A Shout Out To GRATITUDE

My apartment is in Long Island City NY – a few blocks from the PEPSI SIGN for reference. My heart goes out to all those affected, hurt, displaced by hurricane Sandy. I’ve been watching the news obsessively and talking to my neighbors. I’m told our building was spared the rising waters by about 22 feet and never lost power. I’ve been away on business and didn’t experience any ill affects from the hurricane, except not being able to go home for a planned week off, and that’s nothing! Some people don’t even have a home to go to now! The marathon was supposed to run directly in front of our apartments. That is a whole other conversation! You can read more about it here.

Marathoners Embrace Chance to Help New Yorkers Recover 

These are some pictures I found of my neighborhood, it is directly across the river from The UN.

Long Island City, NY – Gantry Park meets Sandy

Gantry Park LIC Underwater

The Road Leading to Gantry Park in Long Island City, NY

Talking about food? It’s fun for me. Making the best choices possible to promote health and prevent illness. I don’t claim to know better than anyone else and I acknowledge that for some it is not a matter of choosing the best TYPES of FOOD, but getting ANY FOOD at all!

Where to Eat, Donate, and Volunteer for Sandy Relief This Week

In my bank account there is no EXTRA money. In NYC my income is considered poverty level! But I seem to be living a middle class life, as my parents say, I’m ‘comfortable’, I have choices.

In my search to be more lean, I hope that someday I might contribute to someone being more nourished.

When I finally publish my book I would like to donate part of the profits (I like to think positive that there WILL be profits) to a foundation like the ones that make and distribute Plumpy’nutIt is a peanut based paste given to those suffering malnutrition mostly (if not exclusively) in Third World Countries. Or, the Red Cross.

Other Ways To Help – Sandy Relief

I am able to make choices out of preference, not necessity; due to monetary consideration or health issues other than not wanting extra padding on my body and trying to stay healthy… seems… silly sometimes with all that is happening in the world around us. There are many people in the world – including here on the East Coast – looking for clean water and ANYthing to eat at all! I just want to acknowledge that my food blog may be frivolous in the face of such need. I discuss food choices here as if everyone HAS choices to MAKE but I KNOW! that’s not true. I speak from my own experience and circumstances. I am truly grateful for what I have and am aware that things can change on a dime. It is right here in front of us. Peace!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHOS EFFORTS ARE PUTTING THE CITIES AND SURROUNDING AREAS BACK TOGETHER!!!

 

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