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


 

https://weather.com/weather/today/l/Brooklyn+NY+11233:4:US

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brutal Reality


 

Life can be sobering. Earlier today I saw fire trucks lining the street, EMS, and heard a young woman across the street screaming. Children, teenagers and adults lined the edge of the brownstones steps. The young woman continued to scream. The EMS ran into the house with those heart paddles, then he came back out a short time later putting the life saving devices away. Obviously they were not needed. I knew the person whoever they were had died.  Silence from neighbors except for the young lady who continued to scream.

Eventually someone possibly a family member took her away but I did not see them remove the body. Well a short time ago Medical Examiner/Coroner came and brought out the individual in a body bag. Living in the city death is not a new experience. I remember sometime last year I witnessed the aftermath of a horrible accident where a cyclist was killed when hit when a car and van collided and he was unfortunately in the midst. The collision was so powerful that the entire front grill of the van landed in the middle of the side several feet away. The cops had covered his body but given the amount of people who die on any given day in New York it may take hours before the body is removed.

Some insensitive people were taking photos of the scene. Now as a photographer I draw the line at photographing death, bodies or horrible accidents out of respect for the dead.

My only beef with our American Society is you are not allowed to grieve after the funeral. You are expected to go back to normal. To smile, laugh, and make jokes as though nothing had happened. People give you loads of meaningless platitudes but no compassion nor understanding. Obviously if you’re still working you must return to your job but you can never discuss your feelings or emotions.  The expectation is for you to “Get Over it” despite the fact that your life has changed in an irreversible way.

I’m not one to discuss or share my emotions about the deaths of friends, family members or pets but at least others should respect my right to mourn not expect me to hit the town partying or celebrating certain holidays which they know cause pain.  Since I’ve turned 50 many years ago I’ve seen and been to many funerals. The half century mark is when heart attacks, strokes and cancer begin to claim our loved ones. Some of us get lucky and escape but it does make you stop and think. Can’t say I’m afraid to die. I am afraid of pain. My parents, Aunts and others died terrible painful deaths from cancer and strokes. I do not want that to be my portion. I hope I die in my sleep in my 70s or 80s. Neither of my parents made it to 70 so if I do that will be an accomplishment.

Watching this drama play out I wonder how that person died. Was it murder, suicide, or death by misadventure (accident). My heart and prayers also go out to that young woman who was so devastated. I suppose in a week or two I’ll hear the cries of mourners and maybe see the hearse pass by.  I remember when my parents died the funeral director asked me if I wanted to drive by their house one more time. This gives the deceased a chance to go home if not in the flesh but in spirit one more time. Perhaps this is an African American tradition. I’m not sure.

Then I think about my cousin Bertie (not his real name) who died right before Christmas 2014 at his home alone from cancer. I cried when my other cousin call to tell me of his passing but I had to pull myself together since like me Bertie was single and I had to find his body.  Sounds strange but both Bertie and I lived in the same Brooklyn neighborhood. and when you die alone the police come, the coroner takes your body to the morgue. My mission was to locate which morgue they took him to until his elderly brother arrived from PA to identify the body. The police were very kind and considerate and the officers gave me all the information I needed to locate his body. Eventually I found out he was taken to the Brooklyn morgue. The person who answered the phone said I could come in to make the identification but I held back since he had probably lain dead for a while, decomposing.

Little did I know that Thanksgiving 2014 would be the last time Stephen and I would see Bertie alive. We both knew he was going to die. He was so weak that Stephen and I had a time getting him from New Jersey back to Brooklyn. We took him straight to his door. When we finally made it to our home Stephen did something he rarely does. He put his head on my shoulder and we just held each other. A few weeks later Bertie was dead.

Death is a great reminder that life is short and often brutal. Like my parents used to say Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Death is the great equalizer that takes the young as well as the old, the poor and the rich. Race, color, religion or nationality mean nothing to death. Whatever plans, purpose, ideas or goals you may have had will go down to the grave with you in dust. Unfinished business. Most likely never to be resurrected again.  You become just a picture in a frame. A distant memory that will be forgotten as time passes. However as a Christian I know my reward lies beyond this moral veil. For then I shall be reunited with all my Loved ones in that Great Getting up Morning in Paradise.

Thomas Dorsey-Take My Hand, Precious Lord

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016 WEEK 4


 

Share Your World – 2016 Week 4

SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016 WEEK 4

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?

Today.

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!!

 

 

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!!