Thursday, November 29, 2012

Did you know…….

Greetings Family!
I hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving celebration!  We have all been through a lot these last few weeks…some more than others.  We need to remember all that we do have and also all that we  HAVE NOT lost compared to so many!  In the spirit of giving just sharing some info as one does with their family.  To quote my cousin Iesha…sharing is caring!!
-Ruby Dee just celebrated her 90th birthday and Goldie Hawn turns 67!!  Go ladies!!

-New book by Joyce Meyer-Battlefield of the Mind

-Thirty-six-year-old Sabir Muhammad of Southwest Atlanta was the first black professional swimmer to set an American record

-If you can’t drink 8 glasses of water every day then eat a cucumber….It’s 96% water!

-11% of people are left handed-Hi Dawn!!

-M&M's chocolate stands for the initials for its inventors Mars and Murrie

-Entrepreneur Suzanne de Passe is the first and only African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for screen writing.

-90% of the world’s population kisses…..ah so sweet!

- In 1912, African-American Garrett Morgan invented the automatic traffic signal, which led to our present day traffic lights

-Did you know that people get so much extra sodium in their diet from bread!  Check our labels before purchasing

-A young dancer took the stage of the Apollo Theater and at the last minute decided to sing instead of dance…her name was Ella Fitzgerald

-BET was the first African-American controlled company to sell shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

-Politician and educator Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to Congress.

-African-American disc jockey Hal Jackson became the first radio personality to broadcast three daily shows on three different New York stations. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.

-Never forget Trayvon Martin!!

Happy Thanksgiving Family!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Surviving Sandy

Morning Pooka Family! Hope this email finds you in good health and spirits! For many of us in the northeast, we are slowly getting back to normal after Mother Nature’s 1-2 punch of Sandy and the Nor’easter. My household lost power for 4 days but there are others who are still without power over in Queens and Staten Island. I know we here in the northeast are not used to hurricanes like this and compared to what they’ve experienced in New Orleans and the south it is marginal in comparison, nevertheless; it’s really been a wake up call to me. There are so many things we take for granted and so often we forget that Mother Nature is far more a greater force than man. I guess I’m writing this just to say that this has made me more humble, cognizant and appreciative of the blessings we have in life. It’s also given me a renewed focus on helping others and giving back to those who may be facing challenging times. Thank you Sandy, for the reminder…message received!

Me and Dawn volunteering in Jersey City!  If you'd like to volunteer go to