The Fall of POMPEII

I had the opportunity to attend a free screening of the soon to be released movie; POMPEII last evening – and in 3D at that. As I scanned the cast list on my trusted IMDb App I was somewhat underwhelmed.

However, one name stuck out to me. Kiefer Sutherland is cast as the villain in this on-screen picture. Yes that’s right – the villiain. It was difficult for me to rationalize initially since I am a huge fan of his on “24″ and the compassionate nature of his character on “Touch”. But it is what is and that is acting.

Did Sutherland perform brilliantly as a villain in this movie? Well, you be the judge. I do recommend going to see this film when it opens on February 21st. On a scale of 1 to 10, POMPEII gets an 8. The entire cast did their part to make the film enjoyable to watch overall.

For more information about POMPEII click HERE.

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‘Person of Interest’ finds traction by killing off character | Toronto SUN

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As I watched Taraji P. Henson’s character fall to the ground – in horror of course – I cried out; “Why-Oh-Why are they killing her character off?!”

Then I read the following review via Jim Slotek at the Toronto SUN regarding the aftereffects of the CBS show’s plot twist, and began to get a small grasp as to why the show’s writers took this path. Still it hurts not to see Taraji on the screen.

Read more below…

“For a series that’s been spinning its wheels, Person of Interest sure managed to find traction last week…A series that, I’ve always felt, squandered the Earth-rattling implications of its central premise – the all-seeing Machine – turned to the old tactic of killing off a regular character to re-inject a sense of urgency into the show…”

See the full Toronto SUN review HERE.

 

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‘Almost Human’ theory: Karl Urban a robot | Inside TV | EW.com

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Karl Urban is a not a human being. Not in the technical sense of the term. Oh, sure, he might look human. He might walk and talk like a human. He might even like to think he’s human. But Karl Urban would be wrong! For Karl Urban is actually an extraordinary machine that has been programmed to think he is Karl Urban. Karl Urban does not know this, though sooner or later, he will, and when he does, Karl Urban will be very sad. Poor Karl Urban!

No, we speak not of the real-world Karl Urban, star of Star Trek andDredd, but the character that this fine actor plays on the new sci-fi buddy cop drama Almost Human, which premiered Sunday night on Fox….See the full EW story here: ‘Almost Human’ theory: Karl Urban a robot | Inside TV | EW.com.

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Almost Human™ review: This Sci-Fi show is almost perfect – Zap2it

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“Almost Human” does one of the hardest things on TV: make a futuristic, science-fiction world seem relevant and familiar to audiences. It helps that the show is, at its heart a buddy-cop story….

…Read the Full Zap2it Review here: http://bit.ly/1egyYLa

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What’s the SCORE? – A Week of TV Premieres

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I know, I know it has been a while since I have posted.  …Life! …Oye!

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right?

Well I am here to report on my observations about the first week of  new television premieres for those brand new series which caught my eye, and one Sunday favorite which has returned.

I have given – those I was able to watch thoroughly –  a score between 1 and 10 with 1 being “I don’t plan on ever watching again” to 10 being “I totally LOVE this show!!!”

Take a look at these scores, and pitch in with your own opinion. Give a score of your own, your thoughts about this list or add some other programs you would like to weigh in on.

Here goes:

  • Monday, September 23rdHostages (CBS) - Score: 7
  • Tuesday, September 24thAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC) - Score: 8,5
  • Wednesday, September 25th –  Lucky 7 (ABC) Score: 6.5 
  • Thursday, September 26th -   Michael J Fox Show (NBC)  Score: 9
  • Friday, September 27th Master Chef Junior Edition (FOX) Score:
  • Sunday, September 29th Once Upon A Time (ABC) Score: 7.5
Since no program scored a “1″, I watched them each again to determine whether their initial score would stick. They all pretty much did.
So this is my #TVWatch2Cents, what’s yours?
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Michael J Fox Returns to NBC This Fall

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Michael J. Fox returns to television this Fall!

Is anyone else as excited as I am?

Ok, so the thing is Family Ties was actual appointed family television viewing in my house as a kid.

I was a huge fan of the character, Alex P Keaton played by Fox on the sitcom. Alex was unapologetic about his unique beliefs, as a teenager, and had the most entertaining approach to all his passions…and shenanigans. Though it appeared that he throughly annoyed his siblings and was at times tolerated by his parents, who could resist falling for this one-of-a-kind, and outspoken character of that television period.

Although his Family Ties character stands out most prominently for me, Fox is also memorable for movies – Back to the Future anyone? –  and other television progams like Spin City where he also served as Executive Producer. There was also much talk about his appearances on The Good Wife recently.

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Despite his personal battle with Parkinson’s disease, since he was diagnosed in 1991, Fox continues to be a brave face of activism for the illness. He is unashamedly outspoken, and not afraid to laugh at himself. This is quite evident in his upcoming series; The Michael J Fox Show scheduled to premiere on NBC on September 26th.

The sitcom will be based on Fox’s own life. The premise is:

“After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Mike Henry had to give up his career as a news anchor and focus on his health and his family. Five years later, Mike decides to get back to work and struggles between family and career.”

From what I have seen thus far, it appears that the program will provide organic and an authentic belly-full-of-laughs.  Please see a video trailer, photographs and more about the upcoming series here: The Michael J Fox Show | A Family Comedy | Pics & Videos | NBC. ….And be sure to check it out next month!

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The Return of “Suits” | USA Network

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I have this sneaking suspicion that USA Network does this to folks like me on purpose. I have been anxiously waiting for what seems like an entire year – pardon my dramatics – for the return of Suits on USA Network.

In terms of breathelessly sitting at the edge of my proverbial seat to see what happens next, Suits comes pretty close to ABC’s Scandal in my book. The show revolves around the relationship of a savvy lawyer and his highly intelligent associate whose fraudulent based employment may totally unravel this season….But, I maybe getting ahead of myself.

Suave, Class, Elegance …are just a few words I use describe the overall feel of the show. Unlike the somewhat more down-to-earth and people-friendly atmosphere of another one of my favorite “lawyer programs”; Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime TV, Suits is perched from a fancy high rise law firm with cutting edge deals and high-stake opportunities. Moreso, to match its name, the lead characters; Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams simply look good doing it!

With that said, I eagerly await the new season opener tonight at 10pm. Until then check out this clip from tonight’s broadcast: Suits | USA Network.

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Paula Deen Challenge: Hit Me With a Rock And Kill Me | TMZ.com

Paula Deen Speake Out!

With a very tearful declaration Paula Deen spoke to the Today show’s Matt Lauer about how the controversy over her accusations, of offensively using the “N-Word”, has affected her and defined “her truth”.

She even proclaimed that she has received the support of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and that anyone whose said anything in their lives that they wish they could take back should simply stone her – reminiscent of the biblical lesson where Jesus urged a crowd ready to punish a woman caught in adultery; “He who has no sin, cast the first stone” (paraphase).

What are your thoughts on Paula’s response to this rather contentious issue?

You can view the very emotional television appearance via the following link:

Paula Deen Challenge: Hit Me With a Rock And Kill Me | TMZ.com.

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Relentless – A Short Story

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Meet Flora Gerber….

Flora grew up in a large extended family but everyone in her family had to work very hard to maintain the very basics – shelter, food, water, clothes. “Everyone” included Flora. Flora began working at the age of 13. Back then she helped to organize the local Grocer’s stock in the storage room.

Now 23, and a mother to a 5 year old girl named Rebecca, Flora was anxious to give her daughter a different life than what she experienced. Flora barely made it through High School. There were so many distractions around her. From having to miss school to work extra hours at the Grocery store, and even as a maid, in order to bail her brother out of jail at least once every 3 months.

College, though a dream was not on the schedule for Flora following High School. There was no money to pay for it and Flora’s family automatically depended on her to keep cash flowing through the home just to keep up with the bills.

Flora found herself sinking into depression. She couldn’t afford to attend her prom. Her family did congratulate her on graduating from high school with a special meal one night but the occasion soon turned into a send-off for her brother’s – what seemed like – 50th arrest. It was actually the 4th time George had been in trouble and the family worried that he would not just get a “slap-on-the-wrist” this time.

Flora thought to herself, “Is this what my life will be about? – “Will I continue to work hard yet not really accomplishing anything?”

She was certainly discouraged at this point. She figured it was pointless to continue to walk a straight-line when all her effort was unappreciated and going to waste.

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Flora began to keep the wrong company which led to corruptible habits. She also began to receive attention from a lowly and notorious individual. Ralph incited rebellion and mischief among the young people in the neighborhood. He also owned and managed the only night spot in the small town. As a result of becoming frequent at Ralph’s “night club” and being entertained by his attention, Rebecca was conceived.

However, after 5 years Flora still struggles to see Ralph truly accept responsibility for his daughter. Legal action has also been futile in the small town where “money talks”.

Flora knew that something had to change. She knew that she could not continue to live in her neighborhood for her daughter’s sake. Something had to change, and change soon!

Flora then took a chance. She persuaded her mother to watch Rebecca at nights and took a night shift as a waitress in the city nearby. She was determined to earn the resources needed to begin evening classes, also in the city. Of course she twisted her mother’s arm to watch Rebecca for more hours each day. Whatever was required, Flora was determined to find a solution to improve her own, as well as her daughter’s life.

Naturally distractions worked their way in. Manuel constantly found ways to extend Flora’s time at the small grocery store. It didn’t seem to matter to him that she started her shift at 6am and needed to leave promptly at 2pm in order to travel to collect Rebecca before heading off to school and a late late shift at her new gig, at a new upscale bar and club in the city.

This was Flora’s schedule most days of the week. She did have break from classes 2 nights of the week since she made a Saturday morning class and arranged a later Saturday shift with Manuel. Manuel also harassed Flora. He consistently told her that she didn’t have to work so hard. He was prepared to marry her and give herself and Rebecca a home. Flora comes close to vomiting every time she hears this. She finds even the concept of Manuel’s offer reprehensible. After all he is old enough to be her Father and isn’t the best kept or best smelling man. It was utterly Gross in Flora’s opinion. Still, Manuel didn’t let-up. Flora heard his offer at least 3 times a week.

Flora persevered beyond the obstacles, beyond the criticism and beyond any set-back, which tried to wedge its way in and serve as a detour.

Flora’s unrelenting focus led her to earn a scholarship. This meant she could quit one of her jobs. To Manuel’s and her family’s dismay – who also agreed that Manuel’s marriage proposal was a good one – Flora quit the Grocery job and spent time seeking day-time work in the city. This did make her feel immensely guilty, since this meant relying on her family more to the detriment of her daughter’s mental health, in her mind’s eye. Still Flora knew it was temporary and a necessary sacrifice.

Then she did it! It was a small step but Flora scored a day-time job as a bookkeeper with a small business in the city. Flora eventually worked hard enough and studied ferociously enough to acquire an affordable place of her own in the city. Now Rebecca could be with her full-time, with the exception of the time spent at the jovial Mrs. Lowrey. Mrs. Lowrey is Flora’s neighbor who routinely watches the children in the building. Since her husband past away, the sixty-something Mrs. Lowery welcomes the company of the children of the many hard working parents at the housing unit.

Flora is on her way to becoming a certified accountant. Her time as a cashier led her to fall in love with numbers. She has successfully completed a year of night classes and is prepared for the possibilities on the road ahead.

Where that road would take her? Stay tuned for more about what lies ahead for this relentless Flora Gerber.

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The Official, Unofficial Start to My Summer

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Yes! May 3rd finally arrived and I am anxiously awaiting the moment when I surender to that comfy theater chair and take-in the much anticipated Iron Man 3.

No, I didn’t go see it on opening night (S0 please don’t spill any details). I can’t enjoy it quite as much with throngs of individuals packed into the cinema.  I will be there however…strategically at the right moment.

The film already attracted $15.6 million in North America, on it’s Thursday night opening. Collectively, with its  internationally releases, the blockbuster has already earned $361 million. The number is expected to increase by approximately another 100+ million by the end of the weekend.

Nothing new, right? Each year flashy, big budget, action packed films rake in the dough like clockwork. While many scholars of the art form don’t take too kindly to this, movies like Iron Man 3, the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, The Wolverine etc offer adrenalizing fun through fantasy. After all, isn’t that what the warmer months are synonymous with? – Fun, Escape, Get-Away….?

So while my body takes a break from frigid and uncomfortable temps, I look forward to launching my mind into the world of super heroes, super intelligence, super strength and Super Fun!

Don’t get me wrong, I have my sight set on the artistic and story driven films as well – we’ll discuss those in another post. The Great Gatsby, among others, is also on my list!

Now Let My Official, Un-official Summer Begin!

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Getting Up!

Once again, the timely, instructional and revelatory Life Sucks series at The Bridge DC  is having a profound affect.

It is clearly evident, as life evolves, that there is always more to learn. One thing I have learned for sure is that the degree to which one “suffers” is the degree to which one grows.

I am aware that I am in no way alone in experiencing adversity, as there is nothing new under the sun (although recently it has launched me into a sphere I had not been previously).  Still, being broken down is necessary in order to be built up, to be restructured, to be refined. I have concluded that pain has its purpose. Therefore, in response to this revelation, via the weekly Life Sucks series and inner reflection, the following emerged:

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Dreaming…Believing… “Girl Rising”

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I can never do this film justice with any of my diagnosis – In short, to all Mothers, Fathers, Godparents, Teachers, Mentors etc, Girl Rising is a Must-See and I encourage you to expose the beloved young women in your lives to this film.

The documentary reveals the stories of 9 girls in varied parts of the world who are faced with what seems like insurmountable, even painful circumstances but acquire strength from their dreams and their belief that there must be a better life than their current reality.

I left the theater inspired by each of the young women. Each story resonated with me and renewed my “child-like” faith that the Sky-Is-The-Limit!

I can watch this film again and again. I’m elated that I was able to catch the special 1 week re-release on the big screen, but identifying a DVD copy will defintely be the next step in order to share with as many Girls as possible.

In the interim, please see the trailer of Girl Rising Here.

Still, beyond this film there is a cause. The movie is just the beginning. It is also a movement to ensure that Girls everywhere are provided with the opportunity to get an education thus leading to a changed and improved world. Learn more about the movement to Educate Girls Here

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Feeling A Little “Defiance”?

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I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the premiere of the Syfy series, Defiance last Monday evening.

They say that the first 10 minutes of a film is crucial and the first ten of the 2 hour series opener, of Defiance, sure did what it was supposed to do. Now it’s Monday again and I have high exceptations of the 2nd episode.

Hopefully for the show it won’t lull, and keeps up the momentum.  I will be watching and be back with more thoughts. However, if you’re watching too, don’t hesitate to chime in! I would love to learn what you think about the television program!

Defiance airs each Monday on the Syfy network at 9pm ET. The cast is led by Grant Bowler (fondly remembered from the ABC series, Ugly Betty) and Stephanie Leonidas. Their characters direct us through the experience of a new world developed as a result of a war which arose when a collective group of aliens, called Votans, came to earth several years prior. “After decades of war, a ceasefire is declared when both sides realise they must focus on survival on this new almost alien planet.” Presently we meet Grant Bowler’s character – Jeb Nolan – serving as Cheif Lawkeeper of the town of Defiance and working to protect its community from deviant humans, aliens, military scvangers and whoever else poses a threat to Defiance.

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Life does Suck…But There Is Hope

I was inspired to pen some short verses following the first installment of the series, Life Sucks at The Bridge DC on April 7th. 

I then decided I would post it here for all to see, particularly in light of the recent unfortunate events in Boston. 

Life does Suck sometimes, and it just does not seem Fair!

However, I am of the opinion that there is Hope…there is a Light where a connection can be made and the opportunity to thrive from the inside-out. The circumstances around us may not change but there is great comfort in being able to call on a Great Friend to walk us through it. 

My sincere thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives, and all of the injured from the Boston Marathon Bombing on Monday, April 15th, 2013. 

Here is what came to mind: 

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A Salute To A Personal Hero

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I was half way through another post when I learned about the death of Film Guru, Roger Ebert. I tossed and turned about posting my original story or listening to the rumbles in my mind to honor a personal hero.

I have admired Roger Ebert for many, many years. As a child, when the movie bug bit me, I would hang on his every word on the television program, “Siskel & Ebert”. Ebert’s diagnosis of film was gospel, in my book.As we both grew older and his life drastically changed, I admired his willingness to fight on and persevere. Despite being diagnosed with Thyroid cancer in 2002 and follow-up surgeries – through 2008 – which resulted in his inability to speak and to eat, Ebert didn’t miss a movie opening. His platform changed from television to article posts online, but his trusted voice was still heard and carried just as much weight as it always had.

Oprah Winfrey is quoted as describing the passing of Roger Ebert as the “end of an era”. I am in full agreement with that sentiment. I cannot envision anyone else who can fill his shoes at the moment. Maybe because it is too soon to tell, or simply since I am overcome with prejudicial bias.

Even President Barack Obama commented on Ebert’s passing. The president said; “Roger was the movies … [he could capture] the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical … The movies won’t be the same without Roger”.

Oh how right POTUS is! He has described Roger Ebert and his talent perfectly! As I read his final review, completed 2 days before his death, I was once again whisked away to “somewhere magical”.

I would like to go on a limb and declare that we would be hard-pressed to find someone like Roger Ebert again. But the wounds are still fresh and I am certain that there is similar talent in the world today, equip to fill Roger Ebert’s large and eloquent shoes. I can only hope to come close.

Cheers Roger!

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Short Stories on Kindness

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- By Diane G. Robertson

I. The Storm

I visited the United States with the thrill for adventure and anxious to witness what all the commotion was surrounding Halloween. It was not more than a few days into my visit when I realized that what was entitled; Hurricane Sandy was heading my way.

As I was not used to these sorts of foreboding circumstances, on vacation no less, I began to be extremely concerned. What was I to do? As it became closer to the event of the storm, no matter how much hotel staff educated me and answered my questions, their responses brought no solace. I still felt lost.

On the Sunday before the hurricane was due to arrive; I stumbled into a church not too far from my hotel. The welcome was unexplainable but comforting and warm. It was as if I visited an old friend whose genuine concern calmed my soul. One young woman in particular observed, what I describe; my awkward “newness” and was drawn to me. She offered to help me, answered my several concerns and graciously took me to the grocery store to acquire whatever treats and other accessories I needed.

I was overwhelmed with her kindness and by the time I returned to my hotel room, I felt more at peace and more prepared to withstand the monstrosity that was being described as Hurricane Sandy.

II. Stepping Out

I was recently told a story by a young woman who decided to take matters “into her own hands” and quit her full time and secure Government job. She was “stepping out in faith”, she said. Her job although appreciated was beginning to stifle her creativity and what she believed she had been called to do. Therefore she resigned and boldly stepped out into a new and different circumstance that she had no real idea how she was going to navigate.

She quickly made an inventory of her talents and those things she longed to do, if only she could. She did research, sought wise counsel from friends, mentors, and her friend’s mentors, about how she could turn her passion into a money making venture. This young woman was certainly diligently in her approach. Yet despite good planning and appropriate application, the young woman began struggling to meet her financial needs. The business was not gaining momentum just yet. As a result, she began to worry. The concern consumed her.

One day a good friend, of this young lady, just happened to be checking in on her. She was a pound woman and didn’t broadcast her troubles.

However, after hearing her plight, the friend instantly jumped into action. She asked the woman to share her list of bills and expenses and together they worked on an elaborate plan to get them paid including the friend offering and following through with as many payments as she could.

The young woman began to become extremely relived and less stressed. She was now able to more clearly foresee a plan to work toward her goal without additional mental strain. She would work hard within the period of grace her friend had provided. This woman did go on to be successful creating decorative pieces and greeting cards. She was able to abundantly sustain herself and repay her friend.

III. It’s Awkward to Start

Too often we get caught up with our own lives that we don’t pause to look around to identify where there may be a need. Some needs are extraordinary but some are simple and only require a little bit of time.

One a young woman was walking among the shops in search of a snazzy outfit to impress later on, at a soirée. She attentively went from shop to shop intent on accomplishing the vision and image she had set out for herself.

While in one of the stores, as she concentrated on the array of dress selections, she overheard a woman speaking loudly in an alien language. Although not fluent, she recognized the language. It was Spanish. It appeared that there was a foreign visitor who had come into the shop and having difficulty communicating with the store clerk. From what she could identify, the young woman realized that this tourist was asking the store clerk to make change from the money bills that she had acquired. The store clerk also began to seem to becoming increasingly frustrated. The young woman decided to take a chance with her small knowledge of Spanish and jumped in to help both women come to a solution.

After a slow and awkward start, the young woman was eventually able to convey to the store clerk exactly what the visitor needed. Once the visitor received the help she was seeking, she overwhelming thanked the young woman who rescued her. She urgently needed the funds to obtain transportation to obtain a child-member of her traveling party whom they realized they had lost at a previous location.

IV. Pausing to Notice

Twenty-four old Loni, a recent university graduate, routinely packs much into her schedule with the plans to be hugely successful. This sometimes prevents her from stopping to appreciate the little things in life. One day while busily rushing from place to place to satisfy work demands and then beneficial extra-curricular activities, Loni set out to take the rails. While traveling, she noticed a young woman with a small child sobbing in her chair. Loni quickly decided that this was none of her business and began reading a book. However, the visual haunted her and she contemplated how she could help the woman. She decided to say a quick prayer and slowly motioned over to the woman. Loni chose her words carefully and asked the woman directly; “How can I help you?” The woman then responded; “Simply pray. I am a recent widow, the victim of cancer. I knew my husband would go eventually when I married him. Thankfully, he lasted long enough to see his daughter born.”

Loni froze at hearing this story. Her head dipped and her chain touched her chest. She slowly turned to the woman and said; “I will pray for sure. God be with you and your little Girl.”

Loni confesses that this experience has changed her life tremendously. Now amidst her plans to advance her life, she looks for ways to serve others.

V. Love Beyond Belief

There once was a single woman who although raised to follow the principles of the church and sheltered by her parents, decided when she got to University, to explore a world outside the one she knew. As a result, she adopted a different lifestyle and became pregnant. The months before the baby came, was filled with emotional upheaval and mental anguish. Amidst being unsure of the commitment of the child’s father, she also struggled with thoughts of uncertainty about the future –about remaining in school or working full-time? What would her family’s reaction be?

On learning about their daughter’s pregnancy, the woman’s parents were shocked! After overcoming their initial grave disappointment, they took their daughter in assuring her that “everything will be okay”. This act of kindness opened this young girl’s eyes to genuine love and forgiveness.

After the child was born – and grew to about 3 years old – the young lady returned to colleague where she immediately joined up with a on campus Christian organization and educated high school and university women about the importance of not rushing into to decisions that can yield untimely circumstances.

VI. Going Beyond the Need

Every evening walking from work to her vehicle, 29 year old Darla noticed that the same middle-aged woman – camped out in front of the building once over from her work-place – asked her for money to buy something to eat, claiming she was very ill and without shelter. Darla responded to every request, doling out $2 here or $5 there. However she began to ponder on the situation and realized that the woman’s situation was not changing as much as she offered her money. So one day Darla decided to speak with the woman. She inquired about more of her story to learn how she can better assist her.

Therefore after speaking with the woman in need, Darla did some research and contacted an organization that helped house and feed individuals. This woman’s situation was also unique due to her medical needs. Still Darla persevered in collaborating with more than one appropriate agency to ensure that this woman was provided with the elements she needed to have a better quality of life.

Two months later, and after conducting periodical checks on the woman, Darla was inspired to visit a church connected to one of the agencies working with the former homeless woman. After attending her first service, Darla began to grow close to, who was now her friend Marlene.

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VII. Plans On Hold

Thirty year old Darlene routinely walks briskly into her apartment building, checks the mail boxes in the lobby for new mail and bolts up to her residence. On one Friday evening, after collecting her correspondence, and just as she began to race to her apartment – to get ready for an evening out with “the girls” no less – she noticed one of the building residence she was familiar with sitting silently in the building’s foyer looking quite despondent.

Darlene looked at her watch. She only had 45 minutes to prepare prior to heading back out for a fun time with friends and it ordinarily took her 1 hour to be dressed. However she paused looked at her neighbor and said; “Anna, is everything okay?” Anna looked up slowly with a kind half-smile; “It’s my mother. She is ill.” Darlene then proceeded to sit next to Anna and let her tell her story.

When their conversation was over an hour had past but Anna relieved to get the information “off her chest” seemed brighter. Darlene then contacted her friends to let them know that her plans had changed and treated Anna to dinner instead.

Darlene later learned that, that evening gave Anna a renewed confidence to endure her mother’s illness who after some time with surgery and recovery improved remarkably.

VIII. Add Hers to Mine

Standing in line at the grocery store, there was an elderly woman in front of me who struggled to get a handle on her cash. She kept looking at the cashier’s screen and looking back at her wallet. She counted, and added but could not come up sufficient funds to pay for all her food items. As the senior began to ask the cashier to deduct items from her account, I felt badly for her and considered be of some assistance. I then piped up and said; “Please add the balance of her tab to mine”.

The woman raised her head toward me in amazement. Before she could get any words out, I uttered with a smile on my face; “It is my pleasure”.

IX. Beyond The Boundaries of Color

Often times individuals from varying ethnicities wonder how the other would perceive, as well as receive them and tend to be comfortable in their own and separate circles. However, one day while traveling the rail I witnessed an older fair-skinned man – between 45-50 – struggling to keep his briefcase and its contents in order. As papers from his bag began to collide with the floor, a dark-skinned young individual, about 21 to 25 was the first to rush to his aid.

Looking at the strange hands working together in unison with his the gentleman in need couldn’t help but smile appreciatively. When all was well and in one place, the two men gave each other a firm hand-shake and what seemed like a nod of understanding that human kindness had taken place.

X. My Pleasure

Traveling on the bus one day, June looked up from her intriguing book to notice a woman holding up the bus from moving forward. She got onto the bus but was short of change and the bus driver refused to move forward until she could pay the entire fare.

Bewildered by the bus driver’s lack of compassion – to not see that the woman was elderly and needy – June immediately sprang to her feet, scrambled to get her purse and stepped up to pay the woman’s bus fare.

The woman repeatedly thanked June and sprouted Blessings from God upon her. June humbly smiled and whispered; “My pleasure”.

XI. Going The Distance

Regina visited the gas station for her weekly “fill-up”. While there she was approached by a small shabbily dressed child. Beginning to retreat a bit, Regina spoke up; “Do you need something?” The child pointed to a car parked on the fringe of the gas station and explained that he, his Mother, and 2 siblings were camped out in the car homeless and in need of something to eat.

Regina was initially hesitant and skeptical. However, a small still voice within her compelled her to go with the young man to the car to talk with his Mum.

The interaction resulted in Regina accompanying the youngster to the nearby Fast Food eatery to purchase meals for the entire family.

The look of gratitude on the children’s – and the adult’s – faces warmed Regina’s heart greatly and all her skepticism melted away!

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