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Arious Entertainment Group E-Newsletter “The Arious Grapevine” - 1.14.2011: Senseless Tragedy | Remembering Haiti | Honoring Dr. King  | FlashPoint | De Happenings | More


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AWFUL AND SENSELESS TRAGEDY

Why so much tragedy…I ask?  What is wrong in the world today where a life is meaningless to some people?   6 dead and 14 wounded in the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona; because a young man decided selfishly to just eliminate human beings?  For what reason we don’t know.  Actually, we have no CLEAR clue yet...WHY! 

Pondering over this madness and openly discussing the situation, our only wonder is: what could have been irking a young person so badly (who is just 22 years of age) to do such a heinous thing.  Remember young “Jarrett” haven’t really started living yet, so what could a Congress person have done to upset this young man so badly; where he felt he had to attempt to take her life; seriously wounding 13 others and ended the lives of 6 innocent people.  What…I ask…What could it be????

We at Arious are happy to hear that Congress Woman Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes recently and she is responding to doctors.  This is absolutely GREAT!  We pray she continue recovering nicely.  We will keep Congress Woman Giffords and the other 13 wounded from this mass shooting in our thoughts.  We also send our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the 6 who were killed in this tragic incident.   

President Barack Obama spoke at the recent memorial ceremony for the wounded and victims of this tragic shooting rampage in Arizona on January 12, 2011, and it was a touching speech.  CLICK THE PICTURE BELOW to see and hear President Obama as he addressed the large crowd in Arizona. 

REMEMBERING HAITI 1 YEAR LATER

A year ago on January 12th, we were succumbed with tears, fears, and prayers for our brothers, sisters and even family members in Haiti as they endured the most destructive and deadly earthquake – 7.0 on the rector scale.  Looking back at the reports and images coming out of Haiti our souls were filled with sorrow and our hearts cried out and asked WHY 220,000+ dead?  WHY 300,000+ injuries?  WHY 2.3 million people displaced.  Gosh, so many were buried under the rubble, and very few survived.  Plus many of the dead were just picked up like old trash and buried in mass graves.  

Personally, the sight was sickening and the pain just ripped through me as I saw children, and people after people crying out for help.  My thoughts specifically was on the many children who lost their parents and had become orphans.

Here it is 1 year later and the situation in Haiti has changed VERY LITTLE!  STILL more than 800,000 people are living in tents.  There has been very little reconstruction; tons of rubble STILL not removed from the city.  STILL very few jobs; and most importantly, all the billions that was donated by the outpouring of (us) the many people around the world, has not been distributed.  In-fact has not reached Haiti shores yet.  What a travesty!!!

I somehow feel robbed because of the monies I helped raise, plus the amount I donated along with so many people around the world ~~ and is not in the hands of the Haitian people…actually only the Lord knows where it is!

Former President William J. Clinton who is the United Nation’s special envoy for Haiti, and who President Obama had asked/appointed to raise money for the relief efforts of Haiti (along with former President George W. Bush.) was in Haiti for the 1 year anniversary.  From one of the news reports, I observed President Clinton smiling and seemed very proud that an old clothing factory was rebuilt and Haitians were able to obtained jobs at this factory.  However, the workers were only paid $3.00 per day.  I was appalled by this report, because I couldn’t understand how on earth someone/anyone could live and support/feed their family on $3.00 a day [even in Haiti].  However, there was President Clinton standing in front of cameras addressing the media proud of this small accomplishment.  [Give me a break...is that all that was done for the Haitian people; when so much money was raised (even through his own Clinton Foundation and Global Initiative Works.)]

HaitiDeaf-MuteVictimsHOME[1].JPG (21475 bytes)Indeed, at this time we have to reflect on the important progress that has been made in Haiti.  Actually, I noticed that semi-permanent wooden homes were erected, and was given to more vulnerable Haitians (Deaf and Mute Haitians).  Other than that, it seems there has been very little progress, and the recovery process has not really begun yet.  (Picture courtesy of REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

Gee, I am so disgusted with this situation and mad as hell.  Mad that the Haitian people have not fully been helped; mad and wondering where are all the monies we gave generously to help these people recover from this major disaster (when at times we didn’t even have).  WHERE IN THE HELL IS IT???  Additionally, where are the promised homes, where are the jobs that were promised??? 

Yes, I know many of you will respond and enlighten me about all the deep corruption taking place with the leaders/Government of Haiti; and you will even explain to me all about the greed aspect with so many people, groups and organizations who claim to be in the island to help, and just pocketed sums of money.  You will even try to explain to me the enormous amount of monies one has to pay to bring goods into Haiti through customs.  But, we already knew deep in our hearts that all of this would happen; so why did we let it happen?

Anyway, I suppose we have to continue to be hopeful for the people of Haiti.  Actually, we absolutely must continue being hopeful; especially after all what they endured in 2010.  Yes, in 2010 the deadly disease Cholera spread across Haiti and took the lives of 3,600 people; and infected more than 170,000.  Even Hurricane Ivan threatened to do a tremendous amount of damage to the island, but thankfully it pretty much missed Haiti and didn’t do much damage, (as it was originally predicted.)

Well, for me I strongly believe “Children are our future;” therefore I will try to stop ranting and raving about the bad issues on Haiti and focus for a moment on the future generation of Haiti “The Children”.  

Dear Lord, the outlook for the children looks pretty grim as well.  380,000 Children are still displaced.  Approximately, 720,000 were able to get back into temporary schools, which were set up under weather-appropriate tarps (very few schools have been rebuilt due to the enormous amounts of rubble.)  Per UNICEFChildren continue to suffer from inequitable access to basic water, sanitation, healthcare and education services and protection from disease, exploitation and unsanitary conditions.”  Umm, not a good outlook at all, which is very disappointing.  

For a more detail report on the Children of Haiti, and the long road from relief to recovery - PLEASE CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK: http://www.unicef.org/media/files/Children_in_Haiti_-_One_Year_After_-_The_Long_Road_from_Relief_to_Recovery.pdf.  

Additionally, CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO THE LEFT to view UNICEF's report on the long road from relief to recovery in Haiti.  www.unicef.org .

I will continue to keep hope for the people of Haiti and will continue to keep them in my prayers.  May the Haitian People's lives, which is obviously full of sorrow find peace and happiness.

 

!!!GOD BLESS HAITI!!! 

 

HONORING AND CELEBRATING REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

 

On Monday, January 17th, we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We must celebrate and honor Dr. King, his works specifically regarding injustice; his dream; and his legacy.   The time is upon us to remember all Dr. King preached about (the injustices and the messages of change through nonviolence); and fought for (freedom, equality, and dignity for all races and peoples.)  We have surly come a long way in these 43  years after losing Dr. King, and I think many of us are living the dream.  Major steps have been taken so that we could realize and live the TOTAL dream, and so much have been accomplished throughout these 43 years.  It is clear though that the road ahead is still very difficult; but we must continue to keep the dream alive and try our best to achieve it and live it.  My gosh, Dr. King’s hard work helped pave the way for many of us to be in the positions we are in today, not to mention having an African-American President.

Hum, I find myself often wondering: if Dr. King was alive today what would his thoughts be on President Barack Obama?  Would he be proud?  Obviously, he must be smiling, shaking his head [as I often do] and say to himself “Now our kids have something to really look up to, and towards…they have HOPE”.   Indeed, they can really focus on achieving all they can be ~~~ even the highest job in the land".  

This brings to mind an intense dialogue I had with a friend on "Facebook"; which was funny, yet serious.

This gentleman had a problem with President Obama’s picture hanging in the lobby of his church; and among our dialogue and many exchanges I recall responding to him by saying [not the exact quote]  “why not...at least the Children can look up and see an image of themselves. Moreover, an image of a person who looks like them and who is the leader of a powerful nation - The United States of America; it truly gives them HOPE."

Keep in mind Dr. King said "We must work unceasingly to uplift this nation that we love to a higher destiny, to a higher plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humanness"  This we must follow.  On January 17, 2011, we all must "Remember Dr. King! Celebrate Dr. King ! Act on Dr. King's Messages! - A Day On, Not A Day Off!!!  

Traditionally, I have shared some of his famous quotes, and I have done so again this year. Please read and be inspired.

1) "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.  This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant"  

2) "Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true."

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3) "Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.  Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.  Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it"

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1929 - 1968

U.S. Black Civil Rights Leader and Clergyman

4) "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

 

5) "The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood."

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6) "There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love".

From MLK's Letter while in Birmingham Jail 4/16/63

 

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7) "The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows."

 

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8) "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

 

NOTE WORTHY DIALOGUE

 

As usual our Friend Hollis Lashley has supplied to us this week’s installation of his “FlashPoint.   As you scroll down you will find his “FlashPoint”.   Please remember to purchase Mr. Lashley’s inspirational and motivational book “Gifts from the Heart” log on to http://www.xlibris.com or http://www.hollislashley.com.  You can also (always) contact Mr. Lashley via the following phone number 202-299-8638.  Please remember Mr. Lashley welcomes your comments and/or suggestions.

I would like to send our sincerest condolences to our friend Mr. Keith Preddie on the loss of his long time love Vonda.  It was an absolute surprise getting word that our friend Vonda passed away a week ago.  Shock and surprise is what I am still experiencing. 

Vonda-6.26.2010.JPG (5629 bytes)Vonda was a good person and had a good soul.  She loved life, loved Carnival, and loved her Keith.  As I sit here writing I'm pondering over all our conversations throughout the years, and they have always been interesting and funny.  I remember though about a year ago she “chewed” me out for always calling Mr. Preddie and talking with him without speaking to her.  I was surprised but quickly understood her statements and what she was feeling.  Our last conversation was funny because we talked about her brain, how “hot” she was getting and I remember just laughing with her, Keith, and my husband Todd about the things we were going through in our lives.

Our sincerest condolences go to Keith, and all the friends, family, and even the grandchildren of Vonda.  I certainly will miss her and I will remember her from all the nice memories I have accumulated throughout the years of our conversations and interaction.   May she rest in peace!!!

 

As I close I would like all of you/all of us to keep in our thoughts, and say a prayer for the people in Australia who are suffering from Tsunami like floods.  The last report I heard was: over 20 people are killed and more are expected to have perished; plus dozens are missing.  Also, keep in your prayers the people of Brazil who are suffering from devastating floods as well. 

 

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I was walking around in a Wal Mart store, when I saw a Cashier hand this
little boy some money back.

The boy couldn't have been more than 5 or 6 years old..

The Cashier said, 'I'm sorry, but you don't have enough money to buy
this doll..'

Then the little boy turned to the old woman next to him: ''Granny, are
you sure I don't have enough money?''

The old lady replied: ''You know that you don't have enough money to buy
this doll, my dear.''

Then she asked him to stay there for just 5 minutes while she went to
look around. She left quickly.

The little boy was still holding the doll in his hand.

Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who he wished to give this
doll to.

'It's the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so much for
Christmas.

She was sure that Santa Claus would bring it to her.'

I replied to him that maybe Santa Claus would bring it to her after all,
and not to worry.

But he replied to me sadly. 'No, Santa Claus can't bring it to her where
she is now. I have to give the doll to my mommy so that she can give it to
my sister when she goes there.'

His eyes were so sad while saying this.. 'My Sister has gone to be with
God.  Daddy says that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought
that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister.''

My heart nearly stopped.

The little boy looked up at me and said: 'I told daddy to tell mommy not
to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the mall.'

Then he showed me a very nice photo of himself. He was laughing. He then
told me 'I want mommy to take my picture with her so she won't forget me.'

'I love my mommy and I wish she didn't have to leave me, but daddy says
that she has to go to be with my little sister.'

Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly.

I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. 'Suppose we check
again, just in case you do have enough money for the doll!''

OK' he said, 'I hope I do have enough.' I added some of my money to his
without him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the
doll and even some spare money..

The little boy said: 'Thank you God for giving me enough money!'

Then he looked at me and added, 'I asked last night before I went to
sleep for God to make sure I had enough money to buy this doll, so that mommy
could give it to my sister. He heard me!''

'I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mommy,
but I didn't dare to ask God for too much.. But He gave me enough to buy the
doll and a white rose.''

'My mommy loves white roses.'

A few minutes later, the old lady returned and I left with my basket.

I finished my shopping in a totally different state of mind from when I
started.

I couldn't get the little boy out of my mind.

Then I remembered a local news paper article two days ago, which
mentioned a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car occupied by a young woman and a
little girl.

The little girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical
state. The family had to decide whether to pull the plug on the
life-sustaining machine, because the young woman would not be able to
recover from the coma.

Was this the family of the little boy?

Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I read in the news
paper that the young woman had passed away.

I couldn't stop myself as I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to
the funeral home where the body of the young woman was for people to see and
make last wishes before her burial.

She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her hand
with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest.

I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that my life had been changed for
ever.. The love that the little boy had for his mother and his sister is
still, to this day, hard to imagine.

And in a fraction of a second, a drunk driver had taken all this away
from him.

God Bless!!!

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January 14, 2011

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