It all started several years ago when I received a phone call from my mother inviting me to come to hear a speaker in Atlantic City.
Having just moved into another home a few months earlier and bearing the responsibilities of a wife and working mom, I refused. She, on the other hand, insisted that I would miss listening to him tell America a few things. She said “He has something on the ball”.
Out of respect for her, I reluctantly got my pregnant self together, grabbed my seven year old son and boarded a train to meet her. After his speech, we went and shook his hand, at the Atlantic City High School, in 1958.
Little did Mom know that a national holiday would be celebrated in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, January 9, 2017
Hope everyone is having a good year... so far! From emoji, to selfie, to doorbuster, to blockbuster, Joe takes us on a stroll through new words in the 21st century. Wonder what new words 2017 will bring?! Does anyone have any early predictions ;)?
New Words in the 21st Century
For the 21st Century, a number of new words have been added in the dictionary. For instance, “emoji.” I have never heard of what an emoji is, but I got to know about it a year ago. It’s so wonderful how the various adjectives / feelings can be expressed graphically.
Now a days, people have started using abbreviations during chating like “LOL.” The other craze people are having these days is of SELFIE. People are taking selfies which is a new trend. The idea of taking a picture of myself has never got into me.
I watch an investigation channel on TV, I know they have writers who write the show. One of the expressions I have heard of is “Nobody needs electricity as you can light up the room with your smile.”
A woman from the South is called “Southern Belle” as if other women are not beautiful.
An other expression which I am tired of hearing is the word “Blockbuster.” During World War II, the people used a type of grenade and explosive to demolish a block of the city, so the word came into existence.
Now people have started using the wood “Doorbuster” that is the greatly reduced price and people are getting and busting the door to get the stuff and now the word came up.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
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Love of Life
I feel so good to be alive this day. Life has so many ups and downs, but when it is up, it is wonderful.
Today is an up day. A day that is filled with new changes and new people. It is nice being in a place where you know you can and will be helped to better yourself and hopefully others around you. I am looking forward to receive the blessings that will come my way, by being a partner in the resources of this agency. So for now and the future, thank you for letting me be … ME.
Monday, December 12, 2016
Saturday, December 3, 2016
I heard a banging which I thought perhaps came from the restaurant downstairs, when the noise level reached a very high pitch. This banging was obviously from my door downstairs.
I yelled, “I’m coming!” even though I could not imagine why anyone would be at my door at 10:30 AM. The television was on as sleep had ruled the evening.
Hurrying down the stairs, two policemen and a neighbor were at the door. A dear friend had called my closest friend when she had failed to get me. She in turn had called the police. I was embarrassed that they were there, my apologies were one with assuring me that no apology was necessary and they were glad that I was OK!
When I attend church, I put my phone on vibrate and if I forget to change the setting and don’t have my cell phone on me or near me. I have no indication that a call had been made to me unless I check my phone late in the evening, which I had not done because I fell asleep.
I called my friend to let her know that I was OK, leaving a message on her landline and then hoping she had not left home and then on her cell phone hoping if she was on her way to my place to abort the trip.
As luck would have it, she did not get the cellphone message and showed up at my place. I felt awful that she had driven from Mt. Airy to Center City to see if I was OK. Her only concern was that I was fine.
We have been friends since we were in college. There are things money can’t buy - a true friendship rates number one with me.
I will try to reset my phone after putting it on mute or vibrate.
Friday, November 25, 2016
HERE's a link I found for your listening pleasure! (Yes, it's playing on my laptop as I write you this blog post now, and yes my one-and-a-half-year-old son is nodding his head to it, deep in thought!)
A Song of Love
This past Friday (10-21-16) I had the most beautiful experience ever. My youngest daughter, Teresa, came to visit me.
We talked, laughed, and ate French fries and hamburgers. She paid for the meal and she even through in a slice of cheesecake for me.
Out of the clear blue sky, she said, “Mom, I dedicate this song to you and I mean every word of it.”
She had sung a song on her phone which was always one of my favorites, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”
I’ve always liked that song very much, but that was the very first time I truly listened to every word.
You see, when my children were growing up (I have six, two boys and four girls) they witnessed me being abused by their father whenever he got drunk.
When I listened to the words of that song and really understood what she was saying to me through this song, it touched my heart.
I never learned all of the words to this song but as I listened to all of the words, each word I felt the love of my daughter that she feels for me.
Teresa is the youngest of my six children and she was also the one which felt it in her heart two years ago this December the 6th to honor me.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying my other children don’t have the same love for me, because I know what they love me, but being individuals, they show their love in may other ways.
Since last Friday when I go to bed at night and when I woke up in the morning and all through the day, I find myself singing the few words that I know.
Have you ever had a song that just wouldn’t leave? I did many times and hated it, but this particular song, I don’t want it to leave me. It brings tears to my eyes to know how much someone loves me.
If ever you have the chance to listen to “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” do it.