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Oh dear, did we have a treat last weekend!  I would say it was a great ending to our vacation!  Yup, last Saturday we spent a lovely evening enjoying legendary Jazz singer Denise Thimes, and GOSH it was marvelous.  In fact, she was awesome and so were the great jazz musicians who accompanied her.

 You know, throughout the years we have been so involved with Caribbean music that we somehow lost touch with some of the great musicians that have touched our lives in some form or another.  And, “oh what we’ve been missing!” 

This legend of a jazz singer originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and daughter of St. Louis Popular R & B Radio personality Lou “Fatha” Thimes; has sang for DeniseThimes&PresidentGWBush.JPG (28366 bytes)First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as Queen Elizabeth [ who had picked Ms. Thimes to perform at a private function;] and she has even performed for President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.  

Ms. Thimes was truly remarkable with her entertaining smooth rhythmic vocal style.  PinkMicrophoneWithCurtainPink.jpg (9133 bytes)I found she got to the heart of the songs she performed, and she certainly moved me with her vocal octaves of range.  Umm, her voice blended so perfectly, and oh so irresistibly as she sang some of our favorites: “My Funny Valentine”; “Take All of Me”; “You Give Me Fever”; “At Last” and the classic  The A-Train”.  I actually saw a little baby girl who could barely walk dancing throughout her performances.  It was awesome to see!

Jazz-GreatMusic.JPG (10320 bytes)Despite all the events we had on our calendar to attend that evening, I am glad we settled on Ms. Thimes performance.  It was an absolutely dynamic evening of jazz performed by a marvelous singer, in a fabulous atmosphere, and with superb drinks.  

Ms. Thimes next performance in the states will be in her hometown of St. Louis, MO on October 28th, where she will perform at her late mother’s foundation for Pancreatic Canter “The Mildred Thimes Foundation 6th Annual Benefit Concert for Pancreatic Cancer-Tribute to Barbara Streisand”, and then she’s off to Bangkok, Thailand performing for the next 4 months.   

I have included a video of a performance of Ms. Denise Thimes with Singer/Songwriter Michael McDonald at a Benefit Concert in July of this year.  You’ll certainly see how fabulous and talented she is.  Perhaps you will be able to check her out (if you have not seen her) when she returns to the United States.  Click on the picture to the right to view, (Courtesy of YouTube).  



Ops, let me back up for a minute and share with you a little of our vacation.  Wow, it was really cool, truly relaxing, and quite lovely.  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!] 

We chilled in the “Theme Park Capital of the world” at a splendid hotel, [and LOL…didn’t even visit a theme park…LOL!]  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 unstable economy.  

Art.JPG (27951 bytes)SueandPanman-OrlandoTrip-October10-13.2010 018.JPG (89398 bytes)We 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 Children.  We did squeeze in some bar hopping and enjoyed great happy hours.     What fun…it was simply fantastic!   Our little time away was short, but certainly sweet!!!  Below are just a few photos we captured of the lovely art we had an opportunity to view.

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Help For Today...Hope For Tomorrow!

In my most recent E-Newsletters, I shared with you that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), and the NBCAM is celebrating 26 years of awareness, education and empowerment.

Therefore, 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 and beyond.  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 eradicated.

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.  www.komen.org.  To learn more about sponsorship opportunities CLICK HERE, for fundraisers CLICK HERE, and other ways to support including donating nationally CLICK HERE, and finally to volunteer CLICK HERE!  For additional Details call: 1-800-ACS-2345 to request a free breast cancer information packet. Or Log on to: (1) http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org; (2)  http://www.komenmd.org, (3) www.komen.org or (4) http://ww5.komen.org/




October is 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.  TO READ PRESIDENT BARACK H. OBAMA'S PROCLAMATION FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. 

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 Tom.)  Dinner was enjoyable, but to me the conversation was interesting and sad. 

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]. 

Rose 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.  She 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 blessed.  She 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 problem.

Did 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 behaviors.]

In 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.)

Domestic 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.  

Even 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).

Any 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 groups.

Studies 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.

If you 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?  

Help is 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 website: www.ndvh.org.

If you 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; (2) www.endabuse.org; and (3) www.nnedv.org 

Local Hotlines: MARYLAND - www.oag.state.md.us/Family/dvhotlines.htm; and WASHINGTON DC: 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 following: Help for Battered Men or  www.menweb.org/battered/gjdvdata.htm 




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 “Puppy Love”. 

"Puppy 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 Oliver Samuels.

The plot 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 crisis.

Mr. 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  Jamaica Observer.

"Puppy 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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Keep in mind PanMasters Steel Orchestra 25th Anniversary Concert is only a week away.  

It takes place on Saturday, October 30th, 2010.  Please make arrangements to attend this very special event and to celebrate with PanMasters.  

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Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy

Flashpoint is 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" log on to: http://www.xlibris.com or http://www.holislashley.com

Feeling and Freeing!

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.

I mention 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 other.

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.

From the deepest perspectives of our heart and soul, Zukav reminds us that

“The 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.

Tagore, with 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,

we will 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 universe.

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.

Hollis P. Lashley, © 2010.

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Here is a quick update on Reggae Superstar Buju Banton"  [Mr. Mark Anthony Myrie

He 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)

No specific 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 announced soon.

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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Have an enjoyable and fantastic weekend, and we will certainly vibe some more with you next week.

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