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A Day of Remembrance

A year ago, I decided that I had to turn off the TV for the 9/11 memorials, and this year it rings true for me again. Like many New Yorkers, the events are still fresh in our minds despite the fact that it happened 11 years ago.  To many of us, it felt like it was just yesterday, and just talking about it can bring up vivid memories of where we were, how we felt, and exactly what we are doing. I know that these feelings are not unique to only New Yorkers, but it feels like they are, since for many of us, the attacks happened in our own backyards. I have written about the events, and my feelings for not tuning in haven’t changed. …Even though it has been ten years since the tragic events, I haven’t talked about what happened to me during that day or what I felt. I’m trying to open up, since that is the best way to heal. I know these things take time, so for me this is a first step. I wasn’t in Manhattan, I was in Brooklyn. I was nowhere near the bridges, watching the horde of people march across and looking for safety, but I was still a witness to these events. That day, I can remember in clear detail of what I felt, and saw. My city was in chaos, and my borough was not doing any better. Fire engines were blaring up and down the main streets to get to Manhattan to help. Ambulances were racing to go where people were running from…[click here to read more]...
Sunday Prayer: Laughter

Sunday Prayer: Laughter

Dear Lord, Thank you so much for my daughter’s laughter. There are times when I fret and worry about how I’m raising her and if I’m doing a good job, and her laughter is a swift reminder that I’m taking things too seriously. Thank you for allowing me to see the joy in her eyes and share in her happiness when I am in doubt. Thank you for allowing me to look at things with a child’s perspective and seeing the beauty in all things around me. Also Lord, thank you for the reminder that even when things are not looking good, its up to us to make a sunny day and to appreciate the now instead of worrying about the later. All of that I can see when my daughter smiles. Thank you for the reminder....
Sunday Prayer: Remembering to Give Thanks

Sunday Prayer: Remembering to Give Thanks

  Dear Lord, Thank you for this one body.  This very same body that I have to learn to love, because I have only one.  No matter the changes that it goes through, it will still be mine at the end of the day. Thank you for my family.  No matter the struggle, you have given me people in my life to help me through it.  You have given me people to remind me of my journey. Thank you for my children.  Though I have one on the way, I thank you for letting my body carry a life within me.  No matter what, I know you have given me everything I need in order to create. Thank you for life.  Every day is a treasure and a gift.  Not something that I should take for granted.  While it has no guarantee, every breath I take, I make sure I take it with purpose. Sometimes I don’t say thank you enough, thank you for the reminder....

Life is What You Make of It

I have heard the phrase, ” Life is what you make of it” countless times. In fact so many times that I am not really sure if Eleanor Roosevelt was the first one to say it. But since that I have matured (and aged)–I can understand it and see the truth in the words. Life simply is what we make of it. Each decision we make–good or bad–shapes our lives. This phrase is far from working hard and getting what you dreamed of. There are countless times when a person strives hard, but it just wasn’t their time for their dreams to come true.  That doesn’t mean that they failed, just mean that it wasn’t their time yet. I really think this phrase has a lot to do with HOW that person reacts to not reaching their goals and how happy are they with all the decisions that they made so far. Everyday it’s usually hard for us to keep a positive outlook when we are experiencing life.  Let’s face it, there are just things that will just get us down.  But I love this phrase, because things may get us down, but that doesn’t mean it has to keep us down. Among all the things that we have remember, and go through, I hope this is one thing that we won’t forget: Life truly is what you make of...

It’s All About Our Perception

This Memorial weekend, aside from spending time with family, I can honestly say it is a great wake up call. I am not a military person, and those who I know who served in wars have long passed away, but I can’t help to think about what they went through. Not just those who were in my life, but all the soldiers who have served and are currently serving this country. I could just imagine that after serving in a war; you come home and feel completely out of place. Instead of fighting for your basic right to live, you come home to complaints about sales, or some non trivial thing–nothing comparable to being on the front line. No wonder a lot of soldiers re-enlist. Memorial day is a way for me to not just honor those that have fought and died, but to honestly put things in perspective. These men and women are on the front lines day after day risking their lives for us. In many cases, the unit they belong to are a second family. They look to that person on the left and on the right to protect them. Just as those people look for the soldier to do the same. When you just think about a person who chose to do these things and those who volunteered to fight, my bloggy fingers goes out to them. Nothing that I can say I did was truly life and death. I never saw what they saw, or had to do what they did. In all honestly, sometimes the mundane things in life are the very things...
Sunday Prayer: A Mother’s Prayer

Sunday Prayer: A Mother’s Prayer

I’ve been slacking on my Sunday Prayer lately, but this week I’ve got a prayer that was sent to me from my cousins.  It was a prayer they sent over for mother’s day, and I meant to post it up last week, but weekends lately have been somewhat crazy. What made me really want to share this post is that my cousins recently lost their mother, so this was their first mother’s day with out their mom and their father (who also passed away years ago). I am thankful that they thought of me during this mother’s day, even though I know that it was a day that they would be hurting much.  I’m very glad to have cousins like this in my life. I hope that you enjoy the prayer as much as I did. A Mother’s Day Prayer   I [we] thank you, Creator of us all, from my [our] mother[s]. I thank you that she gave me life and nurtured me all those years. She gave me my faith, helping me to know you and to know Jesus and his ways. She taught me how to love and how to sacrifice for others. She taught me that it was okay tor cry and that I should always tell the truth.   Bless her with the graces she needs and which you want to give her today. Help her to feel precious in your eyes today and to know taht I love her. Give her strength and courage, compassion and peace. Bless her this day with your love....

Life’s Lessons

I’ve been quiet lately.  Too many things on my  mind. Just trying to process it all. What really has me thinking is that sometimes, we never really bother to understand our loved ones until they are gone. Growing up, my Dad did a lot of things that didn’t make sense (at the time), like freezing bread.  We always though that was crazy, until we started doing it ourselves. But one of the things that really has me interested, is what he was interested in.  My Dad liked to listen to Jazz, and at the time, I never had an ear for it.  I always thought it was just old music.  Yes, I can give credit to the classic Jazz musicians, but my interest beyond that didn’t go far. Now, since it’s been 5 years since his death, I can understand his appreciation for Jazz.  Heck, I now fully appreciate it as he did. Another thing is Science Fiction.  I was NEVER a fan of Sci Fi, and one show in particular was Star Trek.  After watching the reboot of Star Trek (2009) the movie (also known as TOS), I started to look back on the series that my dad loved so much.  Although still a beginner in the Sci Fi world, I really do enjoy the 1966 original series. I don’t know what it is though.  Growing up, do we naturally try to shun away from our parents interests, just because it is THEIR interest?  Did I have a mental block on other things around me? It’s just seems that while he was living I didn’t take the time to fully understand his thinking, and his...

Skokiaan!

Every now and then, I’m a sucker for good music.  When it comes to great music, I just can’t keep myself from sharing it. I want to make this Wednesday light and happy, and after you hear this song by one of the greatest, you can’t help but want to get up and dance to this tune! When they said that Lois Armstrong was a genius, you know they were not kidding!  Zee and I just finished listening to this song several times and each time we just had to get up and move. I know that not everyone likes Jazz, but you’ll be surprised how far Jazz will take your feet.  So I hope everyone enjoys and have a...
Two Americas

Two Americas

; One person said that reality is only what your brain perceives it as. This saying couldn’t be more on the money. In this country, we are painfully aware that there are two Americas. There are two different ways where we live our lives. On one hand, a lot of Americans live “the dream” in a happy existence. These Americans still have problems, but nothing like the other Americans face. On the other hand, the other Americans live the dream through bars before their eyes. I’m not talking about being incarcerated, I’m talking about being free-ish. Not sure what free-ish means? Here’s several ideas: 1.It’s not being able to walk to your mailbox in your apartment building because of a “clean hall” law that has been passed (NYC). So if you are a male of color, just stepping out your door will subject you to harassment by the police regarding your motives (taking out trash or getting the mail). I’m sure the other America doesn’t experience this. 2. Being viewed as the Boogieman. Now I’m sure there are seedy characters from all walks of life–it’s human not based on race. However, a large segment of Americans do not come in daily contact with people of color. So in a way it makes it easier to cast people of color as the enemy, or people up to no good. After all, that’s all you see on TV right? Never a positive story about what we do, always about us killing each other. 3. Which brings me to controlling of images in the media. I hate to sadly disappoint the other...
Sunday Prayer: Health

Sunday Prayer: Health

Dear Lord, Thank you for my health. There are times that I take it for granted, or I feel that I can do more than my share, but Lord that’s just not how you have it. Illness is just another way for us to stop and catch us from make a fool of ourselves. A perfect reminder that we are doing more than we should. Even though it’s a temporary pause, it’s still a time for me to see what’s on my plate and what I can remove. At the end of the day I know that my health is the one thing I should not be taking advantage of–others do not have that luxury. Thank you God for allowing me to get my perspective correct....
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