“No one is exempt from loss. But loss opens up space for a different life.”
Kati Marton in “Paris, A Love Story”
|Design: C. Berskshire Photo: V. Gucwa|
Settling into a new year in my new home felt a bit unsettling! Two major moves in two years…A positive thing about the cold, cold winter was that I hibernated more, thus falling in love with my new little home more and more. This is truly my first home for, by, and with ME.
|Favors from the Art Show!|
Hunkering into NYC’s bitter cold, I still managed to run its streets! As I’ve mentioned more than once, there is never a lack of things to keep me busy in this adopted city of mine. Classes at the libraries where I made a new friend at a job-search lecture, exploring new museums with a friend and discovering a lovely one near me that has an amazing café. I will be going back to the Neau Gallery for some German treats, and exploring the National Academy Museum again. On that same bitterly cold evening my Friend and I then ventured down to Gramercy to the Union League Club for the opening reception for Annamarie Trombetta’s art show Central Park Imagery “En Plein Air”. I met this lovely artist in Central Park over a year ago, and she has joined me at a couple of events to volunteer with me.
Meetings for VDay, both Eve Ensler’s and 4th U’s, reunited me with What a treat! As I’ve also mentioned before, I get a kick out of bringing native NY’ers to places they’ve never been, and on that note, I brought a lovely Lady who volunteered for and with me at 4th U’s Vday last winter to Marie’s Crisis. (I will never tire of Marie’s).friends from last year.
After a hiatus of sorts for the Holidays, meetings and classes with my Boss working hard to build the teaching component of Initiate Care as always brought me to some amazing spaces in this city such as Del Posto restaurant, followed by lunch at Spice Market. Oh, my.
|and his Balls|
kidding, they are all my favs), had a pop-up restaurant in SOHO which allowed me to see, be, and hang with great friends from the FFF. It allowed me to also bring friends from other parts of my NYC to support Karl and his balls. Takoyaki, I call balls of goodness, as Karl fills them with savory and sweet delicacies. His dream is to build an empire with these, and I am getting a thrill in watching him do it. I know he will. Watch for
|Cast of "It's Only a Play"|
Another lovely friend from my old life, the manager of the Old North Church Gift Shop came to town for the NY Now Gift Show. (The same show where I helped Robin and Michael set up and break down their booth for their company Arbiter providing me with two good longs days of hard, honest work.) Here I must digress and share another “Angel on my shoulder” moment!
I went to Chelsea to get my friend as she really only knows that neighborhood due to her buying While hailing a taxi to get back to the UES, only a gypsy cab stopped. Ray offered me the same price I’d pay for a yellow cab, so we hopped in. While catching up in the cab, sharing the stories of our “kids”, etc., Ray quietly drove along. When we pulled up outside my Sojourn, Ray turned around and said he’d be happy to pick Katie up at Newark airport the next day and bring her to me! (More on that later.) My Friend and I then had a rip-roaringly great dinner while we watched the Patriots win a thrilling Super Bowl!expeditions.
|Decadent delicious dessert!|
More precious time was filled to capacity lunching with Ladies, gifting myself a Creative Non-fiction Class at Gotham which has kick-started and motivated me to get writing more (or so I am telling myself); enjoying an amazing massage from Yves Cedano in Union Square which was a gift from my FFF Boss; enjoying a free! dessert tasting at the ICC, International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute).
|Tibet House (from their website)|
My Philosophy Class friends and I have decided to meet on our own, so two Saturday mornings a month, I get to enjoy these dear people as we discus “life”. And my closest Philosophy friend and I also explored a Meditation class at the Tibet House in Chelsea.
|From the Alison Chases website|
My Boss’ Girlfriend is a beautiful dancer with the Alison Chase Dance Company, so on a Friday Another of “it’s a small world story”…some of the music from this evening was original music by Paul Sullivan who I have also had the pleasure of hearing at Paul Winter’s Solstice Concert at St. John the Divine Cathedral a few years ago. Paul Sullivan is the brother in law of a dear friend with whom I spent many hours, days, and years working on the Milton High School PTSFO, in my last life.night I headed up to Columbia for a delightful evening to watch a beautiful Performance.
Martin Luther King Day, a day of service had me up at the Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in Harlem working with yet another fav (aren’t I lucky to have so many favs?!), a lovely Lady I have worked for and with at the Food Bank of NYC. We helped a large group prepare bag lunches for People who rely on this pantry for their sustenance. A bit selfishly, the best part of that day was actually taking the time to have a cup of tea together and really get to know each other. So blessed by the people I am learning to care for here in NYC.
Clearly, my New York City has been, and continues to be, a wonderful boon to the healing of my life.