Happy Kwanzaa

Busy day yesterday but determined to focus in on my seven principles and reestablish some foundational principles we’ve been led away from as a people.

Culture, traditions are all part of identity. Who are we? Where did we come from? So important. So as we meditate on these 7 principles here’s wishing you a Happy, healthy, long and prosperous life for you and yours.

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Giving your Best…holiday musing

Iโ€™m readying myself for year end 2018. I usually go through the motions of cleaning. Cleaning everything. I start the process about 6 months prior so now Iโ€™m in the end game and trying to finalize all my loose ends to start my new year with certain goals attained.

what echoes most as I reflect is giving. Not just monetarily but of myself, my time, my love and attention. Giving the best of me is love. It doesn’t have to diminish me, rather it enhances me.

Itโ€™s sometimes scary but I embrace even the challenges because I usually emerge stronger and yield more fruit for pushing through the tough spots.

So as you each end 2018 and walk into a new year 2019. I wish you all the very best in your challenges and your victories. May your 2019 be happy, healthy, loving , cheerful and Eventful, and giving …as you give yourself as well as others your very best.

Live your best lives today and donโ€™t wait for tomorrow.

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Suicide

MAC Miller

My youngest son is hit hard by the loss of the Celebrity Rapper MAC Miller. I didn’t know him or of him but never never the less..it is a major tragedy in my eyes.

Accident or not..this was an extremely young person with a whole life ahead of him. My sincerest sympathy and regards to his family, friends and associates. May he Rest In Peace.

Hope

Too his fans and my son…this is a valuable lesson about the company you keep and what happens when someone does not take a positive outlook or approach to life. Anything is possible when dealing with personal issues. Always have someone you can reach out to who can listen, talk with you and help to balance overwhelming emotions.

Nothing is ever that bad. It’s all how you look at it.

Reach out

Be kind to yourself and remember those who will be left behind to mourn your loss.

Living Color

My last two weeks

In Living Color feature photo credit

I oftentimes am amazed , fascinated intrigued about all the happenings around me that I don’t get to see, taste, smell (well let me take that back. In New York City I experience too many fragrances…jeeshhhh.๐Ÿค

So I’ll post my images in no particular date order but these are all from the last two weeks or thereabout. Most are my original photos. If you use them, please give me credit. Thankies๐Ÿค—

I’ll start with myself enroute to work this morning…Happy Friday and have s great weekend.๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Sorry…this is not my original photo, but it spoke volumes to me. I’d be interested in what it says to you?

I found this little sunflower gem on my way to work this week. Thought if my neighbor Jackie. She’s an avid gardener and she grows beautiful sunflowers.

Early morning commute and this little tike had to drink a soda. I felt for her.

Labor Day meal prep. Caribbean people love their foods. This is Accra, which can generally be eaten with anything and anytime of day but many prefer it at breakfast. Typically eaten with fry bake, or johnny bake, but rice and a choka is good as well.

Homelessness in New York is disparaging. I shot this chap at the Prospect stop in Brooklyn. MTA what’s happening here?

My mom being Vogue I just did her hair๐Ÿ˜˜

Again not an original pic but Trinidad and Tobago, my home country celebrated our 56th Independence August 31, 2018.

Just a kids park in Sunset Park area Brooklyn

In one of my post earlier this week I posted about the heart. I featured this young man in the hat. Don’t know him but he was very kind. Got up and gave his seat to an elderly man. So sweet.

Night shot around The Barclays Center Brooklyn

Construction workers need a shout out too. This patient lady works by the bridge on 3rd Avenue

Stinky garbage day. This is what sanitation pick up day is like in NYC – blocked roadways, lots of delays and traffic due to sanitation, delayed MTA buses and school buses and many people running late for work due to Dept of Sanitation.

Cuteness not๐Ÿค•

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Found a shoe I really liked at Payless but opted not to buy it. I don’t need another shoe, but it was so cute and practical ๐Ÿ˜

Picture of this whale I found which captures my spirit. I love whales.

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Not sure what this was for or about but I loved it. Found it on a family members WhatsApp profile. Tee hee.

My Tinky before heading back to school

Well I think that wraps it up. I hope you enjoy. Have a restful and enjoyable weekend. Just a final word. More to myself….peace unto you.

Happy New Year/Rosh Hashanah to my Jewish friends

Twenty Five Minutes

Twenty Five Minutes on a bus

Kedella met handsome on her way to work one wet September morning. Her usual commute where She was crossing the highway somewhere by Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue where she boarded the already packed bus. She said good morning to the bus driver as a courtesy every morning.

This morning was different for some reason. He looked like his life was about to be over, so Kedella asked โ€œare you ok Handsome? You donโ€™t seem to be your usual chippy self this morning.โ€

This is how she found out her bus driver of 5 years was married, had six children and about to lose his home. All she could say was take it easy and remember the Lord does not give us more than we can bear.

He admitted he needed more than that right now because he had been holding on and holding on, nothing seemed to be changing or improving. He admitted it was tiring waking up day after day, going to work, being dog tired every day, canโ€™t even take a vacation because the hours are necessary to deal with the financial crisis in which he found himself.

Depression may affect

The silverlining? At least this kind lady, a passenger whom he had become acquainted over the last five years. She always had a smile and a kind word. She actually stopped and took notice, recognized there was something different about him on this day.

Truthfully ? He wanted to give up, but this dear lady turned things around by her unselfish act of kindness. She didnโ€™t offer money or sex. There was absolutely zero flirting. All she offered was her time. 25 minutes from her first stop on Utica and Eastern Parkway to her final stop at Glenwood Avenue. The ride was longer this morning due to rain and traffic. But it was just nice to know in twenty five minutes a life has been transformed.

If you only imagine someone is in need of help, be the one to throw them a lifeline. Sometimes all it takes is s few minutes of your time.