A-Z Challenge -Z is for ZOO!


The Bronx Zoo

I’m doing my final post for the A-Z Challenge about the Bronx Zoo. I’m sure¬†a few of you already guessed that one. ūüôā I’ve been to the zoo a few times in my life. My parents took me when I was young, I’d go on occasion when cutting class with friends senior year of high school. Both the Gardens and the Zoo were walking distance from Dodge. How could we not? Phfft.

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I know, I know.¬† On a rare occasion, especially in the spring, we’d splurge and pay for the Zoo. Like the idiots we were, we loved mimicking the gorillas (or was it orangutans?), making all sorts of faces, and truthfully, I think they were more mature than we were. They just looked at us half the time, heads cocked. Ah, well.

My favorite has always been and will probably always be, the big kitties. I love them all. There’s something so regal and elegant about them.

Once I had Mandy, I took her there a couple of times with various friends and their children. One thing Mandy and I both share is our problem with creepy crawlers. I always stayed away from was anything that had to do with bugs. She did too. Like mother, like daughter.



Did you know that the following people were born in the Bronx?

  1. Zito, Chuck – Actor
  2. Zeoli, Nicole – Actress
  3. Zimet, Julian – Writer, Screenwriter

How do you feel now that the challenge is over? Are you going to embark on a road trip to visit this year’s participants?





Official NY Yankees logo

Go Yankees!

Two letters left in the A-Z Challenge. I’m sure you figured out my Y would stand for Yankee Stadium by now. Right? I would hope so, considering I’m from the Bronx and ¬†happen to be a New York Yankees fan! ūüôā I believe I’ve posted that before.

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My dad used to¬†take me to Yankee Stadium pretty often, not to see the Yankees though. He wasn’t a baseball fan. Papi was a¬†European football fan, or soccer, as we call it here in the states.


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Back in the day when we were still living on Jerome Avenue, he’d take me to see the New York Cosmos, who played out of Yankee Stadium¬† during their 1976 season. Pel√© was their star player and me and Papi were huge fans.

We used to go to the park across the street and practice our soccer moves while Mami used to sit on a blanket under a tree and watch. Not many of my friends were into soccer much, so it was only me and Papi for a while until we made some new friends at that very same park. That’s a story for another day.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I didn’t see my Yanks, I did… Just not with Papi.¬†Every so often¬†during baseball season, I’d be offered an extra ticket in the bleachers¬†if Mami gave the okay. It was pretty sweet living walking distance to the stadium.

Did you know that the following people were born in the Bronx?

  1. Yannetti, Robert – Actor, Assistant Director, Director (1953-2011)
  2. Yellen, Sherman – Playwriter, Screenwriter

Are you a fan of baseball or soccer? Who’s your team? Do you, or did you ever play at all?



A-Z Challenge – XOXO

Three days left in the A-Z Challenge. For X, I had nada, nothing, zilch, zip, so I decided to go with XOXO, which are just a¬†few cheesy¬†characters that symbolize hugs and kisses. ūüôā

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I’m going to take this opportunity to thank¬†some very special¬†people who stood behind me throughout this challenge¬†by giving them¬†a slobbering mess of hugs and¬†kisses. Best of all,¬†I’ll include a¬†link to their sites for all who happen to visit! ūüėÄ


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They’re a wonderfully diversified group I now call friends. Many are writers and authors, but¬†some are artists, photographers, culinary enthusiasts, activists, or general bloggers who like to write about life.

You would be missing a great opportunity to interact with some wonderful people, should you ignore the links. I’m just sayin’…¬†¬† ūüėÄ

Please note that this list is in no particular order. I’m listing them as they come to me:

My Faithful Cheerleading Crew: Father Dragon, Lisa Buie-Collard, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Elizabeth Seckman, Melissa Maygrove, David Powers King, Mark Koopmans, Jo Wake, Morgan Shamy

The Most Awesome-est visitors/commenters this month: Alex, Jo,  Charles Yallowitz (who had my favorite idea for X; if I only had enough brain power left to do it), Chrysfey, Paula at Mpls Transplant, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, and V at When the Door Closes.

Most of you¬†continued to visit and comment even when I briefly fell behind in both posting, visiting, and commenting back. I know I’ll be responding and returning visits well into May. You’ve all kept me going, though!! That leaves me truly humbled and utterly grateful. I would’ve heartbroken if I didn’t finish this challenge.

To EVERYONE who visited me during this month’s challenge, Thank You from the bottom of my heart. I promise I will be by your site as soon as I possibly can.

I have to give a special Thank You to my daughter, Mandy, who started keeping track of letters for me and became notorious for telling me: “Mami, are you behind a letter again in the A to Z? I can’t find it.” She’s another one who kept me on my toes.

Is there anyone who helped you get through this challenge? How do you feel now that it’s almost over?



A-Z Challenge – WHAT A RIDE and WRiTE CLUB


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It’s the final few days of the A-Z Challenge and I made it to W!¬†¬† Woot, Woot!! What a ride it’s been! When I say ride, I mean a rollercoaster, for sure.

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Several times during this challenge I’ve contemplated giving it up for one reason or another; some of them legitimate.¬† Then I thought to myself, I won’t do that, especially since I made a promise¬†to¬†Tina Downey¬†that I would do this no matter what.

I rearranged some things; it had to be done. Some people might not¬†like the¬†order in which¬†I changed¬†these things, but it’s only temporary. Promise.¬†I may get a kick or two for it from my Fellowship. (Padding my sweats in preparation, just in case). < Sigh >

I also made a last-minute decision this month to throw my hat in for¬†WRiTECLUB2015DFW¬† this years WRiTE CLUB, hosted by my distinguished fellow blogging buddy DL Hammons. So, yeah, I took on a lot this month. I’m not even going to include the everyday things that came out of left field, because that’ll just irk me and I’m in a pretty good mood right now. ūüôā

In a few more days I’ll be able to look up to the heavens, blow some kisses and say, “I did it, Tina.”

That all being said, did you know that the following people were born in the Bronx?

  1. Washington, Kerry – Actress
  2. Whitfield, Charles Malik – Actor
  3. Walker, Jimmie – Actor, Comedian

How challenging was your April? Was there any special reason you decided to take part this year? Was there any point you were close to giving up?







Va va voom! V in the A-Z Challenge! I remember going to Van Cortlandt Park a few times whenever Mandy’s babysitter and her family threw birthday parties or family picnics in the summer.

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I met her through our mutual neighbor when Mandy was nearly three months old. A few months later, T introduced me to her brother and we hit it off. We spent nearly 6 1/2 years together. So, I was kinda family.

Entrance VC Park

Entrance to Van Cortlandt Park

Anyway, there would be no less than 20 people at these gatherings, and sometimes there would be as many as 60, depending on the occasion.

In addition to all the pot-lucked food (roast pork, arroz con gandules, potato and macaroni salads, etc.), there was an area reserved for barbecue. Two guys were charged with manning the BBQ station.

Most of the guys would play football, catch, or whatever with the kids, and the ladies would set up picnic tables, blankets, food, drinks, snacks, etc. Of course, we also did any and all decorating! ūüėÄ

Talk about good times…

Did you know the following people were born in the Bronx?

  1. Viterelli, Joe – Actor (1937-2004)
  2. Villar, Elliot – Actor
  3. Vale, Jerry – Singer, Actor (1930-2014)

Any memories you’d care to share from your favorite park or picnic area? Do you love potlucks as much as I do?