let me back up for a minute and share with you a little of
Wow, it was really cool, truly relaxing, and quite
Just getting away from the normal grind, hectic
business schedule (along with the business joys and woes,)
as well as the day-to-day madness; was really very nice!!
In fact, it was totally different from the norm [Liming,
jumping and wining at the Caribbean Carnival in Miami!]
chilled in the “Theme Park Capital of the world” at a
splendid hotel, [and LOL…didn’t even visit a theme
However, we checked out the surroundings of our old
hometown and business location.
We focused on some of the growth of this thrilling
city, as well as the disturbing devastating effects of the
spent quite a bit of time walking, viewing art
(contemporary, modern and traditional); and hung out in
trendy Winter Park sipping wine, enjoying delectable foods
and listening to great relaxing music.
Additionally, we visited friends and chatted over
drinks while enjoying their overly brilliant Grand
We did squeeze in some bar hopping and enjoyed
great happy hours.
fun…it was simply fantastic!
Our little time away was short, but certainly
are just a few photos we captured of the lovely art we had an opportunity to
For Today...Hope For Tomorrow!
my most recent E-Newsletters, I shared with you that
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM),
the NBCAM is celebrating 26 years of awareness,
education and empowerment.
I urge you to continue supporting the fight to treat and
ultimately cure Breast Cancer.
We must continue supporting the research, as well
as the important groundbreaking educational campaigns, and
the many cancer walks in cities across the United States
We must continue bringing awareness to the
detection, and specifically emphasizing on the prevention
(preventive approach against the disease); as well
as the treatments (the improvement of therapy, and the
improvement of using more effective diagnostic tools.)
Most importantly, we certainly must continue with our
commitment to raise funds to help provide awareness,
education early detection, mammograms, genetic testing and
research, patient advocacy and support services to
thousands and thousands of women and men who are affected
by this dreadful disease right here in our communities.
Indeed, We must keep fighting diligently until this
disease is eliminated!
I am so very proud of
the hard work and dedication I see from my peers, and I
commend and applaud them, along with the many advocates
and survivors; as well as the men and women who are
fighting this disease on a daily basis.
I also pledge my support to breast health
awareness, the education, research, screening and
referrals, so that this disease is not the life
threatening disease it is today, in-fact until it is truly
Susan G. Koman For
The Cure Foundation promises: “To
save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering
people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing
science to find the cures.
To learn more about sponsorship
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PINK, RAISE FUNDS AND FIGHT BREAST CANCER!
such an important month when it comes to bringing
awareness to some incredibly important issues, and this
month in addition to Breast Cancer Awareness; it is also
dedicated to bringing awareness to Domestic Violence.
Therefore, October 2010 is the 23rd Annual Observance of
National Domestic Violence Awareness. This is observed
across the country. National, state, and community
organizations for violence prevention and victim services,
businesses, health care providers, and others mark the
month with educational programs, recognition and memorial
ceremonies, community outreach, and other efforts.
READ PRESIDENT BARACK H. OBAMA'S PROCLAMATION FOR DOMESTIC
Gee, I had such a
surreal experience regarding this important issue while
traveling back from vacation.
You see, while enjoying a wine tasting on the means
of transportation we choose for our return home; I
couldn’t help but focus on a lovely elderly couple who
seemed extremely happy.
I further noticed how the husband was very
attentive to every one of his wife’s needs.
He provided everything to/for her and made sure she
was always comfortable.
As the evening progressed, we found ourselves again
casually talking to this couple along with others over
some more wine. Soon
dinner was served and again we were seated with this
couple who officially introduced themselves (Rose and
was enjoyable, but to me the conversation was interesting
Tom said he was
married for 53 years and Rose who was of
American-Indian decent said she was married for 57 years,
I soon realized they were newlyweds and the many years of
marriage they were referring to was with their previous
husband and wife [both deceased].
was in inspiration to me because I discovered she was a
strong woman, who lived 57 years of her life being abused
physically and mentally.
She had quite a number of kids with her pervious
husband who constantly abused her.
described in great detail several of the abusive
incidents, which was so very heartbreaking.
So much so that at one point I reached across the
table and touched her hands and asked: “Why?”
“Why did you accept the abuse…why didn’t you
seek help or even leave?” With
sadness in her eyes she stated that she just didn’t know
better, and that she was married young (so being abused
was all she knew).
Her husband was her provider and she was to obey,
love, honor and respect him until death do them part.
Which is what she obviously did.
She did share with me one incident after her
husband broke her jaw, where she tried to get help.
However, she explained back in her days no one
wanted to get involved, not even the authorities.
So she did what she had to do to survive the abuse and to care for, and protect her children. Amazing to
me she stayed married to her husband and endured the abuse/violence
until his death almost 2 years ago.
Her new husband Tom
she explained was a gift from above.
They both talked about their lovely relationship
and the joy of finding each other.
They talked in great length about their kids, and
how truly happy they are.
Tom in particular talked about the strength
of his wife…["my Rose" - as he calls her] and how much he adored her.
I share this experience
with you because someone walked into my life for a few
hours who endured several years of domestic violence.
A simple woman survived and was clearly truly
received the wonderful gift of true love, understanding,
laughter, and a magnificent husband who adores her.
However, many women are not as lucky or blessed as Rose;
nor do they survive. Oftentimes, sadly they lose
their lives. I know in some way this problem affects
us all, so it is extremely important to bring awareness to this
you know it's a fact that DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is about POWER
and CONTROL! Experts define it as a pattern of
abusive and controlling behavior that one partner uses
against another in an intimate relationship. [Behaviors
includes physical (battering/Family violence), sexual and
verbal abuse, economic coercion and other intimidating
fact, (1) Experts believe it is not about stress, anger or
"out of control" behavior but is instead a
choice. (2) Experts also believe men who batter
choose to use violence against, or seek to maintain power
over their partners, while using this power and control
tactics to commit their violent acts to their partners;
which of course is done to induce fear and intimidation.
(Keep in mind these violent acts are never done outside
the family setting.) (3) Another important fact
about Domestic Violence is: men who use violence against
their partners also can be abusive to their children;
if not abused physically, then they are used as another
tactic of abuse toward the mother. Actually,
most women try to deny the abuse, make excuses for it, and
they often hide it and don't even tell their families or
friends, because most women (foolishly) don't want to
leave their husbands, they simply just want the violence
to end. In many cases too, they hide it because of
the fair of being harmed more severely by their abusive
partners. They also fear if they are to tell someone they
would be encouraged to end the abusive relationship, which
leaves them contemplating some difficult issues/choices,
such as: threats of violence, intimidation, economic
dependence and concern for their children. As
we all know the risk of homicide increases when a victim
is attempting to separate from an abusive partner
(statistics and headlines have revealed murders and
murder/suicides takes place when a victim has filed for a
protective order or seeks divorce.)
Violence has crossed all barriers, all racial and economic
lines. Actually, chances are every one in this world
knows someone, even in their families, who has been
hurt by a spouse or loved one. The National Domestic
Violence Hotline's (NDVH) is focusing heavily on
prevention and intervention, they believe the best
solution for our nation's families is that they never
experience violence in the first place, and the purpose of
primary prevention efforts is to stop violence from
occurring in future generations and to leave a lasting
legacy of safety and respect within all families.
though there have been significant efforts for many
years to address the problem of domestic violence in our
nation, approximately 33 million+ women continue to
experience abuse every year (men's violence against
women). Mind you it's no longer just women
experiencing abuse, it has now expanded to include men,
many who are in same-sex relationships. There are
some cases where men who are in heterosexual
relationships become victims as well. Facts
indicate that women who are at greater risk for
experiencing violence from an intimate partner are young
women between the ages of 16-24, women living in poverty
(women with annual incomes of less than $10,000
experience significantly higher rates of violence).
violence taking place within a family or intimate
relationship is domestic violence. It includes abuse of
spouses, girlfriends and boyfriends, children, and
elderly people. Domestic violence cuts across all
socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, religious, and age
show that children who witness violence at home
experience behavioral problems and increased aggression,
have less developed social and conflict resolution
skills, and may suffer long-term developmental effects.
These youth are also at risk of engaging in future
violence and of being abused themselves. Researchers
have found that people who batter their partners are
also more likely to abuse their children.
are experiencing domestic abuse, or if you know of someone
who is experience domestic abuse, please do something to
stop it. There
are many resources for you to reach out to for help, such
as: battered women's shelters, community-based
organizations, activists within communities of color,
faith-based groups, government officials and even policy
makers, whom all have played a part in shaping our
nation's response to the violence. Intervention is
very important, so don't feel dreadful about intervening
you might be saving a life. Click on the following
for help: Do
You Know A Woman Being Battered?; Do
You Think You Might Be Abusing?
available to anyone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone
calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention,
safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in
all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access
to more than 170 languages through interpreter services.
If you or someone you know is frightened about something
in your relationship, please call the National Domestic
Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233)
or TTY 1−800−787−3224 or check their
want to read some more details on domestic violence visit
the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Site: http://dvam.vawnet.org
or check the Domestic Violence Hotline website: www.ndvh.org
or again feel free to call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or (TTY)
1-800-787-3224. You can also visit the following
sites: (1) www.menstoppingviolence.com;
and (3) www.nnedv.org
Hotlines: MARYLAND - www.oag.state.md.us/Family/dvhotlines.htm;
DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV): http://www.dccadv.org/dcdvresources.
Phone #'s are:
202-299-1181; DC Rape Crisis Center: 202-333-RAPE (7273);
Domestic Violence Support Center: 202-347-3090; Men Can
Stop Rape: 202-265-6530; SOS Center (DCCADV):
202-889-8878; and Domestic Violence against Men: click the
for Battered Men or www.menweb.org/battered/gjdvdata.htm
PURPLE TO BRING AWARENESS, AND TO HELP WITH STOPPING
As I bring this week’s
e-mail to a close, I want to remind you that the
Jamaica’s # 1 Comedian, and Undisputed King of Comedy - Mr.
Oliver Samuels will be in town
performing this weekend.
Oliver Samuels an acclaimed comedic actor has
appeared in numerous hit theatrical productions over his
40 years in theatre. Audiences across the world adore him,
and absolutely enjoys all the characters he effortlessly
brings to life in his plays.
This weekend, specifically on Sunday, October 24th,
Mr. Samuels will be performing in Washington DC at The
University of the District of Columbia in his new play
Love" is directed by Trevor Nairne and Patrick Brown
and stars (of course) Oliver Samuels, Dahlia Harris, Glen
Campbell, Earle Brown, Natalee Cole and Camille Davis.
A story of love and betrayal but, undoubtedly one
of the best and funniest plays from Patrick Brown and
revolves around a sultry and precocious 20 year old girl -
Karen “Kar Kar” Cross (Natalee Cole), who under the
influence of peer pressure, becomes romantically involved
with Dick (Oliver Samuels) - her father’s best friend
and business partner, who is fast approaching 60 years of
age. Poor Dick tries desperately to repel Karen’s
predatory advances, but weakens and gets sucked in by
Karen’s alluring and disarming charm and her stunningly
beautiful and nubile body. This romantic
intrigue creates a nightmare for her overly protective
father Harry Cross (Earle Brown) who when story comes to
“bump” swears that he has been double-crossed.
Needless to say the situation drives a deep and painful
wedge between the two men, and plunges Dick’s
thirty-year marriage to Denise (Dahlia Harris) into
Samuel commenting on his Character “Dick” in the
play Puppy Love stated recently in an interview: “I am so enjoying the character of Dick.
Some audience members hate me, some love me, some
are not sympathetic, but they are all very vocal - I
enjoy it. It is a role that has its highs and lows, the
audience has been so generous.” (A statement made to
SPLASH, and courtesy of the Jamaica Observer).
Click Here to read the entire article of Mr.
Oliver Samuels written by Cecelia Campbell-Livingston
and courtesy of The
Love" is fun...tantalizing, intriguing and
hilarious...Oliver at his best and so is Dahlia Harris;
one of the best actress on the Jamaican stage.
Magnificent directing and set design by Trevor Nairne.
Brilliant writing by playwright Patrick Brown.
Although it is a comedy, there are elements of seriousness
which explore friendships, love and family
relationships. This fantastic play has been sold out
wherever performances are held including Guyana and
Toronto, and an extra week was added to the UK tour.
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in mind PanMasters Steel Orchestra 25th
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Today I read
“Gitanjali” by Tagore, one of my favorite pieces of literature. I also
read a few excerpts from “Soul to Soul” by Zukav.
these books only to reinforce my passion for trying to understand myself
first from a spiritual perspective, and also to illustrate a lesson I
learned some time age with regards to responding to our feelings as victims,
or freeing ourselves from our self imposed battles with ourselves and each
This is not
to imply that I have totally given up fighting, but I at least choose which
battles I will fight, as there must be some measure of fun in these
activities at this stage of my existence. You may say I am getting old; I
say I am getting more mature, like fine Sherry.
If we should
look at the way our life unfolds, and if we should keep asking ourselves,
“Was this experience good or bad?” or “Was that action wrong or
right?” then we cause ourselves a great deal of grief and pain as we will
be forced to answer ourselves.
deepest perspectives of our heart and soul, Zukav reminds us that
experiences of your life are neither good nor bad. They are neither just nor
unjust. They are what they need to be, given the wisdom of the choices that
you have made.” Our experiences can provide opportunities for us to learn,
and to choose to do things differently if we are not satisfied with the
results we are getting.
his spiritually uplifting “Songs,” reminds us of the power of Deity and
Faith in the realms of what is not visible except through the Compassionate
acts of mankind, and an awareness of the giver of life.
Until we make
a shift from being Victim to becoming Victor over ourselves,
continue to blame something or somebody besides ourselves, for those
negative circumstances which we attract in our consciousness.
Perhaps we do have other lifetimes in which to learn, but as
for me; I now choose to look at this life as providing opportunities to
learn lessons from experiences which are specifically provided to help meet
my present needs, and as gifts of wisdom and compassion from a loving
One way or
another, our experiences either supports our growth or forces us to shift,
and one powerful question can encourage this shift toward empowerment; which
is, “What can I learn from this experience?” rather than “What is
right or wrong about this?”
Try it and
see if you like being somewhat freer, now.
Lashley, © 2010.
Lashley, Author, Gifts From the Heart
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is a quick update on Reggae Superstar “Buju Banton" [Mr.
Mark Anthony Myrie]
has been granted bail with serious restrictions.
Click the following link to read all the details: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Buju-offered-bail-under-strict-terms_8057855
(Courtesy of Jamaican Observer)
date has been set for his trial, but it has been announced it will be set to
take place sometime in December. I am sure the date will be set and
Continue keeping "Buju
B" in your prayers. Remember his new
album "Before The Dawn" was released
earlier this monnth, so
go out and purchase it!
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