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Arious Entertainment Group E-Newsletter 5/7/2010 - Our Mothers We Memorialize | I Dare To | De Happenings | More Fun Talks

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Greetings On-Line Family and Friends:  


Happy Mother's Day to all our Moms among our on-line family.  

In exactly 2 days we have the wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the great contributions of all the women in our lives and to show just how important they are to us.  These beautiful women who brought us into this world - giving us life; nurturing us as we grew; sacrificing pain, grief and sorrows just so that we are happy and secure; loving us throughout our life unconditionally.  The courage and grace our Mothers possess we certainly admire and respect, and this Sunday [May 9th] is a time to honor and show exactly how much we love and appreciate our Mothers.  They are truly a great gift from God!!!!  The below piece I wrote is a dedication to my Mother (Marva) and all the mothers in my life, and those among our on-line family. 

I honor you dear Mother●  ●  ●I adore you●  ●  ●I love you!

You have performed extraordinary deeds, made various sacrifices, shed lots of tears, and worked extremely hard so that my life growing up was comfortable, as well as my brothers.  Your strength●  ●  ● oh your strength and tenacity is beyond belief, and is truly inspirational to me. 

Because of your prayers and faith Mother my walk through life’s long and treacherous road has been somewhat easy.  Even though you have been across the seas, your heart has always been here with me.  That special Mother’s love always kept me going and helped me strive to reach my goals as I made my journey through life.

I honor you●  ●  ●I adore you●  ●  ●I love you!

Mother your wisdom has guided me through and through.  Most recently during my time of despair, your understanding, encouraging and loving words soothe my mind, soul and body.  I took your words to heart and followed everything you laid out for me, and it indeed gave me unbelievable comfort, and most importantly, strength.

That special memories, love and bond we share I know will be everlasting.  Oftentimes, as I look into your eyes during our visits, the pain you experienced and we shared always comes to the forefront, and once we reach for each others hand and proceed to clutch them tightly together; without a doubt we are connected and are at peace.  Words are rarely spoken during these special times, but we both know we are there for each other.

Undeniably you are merciful, and you are my friend and my hero.  Your perfect love have calmed my fears, restored my losses and renewed my spirit.  With the utmost of integrity I respect you, cherish you, and truly admire you.

Indeed Mother, I honor you●  ●  ●I adore you●  ●  ●I love you! 

You have enriched my life immeasurably and you are my joy and my comfort.  Mother, because of you - the exceptional woman you are, I am who I am.   May you be richly blessed on this day and always!!!

I truly honor you dear Mother●  ●  ●I adore you, and I Love you dearly!  HAPPY MOTHER's DAY!!!

by: Susan Mangatal



This week we are honored to introduce a poet, writer, composer and performer to our Arious Family.  Mr. Hollis [Flash] Lashley has been an important part of the Caribbean Community in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia areas, and has been one of our on-line family from the inception.  We are happy to present Mr. Lashley to you, and happy that he has expressed his wishes of being a regular contributor to our weekly E-Newsletter.

Hollis Lashley holds a graduate degree in psychology, and has performed his music and poetry at many venues throughout the U.S. He has appeared at many cultural festivals including The Smithsonian Institute, The St. Louis Museum, The Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Brooklyn Museum. He has hosted radio shows in the D.C. metro area, is an M.C, and has appeared in Eden and Smile Orange with the D.C. Black Repertory Co. He has read his poetry at several sacred space ceremonies and is a life long student of spirituality. He lives in Maryland with his thyme plant.  

Mr. Lashley is in the process of releasing a brand new book entitled Gifts from the Heart: Poems and Inspirational Writings.  This book is full if insights and wisdom and it offers an engaging read that will bring inspiration, comfort, and motivation to every reader.  Look out for this band new book, which is slated to be released in the next few weeks.  For more information on this book, please log on to www.xlibris.com   

Below is Hollis first contribution to what we call Flashpoint for our E-Newsletter.  A thought provoking piece entitled I dare to ●  ●  ●  ●    Please read and enjoy, and feel free to send comments.

I DARE TO ●  ●  ●  ●

I dare to dream of impossible things;

To believe that some of my important friends

Would return a phone call.

I dare to dream that other friends,

Especially my female Caribbean friends,

Would get vex less often,

Would smile more, forgive more,

And learn to really see Love

As the truth that it is,

And without confusing flattery with respect.

I dare to dream that one day,

One of the Cs in DCCC

Would mean Community,

And another one, Cooperation.

I dare to believe that the impossible

Becomes possible,

And the improbable happens.

I know for a fact,

That a continent is only

A much bigger island than

The one where I was born,

And that thoughts are things

Which are powerful enough

To transform our entire universe,

Even starting in a little island.

  I dare to dream that

Gossipers would learn to Love,

That fear would give way to Peace,

And that petty bickerings can cease.

I dare to believe that

Out of our many power struggles,

One Caribbean phoenix will rise

To peacefully soar

Into a future of Hope,

Peace and Love.

Yes! I dare to dream, and to believe

That my dream will

And must come to pass.

I dare to.

Hollis [Flash] Lashley - copyright (c) 2010


Cinco de Mayo for us this year was really nice, a bit quite but very nice.  For the 3rd straight year we hung out at our favorite Mexican restaurant in Columbia Maryland.  A funny and different thing we experienced was not having the same regular steak or chicken Fajita.  Imagine a Portobello Mushroom Fajita - umh...umh good, Todd enjoyed it immensely.  The atmosphere was really cool, and the guacamole dip, great veggies, chips and salsa were "off the hook".  I chilled on my favorite margaritas, but I had fun just the same.  We hope you too had a fantastic time for Cinco de Mayo.  Below I have listed a brief history of Cinco de MayoCourtesy of http://clnet.ucla.edu/cinco.html.

CincodeMayo-HistoryPic.jpg (3174 bytes)Cinco de Mayo is a date of great importance for the Mexican and Chicano communities. It marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Although the Mexican army was eventually defeated, the "Batalla de Puebla" came to represent a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism. With this victory, Mexico demonstrated to the world that Mexico and all of Latin America were willing to defend themselves of any foreign intervention. Especially those from imperialist states bent on world conquest.

Cinco de Mayo's history has its roots in the French Occupation of Mexico. The French occupation took shape in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War of 1846-48. With this war, Mexico entered a period of national crisis during the 1850's. Years of not only fighting the Americans but also a Civil War, had left Mexico devastated and bankrupt. On July 17, 1861, President Benito Juarez issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payments would be suspended for a brief period of two years, with the promise that after this period, payments would resume.

The English, Spanish and French refused to allow president Juarez to do this, and instead decided to invade Mexico and get payments by whatever means necessary. The Spanish and English eventually withdrew, but the French refused to leave. Their intention was to create an Empire in Mexico under Napoleon III. Some have argued that the true French occupation was a response to growing American power and to the Monroe Doctrine (America for the Americans). Napoleon III believed that if the United States was allowed to prosper indescriminantly, it would eventually become a power in and of itself.

In 1862, the French army began its advance. Under General Ignacio Zaragoza, 5,000 ill-equipped Mestizo and Zapotec Indians defeated the French army in what came to be known as the "Batalla de Puebla" on the fifth of May.

In the United States, the "Batalla de Puebla" came to be known as simply "5 de Mayo" and unfortunately, many people wrongly equate it with Mexican Independence which was on September 16, 1810, nearly a fifty year difference. Over, the years Cinco de Mayo has become very commercialized and many people see this holiday as a time for fun and dance. Oddly enough, Cinco de Mayo has become more of Chicano holiday than a Mexican one. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on a much larger scale here in the United States than it is in Mexico. People of Mexican descent in the United States celebrate this significant day by having parades, mariachi music, folklorico dancing and other types of festive activities.

For this week, I reserve my follow-up comments regarding the Enthralling Politics currently taking place in my Country Trinidad, due to this being such an important weekend for our Mothers.  Nothing is more important than commemorating our Mothers, so in the upcoming weeks I intend to share some of the comments I received from my last week's writing on this interesting topic.    I however, want to thank so many of you for taking the time to write me,  and send me your comments, writings, blogs, links, etc. regarding this important issue.


As it looks now as far as events, this weekend seems to be a slow one.  However though, I did receive some information from the Caribbean-American Carnival Association of Baltimore regarding a few fundraisers taking place for their Caribbean Carnival that is scheduled for July 9-11 of this year.  You will find the details listed under our "Featured Events". 

For the most part this weekend, since we have no serious plans; we may end up hanging out at some trendy spots in our favorite towns - Annapolis MD and Georgetown DC, enjoying the cool atmosphere and some exotic salads.  Long walks are a part of the norm since we do that anyway with our pet.  As far as celebrating with our Mothers, due to both not residing locally I'm sure our celebration will take place via ooVoo on www.mycaribbean.us 

Whatever you do this weekend, please have a lovely one celebrating with your Mothers.  As I close I want to especially wish my Mom Marva and my Mother-In-Law Janice a Happy Mother's Day.  Additionally, I would like to send Mother's Day Greetings to my Aunt Bishop Myrtle Bristol  - Thank you Aunty for being a Mother to me during my early years growing up here in the states.  Finally, to friends and associations, and the [following] few important folks I wish you all a lovely Mother's Day...Aunt Maureen in ATL, my adorable Sister-In-Law Linda in Trinidad, , Cousin Kym; Cousin Allison; and Cousin AnnMarie; Gail; Ms. Beverlee; Gwen; Brandy; Abasade; Joan; Denise; Michelle; Senait; Karen; Pamela; The Mothers in my family (The Joseph, The Harding, the Yallery).  My dear friends Lady D (Caribbean Radio Host) and Denise both from Orlando Florida Happy Birthday to Both of you and Happy Mother's Day.

Happy Mother's day

We welcome your input, so if you have any comment or feedback on the commentary or events - please feel free to send an e-mail to: susan@ariousentertainment.us 



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