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MIDDLE PASSAGE #2 Memories of a slave from the MotherLand to the MIDDLE PASSAGE VOYAGE….FICTION BY RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY SHORT STORY

 

 

http://schooloffish.wordpress.com/2007/10/12/god-is-okay-with-slavery/ This picture was taken from  archives on slavery.  It was placed in this fiction story written by me….I thought a real picture would help the reader to understand the harsh treatment of slaves.  It was a course that I took that enlightened me to the terrible experience of the MIDDLE PASSAGE and what it did to the many tribes that had been taken hostage by the  SLAVE TRADERS. 

 That is why I had written an earlier post regarding PAT BUCHANNON’S shallow view on the slavery of African Americans and how he, (((PAT BUCHANNON))) thought that black people should be thanking “God” for slavery.  

 I will be writing  short stories based loosely on the readings and  course work I took for my education.  I am not an expert….but being African American and having lived in circumstances as an Afrcian American for 48 years may give me a little insight to attempt to “channel” some of my ancestors and their struggles through fictional dipictions of  slave experiences.

  I hope I do them justice.

At the bottom of this you will find a discussion I raised and copied regarding the emancipation of the  slaves due to Lincoln.

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********************  Middle Passage and the Loss of my Village and Family—-Slave Memories…#2

OUR VILLAGE WAS CLOSE BY THE SEA.  MY MOTHER HAD A GARDEN AND MY FATHER  HUNTED FOR OUR FOOD WITH THE OTHER MEN FROM THE TRIBE.  There was a rival tribe that had stolen some of my mothers, and other women’s vegetables from their gardens. 

 Everyone was angry and running around.  I was 8 years old.  My brothers were 12 years old, and 15 years old  and a  7months old.  My parents talked and then my father and my older brothers  ran with their  spears to meet the other tribes men.  They had put on body paint,  and war feathers. 

The tribesmen gather in the center of the village and began to chant and sing and jump up and down until the air was filled with their voices and the dust rose up making swirling clouds around our heads.

  My father and the tribesmen ran from the village in anger and excitement chanting with raised spears.  My mother took me back to our hut and began to prepare the midday meal.  The war was on!  I did not know if my father would be back.

  My mother cooked yam and potatoe and meat.  She seasoned it and then we ate.  Suddenly there was a noise at the far end of the village.  Women were screaming and running in our direction.  My mother dropped her bowl and looked to the center of the village. 

She screamed and then grabbed me and my baby brother.  She pushed us into the jungle and ran, and pushed me and ran some more.  When we came to the beach we saw big things on the water floating. 

 I had never seen anything like that before.  It was brown on the bottom, and had cloth on the top floating in the wind.  Suddenly my mother screamed and I looked up as saw my mother being dragged away from me with my baby brother in her arms. She looked back at me and screamed again and I was picked up and carried away too.

  I began to scream and cry for my mother, and my father.  I remember being in a small boat that carried us to the big brown boat with the floating clothes.  My mother was forced to climb the boat, and I was forced too.  When we got on the boat we were chained together and then put down in a black place that smelled so strong that I gagged and threw up. 

 I was hit from behind and forced to lay down next to my mother and baby brother.  My baby brother had not stopped crying since this all began.  My mother held my hand and I was sobbing. 

 I heard a language I did not understand.  I could only see legs, and arms of people I had never seen before.  They looked angry and they shouted at us.  There were many people from our village, some old men, and some sickly men who had not gone to war with our rival tribe.

  Young boys, girls, and women from our village were on this big boat too.  Everyone was throwing up from the smell.  Everyone was crying and scared of this new tribe that was attacking us in our tribesmen absence. 

What would happen to us?  Where were we being taken?  Why did these tribesmen look so different from us?  Why did they seem so angry at us?  What law of their tribe had we broken?

  Some of my tribesmen and women I heard talking amongst themselves thought that these were evil spirits from our rival tribe that had been sent by their witch doctor to destroy us! 

 What a powerful witch doctor they had…some of the people said.  What will my father think when he comes back from war?  Our tribe was the stronger of the two….we had more people, and our tribe was tall and the rival tribe were not so tall. 

 So our wars with them were usually quick.  Our men would fight and battle for several hours, and injure some of their tribe and then fall back to our village until the next conflict…showing our dominence over them.  But now, who would cook for my father and brothers? 

 Who would cook for all of the tribesmen.  How could they fight this new foe who had taken the whole village captive?  I began to feel sick, and I had to relieve myself.  I was laying down on my back and my legs were aching.  My baby brother was wimpering now. 

 My mother was chanting and squeezing my hand.  The angry strange looking tribesman  started  pulling some of the villagers out of the areas that we were chained to. 

 My mother and baby brother were taken away from me and all I remember was my mother wailing and screaming my name, my baby brother’s name and then her voice cut short and then other villages started to wail and scream to our ancestors.

  Their was alot of noise coming from above my head in the blackness.  I could see specks of light….something dripped on my head and it smell bad.  I threw up again, and then I passed out. 

I woke up again seeing that my mother was gone and so was my baby brother I began to cry.  One of my captors hit the bottoms of my feet with something very hard.  I cried more and then they left me alone.  I had relieved myself on myself.  I smelled it and I threw up again. 

 Next to me was an old man from the village.  He had been quiet for a long time.  I called out to him but he did not answer.  He never answered me.  I knew he was dead.  I screamed for the ancestors to take me away from this black hole and torment. 

 I prayed as my mother had taught me to.  I asked forgiveness of my ancestors for any thing I might have done.  I felt a tug and a yank on my feet and I felt myself pulled to my feet.  The old man came out dead on the floor next to me. 

 My captors separated the chains and then reconnected them to a living  villager man.  They took the old man away and moved me down to the next villager.  They took us out into the open air.

  Something stuck into my foot as I walked.  I stumbled and one of my captors hit me in the back again.  I began to wimper.  I know what wailing would cause to happen so I wimpered to myself and prayed to my ancestors again.

  The sky was clear, blue and few clouds were around.  The big boat rocked from side to side.  I began to feel sick again.  They thrust a liquid in my mouth.  I began to throw  up again. I was hit again from behind and they yelled something at me.  I heard screaming and I saw a woman from the village being chased.

  She ran around the boat while the captors chased her.  They were laughing this time.  She finally was caught and they did  something in a crowd and encircled around her while she screamed out the name of her husband and ancestors. 

 I saw blood come  crawling from beneath the crowd of captors and the woman stoped yelling. 

 There was silence again.  Suddenly one of the captors tossed her dead body over the side of the boat.  Many of us who saw that gasped, and moaned and sung the song of sorrow for the dead. We called as one voice for the ancestors to come to carry her away to our ancestral home.

  We were taken back down to the hole and left until the captors took us out again.  Some men and women and children were beat, until they bled.  Some men were beat until you could see pieces of meat from their backs fly off in different directions.  Then we were taken back into the black hole. 

 Day turned into night and night into day.  One day the big boat stopped and we who had survived were taken from the boat and washed brutally, and greased. 

 New chains were placed on our hands and feet and we were taken into what appeared to be a village with more of the tribes people who looked and dressed differently then us. 

 They looked angry and laughed at the same time.  I passed out.  I awoke on a wood floor.  There was a large animal that looked like something I had never seen before. 

 One of the captors had been sitting and looking away from me.  I looked around and saw some of the villager men who had survived the trip.  I sat up and then I saw a big white hut.  There were other tribes in this new land.  I did not recognize any of them. 

 When the big animal stopped we were all yanked off the wood floor and put on the ground.  I was very weak, and sick.  I began to throw up again.  I was hit again.

  I was yanked to follow my fellow villagers to  a small white hut.  When we arrived more of the strange looking tribesman and some tribes men from my mother land were there.  We were handed bowls of food and we ate.

  This was strange food but it tasted better than the food on the large boat.  I began to feel better.  I looked around and saw animals I had never seen before.  Some were funny….a white bird with a red wobbly skin on its head and neck.  It made funny noises. 

I began to miss my mother and I cried again.  I was hit again. I began to wimper to myself and pray to my ancestors.  I wondered what ever happened to my father and the other tribesman and if they knew what had happened to us. 

I was given a hut to share with other tribesman, and clothes.  I was given work to do in a very, very large garden.  I never forgot my mother, baby brother, and my father and kinsman. 

 I worked until I died from a severe beating. 

~~~~~riveroflifelisajoy

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This is a document regarding the emancipation of the slaves……

COPYWRITE 2003-2008  SON OF THE SOUTH
WWW.SONOFTHESOUTH.NET

paul@sonofthesouth.

 

 

Abraham Lincoln and

 

Abraham Lincoln and Emancipated Slaves, April 1865

Richmond Virginia, the Confederate Capitol fell on April 3, 1865. The following day, April 4, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln went to the fallen city. Throngs of slaves were in the streets, celebrating their first day of freedom, and welcoming Lincoln. Thomas Nast captured this historic event with his drawing presented at your right.  This is perhaps the best portrait of Mr. Lincoln ever produced.  It shows that while Lincoln was to tragically die 10 days later, he did, if only briefly, get to see the fruit of his leadership and resolve.  He was able to see the grateful tears of the emancipated, and hear their cheers of appreciation. There is a fascinating story about this day, so please click on the image for the full story of the day that Abraham Lincoln walked the streets of the fallen Rebel Capitol.

braham Lincoln Entering Richmond Virginia

Rev. Wright! PLEASE STOP TALKING!****(((((who is Rev. Wright???)))))*****—reflections on Rev. Wright and his ONE MAN ASSUALT ON THE OMBAMA CAMPAIGN

Poor Obama.  If Obama did have a chance at the White House as the first black president….We all know who does not want that to happen…..Rev.  Wright!

   It would seem that Rev.  Wright more than Hillary Clinton,  or the Republican party or even Pat Buchanan for that matter  does not want Obama to become the first black American president of the United States! 

  But why Rev.  Wright?  What did Obama do to deserve this apparently dilberate assualt on the minds, and mentality of the American public…black or white? 

You, Rev.  Wright keep spouting irrational statements about the black church in America. 

 You have disrespected the very memory of Dr.  Martin Luther King. 

 It is shameful,  and humilitating to me as an American.  

 Rev. Wright…you  continously bring yourself into the spotlight for no reason at all. 

Even Al Sharpton is more controled than that. 

 Please,  members of Mr. Rev. Wrights congregation, talk to him.  Reason with the Rev. Wright….even if Obama decided to walk away from the fight with the Clinton Team in defeat…do you have to make Obama walk away in shame? 

Why should Obama have to walk away unable to hold up his head to battle forward for the rights and the new changes that he was attempting to bring to America as a country?  

 Even Obama’s mother who was an anthropologist would have disagreedwith the negative division that Rev.  Wright is throwing  into the Democratice race toward the White House.

  Where was Rev.  Wright years ago?  Why does he continue to trash the Obama campaign? 

*********** Is Rev. Wright being paid to talk, and talk, and talk and say things that are out of character for Obama?  So strange….so very strange and so very, very sad. 

 Whatever Obama’s message ….it is getting trampled by the talkative Rev.  Wright. 

—riveroflifelisajoy

Pat Buchanan–“Did he state that Black Americans should be Thankful for Slavery?—What Year is this Again? 2008?!!”

 

 QUOTED FROM E.POLITICS.COM… REGARDING REMARKS OF PAT BUCHANAN

“America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known. “

I DO NOT GENERALLY TAKE OTHER WRITS ON THE INTERNET—BUT THIS STRUCK ME SO HARD THAT I HAD TO GIVE MR.  COLIN DELANY ANOTHER  AREA IN WHICH TO VENT.  IT WOULD APPEAR THAT MR. PAT BUCHANAN SEEMS TO FEEL THAT PEOPLE OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE ARE TO BE THANKFUL FOR THE “BENEFITS” OF SLAVERY IN AMERICA.  

I RECENTLY VIEWED THE MOVIE  “AMAZING GRACE”, AN HISTORIC MOVIE ABOUT THE BATTLE HELD IN ENGLAND BY WILLIAM WILLBERFORCE,  A MERCHANT WHO BEING IN POLITICS AT THE TIME FOUGHT AGAINST SLAVERY, HAVING BEEN INFLUENCED BY HIS PASTOR, JOHN NEWTON, ( A REFORMED  SLAVE TRADER WHO WROTE THE FAMED “AMAZING GRACE” HYM THAT EVERYONE TAKES FOR GRANTED). 

 THE EVENT TOOK PLACE, ACCORDING TO THE MOVIE REVIEW WRITTEN BY REV. BRYAN GRIEM “OVER TWO CENTURIES” AGO–DURING THE TIME BETWEEN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AT THE END  OF THE THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.” (1 MOVIE REVIEW- CHRISTIAN SPOLIGHT.COM)

THIS MOVIE WAS TOUCHING,  AND MADE ME REALIZE THAT NOT ALL EUROPEANS WERE FOR THE SLAVE TRADE.  YES, THERE WERE THE REFORMED SLAVE TRADERS….BUT THAT ENGLAND HAD RENOUNCED THE SLAVE TRADE BEFORE AMERICA …IS THOUGHT PROVOKING TO SAY THE LEAST.  I HAD NEVER THOUGHT OF ENGLAND HAS HAVING ANY COMPASSION, OR HUMAN  AWARENESS THAT THE SLAVE TRADE WAS WRONG…ON SO MANY LEVELS.  ——-BUT YET,  HERE TWO CENTURIES FROM THAT DATE…..HERE IS PAT BUCHANAN TELLING BARAK OBAMA AND HIS ***NEGATIVE ****BASED ALLEGED MINISTER MR.  WRIGHT,  THAT (ALTHOUGHT HIS STATEMENTS WERE INAPROPRIATE)  THAT MR. WRIGHT SHOULD BE THANKING G-D FOR SLAVERY?  

I WONDER IF WILLIAM WILBERFORCE HAD READ OR HEARD PAT BUCHANAN’S RATHER SHALLOW,  LIMITED VIEWS ON HUMAN ENSLAVEMENT—WOULD HE HAVE AGREED?  I THINK NOT!!!! 

IN THE MOVIE, AMAZING GRACE,  JOHN NEWTON,  STATED THAT THE SLAVES WERE NOT THE ANIMALS,  THE SLAVE TRADERS WERE THE BARBARIANS.  THEY ABUSED, MISUSED,  MURDERED,  RAPED, ETC., ETC., ETC., THE CAPTIVE AFRICANS  DURING THE “MIDDLE PASSAGE FROM AFRICA  TO ENGLAND, AMERICA AND OTHER PORTS OF CALL. 

HOW COULD PAT BUCHANAN MAKE SUCH A COLD, SICK STATEMENT THAT SLAVERY WAS GOOD?   IF IT WAS SO GOOD….WHY DID THE  X-SLAVE TRADER JOHN NEWTON WRITE THAT HYM “AMAZING GRACE”  EXPLAINING HOW HE HAD BEEN WRONG FOR HIS ACTIONS AND REALIZING THE LOVE OF GOD INSPITE OF HIS OWN EVIL ACTIONS TOWARD OTHER HUMANBEINGS.  EVEN IF SOMEONE LOOKS, SMELLS, LIVES, ACTS DIFFERENT THAN YOU AS A HUMANBEING

….DOES THAT GIVE YOU THE SUPREME RIGHT TO DEMORALIZE THAT HUMAN BEING?   I THINK NOT…..THUS THAT BEAUTIFUL HYMN “AMAZING GRACE”  AND THE MAN WILLIAM WILBURFORCE WAS BORN TO FIGHT THE INJUSTICE OF SLAVERY AND THEN  WIN  IN ENGLAND…SETTING THE STAGE FOR THE  CHANGE TO TAKE PLACE IN AMERICA.

IS PAT BUCHANAN STATING BASICALLY THAT BLACKS OR ANY OTHER PEOPLE OF BROWN, OR YELLOW SKIN WOULD NOT,  COULD NOT HAVE BEEN A PART OF TODAYS SOCIETY WERE IT NOT FOR THE SO CALLED BENEFITS OF SLAVERY?

   IS HE SO LIMITED ON WORLD HISTORY AND ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE STUDY OF HUMAN PSYCHO BEHAVIOR THAT HE WOULD DECIDE THAT TO HARM AN ENTIRE RACE OF PEOPLE BY ABUSE, AND ENSLAVEMENT IS BETTER SO THAT THEY COULD BE TRAINED,  EDUCATED, AND CIVILIZED?

MY  COLLEGE COURSES CONTAINED SOME AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND THE SLAVE TRADE.  THERE WERE NO BENEFITS TO SLAVE TRADE.  I AM THE FIRST GENERATION WITHIN MY MOTHER’S FAMILY TO ATTEND COLLEGE,  AND MY MOTHER ATTEMPTED TO FINISH COLLEGE, BUT FAMILY CONCERNS TOOK THE CENTER STAGE IN HER LIFE. 

 WHY DIDN’T MY MOTHER GO TO COLLEGE BACK IN THE THIRTIES?  MY MOTHER”S FATHER WAS UNEDUCATED, AND SO WAS HER MOTHER.  THEY COULD READ ENOUGH TO CLEAN, OR DO BASIC WORK IN DOMESTIC LOCALS.  SO WHERE IS MR. BUCHANAN GETTING HIS BASIS TO JUSTIFY HIS THOUGHTS ON THE BENEFITS OF SLAVERY?

   WHY ARE SO MANY BLACK AND LATINO PEOPLE NOT HAS SUCCESSFUL AS THEIR COUNTERPART AMERICAN’S?  THIS TOPIC WOULD TAKE ME SEVERAL IF NOT HUNDREDS OF BLOG SPACE TO ADDRESS.

ANY HOW,  PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE MOVIE CALLED, AMAZING GRACE , FEATURING:

  • IOAN GRUFFUDD
  • ALBERT FINNY
  • BENEDICT GUMBERBATCH
  • MICHAEL GAMBON
  • RAMOLA GARAI

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL APTED

DISTRUBED BY SAMUEL GOLDWYN

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING OPEN LETTER TO PAT BUCHANAN FROM

A WHITE MALE NAMED  “COLIN DELANY” AT e.politics.com

AND THEN CONSIDER “THE BENEFITS OF SLAVERY” ACCORDING TO MR. BUCHANAN—THANK YOU…riveroflifelisajoY

Controversy of the New Governor Paterson: I Need Parental Guidance for the Latest News Stories! Wow! Threesomes….I never thought such Words would be connected to Elected Officials!

   Jay Jewels Cry FOR HUMANITY(Jay Jewels “Cry for Humanity”)

I just can not take it anymore!  I had heard alot of negative things about Spitzer  before this  big mess came to the front.  All I want to know is this.  When he was having these activities where were his security team? 

Look,  I really do not want to discuss Spitzer.  I just want to know why the news papers have to keep making each head line full of words that you do not want to discuss in front of your kids….even your older kids for that matter.

  I am very open  in discussion with my family on many topics.       But the McGreevy issue was so way over the top of my level of existence I was embarressed.  I felt like I had a furtive glance over at the dirty magazine section in the subway newsstand!  I do not know what the future holds! 

What was worse is  that today I saw our new Governor’s wife’s foot bottom with her big toe sticking way out from underneath her leg in a yoga pose on the front of the Daily News!  Is that really neccesary?  Is it required to show every aspect of our elected officials private selves?

  I will not have the bottoms of my feet and big toe photographed just to get a private sector or public service job!  I just do not get it!  Did the legally blind new Governor Paterson cheat on his wife for three years or less? 

 Why did I have to know about it?   I do not believe any one has not cheated …even if it has been emotional cheating.  You know what I mean.  The type of cheating that involves the phone calls to a good “friend” from work. 

 You eat lunch with this person and laugh about job issues, get frustrated together,  complain about the same stuff and cry on each other’s shoulder when the other does not get that much wanted  promotion.  YOu know what I mean!  That job friend that is of the opposite  sex! 

 Emotional committment….days that person is absent from work…are empty days.  Sometimes you might even tell your spouse that you work friend was sick and work slowed up in his or her absence!  You just could not hide your emotions about the empty feeling you had all day.  So now you mope!

Any way,  I digress!  The problem I find in all of this open discussion is that after a while everyone will be found guilty!  Even today in the AOL Black Voices blog….the mayor of Detroit, who is black  is now being told to step down for not telling the truth about his affair! 

 This had nothing to do with his actual job.  But if you have cheated on your spouse, or had an affair you must come clean about it!  Or you face being let go under big,  big,  shame!  “THE SCARLET LETTER HAS RETURNED!”  —for those of you who are literature buffs! 

 Do we have to now tell of the crushes we had as little kids, tweens, teenagers,  then pets we owned,  aunts, uncles, we liked  or did not like?

  Do we have to tell of the time we accepted a gift and then turned around and regifted it because we lied about how much we liked something and really didn’t?  Are there going to be lie detector tests that will analize whether we tell somebody that the dress they brought looks good on them or not and whether we mean it? 

Do you have to now double check yourself and your personal relationships before you apply for a job?  Where will this end?  Public service is truly public isn’t it?  I just can’t take it any more. 

 I do not  want to know so much personal information.  I want to just know that I can get my taxes lowered,  get an increase in my annual pay,  go to college cheaper,  pay for my dental work cheaper….lose weight safely and go on trips in our free country!  Prosititution is not acceptable….definitely not! 

But do I have to see Governor Paterson’s wife’s FEET on page #2 of the Daily News?  Can we leave nothing private?  I never saw Nancy Reagan’s feet,  I never saw Hillary Clinton’s feet,  I never saw Jimmy Carter’s (President Carter’s) wife’s feet! 

 So why is Mrs. Paterson’s life so exposed?  JUST TOO MUCH INFORMATION!!!!!  JUST LOWER THE RATES OF CAR INSURANCE!

  LOWER THE RATES OF MORTGAGES!  LOWER THE RATES OF HEALTH INSURANCE!  LOWER THE RATES OF TOLLS ON THE BRIDGES,  LOWER THE PRICE OF FOOD….GET THE MYSTERY GARBARGE  ADDITIVES,  OUT OF OUR FOOD.  STOP GLOBAL WARMING, SAVE THE POLAR BEAR,  SAVE THE SEA ANIMALS, STOP DREDGEING THE OCEAN FLOOR AND KILLING OFF THE BARRIER REEFS,  STOP OVER FISHING,  ETC., ETC., ETC.,!  

Can we get back to business please and save the planet and mankind please!  The only bare foot I want to see is that of a homeless person getting shoes and socks put on it! 

AM I WRONG?  PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Thank you.

—-riverolflifelisajoy

Who is Thomas Crater and the New York Page? In Memories of J. Michael Bloom I discussed Thomas Crater….Another person who inspired me toward my Goals!

thomas-crater.jpg 

Well,  just so you know…. I always aim to give you something interesting to read.  I found Thomas Crater when I was googling and here he is.  So,  yes there was an actual NEW YORK PAGE….AND AND REAL THOMAS CRATER THAT ALLOWED ME TO WRITE AND PRACTICE JOURNALISM. But  I had lost touch of Mr. Crater over the years.  He was a great mentor to me.  Keep well Mr. Crater  and keep up the good fight of faith and making SouthEast Jamaica beautiful!  Thanks!—-RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY!!!—-

Thomas Crater Thomas Crater “People don’t know their history, they should go out and learn about their history.”

“People don’t know their history, they should go out and learn about their history.”

Thomas Crater is the chairperson and sole board member for the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation’s (GJDC) Beautification Committee. He is always speed-walking somewhere, never without his briefcase, and he will turn any topic into a history lesson.
Greatest Achievement

Crater is known for fighting with the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and government-run organizations about cleaning up the Downtown Jamaica area. He recently confronted the LIRR about the graffiti covering the railroad bridges and station, and according to Crater, they finally admitted it is their responsibility to clean up the defacement.Crater also started a publication called “The New York Page,” a newspaper he said he created to cover issues that everyone else is too scared to deal with. The paper prints when Crater gets around to it. He said he might print one before the November presidential elections if the paper is in high demand.Community Character

Crater has never entered a GJDC Downtown Committee meeting without a problem to discuss, and before anyone can address his concerns, he is on to the next one, without stopping to take a breath.
He avoids sitting down at meetings because he knows he is going to get riled up, so you will catch him pacing up and down the Jamaica Market Harvest Room until the meeting is over.
Crater is also known for his active involvement in the community, especially with the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, the church he has been a member of since he moved to the area.
Most Outrageous Act

Without a car, Crater finds it hard to be punctual when it comes to getting to meetings, but no matter how late he arrives, Crater ensures that his words will be heard, and when he is on time, no one can take away his microphone.
At the February Downtown Committee meeting, Crater was asked to give an overview of what the Beautification Committee was doing. Crater stood up, moved away from the table and started interrogating board members of the GJDC. “When do you plan on starting construction on the Airport Village? There’s all this talk but no action.”When board members tried to quiet Crater down, he ignored the requests and insisted that the people of Southeast Queens deserve to know what’s going on. Although Crater did not get his questions answered, he said that he never forgets what happens at the meetings, and the subjects will come up again.Work Relationship

Crater works hand in hand with GJDC to develop Downtown Jamaica. Although he is the only member on the Beautification Committee, Crater says he stays in touch with the organization to keep them aware of his progress. The Downtown Committee also sent Crater to meet with the Borough President to discuss ways of demolishing graffiti in the borough.
Although Crater provokes the members of the Downtown Committee about the progress the organization is making with the redevelopment of Southeast Queens, he said he supports them in their efforts to rebuild the community, he just wishes there was a time frame as to when the work would be done.–Raynelle Cerica Bull

“People don’t know their history, they should go out and learn about their history.”

Thomas Crater “People don’t know their history, they should go out and learn about their history.”

“People don’t know their history, they should go out and learn about their history.”

Thomas Crater is the chairperson and sole board member for the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation’s (GJDC) Beautification Committee. He is always speed-walking somewhere, never without his briefcase, and he will turn any topic into a history lesson.
Greatest Achievement

Crater is known for fighting with the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and government-run organizations about cleaning up the Downtown Jamaica area. He recently confronted the LIRR about the graffiti covering the railroad bridges and station, and according to Crater, they finally admitted it is their responsibility to clean up the defacement.Crater also started a publication called “The New York Page,” a newspaper he said he created to cover issues that everyone else is too scared to deal with. The paper prints when Crater gets around to it. He said he might print one before the November presidential elections if the paper is in high demand.
Community Character

Crater has never entered a GJDC Downtown Committee meeting without a problem to discuss, and before anyone can address his concerns, he is on to the next one, without stopping to take a breath.
He avoids sitting down at meetings because he knows he is going to get riled up, so you will catch him pacing up and down the Jamaica Market Harvest Room until the meeting is over.
Crater is also known for his active involvement in the community, especially with the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, the church he has been a member of since he moved to the area.
Most Outrageous Act

Without a car, Crater finds it hard to be punctual when it comes to getting to meetings, but no matter how late he arrives, Crater ensures that his words will be heard, and when he is on time, no one can take away his microphone.
At the February Downtown Committee meeting, Crater was asked to give an overview of what the Beautification Committee was doing. Crater stood up, moved away from the table and started interrogating board members of the GJDC. “When do you plan on starting construction on the Airport Village? There’s all this talk but no action.”When board members tried to quiet Crater down, he ignored the requests and insisted that the people of Southeast Queens deserve to know what’s going on. Although Crater did not get his questions answered, he said that he never forgets what happens at the meetings, and the subjects will come up again.Work Relationship

Crater works hand in hand with GJDC to develop Downtown Jamaica. Although he is the only member on the Beautification Committee, Crater says he stays in touch with the organization to keep them aware of his progress. The Downtown Committee also sent Crater to meet with the Borough President to discuss ways of demolishing graffiti in the borough.
Although Crater provokes the members of the Downtown Committee about the progress the organization is making with the redevelopment of Southeast Queens, he said he supports them in their efforts to rebuild the community, he just wishes there was a time frame as to when the work would be done.–Raynelle Cerica Bull

“People don’t know their history, they should go out and learn about their history.”


Thomas Crater is the chairperson and sole board member for the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation’s (GJDC) Beautification Committee. He is always speed-walking somewhere, never without his briefcase, and he will turn any topic into a history lesson.
Greatest Achievement

Crater is known for fighting with the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and government-run organizations about cleaning up the Downtown Jamaica area. He recently confronted the LIRR about the graffiti covering the railroad bridges and station, and according to Crater, they finally admitted it is their responsibility to clean up the defacement.Crater also started a publication called “The New York Page,” a newspaper he said he created to cover issues that everyone else is too scared to deal with. The paper prints when Crater gets around to it. He said he might print one before the November presidential elections if the paper is in high demand.
Community Character

Crater has never entered a GJDC Downtown Committee meeting without a problem to discuss, and before anyone can address his concerns, he is on to the next one, without stopping to take a breath.
He avoids sitting down at meetings because he knows he is going to get riled up, so you will catch him pacing up and down the Jamaica Market Harvest Room until the meeting is over.
Crater is also known for his active involvement in the community, especially with the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, the church he has been a member of since he moved to the area.
Most Outrageous Act

Without a car, Crater finds it hard to be punctual when it comes to getting to meetings, but no matter how late he arrives, Crater ensures that his words will be heard, and when he is on time, no one can take away his microphone.
At the February Downtown Committee meeting, Crater was asked to give an overview of what the Beautification Committee was doing. Crater stood up, moved away from the table and started interrogating board members of the GJDC. “When do you plan on starting construction on the Airport Village? There’s all this talk but no action.”When board members tried to quiet Crater down, he ignored the requests and insisted that the people of Southeast Queens deserve to know what’s going on. Although Crater did not get his questions answered, he said that he never forgets what happens at the meetings, and the subjects will come up again.Work Relationship

Crater works hand in hand with GJDC to develop Downtown Jamaica. Although he is the only member on the Beautification Committee, Crater says he stays in touch with the organization to keep them aware of his progress. The Downtown Committee also sent Crater to meet with the Borough President to discuss ways of demolishing graffiti in the borough.
Although Crater provokes the members of the Downtown Committee about the progress the organization is making with the redevelopment of Southeast Queens, he said he supports them in their efforts to rebuild the community, he just wishes there was a time frame as to when the work would be done.–Raynelle Cerica Bull
A word from Riveroflifelisajoy!—-So there you have it!  Still going strong in his own way.  I hope that all continues to go well for Mr. Crater.  He assisted a young college student to understand writing and the power of the ink on paper!  Thank you again.  Mr.  Crater.  Two very powerful people that I had met before the age of  thirty!  Two people who were not afraid to step out from their comfort zone and be the person they felt lead and drawn to be.  Be lead by your dreams and push the limits of what feels safe.  Yes,  J. Michael Bloom  Talent Agent (founder/CEO of the J. Michael Bloom and Associates), who has passed on leaving those of us fortunate to have known him or known of him to remember his great contributions to budding young and talented artists,  and Thomas Crater….News Paper Founder,  and CEO Entreprenauer of the SouthEast Queens Community who has been a mover and a shaker in the community WITHOUT  becoming a politician!  Yes,  I am still aiming to achieve my goals,  and I have two non-related people to which I can say thankfor your being who you are and were.  Thank   you for treating me with respect, and mentoring me.  I truly appreciate it to this very day!

——RiVEROFLIFELISAJOY! 

SOMEBODY PLEASE TAKE THE TEMPERATURE OF AMERICA! It looks like the United States has caught OBAMA FEVER!!! HE IS A WINNER!!!!

big-summer-sky-at-dusk.jpgLook,  I am not a politics buff….but one thing I do know…..I heard 1010Wins  RADIO ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE,  state  that Hillary  Clinton is considering conceding defeat?!!!!

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 Whaaaaaattt?????!!!!  Impossible says I!  NOt to be believed says I!  Hillary Clinton could not possibly give in so easily? 

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 I was at a job related function yesterday and I heard  a several teachers, and a principal of a school discussing the issue.

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  Some were thinking over the experience issues between Hillary and Obama.  It was interesting to hear.  One person who was black did not seem so impressed with Obama’s experience. 

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 While another person who was also black,  was apparently happy about Obama’s  too close to the White House success in the primaries nationally! 

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 They then compared how Jessie Jackson had made a bid for the White House.  However, they then  considered that Jessie Jackson did not appeal to middle America in his stance on issues or his way of speech or both. 

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 They thought about it and bantered the topic,  but is was obvious who had Obama political fever and who did not. 

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 I sat there for a minute, since I was not directly in the conversation, and I did start to get a little bit in awe of the history taking place before our eyes, and ears! 

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My father was a World War II Veteran….my father cared for his wife and children.  My father brought a house in SpringfieldGardens that had a acre lot and a large bongalo house. 

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My dreams have been realized through the fact that my father dared to dream and dared to step out from his comfort zone!  So  dreamers can be success stories!  Ya know?

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 Mr. Obama,  I will definitely keep you, and Hillary Clinton in my prayers.  This is a momentous moment in time….savor it,  inhale it,  taste it! 

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 It tastes like a green meadow at sunrise, wet with the dew of promise after a  midnight of malstrom storms and thunderous clamor. 

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 Let that clamor and noise be the change of the century!

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  Let Obama and Hillary bring fourth a New Begining for the future of mankind and the world!

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Till next Hillary and Obama blog—

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—-RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY! 

We are Cold and We are Hungry!!!

HUNGER AND DOUBT.jpgI am Cold and I am Hungry!!!!  I can’t take it any more!!!  Last week after I paid my rent of $1600.00 my child said what are we going to eat?  

 I looked around the house and he did too….Ole  Mama in da Hood’s Cupboard was bare chile!!!  What to do?  What to do?  —Suddenly it hit me. 

 The “free food” places my mother used to frequent before she had her stroke.  I used to get angry at her for getting the canned food,  and bags of rice, and spagetti (uncooked) and also bags of dry beans.  I thought and even told her—You do not need that stuff —you have a good job at the Post Office.  

 I am not the best cook so I had No idea of what to do with a bag of dried beans.  You see, my husband  had been a Corrections Officer before his castastrophic illness that took him away from my son and I.  So when my husband had been with us,  we would shop for food and spend atleast $300.00 per food shopping session. 

 But now—for nine years…it is catch as catch can—Meaning do the best you can, pray for the Lord to increase a $50.00 food purchase to equal a $300.00 and stretch it as far as two weeks or more!   As my earlier blog on hunger discussed…”I am not eligible because the Welfare deparment only helps people who have more than one child and make less than $38,00.00 per year.  They do not care about your debt to income ratio. 

 They do not care about your net income—they do not care that you pay $1600.00 per month for a three bedroom for your mother, yourself, and your child.  They do not care about the life insurance policy that you have to maintain since your husband has left nothin for his son, and there is no child suuport.  —So what do you do when you have barely any heat in the house becuase you cannot afford to pay the heating bill and cannot afford to pay the food bill after it is all said and done?!

Mother’s are always right!!!  Get to the Free Food places—it is in your community—ask around at the churches….Don’t despair—I just had forgotten during the summer so we really suffered until a loan from my nearly empty pension  came in.  We did not got to any amusement parks, or any type of recreation.  All I did was create paintings to keep myself positive. 

 I would tell my son” Ca mon’ John lets do some art work!!!  Maybe it will make us rich one day!!!  My son is 14 and does not believe in Santa Claus any more—so he just patted me on my head and said yes Mommy,  I love you—I will just draw one picture—but I do not like to paint!   My mother said,  I don’t want to paint I don’t feel like doing that, if you do not mind. ”

I love my family—they have suffered and cried with me for the loss of my husband and  suffered with each other when we take ill,  and during the summer during my vacation we suffered together without food—until it hit me that I could go back to the free food places—no matter how humiliating it can  be. 

 But guess what—-when you have food like the beans I have come to learn how to cook…on the table with some white rice—IT IS BETTER THAN NOTHING ON THE STOVE OR PLATE AT ALL!!!  —So get up off of that computer and check your local churches for the Food Pantry—those who are hungry—God Bless and let me know if you get good results!—Meanwhile we still need an answer about the heat crisis in America!!! 

I think we should all blog, or write or call our local and Washington elected officals about the Oil and Gas Heat crisis!   What type of Christmas and Chanuka is this for our kids?  Hunger and Cold?  The rules of Heap are too strick,  and the prices are too high.  How do you expect me to even afford to purchas holiday gifts from the retailers—-I AM GOING BACK TO THE FLEA MARKET—GOOD BYE MARSHALLS,  GOOD BYE MACY’S,  GOOD BYE WALMART,  AND GOOD BYE COSTCOS!!!  How can I buy jewelry,  coats,  jackets,  shoes,  boots,  cameras,  etc., etc., when I cannot even put food on the table. 

If something is not done not there will empty stores and empty stores means the down fall of the Gross National Product and the loss of business as we know it in America.  I AM MS.  JOHN Q PUBLIC—-I CAN NOT SHOP RETAIL ANY MORE—I DO NOT OWN A CREDIT CARD EITHER—-

Give me some ideas on how to save our economy please—or better yet how to feed,  clothe and put heat on in my abode for my family.

Thanks!  riveroflifelisajoy