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UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

THE NYC PARKS DEPT.  HAS A GREAT SUMMER PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN UP TO AGE 17!

 

 

 

My son was in a 4 week program.  He loved it and he won a hat from the AMERICAN GOLF ASSOCIATION! 

TIGER WOODS HERE WE COME!

THERE IS A GOLF COURSE FOR KIDS IN DYKER BROOKLYN.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

GET INVOLVED…AND GET YOUR TEENAGERS INVOLVED.

COLLEGE IS A STONE’S THROW AWAY.

MY SON LOVES IT.

PLUS HE PLAYS TENNIS.

THERE IS ENOUGH ROOM FOR EVERYBODY!

CA’MON PARENTS…

HEY…YOU  NEVER KNOW….

PROMOTE POSITIVE LIFE STYLES AND HEALTHY

LIVING ….IT STARTS YOUNG AND FOLLOWS

YOUR CHILD THROUGH LIFE!

ALL PROGRAMS FROM THE NYC PARKS DEPARTMENT ARE FREE!

CHECK IT OUT!

OF COURSE,  EVERY SPORT IS NOT FOR EVERY BODY…BUT GIVE IT A TRY!

…TILL NEXT BLOG…RIVEOFLIFELISAJOY!

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UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

WORK YOURSELF UP

 

 

 

TO A POINT

TO WHERE  PEOPLE WILL

SEE YOU

AND SEE HOW  MUCH ENERGY YOU ARE

PUTTING INTO WHAT

EVER YOU DO.

SOMEONE MAY TAKE

NOTICE,  MY SON…

CONTINUE FORWARD

AND DO NOT HESITATE

IN BUILDING A GOOD

REPUTATION FOR YOURSELF

ACHIEVEMENT CANNOT BE DONE

WITHOUT WORKING HARD

YOU CANNOT SIT BACK ON YOUR

BEHIND AND EXPECT TO

ACCOMPLISH ANY GOALS

GET UP,  GET MOTIVATED…AND

TRY,  TRY,  TRY!

MY MOTHER ALWAYS PREACHES THAT TO ME

AND I WILL  PREACH AND TEACH IT TO YOU

MY SON….

REMEMBER,  I AM WITH YOU

TO BACK YOU IN WHATEVER

WORTHWHILE  GOALS YOU HAVE

PEOPLE WILL SEE THE DRIVE IN YOU…

AND MAYBE THEY WILL HELP YOU..

IF YOU ACT DEDICATED,  SOMETIMES IT MAY TAKE YEARS

SOMETIMES PEOPLE WILL SEE THE GO GETTERS…

PULLING THEMSELVES UP BY THE BOOTSTRAPS

IF YOU DO NOT KID AROUND,  AND BE

HONEST AND STRAIGHT FORWARD

MAYBE SOMEONE WILL SEE SOMETHING IN

YOU AND BE WILLING TO HELP YOU…

SO WATCH HOW OTHER PEOPLE HAVE ACHIEVED

DIFFERENT THINGS MY SON….

WATCH AND LEARN FROM THOSE AROUND YOU

AND REMEMBER I WILL BE THERE TO HELP

AS MUCH AS I CAN….

I WISH AND PRAY FOR YOU

THE BLESSINGS FROM THE LORD

ABOVE…

‘FINI~~((((((( THIS POEM IS DEDICATED TO MY  SON….JAY JEWELS..aka)

riveroflifelisajoy~

A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING….7TH INSTALLMENT….CONCERN ABOUT THE FUTURE OF EVERYTHING…

 

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

Well,  where do I start today.
 
 

 

 

 

At this time…it is about 4am,  or 5 am.  I was awakened by this stabbing pain in my back.  As usual I am blog stat obsessed.  So I came down stairs to take my meds..for this “shingles” and I came to the computer to start checking my blog stats.

  Low, for the entire summer,  except when I wrote about Bernie Mack passing away.  I got 519 that day.  I would have perferred a different number.  But I did love Bernie Mack a lot. 

 However, I do not believe that I paid the homage to him that he deserved.  Anyway,  I digress. 

 I have this stabbing pain from shingles… It feels as sharp as it did 5 days ago…before I knew it was shingles…Ugh…Oh, Lord…what do I do?

  I have this ridiculous rash on my stomach and pain.  It comes and goes.  I do not take pain killers. 

 I am not one for pain killers.  Pain killers can destroy the stomach lining,  or cause high blood pressure or worse. 

 So I avoid pain killers at this time.  I am willing to cope …so I just blog…until I get too pain ridden,  or tired or both.

I will stop by the emergency room, or go back to the doctor….before Tuesday…(back to work day) to decide what is the next step with this annoying back pain…from shingles.  UGH….Lord have Mercy!

NEXT TOPIC-

Alaska has more to offer than just  “Northern lights”,  polar bears,  ice,  and wild life….According to John McCain…there is a Vice President up there. 

  I do not know what to think of this.  It is quite smart…but long term committment….long term  history or knowlege of government on the part of  the recent governor of  a  “Bible Belt” gun toting  state….hard to figure…”just fasten your seat belts…it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!!!”

NEXT TOPIC:

REVISITING HURRICANE KATRINA….

I do not understand the so called NO PLAN OF ACTION PLAN…EXCEPT TO EVACUATE EVERYBODY….NO PLAN OF ACTION PLAN OF NOT TO PREPARE A HOLD OVER SITE INCASE THEY CANNOT GET EVERYBODY OUT PLAN????

  Do they always get it wrong I wonder?  I hope this is not playing out like some kind of C-list movie…where the main characters…the victims suffer again…like last time. 

 I remember watching the news on my friends cable TV Weather Channel,  and CNN and how those people were stranded on the roofs of buildings and screaming for just some water! 

  Lord…I hope these elected and state officials,, and city officials have their finger on  the pulse of  this new hurricane Gustav!

NEW TOPIC:

SCHOOL SUPPLIES…..WHO PAYS FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR MY KID?

Yesterday I was sitting in the park…watching my son play tennis.  I was relating my son’s lovely tennis camp experience…and golf experience of the summer to another mother. 

 She changed the subject to school supplies.  She is NOT a single parent like me.   So she does not get the point of how hard it is to buy anything after the rent is paid. 

 She started telling me to go to Jamaica  Avenue,  Staples,  and Office Max to buy school supplies.  I told her that I have no money at all. 

 She started telling me that  pencils and things were 20 cents etc.  I explained that I was literally sitting there with$5.00 (five dollars in my pocket). 

 I explained that I pay $1600.00 per month for rent….I am a single parent…(which she knows)

 She is not.  She and her husband are home owners and have two kids.

  I have one child…but I care for my mother and son.  I do not receive child support.  So you know what happens to me? 

I feel like back to school is just like CHRISTMAS TIME IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER!  Whether a box of crayons or pencils or pens is cheap means nothing.

  I am on a limited income…so it is not PART OF MY BUDGET….I do not have a budget….My income is shot! 

 Once I pay the rent….I have barely enough money to buy food.  I have a nearly 6 foot tall size twelve foot….15 yearold  eating maching in the house. 

My loving oversize  child…needs to eat alot of carbs…or he  can get literally SICK….(READ MY OTHER BLOGS…) 

 So….basically  We  as a family of three…. live  PAY CHECK TO PAY CHECK. 

 (READ MY OTHER BLOGS ON INCOME DISPARITY….THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND MY POINT HERE.—ALSO PROBABLY THE REASON FOR THIS STUPID SHINGLES PROBLEM (STRESS RELATED ILLNESS).

—Thus,  my annoyance…when this “woman” who is not struggeling on her own like I am…started pressuring me to get up out of the park and run down to Jamacia Avenue….and get these great sales..

I just started spewing my SAD STORY ABOUT MY LACK OF MONEY….but I did inform her that I would go get my son’s school supplies when I get paid this week. 

 How could she be so unaware that other people do not have the same set of financial circumstances that she has? 

 My family tree does not have any uncles, aunts, cousins,  husband (due to catastrophic disease ),  inlaws( due to total disfunction of my estranged husband’s family)—-Myself, my mother and my son do not possess any family that step in and give any financial assistance what so ever!

  When my son graduated eigth grade going into highschool  …I was the only person   from our family at his graduation!  My mother could not attend because the church building has not been made wheel chair friendly.

  So…if I do not have the cash on hand…or even a credit card(due to financial ruin from my banckruptcy  from my estranged husband)—–WHO PAYS FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR MY SON??????????????????

——-NOT THE PRESIDENT,  NOT THE GOVERNOR,  NOT THE MAYOR,  –=—ONLY MY PAYCHECK…THAT COMES NEXT WEEK. 

 MY RENT IS PAID ON THE 16TH OF THE MONTH

…SO do the math….life is hard. 

 Yeah,  I can sit here and blog…but guess what…? 

 I have dial up aol system…$9.00 per month.

  School supplies, new shoes,  and clothes cost a whole lot more than that!

So as always…this woman turns her back,  runs to her family because she owns a home across the street from the tennis courts where her child and my child play tennis,  and she continued on her merry way of getting great bargins for ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ for her kids. 

GOOD FOR HER!!!  But she needs to mind her business when it comes to me….ya know?

NEXT TOPIC:

UNDERSTANDING LIMITATIONS…..You must wonder what my financial problems do to my son? 

  He is not spoiled…that is for sure!  He is not a couch potatoe either! 

WE DO NOT HAVE CABLE EITHER

….BUT MY SON DOES HAVE A TENNIS RACKET.

  My son is learning that his possible route out of the financial troubles of his mother….may teach him to develop a skill that is both employable…and scholarship worthy!  

 My son is hearing how tennis coaches make money….”sometimes too much money”

====he is learning the game of golf….too!((((NYC HAS A FREE PROGRAM OF GOLF FOR KIDS IN DYKER STREET….EXIT #4 OFF THE BELT PARKWAY))))

  So,  money problems…may teach my kid…how to survive with learned skills,  and a good education. 

So is it all bad? 

 Sometimes the best life lessons are hard lessons.

 I wish it did not have to be the case…for my child.

 But I pray for  his strength…and my strength too.

till next blog…

river!

ps….the shingles pain is less and I think I can go back to bed now.

QUALIES!!!! QUALIES!!!! US OPEN! QUEENS NEWYORK….15 YEAR OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUNG LADY ON 8/19/08! GREAT! –A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING 6TH INSTALLMENT!

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

I   was told about a young LADY of 15 years old in the US OPEN QUEENS TENNIS CENTER who was in the    “QUALIES”    ““(i.e. qualification rounds)…—it was great!  The young 15 year old black(African American girl…who was representing the United States…first name was Angela!~  Great!  She was playing against a young lady from Portogal named Michelle!

I heard that Angela had been to a tennis camp/highschool in Florida.  She played with the intensity of a pro! 

  The young lady and her opponent played a very strong 6 matches or so.  It was great to watch….except for the   grunts and squeals and     “COME ON(S)!!!!!” the youngs ladies    would yell during   extremely intense moments of their game together!  

  My son who is working on his skills was so excited from watching the game played the ‘right’ way…could not wait to go get a hold of his tennis racket.

  My son has a JAPANESE MADE YONEX! (15 year old Angela played her game with a BABALOT TENNIS RACKET!) 

 My son…. Jay wants a lighter racket now.  He says the Yonex is heavier than most!

My son was inspired to see a young African American the same age as himself playing in the QUALIES….Now my kid has stronger aspirations.  Where will his goals take him?  To College….to the Pros—who knows.?!!!!

  Take out the time and run over to see the US OPEN!  TENNIS IS A PROGRAM THAT THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN GET INVOLVED IN AND IT IS A BEAUTIFUL AREA IN WHICH TO HELP BUILD TEENAGE SELFESTEEM!

IF YOU ARE A PARENT…IT IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL THING…TO SEE YOUR CHILD HAPPY IN AN ACTIVITY THAT BUILDS HIS/OR HER MOTIVATION AND GOALS. 

I MUST HONESTLY TELL YOU THAT MY FAITH IN THE ONE ABOVE HAS INCREASED WHEN I SEE THE WORLD THROUGH THE EYES OF THE CHILD I BROUGHT INTO THIS WORLD.  I SEE THAT AS THE SAY….PLANT THE SEEDS,  WATER THEM AND  WATCH THEM GROW!

GO OUT TODAY AND GATHER YOUR FAMILY AROUND YOU AND SEE THE MIRACLES TAKE PLACE!—-

AND DON’T FORGET……..

 

US OPEN IS HISTORY IN THE MAKING!!!!

Till next

BLOG-

RIVER!!!

SUMMER FUN FOR MY SON!!

 

 

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

UNIVERSE AND WEAVE IN HARMONY

MY BABY JAY JEWELZ IS HAVING A GREAT SUMMER!!!

My child just returned from a USTA TENNIS SCHOLARSHIP CAMP IN NEW ENGLAND!!!`

HALLELUJAH!!!

LAST SUMMER HE DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! HE DID NOT GO TO AN AMUSEMENT PARK OR ANYTHING….NOT EVEN THE BEACH!

LAST YEAR SOMEONE HAD STOLEN MY LAP TOP COMPUTER.

BUT IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR  I PURCHASED THIS USED DELL FROM A MAN IN VALLEY STREAM NEW YORK. 

I HAD LOOKED UP USTA, OF WHICH MY SON IS A MEMBER…I FOUND THAT THERE WERE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS FOR USTA KIDS FOR SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS.

WHAT A BLESSING AND A MIRACLE.

MY SON WENT AWAY TO CAMP IN PAWLING, NY FOR 13 DAYS!!!!

WOW!

IF YOUR CHILD PLAYS TENNIS ….JOIN USTA!!!! 

USTA IS GREAT!!!

MY SON HAS A MEDICAL PROBLEM…AND HE WAS AWAY AND

DID NOT HAVE ANY MEDICAL CRISIS!!!

THERE WAS A NURSE ON SITE, AND A DOCTOR ON CALL!

HE STAYED IN A DORMATORY IN A SMALL COLLEGE UPSTATE

HE PLAYED TENNIS, HAD SPORTS,  WENT TO MOVIES, WENT TO THE MALL,

HAD CABLE TV,  3 MEALS A DAY AND ALSO GOT CONSTRUCTIVE

INSIGHT TO HIS TENNIS SKILLS!

USTA IS A GREAT ORGANIZATION!

THANK YOU U

BLOODS *** CRIPS***AND GANG VIOLENCE! New ENDANGERED SPECIES….BLACK MALE TEENAGERS!

My Baby Boy...Endangered Species in Todays Society--2008My son recently turned 15 years old.  I am concerned about him and all other males that are black, minority and non-minority.  The life expectancy is limited.  I will consider my years as a teenager and I will tell you. 

 When I attended junior highschool and highschool back in the 70’s  I do not recall anybody ever getting shot or killed by drive by,  gang related,  or stray bullets….ever! 

 When I attended a school in New Hyde Park Queens it was embroiled with race riots and such…but never was there a murder based on these issues.  A girl I attended school with had gotten a piece of glass in her eye from the “special bus” that we were riding. 

 The special bus was a city bus set aside to transport the minority bus students out of New Hyde Park from our junior highschool I.S. 172 back then.  The buses would ride right up to the school and we would board the buses and they would ride down Hillside Avenue in Queens to 169th Street.

One day there were white teenagers and they threw a brick at the special bus and shattered the window. My friend had to be taken to the hospital and glass had to be removed from her eye. The funny thing was her mother was white and her father was black.

She was the product of racial harmony, however she became the victim of racial hatred when the white teenagers tossed that heavy brick through the window of the bus she was riding in.  She had always been a quiet girl and pleasant to talk to.

 From the incident she transferred out of the school. I never saw her again. That was a terrible event that should of never happened. Nowadays the violence is either black on black or white on white possibly gang related and totally completely senseless.

People are being found dead in parks, deserted areas, and other areas.  My son was attacked by a group of kids from another school.   It was his graduation from Grace Lutheran to prepare for highschool.  What a mess. 

 My son and his friends, six of them were all assaulted except for one.  They had to literally run for their lives.  I was so shocked.  I had put him through 9 years of private school, sacrificed,  and went without inorder for him to have a good,  healthy enviornment in which he would learn how to treat and repect others. 

However, on his last day of school the principal had allowed them to have half a day.  The six boys wanted to play a last game of basketball and so they went to a elmentary school P.S. 34 to play. 

 However,  since they were not usually  in that area for any reason during the school year,  they found themselves  walking on dangerous ground on the gang of boys assumed basketball court.  The violence was not race related like when I was a kid.  Instead this was violence that was black on black only.  No ryhme or reason.  This was not West Side Story the movie come to life….it was some type of tribal war over a play ground. 

My son who has episodic seizures was stomped, and kicked till he fell to the ground.  Another kid had passed out from the brutal beating that he took.  My son and his friends told me that they had been attacked by atleast 20 of these pre-teen,  teen black boys. 

 Why I keep asking myself is this violence so prevalent in the year 2008?  Where is all of this leading?  My son has been playing tennis for six years.  He has represented his school on the basketball team.  He received a dogtag from his school for his participation in team sports.  He is considered a very nice young man.

Why were those other kids not in school?  Were those other kids truants or drop outs?  A sanatation worker saw the brawl and yelled at those assailents that she was calling 911.  The assaults stopped and everybody began to run. 

 However,  my son and his friends were all separated.  The Valdictorian was assaulted and left with a bloody lip.  Since my son’s school was Lutheran they had a night time graduation.  The kids went home and prepared for graduation. 

I was so disgusted because my son did not call me to tell me when it happened.  As a matter of fact he was with his friend,  a very tall chubby kid that did not get assaulted,  and I had just called the cell phone of his friend who had lied to me and said at 12:30 and told me “everything is all right.” 

Meanwhile,  my son’s friend’s statement to me could not have been further from the truth.  Now,  recently since my son is in highschool,  I have to pick him and and drive him to school everyday for medical reasons. 

I am concerned about his medical health, but I prefer to drive him because I know as a black male….or any male for that matter in today’s society—my son is an endangered species.

Do you agree?  What  do you think we can do as a society to stop the flow of crime within our society –especially the youth against one another?  What can be done to change this climate of hatred, and destruction. 

Any parent wants to see their child grow to an adult and be productive in society.  Where are the parents of the violent kids, and what can be done to help those parents take back their children from the powerful influence of the streets and crime.

What do you think?