"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."
George Bernard Shaw
|The Roof Garden Commission at The MET|
Having a leisurely wakeup we then took a long walk in my Park (Central), and I played “tour guide” with some of the information I have studied and learned. (Again, my poor little brain has been working on overload since May, but that is all a very good thing.) Ending our trek on the Rooftop of the MET we enjoyed a glass of Prosecco while perusing the views and The Roof Garden Commission of Dan Graham with Günther Vogt. Interesting.
|Agata & Valenta|
I have mentioned, many times, that I can get lost on the Internet for hours, wasting precious time, but also finding treasures. It was somehow, somewhere on a time wasting mission that I discovered Feastly. I had been reading about the “underground restaurant movement” that is popping up all over the world for a while and Feastly seems to be a clearing house, or a “dating sight” of sorts for some. So, it was that I saw this event for the Saturday that Dear Friend would be in town, and we decided to give it a try.
“Live Jazz & Bagel Brunch! In Boerum Hill, Brooklyn|. Classic New York Jew-ish fare, all done from scratch. The meal will be served buffet style, and guests will be seated in our air-conditioned, all-brick garage turned dining room/performance space, and will be treated to an intimate live jazz performance by one of NYC's best Traditional Jazz groups, Sneak Thievery. The group is led by accomplished trumpeter, Jason Prover.
We were so not disappointed. On the contrary, it was a truly wonderful afternoon. We were the Mothers, yet again, but I’m getting very used to that. Out of the 16 Guests, 10 were wonderful and it was easy to just deal, or not, with the others. The Hosts were amazing. The Chef (a music therapist and musician by day) simply loves to cook. The “Dishwasher” (contractor by day) loves that his roommate loves to cook. They both love to entertain. These great guys, and the leader of the Jazz Trio met in college in Florida. The Hosts found this great space in Brooklyn, and the Contractor of the two designed their home and they worked together to create a wonderful space. (There is a great Huffington Post article on the apartment.) I will be going to more Feastly events. As a matter of fact, these great Guys want to do more. I will look for them!
|Sand Artist in Washington Sq Park|
|Ayana Lowe and Band|
Then it was back to “normal” Whatever that means. My self-gifted Sabbatical has truly been the one of the best gifts I have ever given myself. It was so very needed. Now, I am ready for some normalcy. So, I have thrown myself into my new job at Initiate Care. I guess it’s a bit of a risk. The first one I have ever taken professionally. It’s heady, interesting, and a bit scary. I am finally putting some trust into the universe!
That being said, I really loved teaching another Mommy & Me class in Brooklyn. The maternal Grandparents were part of our class having moved recently form Berkeley, California to be close to their first grandchild. And yet another small world story,. I read Granddad’s book 23 years ago!
|Great Jazz on Great Hill|
|From the NY Times|
|A piece from Rachel Feinsteins' "Folly"|
All of this along with some writing classes, and my regular habits, morning walks around the Reservoir in the Park, yoga classes, and of curse my music nights at Sojourn, make for a full and interesting new life her in my city. Picking up dinner at a Mexican Food Truck, and meandering the Park enjoying Rachel Feinstein's art exhibit "Folly". Such are some of the many joys of this new hometown of mine.
One of the
many things that has helped so much in my healing, besides my Philosophy Class,
and the gift of friendship that our class has formed, is meditation. It was on that note that I attended Deepak Chopra’s Global Meditation
at one of my favorite spaces in NYC, Deepak’s
Homebase in ABC Homes in Union Square.
It was rewarding on many levels.
|Deepak Homebase at ABC Home|
|The Paradise of Medicine Buddha|
Maybe it’s a good thing, once naïve, always naïve?!