Rob Bennaton

Rob Bennaton

When I was in College, I got an internship at the New York City Housing Authority. I was working in the Garden and Greening Program and hired by Rob Bennaton, the happy man in the picture….also the only man in the picture.

When I left, I told my sister, Yunis, about the internship. Yunis applied and was the next person Rob hired. Before she left, she passed on the position to my brother who then passed it on to our youngest sister, April, who now works there. Can you believe, all my younger siblings were also hired by Rob?

That’s why it is important to have a good record where ever you go.

Each summer since 2008, someone in my house was working for Rob or because of Rob. Each summer he shared with us different words of wisdom.

Rob is now leaving the New York City Housing Authority for a bigger and better position in California.

I am very happy for him and wish him and his beautiful family all the best.

Thank you Rob for your constant words of wisdom and for looking out for my family your help towards us will never be forgotten.

Musicians-Aid Society

Heidi Me Ezekiel

Last Thursday I had the opportunity to join my boss, Heidi Hynes, her family and Ezekiel and his mother on a cruise!

It was a cruise on The Jewel that headed south along the East River and passed underneath the 3 major bridges (Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn), then it continued to cruise through the New York harbor to the Statue of Liberty. Then the Jewel turned around and made the same trip again in reverse.

The purpose was to raise money for the Musicians-Aid Society which is the same society that sends musicians to the Mary Mitchell Center.

I originally told the piano player, Patrick McLellan, that I wasn’t going but I am glad I changed my mind. Even though it rained most of the night, it was a great experience. I got to meet wonderful people (which you will see in the photos) and even got to hear the great  saxophonist Charles Neville live (from the Neville Brothers) and heard his son, Kelif, play a mean piano.

Here I am smiling with Ezekiel and Heidi.

Lilly

I was on the train when a lady got on and sat across from me with a brand new camera. She was excited about her camera. She looked at me for a while and kept looking at her camera, then she began to take photos of me.

I couldn’t get mad because she was doing to me what I do to others all of the time.  At first I didn’t know she was taking my photo but I had a hunch. Then, I started to smile at her because I knew she was taking my picture.

She showed me her new Olympus camera and the photos. We swapped emails and she emailed me the photos that night.