Clean Up on West 11th Street

We go through a lot of weewee pads at the animal hospital where I work, and we are always being asked to conserve them as much as we can because we spend a lot of them. So when I came across a street strewn with them, and unused as they appeared, I almost gasped. I guess I would have gasped even more had they been used, now that I think of it.

West 11th Street, New York City

I Should Go Out for More Walks

Because I would see things like this. A magical view, no? That building almost doesn’t look real.

Central Park, New York City

But, then I also see things like this. You are the poison! I feel for people who are afraid to get the vaccine. Then stay home, and wear a mask if you must leave your house.

Anti-Vaxxer Sign, New York City

No Housing No Peace

I’ve been researching financial crimes involving housing so this picture really spoke to me. As a life long renter who lucked into a rent stabilized apartment almost forty years ago I’ve been oblivious to housing issues and how completely destructive it is to your life to not to have decent affordable housing. There’s a reason housing was number four on the Black Panther’s 10 Point Plan:

4. We want decent housing, fit for the shelter of human beings.

“The home is the center of life,” wrote Matthew Desmond, the author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. “It is a refuge from the grind of work, the pressure of school, and the menace of the streets .. without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.” Put simply, “without a home, nothing else is possible.”

“Keith Thompson, a homeless activist, and his supporters demonstrate for affordable housing on Avenue B, August 1989. Copyright Q. Sakamaki.”

No Housing No Peace

Fireworks, New York City, 2021

I swore I was not going to watch the fireworks, in solidarity with pets and all living creatures who are not human. But the pull was too great. And now, here I am, posting pictures!

Fireworks, New York City, 2021

Fireworks, New York City, 2021

Mozart’s Requiem

A shot of the orchestra before our performance of Mozart’s Requiem. For a group of singers who never sang together before, and without a rehearsal, we did okay. The conductor took the more challenging bits slowly, and that helped. It certainly helped me. I am hella rusty.