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Severe and Terrifying Weather
the month of April come to a close, I find myself reflecting on the
saying “April Showers bring May flowers”.
They say showers in April…huh?
Well, a lot more have been taking place during this month of
April than just showers. Devastations,
destructions, loss of lives, loss of homes, fires, floods…all stemming
from natural disasters and severe weather conditions.
Gee, America seem to have been hit extremely hard (especially
here on the East Coast) with some storms that have left many
citizens horrified; with a severe ache in their heart, and absolutely
weak physically and mentally from losing family members, their homes,
and just about everything they possess.
I think about the severe weather, my mind races back to our experience
last Sunday. On
Easter Sunday after dinner, while chilling and checking out one of Tyler
Perry’s movies; we were interrupted by a loud thumping on the roof of
our home. Of course, we ran
to the front door with the pet close behind who was both barking and
whining about the loud sounds coming from the roof, and even our
windows. To our disbelief, there were massive amounts of hail (pretty
large in size) falling out of the sky; and the clouds were black all
around us ~~~ just moving around rapidly.
This was an incredible sight; and a big surprise to us since most
of the day was extremely beautiful.
We personally had no damage, but an awful downpour of non-stop
torrential rain, accompanied by loud thunder bursts and frequent
dangerous looking lightening strikes shooting across the skies.
severe weather never really eased up. Because in the past two
days, more horrifying storms have moved across
the Southern States and have spawned killer tornadoes; which have taken
the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people (the count is constantly
increasing); and have injured many more; as well as flattened
most news headline reads: “Deadly Tornadoes Kills many across the
South.” And it
certainly did! Tornadoes
and thunderstorms rolled across many southern states (reports are
stating from Mississippi to New York) causing havoc, and leaving
everything in ruins…in complete destruction; plus taking many
precious lives along the way. [Its
been reported that almost 900 tornadoes touched down in the US during
the month of April.]
can certainly attest to what have been transpiring in my area, and
it’s pretty bizarre. Just
some crazy large black clouds, many with lots of rotation popping up in
different areas (across
Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland;) and quite a bit of rain.
Wow, it is really distressing.
two (2) nights ago I was looking over my husband’s shoulders as he
scrolled through his “Facebook” page; and we both saw a post from a
gentleman…he wrote: “Judgment Day is tomorrow…what will you do?”
(April 28th.) Of course we laughed, but it makes you wonder;
especially since the skies have been looking like judgment day is upon
A Special Note
I acknowledge I’ve been sounding "kinda" peculiar
topics I choose to write about is very different from the past.
What is it you ask?
I guess I am finally growing up!!!!
As you know everything in Todd and my life has been about music (our
biggest love;) as well as concerts, events, and parties.
It’s all still there, but we are indulging in them a lot less
frequently than before; and to be quite honest we really feel there is
no reason to talk about them as we did in the past (mainly because
they have become uneventful....LOL)
what can I say…I guess lately other things have become more important;
after all these are serious times, and it’s quite evident that
seriousness have entered into our lives.
Therefore, we ask you to bear with us as we move along the
pathway that has been laid out for us. Even though the path may not be smooth along the way, we
strongly believe it will take us toward all the dreams we are seeking to
back to a serious matter…LOL!!!
The Famous and controversial "Birther" Issue
the past two weeks some incidents took place that have left me a bit irritated;
regarding the very much talked about “birther” issue ~~~ Was
President Obama born in the United States?
folks, Right Wing Whacko, Republicans, Tea Party members and just plain racist
people; give this topic a rest…PLEASE!
Don’t you think President Obama have already been completely
investigated and thoroughly scrutinized the minute he made the serious
decision to “run” for the highest Office in the land (he is a
black man…you know!) Surly,
everything was done to make sure this black man COULD or COULD
NOT run for President [especially something as important as his place of
absolutely irks me about this issue, is the fact that no other President
was asked, harassed, badgered, belittled,
and just plain disrespected regarding them being born in the U.S.
Forgive me for being blunt, but I guess since all the past
President’s skin is white; it was a non-issue
regarding their place of birth.
Of course, since Obama is a black man…an African American man
(50%); surly they would come up with all kinds of craziness regarding
his place of birth. Truly,
no matter how you look at this issue; to me it all falls back on race!!!
to me though, instead of President Obama handling it like he is “THE
DECIDER;” or even “THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF; and tell the ignorant
people to all “go jump in a lake”.
He produces his Birth Certificate and made the following
statement: "I’m speaking to the vast majority of the American
people, as well as to the press," … "We do not have time for
this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got
better stuff to do." Yup,
I wonder what got into President Obama’s brain that convinced him to
produced his Birth Certificate! Many
of us wonder if producing the Certificate will stop the craziness...will
it truly solve anything? Honestly, I THINK NOT! In fact,
I don’t think it will go away, because he has announced he will run
for his current position…for President again in 2012.
Yes, I certainly believe it
will continue; and will continue being a reason to discredit him, and to
be used as a major distraction throughout his re-election campaign.
my opinion he just “brushed” off an important race issue, instead of
addressing it “head on.” The
only way to begin solving this ugly
racism problem that has plagued America throughout time, is to deal with
it straightforwardly and handle the situation NOW. Not just brush
it under the rug and hope it will disappear.
what about that Republican Committee woman out West (Orange County, CA)
who placed President Obama’s face on a Monkey (depicting
Obama as a monkey;) which was placed on an e-mail and
distributed to a small group of GOP Committee members.
The image is captured in a family portrait of chimpanzee parents
and child; with President Obama’s face superimposed on the young
chimp, with text that reads: “Now you know why no birth certificate.”
This woman Marilyn Davenport’s idiotic explanation and her
first uncaring apology was what “blew” me away.
[They are racist and don’t even see it, and refuses to
frankly the picture was appalling, and her explanation for doing it was
idiotic. I, again read this
woman’s first apology; and it didn’t sit easy with me.
It is clear she is totally oblivious to the fact, by her words in
the apology she issued (her 1st apology.)
I however noticed by her second apology, she seemed a tad bit
sincere. Indeed “A
picture speaks a thousands words, but initially I could not bring
myself to add it here on the front page of my E-Newsletter.
In fact, I didn’t want to help them with their dirty works, but
I re-evaluated the situation; and felt folks need to see how hateful
many in America are. CLICK
HERE TO VIEW (Courtesy of AllVoices.com).
You can also CLICK
HERE TO READ MORE DETAILS on this issue.
WILL THE RACISM EVER STOP HERE IN AMERICA???
IT IS QUITE CLEAR THAT IT IS DEEPLY EMBEDDED IN PEOPLE’S SOUL,
AND IT CANNOT BE REMOVED!!
The Royal Wedding
Regarding the wedding of the century - The Royal wedding; I find the media coverage a bit much! However, I do remember as a young girl attending high school watching via TV Prince Charles and his late wife Princess Diana's wedding ceremony. It seemed like just yesterday, leaving school and walking along with my best friend Gloria S. to this great shoe store in midtown Wash. DC; and as we walked we stopped at every store window that had a TV to glance at the royal wedding. I clearly remember how much Gloria was in awe at the sight of this event, and me~~~I was just amazed by the very long train on Princess Diana’s white gown (she certainly looked like a Princess on that special day.) Wow, now so many years later (the reports are stating 30) here is one of Prince Charles and his late wife Diana’s son “William” taking the same important steps his parents took so many years ago. I do wish the lovely young couple all the best in their marriage. As for everything else; they are royalty, so they certainly have it all and “then some.”
I bring this week’s e-mail to a close, and being that April is about
to end; I must bring awareness to a disorder that is near and dear to my
THE MONTH OF APRIL IS RECOGNIZED AS AUTISM MONTH, AND IS USED TO
BRING AWARENESS TO AUTISM!
the past I have written about a very important person in my life who had
autism. I say “HAD,”
because this wonderful man left me his Sister, and Brother-In-Law Todd;
as well as his loving Mom, his Brother, his Sister-In-Law, his nieces
and his dad one morning early. (A
wintry cold holiday morning here in the states, and one I will never
forget. My family remember the day being very hot in
Trinidad, a day they will never forget as well)
My baby brother left this world approximately 5 months and 4 days
ago; not from autism; but from some other health issues/ailments.
However, this lovely man lived with autism throughout his short
AUTISM - A severe developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first 2 & ½ years of a child's life, and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the function of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communications. Most autistic children and adults are perfectly normal in appearance, but spend their time engaged in puzzling and disturbing behaviors, which are marked differently from those of typical children. They show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. Autism is one of five disorders that fall under the umbrella of Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), a category of neurological disorders characterized by “server and pervasive impairment in several areas of development.”
found the following statement to be very true “Autism is thought as
just a fate one accepts,” and it was certainly one that my
immediate family and I accepted; our relatives [on the other hand]
did NOT. And as my family
and I laid my brother to rest we had to hear all sorts of explanations
about my brother’s life. Even
in death, comments were being made about the small differences he
exhibited. Yup, my family
and I had to deal with people who have foolish beliefs and will never
accept the facts about a normal disorder.
Clearly, even in death the discrimination and stigma exists.
During that sad time of my life, folks felt it was important to
share with me (and with everyone who would listen) their crazy ideas and
beliefs of how my brother became ill (like I didn’t know the true
reason, or witnessed it when it occurred).
On many occasions I just wanted to scream "STOP IT
FOLKS…IT WAS NOT A SPIRIT OR A JUMBIE OR A DUPPIE THAT ENTERED MY
BROTHER’S LIFE…IT WAS ONLY AUTISM." A disorder, that was not understandable back when my brother
was a baby, or even recognized. People
absolutely want to believe what they want; and then have the nerve to
share it during a sad time of my life and my family’s life, as we laid
Mark to rest.
loving memory of Mark I have shared with you below, what I wrote about
my brother a year ago as I brought awareness to Autism [7 months
before my brother passed away this was written, and he neither stressed
to us that he was in constant severe pain, nor gave us any real signs
that he was in such poor health and was desperately ill.
We never got a proper or distinct sign that his life on this
earth was coming to an end…7 short months later.)
fact is Autism is treatable, and with some treatment it may lead to
great improvement. Of
course, age has had a direct impact on the outcome; because typically,
the earlier a child is treated the better the prognosis will be.
I read, even though the majority of autistic persons remain
impaired in their ability to communicate and socialize, but that in
recent years there has been a great increase in the percentage of
children who can attend schools in a typical classroom and live
semi-independently in community settings.
I urge you to read and learn more about autism.
It has impacted my life greatly, and with knowledge it may help
you understand this disorder and impact your life too.
Click here to learn more from the Autism Institute. www.autism.com and to help/support log on to www.autism-society.org
If you are in Trinidad contact The Autism Society of Trinidad and
Tobago by logging on to their site: http://www.autismtt.org,
or phone: 868-646-5506, or e-mail or email@example.com.
Mr. Lashley was kind enough to share more of his writings with us. Check out his this week’s FlashPoint below. See Mr. Lashley's note to you (our on-line family and friends), and proceed with reading his FlashPoint entitled Blessings For Today"
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CLOSING REMARKS, REMINDERS, ETC.
As I close, I must remind you that this weekend is the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read the information below that was sent to me from the Coalition of Jamaica.
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