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Years Filled With Commitment and Dedication

26 years ago this upcoming Sunday was a happy day for my husband “Todd” and I; but to be quite honest, it was a bit terrifying.  Imagine 2 young people recently out of high school standing in front of the Justice of Peace and promising/committing to each other we would love, honor, trust, respect and obey.  Yup, I remember it like it was yesterday…eloping in Upper Marlboro, Maryland (LOL)!  Slipping away early one extremely cold morning without informing anyone, taking those special vows and committing to each other to build our life together…WOW!!!

Throughout the years many people have asked me/us: “what’s your secret…how could you be so close for so many years?”  Gee, it takes a lot more than closeness!  I find being respectful is extremely important.  Committed and dedicated, plus being supportive to each other with everything we do is absolutely significant. You must be close…best friends, as well as partners; and someone you are not afraid to tell all your secrets. Patience too is imperative as well as forgiving.  Above all, and most importantly tender LOVE…LOVE…LOVE is key!

It would be silly of me to say everything is the same [like the first day,] because nothing ever stays the same.  Indeed lots have changed, even us individually; the way we think, the way we act, our image, and even the way we deal with things.  However, all these changes have been great; because with the changes, there were enormous amounts of learning experiences and tremendous growth.

Clearly, 26 years ago was nothing to be scared about, because we have built a lot together.  Gosh, I find as with Todd's Mom and Dad; we as a couple constantly live our life almost the same way they did theirs (unconsciously).  They too did everything together [when my Father-In-Law was alive.]  The meals being eaten together (always) continues in our home; and the love and support they expressed is evident in our lives as well.

 Woo hoo, life has never been boring for me/us; the dream building, setting and achieving our goals, exploring, traveling, working together successfully, and just building and building has been extremely exciting.  Throughout the years every experience and accomplishment have been embedded in my mind because they have been fulfilling and good; even the rough ones.  I am confident I have someone who “has my back.

I have heard folks say God sends each and everyone of us an angel, and I am so happy that my angel found me a few months after arriving in this country in 1979; and later this angel decided that we had to take those vows and commit ourselves to each other.  These years have been phenomenal, [even with the many ups, and many...many...many downs (LOL)]; and I am so very thankful that it has been exceptional.

Thank you Todd for these lovely, intriguing and enjoyable 26 years of marriage, plus the 6 years prior to being married.  Thank you for loving, supporting, trusting, respecting and sharing with me.  It has been tremendous, and I am so looking forward to [with anticipation] more exciting times ahead in our lives; as we continue growing, building and achieving each and every one of our dreams!

 


 

 

AEGFunLogoBlack-7.JPG (34613 bytes)This weekend too marks 8 years of sharing, connecting and networking with you our online family; as well as the beginning of promoting and marketing many events through this means of communicating, which we once called  "The What's Happening Weekly E-Newsletter"; and now we have transitioned it into "The Arious Grapevine."  We have shared so much through our E-Newsletter; and are very thankful to you for your thought provoking comments and topics, commitment, and all your concerns with us.  We in turn have had the opportunity to share our thoughts and opinions on many issues with you; and we have learned a lot from you.  For this we thank you, and most importantly we thank you for being so committed, helpful, and for your assistance with making these 8 years interesting, and full of excitement.  

Indeed this is a special time to thank you for your business, for always reading, and for your eternal support throughout these years, and we look forward to writing and sharing a lot more in the coming years.  We also look forward to continuing our progress TOGETHER WITH YOU…!!!  THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR BEING A PART OF OUR  ON-LINE FAMILY, AND FOR MAKING "THE ARIOUS GRAPEVINE" WHAT IT IS TODAY.

 



NOTEWORTHY DIALOGUES + UPDATES

 

WayneChanninCuffy.jpg (17535 bytes)The "Going Home" ceremony for young "Wayne Channin Cuffy" was astounding and remarkable.  From my observation, it seemed to have been approximately 400 people in attendance (standing room only at the church).  The service was extremely heartrending, and very nice.  Especially, nice to see the Ambassador of Grenada Ms. Bristol in attendance; and who said some wonderful words about "Wayne Channin" and his family.  

It was very clear this young man touched everyone’s life in some way or another, and he was loved so very much, just like his older brother "Brendon."

"Wayne Channin Cuffy" had a golden heart, and he will sorely be missed.  I know he is in the arms of the Almighty and he is watching over his family.

As I mention "Brendon.", I am amazed by the strength of this exceptional young man.  However, I see how much he is hurting due to the unfortunate loss of his baby brother…his pal…his boy…his partner!!  [After all he was on the scene of this painful accident.]  For the few times I saw him over this past week, I saw a bit of anger; which is expected.  Hum, it is evident in his walk, his movements, and in his mannerisms.  He is smiling and loving as always, but I sense a bit of anger, and there is a strong possibility he is wondering [as I did when I lost my brother] “what could I have done to save my brother?”  Needless to say, it is an extremely painful feeling, and one you will never get over.  Moreover, the grief is unbearable! In fact, in Brendon’s case I believe it will take an extremely long time to get over his loss and the emptiness he is experiencing.  May he find peace, especially knowing that his Mom Celina and Dad Wayne loves him unconditionally, and he must be there for them as they all grieve together.

As we all know, there is no greater pain than the loss of a child; so we have been keeping Mr. and Mrs. Cuffy in our thoughts as well as "Brendon" and the family.  However, I want us to especially keep "Dwayne Brendon Cuffy" on top of our list, because he was with his brother on this unforgettable and devastating day.  Most importantly, they were inseparable; and therefore he must have known all of his brother’s thoughts and secrets.  Obviously, the  memories "Brendon." has build with "Wayne Channin" as they grew will forever be in his mind, soul and heart (after all ~~~ they were one year apart).  The exceptional love he have for his brother will never fade.

 

As I stated last week; our 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.

Out of all the wonderful e-mails and comments I received regarding the loss of "Wayne Channin;" a lovely gentleman e-mailed me some words that are nice and thought provoking.  Thank you for writing the following statement Mr. Martin.  

"Mourning the loss of a child is a very difficult thing to do. It is necessary to celebrate the passing life of a young person.  I realize how loved this young man was by his father based on his height as noted. I was told that a father’s love for a son is like sunshine to a plant. The love of a father is the necessary dew and sunshine to strengthen a young man. As you all celebrate please note the most difficult time will be experienced by the  older brother.  God knows what is best for each of us and the return of the younger son to the FATHER is an act of mercy. His time was served here on earth and he has  touched the life of so many at a very young age, but his mark was made nonetheless.  Now people must embrace the love this child showed and  become as loving and caring as he was in his absence.

Below, you will find our friend Hollis Lashley remembers "Wayne Channin Cuffy." which you will find under his “FlashPoint”.  Thank you Hollis for writing such lovely words!

 

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Presented by Mr. Hollis Lashley

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REMEMBERING WAYNE CHANNIN CUFFY!

Wayne Sr. and Celine Cuffy have been surrounded by friends and family over the past few days. Their loss has been a community loss, the loss of a vibrant, joy-filled, strong hugging, happy child whose life was filled with music and love.

Father Geise, in his remarks, spoke of how we usually cannot see and reason beyond life, as death comes when it will; in the beginning, middle or end of our years. He reasoned that a young death, as that of Channin, can be interpreted as though we have been robbed, and breaks our hearts twice as much as is usual.

Then he asked, “What do we do when faced with this mystery?”

He added that we should grieve, mourn, but we should also console each other and not give in to despair at this awesome mystery. He called on the family and friends to have faith: the kind of faith which helps Christians to see, and to know what lies beyond, when we refer to the death and resurrection of the Christ.

He  reminded us that even with strong faith, we still hurt, as we miss our child, our brother, our sister, our parents, our friend. Yes, many will miss Channing. Those who knew him personally, and those who did not, for even in death an eloquent statement was made about the power of family, discipline, community spirit, love and the rippling effects of parenting and raising a child whose light did shine, however briefly, in a world which needs to focus so much more on love, than on the material baubles which cause us so much pain.

Can we continue to support the Cuffy family in their Grief and Loss?

Yes, we can, in small but meaningful ways. A kind word, a positive call, a reassurance that there is a bigger picture which we cannot see, a remembering of those principles which guided the parents of Channin, and which helped to produce such an exemplary being, and of course the realization that there is no death to conquer, but only life in its many manifestations to understand and to live victoriously.

May the light of God surround the Cuffy family,

The Love of God enfold them,

The Power of God protect them,

And The Presence Of God watch over them.

Wherever they are, God is there, and all is Well.

Flashpoint 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.




 

CONCLUDING REMARKS, plus A THANK YOU WORTHY OF NOTE;  REMINDERS, ETC.

 

How about our remarkable President Barack Obama’s 2nd State of the Union Address?  Hum, I find it interesting and funny that every time I see our President I get goose bumps.  

It is such a wonderful sight though, seeing him standing amongst our law makers, State representatives, Supreme Court Justices, Joint Chiefs of Staff and his cabinet members.  It was fascinating to see during this address on many occasions both parties (the Republicans and Democrats) on both sides of the isle were standing up clapping TOGETHER.  That was a "WOW" moment!  If you did not have an opportunity to see the address CLICK THE PICTURE BELOW to view and listen to his words.  (Courtesy of www.whitehouse.org).  Please feel free to share your thoughts on President Obama's speech.



 

As I close, I want to say a special THANK YOU to the ANGEL that convinced my husband “Todd” to follow him in his white box truck over the snow filled embankment after sitting on one of the many highways [for over 5 hours] that was at a standstill during the snow storm in our area on Wednesday, Jan. 26th.  Because of this man’s kind and convincing words, Todd was safely and successfully lead through the high amounts of snow to a turn around that lead him back into a town in Maryland where he filled up on gas, had some food, and found room in an Inn where he was able to get warm and had a place to lay his head for the night.  Thank you so very much SIR (who ever you are).  You turned an extremely awful and worrisome night into a safe and good one.

 


 

 

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Friday - January 28, 2011

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February 19, 2011

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"Wrestling with the Image"

Exhibit running until March 10, 2011

Washington DC

Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions, an exhibition of contemporary art from 12 Caribbean countries, was launched at the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA) in Washington DC. Featuring work by artists from the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and T&T, the exhibition is crated by artist and curator Christopher Cozier and art historian Tatiana Flores. Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions presents works in a variety of media, including photography, video, painting, graphic arts, sculpture, and installation. According to a release, the scope of the objects demonstrates how the region’s contemporary artists are confronting stereotypes about the Caribbean without denying their own surroundings or rejecting the worlds in which they operate. 

“Through investigations on history, tourism, globalization, popular culture and gender, these artists urge us to reconsider our own expectations on how a Caribbean image should look. Characterized by scholars as ‘the laboratory of globalization,’ the Caribbean is a multifaceted locale that transcends geographic boundaries. Its culture has European, African, Asian, Latin American, and Native American roots,” said Cozier. “This is a conversation about movement in the Atlantic world, a dialogue about dispersal rather than displacement.”

Many of the artists themselves no longer live in the Caribbean, residing in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, nevertheless, their experiences are the result of complex historical, economic, and cultural processes that are part and parcel of what it means to be Caribbean. Past and present, local and universal, and self and other are among the dichotomies addressed in this exhibition. The exhibition forms part of the About Change emerging artists’ program, an initiative of the World Bank in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, the OAS, and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat. Wrestling with the Image continues until March 10 at the Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th Street, NW Washington, DC.

• For more information, or to arrange interviews with any of the Trinidad-based participating artists, please contact Mariel Brown at 796-4118

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