On-Line Family and Friends:
Mother's Day to all our Moms among our on-line family.
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
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.
honor you dear Mother●
● ●I love 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.
● ● oh your strength and
tenacity is beyond belief, and is truly
inspirational to me.
of your prayers and faith Mother my walk through
life’s long and treacherous road has been
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
● ●I adore you●
● ●I love you!
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,
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
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
you are merciful, and you are my friend and my
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.
Mother, I honor you●
● ●I adore you●
● ●I love 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
truly honor you dear Mother●
● ●I adore you,
Love you dearly!
HAPPY MOTHER's DAY!!!
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.
Lashley is in the process of releasing a brand new book
entitled Gifts from the Heart: Poems and Inspirational
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
Below is Hollis first
contribution to what we call Flashpoint for our E-Newsletter.
A thought provoking piece entitled I dare to
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read and enjoy, and feel free to send comments.
DARE TO ●
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dare to dream of impossible things;
believe that some of my important friends
return a phone call.
dare to dream that other friends,
my female Caribbean friends,
get vex less often,
smile more, forgive more,
learn to really see Love
the truth that it is,
without confusing flattery with respect.
dare to dream that one day,
of the Cs in DCCC
another one, Cooperation.
dare to believe that the impossible
the improbable happens.
know for a fact,
a continent is only
much bigger island than
one where I was born,
that thoughts are things
are powerful enough
transform our entire universe,
starting in a little island.
I dare to dream that
would learn to Love,
fear would give way to Peace,
that petty bickerings can cease.
dare to believe that
of our many power struggles,
Caribbean phoenix will rise
a future of Hope,
I dare to dream, and to believe
my dream will
must come to pass.
[Flash] Lashley - copyright (c) 2010
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
hope you too had a fantastic time for Cinco de Mayo.
Below I have listed a brief history of Cinco de Mayo. Courtesy of http://clnet.ucla.edu/cinco.html.
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
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
mariachi music, folklorico dancing and other types of
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
send me your comments, writings, blogs, links, etc. regarding
this important issue.
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
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
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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