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The end of
October is here, and you know what that means…right?
Halloween, magnificent fall, the beginning of the festive
season; and for this year it’s all about the Mid-Term elections!
fascinating celebration of "Halloween"
is so anticipated by numerous amounts of us, and at times I am
extremely bewildered by the entire idea.
However, year after year I find myself marveled by the concept.
Hum, a day/night set aside to celebrate and bring into our
present and historical imaginations: spirituality, death and
religious beliefs. Moreover,
it is connected to; and symbolizes death (haunted houses, ghosts,
graveyards, skeletons); evil and misfortunes (witches,
goblins, black cats, spiders) and harvest (pumpkins,
scarecrows, corn stocks, candy corn, bonfires, and all sorts of candy
on a whole).
what it symbolizes; adults are thrilled about this holiday, and
children simply adore it. In
fact, decorating your home in a spooky or harvest theme is fun for
many, as well as dressing up in your favorite costume and transforming
into your favorite character for the night.
Children on the other hand truly think it is awesome, and love
the concept of being “costumed down” and going to each of
their neighbor’s home (door to door) “Trick-or-Treating”
and receiving enormous amounts of candy.
As my husband and
I discussed his memories of Halloween as a child, I was fascinated to
discover that he never really liked Halloween.
He explained the concept of dressing up and “begging”
for candy was never intriguing to him.
He further explained: “being a privileged child I had all
the candy I ever needed and wanted 365 days of the year; so it was
simply unappealing to me
to go out and practically beg for candy 1 day out of the year”.
He however stated, he always enjoy the Halloween parties at his
school, because it broke the metonymy of the normal classroom setting.
LOL..ok…oK, to be quite honest my husband has always
been different, so this isn’t really a surprise…LOL!!
For me though,
there are no memories of Halloween as a child; because Halloween was
not celebrated in my country (Trinidad) when I as a child (LOL…way
back then). However,
as an adult living in this country, I have always loved seeing the
little kiddies in their adorable costumes.
Therefore, the decorating of my home in a harvest theme is
completed (for some weeks now); and I can’t wait to greet the little
lovelies who come to my door in whatever costume they are adorn in - -
I will certainly get my “scared act on”, while
filling their baskets and bags with candy.
leave you with a little poem I wrote last year for Halloween.
If you celebrate Halloween I hope you will enjoy it, and most
importantly I hope you take every precaution to be safe. Have a
happy and fun filled Halloween!!!
Time is here...A spooktacular time of year! A fun time
for kids as they move ghostly without fear from house to
house adorned in masks and costumes singing happily
Give Me Something Good To Eat. Give Me Candy, Give Me Cake.
Give Me Something Sweet to Take!"
little eyes sparkling as they sing so sweetly, and how
gratified they are of your false ghastly expression of gory.
A bid of good night rings out in song as they skip along
their shadowy way to frighten another one. With joy in
their hearts and thoughts of good eats, they can't wait to
get indoors to tear open their treats.
By Susan Mangatal
Mid-Term Elections will be taking place in the next few days, and
according to all the reports from every media outlets: “The
Republicans will be taking back control of the House”; and that
is, if we decide NOT TO VOTE. We
simply can’t afford to let this happen. Therefore,
I feel the following video is appropriate to share with you.
It’s of our First Lady Michelle Obama telling us the importance
of voting in the Mid-Term Elections.
Please view this interesting video by clicking on the Picture
below and GO OUT AND VOTE!!!!
This past weekend was absolutely
amazing!!! Setting out with no plan, maps or GPS on a journey to White
Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, last Saturday was awesome.
This afforded us the special opportunity to witness the lovely
sights of nature. And umm,
it was absolutely beautiful observing FALL in all its splendor!
Indeed it was quite a sight, as we drove through the mountains of
Maryland and Virginia at some pretty high elevations; observing the
changing leaves on the tress in their brilliant and magnificent colors
of reds, purples, orange and yellows.
Gee…it was so very lovely!!!
After some hours driving we
arrived at the popular fall foliage viewing spot “Skyline Drive” and
decided to deviate from our plan, but was halted by the enormous amounts
of traffic trying to get on the Drive.
We figured we would continue with our plan and found ourselves at
the doorsteps of The Luray Caverns, but was unable to spend some time
visiting because our excited Pet insisted on taking the trip with us.
(No pets allowed).
continued on with our journey, but once we stopped for a late lunch in
Woodstock, Virginia, we realized how late it had become; and we decided
to turn around and head back to our home.
The last stop we made before heading directly home was at
Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, and every time we visit this historical
area the beauty takes my breathe away.
Truly, the sights along our drive were incredibly picturesque,
not to mention how wonderful the day was with the pleasant cool and crisp breeze blowing through our
vehicle. It most certainly
was a glorious and fun day for us.
If you haven’t checked out “Skyline Drive” in the Fall
season yet, you must do so! You
are in for a spectacular treat!!!!
loveliness of the day continued into the evening as we decided to check
out Trinidad’s own “Pal Joey Lewis & his Orchestra” at
the Crossroads Entertainment Complex.
And what a marvelous show it was!!!!
First off, the
club was beautifully decorated in the colors of Trinidad and Tobago's
Flag (Red, Black and White), and the mood and setting was
fact, for the night the atmosphere was like a Supper Club featuring a
big band (Orchestra). My husband Todd was absolutely pleased with
the beautiful intimate and relaxing setting of the club, and shared his
thoughts with Management. Todd was quickly reminded by Management
that they (he and management) had discussed what the setting of
the club should be for this event, in great detail some weeks before the
performance. Gosh, drinks were in abundance; so you can just
imagine how tight I had to hang on to the bed and how much I prayed that
the bed would stop spinning so badly. Woohoo...Ha...Ha...Ha! (Picture
to the right is of MC and Radio Host Mr. Mattei and Pal Joey
Joey Lewis is a legendary musician from Trinidad who introduced some
new things to the local music scene. He began his career in music
at the very early age of 10, and started his own band at age 16.
This fantastic guitarist Mr. Lewis created some great music
throughout the years, and has performed with his Orchestra around the
world. Mr. Lewis created a beat he called the "Saga Thing";
which was very popular because of his unique style of strumming the
guitar, which emphasized the beat. Due to the popularity of the
beat, the "Saga Thing" dance was soon created,
and was the biggest rave in the dancehalls in Trinidad and Tobago.
Joey Lewis has done recordings with top calypsonians such as The
Mighty Sparrow, Duke, Terror, Shorty, Chalkdust and Singing
Francine. He has performed on Scouting For Talent, won Brass-o-Rama
in 1979 and the Best Playing Band on the road for Carnival. For 20
years his bad has brightened up the streets of Port of Spain for
you would ask me what band I would compare Pal Joey Lewis and his
Orchestra to. Without a doubt to me it would be the Legendary
Byron Lee & The Dragonaires. His performance, was
similar as well.
it was a lovely night of dancing in a beautiful comfortable
setting. Where ever you are in the world and you hear Pal Joey
Lewis and his Orchestra is in your town, please make arrangements to
attend his show.
We brought our
marvelous weekend to a close by attending the Oliver Samuels play
“Puppy Love”, at The University of District of Columbia in
Washington DC; and OHHH, WHAT A FANTASTIC PLAY IT WAS….CHEERS!!!!
play was really very good, very well written and directed; and the
actors were excellent.
We arrived a bit
late, and therefore missed a little of the beginning.
However, it was easy to follow along, and to get caught up on the
Even though the
play was very funny (typical Oliver style), to me it was very
intriguing, and very thought provoking. Yes, the script was truly “deep”, and the set design, as
well as the music used throughout the play was splendid.
Patrick Brown really focused on important elements of humanity, and all
sides of the interesting situations the characters portrayed.
Needless-to-say, he really brought out the acting ability, range
and motivation of the cast. Through humor I truly saw the normal humanity of our everyday
life; I felt the pains and passions, was angered by the betrayals,
justified and applauded the decisions during some precarious situations,
and understood and accepted the thought provoking end ~~~ while
laughing, and laughing, and laughing all the way through this fantastic
play. I must confess though, I found myself seriously focusing
deeply on the words of what the Character “Denise” stated
about marriage in 2 of the scenes.
[Being that I have been married for 25 years.]
It was profound in my opinion!
Again, I must say the script is amazing, clearly the writer did
an excellent job.
Sorry to be so vague about the
actual events or plot, but the producers of the play “Everybody’s
Magazine” informed us that this is the final weekend of performances;
and it will be running in the New York Tri State area, and I know it is
heading to Atlanta soon as well. So out of courtesy, I will not
talk in detail about this play. I
honestly WILL NOT spoil the excitement for the many of our New York Tri
State Area and our Atlanta on-line family who have not seen this play
yet. However, I urge you to
check it out. It is
awesome. Moreover, the
script is amazing, as well as the actors and actresses Dahlia
Harris, Natalee Cole, Oliver Samuels and Earle Brown.
I do want you to
share your thoughts with me after you see the play.
Let me know if any of the topics touched
the way, we
at Arious join in congratulating the director of “Puppy Love” Mr.
Trevor Nairne for receiving “The Order of Distinction Award”
(Jamaica’s Highest National Award) for his contributions to the
development of the theater in Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean.
Performances of "Puppy Love" will be in the following areas:
Oct. 29, 8pm, York College Performing Arts Center, Queens, NY
(718) 941-1879 ($45)
Oct. 30, Cicely Tyson Performing Arts School, 35
Winans St. (off Main Street), East Orange, NJ (973) 676-5066
Sunday, Oct. 31, 6pm,
(718) 941-1879 ($48, $43, $39)
are available for all performances and for more info: www.everybodysmag.com
-- (718) 941-1879
inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy
is presented By Mr. Hollis “Flash”
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
AN EMPOWERING FAMILY!
a family involves the need at times, to sacrifice being right, and to
seek to understand another, so that the family unit remains intact.
a family involves the need to develop an ability by its members to
understand that unity is strength.
a family means providing whatever support individual members may need,
so that they may develop into someone better.
family provides opportunities for empowerment by supporting each other;
and provides possibilities
for moving beyond perceived difficulties, by providing models of coping
through Faith based practices and open, truthful communications.
family is not just a collection of individuals who inhabit a common
abode, and who may be related by blood. There must be someone who is not
afraid to make the kinds of decisions which could ultimately lead in the
direction of empowerment. A family has clear leadership, defines and
clarifies the roles of its members, and holds each other accountable for
the growth of the unit in positive ways.
may be biologically related to each other, or may be related by simply
having a common purpose. If such a purpose is constructive enough to
benefit the growth of others in positive ways, then we have the nucleus
of a unit which can empower the group, the organization, the society,
and ultimately the world.
empower growth or entropy, love or fear, living or dying. Which do you
choose in this, your family?
prayer is that in this family you have decided to provide the means for
preparing your members to lead and to guide a household, an
organization, a city, a government, a country or a world; so that we
influence the family of man to evolve towards perfection in physical,
psychological and spiritual ways at all times. And so it is.
Patrick Lashley. © 2010.
Lashley, Author, Gifts From the Heart
Need an Uplift? Visit www.HollisLashley.com
Find Inspiration, Motivation, Spirituality
For Copies of "Gifts From the
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week we lost a legendary reggae superstar (Gregory Isaacs), a
good friend and community leader (Ms. "Peasie"), Prime
Minister (David Thompson) and popular Trinidadian Singer "Blazer
at Arious are saddened to hear the news of the passing of these
wonderful folks, and we would like to extend our deepest condolences and
heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends, supporters, and fans of
Reggae Legend Gregory Isaacs, The Honorable Prime Minister of
Barbados David Thompson, Community leader and friend Ms.
Geraldine L. Adams "Peasie"; and Trinidad's musician
Mr. Troydan Cruickshank aka "Blazer
Gregory Isaacs "The Cool Ruler",
I have a world of memories about this Legend of a reggae singer.
Gosh, I remember the many occasions in the early days where we excitedly
attended his concerts and he was a NO SHOW. However, as he got his
life together and began touring again, every show we attended was
awesome. I particularly remember one show in Baltimore at the 8x10
Club where he performed with the awesome band Live
Wyya, and Gregory was fantastic; and it was my favorite show.
I am truly pleased that we were able to see him earlier this year at our
friend (WPFW Radio Host) Mr. Tony Carr's Tribute, where Gregory
on Gregory's picture above to view a live performance of his most famous
song "Night Nurse" or click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyEP_st9csI.
Additionally, you can click on the following link to listen to an
exclusive interview with Gregory "The Cool Ruler" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS9_xhEU_-0
(Courtesy of, and powered by YouTube).
dear friend GERALDINE L. ADAMS "Peasie" was a
lovely person who was very active in our community. Ms. Peasie
was such a wonderful person to work with, very strong, very committed
and had a great personality. One of Ms. Peasie's dearest
friend was Singer Marvin Gaye Jr.; and soon after the death of
her dear friend Marvin, she decided to sponsor local events in
his memory to showcase talent in and around the D.C. area for all who
inspired to be recognized. One of her famous local events/festival
(she produced) was the popular annual Marvin Gaye Jr. Appreciation Day,
which was observed every year in June. Her dream was to have the
Watts Playground named in honor of Marvin Gaye, Jr.; which was
accomplished during her lifetime. Yes, she lived to see her dream
have fond memories of Ms. Peasie, who always took the time to commend us
on the good works we are doing in the community (as she stated).
I sit here smiling as I remember all the occasions she showed up at my
place of work or business to make sure she personally gave me her flyers
for her events. Most importantly, her style of dress was awesome
(she was always adorn in flashy clothing such like a rock star).
REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND.
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keep in mind the 25th Anniversary Concert of Pan Masters Steel
Orchestra, taking place on Saturday, October 30, 2010. Log on to
their site for details www.panmasters.com.
an enjoyable and fantastic weekend, and we will certainly vibe some more
with you next week.
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