So Glad I Attended!

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Watch this space for a future article about the two authors and their books.

Recently,  Susan Brownmiller and Elissa Schappell were in New York, both discussing Susan Brownmiller’s book, Against Our Will.      Elissa, the author of Blueprints for Building Better Girls, a fiction book, interviewed Susan Brownmiller.  This was an awesome event.

Having read Against Our Will, a full ten years after it was written,  I had to go and hear what these two authors had to say when they were in New York.   And the resulting videotape will air on Time Warner, Cablevision and on Verizon FIOS in a few weeks.   Watch   YOU Information Show on Channel 34 in NY (in Staten Island), and quite possibly, in Brooklyn, also.  For more information contact through the blog here or by email.

 

Always Remembering Leiby

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Leiby

There isn’t a month that goes by that I do not remember Leiby.

The news – in the city   http://youtu.be/64rfy-DMUC0

 

I did not know   Leiby, nor did I know his family.

I can only say what my own opinion is.

Forever, I will remember Leiby.

And forever, I will believe that this was not the first time

that this criminal committed a crime like that.

In our society, there are TOO many times in which our society permits someone to escape proper punishment because they plead that they are “insane”.      Even if that is the case, if they are insane, they still deserve to be tried at a trial and when convicted to be jailed, and to serve the time for their crime.

Too many times, killers ,  and violent criminals  are kept from prison because they use the excuse of insanity.

Is  this not the time in our history when we need to make a JAIL for the insane?     It wouldn’t cost much and my guess is that it would stop a lot of crimes .    Too many criminals commit crimes knowing that they can always plead that they are insane –and then go to a hospital instead of going to jail.

One of the worst child abusers in history,  Levy, the killer who took Leiby’s life, Levy is now in jail.    And one can only wonder, did Levy ever abduct other children?  One can only wonder, were there other victims?

Where is the politician who will get the funds to create one jail that is solely for the “insane”, so that the insane can get proper treatment  IN JAIL where they belong.   They will get all the services that they need, IN JAIL where they will be after their fair trial.

Sure, we understand that there are people who are mentally ill.

 

However,  let us look to this fact, that there are probably millions of mentally ill people in our world, but millions do NOT commit murders.

There are probably millions of mentally ill in our world, however, millions do not get violent, do not mug, do not rape and do not murder and do not dismember bodies.

Time has come to let the criminals who are insane, know that they will, after a fair trial –if they are found guilty, they will go

 

to jail,, directly to jail and they

will not pass GO and they will not collect  $200.  dollars.

Time?

 

 

Six Decades of Faith, Reverence BIlly Graham.

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Taping this week was successful.     The shows will air in February and in March 2014, on Time Warner, Cablevision and on FIOS Verizon. 

One of the shows which I am most happy about is the show that I did on the topic of Reverend Billy Graham, the crusades and asking for prayer for Rev. Billy Graham. 

Shows air on Channel 34 , in New York, usually Tuesdays at 12:30 PM (daytime). 

Be on the show, contact through this blog or through email. 

Watching Television!

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This past month I have been watching public access television.  And there are some pretty cool shows on there. 

These are some of the shows that I took a look at:

  • M.E.S.S.   (Mike’s Entertainment & Sports Show).  This is nice.  Two guys discussing sports and other topics.   Worth looking into if you have the CTV station on your tv dial.  (It’s on Time Warner, Cablevision and on Verizon FIOS –most CTV shows air on those three).
  • Some show that has Matt Ward as a host and some other lady, forgot her name, think the last name is “Susi”.  This is an interesting show, some facts, some human, real directness.
  • I used to watch some of the Mike Steele episodes but haven’t seen them in a while.  What time are they on now?
  • Sometimes, I like  to see the Toastmasters show.  Some of the speakers have very interesting topics.
  • Mallet Man is on  and though it’s not on my regular “watch” list, I do enjoy seeing parts of it , once in a while.  Mallot Man is mostly about music and entertainment.
  • I miss seeing Eric’s shows.   I don’t know when they are on.  But been flipping the remote and they are not showing up.
  • Missing “Nights with Mary” ; that is one show that I used to watch all the time when it was on.
  • Ahh…the newest delight on CTV is the “one act plays”.  Wow, now this is reality at its’ best.  These little plays show real people doing real life, living lives and making note of “interesting” real life problems that some people might have.   There was an episode about nursing home visits and another episode about “blind dates” , and another one about a certain diner/restaurant that was said to have some kind of “miracle” reaction on the diners —some seemed to be relieved of their illnesses and diseases. Now that was interesting.
  • Ahh, and always, as always, a delight is the musical entertainment brought to us by Ed Salek, those show that feature the old-time singers and the history of the old time singers.
  • And last, but never least, two more shows that I take a look at from time to time –the Veterans shows, about Veterans and sometimes for Veterans.  I love to see these shows.   And , of course, never least, I always love to tune in to  YOU Information Show.

You Information Show airs on Time Warner, Verizon Fios and on Cablevision in NY, on Channel 34 .  Usually it’s on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM _daytime, but you can see it on other times or days also.

Here is a link to some of the YOU Information Show.

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http://vimeo.com/user18172395

Quiet? Not!

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Quiet? Not!

Thinking about having your say?

Diary

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This is truly one of my most favorite photographs.

 

Take Your Poop With You

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In our city, there are all types of dog-walkers. These are only a few of them: 

  • Dog walkers /owners who allow their dog to go onto private property to poop.  Some think that because a private lawn has no fence that this is an invitation for dogs to poop there.  To those mis-informed, the home -owner pays for the property, pays for the lawn, pays taxes on the property and owns the lawn.    If your dog is walking there and poops there or not, your dog is on private property.
  • Dog walkers who carry plastic bags but never use them.   Some walkers /owners carry a plastic bag because they want to “appear” to obey the law.  And when no one is looking , they let their dogs poop anywhere and everywhere and tney never pick up the poop.
  • There are other owners who walk their dogs while they (the owners) are talking on the cellular phones.   The object, it seems to be, is so that the dog owner can appear “distracted”  and so that it appears that the dog owner does not “see” that their dog is pooping somewhere and then they walk away as if the dog didn’t poop.

See there are all kinds in this world and those are just a few of the inconsiderate ones.

What have you seen in your own neighborhood?

Just for the record,

The Total Answer to the Problem of Bullies

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What do you do? 

Deal with screamers –at a distance–by email or by snail mail.   This cuts down on the yelling because you can not hear yelling that is done in typing or in writing.

If you have a screamer who denies screaming, record it and play it back to the screamer. (Check local laws regarding taping).

DISCLAIMER: Do only that which is safe for you to do.

These entries, as with our show episodes, are for entertainment purposes only.

Brooklyn is The Fourth Largest City in America

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This is a bad copy of a favorite photograph of mine.  

Many years ago, I was riding my bike down Avenue M in Brooklyn, NY.     One of the blocks looked really cool, different from typical Brooklyn streets.  It had more trees, and it was early so there was no traffic. I just liked the way that scene looked. 

I pulled one of those strange mirrors out of my pocket, and without even stopping the ride, I took a PS 35 camera out of my pocket also.   Yes, the diehard photographer who knows that it’s not about the camera but it is more about what you see with your mind and see with your eyes and feel with your heart, I snapped the photograph. 

And the resulting picture was published in the International Photographer’s Magazine , (the magazine has a different name now).    

The picture showed a deserted Brooklyn Street with a large hand coming out of the side of the picture.  In the hand was a small, small circle, and inside the circle was a face (wearing helmet), and in the background you could see all the trees.     I named the picture, “Camera-shy photographer”, and sent it in to the magazine and they published it.

Later, months later, I took the same photograph and added some of my beginner’s Chinese calligraphy to the middle of the street in the photograph .  And that was my final product, the picture that I like. 

This picture is kind of blurred, not the original but a copy good enough to post here. 

It is NOT the camera that counts, it is not the film, nor even the megapixels that count.  All that counts is that you see the world with your mind, heart, spirit and with your eyes and that you are conscious enough to take that snap.

I am a volunteer photographer and a volunteer videographer.   

That works for me.

What’s your hobby or cause or “in-the-meantime pastime?

YOU are a Winner!

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Failure is the very essence of life.   We can not do anything without failure.           So many major discoveries were made accidentally –through failure.  And it continues to happen that way. 

So, we should not fret when we fail at something.
Just  try it again.

And again, and then one more time, again.

Yep, that’s it. Just keep on trying; keep on keeping on.

The Garden

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Is this my garden ?

Well, temporarily it is mine.  Smiles.

Actually, I do not own the garden nor do I live there , but  while I am able to stand there and gaze at it, and admire the beauty, well, for those moments this is mine. 

So there you go.

Smiles.

Come to the farm.

Farming in the City

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If you want to see the chickens or the roosters or the farm or the cows, or the bull 

or the pigs, or the birds, or the vegetables or the flower garden, you do not have to leave New York City. 

Go to the Queens County Farm –it is a working farm in NYC.   And you will see all the wildlife, and you might even see the peacock, and more, at the Queens County Farm Museum property.

(oh, it’s mostly all outdoors and they have some indoor buildings like the gift shop).

http://queensfarm.org/our-animals.html

And, if you really want to be adventurous, go to the farm events, like the Pow Wow, the motorcycle event, and the Fall Harvest festival pumpkin patch kind of event.

WRONG ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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The world today, and people wonder why it seems to be spinning too fast. 

There is no right and there is no wrong.

People are afraid to tell someone that they are wrong. 

People are afraid to use the word, “wrong”.

Instead they say, “inappropriate”.

Someone stabs someone and someone says, “That’s inappropriate”. 

What would be appropriate?  If they shot someone, would that be appropriate?

No. 

Society has re-decided what right and wrong are.  Society has decided to take the words right and wrong out of society so that they do not offend anyone.

THAT’S what’s wrong.

We are too concerned about offending people and not concerned enough  to catch , jail and punish murderers, killers, rapists, thieves, scammers,  con men,  violent criminals, and yes,  dope smokers.  

We are too concerned about offending someone so society has decided to  re-coin right and wrong.

It  is not working. 

We need to teach children, from as early as they can understand -what is wrong, and what is right.  That’s it’ Period.  That is what is needed. 

If a child, whether that child be slow or fast, or fat or skinny or perfect or mentally ill or whatever that child is–if a child learns and remembers and respects what is right and knows what is wrong, that child will grow to be a good human being (that’s right GOOD human being ) who will not go out there and rape and kill and commit crimes.  PERIOD!

That’s what  is needed.

Let us STOP teaching kids what is inappropriate and start teaching them what is   WRONG!  and What is RIGHT!

Got that?

Go watch some movies and be observant.

Learn a lesson from what is happening in our world.

Let’s stop worrying about whom we might offend.

That’s it.

Got comments?
Go for it.

No offense taken, say what you like.

Adopted : One Angel

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This is a dog, a dog , who for real, had what we call, “a dog’s life”. 

North Shore Animal League had rescued about seventy dogs and puppies from a horrible puppy mill in Missouri, USA.     And then they brought them all the way to NYC, and cleaned them up,  brought them back to health.  They trimmed their nails, cut their hair, and made them feel as comfortable as they could feel, after such an ordeal.

All seventy dogs/puppies , then , a few days after their rescue , were put on display at North Shore for their adoption days.      The weekend past, and I had not even known that they had all those dogs.    

I had been looking for a specific type of dog for about seven or eight months or so.    I went all over looking, at vets, at pet stores, at adoption centers, at shelters, but no dog fit the description of the dog that I wanted.   (I was in no hurry at all, so I kept on looking for my special dog).

There at North Shore, after their large adoption days, after almost all of the puppy mill dogs had been adopted and taken out of there, I went to North Shore.      I asked the question; I described the dog that I was looking for, and the person brought me to the place where they had three dogs left from the puppy mill adoptions.   

Almost all three fit my description, and this darling dog is the one that I adopted.

She is a pedigree, a pure chihuahua.  She is the sweetest dog that anyone would ever want to meet.   She is truly a princess. 

She had a hard life.    She was the “breeder” ..dog.  They forced her to have puppies for her life and she kept on having puppies.

And when they figured that  they had “worn her out”,  she was at the point where they were going to get rid of her.

And, then,  yes , and then,

then I came along and saw her standing there at North Shore.

 This dog stood there motionless.   And I guess that is why nobody had adopted her when everyone was there looking for dogs.

She really wasn’t what  people are looking for when they go looking for a new dog.
But that didn’t matter to me.

I saw her, and when I looked at her, I knew that she was meant to be with me. 

I knew that this dog was just waiting there for me, to bring her home.

And I did.

(After the official adoption process, I went into their store -at North Shore, and bought a carrier for her to put her into the car).

This dog is a little angel.

IF you are looking for an angel, do not go to the pet stores.
Go to the North Shore Animal League or go somewhere else to adopt the angel.

You will be so happy you did.

You can not buy happiness and you can’t buy love.

But you sure can find an angel at North Shore Animal League of America.

In Memory of Leiby Kletzky

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From the desk of

YOU Information Show :

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First, the memory of Leiby Kletzky

a note about Leiby Kletzky

Of all the stories that came over the news over the past few years,  this is one that I will remember forever.   The story of a little angel,  “Leiby Kletzky”.

Today’s memory  is for Leiby Kletzky,  a young angel, who is no longer with us.

Leiby, we will always remember you…always.

The first video,  clips from Leiby’s life, as a baby, as a child,

What Did You Call That Kid?

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A picture is worth a thousand words. 

This  young girl,  a teenager, looks slightly malnourished.

Sometimes even when the body might appear hungry, sometimes, the human spirit fills that  hunger with food for the mind, food for thought, with literature, books, reading, and all sorts of wonderful things which eventually will and eventually do bring healing.

If you have a hunger in your life, fill it with art, music, beauty, nature,  and fill it with all things wonderful and beautiful.

Fight your battles in the world, not with swords, and not with physical power but fight your battles with determination, with  persistence, with an undying love of learning, and an unstoppable journey in the right direction, all the while being guided by your most Higher Power, the creator of Heaven and Earth,  Jesus Christ.

Every hungry child is renewed, refreshed, and reborn  with  strong faith and an unfailing love of liberty and life.

What is your hunger?    What do you thrive for?    What is your goal and your journey?

 

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Stop Child Abuse

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Stop child abuse.

Stop domestic violence.

When we think about the topic of child abuse, we must remember that while some victims grow up and some victims grow and heal,  that most child abusers stay the same.   (Key word being “most”).

So, if we look at life honestly, when we see the “aged” and those who have reached their senior years, we must remember that respect is not “given” just because a person is old.    Respect, in our world, is earned.   Of course,  we should treat all human beings with respect, and treat them nice and treat them as how we would want to be treated.

However, what we must do also, if we look at the world honestly, is remember that some seniors  are the abusers of yesterday.    And there are some who have not changed, not healed and not changed anything about themselves.

So, next time you are tempted to immediately feel sorry for someone just because they are old, remember this,

one day, killers  will be old, and  rapists  will be old, and there are serial killers who will be “old”; some day child abusers will be old and child abductors will be “old”.   We must remember that  batterers will be old,  and those who prey on children will be old.   And it is so the truth that “age is just a number”.

Everyone, if they live long enough will reach their senior years.

So “senior years” does not automatically equal reverence and respect.  All it means is that the person has been on this earth a long time.

We must look to their current behavior to really assess what kind of respect they have earned.

Knowing that serial killers, and rapists, and child abusers, and all sorts of criminals eventually grow old also gives me a whole different outlook on the topic of “aged”  , of “seniors” , of  “old”.

Not saying that all seniors are bad, just saying that not all seniors are “good”.

So, this is the blog,  YOU Information Show , which offers a different aspect , a different look at life, sometimes offers some thoughts that you might never heard of nor thought of.

And this is the blog which opens up all lines of communication and all lines of “different” thought ideas.

What is your honest opinion?

 

Looking for the articles?

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Click there on the link to read the articles.   These articles were written during  the years of  2007 through 2015.   

 

    “Only One Way to Go — UP”!      

 

 

Click here to read some articles 

Another child, another day, another circumstance

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An eleven year old child.   He was beaten because he didn’t do the dishes. 

    What’s wrong with this picture? 

Mothers who hate their children, mothers who do not know how to take care of children, mothers who use their children as slaves…too many of them in the world.  This child, this one broke free, even if temporarily, because he spoke out.  
Some are not safe enough to speak out.   I am glad that this boy has told, has let the secret out.  Kudos to him and to his courage.  

Chores are one thing, sure every child should have chores, but when a (so-called) parent beats a child because they didn’t do the chores–that is slavery.  Yes, slavery in the modern world, children being beaten for not cleaning, for not doing the dishes, for not doing “something”, this is so wrong. 

Parents need to learn how to b e  a parent, a loving parent. 

    This is the video of the slave who broke free from his  (alleged) abusive mother. 

http://latest.com/2014/07/11-year-old-philly-boy-bravely-walks-into-police-station-to-report-his-abusive-mom/

LEIBY

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Every once in a while, I think of Leiby’s mom, and of Leiby.     (If you don’t know the story, click on the link at the end of this entry). 

It’s been a few years, yet, Leiby’s story still touches my heart.  And I know it is a story that I will remember forever.   How could anyone bear what happened to Leiby?  How could anyone even imagine it.   And how does one live with the thought of it?  I don’t know the answer for anyone else and I don’t pretend to know how Leiby’s mom might feel, 

  but I know this, that this is that  no mother should ever be subjected to the reality of the tragedy that happened in Brooklyn that day, and no son and no child anywhere should ever have been subjected to the tragedy that happened to Leiby.    A story so horrible, yet a story that demands that we remember it, so that we remember Leiby, that Leiby was here, that Leiby lived, and that Leiby’s mom loved him so much.  And that, yes, and that the world wept for Leiby that day that he was found. 

The neighborhood searched and the world watched and waited.   Yet, there was no Leiby.  I remember watching the news stories and seeing hundreds of people out there, looking and searching.   I remember the day that everything seemed to stop, just stop, because Leiby was missing. 

This was a day in the history of Brooklyn, a day when whole neighborhoods would begin to be “on guard”, a day when a culture would change a little, change a little of how they got home, change a little of whom they would trust and a day that a whole neighborhood would almost lose that sense of safety, that sense of family and sense of connectedness in a place that was “home” to so many. 

And then they found Leiby.   And they found him in a way that nobody should be found yet they found Leiby.   And, the neighborhood cried.  And the surrounding neighborhoods cried.  And yes, even the world, anyone who had heard the story of Leiby, the world wept for Leiby, for that innocent little boy who lost his way coming home from school that day.     The world wept. 

And days passed, and weeks and months passed, and now, yes, now, years have passed.  And yet when I remember Leiby, I remember him as he was that day, as we saw him on the video, lost in the city.  

 And I remember thinking that Leiby was in Heaven and his mom, his parents so needed prayers, needed love and needed connectedness in that time of grief.    And the cities mourned Leiby.  

I write this entry because Leiby was a boy, a life, a human being, a child.   He could have been anyone’s child.  And that, I guess, is why the world wept.  That everyone knew, that this child could have been anyone’s child.    Leiby.  

I didn’t know Leiby or his family personally, but I know this.  

    As tears are in my eyes today, I remember Leiby.       It’s not March, and It’s not a holiday and it’s not anyone’s birthday and it’s not the anniversary of Leiby’s death, yet, I remember Leiby.  I remember Leiby on this ordinary day, this sunshiny day today.   I remember Leiby, on this August day, this year.   And as sure as I sit her typing and as sure as the sun will come out tomorrow once again, I will always remember Leiby and his family.  

In memory of Leiby. 

(For those who don’t know about Leiby, here are some links). News while Leiby is missing

  In Memory of Leiby     ———https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl7j40xhZ7s

News stories — about the funeral and about Leiby and

about the city/ and the criminal who took Leiby’s life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64rfy-DMUC0 

 In memory of Leiby, 

  Every Mom, Dad, any person who has a child or knows a child, please pray for the safety of our children, wherever they are, wherever they walk.        

(Some) Nursing Homes & Rehabilitation Centers

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Here is what is needed to “cure” the houses of horror:

 

Remember Willowbrook!

When you think that patients and residents and families are making up stories, do this

Remember Willowbrook!   And remember how many years those patients suffered at the hands of the workers in Willowbrook. 

Willowbrook was located in Staten Island, New York. 

 

Remember Willowbrook.  And remember that Willowbrook existed years before the place was exposed for what it was.    Good people need to speak out when they work in a place that needs to be exposed to the public.

Where are the good people?

Authors

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Reading, writing, discussing important topics, all the beautiful arts and conversations that we take part in throughout the year.

If a famous, and most influential author was appearing in your city, would you attend the reading, the discussion, the event?  Most likely, yes, but what if they appeared and it was over and you missed it?

Want to be part of the “in” crowd when it comes to checking out authors and readers and writers?

Keep in touch with us through the blog and sometimes, just sometimes, we might do updates and let you in on the little and huge events that are around in the city, events revolving around authors, readers , writers and discussion groups, writing conferences and the like, it’s all here if you are part of the club.

Reading is one of the most important things that we can do for ourselves, why miss out?

Some of the authors, readers and writers we have had the good fortune to meet and or hear discuss their books were:

Jack Ratz – Holocaust survivor , author of “Endless Memories”

Reverend Billy Graham – author of numerous books and “Just as I am “

Eric Copage – Author of “Black Pearls”

S. A. R. K.   (Susan Ann Rainbow Kennedy) author of numerous books

Jackie Torrence   (R.I.P.)  Author of Jackie Tales and numerous other books

Robert Schuller – author of numerous books