An Unforgettable Friend: A Lovely Lady

March 9, 2018

Taking a moment to recognize this unforgettable friend: a lovely lady who is and always been cheerful with an optimistic attitude. Her name is Julia nicknamed Dot by her family. Have referred to her before and thought of her in a favorable manner. First met her while living in Alabama. Would run across the street and spend endless time just taking to her. She at the time was quite older than myself though really didn’t seem to mind. As a rule I wouldn’t have anything in common with older people though Julia was and is so different from the norm. We would converse on numerous subjects, sometimes disagree with others views though what really made the difference was just listening. As the years grew to a precious few, still each other would phone and chat again on endless views. We could talk on anything which was unique and had respect for each others comments. I would make it a priority to sing Happy Birthday to her each year. Then last year I called her and couldn’t leave a message and in January tried phoning her and the same thing happened. Got concerned and then facebook was my link in contacting her through her sons. Then after several attempts tried leaving messages to Betsy who was married to Lesley one of her sons. Fortunately Betsy responded to my concern and wrote back what had occurred in the interim! I was overwhelmed at the response that after countless tries I was overjoyed that I would finally find out what was occurring to my marvelous friend. During these times in Alabama I revealed to Julia that I hadn’t had a grandmother, so Julia said she would be my adopted grandma. She herself was a grandmother a great grandmother. So therefore our relationship deepened. Got several photos. cards with notes over the years and  just recently have some photos sent to me from Betsy via messenger. Also got a story written by her about her adventures with her younger sisters. Julia was a civil war historian which was wonderful that she would tell me events first hand. Now momentarily she is with hospice in Birmingham and not doing well though she is still alive which is very good as she was born in the early twenties.  Will always remember many endless qualities and her friendship.



March 3, 2018

With the nor’easter beyond us here it was and is smooth sailing: while having a little over a foot of snow here was able to navigate normally without a care. Following up with yesterday’s promise while blogging the words were relevant. Pieu Dieu is a piece of furniture dedicated to praying such as a prayer rug. Saunter is walking in a slow relaxed manner. Eddy is a world pool of circular water. So a promise made is a promise kept. Complicity comes to mind when viewing the recent news events. Unfortunately this is very distressing which deals with degenerate adult individuals to did the horrendous act of locking their three children in a tent. Now the logical intelligent way of thinking is that if you thought of any type of  unspeakable abuse give the children away such as a church or someplace else so as these innocent beautiful human beings wouldn’t have to be afflicted with this abuse. Though these evil beings are just beyond hope. There is a word called complicity and when such an evil act occurs people are complicit to the unknowing  evil act regardless of  anything that comes along the way. A great many acts could and should be prevented if only one single person would take it upon themselves to react and pay attention to these requests instead of doing nothing and  with conscience let this happen. Not a single person takes what others say in a serious vane. This is a mere utter shame. There really isn’t a reason to act in this manner. If this happen in a positive vane so many lives could be saved. Ever think of that saga!


A Major Snowstorm

March 2, 2018

Going on the computer finding out the news earlier brought this to be running slower than in normality so thought I would do a few items of importance which would give it time to go at a speed of my liking! So I was correct. There is a what the broadcaster refer as a life- death major snowstorm that has impacted the length of the eastern seaboard to New England which of course has included here in Rochester. The city does an outstanding job to clear of roads, highways, and side streets which surprisingly include sidewalks as a bonus to the citizenry which is great.  Just finished the book ” Tis” by Frank McCourt. Beautifully scripted and with sentimentality. There are several words like satirist or seanchie which is supposedly an Irish word: meaning to have a satisfied appetite. Then there is a French word prie dieu which I promise to look up the definition along with saunter and eddy. Love reading as I may have the grand opportunity to recall and retain these words. It’s so relevant to added knowledge. Momentarily I’m here in solitude as Andre is at an important doctor’s appointment.  Things are going well for us both. Had a doctor’s appointment yesterday at Clinton Crossing for a dex scan. Of course I struck up a conversation with a lady who was very friendly herself as both of us were waiting to be seen. Then during the procedure had another conversation with the nurse during this. As this made the time go faster and it was more relaxed. My height to 5 foot 1 inch and my weight is 89.1!  Then the receptionist was very friendly and complementary to me. So that was a short useful important visit with no follow up ones. Was home in record time. Don’t have others till May, which are two. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.











































The Five Letter Doubles U

March 1, 2018

Up at this unlikely time at nearly five in the morning with a combinations of thoughts running through my brain, it’s a good time than any to script. From time in memorial when more than fifty years ago when a well known president of the United States was taken from the people and the stories surrounding this began to surface: I for one wasn’t thinking of it. My mind was focused as to the five w’s  when reporters must write each column; though there is another letter that in unrelated and that letter is h for how. My thought focused as to how the person obtained the weapon and the question was why don’t the ceos of major companies establishments do something on their own. Now in 2018 the ceo of Dicks Sporting goods has finally acted in a courageous act. He has said that no longer will guns be sold at his stores. Now Walmart has followed his lead, Moreover the age will be boosted up to 21. I’m for one are gratified in his decision. Have to make this blog finish in record time as Andre has to come here and sleep. This is the only room I may use the computer in as it is in close to the outlet.  Got my thoughts done in an ample time now so good night.

” Waste Not, Want Not”

February 18, 2018

Getting up early, having breakfast is becoming a routine that I find very useful in the course of the days events. Never really do the same thing daily as today is Sunday so going to the Greek Church is most rewarding while being inspirational. Each day is an adventure. This title is a slogan and it’s in reference to food. There are establishments restaurants for instance that advertise and all you can eat menu for an affordable reasonable amount of money. This definitely isn’t up my alley by any stretch of the imagination.  There is a particular restaurant which is called Cracker Barrel which on   the venue of gluttony. You walk in and there are a load of dishes on tables that have half eaten food which people have left and it literally turns me off. There ‘s people in this country who don’t have enough to eat and go to bed hungry. This is a sad state of affairs being that this country is suppose to be the richest in the entire world. It makes me sick to my stomach. A true statement is waste not, want not.


February 14, 2018

How good is this, second day in a row with my free expression of thoughts. .While drinking some hot tea after having a bite to eat for lunch I’m ready to go ahead with as usual a uplifting attitude.  Making a routine of daily prayers nightly the days are empowering. Andre is sleeping momentarily and it’s so good to have him home and secured. The weather here is warmer however there are patches of ice on the driveway and sidewalks so it’s good to watch. It’s suppose to be still warmer so that won’t be a worry for long. A string of warmer temps are in store for a total of ten days so it’s such a pleasant change. While Andre was hospitalized with renal failure, had the grand opportunity to get a bed for him which the timing was perfect.  So now that’s done finally there are many things still on the back burner which are important. Figuring making lists are the best bet in obtaining these goals along with the daily living expenses.  Never dwelling on the worrisome tasks makes life better.  Though blogging about items makes a real difference. Speaking of that had appointments with doctors last year and going to and from by med taxi was a charm until the end of Dec. Then all went to the devil when in January of this year couldn’t get a taxi or to make matters worse the driver refuse to escort me to the appointments because I wasn’t in the system. Spent endless unnecessary time calling being left on hold for each day I phoned getting different numbers to phone. How utterly  frustrating annoying this was. Simply to finally find out the reason. The bottom line was money. I was making too much. Had to spend to ridiculous amount for one month and a total of a more astronomical amount for half a year. So that wasn’t going to happen. Had people argue with me too. Kept my composure throughout though it was difficult. So now at this point in time I have registered with Catholic Services of Monroe county. So now waiting to hear from them and then I applied for snap in Monroe county so I may obtain food and the appropriate stores which provide this service. This will be beneficial to both Andre and myself. For he is on a special diet and not allowed to have foods with potassium in them which include a variety of foods which are excluded. He has to make it a habit to read labels as to the contents and percentages. For example he isn’t allowed to have oranges for instance which was his favorite food. He is now taking dialysis which is on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for four hours a day from three in the afternoon to seven in the evening.  And needless to say there are side effects to dialysis. Major fatigue, muscles cramps and more. However he is an excellent candidate for a kidney transplant. So while Andre was in the hospital I wasn’t dwelling on that though I was concentrating on some positive items and still am  doing just that.  I emailed Ian last night to give him a synopsis of Andre’s condition. Ian kindly gave me his phone number in Germany however couldn’t access it on my phone simply for the fact that I hadn’t had an oversees line which would had doubled the amount I’m currently paying now. I think this will be advantageous when I may email Ian instead of phoning him. Have to currently and constantly have my priorities exact. All will work itself out. Time does heal I have discovered. And of course prayer comes always included.


” Reader”

February 14, 2018

Now back online which is amazing and actually has been a lengthy time, seems like forever. Wonders will never cease! Doing this in Andre’s room sitting on his bed with the laptop on my lap. So far so good.  Been caring for Andre and in that course of time been a reader of a different type. Reading recipes, measuring ingredients, timing food. Using the oven which is a self automatic timer that is really easy once I got the knack of it.  Actually Shon has the same kind which is digital and so much faster that the older types. So besides cooking, walking to and from the stores in all kinds of weather wasn’t too bad.  Been reading a series of books which are as follows: ” Lenny Bruce An Autobiography”, Small Acts Of Resistance ” by Steve Crashaw and John Jackson,” St. Michael And The Angels” by Tan. ” Ragamuffin Prayer” complied by Jimmy Abegg. ” Poems For The People” by Carl Sandburg, ” These Few Precious Days” by Christopher Anderson: ” The Barbary Plague” by Marilyn Chase. Now these next two books are both by Frank McCourt which are ” Angela Ashes” and ” Tis”  So this is my synopsis of my wonderful life here in Rochester, New York thusfar!

“Veil Of Secrecy”

November 12, 2017

Character is what you actually are. Reputation is what others think you are. Having character is so far better than having a reputation however some may have both. Both my son and I viewed a hilltop in the distance of these tents. Our natural reaction was curiosity so a closer look these many tents contained the homeless population of Rochester, New York. I thought how unconscionable! Instead of these individuals sleeping and living on the streets here they are in these self absorbed tents which don’t provide warmth in the winter months.  All the rhetoric about this endless subject fails to have the issue disappear. Sadly it won’t being the fact that others turn a blind eye while have complete apathy. Some could do something while coinciding with their own needs yet they tend to ignore this.  Each of us who struggle daily to keep a roof over our heads, adequate food to consume, with utilities to pay; just with the basic needs is good just to live monthly. There are families who are in shelters and while children going to school daily are considered homeless. Everyone has a sense of decency and never say anything about themselves. It is their right to privacy even when asked: they reveal a veil of secrecy. University professors who are making $25 thousand a year live in a car or their van. This isn’t a fairytale or simply a myth. It is a fact. Their vehicles are parked in some retail parking lot as they sleep or grade student’s papers. Get ready for a days work in the schools bathroom. This is reality.  Homelessness is here to stay. Takes in all the economic fields in society. There is a well known Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei  whose ingenuity is astounding. His inspiration to anyone is rejuvenating. Gearing up for his film Human Flow is the plight of refugees should be seen by everyone. It is reminiscent of all who appreciates this fine piece of art.


Questions Of Justification Installment Three

November 8, 2017

Despite a head cold I’ve still have resilience to carry on daily, such as walking two and a wshalf miles one way to Tops grocery store. Of course walking with Andre makes all the difference as we catch up on conversations and convey to one another how we enjoy the company of each other. All the more with rejeuvenation of the outside with a ray of sunshine to have warmth.  Keeping in contact with friends relatives is incessant. Having to know how two are faring being that they both have Alzheimer’s are a particular concern to me. My son and I walk to the bank on Mt. Hope to obtain some cash for his medicine: that is two miles both ways, so geering ourselves up isn’t bad in mild weather though when it is harsh it still will be necessary. There isn’t anyway around it. He must take it daily in order to feel decent. Analyzing the health care system here in this country is mind boggling. This shouldn’t be with the trillions of dollars this country has for spending on Defense. If this country would spend those many dollars on humanitarian resources, then the country would have a much better outlook particularly in third world countries. Here the death rate for persons who have no insurance is far greater than in the third world. That includes women and children which is inconsciencable . Finished this book, which had nearly 700 pages. It was intriguing and unique. Persons who has dementia and other chronic diseases who must take medicine daily to stay alive. The drug companies are complicit in the over the top prices. Seems that the companies are price gouging which hasn’t any evidence. The drug companies should relinquish some of the cost if the patient is in dire need and would be reminiscent to their needs. This could be an emphasis for the future. As the modern world is changing daily then all of us would have beneficial ways of living longer and have a comfortable life in which we all deserve. To be able to have life and health which is affordable. To be able to keep a roof over our heads, food to eat, nothing extraordinary, both heat and air conditioning provided in the rough winters and harsh summers. To live month to month with the basic necessities would make the average person thankfully. Nothing more or nothing less would certainly make me jump for joy. I personally never requested anything throughout my entire life and still don’t just to have the basic needs deserved. As a slogan is ” You get what you deserve” As all knows I think of others before myself.

Questions Of Justification Installment Two

November 5, 2017

It’s hard to tell the right from the wrong: when the right is protecting the wrong. these are well known popular lyrics by a group of musicians who painstakingly perform the songs to a diversified group of persons who are interested in their thought provoking music. At this point in time the Catholic Churches throughout the U.S. have combined their services into two churches instead of only one. This reason is known and now out in the open of the many priests who have secretly abused the young both boys and girls. These priests have been transferred from parish to parish by other church officials who have known about this horrific event and have done nothing. These have happened at an incessant rate. In fact the occurrences happen whether it be a small out of the way town, or a large city.  The rhetoric is on and on as to how this tragedy keeps going forward over a span of decades.  All would know the what, the how what is the victims trust in these priests, or for that matter higher officials; the where which would be not necessarily excluded in a place: as this could occur in an everyday place which is very familiar to the victim. Throughout decades the Church paid the victims billions of dollars. This was done so the Church wouldn’t have to endure the disgrace of a trial by jury. Then there would naturally be the questions of justification. Of course there would be disputed. That isn’t any type of dispute what so ever. The end never justifies the means in any case. As to the reason of why would be an answer. Pope Francis has suggested that the priests should be married. Then the total of abuses wouldn’t have disappeared though had been diminished considerably. After all the Popes in the beginning of the Church were married as to church history shows. When Jesus started His Church He requested his apostles and disciples to follow him for a sufficient reason. These apostles and disciples who some of them were married at the time: followed Him before asking permission from their wives. Though their wives and their children were more than happen to say Yes. This would have been a unique opportunity.  Catholics had and still to this day are disillusioned in the church and are unable get past that. That is generally how Catholics think. Yet these people weren’t even the hundreds of victims. It is a harsh reality to ask for forgiveness namely if they were a party to it.  The Catholics as a whole shouldn’t put blame on the entire religion because of those who admitted and in all probability confessed to fellow priests. In these cases there is never a call to give benefits of doubt.