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Yesterday (December 1st), as I focused
on the wall calendar in my home I realized in amazement delightful
December is here. The
beginning of an enchanting holiday season, and one that is festive; plus
very spiritual…truly full of meaning…religiously!
the exterior of the homes in my neighborhood are all beautifully
decorated…so full of twinkling lights, and sparkling decorations.
Gosh, the glittery décor and the beauty of it all is absolutely mesmerizing.
As I reflect on the season, my thoughts
are on the fun energy that surrounds ones entire being; the presence of
love that is openly shown, the extra special moments at family
get-togethers, and the joyous intimate holiday parties with close friends
Yes, I admit it…I do love this
exceptional season quite a bit, more so because the joy of giving delights
me soooo. [And in many
instances with just a simple smile and/or brief conversation.]
In fact, I am certain many of you enjoy this as well…enjoy
that this season is also for giving.
Hum, with love and grace we absolutely go out of our way to make
sure this special season is the brightest and happiest for our families,
friends and even ourselves. Not
to mention the holiness of the season [“the birth and rebirth”] is
absolutely meaningful to many, especially as we prepare to celebrate Hanukkah,
Christmas and Kwanzaa.
Well…on-line friends and family, as you prepare to spread good cheer in the most delightful manner; take the time to remember that during this special season many are stressed out due to the lack of funds…without a job…without a roof over their head; and some are simply sad and depressed for various reasons. If you see someone or know of someone going through any of what I described above, stop and listen to that person/s; help them to get back thinking positively and on a positive path. Moreover, reach out to them and give them a helping hand…share the glory! The joy you will bring into their life would mean the world to them! TIS THE SEASON FOR LOVE, GIVING, HELPING, PEACE, JOY AND LAUGHTER!!!
WELCOME TO DELIGHTFUL DECEMBER AND TO THIS ENCHANTING HOLIDAY SEASON!!
NOW THE COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR HAS BEGUN, AND THEY ARE ONLY A FEW WEEKS AWAY!!!
Recently, some friends and I received
some bad news about a colleague who is very ill.
In fact this gentleman (who is from Trinidad)
is more than a colleague to many of us, he is considered a dear…dear
friend. Mr. Fabian Fernando has lost both
kidneys and is currently on the kidney waiting list.
course, his home is the hospital; and the people around him are trying
their best to take care of him and all his medical needs.
The moment I heard about Fabian my
heart broke, because: (1) Fabian is like part of “our/the family”…a
fellow Trini who came to America (specifically Maryland/Wash. DC) to try and make things better for his
family. (2) He is a young gentleman, truly lovely, and just a
cool…calm type of guy; who in my opinion has not begun to fully enjoy
his life yet. And (3) I lost
my brother a year ago due to kidney failure.
Finding out that a Maryland hospital is
now Fabian’s home; my mind immediately ran on Fabian’s comfort, his family and all
they must be enduring and doing to keep him happy and comfortable.
And most importantly, it ran on the bills. Therefore, my first instinct and suggestion was to have a
fundraiser to help Fabian and his family out with some of his monetary
Our friend Andy of the Caribbean
Cooperative who grew up with Fabian proceeded with organizing a
fundraiser. And it will take
place next Saturday, December 10th at “The
Lot” (Robey’s Towing & Transportation), 5430 Lafayette Place,
Hyattsville, Maryland 20781 (301-779-9869).
There will be food, and refreshments on sale beginning at 2:00 pm
I ask you to come out and support this
special cause. Help us raise
some funds to help Fabian and his family.
I ask you to also say a little pray for Fabian.
Pray that his wait is not very long on the Kidney list; and most
importantly he remains well! For directions; or if you
can't make it to the fundraiser and would like to make a donation call
Andy @ 240-441-2600. Or you can send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
For directions; or if you can't make it to the fundraiser and would like to make a donation call Andy @ 240-441-2600. Or you can send me an e-mail at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I close out for this week, I must let you know that Trinidad and Tobago’s State of Emergency is scheduled to end on Monday, December 5th. Yeah...Yeahhhh!!!
Gosh, over this past week while tuning
into Trinidad; it was clear hearing the joy in the voices of the people. Clear to hear, and learn how relaxed they are finally
becoming (now that the SOE is days away from ending.) But, let me tell you…the drama
and bacchanal continues!
The most recent “big thing” that
has been taking place over this past week was that the Prime Minister has
announced to the media that she has received some death threats. In fact her, and some of her cabinet members lives have been
threatened. I must point out
though, the Prime Minister has stated her security team has not advised
her to extend the state of emergency, so she has no intention of doing so.
inquiring minds want to know (LOL, my inquiring mind want to know:)
NOW THAT THERE IS AN IMMINENT THREAT TO THE STATE…IN FACT, AN ACTUAL LEGITIMATE
REASON TO IMPOSE A STATE OF EMERGENCY (and in this case EXTEND
the State of Emergency,) THE PRIME MINISTER HAS STATED SHE HAS NO
INTENTION OF DOING SO! Hummm?
My instinct is now that Christmas is
around the corner, as well as Carnival; the State of Emergency WILL NOT be
extended (due to the retailers, tourism and for various other reasons.)
However, I will NOT hold my breathe on that statement, because
something is telling me otherwise; and I am hoping my feeling is wrong.
I hope everything goes smoothly over this weekend; so that the
State of Emergency is lifted (FULLY AND SUCCESSFULLY) on Monday, December
We were informed that last weekend’s Soca Parang Fete in Washington DC @ the Trinidad and Tobago's Club House was quite a success. This show featured Kenny J., Singing Francine and Dr. Whitty. We are so happy that many of you attended this event and enjoyed yourselves as well. Congratulations to the Organizers/Promoters!
So as we continue to celebrate Christmas Trini style in my area, let me remind you that this weekend more Parang will be taking place at the "6th Annual Parang & Back in Times Fete"
Yes, this Saturday-December 3rd, the entertaining and talented
Trinidadian Calypsonian Crazy (The Original Parang Soca King) will be in our area
spreading the Christmas
cheer, and entertaining you with his Parang Hits; as well as his Soca
hits. And, I’m sure he will share with you
some of his 2012 Soca releases/hits.
Check out Calypsonian Crazy, Saga, and the Paramin
Parang Posse this Saturday night,
December 3rd in Maryland at
The Hampton Conference Center, 207 West Hampton Place, Capitol Heights,
Maryland. From 9pm-4am. For more details and to get information
regarding purchasing your tickets, scroll down to our "Featured
Events" to view the flyer. GO OUT AND ENJOY THIS EXCITING SHOW,
AND PARANG THE NIGHT AWAY!
The Hampton Conference Center, 207 West Hampton Place, Capitol Heights, Maryland. From 9pm-4am. For more details and to get information regarding purchasing your tickets, scroll down to our "Featured Events" to view the flyer. GO OUT AND ENJOY THIS EXCITING SHOW, AND PARANG THE NIGHT AWAY!
A Special Note about an Important Day that was observed on December 1, 2011 - WORLD AIDS DAY
World Aids Day was observed yesterday, December 1, 2011, and the theme for this year is: 'Getting to Zero'. After many...many...many years of the global fight against HIV/AIDS, this year the global community has committed to focusing on achieving 3 major targets: (1) Zero new HIV infections; (2) Zero discrimination; (3) Zero AIDS-related deaths.
This important day has been set aside since 1988 to bring awareness to AIDS; to remind people that HIV has not gone away; and that there are many things still to be done. Essentially, it's all about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. Around the globe leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention and care.
For me though, I am deeply concerned about the prevention of AIDS since at this time there is no cure or vaccination that can truly prevent or cure this infection. Actually, timely diagnosis and treatment can keep the virus under control and the immune system healthy. I have learned people on HIV treatment can live a healthy, active life, even though they may experience side effects from the treatment. To prevent this disease, there are a few simple things that can be done and followed to be protected from this devastating disease.
Further, I am extremely concerned about bringing awareness to this disease (AIDS)... it's truly very important to me; especially now that I have learned that the rate of people diagnosed with the HIV infection IS INCREASING in my country Trinidad drastically. In fact, sadly Trinidad is among 3 countries that has reported an increase in citizens becoming infected with the HIV disease. Therefore, below I have listed some of what you can do to contribute to bringing awareness.
A very happy birthday to Aunt Beulah; Dr. Elaine Simon; B J Lockhart; DJ Super Slice, Bob Baldwin, Marlene and Vanessa A.
As for friends, family and associates in our circle who are celebrating birthdays this week, we hope you have a wonderful time; and a special HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mike Turner, East Coast Caribbean Events and their Partners on their "FRESH FETE FRIDAYS" 6TH ANNIVERSARY.
Happy Anniversary to DJ Sprang International. Washington DC/Maryland and Virginia # 1 DJ.
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