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28 Days of Kindness


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WHAT IS 28 DAYS OF KINDNESS?

28 Days of Kindness is a global initiative to promote awareness of doing good deeds for others. While you can easily share the love on any day or month of the year, we chose February for our month long virtual event.

WHY FEBRUARY?

February is a month already associated with love in the minds of many. It’s also the month of Valentine’s Day.

Our goal is remind people that no matter where they are in their lives, there are ways to realize and enjoy the love and kindness they have all around them.

Everyday, for the entire month of February, we’ll be posting quotes, ideas, and stories of good deeds happening around the world. We want to inspire people to go make somebody’s day, and we promise it’s a lot easier than you think.

WHY LITTLE ACTS OF KINDNESS?

Through our own personal experience, it’s sometimes the little things that have the biggest impact. You can make someone’s day simply by buying their cup of coffee, offering to pay for a meal, sending them a card in the mail, or even making a phone call to let them know their thought of. With enough good deeds, we can make a difference.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

Mosey on over to our “Join Us” page to learn how you can help spread the word and join us online. You can also easily click on one of the two icons over on the right, to join our month long Facebook event, and to follow the Twitter hashtag of awesomeness happening all over the world. Now, go forth and be kind.

WHO’S BEHIND ALL OF THIS?

Really happy people, who want to cause ripple effects of goodness in lives of many.

official site: http://www.28daysofkindness.com/

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NY man finishes writing out entire Bible by hand


Associated Press/Mike Groll, File - FILE - In this Tuesday, April 30, 2013 file photo, Phillip Patterson transcribes the King James Bible at this home in Philmont, N.Y. Patterson, a 63-year-old upstate New York man who has spent years writing out every word in the Bible has penning the very last lines. Patterson completed the final lines of the Book of Revelation on Saturday evening, May 11, 2013 during a ceremony at St. Peter's Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, near the Massachusetts border.(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Associated Press/Mike Groll, File – FILE – In this Tuesday, April 30, 2013 file photo, Phillip Patterson transcribes the King James Bible at this home in Philmont, N.Y. Patterson, a 63-year-old upstate New York man who has spent years writing out every word in the Bible has penning the very last lines. Patterson completed the final lines of the Book of Revelation on Saturday evening, May 11, 2013 during a ceremony at St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, near the Massachusetts border.(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Whatever your beliefs are, after reading the following story, you must admit that what this man did was pretty profound. I think one of the responses, by a poster, says it all:

SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — At last, it is written.

Four years after he began his project to write out every word of the Bible, Phillip Patterson penned the very last lines Saturday at an upstate New York church.

“Every single curly-q, every single loop, it was all worth it,” said Patterson, 63, moments after inking the final two verses of the King James Bible. “I’m really going to miss this writing.”

It took Patterson just a few minutes to copy the final lines of the Book of Revelation before a crowd of about 125 people at St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown. He ended the ceremony by saying “Amen.”

Patterson, of Philmont, began copying the complete King James Bible in his neat, looping handwriting in 2009. He spent two years copying the first five books of the Bible as a prototype before starting fresh. He said he’ll spend about another year working on the book’s binding and covers before donating the fully completed Bible — more than 2,400 pages — to St. Peter’s as a gift.

For now, he said, he’ll just have to get used to his new life without holding a Pigma Micron pen every day.

“I’m going to miss the writing, that’s what I’m going to miss,” he said. “My fingers are fine, no callouses.”

Patterson has said he started the project to learn about the Bible, not as a spiritual quest. But he said the project has helped him become more patient, confident and loving.

The project was slowed by his health problems, including AIDS and anemia. The retired interior designer relies on two canes and leans on walls and furniture to get around his apartment near the Massachusetts border.

Paterson worked as much as 14 hours a day on his project.

source: Associated Press

The Optimist Creed


The Optimist Creed

I promise myself:

  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
  • To talk health, happiness, & prosperity to every person I meet.
  • To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
  • To look at the sunny side of everything & make my optimism come true.
  • To think only of the best, to work only for the best, & to expect only the best.
  • To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • To wear a cheerful expression at all times & give a smile to every living creature I meet.
  • To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.
  • To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, & too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
  • To think well of myself & to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.
  • To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

I have received many responses to many of the posts on this blog, thus far. However, may I request that you please reply in the comment section of the blog  – as opposed to on Twitter, Facebook, emails, etc. – so that all responses will be together. Your comment may be helpful to others who come across something that they can relate to. You can comment anonymously.

Thank you and many blessings.

The Other 4-Letter Word


The word “hate” has always been my least favorite word.  Obviously, there is nothing positive about it. Who has ever smiled while using the word?

To most, the word in itself may seem innocuous, given that it is used in every day speech; however, it can be destructive and in regards to others, it is divisive.

The older I get, the more and more I strive to surround myself with as much positivity as possible. As such, within the last year, any time I’ve used the word to express my displeasure – “I hate that blouse”, “I hated that movie,” I’ve noticed that there was an uneasiness that came over me, after making the statement. Currently, if I were asked to comment, I would phrase it this way – “That blouse is my least favorite,” and “I didn’t really enjoy that movie. ”

It may seem as if there is no getting around the word, If you don’t like something, the first thing that comes to mind is – “I hate it”.

To a certain extent, we cannot control our thoughts; however, we DO have control over our actions.  Once you make a conscious effort to try to delete as many negative words from your vocabulary as possible – such as “hate, ugly,” etc… you’ll notice that it doesn’t enter your thoughts so readily. If you don’t think it – you cannot act upon it and put out negative energy. I truly believe that the less “negative clutter” that is in your mind, the less you express it, the more at peace you become and the less “negative clutter” you will experience  in your daily life.  Try it. The next time you need to express displeasure regarding anything, do your best to censor yourself.  Excise the word “hate” from your vocabulary, and once you’ve mastered that, work on removing other negative words from your vocabulary.  Remember, if you need to use a 4-letter word – LOVE is always available. 🙂

I have received many responses to many of the posts on this blog, thus far. However, may I request that you please reply in the comment section of the blog  – as opposed to on Twitter, Facebook, emails, etc. – so that all responses will be together. Your comment may be helpful to others who come across something that they can relate to. You can comment anonymously.

Thank you and many blessings.

A Time for Love


It’s that time of year when many couples embark on a new life together. Traditionally, May and June have been the most popular months for weddings.

Some choose to ‘pop the question’ in an intimate setting, alone with their intended, with a simple, “Will You Marry Me”. Others find more original ways to let their loved one know of their desire to spend the rest of their life together with them.

Below is a video, which I’m sure you have seen already, since, at the time of this post,  it has been viewed on YouTube over 5 million times. Whether it’s your cup of tea or not, you have to admit, it is fun and touching to see someone put on such a creative production to show their love.

(Update: check out the video that one reader added in the comments section below)

Here is another one of my favorite proposals that I saw last year:

It warms my heart to see couples who are in love. Sending much love to all of those who will take that leap and embark on life of love and happiness together, regardless of how you choose to do it.

If you know of any great proposals, please share below.  (BTW, there is a video I saw a few years ago of a man who led his girlfriend through several rooms in a hotel, with each room containing something or someone special. I cannot remember the specifics, but, it was awesome. If anyone comes across this video, please let me know. Thank you).

I have received many responses to many of the posts on this blog, thus far. However, may I request that you please reply in the comment section of the blog  – as opposed to on Twitter, Facebook, emails, etc. – so that all responses will be together. Your comment may be helpful to others who come across something that they can relate to. You can comment anonymously.

Thank you and many blessings.

10 Ways to Love


 

1. LISTEN without interruption (Proverbs 18)

2. SPEAK without accusing (James 1:19) 

3. GIVE without sparing (Proverbs 21:26)

4. PRAY without ceasing (Colossians 1:9)

5. ANSWER without arguing (Proverbs 17:1)

6. SHARE without pretending (Ephesians 4:15)

7. ENJOY without complaint (Philippians 2:14)

8. TRUST without wavering (Corinthians 13:7 

9. FORGIVE without punishing (Colossians 3:13)

10. PROMISE without forgetting (Proverbs 13:12)

Couture for Love


On Friday, March 18th, “Fab avec Amour” presents… “Couture for Love,” a fashion show fundraiser for breast cancer at the “Little Black Pearl” in Chicago, Illinois. This will be an evening of high fashion, love, poetry and a variety of live musical entertainment. A portion of proceeds from “Couture for Love” will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help save the lives of many people afflicted with breast cancer. 

This exciting event will be hosted by Actor and Comedian Reggie Reg with special performances by Grammy Award winner, R&B Singer & Trombonist Saunders Sermons. Guests will also enjoy the sounds of Poet & Inspirational Rapper Christopher LeMark, rising R&B singer Franklin Williams along with Chuckaluck and the Bass Tribes Band. Throughout the evening guests have the pleasure of visiting various vendor tables, while savoring an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and relishing a cash bar.

Tickets are $45.00 and can be purchased at “Wild & Sexy Fashions” (1537 W. 79th Street in Chicago) , Dee’s Collectibles (252 Lincoln Mall Drive in Matteson, IL) or online here: http://coutureforlove.eventbrite.com/

Doors open promptly at 7pm, Fashion Show & Live Entertainment begin at 830pm and the after party kicks off with DJ Phantom at 11pm.

For additional information on Fab avec Amour please visit www.fabavecamour.com or contact Loni Willis at loni@fabavecamour.com.

ABOUT REGGIE REG: Currently known as possibly the best impressionist on the scene, comedian and Chicago native Reggie Reg is quickly making his mark across the nation. This talented comedian, impressionist and actor has been recently seen on HBO’s P.Diddy Presents, “The Bad Boyz of Comedy.” He started the comedy circuit in Chicago performing in venues such as the “Cotton Club,” “Comedy Off Broadway,” “All Jokes Aside,”  “TNT Comedy Hook,” the “Regal Theater,” “Riddles Comedy Club,” “ Zannies,” “Barrel of Laughs,” “Isaac Hayes Restaurant,” and “BNJ’s Comedy Club.” Reggie has also participated in several headline comedy tours including the “1999 Bud Lite Def Jam,” the “2003 Kings & Queens of Comedy Search” (produced by Walter Latham Entertainment), and was the “2002 winner of the Tom Finch Miller Genuine Draft National Comedy Search Tour.” To learn more about Reggie Reg, visit: http://reggiereg.net


ABOUT SAUNDERS SERMONS:
 You’ve heard Saunders Sermons as the trombonist on R&B Singer Maxwell’s BLACKsummers’night, Jay-Z’s “American Gangster” and Laura Izibor’s “Let The Truth Be Told.” This New School musician has also done his share of straight ahead jazz with greats like Roy Hargrove. On his debut album “Classic Delight,” Sermons’ brings to bear all these different influences, from jazz and R&B to hip hop and retro soul. Lilting minimalism not heard since PJ Morton’s near classic debut “Emotions”, this Michael Franks vocal acolyte delivers music as soothing as a cup of chamomile on a blistery winter’s night. To learn more about Saunders Sermons, visit: http://saundersermons.com

ABOUT CHRISTOPHER LEMARK: Chicago native, Christopher LeMark was inspired to write poetry and rap songs through his love and passion for God. Over the years he’s shared the stage with many great artists such Deitrick Haddon
and Kurtis Blow. Today he’s the creator of “The Moment,” which is a diary evolved into what is now called M.O.T.H. (Matters of the heart). M.O.T.H. begins with an unplug set that progresses into a broadway filled stage production. It tells the story of his life while being narrated by the likes of his music. M.O.T.H. is filled with real life characters and played by creative actors combining music and fashion to bring an inspiring story to life. This concept is called a “Choreo Drama.” To learn more about Christopher LeMark, visit: http://christopherlemark.com


ABOUT CHUCK-A-LUCK
:  Charlie Hosch Jr. is known as the great “Chicago Windy City Bass Legend.” He is also President & CEO of “Bass Tribes” online magazine. ChuckALuck launched “Bass Tribes” out of concern for the lack of documentation of history regarding Afro-American bass players and their active contribution to the music industry. He decided to produce a magazine with a primary focus on Afro-American bass players who never really receive their full recognition. To learn more about ChuckALuck and “Bass Tribes,” visit: http://basstribes.com