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Arious Entertainment Group E-Newsletter-The Arious Grapevine - 4.22.2011: 420 Day | Earth Day | A Joyous Easter To You | Interesting Flashpoint | De Happenings


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Dearest Online Family and Friends: How is it going for you in your world?  I am hopeful that all is well with you and your family.   I am super excited about the growth of technology, and extremely happy that this form of communication is at my "fingertips," so that I can keep in touch with you frequently (LOL...at least once a week).  This, I am truly grateful for!  I thank you for always taking the time to read and correspond.  Your feedback is extremely helpful to me, and is so very welcomed. 

To some degree I find that this month…the month of April have been uniquely historic.  Indeed, quite a few momentous incidents have taken place, and have successfully been registered in our history books. 

I must say though, April of this year has been extremely catastrophic due to all the natural disasters that have transpired.  Oftentimes, I sit and reflect [in awe] on all that is transpiring around the world.  It is absolutely mind-boggling learning that 60 tornadoes touched down in the Carolinas over this past weekend killing dozens of AcresScorcedInTexas-4.2011.jpg (101716 bytes)people; and fires that is currently burning in the West [1.4 million acres of land in Texas scorched; completely destroying homes, killing a great number of animals, and driving residents away from their beloved homes to safety.]  Of course, I cannot forget about the escalating and worrisome nuclear problem that currently exists; due to the earthquake and tsunami that took place in Japan a little over a month ago.  WOW, and how about all the violence and killings stemming from the pro democracy rallies around the globe; plus the wars transpiring around the world (where many human lives are brutally being taken).  Gee, these are certainly scary times…right????  [The picture above on the left is a view from above of the scorched land in Texas with homes completely demolished courtesy of http://www.dailymail.co.uk/.  Click on the picture to view the larger version.]


With a sigh of relief I am glad to be able to point out some positive and interesting global events that are celebrated; or have been celebrated this past week.  LOL…ha…ha…ha; since we all are open-minded people who are willing, and have no inhibitions regarding discussing all types of issues; I suppose can first start with “420 Day."  

420 Day

April 20th every year since the early 70s Happy420Day.jpg (4545 bytes)420 Day” have been celebrated and declared unofficially a Cannabis Holiday. Yup, it’s an informal sub-culture holiday in honor of what in my world folks call “Green Herb Day”; and what others call “National Smoke Day”, along with quite a few other names.   A day based on the simple concept of smoking cannabis and being happy.  While others believe it would be disastrous if Cannabis is legalized, others strongly feel it’s the HEALING OF THE NATION.

Hum, my hope is not to offend anyone of you my on-line family and friends by talking about 420 Day.  However, I feel we must be “real” about the sensitive issue of legalizing Cannabis (for medical purposes at this time…of course!)   

Throughout time there have been a strong movement to end marijuana prohibition, and folks have been ferociously fighting for the Green Herb to be legalized.  In recent years it has had subsequent success in many states across America, and early last year there was a policy shift by the Obama administration; which openly called for the limitation of prosecuting sick people who use the drug for medical purposes, or to the caregivers that dispense it in states that have passed medical marijuana legislation.

There have been a tremendous amount of activity in the marijuana arena, resulting in many states currently regulating medical marijuana.  However, the vicious debate regarding the legalization of cannabis continues.  I guess only the lovers of “Green Herb” can get involved in changing the Government interferences that prohibits the use and consumption [for medical purposes and spiritual benefits.]  

[The picture directly above on the left  is what a photographer captured of the Cannabis celebration which took place a few days ago in Denver where 20,000 people attended and participated in the “Smoke Out” celebrations, with very little problems and arrests.]

In one of the states that legalized Cannabis for medical purposes (California) the State Director for the Drug Policy Alliances - Mr. Stephen Gutwllig stated the following some time ago: 

"Marijuana already plays a huge role in the California economy. It's a revenue opportunity we literally can't afford to ignore any longer."   He further stated "It's time to end the charade of marijuana prohibition, tax the $14 billion market, and redirect criminal justice resources to matters of real public safety…"

For an interesting explanation: The True Story of How April 20 became 420 - CLICK HERE TO LOG ON to Huffington Post Politics


Earth Day

Today, April 22, 2011, marks the 41st anniversary of a widely celebrated International Environmental Event ~~~ “EARTH DAY

EARTH DAY” is the celebration of Earth’s unique place in the university…a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment, and a time for many around the world to become educated about the important environmental issues facing our plant.  Plus assess the work that still needs to be completed to protect the natural gifts of our planet.  Further, it’s a time to celebrate gains we have made, and create new vision to accelerate environmental progress.  

On this unique day families will come together; as well as adults of all ages, civic leaders, entertainers and other community members around the globe to share a common commitment to make greener life choices and stem the tide of climate change.  And most importantly, to show their support for responsible/brave environmental policies! 

41 years after the first Earth Day, it has been reported; in fact it is obvious the world is in greater peril…more than every before.  While climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, it also presents the greatest opportunity – an unprecedented opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy NOW AND FOR THE FUTURE.  Many believe Earth Day this year (2011) can be a turning point to advance more uses of natural gas and other forms of clean energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate policy, and green jobs.

Happy Earth Day!  Keep in mind protecting the Earth is every person’s and every country’s responsibility; and we all must be accountable for what we use, and how we use it!  We absolutely hope your Earth Day is GREEN. 

 For the origin, history and timeline of Earth day, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

I have learned of an Association whose goal is to protect and restore National Parks, Marine Sanctuaries, Cultural Landmarks and Community Green Spaces in all 50 states; and who are always looking for volunteers to participate in their clean up/restoration projects and/or donations.  Therefore, I urge you to log into the Student Conservation Association (SCA) website http://www.thesca.org to learn all about the GOOD things they are doing to protect our Earth.  The local SCA can be reached at: 703-524-2441 or via e-mail at dcinfo@thesca.org.  






A Joyous Easter to You and Yours!

This weekend April 22nd – April 24th, we celebrate the end of a spiritual season.  A Season when most people…Christians (rather) have taken the time for introspection, self examination, and repentance.  Many have been fasting and working on giving up many things, including bad habits; or have been repenting for failures and sins.  During this time we are filled with hope, joy, warmth and new birth; and we pray to obtain that second chance to make things right. Overall, this is certainly the time to cleanse our heart, our mind, our spirit and our soul and begin new again with new hope, new meaning and new dreams.

CelebrateEaster.jpg (3483 bytes)As this season comes to a close~~~it all culminates THIS WEEKEND AS WE CELEBRATE EASTER!  A truly blessed time for the faithful to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of the/their “Savior” Jesus Christ.  It is also a magical time for Children as they enjoy Easter Egg Hunts/Rolls, chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks and jelly bean filled Easter Eggs.

Today we observe “Good Friday”, and what immediately comes to mind is the delicious “hot cross buns” my brothers and I would eat on this special day.   In fact, everyone in my country would eat these scrumptious buns.  (These buns are sweet, soft buns that have a cross on the top that symbolizes the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.)

Gosh, while talking to my mom just a day ago, she proceeded to share with me all the different “ground provisions” (foods such as potato, dasheen, plantain, cassava, pumpkin and green banana) her friend/associate had given her for her/my family [in Trinidad] Good Friday meal.  Needless-to-say, hearing her talk about what she will be preparing made me extremely homesick.  Her “Good Friday” meals have always been awesome; the provisions served with some type of fish either salted cod, fried or stewed fish, and topped off with a special dish in my country (Trinidad) called Coo-Coo; has always been truly splendid!

Glorious Saturday in my country growing up has always been quiet, since it was such a holy time; and it remained that way throughout my years living in this country.  I however found during my time being a part of the Organizing Committee of the DC Caribbean Carnival; having to host and work on this day due to our Carnival Launching taking place every year on Glorious Saturday.  Weird, I simply forgot (then) it was a holy weekend and not one for parties (I guess working at something one loves lead them to do all sorts of things.)

On Easter Sunday, it always have been about Church and celebrating the “Resurrection of Christ” (for all Christians.)  As a child my mom made sure my brothers and I were nicely dressed and attended Church, and the Mass was always intriguing to me.  There, I was afforded the opportunity to learn everything about Easter, and my understanding for the season was significantly momentous. 

As I look back on those years, and even now as an adult; this entire season [from Ash Wednesday~~~the day after Carnival commenced in Trinidad] until Easter Sunday and Easter Monday (celebrated in my country), it is truly a holy time; as well as a very special time of year with lots of meaning.  Indeed, it is a special time that is used to reflect on what needs to change in our lives, so that we could start fresh and TRULY BE BRAND NEW!!!

I would like to wish each and every one of you a very HAPPY EASTER and as this extraordinary Sunday approaches please share in the blessings of Easter!

"The benefits [of the resurrection] and innumerable.  To list a few: Our illnesses don't seem nearly so final; Our fears fade and lose their grip; Our grief over those who have gone on is diminished; Our desires to press on in spite of the obstacles is rejuvenated...Our identity as Christians is strengthened as we stand in the lengthening shadows of saints down through the centuries, who have always answered back in antiphonal voice" He is risen, indeed".  Quote by Charles Swindoll , Author, Educator Radio Preacher 




This week we are happy to welcome back Hollis Lashley’s FlashPoint.  Mr. Lashley expresses his concern regarding a topic that is extremely near and dear to his heart (his culture, and an event that exposes his culture to mainstream America.)  We value Mr. Lashley’s contributions to our “Arious Grapevine” and most definitely we value his opinions.  Read and please send comments to us, which we most certainly will share with Mr. Lashley. 

We would like to say thank you to Mr. Lashley for sharing his talent/s with us, and we send Easter Greetings to him and his family.


Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.  


According to Dr. Stephen Covey, in his book “The 7 habits of highly effective families,” Good and even great families lose track of their destination and are off some 90% of the time. The key to the family’s success lies in the ability to have a sense of destination, and to know what the track looks like, so that you can keep coming back to it time and time again.

As the popular song goes, I’m a Trini and Bago is included, and to the bone as is evident by my activities. Carnival is to me, not just the perpetuation of a pre-lenten bacchanal celebration, but a declaration of the roots of my origin, and the celebration of the seeds of my culture, announcing to the world my pride and the historical significance of my heritage.

True, in typical British class consciousness, the powers that be, the Carnival family, has deemed it necessary to classify, to judge, and to marginalize those whom they do not deem worthy of being included in their Inner Sanctum. They have a ‘Private Organization’, according to one report.

Now as a private citizen, I have questions which I dare to ask, as I too want the carnival to take place, primarily so that I can walk the streets with my fellow Caribbean- Americans, and with all others, enjoying the myriad expressions of cultures from the Caribbean and around the world, hearing music, seeing Mas’, eating food and being reminded of the legitimacy of my presence here in these United States.

Am I being too dramatic? I think not, so I ask.

Is this a task to be handled by a few individuals, without the inclusion of the vast resource of skills and talents which reside in the Community at large?

In asking for donations for the carnival, I am reminded of Lord Kitchener in one   calypso asking, ‘Kwaitung, wey the money gone?’ How are donations to be utilized and what is the breakdown of the monies owed to the DC government?

How has the funds been utilized in the past?

Have the band leaders been given what they are owed for last year?

Lest these questions be interpreted as sour grapes, let me state for the records, that I have no political intentions, am not running for any position, have no animosity for any individual or group, and am quite clear that what anybody thinks about me is none of my business. I am not a mistake, though I have made some, and I willing to speak my truth at all times.

Dr. Covey has postulated 7 habits which the family should note.

Habit 1: Be proactive. Learn to become an agent of positive change in your family.

Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind. For whom is this carnival planned?

Habit 3: Put first things first. Which is more important, Committee or Community?

Habit 4: Think Win-Win, which means moving from “Me” to “We”

Habit 5: Seek first to Understand…. Then to be Understood. Learn to solve family     problems through empathic communication.

Habit 6: Synergize. Build family Unity through Celebrating Differences.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. Renew the family Spirit through Traditions, and this is one great tradition which we are yet to actualize in a powerful way.

May the Light , Love, Power and Presence of Ordinary Common Sense prevail in our quest for Power, and in the words of Dr. Covey, May we have the courage and the tools to move “From Survival…. to Stability…. to Success, ….then to Significance”

[Flashpoint is Presented By Mr. Hollis “Flash” Lashley, (Author, Poet, Musician).  To purchase a copy of Mr. Hollis Lashley motivating book of poetry entitled "Gifts From The Heart" or if you need an uplift; log on to:  http://www.hollislashley.com or  http://www.xlibris.com  Find inspiration, motivation, spirituality & Poetry. Comments or Suggestions are always welcomed via phone: 202-299-8638 or via e-mail found on www.hollislashley.com.]






As I close, I want to thank my husband Todd for all he has been doing.  Gosh, for me just the little things mean so much; but the big things he is handling "head on" is superb!  Everyday things around me are becoming manageable, and my mind is being eased up quite a bit.  I can breathe easily, and my work environment is becoming fabulous.  Thank you...Thank you...Thank you...I soooo appreciate all you are doing...TODD, as you make our world a little more comfortable, manageable and blissful. 

Change is so good!  I will repeat what I stated last week: " The freeness I feel in my mind, soul and overall is awesome....the changes we have made in these past few months are extremely good changes; and I know tremendous success is forthcoming ."


Finally, I ask you to keep in mind our new venture in the health, wealth and freedom movement through Organo Gold Healthy Products.  Thanks to the many who have been inquiring!  We are hopeful you will join us and catch the wave of success.  For more info. call Todd at 240-643-0847, and log on to the following link/Invitation: "Arious Cordially Invite You To Join Our Health, Wealth & Freedom Movement".  



As for friends, family and associates in our circle who are celebrating birthdays this week, we hope you have HappyBirthday-roses.jpg (7061 bytes)a wonderful time; and a special HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.  

Very Special Birthday Wishes to Uncle Bill (Atlanta) please enjoy your special day!!!!  

Special Birthday Wishes are being sent to John McKenzie

Bernadette: Hope your Birthday was fantastic.  All the best to you.  

Happy Birthday to our associates: Cody, Timmy, Roma, Leslie, Jonathon, Candy, Jessica, Billy, Alex, and Corrette, Marlie, Peter, and Vic.

We hope all of  you enjoy your special days immensely.


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