhood or innocence. Put on your Big Girl panties and deal.

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?

After 50 you go to funerals constantly. Went to one a few Fridays ago. Most of my family has died and my Baby Boomer generation is passing away. Quickly. I go to more wakes, funerals, viewings etc… than any type of parties. Not too many of us are gonna make it to age 60. If I do I’ll count myself lucky. Heart attacks, strokes and cancer have taken a good many of my friends and co-workers.

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

I will be grateful when this week is over. Slowly going from bad to worse. I got two pieces of bad news last weekend. Can’t say I’m grateful for that. Nor do I see any solution to the problems.

Life has too many variables so I rarely look forward to things and as the saying goes the best made plans of mice and men often go awry.

As I was on my way to work yesterday I stopped to listen to the Brother sing.  As many R&B Soul singers are wont to do he had a little monologue.  He had several African-American listeners and while he was talking it was like church to me. In fact at least one Sister and Brother said “Preach Brother.”  What he says is true. We have little control over our lives or what happens in our lives. We only think we are in control. Once I got to work and began my shift as usual satan had let some of his demons out to play in order to make my day miserable. I did not even finish my food. I believe certain co-workers are put in the workplace to torture you and make a simple job even more difficult because they must have their way. All. The. Time.  And yours truly winds up getting screwed.  It’s after 2:30 am and I should be asleep but I know what awaits me in a few hours.

 

Yes I’m Looking forward to Retirement and becoming Invisible!! Isolation!! No more dealing with Dumbfuckery and Assholes!!! Yessssssssss!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share Your World – June 12, 2017


 

 

 

Share Your World – June 12, 2017

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What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you that is not part of your regular daytime routine?

Sleep. If the weather is nice after my nap I’ll go outside. Maybe take a walk. If I’m lucky and not too tired then I visit the Brooklyn Museum and/or the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. However I work very long hours so when I’m off it’s time to do laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning house, etc…   I look forward to retirement when I’ll get my life back.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Stop working. Take my brother Stephen and move far away to a Caribbean island where I would hire care-givers for him. Then knowing he was being taken care of write that book, concentrate on creating art, do what I want to do 100% of the time. We would live in a luxurious beach home where we would be waited on hand and foot. Especially somebody to cook as I don’t like or enjoy cooking.

What makes you laugh the most?

That’s a difficult question. I don’t own a TV and rarely go to movies so I really don’t know.

Sometimes I’ll watch Trevor Noah videos on YouTube. I guess I don’t really have to much to laugh about. With all hell going on in the USA there is not much to laugh about.

My co-workers and I joke about our inability to balance work and home life. Our frustrations with trying pay rent, care for our families and maybe squeeze out some time for ourselves. Crazy co-workers who live to annoy the rest of us trying to do our jobs.  How we are all running a sleep deficit. Truly sad. That’s not funny but it is reality.  Our Patron Saint is Our Lady of the Perpetually Exhausted. Especially for those of us near or over 50.  Working adults laugh to keep from crying.

What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology?

I hate when you call doctor’s offices, utility companies, etc.. you get that robot voice telling to you Press 1 for this or 2 for that.

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

Eye doctor visit went well. The blind spots in my left eye are contained and not spreading. Friday I got my Vitamin shots and was able to meet my girlfriend for some Buddhist meditation and dinner at Panera. It is very rare for me to be able to get together with any friends due to my job schedule. We all wish that could change but it will be years before it does.

Can’t say I’m looking forward to this week or the next. It’s all the same. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. When you work a full-time job your week is planned out for you. As for the weekends those are for household chores. I do have some vacation coming in August. If I have money maybe I can visit my girlfriend in PA. We will see.