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WHY SO MUCH LOSS
so much sorrow has been taking place in, and around many of us.
I say this because recently I have found while traveling
via Amtrak (on a daily basis) I’ve been overhearing quite
a number of people sharing with friends, co-workers, business
associates, and even with folks via their phone conversations
about enormous pain, grief and sorrow they are enduring due to
losing a family member, friend and/or loved one. Indeed this is baffling and distressing to me [why at this
time must I be exposed to conversations regarding the lost of
someone, especially since I am having a difficult time
healing from my own loss/grief].
Of course, I have been wondering what is truly going
on…is 2012 really all it has been predicted to be?
in my circle I am finding quite regularly many people are leaving
us and moving on to the afterlife; which is absolutely
heartrending for me. The
most recent just happened a few days ago and the loss is
friend and an upstanding member of our community Mr. Wayne
Cuffy lost his adorable 15 year old son due to a tragic
accident. Oh dear, my
heart crumbled when I got the news; and utterly broke when Mr.
Cuffy shared his pain with me.
Oh boy, how I ache for the loss of this young man;
in fact the entire community is mourning this loss.
Wayne Channin Cuffy, we have known since he was 5 years
old. He was
respectful, gracious, helpful, loving and just an absolute joy to
have around. Actually
he was, as well as his older brother truly wonderful young men.
It would be rather strange if we saw one without
the other; and those times were very few.
Moreover, they were always “hanging” with their dad.
husband Todd and I would find ourselves saying every year to each
other “hum, we can’t wait for summer to arrive,”
because that’s the time we would see a lot of Wayne Channin,
as well as his older brother. [They were always hanging out
with their dad on Sundays at our favorite outdoor spot in
Maryland. Their Mom
would accompany them on many occasions.]
witnessing from afar Wayne Channin’s growth, as well as
his brother was pleasantly fascinating.
He was the younger brother, but every summer he would get
taller and taller surpassing his older brother, and even his Dad
and Mom. It was
interesting witnessing how his, as well as his older brother’s
mannerism changed as they grew; LOL…hahaha even their
voices. One thing I
will always remember about Wayne Channin (and even his
older brother;) like their dad they seemed very interested in
becoming audio technicians, and every time they had an opportunity
to work the sound at a concert or for a local band; they were in
we will miss Wayne Channin so very much, I personally will
miss his loving greetings filled with hugs and kisses every time
we saw each other. Many
of our friends in the community stated the exact same thing.
Yes, indeed his hugs, kisses, warm greeting and beautiful
smile we all will miss dearly.
We are thankful to have such wonderful memories of Wayne
Channin, and to have shared some good times with him while he
was with us [for this short time.]
heart goes out to the entire Cuffy family, and we pray that in
time love and strength will heal their hearts and elevate the pain
they are enduring. May
God bless them and be with them during this very difficult time.
Wayne Channin will be sorely and greatly missed, because he
was a beautiful young man. I
am certain he will be their angel watching over his entire family.
folks who are unaware of the funeral arrangements for Wayne
Channin Cuffy, please note he will be laid to rest on Monday,
January 24th; and beginning at 10:30 am the viewing and
funeral will be held at St. Mary’s Church, located at 7301
Annapolis Road, Landover, Maryland 20784.
He will be buried directly thereafter at Ft. Lincoln cemetery,
3401 Bladensburg, Brentwood Maryland. (301-864-5090).
with this sad topic ~~~ I shared with you a week or so ago the
passing of our friend Vonda
got news from the loved ones of Vonda, who requested that we let
you know services will be held for her this Monday, January 24th
– 6:00 pm at St. Stephen and Incarnation Episcopal Church,
located at 16th and Newton Streets.
The physical address is: 1525 Newton Street, NW, Washington
DC (202-232-0900). The
Repast will follow thereafter.
WORTHY DIALOGUE and UPDATE
I follow the progress of Congress Woman Giffords, I am amazed with
her strength, her will to live, and her stunning remarkable
understand she is smiling, sitting up, standing, scrolling through
her Ipad, and just steadily healing and progressing after being
shot through the head on January 8th.
Her doctors are optimistic that she will make a full
recover, and I am confident she will because she is certainly a
she is scheduled to leave the hospital today (Friday, January 21st);
she is being transferred to a Rehabilitation facility/center in
Houston Texas. Her
husband and family are convinced she will be returning home soon
and will be back at work. I pray she continues recovering and healing fully and
must ask what is up with the exiled "Baby Doc"
Jean-Claude Duvalier returning to Haiti? Very disturbing and
crazy, huh?. "
Doc" the former President and brutal dictator of Haiti has
been exiled (from Haiti] and have been living in France since
1986. Surprisingly, recently he returned to Haiti. I
understand though his assets and bank accounts were unfrozen in
being reported that he was taken into custody by authorities and
was questioned, but was later freed. "Duvalier"
stated he intend to stay in Haiti, and will fight to clear his
name. However, I feel he simply saw the turmoil still taking
place in Haiti, especially after a year of pure heartache and
struggles due to the massive earthquake. He also saw how
most of the citizens are troubled, and are still on their
knees trying hard to recover and live from this devastating
earthquake. He further saw the confusion, the corruption,
the failed elections and just the absolute travesty taking place
in the country. And he came to the conclusion that this is
the perfect time...the perfect opportunity to slip back into the
country - his country to "get his" and overall
take back what he feels is his rightful place.
do you think???? Please share your thoughts with me on this
Star "Buju Banton" (Mark Myrie)
Reggae icon “Buju Banton” (Mark Anthony Myrie)
made history this past weekend. Yes, he did…Mr. Myrie held the concert of all time in
Miami, Florida. A
concert that was very well organized, very well attended, and
performances that were passionate and all for the love of Mr.
you are aware “Buju Banton” was incarcerated in a
Tampa jail from December 2009 to November 2010; awaiting his
trial for charges brought against him by the U.S. Government
specifically for “Conspiracy
to possess and distribute cocaine and aiding two others in
possessing a firearm during the course of cocaine distribution.”
His trial took place a few months ago in late
September 2010, and it resulted in a “hung jury”.
“Buju B’s” attorney David Oscar Markus
sought bail for the star, and it was granted.
Therefore, “Buju B” was released in November
2010, with restrictions and limited privileges; in fact he was
placed on house arrest.
B’s” second trial is scheduled for February, and in
order for him to pay his legal expenses (for this 2nd
trial;) his lawyer Mr. Markus filed for permission from
the U.S. Federal Court for “Buju B” to hold a concert
to raise funds to cover his legal fees.
The court granted permission and “Buju B”
along with his “Gargamel Music” held an unforgettable and
historical concert this past weekend.
10,000 people were in attendance at the Bay front Park
Amphitheatre in Downtown Miami Florida this past Sunday; and
from all accounts the concert was super awesome. Every performer was outstanding and includes: his long time
friend Wayne Wonder; Legendary musicians and producers Sly and
Robbie; super star Shaggy, along with his pal Rayvon; Members of
the Marley Family; Everton Blender; super star Sean Paul; Gramps
Morgan; Spragga Benz; Michael Rose; Veteran reggae star Freddie
McGregor; Nadine Sutherland; Tarrus Riley; and a few Hop Hop
artists: DJ Khaleed and Busta Rhymes.
understand “Buju B” was escorted into the venue by
Federal Agents, and when he entered the stage the adoring crowd
erupted. “Buju B” who was well dressed delivered
approximately 2 hours of pure vibes and at times he was very
spiritual. He sang some of his old songs, and did some new ones from his
latest album “Before The Dawn”.
Folks were mesmerized, and “Buju B” seemed to have
been transformed to another world as he sang and sang and sang.
His performance was extremely exceptional from all
accounts; and the concert overall was very successful, and quite
B" indeed raised quite a bit of funds for his legal
fees. I was told he
introduced his attorney to the crowd and thanked him for all his
hard work defending him in his devastating case.
of the media folks shared with me their disappointment about
only being allowed to film/capture/cover the first song of each artists' performance.
Other than that the evening in lovely and warm Miami was
divine, entertaining, successful and exceptional.
May “Buju B” continue to succeed; INDEED THERE
IS AN ANGEL WATCHING OVER HIM!!!
I close, I would like all of you/all of us to keep in our
thoughts, and say a prayer for the people of Brazil who are
suffering from devastating floods and the loss of many lives.
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