A to Z Challenge Acrostic Poem: Quadrennial




Definition: occurring once every four years

Q   Queries were starting to come in

Usually Portia plans a four day ‘happening’ as she calls it on the year she can actually celebrate her birthday

A   Activities were awaited with anticipation and is ongoing

D   Day and night events are a regular part of this moveable swaray the

R   Roaming part of this celebration was a favorite it meant jazz club hopping with the girls of the ‘girls’ day out’ crew with all the antics that entails

E   Every day for four days there was food music family and friends all having a good time

N   Night time also meant game night and karaoke and sing-alongs

N   Nat is put in charge of outdoor movie night another favorite the movie was projected onto the back wall of the house with the fire-pit in full blaze providing a great atmosphere

I   Immense work goes into preparing for this party

A   As Portia herself is quick to point out she has four years to plan and make sure everything is in place

L   Laura pointed out that Portia particularly loves the part where she ages only once every four years as it fits right in with her age of 29 the same age she was eight years ago











Whatever happens to you as a child stays with you.

She had two pairs of shoes, one for church and one

for school. Now a professional, having many pairs she still

 just wore one pair until it falls apart. She is still adapting

to living in the land of plenty.



PS: I loved that fifty word challenge so much I’m still playing with it!

Cherry Blossoms

I went to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens today armed with my camera expecting to be awash in cherry blossoms. But it wasn’t time yet only very few trees were flowering. Plus it was a little chilly. The blossoms that had bloomed were tiny, not yet ready for the specular show visitors are treated to each spring.  The close-up shots of flowers are in pots on sale at the garden shop. Nothing fancy coming from the ground yet.








The grass is still brown in this shot. We have had quite the winter this year.



A to Z Challenge Acrostic Poem: PAIS


P is for PAIS

Definition :PAIS…people from whom a jury is drawn


P   Prospective jurors wait quietly preoccupied with playing on their cell phones or lap tops

A   All are present from sense of duty or gentle urging

I    Introductions of attorneys explanation of the case the law is the law regardless of personal feelings  Audra was puzzled as she mulled it all over

S   She asked the prosecutor what if there was a little known law stating that each day at noon a citizen must jump off the Brooklyn Bridge could he put aside his values and let it happen she was then politely thanked for her service and removed from the jury pool





Photo taken at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens last summer, that is the color of the berries which was as little odd I thought. They looked artificial.

Night Out


I went to a club last night! Yeah, I’m a rebel. I went to a Supper Club…dragged by my daughter kicking and screaming and only after she hit me below the belt with, “I paid $185 apiece for these tickets and we’re going”. So we went.

The first venue was a Supper Club setting in the 1940s, named “The Heath” in Chelsea (west 27th street in Manhattan). The band was wearing tuxedos! Like bands did during the big band era. There was your waiter and then, there were two or three hostesses mingling with the guests meandering from table to table. This was a nice touch. I swear I half expected Benny Goodman Orchestra to pop in. The service was excellent, the lighting was awesome and the food out of this world. I even found parking on the block. What are the odds of that happening!


Then it was onto the McKittrick Hotel (1939) next door for the Sleep No More experience. It turned out to be an event. A play where not only the actors went not on stage, the audience was walking on and off the stages with them going up and down stairs. And this was done in total darkness. Well, there was minimal lighting for safety. You were supposed to follow the characters as they moved from stage to stage. I found that out later. I was sorta on a -you follow one, you lose one, you follow another. Plus I was doing a lot of browsing of all the stuff. It felt like I was in an antique shop. It was an experience. It wasn’t until the end that I learned that I was embroiled in a performance of MacBeth.

At the end of all stumbling in the dark there was a quartet. No tuxedos just really good jazz quartet. They did Sinatra type music. It was great.

Aaah!!! And it went on. Two sets! That alone was worth stumbling in the dark with masks on. There was also guitar group, the lead guitarist sounded like Antonio Carlos Jobim the Brazilian singer, songwriter, producer and master of all things bossa nova back in the day. It was awesome!

It was a surprise so I got to do my research after. So, on my return visit I’ll have a deeper appreciation for the event.

Oh yeah, I’m a rebel I went out on a Wednesday night.


Sleep No More is the most recent incarnation of an immersive, site-specific, interactive work of theatre created by British theatre company Punchdrunk, based on Punchdrunk’s original 2003 London production, their 2009 collaboration with Boston’s American Repertory Theatre, and William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The company reinvented Sleep (Wikipedia)

McKittrick Hotel (1939)was a fancy hotel in its day, did not last too long as WII came along and changed most people’s fortune, even the rich.


The review I found that best described the experience, especially what I missed can be found here


Challenge – Most Influential “Writing Moment”

Challenge – Most Influential “Writing Moment”

— April 17, 2014 by Opinionated Man

Do you have a moment that you consider the most influential on your writing? If so care to share? If you write a post and send me the link I will reblog.

sunset from pier gulls

photo taken off the pier in the neighborhood



I don’t particularly remember a moment of influence like a teacher saying ‘great job you could be a writer’ or anything like that.   All I remember was that for me, writing didn’t come with furrowed brows and beads of sweat like it did for my counterparts.

In school, essay questions were my forte. Where others panicked on the lack of multiple choice questions, I saw it as an opportunity to hover, circle and land in the spot I needed to be to answer the question. I was biding time till the light-bulb flicked on. There was some appreciation for that from the teacher it showed her I could think. Of course, I didn’t think of it that way at the time.

As I came into young adulthood writing my thoughts down kept me out of jail. As I would read it back it became the ‘slap in the face’, ‘the wake up’ and ‘ the are you crazy’ I needed to just walk away and not do something stupid. Now that would be a most influential writing moment, right? That’s what I mean about writing around it till it comes! Unfortunately, I never kept any of those written words. Recently I have been writing poetry and have been finding that some of that stuff was just writing itself. Writing is fun as well as therapeutic and it’s cheaper than a therapist. And now that I am done with school, it feels like a luxury.







Asking for a Re-Blog


Just found this blog. You might also gain something from it. Loving the “WordPress Meet and greet” he is doing. It’s an opportunity to put your work out there.

Originally posted on HarsH ReaLiTy:

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