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Arious Entertainment Group E-Newsletter “The Arious Grapevine” - 1.6.2011: Time To Embrace 2011 | FlashPoint | De Happenings | More


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Dearest On-Line Family and Friends!  I hope all of you are doing fantastic in this New Year!

We are embarking on a new journey of life, and the next 358 days will be filled with new hopes, new excitement, new joys and new experiences.  

As we embrace this new year we must also embrace the new awareness that is already prepared for us.  We must be conscious of past experiences; which I’m sure was filled with ups and downs…good days and bad days.  We must also be aware of our inner feelings and look at the growth and deepening of our relationship with our higher self; which in turn will help build the deepest and most profound opportunities of our lives.  

Oh yeah, we must let go of the past and our self-imposed limitations, and be able to identify and embrace opportunities…the opportunities which will allow us to move forward, grow, and move into our highest and best.  The opportunities which will take us further into the greatness of our lives ~~~ take us to more than we are at this moment ~~~ take us to a place of deep/heartfelt gratitude and integrity. 

Being positive, strong, hopeful and focused is key!  It helps us celebrate our creativity; and assures us that this year will certainly be different for many of us; we will have little pressure, peace, less stressed, and just overflowing with absolute happiness.  Ultimately, using this approach will help turn our visions and dreams into reality; giving us the best chance to be successful in achieving our goals for 2011.  

Yes, 2011 allows us to have a new beginning…REBIRTH...a new perspective…a new choice. "This is the first day of the rest of your life." "This is the moment." "The future is now."  Let’s live it…live this champagne life, and rise to the best we can be!!!  If you were unable to read our important New Year Message to you and our word of Thanks, PLEASE CLICK HERE to read!!!!

 


 

I've decided to "back up" a bit and say that bringing in the New Year on the home front was quiet.  We spent it with our pet; counted down the time as the ball dropped in Time Square,  New York; and precisely at midnight we made the traditional New Year toast.  SusanandTodd-NewYears.1.1.11.jpg (43262 bytes)A little bit later we decided to get dress and step out for an hour to continue toasting with a few friends.  That turned out to be very nice.  New Year's day was very interesting too, because I did something new...I actually cooked an entire traditional New Year's Dinner [with black eyed peas and greens ~~~ and much more tasty and exciting dishes]  It was absolutely delicious!!!

As I continue "vibing" with you, I find myself reflecting on the bizarre natural occurrences that have taken place in the first 6 days of 2011.  Oh...dear, I feel the pain for the many who lost everything due to the 20 deadly tornadoes that touched down in Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi on New Years Day.  Additionally, I can't help but wonder what made over 5000 birds [Red-winged Blackbirds, European Starlings, Common Grackles, and Brown-headed Cowbirds] fall out the sky [dead] in Arkansas due to blunt force trauma [confirmed by the State Veterinarian Dr. George Bradley.]  It's also baffling to learn about the 80,000 dead fish that washed up on the coast in Arkansas as well.  Hum, I'm hearing a lot of silly explanations, but none of them makes any sense.  

Even here locally in Maryland a day or so ago over 2 million dead fish washed up along the Chesapeake Bay.  Still no logical explanation was given!!!  It has also been reported that hundreds of snapper fish were found dead on the beaches of Coriander Peninsula in New Zealand a few days ago, many with their eyes missing.  All so very strange...don't you agree??

Hum, Perhaps these are some signs that the predictions and theories about 2012 are real, and these unexplained things are the beginning of the final days [since it is predicted 2012 is "The End".]

I don't even know what to think ~~~ regarding the 2 packages that ignited/detonated on Thursday here in Maryland at 2 State Government Buildings.  One package was addressed to Governor O'Malley and ignited in a mail facility at a State Building near the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland; and the 2nd addressed to the Transportation Secretary at the Department of Transportation in Hanover, Maryland (minutes from my home).  In one of the packages some sort of a note was found; and it has been reported that the writer/person who sent the packages was complaining [in the note] about electronic highway signs alerting people to call the authorities if they see anything suspicious.  Crazy huh????  Thankfully there were no serious injuries.  

We seriously must be very vigilant in 2011, and we must be aware of everything and everyone around us.  We are living in some of the craziest times, so we must do everything in our power to be safe and keep our family safe as well.

 

 

Many of us are still mourning the lost of singer-songwriter R&B Legend Teena Marie "Lady T", whose given name is Mary Christine Brockert".  Teena passed away in her sleep on December 26th, 2010.  

Teena Marie "Lady T" was an outstanding songstress who dazzled R&B audiences around the globe for many...many years with her soulful/powerful voice and commanding high-energy stage performances.  Yes, "Lady T" was an icon in R&B music; and her range, vocal strength and clarity was unbelievable.  When she belted out her songs you would instantly get chills, and it made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  

"Lady T" rose to distinction in the late 70s, just about the time I arrived in America.  During my first year in high school, and while sneaking around with my husband "Todd" [then boyfriend] "Lady T" made out times together ones we will never forget.  Actually, it was "Lady T" and her personal partner and very good friend Funk Superstar - the legendary "Rick James."  

I fondly recall the day one of the 1970s through the 1980s Washington DC's popular Radio Station "OK 100" dropped Rick and Teena's "Fire and Desire".  Wow, it was out of this world!!!!  I will never forget the highs I felt when "Lady T" belted out her lyrics in this song, [which was after Rick performed 2 verses prior  to her]  She sweetly sang: "Love them and leave them (oh). That's what I used to do.  Use and abuse them (whoa). Then I laid eyes on you. It was pain before pleasure (oh). That was my claim to fame With every measure. Tasted your teardrop stains, yeah." OMG, it was awesome and ohhhh so lovely!!!

From my recollection Teena released 13 studio albums, of which 6 went platinum on the US R&B Chart, and six altogether were gold.  From all accounts her 1984 single "Lovergirl" was her biggest hit that reached # 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. But to me all her songs were hits.  My all time favorite Teena Marie song is "Deja Vu - I was here before", the lyrics are outstanding and absolutely beautiful.  

"I Used To Be A Queen You Know. On An Island By The Sea. With Rainbow Colored People, Hah! Happy As Can Be.  We Never Had A Problem.  There Never Was A Care.  The Love Was Ever flowing And It's Feeling Shared.  And I Can Feel This for Sure……….Yes I Have.  I Can Feel It.  In My Heart I Feel It!.  I Can Feel It.  My Soul Feels Like the Universe.  The Baskin Never Ends.  The Stars To Me Are Children.  The Babies Are My Friends."

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Todd's favorite is "Casanova Brown".  There is one more of Teena's song I love quite a bit which is entitled "Happy" [This was a duet with Rick James and it was released in 1982.]  Gosh, that too is truly a lovely song!!!

Teena Marie "Lady T" made a tremendous impact in the music scene on her way to fame, and she was indeed an incredible singer, a strong woman, a great mother and even a fighter who made history.  In-fact, she sued Motown Records in a landmark court case in 1982 for nonpayment of royalties.  After a long costly battle with Motown, she won her case.  As a result of this lawsuit, a "Teena Marie Bill" was passed by The US Congress [Which is still in legislation today to protect artists' rights.]  On of the things the bill states is that a label cannot legally keep an artist contractually bound if they refuse to release their records.

May Teena Marie "Lady T" rest in peace.  We will forever enjoy her music, and it will always melt our hearts.  May her family and friends obtain comfort from the lovely memories they built together. 

 

 

As I close for this weekend, I want to also send our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Sir Ellis Clarke, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago 1976.  Sir Ellis passed away during the Christmas Holidays on December 30th, 2010; and many in Trinidad are observing his contributions to the country.  Click here to read a Special Message/Note from The Trinidad and Tobago Embassy of Washington DC.  

Our friend Mr. Hollis Lashley have sent us a piece he wrote for his "FlashPoint" Segment This piece is dedicated to the loss of his friend and colleague - Mr. Billy Jones, who played for the Howard Bisons Soccer team, and was an Assistant Coach under the great Lincoln Phillips.  Please read Mr. Lashley's touching words and dedication to his dear friend!!!  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 contact Mr. Lashley at the following phone number: 202-299-8638.  Please remember Mr. Lashley welcome your Comments or Suggestions?

 


 

Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy

My Alma Mater’s Bell!

I heard my Alma Mater’s voice

Opening its pealing throat to me;

With sounds which once more brought me home,

To walk down lanes of memory.

On Howard hill, where Founder stands,

Those many hours that I spent

Pursuing knowledge, deeply stacked,

To try to grasp what ideas meant.

For friendships wrought across the world;

To forge a link in mankind’s plan;

For ideals sifted through the mind

Of wisdom, showing how we can.

East meeting west, north crossing south;

A world distilled on Howard hill.

The chains of bondage loosed and free,

Marks visions raised with burnished will.

To pass those exams, then to learn,

That it is now the tasks begin.

To hear my Alma mater’s bell

Appeal to all that’s good within.

Hollis Lashley. © 2010.

 


 

Finally, I say to you once again [for a 2nd week] I wish for you joy, peace, happiness and gratitude in response to all things.   Additionally, we wish you good Health, wealth, Love of friends and family, and Blessings for the New Year 2011.   Yes, I/we wish you the best of everything... that you so well deserve.  Happiness and prosperity to you for 2011!

As usual I ask you to always comment regarding this commentary or any of my past E-Newsletter commentaries from our "Arious Grapevine" ; and I thank you for all the intriguing and thought provoking comments you send me on a regular basis.  As usual, I am eager to hear your thoughts on all I have written above, and even in the past; so I look forward to having you share them with me: susan@ariousentertainment.us.  Oh, I almost forgot to mention to you that we are in the process of giving our website a "facelift".  Bear with us until it is completed.

 

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