Thursday, March 29, 2018

Springing into action

Planting tulips along Park Avenue. Photo: JH.
Thursday, March 29, 2018. Sometimes sunny day yesterday in New York with temperatures reaching up to the low 50s, anticipating something Spring-y one week into it although not quite there.

It is vacation week for the schools in my neighborhood reminding me that leading up to Good Friday and Passover  vacations spring into action and people do their last of the winter vacations. Or begin to return north and home from their lairs down Florida way. And the invitations for the galas are beginning to pile up.
This beautiful Mazatlan plant photo which I found today on Lambert Strether's daily Water Cooler blog on Yves Smith's Naked Capitalism. Couldn't resist.
Going to the dogs. Our Diary about Norman the missing Chihuahua brought responses from all over. One NYSD reader wrote: 

Same thing here in Miami! I share exactly all your thoughts about this and have been in the kind of situation.

Many dog owners are so mindless — a dog may disappear IN AN INSTANT (it has happened to me) and, unlike cats, they get so disoriented and scared when they see themselves in a different environment (even feet from their owner) that they don't know how to find their way back. And then it’s the running suddenly to the street! I have stopped my car several times in the middle of traffic to help a dog who I see is lost and close to being struck down by a car… 

The New York Post also ran a piece on Norman the Chihuahua. He was lost while being walked by a service! Even worse, he was one of three dogs lost by the same walking service this past month. Two of the dogs were later found and returned to their homes. Except not Norman.
Nash the Cane Corso, Norman the Chihuahua, and Freddie the Chihuahua-Dachshund. Norman has not been found.
Nine lives. Our reader’s remark about how cats handle getting lost (or being abandoned is more like it), reminded me of our friend Schulenberg — whose Page we run on today’s edition of the NYSD.

Yesterday afternoon he sent me this photo of one of his brood, all rescued out there in Central California. When he lived here in New York when I first knew him back in the '60s, he had a big white Persian name Tybalt. Now he’s got three or four in residence. I’ve never met this all star cast. All “strays.” But that was long ago.
a member of Bob's current brood of felines.
JH and his wife Danielle have two cats, one of which is a former ferel cat whose name is Ewok (they call him Schmeezie). Yes. And the other is named Sophie. Maybe you’ve read this here before but here goes: Sophie was an abandoned kitty found by an NYSD reader who happens to live in the nabe. She found the cat in her apartment building and took her in, named her Sophie, but couldn’t keep her because she had a much older, ailing cat who was not pleased.

So Jeff and Danielle adopted her. A couple of years ago when they took her to the vet, he asked why they named the cat Sophie (I think she came with the name). Because, the doc added, “SHE’s a HE!” None of this matters to Sophes of course whose main curiosity is: when’s supper (or breakfast, depending) and cuddling.
Schmeezie and Sophie.
I’ve probably written this before too, but when I moved to Los Angeles back in the late 1970s, I took one big red haired mutt and five kitties with me. One of my cats, Nikki, used to like to put her head in the mouth of Rex, the (wonder) dog. You had to be there, but she’d be slinking around him while he stood, caressing his limbs, and then finally she’d put her face to his (looking down on her),  and he’d open his mouth very wide and she’d put her head in. 

I only saw it once and it scared the bejesus out of me. I yelled so loud both dog and cat stopped to find out what my problem was. Had I had too much catnip?

Monday night I had a reunion dinner at Sette Mezzo with Carol Joynt who for several years wrote our Washington Social Diary. She left us, with expressed regret, for greener pastures for a Washington journal, and then, now she's a producer for Meet the Press both weekend and nightly, booking guests for the shows. This week the host Chuck Todd was on vacation Carol came up to New York to do the same for Katy Tur, who was filling in for Todd.
DPC and Carol Joynt catching up at Sette Mezzo.
Carol’s lived in New York in other professional incarnations. I think she started out writing copy for Walter Cronkite. She later worked with Charlie Rose when he did those all-night tv gabfest/interviews. That was and remains primo Charlie Rose. You’d stay up all night  (well not all night) just to see what and who they were up to. Then Carol worked for Charlie when he had a show in DC, and then for Larry King when he worked out of DC. And then she worked for NYSD for charitable purposes (alms).  She always says she loved having her own, do-whatever-I-want columns.  If she were rich, or if we were rich, she’s be back there right now.

Anyway, it was three solid hours of catch-up and stories and tales, and photos (Carol’s son Spencer, a graphic designer, lives here in fashionable Williamsburg). For her it’s all just soaking up the energy of the city.  She happened to be at her desk at MSNBC overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue on Monday morning when they held the great funeral for the young fireman who was killed fighting the fire in the Bronx last week.
Carol's view of the funeral from her office in Rockefeller Center.
The avenue was closed for blocks and the NYPD forces were out in full splendor and respect for their fellow member. Carol was in awe and in reverence at the sight — thinking to herself: “where else in the world does a great city hold a loss of a fireman in great respect and esteem?”

Naturally we finished our reunion with cameras.
Meanwhile , on a serious note: On International Women’s Day, UN Women for Peace Association (UNWFPA) celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a conversation on “The Role of Media to Empower Women" at the UN Headquarters in the Trusteeship Council Chamber.

UNWFPA Chair Dame Muna Rihani Al-Nasser introduced the panel discussion moderated by Joan Lunden and included actresses Cicely Tyson and Edie Falco, Hearst Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles, Nickelodeon President Cyma Zarghami, and President of the UN Correspondents Association Sherwin Bryce-Pease.
atricia Ann Culhane, Malika Marie Bilal, Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, H.R.H Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro; Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, Abdulla Al Najjar, and Joan Lunden attend International Women's Day at the United Nations.
UNWFPA also bestowed its first annual Awareness Award on the Al Jazeera Network for its documentaries promoting understanding and awareness of the plight of women and girls. The honor was accepted by Abdulla Al Najjar, Executive Director of Global Brand and Communications, and correspondents Malika Marie Bilal and Patricia Ann Culhane.  Often going into dangerous war zones to get their stories, Al Jazeera journalists, many of whom are women, risk their lives to bring to the world the stories that matter.

UNWFPA Ambassador For Peace, H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of CastroH.E. Ambassador Alya bint Ahmed Al Thani of Qatar, and UNWFPA president Barbara Winston were among the guests.
Sherwin Bryce-Pease, Joanna Coles, Joan Lunden, Edie Falco, Cicely Tyson, Cyma Zarghami and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser attend the International Women's Day "The Role of Media To Empower Women" Panel Discussion.
Abdulla Al Najjar, Malika Marie Bilal and Patricia Anne Culhane accept the UNWFPA's first Awareness Award.
Joanna Coles and Joan Lunden.
Cicely Tyson.
H.R.H Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro.
Cyma Zarghami.
Edie Falco.
Barbara Winston.
Cyma Zarghami, Joanna Coles, Edie Falco, Barbara Winston, Cicely Tyson, Joan Lunden, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser,  and Sherwin Bryce-Pease.

Aurora Rose/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images/Rob Kim/Getty Images (UNWPA)

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