Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mourning

There's so much to say.
So much to convey.
Today:
I was asked if my husband knew her.
Does it matter?
Yes, in ways large and small, he knew her quite well.
She was like he; believing in a we...that was shattered once again.
How many times had he protected that same little piece of the Big Apple Pie?
We are shaken.
We are sad, and mad, and I am still processing all of my emotions. I have been going about my day as a normal person with normal-people problems: my A/C busted, running from here to there, simply trying to fit it all in without breaking too much of a sweat.
Except I'm running my brain on two separate reels: one playing the minute details of my day, the other a track that cannot stop thinking about the loss we suffered as a Blue Family. That same reel cannot stop tweeting the rotten NYC mayor.
There is no rhyme or reason; I know this, and yet I will not stop playing that same tape over and over in my head, at least not in this moment.
In this moment, I will pray.
Rest in Peace Officer Miosotis Familia. You deserved better.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!

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I've been inundated with a couple of big projects, but my heart and mind are never too far from this Blog and my Police Family. I wish you all a Happy and Safe Independence Day...or as we all say today: "Happy 4th of July!"

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Conversation

I was coming home from class on the train last night and just happened to strike up a conversation with two people who were also eating dinner at 9:45 pm. If you could classify eating dinner as shoveling fistfuls of popcorn in your mouth, and chomping on overpriced eats from that great eatery called You Were Open Late.
But I digress.
It was a fabulous conversation most likely to be had in NYC: a Italian-American we'll call me; a self-proclaimed liberal Jewish woman who had true NYC grit all over her face, and an African-American man who seemed interested yet overwhelmed by these two talkative ladies.
We started chatting about where we were coming from; all of us hustling as most New Yorkers do. The conversation was bold and honest as we talked work, politics, and New York City's Failed Mayor. (Do I really need to mention his name?)
I talked about my Blog, my Show, and being a voice for the #NYPD.
I asked with curiosity: "How many active duty Members do you think are in the NYPD?"
One of them said six and the other said eight thousand.
There are currently somewhere around 35,000 active duty Members in the NYPD.
They were both surprised and perhaps shocked; it usually takes a while for people to understand the real breadth and scope of our police force, and how it truly is like no other.
What's funny is this: we had an honest discussion about police misconduct/brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, the murders of Ramos and Liu, and the things that the Media would lead you to believe that we cannot talk about...not today...not without shouting or berating each other...and I daresay we all enjoyed our talk.
I pointed out that if there are 35,000 Members in the NYPD and you hear about...let's say 10 "bad" cops...what kind of percentage is that?
I sought after them: "Then is it okay to paint the Police with a broad brush, assuming that...all cops are a certain way?"
I hope I left them with food for thought.
I know I left them feeling good about New York, and New Yorkers in particular.
Life is tough, the country is in chaos, and I just heard about another terror attack today in London.
But there are still moments when an exchange of ideas and a friendly smile (not to mention bad late night food) might connect us all.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#StellaBlizzard

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For those of you not on Twitter, I've been trending all day.
Actually, since last night.
As I tweeted earlier: "I am taking the country by storm!"
(Insert eye roll here)
Of course, I think I'm funny.
That said: it's a little less of a HaHa that I have no idea if my husband will make it home tonight.We are still accumulating snow right here in the Sixth Borough and although it's not the huge flakes that were hitting the ground at breakneck speed earlier today, I have a funny feeling that this stuff that's happening now is going to turn to ice.
Soon.
So as everyone else enjoys the day in, I will join you in baking, but my mind is elsewhere, and my heart is always with the men and women of the #NYPD who don't get Snow Days.

 
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