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Dearest Online Family and Friends:
How are you doing family? Are
you enjoying life as much as I am?
I truly hope you are!
LIFE…huh???? Life - a
very small word that has great meaning…in fact huge meaning!
I have found life is beauty…life is
faith…life is confidence…life is
patience…life is courage…life is
friendship…life is laughter…life is
sadness…life is joy...life is success...and life is love
which brings completeness to our whole being.
Life is something we absolutely CANNOT take for granted, and we must try to live it to our fullest potential and in a godlike manner. Gosh, 8 months ago my life took a drastic turn; and I began seeing how short it can be; as well as how precious it is! You know, sometimes things occur in such a manner that you are knocked over and down for a moment; only so that you are able to analyze everything that is transpiring around you…in your life. And boy did I see some things!
Hum, I was able to see that the burdens I have been carrying around for many years are unimportant; that the things and people I love so very dearly can be taken away without warning; that my goals are so close to being accomplished, yet because of barriers I have created I have been unable to reach them; and that the hateful people around me who really don't contribute to my life, or my successes simply doesn't matter, or exist in my world. Even though I know working…and working…and working to live comfortably; is a temporary thing, I oftentimes find myself caught up in the vicious cycle, full of worry regarding stupid and senseless issues; as well as silly senseless people.
Life is too short, and you nor
I should ever waste one single minute of our precious life squandering
it on various unimportant issues, things or people.
There is a saying: “our attitude toward life determines
life’s attitude towards us”; hummm, so very
true!!!! Therefore, let’s change our attitude, and try to take
life one day at a time because tomorrow is NOT promised; and live
it...live it...live it to the fullest!!!!!
I have found over these past 8
months that life is more than just working, planning, and saving.
Instead, it’s really about fun and enjoyment.
I say this because just a week ago an associate of mine suffered
a series of strokes ~~~ a woman barely in her 50s.
This was truly unexpected and quite shocking; because her
demeanor has always been cool, calm and collected.
However, it is clear NOW that inside she has been totally
stressed, especially with work. Work
had become her life!!! For
a week, through the sadness I have been saying “WoW…I can’t
believe this…I can’t believe someone so young would become so ill
without warning…” Now her life has changed to working HARD
towards her recovery! Her
speech is becoming clearer, and I pray she becomes completely mobile
My husband "Todd" and I have changed our mindset on life; we feel it must totally be lived to the fullest potential, while still fighting for our dreams. And every moment we get to do something fun: sneak away for quiet times, or just enjoying the special times we spend laughing, talking, planning, and traveling. Plus doing things to accomplish our goals; as well as drinking and eating (healthy of course) WE WILL DO IT…WE WILL ABSOLUTELY LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST!!
I am ecstatic that this summer
has really started off with a bang for us, and we have no intention of
changing it. Indeed, we will continue enjoying every moment of our life
here on earth, even through the complex times.
And positively make the most of what we have…each other, [LOL]
our pet, and our healthy happy life style!
Hey…you can do this too,
just change your mindset! Additionally,
realize that life is too short, and that tomorrow is truly NOT
I close my thoughts on “LIFE” with a lovely poem that touched me; written by “Praveen” entitled “Ecstasy of Living”
remember the days
a cup of coffee in hand,
down the memory lane,
Jeanine De Bique - An Awesome Young Trinidadian Soprano - My thoughts of her Recital
LOL…As we continue enjoying life...right? Well, last week I
took the time out of my demanding schedule to experience something “different
in life.” I
attended a special Recital of a young Trinidadian Soprano – Ms.
Jeanine De Bique in
Washington DC at the Inter-American Development Bank; and it was a
performance I will always remember.
This lovely young woman performed brilliantly, and her voice was ohhh
must say though, that this kind of music is not something I am used to,
nor to my usual taste. However,
Ms. De Bique impressed me immensely.
I found that her phrasing, breath control, plus her overall
performance of the pieces she sang from Austrian Composer Hugo Wolf;
renowned Classical Composer W. A.
Mozart; and Spanish Composer Fernando Obradors were
impeccable and quite enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed
two (2) of Hugo Wolf songs she performed entitled “Blumengruss”
English meaning “The Bouquet”; and “Er ist’s”
English meaning “It’s Spring”; as well as Fernando
Obradors “Chiqitita la novia” English meaning “Tiny
is the bride.”
I was absolutely captured and thoroughly entertained by her performances during the TRADITIONAL segment. This is where she sang a few Caribbean Folk Songs. Oh dear, her rendition of the famous Trinidadian folk song entitled “Mangoes” in her divine tone was awesome; and the playfulness she projected along with her body expressions as she performed the popular Caribbean folk song “Murder In De Market Murder”…[Betsy Thomas Kill Payne Stone Dead,] was a little witty and entertaining. She especially performed wonderfully the Jamaican folk song “Evening Time.” Even though Ms. De Bique stated before beginning her folklore segment, that she feared she HAD NOT mastered the Jamaican dialect and phrases expressed in this song. Boy…did she perform it beautifully!!! I am in total disagreement regarding her fear of NOT performing this song well. Actually, in my opinion it was perfect. Her dialect, her delivery of the rising and falling phrases, as well as her tones were flawless…indeed her diction was exceptional; and her performance of this song was moving.
In fact, she performed “Evening Time” so beautifully that a woman after the Recital introduced herself to me; and indicated she was born in Jamaica. She proceeded to express to me how magnificently Ms. De Bique performed “Evening time.” Her comments were very positive particularly regarding this song; and moreover, her remarks regarding Ms. De Bique’s overall performance during this Recital were extremely wonderful.
Ms. De Bique closed out her Recital by performing Spirituals; and this too was exquisite. Her presentation, and rich sharp voice truly made the pieces she performed in this segment enjoyable. Hum, it was very difficult refraining from clapping during this segment; and quite honestly it was the best part of the evening’s performance and an excellent climax of her Recital!
Overall Jeanine De Bique is extremely talented; and her moving performance was pleasurable! She undoubtedly is a skilled soprano, and it is not difficult to see why she has won so many competitions and honors. I am extremely pleased that I took the time to attend this Recital, because it is clear that this young lady is truly a great talent and very gifted. She exhibited maturity; and her stage presence was beautiful. Yes, I am sure there will be a lot more accomplishments in her future. Big things are indeed in store for Ms. De Bique.
I must mention the pianist who accompanied Ms. De Bique - Ms. Rebecca Mordo, was a gorgeous young woman who played the piano extremely well; and with such eloquence and grace. All the best to both ladies in their careers! [The picture above on the left is of Ms. De Bique and I (Susan); and the picture above on the right is of (L-R) Unknown Gentleman; Ms. J. De Bique, Ms. R. Mordo, and Ambassador to United States The Honorable Dr. Neil Parsan.]
It is clear this summer will be an eventful one, and one full of fun and excitement.
We have received so much information regarding events scheduled for the next few weeks and months. However, one in particular is being hosted by our own “FlashPoint” writer/contributor – Author Hollis Lashley. This week’s “FlashPoint” describes Mr. Lashley’s upcoming event "Flashback". So check it out below. Keep in mind after reading, that this event will be perfect for you to come out and meet Mr. Lashley in person.
"FlashPoint" - Presented by Hollis Lashley
Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.
Hollis Lashley, Author, Gifts From the Heart
Need an Uplift? Visit www.HollisLashley.com
Find Inspiration, Motivation, Spirituality & Poetry.
For Copies of "Gifts From the Heart" see web site or
Comments or Suggestions? I welcome your emails.
Harmony, Peace, & Love in Your Life Always
IMPORTANT REMINDERS, CLOSING REMARKS, ETC.
This weekend - on Saturday, July 23rd, The Trinidad and Tobago Working Women’s Committee present their annual fundraiser; and this year their proceeds will go towards helping the DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc.
I urge you to join the hardworking ladies of this awesome Committee to support this important fundraiser taking place at the Trinidad and Tobago Embassy, 1708 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC . Please click the flyer on the right for all the details, or scroll down to our “Featured Events” Section. CLICK HERE TO READ AN IMPORTANT LETTER FROM DEANNE R. SAMUELS, CHAIRPERSON OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO WORKING WOMEN'S COMMITTEE. This letter describes why this committee decided to hold this fundraiser, and is also your official invitation to come out and support this special cause.
Next Week on Saturday, July 30th, of course it's Mr. Lashley and his partner's big event "Flashback;" which was eloquently described by Mr. Lashley under his this week's "FlashPoint". CLICK ON THE FLYER BELOW FOR ALL THE DETAILS!
August is definitely gearing up to be an electrifying month as well, full of exciting concerts and events.
Taking place on Thursday, August 4th, at Crossroads Entertainment Complex, in Downtown, Bladensburg, Maryland. CLICK ON THE FLYERS FOR ALL THE DETAILS. SPECIFICALLY FOR TICKET OUTLETS CLICK ON THE FLYER ON THE RIGHT!
Mr. Beres Hammond with his “Love Within The Music Festival” featuring Wayne Wonder, Sharon Tucker, and more.
Taking place at Crossroads Entertainment Complex on Sunday, August 7, 2011.
Last week Todd told you to stay tuned for a chance to win tickets to this exciting show.
WELL…IT’S TIME FOR THE TICKET GIVEAWAY CONTEST TO BEGIN!
PLEASE NOTE: Two (2) tickets will be given out this week, next week, and the week of Beres's concert.
If you are a huge fan of Beres and you attend his concerts annually, then you know he always feature up and coming artists (male and female). Therefore, the following 2 questions will be extremely easy for you to answer. Kindly CLICK HERE TO LOG INTO “Crossroads Restaurant & Lounge” Profile to submit your answers, via sending an e-mail directly from their profile page.
THE QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK - July 22, 2011 are:
Please submit your answers no later than by Tuesday, July 26th. We will announce the winners on next week’s E-Newsletter, and we will contact the winners. Again, GOOD LUCK!
I close out by saying enjoy your weekend to the fullest, your summer, and your life!
Ops, I almost forgot to mention, if you need a vending space at Beres Hammond show, then send me an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or you can send your inquire to me at email@example.com as well.
contact me (Susan Mangatal) the following is my e-mail address
BIRTHDAY WISHES, THANK YOU'S, FINAL REMINDERS, ETC.
Very many thanks to a great amount of your 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.
We send belated birthday greetings to: The Legendary Reggae Singer, and our friend Carl Malcolm!
Please know that we absolutely appreciate you being a part of our on-line family; and you taking the time to read and correspond to our writings ~~~ we sincerely appreciate it! Thank you for your feedback, and your loyalty.
Always feel free to comment regarding THIS commentary
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remember that we are still in the process of giving our website a slight
“facelift.". Time is so precious, and still we have not
gotten a chance to complete much on the site. So we ask you to bear with us until it is completed.
check out our “Featured Events below!
Additionally, log on to our “Events”
page to see all the events we are informed of.
Again, if you would like to share your thoughts about anything,
feel free to send it directly to me at email@example.com;
and if you send it to firstname.lastname@example.org,
I will be sure to receive it.
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