Sunday, December 31, 2017

Farewell to 2017


Hello friends one and all!

It’s time to say goodbye to 2017 and hope 2018 brings much brighter things.

The biggest thing that happened this year was I had to say goodbye to my mother. In May, with no warning, she was diagnosed with cancer and given 2-4 weeks to live. Together we decided to follow the principle “if you only have two weeks to live...," which led to a profound 4 weeks of love and celebration of life that let my mom live out her last days surrounded by friends and family and delicious food, music and dance. The most meaningful moment was when her dance group came to dance for her can get a glimpse of here and here.

I had major gastrointestinal surgery in March, which honestly wasn't that bad, since it meant laying low at home recovering for a month and finally ending the terrible pain I had been in since my emergency surgery the year before.  

Beyond health and family, the year also will also be remembered for how my country and I responded to the Trump Presidency. After the 2016 election, I pledged to work on immigration issues and I have found a great group doing important work where I am volunteering now. It is called CUNY Citizenship Now! and it helps people with Green Cards apply for citizenship, a difficult process. I have spent some very meaningful Saturdays helping immigrants from all over the world fill out their paperwork and enjoyed seeing the changing face of America. It bolsters me against the racist anti-immigrant rhetoric being shouted from the White House. 

My political action switched from proactive Get Out The Vote work to resistance.  Reading the news these days feels unreal, as the values of our country get assaulted on a daily basis, but there is something amazing building below the surface which hopefully will lead to positive change in the long run. Attending the Women's March in DC with one million others was one of the great experiences of my life. It really solidified my thoughts about the power of women to make change and I believe we will reap the rewards of the energy it gathered for years as more women stand up. I have been marching throughout the year in NYC for science, immigrant rights, criminal justice and more and have watched many new coalitions form.  Although my surgery and mother's death have slowed me down a lot, I am keeping a close eye on the resistance and appreciate the people who have been newly engaged. Us oldtimers need the backup. In 2018, I ask each of you to find a new local candidate and help support their rise. We all have to engage in the rebuilding of our democracy from the ground up. 

Everyone expects me to travel and unfortunately my illness grounded me for 18 months, but I am finally flying away again, this time I spent a week with two high school friends in Germany to take in the excitement of the Christmas markets, along with the great street art in Berlin.  After I spent the holidays with my sister Catsou and her family in London.  

As much as, its been a really rough year, I'm doing ok. I'm finding my stride at the NoHo Business Improvement District, enjoying learning its history and watching its hip, trendy, fashionable future unfold. I continue to embrace fun things around me as Dick and Jane would expect. I’m very appreciative of all the support I received throughout these difficult times. 

May you all find love and community when you need it. 

And onward to a bright new year...

Cheers!
Cordelia

Thursday, December 28, 2017

London Street Art


I spent Christmas week with my sister and her family in London.  That gave me a chance to take another swing around and see the new street art.  Once again London's art wowed me!

You can see my online album HERE.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Berlin Street Art


Berlin is one of THE street art cities and that meant lots of exploring and plenty to see.

You can see my full album HERE.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Michael Jackson in Munich


Stumbled upon this random monument to Michael Jackson in Munich, set up across from the hotel he stayed at. It’s still lovingly cared for and even had fresh candles burning. We played a few of his songs in his honor, before moving on.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Markets in Germany


After 18 months of being grounded by life circumstances, I finally was able to take another adventure and joined two high school friends for a week of Christmas Markets in Germany. We stopped in four places: Munich, Nuremberg, Bamberg and Berlin. Each city was a little different and each Christmas market was different.  Nuremberg has the most famous Christmas market in Germany. Market stalls fill every open square. Gluhwein, special German mulled wine, is available morning to night. Nuremberg is known for its lebkuchen, special German gingerbread and it was delicious! About 2 million people visit Nuremberg over the month of December filling the square and enjoying the holiday fare and music.

You can learn and see more by clicking HERE 
to see my photos.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

2017 UN General Assembly Week

My job now forces me to focus on NY and medical and family circumstances have kept me stateside lately, but that doesn't mean that I still don't think about the wider world a lot. Each year I take advantage of UN General Assembly Week to get a small window into various international development issues. Today I'm attending an event about developing sustainable tourism in Africa. My travel in Africa has been eye opening, stereotype smashing, nurturing and helped me change my perspective on what is important in life. Travel builds understanding and I hope that more and more people will get a chance to visit Africa and to counter the misinformation about the continent and promote economic growth there. #2017unyearofsustainabletourismfordevelopment #unwto

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Who needs to travel when the French President comes to me?


I just got to say hi to French President Macron! Happy United Nations General Assembly Week! It's my favorite time of the year in NYC! The streets are literally filled with world leaders! Now if only I could find Justin Trudeau! #worldleaderheartthrobs 

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Peaks Island, Maine - Summer 2016

This year has been crazy with my surgery and Dick's death and then my mom's death so I didn't get to travel much. My one big trip was a wonderful long summer weekend in Peak's Island, Maine.

I hadn't been to Maine in a while and it was fun to enjoy its simple pleasures. Yummy fresh wild blueberries the are all the rage heathwise lately so I ate extra.  And of course, I had to have a lobster roll, since those were my mom's favorite Maine food.  Plus, plenty of summer ice cream to satisfy my nephew.

One fun silly activity on Peak's Island is to rent a golf cart to tour the island with. For two hours we drove the perimeter of the island and up and down the interior streets. Mostly that meant beautiful coastline views, rock pile sculptures, pine forests and creative mailboxes. My brother has been going to Peak's Island for a long time, so he also knows all the special cool places like an old World War II military installation built to protect Casco Bay which was a major location for military shipping. Battery Steele is an example of the largest battery ever built anywhere in the United States. Now its a relic and covered with graffiti... but its interesting to think about its history and to think about World War II on this side of the ocean. Another special place my brother took me to is the Umbrella Cover Museum.  Yes, you heard that right, a place with 700 umbrella covers from around the world. The kind of place that could only exist in a sweet little place like Peak's Island.

Mostly being in Maine meant quality time with my brother and his son, which made the trip even more fun. I think this is a trip I might have to start doing more often.

Here are some photos from my trip.