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I am hopeful you had a wonderful and special Memorial Day weekend with family and friends at your get-together(s), and Cookouts/BBQs!
(The picture above on the left is of Susan Mangatal and the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad Bissessar - 4/2011.)
were a bit “low-keyed.” We
spent it up North in New England; specifically Boston, Massachusetts.
Our hotel was located in Cambridge, MA; which is just across the
river from Boston, and which is the home of the historical Harvard
University and “MIT” (Massachusetts Institute
of Technology.) So since it was our first visit to this lovely
state, it was wonderful exploring both cities!
Our walks were extremely long and fascinating; and the tours, especially the boat tour of the cities (compliments of our hotel)…they were awesome. We also visited a few parks, and they were beautifully kept; they were extremely old, but very well kept and extremely lovely. The most memorable thing about this weekend for me was our long walks along the river that separates Boston and Cambridge and admiring the beauty of both cities.
night walks were fabulous too; and sitting under the stars having
coffee/tea; along with dessert (low fat/low cal…of course, LOL)
was truly wonderful. As for
the nightlife, funny that we really didn’t have an urge to do anything
such as dancing or even consuming alcohol [boring huh?]
So it was all about taking in the lovely sites, enjoying the
fresh crisp air and watching the water as it danced under the
star-filled moonlit sky. The
beauty never ended, because the view from our hotel room was fantastic
As our getaway ended, we were able to visit the famous “Faneuil Hall Marketplace.” [LOL, I had to check out the shopping scene.] This place housed a lot of trendy shops, and quite a bit of small restaurants. So if you go there hungry, don’t fret you will surly find something fun and exciting to eat; and some of Boston’s famous foods can be found there as well!
Indeed, this marketplace was alive…just filled with people hustling and bustling along shopping; and enjoying their favorite foods. I understand this place is very old, and it was bustling even back in the mid 1700’s (when it was built). It was called…then “The Cradle of Liberty” by the nation’s fathers! To learn more about this famous market place CLICK HERE!
Boston, MA and Cambridge, MA are awesome places to visit. The cites are very beautiful, and they are full of history. Therefore, if you are a "history buff;" then you are in for a treat, because there are lots to learn and lots of places to explore.
Ssshhhh...that long Memorial Day weekend getaway was absolutely enjoyable; and it was a nice, quiet breather for me!!!!
As I write about Massachusetts…how about that disastrous Tornado that hit the capital a day or so ago (Springfield [approx. 79 miles from Boston?]) Hum, tornadoes are not common occurrences in Massachusetts!!! How strange...huh?
The reports and images are distressing; people lost their homes, and again the world (as they knew it) practically came to an end for many [the residence of Springfield.] CLICK HERE TO SEE ACTUAL FOOTAGE OF THE TORNADO AS IT MOVED ALONG ITS PATH IN SPRINGFIELD, MA, Plus you are able to view other videos of this Springfield Tornado.
I was relieved to hear only 4 lives were lost. However, many people sustained injuries. Looking at the devastation though, I am happy no more lives were taken. Please keep the people of Springfield, MA. in your thoughts and prayers.
Another week and yet another furious tornado have touched down and have left many in pain. We at Arious pray that strength is bestowed upon the people who are affected and is suffering…We pray that they are given STRENGTH, courage and patience to deal with what has happened in their lives and with their loss. May they be able to rebuild their lives, as well as their homes.
On a positive note: I understand all the folks who were initially reported missing as a result of the Joplin, Missouri tornadoes have all been accounted for...THANKFULLY!!!
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It's Time To Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage!
just entered the 6th month of this year [June]...YUP,
already we are halfway through the year of 2011!!
The month that traditionally more weddings are held; as well as
graduations, proms, and the celebration of our fathers.
And…yes; two of the most important factors in my life is
celebrated during this month: (1) my Caribbean Heritage: “National
Caribbean-American Heritage Month;” and (2) my love for music:
“Black Music Month.”
As you may know the celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month is in its 6th year, and it’s wonderful to have an entire month dedicated to my Caribbean Heritage. It's time for us to recognize, pay tribute, celebrate and commemorate Caribbean-American Heritage.
Every year around this time I can’t help but congratulate a local beautiful woman who I admire a great deal! I am referring to Dr. Claire Nelson, Founder and President of The Institute of Caribbean Studies, (“ICS”,) and a woman who worked extremely hard throughout the years to make her dream of obtaining the month of June ~~~ recognized/dedicated, and celebrated as Caribbean-American Heritage Month “CAHM”. Hum, as I look back over the years; I can certainly attest to her tremendous hard work and perpetual efforts to making this fantastic dream of hers become a reality. I absolutely commend Dr. Nelson for doing such a fine and successful job.
As we proceed with celebrating this special month...we must:
During this special month we certainly must appropriately take the time to celebrate us, our culture, contributions and commemorate our heritage and history
the details, history, events, etc. on Caribbean-American Heritage Month;
PLEASE CLICK HERE to log
into the official Caribbean-American Heritage Month Website!
To Read the entire Proclamation issued by President
Barack H. Obama ~~~ PLEASE
Needless-to-say, there are lots of events taking place in cities all across the United States commemorating Caribbean-American Heritage. Although, I received lots of events from folks in different states; as in previous years, this year I simply did not have a free moment to accumulate and list/create a calendar of all what I have been sent. Therefore, I strongly suggest that you (1) log into Goggle, and do a search for “Caribbean-Amerian Heritage Month events [in your state;] and many of the events in your state should be listed. Additionally, (2) go ahead and CLICK HERE to log into the official website of the Caribbean-American Heritage Month “The Calendar” to learn about many of the events taking place.
One important event taking place locally, that I shared with you last week is the DC Caribbean Film Festival that opens on June 3 and will run until the 6th at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Click here for all the details and to view all the films that will be shown. You can also obtain/purchase tickets on the following site: http://www.afi.com/silver/new/nowplaying/2011/v8i2/caribbean11.aspx.
Time To Celebrate Black Music!
Thus, the important celebration of Black Music during this entire month of June!
During this month we are afforded the opportunity to recognize the many black music genres throughout time such as Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, Neo-Soul, Reggae, and Soca. Additionally, during this time we celebrate the contributions black singers, composers, writers, producers and musicians have made in the history of music.
Indeed, during this 33rd year of celebrating Black Music; we must reflect on the generations of African-American, and Caribbean recording artists and musicians, songwriters, etc. from around the nation who came before us with their great talents and contributions. We must remember it was they who paved the way for the many talented artists today. Whether they were fighting to get paid for a gig, or on the battlefield with record companies and radio stations regarding getting more exposure and recognition for their work. During this month we must take the time to commend them on their fight/s; and to pay tribute to their tenacity. Additionally, this is the month we must show them how worthy they are.
A Special Celebration of Music
As I write about black music; I must share with you information about an exceptional local Organization called "CAFE" The Cultural Academy for Excellence. "CAFE" is a youth-based program which uses the performing arts as the catalyst to develop the passion and discipline for learning, leadership, and academic achievement.
"CAFE" was founded in 1996; and their mission is to provide music-based academic and life-skills enrichment as an enticement for youth to stay in school, stay out of trouble, and perform well academically. Students maintaining a high level of academic and musical achievement may join CAFE’s award-winning Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra, which offers numerous opportunities to perform both locally and nationally. "CAFE" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
June 11, 2011, "CAFE"
be celebrating their 15th Anniversary, and the Executive Director Mrs.
Lorna Green cordially invite you to celebrate with the Organization at a
special Concert "Sounds and Stories:
"FlashPoint" - Presented by Hollis Lashley
Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.
Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.
"Being Nice and being Kind"
[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.]
To see and read the past "ORDINARY SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS" series PLEASE CLICK HERE!!
CLOSING REMARKS, REMINDERS, ETC.
Don't forget that the 11th Annual DC Caribbean Film Festival; beginning on June 3rd and will run until June 6th [which is a nice "kick off" to Caribbean Heritage Month.] The line-up of films that will be played during this festival are very interest; and they all seem to be informative, educational, and entertaining. Click on the following link to get a closer glimpse of what's in store for you during DC Film Festival Week - June 3rd - 6th at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center located in Silver Spring, Maryland. You can purchase your tickets on the following site as well: http://www.afi.com/silver/new/nowplaying/2011/v8i2/caribbean11.aspx
For those of you who are from the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC areas and beyond; this is a weekend to celebrate Black Music with cool jazz and soothing soul at The Capital Jazz Festival. This takes place in Maryland at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.
As I close, let me share with you once again the list of events specifically geared to celebrating National Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Areas. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE LIST!
I must say thanks to many of you for expressing your interest in our new venture in the health, wealth and freedom movement through Organo Gold Healthy Products. We are glad for all the inquiries! We are hopeful you will join us and catch the wave of success. For more info. call Todd at 443-422-1361, and log on to the following link/Invitation: "Arious Cordially Invite You To Join Our Health, Wealth & Freedom Movement". For those who have not gotten back with us after receiving your sample gift bag; please give us a call.
Happy Birthday Artie, Donna, Lorenzo, Milly, Tommy and Jorge!!!
Happy Belated Birthday to Carlie, Matilda, Patricia, Everton & Sandy.
We hope all of you enjoy your special days immensely.
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