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To Reteach a Thing Its Loveliness - We need to develop the Buddhist practice of metta or lovingkindness…and the benefits are worth it. When I read the phrase To reteach a thing its loveliness…just let that sink in for a minute… it felt like a lifeline, like a comforting beacon of light after being lost on an uncharted sea of anxiety, fear, […]
Is Sheltering in Place in the Big Apple an Opportunity for Personal Growth? - After searching for an answer, the big reveal is, yes. I kept asking myself over and over again, Why now? Why the hell now? In October of last year, I fulfilled a life-long dream of moving to New York City. After months of journal writing and mulling it over, I made the decision it was […]
Cat-Like In The Window, The Day’s Drama Plays Out Before Me. - Although my view of the world has literally narrowed, it is no less entertaining,yet, intimately, human. And it seems that when we think no one is looking, whether under the cover of darkness, or in plain light of day, someone is.  In mid March, after the state of emergency was declared, much like Prospero and […]
Will Convenience/Instant Gratification Be Our Undoing? - A City’s exorbitant cardboard trash got me thinking about our excessive consumption, and, in this Covid-19 reality, creating. I’ve longed to live in NYC for years, and when it became a reality this October, it didn’t disappoint in showing me a rich banquet of stimuli that could satisfy the senses of any appetite. But an […]
A NYC Pandemic Vignette - Friday and the news is ever dire. In one night, the death toll climbs to 100. People respond with care. Many not so much. Judging proves fruitless. Taking in the sun and taking in the view. A car pulls up an exchange is made. Anxieties slip away like so many droplets hitching a ride on […]
My Taking a "Gap Year" at 67 to Live in NYC Will Now Include Surviving a Pandemic. - Oh, the irony. This past October, I answered a call to adventure and moved from Maine to NYC to experience the dizzying din of a city that never sleeps. Four months into it, all the enticements that drew me here have been shut down, and I’ve been put to bed without my supper. Along with […]
The Spring/Break Art Show in NYC is a Riotous Affair of Small Galleries and Independent Curators Representing Unknown, Emerging, and Mid Career Artists. What a Blast! - It’s the season of Art Shows in NYC right now, and the title Spring/Break certainly heralds a dizzying collection of art including installation, interactive, and video work from about 130 international curators. The show is housed in unused, unusual, and sometimes historic buildings in the city at no cost to exhibitors. In its ninth year […]
Embark on a Hero’s Quest. It’s not Just for the Young. - We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.  Follow your bliss, and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.   Joseph Campbell. A trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the exhibition, The Last Knight: The Art, Armor,and […]
NYC Artist Poogy (Briggs) Bjerklie, a Hallowell, Maine Native, has a One-Woman Show at the Sears Peyton Gallery, New York, NY. - New York City is still a mecca for artists the world over, and the neighborhood of Chelsea, home to hundreds of galleries, is often hailed as one of the city’s most important and influential art districts. One of the many exciting things about living here is being exposed to all this stimulating creativity and attending […]
Why You Should Ride the NYC Subway. In a world of growing divisions, it has taught me, instead, to see our similarities and shared humanity. - I’m not Ubering around here.  What I am doing is trying to master NYC mass transit. Like Luke Skywalker, introduced to the ways of the Jedi, I’ve got it in my head this self imposed, home schooled education will earn me my way to the title of Resident New Yorker. Each trip is a revelation […]
In order to follow your Heart, you have to roll with the punches AND with the bed springs when pursuing a New Adventure. - As we get older, we tend to like coming home and sleeping in the security of our own, comfy cocoons.  I figure in the last five weeks, I’ve had to sleep in ten strange beds, and variations of beds, (alone) in a variety of different places.  No easy feat for a boomer since getting enough […]
Brooklyn is home to a lot of young, hip Millennials. Would Ageism be a factor in my search for a room to rent? Turned out… it wasn’t. - On a recent visit from Irvington to Brooklyn, my brother took my sister aside, and, out of ear shot from me, told her with pity saturating his voice that I wasn’t likely to find a room to rent.  My prospects were probably nil.  Early on I had contacted a high school friend who has been […]
Making the Transition from Maine to NYC,the village of Irvington,on the Hudson,offers the best of both worlds with scenic water views, parks, and a short train ride to Grand Central. - With its many amenities and progressive vibe, Irvington, home to legendary Washington Irving, is the kind of friendly place Millennials want to move to after a stint in the City and babies start arriving.  My sister and her family moved to the village center over twenty years ago because of great public schools and an […]