NY Mysteries January 18, 2020

 

 It’s been a busy week. First of all, I’ll mention two events I didn’t attend. Both were held at Judson and both had large crowds. Wrestling with Zionism explored the treatment of the Palestinians. I attended Mystery Writers of America to thank the outgoing president, Jeff Markowitz, for his involvement and enthusiasm and to welcome the new president, Erica Obey.

The second event honored Jean Montevil. A friend gave me permission to quote his Facebook account of the event: At Judson Memorial Church marking the second anniversary that Jean Montrevil, our friend, father of four, and advocate to so many, was swept off the street by ICE and deported. We joined his kids today to launch the “Bring Jean Home’ campaign to right this wrong! Join us!judson.org

https://theintercept.com/…/jean-montrevil-deportation-firs…

 

 

 

 

 

Bring Jean Home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A friend and I attended a Frick concert given by Paul Galbraith, the acclaimed guitarist and Antonio Meneses, the acclaimed cellist. They mesmerized us with Bach, Schubert, and various compositions written for the two musicians. 

Rakuko Naito and Tadaaki Kuwayama had an opening reception at Christie’s on January 14. It was glamorous, uber Manhattan spiked with champagne and lots of attitude. I’ve admired Rakuko’s intricate paper work for years

Studio Visit: Tadaaki Kuwayama and Rakuko Naito

Rakuko Naito

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tadaaki Kuwayama

 

 

 

Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college. 

NY Mysteries January 11, 2020

 

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) had its first 2020 meeting on Wednesday.  Help Chart MWA-NY’s Future!  was one of the themes of the evening. The other theme was to thank Jeff Markowitz, the outgoing chapter president and to welcome our new president, Erica Obey. MWA is filled with different writing events: reading aloud, being mentored, mentoring, speaking on library panels, selling books. Jeff was always accessible whether it was a problem with the website or trying to find another member. He attended most events and was always upbeat and supportive. Many thanks, Jeff. 

Last Monday I went to the Frick to attend Recommendations for Active Shooter Incidents. Officer Stephen Gibbons gave a detailed description of what makes up an active shooter. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines this person as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.”

The part of this description that fascinated me was confined area. Of course. Don’t most of us live in or near cities? Officer Gibbons gave examples of preferred locations: malls, plants, nail and hair salons, movie theaters, schools, places of worship. The officer’s advice, if involved in one of these incidents and if it’s possible, is to leave immediately and call 911. If there’s a barricade, locate an area with ballistic cover not just visual concealment. If there’s confrontation, use improvised weapons and work as a group. Since I write crime novels this was a field day for me. Even so, it was chilling to learn how active shooters will continue to shoot until stopped. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college. 

NY Mysteries January 3, 2020

 

On Sundays a friend and I  often have breakfast at Caffe Reggio. Afterwards she goes dancing. This is at 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning. Who isn’t curious about dancing at 10 a.m.  So I joined her.  We went to a building across the street from the Jefferson Market Library.  Yoga was on the second floor. We attended 5Rhythms Sweat Your Prayers on the fifth floor. After paying $20 each we entered a floor through room with windows overlooking Sixth Avenue. I’m guessing there were about 250 people, a cultural mix ranging in age from 20 to 80. Everyone did his, her, them thing.   Rules: bare feet or ballet slippers, no talking. Armed with a towel and a water bottle parked on a window ledge, I joined in. The recorded music gets faster and the dancing is livelier until it reaches a crescendo. It then slows down and repeats itself. People swooped, jumped, ran, around the room.  I lasted an hour and a half. It was fun and it was exercise.

Later in the week we met at Guitanos on Christopher for a drink and a few laughs. It’s cosy and dark. In a few months It’s  moving way down the block to Charleston Street. I hope it maintains its atmosphere. The music is mid-twentieth century big band, Satchmo, Sinatra. The food is Italian American and is tasty in a down home way. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guitanos: post Christmas
Guitanos: post Christmas

Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college.