02 Nov 2015 Leave a comment
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Happy Holidays from Classic Harbor Line!
Please join us for this special warm and cozy cruise tailored for friends, family, and all your loved ones during the Holiday Season. Step inside the Manhattan’s toasty solarium in full holiday decor for a 90 minute cruise to see the New York City lights.
Delicious Hot Cocoa, Cookies, and treats for all our guests are included! Join in on 20 to 30 minutes of live Holiday carols or enjoy 2 live Holiday Jazz Trio Sets! (Musically-talented groups are our special hosts for each of these cruises!)
Sit back and enjoy the gorgeous view of the island from the heated back-deck salon of this 1920s style yacht.
On this 1.5-hour cruise, take in picturesque views from our glassed-in observatory. The Yacht Manhattan in Full Holiday Decor! I know my family is looking to create new memories and I could not think of a more perfect way to do just that.
Highlights along the way include: Cocoa, Cookies & some sing-along Holiday Carols or live Holiday Jazz!
Battery Park, South Street Seaport & the Financial District Governor’s Island, The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Parts of Brooklyn & Queens & the NYC skyline, The Williamsburg, Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges of the East River.
A complimentary beer, wine, spiked hot cocoa or champagne from the bar is offered on all trips. Mixed drinks are available for purchase. For more information to see cruise schedule please visit http://www.zerve.com/SailNYC/Cocoa Happy Holidays! Receive 15% off each ticket purchased at http://www.sail-nyc.com using ONLINE promo code 15COCOA – Valid for any Cocoa & Carols Cruise aboard Yacht Manhattan II! Join us with your family for some live holiday caroling and a warm cup of Hot Cocoa! Click here to get your tickets! My kids and I cannot wait to take this cruise, it’s so important to take a moment and get away from the hustle and the bustle of the Holiday season and enjoy quality time with our loved ones.
02 Nov 2015 Leave a comment
Are you frazzled by your family’s hectic schedule and chaotic household? I sure am, as a single mother of three who is starting all over again, it is exhausting. I recently went back to work after being a SAHM for 13 years and this house at times, (okay, most of the time) looks likes a bomb went off. We all just have so much stuff. Trying to organize the chaos often feels impossible. The before and after photos speak for themselves. If you can relate, you may want to try Debbie Lillard’s “A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization.” This book walks you through simple processes and tips for organizing your time, your stuff and your space. The second half of the book addresses how to teach your children the life skill of being organized. And if you are organizationally challenged, and/or overwhelmed then this is huge. We want to teach our sons how to be great husbands, and help our daughters to keep it all together. This book is written by a busy mom for busy moms (and dads). Buy Today here: “A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization”
10 Sep 2015 1 Comment
Dear Judge Gorcyca,
You don’t know me. Not personally. But I know you. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Mother.I know the profile of an abuser, and you fit that profile.
In June of 2009, U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, posed this question to the National Summit on the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment, “Do children need a relationship with their fathers even when their fathers have been abusive to them in the past? If so, what does that relationship look like?”
I’ll tell you what it looks like, Your Honor. An abuser threatens his victim. He tells her that he’ll take his children away if she doesn’t submit. In order to break her mentally and physically, an abuser will drag out conflict oftentimes after his victim has already worked hard all day, denying her rest, knowing she’ll need to wake early to care for her children, this being the eleventh hour. Abusers thrive on conflict, violence, and abuse. It sustains them. They tell their victim to remain silent about the abuse or suffer the consequences. They isolate their victim from a supportive network of friends and family. The abuser demands love and respect, and if those demands go unmet, then the abuser will take drastic measures to ensure obedience, using their position of privilege and power to manipulate, subdue, and control.
You said you wanted something drastic to happen to fix Maya Tsimhoni’s family. You knew full well that a family torn apart by abuse could never be whole again. You knew, but you didn’t care. You saw a fat checking account, and like an abuser in the eleventh hour, you dragged out the conflict for years because litigation incurring fees of a half a million dollars or more is of greater value than justice. You thrive on that conflict. It sustains you.
You forced Maya Tsimhoni’s children to have lunch with and to maintain a loving relationship with a father whose abuse has been documented. You slammed that gavel down, and when the Tsimhoni children refused to obey, you handcuffed and imprisoned them. And like the abuser who threatens his victim with the loss of her children, you threatened Maya Tsimhoni saying that if she violated your orders, you would imprison her children again.
Abusers isolate their victims, cutting them off from supportive and loving connections like friends and family. You tore children from a loving, primary caretaker and isolated them from each other, imprisoning them all and severing their supportive network in order to break them down and ensure submission.
Silence allows abuse to thrive, and so you put a gag order in place. You also sealed Maya Tsimhoni’s response to her abuser’s motion for custody. You said you were concerned about the Tsimhoni children’s privacy, but one does not place children in handcuffs to ensure their protection. No, you needed to conceal the overreach of the family court and your abuse of power; to hide from the world the human rights violations and child abuse being carried out by those working in family courts who profit financially from abused women and children. Silence hides abuse and this allows for its continuation. I, Mother, am not fooled by your actions.
So while you don’t know me Judge Gorcyca, I know you very well. I lived with you for many years. I documented your abuse. I spoke out against your abuse. I protected my children. I fought you for custody. I know your strategy.
I am Mother. I am the 58,000 women a year who have faced your courtroom bias. I am the protective parent fighting for my children. I am the activist effecting legislative change and educating others. And though you steal my voice with your gag order, know that where I am silenced thousands more speak in my place.
We are many. We are united.
And justice will prevail.
If you would like to educate yourself about the Tsimhoni Case, here are the last five years of court documents: Tsimhoni Case (Chronological Order)
If you would like to read the most recent horrific court order issued by Judge Gorcyca: Click Here
17 Aug 2015 Leave a comment
On June 24, three children were taken out of Judge Lisa Gorcyca’s courtroom in handcuffs to be kept at Mandy’s Place, a detention facility for criminal and abused children. They were detained for weeks. The Judge told the children that they would be peeing in front of others, that they would be kept apart from their siblings and not able to see their mom. The Judge told them that they could expect to attend school there and incarcerated until they were 18.
Read entire story here: The Egregious Improprieties of Judge Gorcyca of Oakland County Family Court.
20 Jun 2015 Leave a comment
Today I went to a tattoo artist, and for $60 I let a man with a giant Jesus-tattoo on his head ink a semi-colon onto my wrist where it will stay until the day I die. By now, enough people have started asking questions that it made sense for me to start talking, and talking about things that aren’t particularly easy.
We’ll start here: a semi-colon is a place in a sentence where the author has the decision to stop with a period, but chooses not to. A semi-colon is a reminder to pause and then keep going.
In April I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. By the beginning of May I was popping anti-depressents every morning with a breakfast I could barely stomach. In June, I had to leave a job I’d wanted since I first set foot on this campus as an incoming freshmen because of my mental…
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