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Senseless Tragedy | Remembering Haiti | Honoring Dr. King |
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AND SENSELESS TRAGEDY
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!
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????
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.
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.
HAITI 1 YEAR LATER
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.
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.
it is 1 year later and the situation in Haiti has changed VERY
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!!!
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!
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.)]
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)
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???
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?
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
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
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
UNICEF “Children continue to suffer from inequitable
access to basic water, sanitation, healthcare and education
services and protection from disease, exploitation and
Umm, not a good outlook at all, which is very
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.
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
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.
AND CELEBRATING REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
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
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".
brings to mind an intense dialogue I had with a friend on "Facebook";
which was funny, yet serious.
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."
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!!!
I have shared some of his famous quotes, and I have done so
again this year. Please
read and be inspired.
"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"
"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."
paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes
it. Hatred darkens life; love
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Black Civil Rights Leader and Clergyman
"We must learn to live together as
brothers or perish together as
"The hope of a secure and livable
world lies with disciplined
who are dedicated to justice, peace
"There can be no deep
disappointment where there is not deep
MLK's Letter while in Birmingham Jail
"The past is prophetic in that it
asserts loudly that wars are poor
chisels for carving out peaceful
"Our lives begin to end the day
we become silent about things that
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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.
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.
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!!!
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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was walking around in a Wal Mart store, when I saw a Cashier
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
Then the little boy turned to the old woman next to him:
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
'It's the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so
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
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
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
Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very
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
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
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
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
I couldn't get the little boy out of my mind.
Then I remembered a local news paper article two days
mentioned a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car occupied
by a young woman and a
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
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
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