the spirit of love! Express and show that special
someone in your life or the special people in your life
that you love and care for them dearly!
been several weeks since we have connected
with you our on-line family, and we have
missed it tremendously.
Be assured we have good reasons for
not connecting, which we will share with
much has taken place during this time. Actually,
many of you know that we are currently
dealing with 30-40 inches of snow that has
covered our area, and we have been stuck
in the house for some time.
You can just imagine how seriously
I am suffering from cabin fever.
The first storm (Blizzard)
arrived on last Friday and dropped
approximately 27 inches of snow in my
area, and the 2nd started on
Tuesday throughout Wednesday and dropped
approx. 15 more inches.
I can’t wait for this white stuff
to melt, which I know will take months.
The snow is absolutely gorgeous but
driving has been horrendous.
Walking too has been difficult, so
our dog has been living a miserable life
for a week (the 2 times a day walk had to
have been digging and shoveling snow
throughout the storms, and today
(Thursday-2/10) with the sun out our
digging was quite easy; actually, seeing
pavement is a wonderful thing.
On the other hand our entire front
yard is a mountain of snow, and the back
porch/deck will be unusable for some time.
the beautiful tall pine trees that lined
our back yard have all fallen down, which
I’m not very pleased about, but clearly
“mother nature” did her thing!
seriously thing a tornado or something on
that level came through and knocked these
strong trees down, but it is truly amazing
Well, as I sit here writing I must
admit I am loving the sound of the
tap…tap…tap of the melting
snow, and from time to time I would hear a
coming from different sides of the house,
which is the snow falling off the roof.
I am just glad it has warmed up
immensely today, and this white stuff is
melting very nicely.
wishes to send a special “shout
out” and a “big up” to Maryland
Governor Martin O’Malley and all of
the state highway crews who have cleaned
the highways shoulder to shoulder from
Hagerstown to Baltimore.
Todd says "it is amazing
that the road conditions have improved
drastically from 4pm on Wednesday to 1pm
sweet…sweet Trinidad is where we have
been for about a week.
We pretty much dropped everything
and ran away to Trinidad to celebrate our
25th wedding anniversary, as
well as our 7th year of
connecting, sharing and networking with
you through this weekly E-Newsletter.
As for our trip, of
course my family was ecstatic and so were
days and nights were surrounded by music,
laughter, chatter (old talk), drinks, food
We really had a fantastic time just
“liming” with the family, enjoying the
walks across the street from my Mom’s
home to the parlor to buy a few beers at a
time, enjoying the different beaches we
visited, enjoying just about everything
about my home.
and I found ourselves succumb by my
darling baby nieces, who are extremely
Their little voices still
ring in our ears “Aunty
Susan…Uncle Todd…”, and there
screams of joy touched our heart every
time (truly a blissful feeling).
couldn’t help but insist we stop
everyday at a store to purchase them
something or another.
Honestly, I never thought we would
enjoy kids as much as we did (So very
scary…I see we are changing quite a bit.)
routine was breakfast at our hotel, a stop
at the store for gifts, and directly to
Tacarigua to spend our days and nights
LOVELY…SO VERY LOVELY!
that the island is preparing for Carnival
our itinerary was full with parties
(fetes), all inclusive events, concerts,
panorama, etc. and some got done.
We spent time in St. James and
stopped in “Smokey
and Bunty “ for a drink or two.
Of course the festive atmosphere at
this popular spot was fantastic, folks
beating their irons, singing, drinking and
just having a real good time.
Many of the Steel Pan tents were
active (of course), and it was a pleasure
listened to them as they practiced for the
All the fetes were full to capacity
especially the “Licencing fete” in
Port of Spain.
Massive crowds were spilled out in
the streets trying to get into the venue,
and live music was always coming from all
parts of Port of Spain.
My Gosh, the hit soca tune by JW
and Blaze “Palance” was rocking
the entire island. Every
radio station we tuned into was playing
this song, the fetes, bars, cars, and
everyone was singing “Palance…Palance…Palance”
even the kids were loving it.
To those who traveled home for Carnival
(which is taking place this weekend and on
Monday and Tuesday of next week), please
enjoy this festive occasion and take a
jump and "wine" for me. (Carnival
drawing above is courtesy of Brian Wong
As the fun ended and
we headed back home (US) I ran into a
problem going through immigration in
Florida, which I will share with you
sometime soon (after I get to the bottom
of the problem.)
Actually, we were devastated over
the problem because I am a law abiding
resident, and I/we were dragged into a
room for many long hours not knowing why
and with no idea what was going to happen.
It was very infuriating!
However, we are back home and I am
glad to be back in front of the computer.
Oh, by the way, I need to find an
immigration attorney right away, so if
there is someone out there, please know I
need your help!
If a clean cut person like myself,
who is a law abiding resident, and who is
always thinking about others/people first,
then I know it can happen to many of you.
On the home front, a little before we
left for Trinidad we were invited by a friend to be a
part of a group whose main purpose is to raise funds to
help Haiti, and we are pleased to be a part of the “DC
Caribbean Promoters for Haiti” (DCPH).
We held the first fundraiser last Thursday, and
it was good. However,
now I see many members of the group (DCPH) are branching
off and are doing their own Haiti fundraising events.
Indeed the main goal is to help Haiti, but I was
under the impression that we came together as a group to
pull our resources together, as well as our strengths
collectively to make all our efforts toward helping
Haiti a strong and successful one.
We have actually been approached to endorse
different events, and of course we have endorse them
because IT’S ALL FOR HAITI, but it’s very weird for
us to see that the members are doing their own
thing…very weird indeed. Actually it’s getting
to the point that it seems folks are trying to outdo
each other, or even for some sort of fame.
No disrespect to any of the members! However, I
have a question: If these members are
doing their events for Charity to Haiti and not for
profit, then why are these events done separately and
not as a collective?
I guess my comment here will give folks reasons
to begin with the hating…so hate on people hate on!!
I urge you to continue
praying for Haiti, and continue giving.
February and it’s Black History Month!
An important time to commemorate
African-Americans who have changed the
Even though just about ½ the month
is gone, we must celebrate the rich
history of our black leaders, martyrs,
activists, politicians, educators,
doctors, lawyers, preachers, business
owners and even the many who dedicated
their life and time building this country
and sacrificing everything for their
though, we are living through the biggest
thing that would ever happen in Black
History – the 44th President
of the United States.
President Barack Obama celebrated
his 1st year as our 44th
President some weeks ago, and my heart
still flutters every time I look up from
my computer and see his face on TV with
the capture “President Obama”.
His recent “State Of The Union”
address moved me immensely, and I am glad
he focused directly on the fighting and
opposition he is enduring from the
"right wing" Republican party.
Racism is so still so very prominent
though, because this man’s color of his
skin clearly is a factor in the opposition
The activities of the “Tea
Party” concerns me greatly, as well as
the nasty rants and comments from the
conservative radio hosts.
I wish they would just GET OVER IT
and move on, and work together with the
President for us the people- the
citizens and residents of the United
Black History, please celebrate with your
family and friends; teach your kids about
all what our black leaders and people have
accomplished, invented, fought for, died
for, and is still working hard towards.
Black History began in 1926, when Dr.
Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard Ph.D.,
initiated "Negro History
Week." Dr. Woodson, a historian,
chose the second week in February
because it included the birthdays of Frederick
Douglass and Abraham
Lincoln. In 1976, the Bicentennial
(200th birthday) of the U.S.A., the
week-long observance was extended to
the entire month of February in order
to have enough time for celebratory
programs and activities.
the following picture to view
President Obama's State of the Union
Address. He spoke before Congress on
January 27, 2010 - Courtesy
of CBS and powered by "You
Tube" (1 hr.-9 mins-& 19 Secs,)
the Honorable Rex Nettleford,
Vice-Chancellor emeritus of the University
of West Indies passed away recently (Feb.
2nd) and his passing comes with great
sorrow and regret, because he was a great
educator, an international icon, a
professor, writer, dancer, manager,
orator, critic and mentor and made major
extraordinary contributions. We wish to
express our condolences to his family,
friends and to all who loved him dearly.
The Professor was a cultural icon of
Jamaica. He died n a US Hospital in
Wash. DC a day before his 77th birthday,
after suffering a massive heart attack. It
was reported he never regained
consciousness after the heart
attack. Click on the Professor's
photo to learn more about him. Click
here to read a wonderful tribute to
Professor Nettleford - Courtesy of the
Jamaican Gleaner News Public Affairs
Entitled "Royal Black, A tribute
to Rex". Published February 7, 2010
6, 2010, was the birth date of Bob Marley.
Had he been alive he would have turned 65
years old. We celebrate him and all
he has done for reggae music
is the birth month of Reggae Superstar
Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley -
Singer, Composer, and Guitarist was born
in Nine Miles, Jamaica, and grew up in
Kingston's rough Trenchtown District.
Bob’s music is timeless and it’s
crossed many boundaries.
His words are prophetic, and in the
times we are going through now with all
the war and crime, this is the type of
music we need to guide and uplift us.
Sometimes, it seems as the words in
Bob Marley’s songs had to have come from
a higher place, because they are so
“deep” and meaningful.
Reggae music on a whole has the
power to uplift and unify the world.
I close, I wish all of you
Love is patient and kind.
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
Love does not demand its own way.
Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of
when it has been wronged. It is never glad about
injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always
hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Love will last forever
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a
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