Service Sunday

Today marks 100 years since the End of World War I. In the United States today is Veterans Day for the rest of the world I believe it’s called Remembrance Day.

For whatever you call it in your country today in fact this entire weekend including tomorrow Monday is the time we Honor our Veterans and especially remember those who died during World War I.

My Dad Edward Palmer served during the Korean War. He passed away in 1995 at age 65.

I was in the United States Army from November 1977 to November 1981. Did my Basic training and AIT at Ft. Jackson, SC. My first assignment was to the 569th Personnel Service Company in Augsburg, Germany. Then my next and final assignment station was the 101st Airborne Division aka The Screaming Eagles.

I Too Sing America by Langston Hughes

Treetops Listen For Dreams



Treetops Listen For Dreams

This my most recent acrylic painting inspired by the Cyndi Lauper song, “Time After Time.”




Time After Time


This song touches my heart, soul and inner being because I once was that Young Woman. An outcast. An outsider. Seeking. Yearning. Wondering. Only my parents let me be me. If not society. See you soon Mom & Dad.



Time After Time

Cyndi Lauper

Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick
And think of you
Caught up in circles
Confusion is nothing new
Flashback, warm nights
Almost left behind
Suitcases of memories
Time after

Sometimes you picture me
I’m walking too far ahead
You’re calling to me, I can’t hear
What you’ve said
Then you say, go slow
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time

If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time

After my picture fades and darkness has
Turned to gray
Watching through windows
You’re wondering if I’m okay
Secrets stolen from deep inside
The drum beats out of time

If you’re



My Ancestors ~~ My Heritage


Today’s Forgiving Fridays – Gratitude, a Whole New Take on Forgiveness!


Our Shared DNA is the Genetics Trademark that we all share into Eternity.  DNA is that Identifying Trademark passed from one generation to the next.



My Ancestors ~~ My Heritage

I find my Identity in Them



These are Ancestor Heritage photos were mostly taken during the 19th Century not too long after Civil War.  Mostly from my Dad’s side mainly Dad’s Mom, My Grandmother Eva Gordon Palmer.  Others were taken during the 1940s and 1950s.

The more recent ones especially those with my parents, Stephen and me were taken during between 1959 when I was born up to and including the early 1990s.








Here is a Family Collage I made back in 2012.


Family Photo Collage



Funking for Jamaica

Today I was in my old neighborhood “Funkin’ For Jamaica!! Dig it!!

Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica

After visiting my brother Stephen at his training center AABR I went for a walk down memory land along Jamaica Avenue and Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica, Queens.

This is where I grew up and walking the streets brings back many fond growing up memories. Lots of studying and research at the Queens Public Library on Merrick Blvd. I also cut class. A Lot. Spending my time at the Library!! LOL!!  🙂  However once my Dad Edward G. Palmer found out needless to say No More Playing Hooky from School for me!

Today I was on a more noble mission to secure an IDNYC Card. Yes I already have a Driver’s License and my New York State Security License but the IDNYC Card affords New York City residents many more benefits. Plus my card will have the Veterans Designation.  You make an appointment at at your local library. Even though I currently live in Brooklyn, I’m more familiar with the Queens Library since I grew up in Jamaica, Queens. One has to have proof of New York City residency, a photo ID and if you are a Veteran you must have your DD 214 (Discharge papers).  After much digging (I ETS’d from the U.S. Army in 1981) I found a ratty copy.  Thankfully all my documents were accepted. I was processed and should receive my actual card in about two or three weeks!!  Hooray!! Victory!!


Catching the bus at the Merrick Blvd. bus depot and enjoying a slice at Margherita’s Pizza on Jamaica Avenue. Once again I indulged in a delicious pizza slice today!!

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The following song has nothing to do specifically with Jamaica, Queens but it is one of my Back in the Day Old School Favorites!!

Bounce Wit me Y’all!!

Vaughan Mason & Crew – Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll