My Thanksgiving Playlist #2 – “Get Here”

Dear Readers,

Earlier today I shared the 1st song from my Thanksgiving playlist – What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.  My goal is to share 12 songs with you between today and Thursday which means I need to step up the pace.

My 2nd selection is Get Here by Oleta Adams, a beautiful and talented vocalist whose songs are enjoyed by her fans around the world. Have you thought about your playlist yet? If not, there is still time. For now, please enjoy one of my favorite songs.

Fondly,

Monique

 

My Thanksgiving Playlist – “What A Wonderful World”

Dear Readers,

Each year I look forward to sharing the songs on my playlist. Since Thanksgiving is just a few days away it would be impossible to post each song that I cherish. However, I hope my selections will provide some inspiration as you create your playlist.

The first song is Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.  I hope it inspires you to relax and remember the good things in your life.

Enjoy!

Monique

 

A Few of My Favorite Things

Dear Readers,

Soon it will be Thanksgiving and I am so excited. Each year Stan and I prepare dinner together and our plans are nearly complete.  I have been keeping up with many of your plans and I look forward to seeing how your day comes together.  I know Thursday will be busy but if you have a few minutes please your pictures on Facebook or Twitter. I promise to share my day with you as well.

Earlier this month I incorporated Three Things That Made Me Smile into my Brooklyn Legends Facebook page. These posts included photos of unique floral creations and elegant room decor, videos of my favorite performing artists, recipes from the New York Times and many additional items to brighten your day.  The feedback has been amazing. I have received numerous requests to share those items on the Brooklyn Legends Blog.

So for today’s post, here is the 1st installment of A Few of My Favorite Things. When you have a moment, please visit Brooklyn Legends on Pinterest. Finding us is as easy as clicking on the images below. Thank you for spending a few moments of your day with us. We appreciate hearing from you.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Fondly,
Monique

Brooklyn Legends Serenity Sunday – “Finding My Voice”

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Dear Readers,

Wishing you a happy Serenity Sunday and a day filled with peace. As I was planning today’s post, I was drawn to this video by Maya Angelou in which she shares how she found her voice.

We all encounter challenges that force us to retreat from the world and the only thing that we can do is go within. However, when we find the courage to emerge, and give voice to our feelings, something wonderful and magical happens. Only then, can we begin our journey with peace and serenity as our companions.

Thank you for joining us for Brooklyn Legends Serenity Sunday. Have a great day.

Fondly,
Monique

 

Welcome to Brooklyn Legends Serenity Sunday

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to Brooklyn Legends Serenity Sunday. As we begin another week, please accept my very best wishes for a peaceful day and a productive week. As I have journeyed through 2015, one thing that I have learned is I must have serenity in order to survive.

These peaceful moments often include: sitting by the water and writing in my journal, reading magazines that focus on home decorating ideas and trends, taking walks so that I can enjoy Brooklyn’s beautiful homes, updating my playlist to include songs that encourage me to slow down and buying fresh flowers for my apartment and dessert from Magnolia’s Cupcakes in Manhattan and Juniors Bakery in downtown Brooklyn. While this may sound cliché, what I want most of all is to be happy and at peace. Of course my life is not this simple, but I enjoy creating periods of solitude every chance I get.

So today I will embrace those things that lift my spirit, provide moments of joy and peace. I hope that you are able to do the same. Thank you for sharing your day with me.

Happy Serenity Sunday.

Fondly,
Monique

Brooklyn Legends Brunch with the Arts – A Candid Conversation

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Dear Readers,

I hope that you are having a sensational day!  On Saturday October 10th we shared the exciting news of A Ballerina’s Tale the documentary chronicling Misty Copeland’s career as a ballet dancer. This eagerly anticipated movie, written and directed by Nelson George, made its public debut on Wednesday, October 14th. If you missed Brooklyn Legends Brunch with the Arts – A Ballerina’s Tale please follow this link.

I have seen the movie twice and I am in awe of Misty Copeland’s determination and the sensitive manner in which Nelson George shared her story with us. Misty’s career trajectory took many twists and turns and she paid a tremendous price for her achievements just as you and I have. I also remember a conversation with a good friend around the challenges we often face when shaping our careers and the misperceptions many have around “success” and it comes down to this –the world doesn’t see your struggle, they only see your shine. Perhaps we need to tell our stories more often.

On Monday, October 12th, two days before the movie’s public debut, the 92nd Street Y hosted a screening of A Ballerina’s Tale followed by a discussion with Misty Copeland, Nelson George and Gayle King. For today’s Brooklyn Legends Bruch With the Arts, I am pleased to share this conversation with you.

Have a sensational Saturday.

Fondly,
Monique

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Credits: The 92nd Street Y

Brooklyn Legends Week in Review & Serenity Sunday – Oct. 25, 2015

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Wooden Bridge at Brooklyn Botanic Garden – ©Shutterstock

Dear Readers,

Welcome to Brooklyn Legends Serenity Sunday and the Week In Review. I hope last week lived up to, or exceeded, your highest expectations. I was able to connect with a few friends who are well into their fall work agendas.  Indeed being happily employed is always a reason for celebration, but there was a common observation throughout our conversations – time is passing so quickly and our to-do lists are growing exponentially. I truly hope this is temporary as I look forward to my moments of peace and serenity so that I can renew my mind and spirit.

If you live on the East Coast, the weather is simply glorious and the fall foliage is breathtaking. I hope you will find time to enjoy the scenery before winter arrives. For ideas on places to see and activities with your family, I encourage you to visit Time Out New York’s website.  You will find a treasure trove of information carefully curated by their editorial team.  Here are photos of places in New York City where you can enjoy fall’s scenic beauty.

Brooklyn Legends Week In Review

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Last Sunday thousands of beautiful ladies gathered in Prospect Park for this year’s Making Strides Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.  I was so proud of my Brooklyn Metropolis Lions Club members who supported this worthy cause. Regrettably I was not up to the Walk, but I plan to be there next year.

However, the weekend was not totally lost. I participated in a timely discussion about the challenges women face on their journey with Breast and Ovarian Cancer.  Our intimate group of 12, also known as the “Brooklyn Metropolis Circle of Sisters” allowed for a candid exchange of information.  In this safe space we discussed the importance of: early detection, a caring team of healthcare professionals, a firm grasp of treatment options and committed supporters who celebrate your victories and encourage you when challenges arise. The conversation was led by an amazing woman who has overcome Breast Cancer twice in her life. She provided a wealth of information and our discussion lasted well after the meeting ended. I would love to share her story with you in the coming months.

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Via Pinterest

Last week’s Brooklyn Legends Motivational Monday Facebook posts were a reminder for me to persevere. We started the day with inspirational quotes to encourage our readers and ended with a video featuring Paulo Coelho with Oprah Winfrey on How the Universe Conspires to Help Us as we pursue our dreams. You can view it on the Brooklyn Legends Facebook page, simply by following this link.

On Brooklyn Legends Tenacious Tuesday we celebrated the phenomenal women featured in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ PBS film, American Masters: The Women’s List which aired last month. Greenfield-Sanders invited the world to “meet some amazing women who have created and defined contemporary American culture.” These trailblazers are: former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, attorney Gloria Alfred, entrepreneur Sara Blakely, comedian Margaret Cho, actress Edie Falco, scientist and entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, fashion designer Betsey Johnson, singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, athlete and fashion model Aimee Mullins, politician Nancy Pelosi, actress Rosie Perez, writer and producer Shonda Rhimes, talk show host Wendy Williams and pilot Nia Wordlaw. We have included the trailer from the film below. To view last week’s Brooklyn Legends blog post, please click here.

We celebrated Brooklyn Legends Working It Wednesday, with help from the fashion editors at Glamour.com. 2015 must be the year for accessories for every new concept is so interesting and fresh. Here are three really cool accessories we feel will make your wardrobe pop. For more ideas, remember to visit the Glamour website.

On Brooklyn Legends Thankful Thursday, we embraced gratitude and expressed our thanks to you – our readers and fans – for supporting our work. Your encouragement is very important and we are grateful for your feedback here on the Brooklyn Legends blog, the Brooklyn Legends Facebook page and Brooklyn Legends on Pinterest. Here is the link to our Facebook page once again for your reference

To visit Brooklyn Legends on Pinterest, simply click on the icon below.

Thankful Thursday ended on a fun note when I also shared 3 things that made me smile. Everyone who knows me will tell you that I love flowers. For me they are one of the easiest ways to brighten your day and your environment. Here are some magical designs by Preston Bailey to spark your creativity.

Friday and Saturday were low-key days for me but I yesterday I shared one item I found to be simply sensational – a New York Times recipe for Peaches in Muscat.  I am working on my “list of things that make me smile” and the very idea of this got my attention. I did not get around to this today, but I will certainly let you know how it turns out.

Peaches in Muscat – Enjoy!

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

As always, thank you for allowing us to share your Serenity Sunday. Have a wonderful day and a great week.

Fondly,
Monique

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Credits:
The New York Time
American Masters: The Women’s List via PBS.org
Preston Bailey designs – Prestonbailey.com
Glamour.com
Pinterest
Time Out New York

 

Brooklyn Legends Honors ‘American Masters: The Women’s List’

Dear Readers,

Welcome to Brooklyn Legends Tenacious Tuesday and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day. The days are moving at such a fast pace, in less than 2 weeks November will arrive. Actually, I am very excited as Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

September was a busy month and I am just moving through the list of topics I prepared to share with you, among them Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ much-heralded film, American Masters: The Women’s List which aired on PBS last month. Greenfield-Sanders invited us to “meet 15 women who have created and defined contemporary American culture.” This amazing list of trailblazers consists of:

Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001, Gloria Allred, lawyer, Laurie Anderson, artist, Sara Blakely, entrepreneur, Margaret Cho, comedian, Edie Falco, actor, Elizabeth Holmes, scientist and entrepreneur, Betsey Johnson, fashion designer, Alicia Keys, singer-songwriter, Aimee Mullins, athlete and fashion model, Nancy Pelosi, politician, Rosie Perez, actor, Shonda Rhimes, writer-producer, Wendy Williams, talk show host and Nia Wordlaw, pilot.

Owing to time, I can’t show the full film, but I have included the trailer at the beginning of today’s post. To learn more about this masterpiece, and how to purchase the DVD, please follow this link. Here is a quote from PBS’s website prior to the film’s release:

American Masters Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

American Masters Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

American Masters: The Women’s List focuses on these individuals’ exceptional achievements, struggles and identities. All trailblazers in their respective fields, these women share their experiences struggling against discrimination and overcoming challenges to make their voices heard and their influence felt.

Toni Morrison opens the film with a reading of an introduction she wrote specifically for The Women’s List.

Brooklyn Legends is pleased to salute these phenomenal trailblazers and we celebrate each woman’s tenacity. Thank you for joining us for Brooklyn Legends Tenacious Tuesday.  Have a wonderful day and week.

Fondly,
Monique

Credit:
PBS American Masters: The Women’s List – pbs.org

Meet FDNY Firefighter Regina Wilson – ‘The Hero of My Own Story’

FDNY Firefighter Regina Wilson - NYDailynews.com

FDNY Firefighter Regina Wilson – NYDailynews.com

Dear Readers,

Welcome to Brooklyn Legends Tenacious Tuesday and thank you for spending time with us. We invite you to visit our Facebook page for today’s words of encouragement. Connecting with us is as simple as clicking on this link.  We want this to be an interactive process and we encourage you to let us know if a particular post inspires you along your journey.

Today we are excited to introduce FDNY Firefighter Regina Wilson, one of our newest generation of trailblazers.

Firefighter Wilson is a Brooklyn native and graduate of Samuel J. Tilden High School where she joins a list of distinguished alumni including: Nelson George, featured in our recent post Brooklyn Legends Brunch with the Arts – A Ballerina’s Tale, Lucille Roberts, the businesswoman and founder of health club chain bearing her name and the Reverend Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC’s weekly talk show PoliticsNation. When she joined the FDNY in 1999, she was only the 12th African-American woman to achieve this distinction. During the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, she was among the first responders at the scene. Tragically, seven members of her firehouse – Engine 219, Ladder 105 in Brooklyn, New York – died that day.

This is a career that Firefighter Wilson never imagined that she would have. After attending a job fair at New York City’s Javitz Convention Center members of the Vulcan Society, a fraternal organization of African-American firefighters with an exemplary 75-year history, spoke with her and presented the FDNY as an option. That was 16 years ago. Since that time she has created a distinguished career with a very promising future. In addition to serving with Engine 219, Ladder 105, she is also an instructor at the Fire Academy on Randalls Island. A high-point of her career occurred earlier this year when she was the 1st woman elected President of the Vulcan Society.

Recently Firefighter Wilson was featured as a part of Makers – Be The Hero Series. During the opening you will hear Firefighter Wilson’s strong voice clearly articulate why she is a hero. To view the video, please follow this link.

I became the hero of my own story when I graduated from the Academy.  No one could ever tell me that I couldn’t do something again.
Regina Wilson

Brooklyn Legends is proud to salute Firefighter Wilson’s tenacity, strength and commitment to the people of New York City.

Fondly,
Monique

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Credits:
Makers – Be the Hero Series – Meet Regina Wilson – Aug. 24, 2015 Makers.com
First Woman Picked to Lead Vulcan Society – New York Daily News – Jan. 16, 2015

 

 

Brooklyn Legends Brunch with the Arts – “A Ballerina’s Tale”

 

Dear Readers,

I hope that you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather and our first holiday weekend since Labor Day. I welcome the down time from the hustle and bustle of my daily commute and, most important of all, I look forward to connecting with you.

Nelson George and Misty Copeland Credit Alex Welsh, The New York Times

Nelson George and Misty Copeland Credit Alex Welsh, The New York Times

On Wednesday, October 7th, the New York Times featured an article on Misty Copeland and Nelson George’s upcoming film “A Ballerina’s Tale,” which opens in theaters, and on demand, on Wednesday, October 14th.

This summer Ms. Copeland was promoted to principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater, a historic first for an African-American woman. Ironically she and Nelson George began filming “A Ballerina’s Tale” two years before this moment unfolded.

Misty was recovering from an injury she sustained when work began on the project. They met at a dinner party years ago and a chance seating arrangement was the spark that led to their collaboration.

Nelson George is a highly esteemed writer and filmmaker who is known for his work on hip-hop and African-American culture. In the New York Times article he candidly shares that he did not start out with an agenda (for the film). To use his words, “We didn’t know what was going to happen, but I knew she was going to get back onstage,” he said. He added: “I feel she’s the first big ballet pop star since Baryshnikov.”

I’m excited to be a part of this moment in history and I look forward to Monday evening. In the meantime, please enjoy Brooklyn Legends Brunch with the Arts and the trailer from “A Ballerina’s Tale.”

Fondly,
Monique

Credit: The New York Times, Oct. 7, 2015 Gia Kourlas