Today’s Writing Prompt is…









I cannot remember one specific New Years Celebration that stood out however when I was a young woman in my 20s I can recall going to Watch Night Service on New Year’s Eve. Watch Night Service is a special church service where you pray in the New Year.

Then after the church service was over I would just hang out with my friends probably going to somebody’s home. Transportation was no problem as during this time period in the 1980s I remember the Mayor of New York and the MTA offered Free Rides on the subways and buses. I suppose that was to protect inebriated New Yorkers who had over done their New Year’s Eve Celebrations.

I was brought up as a Baptist but attended other Christian denominations where I had the opportunity to enjoy various celebrations. Whether I went out or not when the Ball dropped in Times Square and Guy Lombardo played Auld Lang Syne my family would have a small toast, kiss and wish each other Happy New Year!

In recent years I’ve had the pleasure of attending my Japanese girlfriend New Years Day service at her Buddhist Temple located in White Plains, NY.  At the Temple I saw and heard powerful performances of the Taiko Drums. Also I’ve gone to Asian (what many call Chinese New Year but most Asians use the same zodiac calendar) New Year Celebrations. I’ve seen the Dragon Dance, eaten traditional Japanese foods which are delicious and the Buddhist ministers acknowledge those born in the year of the goat, horse, or whatever animal is represented for that particular year. I was born in the Year of the Boar and when that year comes I will make it a point to take off and attend as many services as I can get to. I am a Member of Shinnyo-en Buddhism but due to work concerns I can’t get out to services as much as I would like. And No you are not required to convert to Buddhism. I’m still a Christian and still acknowledge Jesus as My Lord and Savior but I’m open to benefits from other faiths.  Actually I find Buddhism more of a philosophy than a religion as the Buddha never said that he was God. As my Japanese girlfriend puts it, Shinnyo-en is where Jesus and Buddha shake hands. Many Americans of all faiths, races and backgrounds go to the Temple for meditation and uplift. So no different from a Christian church.



Auld Lang Syne” (Scots pronunciation: [ˈɔːl(d) lɑŋˈsəin]: note “s” rather than “z”)[1] is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788[2][3] and set to the tune of a traditional folk song (Roud # 6294). It is well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world, its traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight.

As I’ve gotten older I no longer attend Church on a regular basis and it’s way too dangerous to be out on the streets late at night I spend my New Year’s Eve’s with my cat Sylvester. I’m not even certain if Church’s still have Watch Night Service but as both Christmas and New Years fell on a Sunday this holiday season I’m certain many church goers just attended their regular day time church services.

Taiko Drumming

The following song by Dan Fogelberg has nothing to do with the traditional Auld Lang Syne but I like the song.

Dan Fogelberg – Same Old Lang Syne (from Live: Greetings from the West)

My Generation


My parents Generation Auld Lang Syne

Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians — Auld Lang Syne (VintageMusic.es)






Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week 20



Mattress and plastic sheet Street Art


Mary. Mary. Quite Contrary. How does your Garden Grow? With Skull-like Cranium Shells and Pretty Emerging Faces all askew.


My Favorite Oddball of this past week is the Dancing Samurai aka the Japanese Tom Cruise!!  We both did our own special boogie along the area that connects the 4,5, & 6 subway trains to the L train.  The Dancing Samurai had two very quiet yet watchful brightly colored chickens.  This station is named 14th Street Union Square. That laughter you hear is me cackling along to the music!! LOL!!








Alkaline Antioxidant Water Chronicles: Beautiful Skin Testimony

Kangen vs Bottled Water

Alkaline Antioxidant

Water Beautiful Skin Testimony:

A Co-Worker complimented me today on how beautiful, smooth and glowing my skin looked. I thanked her and told her that I drank lots of Alkaline Antioxidant Water. I’ve been drinking my Alkaline Antioxidant Water consistently since March 2014. I try to polish off at least half a liter or more a day. Alkaline Antioxidant Water is totally absorbed by the body’s cells and does it’s great work almost immediately.

As one who exercises on a regular basis I’ve tried bottled waters like Smart Water, Vitamin water, Dasani and Aquafina and actually became ill from drinking these brands. If you read the labels carefully they add chemicals and preservatives to their water so it will keep a long time in some stores basement on other the shelf. By the way nobody knows how long bottled water sits in the store’s cellar with temperature fluctuations which cause the chemicals in the plastic to leech into the water! Yuck!!

I tend to get very dehydrated at work (My workplace building is over 140 years old and some galleries have no windows, thus recirculated air). At first I only drank in the morning and after returning home from the job. After my fever episode early July I realized I needed to increase my intact of Alkaline Antioxidant Water.

When I was sick I drank Two Gallons of water and the illness left my body in less than 48 hours, the cough after a couple more days. Now I bring my Alkaline Antioxidant water to work and drink upon arriving, during my breaks and on these very hot summer days on those sweltering subway platforms.

Kangen Water Purify
Kangen Water Purify

Yes Ladies and Gents I am the Bold & Beautiful Alkaline Antioxidant Lady!! For those of you at the job who are interested I have Alkaline Antioxidant Water CDs and literature in my Locker. I’d be very happy to share them with anyone interested in improving their health. God Bless!!





7 Seven Bell Fitness Gym

Victory Salute at Seven Bell Fitness Gym
Victory Salute at Seven Bell Fitness Gym



I’m a Victorious Over-comer in the making! For me the keys to unlock the prison was to Challenge myself. I joined Seven Bell Fitness gym located in Brooklyn in April. Did a Strength test. My trainer said I was in good shape for a 55 year old woman. So psyched I signed up to do 10 lessons. One training per week. My trainer encourages me to push myself. I felt so good after knocking myself out. Endorphin and adrenaline rush!! Do the thing you fear the most.

Yes at 55 these exercises are more difficult for me than when I was 18 and doing Basic Training courtesy of Uncle Sam but I want more for myself. I desire Great Health and I’m gonna make it happen. No time for dissenting voices. I Listen to my true friends who encourage and support me. Yes for the next ten weeks I will be close buddies with Epsom Salts and Ben Gay but I will be a Lean, Mean Fighting Machine!!


Getting My Sweat on at Seven Bell Fitness in Brooklyn, NY!
Getting My Sweat on at Seven Bell Fitness in Brooklyn, NY!

I did my time in the Land of Sick & Tired. I’m done and I don’t live there anymore! Breaking out of that prison!! I’m a Fighter. I’m a Warrior and I’m Free!! Ten weeks of pushing it to the max with my personal trainer. Warrior Woman! Still feeling the Endorphin Adrenaline Rush!!

Cue training song, “Eye of the Tiger” ~ http://youtu.be/EoDKQYn-ANE


Check out my glowing face after a vigorous workout at Seven Bell Fitness gym. Amazingly even after my personal trainer puts me through my paces and I discover muscles I never knew I had and the endorphin and adrenaline kick in so strongly that when I get home I’m dancing, vacuuming and cleaning house sometimes simultaneously!! These hardcore workouts give me extra energy. I’m not at all tired even after supercharged exercise routines that work my muscle groups.

Me and My Trainer Seven Bell
Me and My Trainer Seven Bell



Going to the gym on a regular basis and working with a personal trainer is bringing results. One of the girls in the Ladies Locker Room who is in her 20s asked me how I got my upper arms in such good condition. She wanted to know specific exercises. Now that is the Bomb when a girl in her 20s is seeking fitness advice from a woman in her 50s!! The Queen Reigns!!

Radiating strength and power after my workout at Seven Bell Fitness in Brooklyn, NY. Guess I’m not too out of shape for a 55 year old Lady, but my goal is that six-pack. Menopause has been very cruel to me, taking away my formerly flat tummy and replacing it with pudge so after working out on my own since October 2013 I knew I had to go hard and join a gym. Went with Seven Bell Gym in April and the improvement has been amazing. I want to be ripped and sculpted. Middle-age does not have to be an obstacle to fitness and it’s never too late to start. As a young woman I served in the U.S. Army from 1977-1981 so I enjoy the regimen and the discipline. Oh yes that water bottle is filled with Alkaline Antioxidant  Water from my buddy Jerome Gaillard.

Michelle Obama Arms!
Michelle Obama Arms!

Alkaline Antioxidant  Water

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The long-term activation of the stress-response system and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones can disrupt almost all your body’s processes.” That’s serious business for those of us who are trying to stay healthy. And it explains why countless consumers feel fatigued on a daily basis and battle sickness all too often.

The good news is that the symptoms of stress and poor health can be dealt with naturally! A stressed out body very often lacks proper nutrition, practices poor sleeping habits, and neglects proper hydration. This cycle of stress and poor hydration can be broken by drinking enough healthy water daily. In general, you should try to drink between 8 to 10 glasses of water every day.

I have the Power!!
I have the Power!!

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Who's BadAss?! Me!!
Who’s BadAss?! Me!!

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Japan Rain

Japan Rain

Mystical Animal Avatar

Rain–Once Mother Nature’s friend.

Sends Acid Rain.

Burning our delicate skins.

Layers peeling, revealing eons of hurt and anguish, once suppressed in eruptive tectonic plates shifting. Now Earth’s anger has been released upon the innocents.

It is said that death comes in threes. Thrice damaged, will our sweet Islands nation survive or will she vanish into the sea from whence she was birthed.

Nay, Japan shall arise like the Phoenix from the ashes loudly proclaiming, “She is still the Land of the Rising Sun!”

Rain is God’s Tears

Watering the Earth

Sweet Anointing pouring over His people.

Washing away internal and external poisons.

Let there be rebirth in the realm of the Samurai.

So shall it be saith the Lord!

And as for I, my faith is restored within the heavens.

Within my internal cosmos.


Black Unicorn as Phoenix