Thursday, April 19, 2018

Just a few notes

Miguel Diaz-Canel has been named Cuba's new president It's the first time in nearly six decades that Cuba is being led by a man not named Castro. I remember when Fidel Castro came into office in 1959 and events that followed. The 1950's were about the TV Series I Love Lucy starring Desi Arnaz of Cuban background.

TESS blasted off ... The planet-hunter that will map 85% of the sky to search for alien worlds.

State of Emergency - Disaster in Paradise - Flooding in Hawaii

Puerto Rico suffers island-wide power outage

Lots of people anticipate this happening - Is the Yellowstone Supervolcano about to blow?

It's A Common Myth That Tornadoes Avoid Cities - But It's Not True

Clients in Crime - Five years ago I read a woman from Brooklyn, named Brittney Schmitt, married to Vincent Fina, who had a 6 year old son. When I saw Vincent's pic I knew he was bad news and warned her that they could get into legal trouble together as he had emotional problems and learning challenges making it hard to hold down a job. All she wanted was a place to live away from his family and another baby. I saw the move to Florida but it didn't work out and a pregnancy (miscarriage). I told her she should would never leave him. I also prepared her for the fact that her son was challenged and would one day go down a wrong path as he had similar challenges to his father. Yesterday, another client who worked with Brittney here in Brooklyn, told me the couple had created a cancer scam on GoFundMe using the pic of 6-year-old Gianni Incandela, of Staten Island, who has a brain tumor.. The couple is now in jail - Brittney got one year and Vincent 1-3 years. FYI - I never donate to anything unless I know where the money is actually going. Too much crime.

Congratulations to Khloe Kardashian on the new baby. Time to pack it up and go home to LA. Did she really think Tristan would be faithful and she would be the only women he would ever sleep with as he is 27? When I read about his pattern of cheating I remembered everything I have ever learned about Jamaican men from men and woman of that culture - men cheat and have a baby mama with most of their relationships and move on. One male client told me he was desperately trying to break the pattern as he already had one child with his first wife and a set of twins with his second and that relationship was ending. When I suggested he have a vasectomy he didn't look thrilled but said he would consider it. As to cheating, he's always had lovers. Back to Tristen ... when I read about his behavior I googled him ... yup from Jamaica.

Steven Spielberg has become the first moviemaker in history to gross $10 billion at the global box office. His most recent film Ready Player One is about experiencing in virtual reality. Spielberg will soon be adding to his tally after announcing work has begun on a fifth Indiana Jones movie - the last to feature Harrison Ford as the adventurous professor of archaeology.

Women's World - Southwest passenger died after broken plane window nearly sucked her out - The visual of this is like something out of an action-adventure film by Spielberg. The woman in question, who died, was a Wells Fargo Executive. The woman who safely landed the Southwest plane on one engine was one of Navy's first female fighter pilots, Tammie Jo Shults.

Saturday April 21, 2018 - Queen Elizabeth turns 92 and is the day of Barbara Bush's funeral. Both women and their husbands are referred to as nonagenarians (90s). Kate Middleton is due on April 23. Will the baby be born on Queen Elizabeth's birthday?

Remembering Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush, Republican matriarch and former first lady, dies at 92  
CNN - April 18, 2018

Barbara Bush   Wikipedia

I remember Barbara Bush as the wife and mother of three politicians that I was not particularly fond of but then again how many presidents come without criticism and conspiracies. She was the matriarch of an American political dynasty, her time well spent helping others and making a difference.

Among her many accomplishments she established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1989, which she chaired until 2012, promoting reading skills across America, particularly for young children. There is much to be remembered and honored.

She was not one of the glamorous first ladies of the 20th and 21st centuries such as - Jackie Kennedy (politics and publishing), Michelle Obama (law, politics, many causes) and Melania Trump - whose designer clothes were a topic of discussion when they appeared in public. Perhaps Barbara Bush's death will inspire Melania to do more, and make a name for herself in lieu of her husband's indiscretions.

Most recently I remember Barbara Bush sitting in her wheelchair looking on before game five of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Houston. Her mind remained sharp until the end, her wit always there.

As her health declined, her soul, tired from its long journey, Barbara Bush decided not to seek additional medical treatment. It was her time. Her loving family was there as she crossed over yesterday holding her husband's hand. As souls travel together, and former President Bush has also been in failing health in recent years, he will soon join her. How rare and amazing is it to spend a lifetime with the same partner ... they were married for 73 years ... for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death do them part ...

April 18, 2018

David Bowie takes over Manhattan subway station
with art and MetroCard tribute