Thursday, April 20, 2017


The long-living Turtle carrying a baby on it's back resting in this disembodied open hand has been decorated by a bracelet meant to symbolize all the gifts, calls, cards, kind words, caring and generous giving of many friends over my recent month + of illness. It signifies an upturn in my health. Although I'm not entirely out of the woods, I am most definitely up out of the dark ditch and standing.
Thank you

I'm avoiding wheat and found Rice Pasta to make this Mac and Cheese - not bad.
Good choice - Blood Orange for juicing
Not so good choice - Oreo cookie
I returned to my Writing Group Monday and It was productive.

Tuesday I registered with the 'Stein Senior Center two blocks away. They had an after lunch program of Broadway songs ending with a sing-a-long
"There's No Business Like Show Business"
Lunch Volunteers

 Food Cost $2
Mostly nothing I can eat partly due to my dietary restrictions, partly personal choice and a strong preference for organic, but others were glad to accept what I did not eat. The task of feeding so many on a daily basis is amazing when you think about it, and community is a big part of the process. Too many seniors are isolated. I saw several people I've known casually from the neighborhood for decades. Here, food is served with love by mostly volunteer assistants to the paid, hard working professional staff. A fifteen minute Dancercize session before lunch was fun, and good for all who chose to participate. Easy music and easy steps. Energizing. There are other services and benefits offered as well (see LINK), including $2 theater and concert tickets.

Media Scored This Week
Audio Book $1 at Stein's Sale table
"When journalist Maureen Paschal begins the research for a new book, she has no idea that she is stepping into an ancient mystery so secret, so revolutionary, that thousands of people have killed and died for it. Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the French Pyrenees: the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, her version of the life of Jesus and the events of the New Testament. To search for the scrolls, she must unravel clues that link history’s great artistic masters, dynasties, and scientific minds. Ultimately, she comes face-to-face with Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, and a love triangle that changed the course of history in a deeply moving and powerful new gospel."
 Video $1 at Goodwill Thrift next door to the center
"K-Pax is a 2001 American science fiction-mystery film based on Gene Brewer's 1995 novel of the same name, directed by Iain Softley, starring Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack and Alfre Woodard. The film is about a psychiatric patient who claims to be an alien from the planet K-PAX. During his treatment, the patient demonstrates an outlook on life that ultimately proves inspirational for his fellow patients and especially for his psychiatrist."  I viewed this and it is quite brilliant.

Good Advice

Gramercy Park blooming beautifully.
An Eastern Redbud in the distance.

Wednesday I returned to the New York Zen Center
 and spent some time in the library there
 before the sitting.
Today it's cold again and rainy.


Stein Senior Center


Kathleen McGowan

Eastern Redbud 

NYZen Center


grace Forrest~Maestas said...

SOOOOOOOO Glad you are on the upswing!!!!!!!!!!

what's the deal with the blood orange?

am have a little trouble placing you in the Senior Center pics...?????

Nancy said...

I'm super happy to read of the turn in your health!! Yay!!! The senior center sounds like a great resource and so close to you. The sing-along must have been great fun :)

Anonymous said...

What a lovely trip around town! And where would we be without each other? Somos tortugas todos!
Spring in NYC looks beautiful. Glad you are up and about again!

Mo Crow said...

what are they doing to wheat growing these days that so many people are getting sick from it & milk too!People have been eating bread & drinking milk for a very long time...

Marti said...

Like the turtle, slowly but surely, it takes time to find health answers, to feel gently better, to heal. Through all of this, you have taken us on your ambles and it has been a quiet joy to share your home, your streets, people you know, your visits to places you love. It is a grateful joy to know that you are feeling better. Long may it continue, this sense of getting better until you are!

Ms. said...

The blood orange is a variety and utterly delicious Grace, and I'm at the senior center but not in the photographs. Mo it's true that a lot of what we grow is sprayed or engineered but I'm avoiding wheat primarily to minimize gluten for my struggling digestive disorder, which you have no doubt read about in one of the blog posts. Yes Glennis and Marti, it's lovely to be upright and participant again.