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It has been a while. What have I been doing? Caring for family, traveling, writing and following a relationship. what have you been up to? Hit me on facebook, or twitter.

Big Deal of the Week

My 6th album All My Time is now available here You can listen to snippets and download a song or two for free here. But buy the album, will you? I know you'll be blessed. It was written for you. 

Inspirational Quote

"Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements'

- Napolean Hill

Picture of the Week

Porn for Women

Tip of the Week

Today I was very busy on the computer and did not have time to cook lunch. So this is what I prepared: Sliced extra sharp cheese on rice cakes, a tangarine and a peach, and washed it down with apple-cranberry juice. What do you see? Colors! Yes. color is a great enhancer of appetite. Not only did I enjoy it, it was also satisfying because the fruits provided fiber (as well as vitamins and minerals). The cheese provided the protein, and of course the rice cakes gave carb-energy. I don't usually drink juice, but I needed some extra energy.I try to keep my sugar intake very low. After all there is no fiber in it.To sing well you need a clear and strong voice. Your fruits and vegetables supplies vitamin C and your carbs help you to sing strongly.

Here's to Spring! Peace & Blessings,

Cee

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Music to free you

 

New album 'Time Out'

'Time Out' - to pray 'Behind the Door' for more 'Faith Hope and Charity'. 'I Do' that, and I'm, 'Talking 'Bout a Child' who knows 'Yes Jesus Loves Me'. I truly want Him to continue to 'Break Me to Use Me' for His glory. So 'What Am I Living For'? to let you know that there is 'Power in the Blood' of Jesus to give you the strength and willingness to live peaceably with all men, doing your part to help the widow, feed the poor and free yourself. 'Have You Any Room' for Him?

Do you feel me?  Then buy the album. You'll be inspired.

Peace & Blessings,

Cee.

 

 

Cee Josephs: Time Out


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Tip of the Week

Big Deal of the Week

My 5th album Time Out is finally completed, although not yet offered for sale. But you can listen to snippets and download a song or two for free here http://ceejosephs.org/music.html. Available soon on CD BABY.com

All roads lead to Rufus King Park on Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 5 -8PM. I am involving the whole community.

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We have a lot of unknown talent in our communities. All they want is an opportunity to release their passion, and bless us. I want to know that I have helped someone to aspire to the next level of their dream. Of course I'll be performing songs from my new CD. 

So bring your blacket and chair, and be prepared to be wowed!

Inspirational Quote

It is our choices...that show what we really are, far more than our abilities. J.K. Rowling

Picture of the Week

Porn for Women

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Tip of the Week

Summer is here, and there will be times when we will not feel like slaving over the stove.But we still need to eat balanced, and healthy, meaning eating foods from the major food groups at each meal. Left over baked chicken, with lettuce and tomato, in a pita bread, topped with shredded cheese and a light dressing makes a great meal that is easy to prepare and satisfies most of the needed nutrients. Here's to a great summer!

Peace & Blessings,

Cee Kiss

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Music to free you

Here's what's happening

I'm excitedly in the production stage of my upcoming album. The creative part was very intense, as I am determined that this album will be 1) God-endorsed, 2) well done, and 3) worthy of your creative, intelligent, and highly spiritual self.

I am in the planning stage of the Make Music New York project @ Rufus King Park. There will be a line-up of great artistes, instrumentalists, choirs and soloists, doing Reggae/Caribbean, Traditional and Contemporary - as well as a word about HIV and Substance Abuse services being offered in the community.

We just did a nice thing for our clients here @ PSI.  We honored their commitment to regular attendance with a special VIP luncheon, where we were the maitre-d, waiters and servers. They were very appreciative, as it is not often that these 'patrons' get to enjoy a sitdown  meal affair.

Oh, and the Hungtington's Disease Dinner and Concert was truly uplifting and emotional, and I got to meet some wonderful people.

Well, for thos in town on June 21st, see you in the park!

Joy & Pain

In the midst of the holidays' celebrations, my nephew, Akil, son of my late sister, Tansie was taken from us. Three losses in 3-4 years. My mother died last year. You know, I wondered for a long time, why it was that I am not making music at the rate I usually do. Why I would come home, and although I tell myself I need to start writing or recording, I end up watching TV and eating. It just occurred to me that I was profoundly affected by these losses. I was proud of the fact that I am strong, and know when to move on.  The fact is, I was moving on, but at a snail's pace.

I am confident that God will see us through, and I crave your prayers and support in this time of bereavement. He leaves behing  a sister and a brother, and I am very concerned about them.

 

Call to Dietitians

Dietitians, Where Are You?

Back to Writing

Hi there,

My newest project is writing songs on nutrition & health; songs of encouragement to help us to be better warriors. You know that good nutritional health is the right arm of the gospel, and I am dedicated to the gospel of Christ.

So in my ministry will take on a slightly different perspective.  As I minister in music, I will also share diet and nutrition information.

Please consider inviting me to your church, civic association, health club, home, party, or wherever you congregate. this is vital information, given the state of our country's health.

Thanks.

Getting Ready.....

Last month I had the privilege of visiting St. Vincent and the Grenedines, where, with other gospel artistes, I ministered to the folks and was immensely blessed! I think, during the slave trade, they bussed (shipped) Jamaican slaves to inhabit St. Vincent. St Vincent is a mini Jamaica. : - ) This month I plan to film a music video, and have my first role in a movie. Well, that's it for now. Hit me on Facebook, MySpace, or right here on my guestbook. Always praying for you, Cee.

Achieving Peace and Blessings: Tips

For many of us, the goal of life isn't ultimate wealth, an accumulation of stuff, or the perfect car. It's peace and blessings, plain and simple. Living a life of peace means living peaceably with each other. This translates into blessings. Do you know someone who seem not to have a care in the world? Some people may be created more blessed than others, with peace monogrammed on their DNA. For others, finding peace isn't always that simple. You weren't blessed that way. But like any monogram, yours can be changed. With God's help you can rewrite your life to include as many of the following tips, and the ultimate goal of peace and blessings can be yours. If you've already achieved complete peace, well done!
1. Surround yourself with others who seem, and affirm themselves to be blessed. If you are around angry, depressed or sad people, it will transfer to you. You can't help it. But if you are around people who are seem peaceful and untroubled, that will also transfer to you. You will also learn their habits, and learn to react the way they do when something bad happens. Slowly weed out the negative influences on your life and replace them with positive ones.
2. Count your blessings. When something bad happens to you, try not to focus on it. Instead, take a minute to count your blessings. Everyone has good things in their lives, whether it is health or loved ones, a good job, or, whatever.
3. Gratitude sessions. Along those lines, it is a good practice to have a daily gratitude session. Think about what you have to be thankful for, and silently thank those who have done something good for you in some way. If you have time, take the time to call them or email them to thank them.
4. Think solutions. Instead of thinking about problems, move to the next step: how to solve it. When someone says to me, "Oh, this is so hard," or "Oh, I can't seem to do this," I just ask them, "Well, what's the solution?" If you develop solution-oriented thinking, you will be much more peaceful. The solution will come. Then you will see your blessings.
5. Connect with others. As much as possible, spend time with those you love, and with others who you enjoy. It could be a simple phone call, or a short visit. Or take a day with the person or people you'd like to spend time with. Have a conversation, do things together, be intimate.
6. Accept things. We are often unaware of it, but we usually want things or people or ourselves to change. And that's a sure way to not have peace, or feel blessed. We cannot control the world. We have to accept things as they are, try to understand them, even love them. Including and most especially ourselves: accept who you are, allow yourself to be yourself, try to understand and love yourself. Then do the same with the others in your life.
7.Get a life. Instead of rushing from one thing to another, resolve to have less to do each day, less appointments and fewer tasks. Then do each thing slowly, with mindfulness and ease, and try to be present in the moment. And truly enjoy whatever it is you do, from talking to eating to walking to just sitting.
8. Notice small things. As with having a life, try to notice when you are blessed; that you are not suffering, or that you are tasting something really delicious, or you feel cozy and warm, you found a parking spot, anything. Noticing the little things will help keep a smile of peace on your face!
9. Treat yourself. Take a few minutes each day to give yourself a little treat, whether it is a bubble bath, or eating ice cream, or curling up with a book, or taking a nap. You deserve it.
10. This, too, shall pass. When bad things happen, and you're having trouble accepting it, think to yourself the same thing the ancients did: "This, too, shall pass." And it will. Then be thankful for the blessings of survival.
11. Volunteer. When you give to others, whether it is money or the things you no longer need, or your time and love, you feel more at peace with yourself. You feel and experience the blessings of your unselfishness. It is true. Take 5 minutes today to call a charity and volunteer to donate some time. It will make a big difference in your life.
12. Follow your passions. If you do what you love to do, especially for a living,you will be filled with peace, blessings will flow, and you will be extremely happy. This is one of the best things you can do. If it seems impossible, don't give up. Others have done it and you can too.
13. Look at your achievements. Instead of looking at what you have not done, or what you have failed at, think about what you have done. Many times that is much more than we realize.
14. Laugh. Just the simple act of laughing can make you feel at peace. Watch a funny movie, tell jokes, read a book, listen to some music lyrics. Go to humor sites on the Internet. And laugh your head off.
15. Get into the flow. Lose yourself in a challenging (but accomplishable) task and forget about the world around you. It leads to peace, and productivity. Set yourself up for it by clearing distractions, giving yourself time, and making it something that you like doing.
16. Have a goal. Too many goals will lead to frustration. Try to choose one goal and really focus on it. And work to accomplish it. Goals lead to peace and blessings if you make progress on them.
17. Get inspired. Take time to read blogs or books or magazine articles about success stories related to what you want to do. It will get you energized.
18. Do what you love. Make room in your life by eliminating some of the commitments you do not really like doing, and replacing them with something you truly love.
19. Show acts of kindness. Each day, try to be kind to others in little ways, opening doors, smiling, giving a compliment.
21. Eat right. Learn the right way to eat to maintain a good weight and nutrition. Go to this site. Eating right leads to great blessings of good health.
22. Exercise. Just a short walk or run could give you peace by lifting your spirits,and reducing stress. Nothing difficult. Just get outside and move.
23. Check out nature. Walk in the snow. Go and watch a sunrise or sunset. Follow the stream. Bathe in the river. Watch the stars, or the clouds. Watch animals. Watch people. Watch children. And be inspired and blessed by it all. A peace that passes all understanding will wash over you.
24. Catch negative thoughts.. Monitor your thoughts. When you catch negative ones, try positive thinking instead.
25. Learn something new. It is strange how many of us are afraid to try new things, or admit we do not know something. But learning new skills or new information is one of the most fun things there is to do. Give it a try. the bible is a big help. As is the simple act of listening to peaceful music. It allows us to think positive, uplifting thoughts that leads to trying new things.
26. Jealousy doesn't help. Many people obscess about others who are blessed, or seem at peace, not worried. That gets you nowhere, fast. Instead, be happy for them. Then focus on yourself, and what you do right. And instead, you can focus on reading books and listening to peaceful music that lifts you up.
27. Celebrate. When you do something right, when you accomplish something, when you feel like it, reward yourself. Celebrate. Have fun, and pat yourself on the back, and know you are blessed. This will give you peace.
Lastly, if we think of each other as an image of ourselves, then it will be easy to give more good than we take. This brings ultimate peace and blessings. Peace & Blessings Cee Josephs

The Pleasure Effect

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The pleasure effect of neurotransmitters is designed by God to form healthy, natural dependencies. A wholesome pleasure that motivates us to find good tasting food, comfortable shelter and loving relationships. Dopamine and serotonin reinforce healthy actions and behaviors.

Dopamine has a powerful ability to form triggers. During pleasure, neurological pathways are being formed that will trigger a physical and emotional reaction to repeat that pleasure. We know it as an urge. We feel impelled. Our minds can become fixed on pleasure until we think or nothing else.

Intense pleasure forms the most powerful triggers. For this reason, sex drugs and food create the most powerful urges. A syringe, rolling papers, an X-rated video, McDonalds, anything that is associated with the pleasure, becomes a trigger for these powerful urges. Compelled by an urge, we feel pulled toward pleasure like steel to a magnet. The emotions overdrive and our body quivers with adrenaline.

Urges are powerful at motivating us toward good or evil. We can feel the urge to pray, the urge to be kind, the urge to create or build, or we can feel the urge to destroy. Yet, even the most powerful urge cannot negate our responsibility. We can never blame an urge for the action we have formed, built and accepted. We give it power from the thoughts that we allow to form.

Drugs hijack the natural reward system of humans. Smoking a joint feels like the relaxation similar to 2 hours in the gym. Heroin gives a pleasure similar to “runners high”, the euphoric state experienced during long distance running. But, like all mood-altering drugs, the pleasure is stolen. It has not been gained honestly through effort, achievement or challenge.

Every time we are tired, upset or frustrated and use chemical or food to feel good, that behavior is being etched deeply into our neuropathways. Whether that is in eating potato chips, gambling, sexual perversion, horror movies or healthy activities like exercise or playing an instrument, the pleasure is creating triggers to repeat that behavior. Every time you enjoy a food that is unhealthy, use a mood-altering drug, engage in a perverse fantasy or enjoy being lazy you are creating triggers – triggers that will activate emotions, becoming powerful urges to repeat that behavior.

CHOOSE YOUR PLEASURES WITH GREAT CARE!

Cee Josephs

I Need You!

Hello friends! I am going to attempt to bare my soul to you. You see, I tend to be very private, hate to talk about myself. But I realize that if we are to have a great relationship, then I need to let you in (of course you will do the same!). I have been evaluating my life, the direction that my music needs to take. Before now I was trying different things, but I am not sure of what direction to take. You see I am ecletic in my taste of music. I think I'm good at singing a certain stlye, would say "that's what I should do". But then I would listen to some new music from my favorite artists, and I would love it so much, I play it over and over again..singing along... and yes! "This is the music genre I would do best in" By now I can hear you saying, "She is indeed confused". So I attended the Gospel Music Week in Nashville a few weeks ago.I tried to focus on what I needed - what I went for, direction. But you know what? I left there still confused. Why? Not because I did not get great advice in some areas. But not enough to give me a clear-cut path. My vocal tenchiques have improved, and I am anxious to do some new music. But I don't want to do that until I am sure of where I should go. Here is where you come in. I need you. Yes, I am finally turning to the ones who can give me an honest opinion of my music. Which style do you believe I do best? Say anything! You may make me cry a little, but I know it is for the best. Please listen to the music and hit me on my guestbook. I have re-opened it for this reason. Thanks a million! May God bless you as you bless me.

Why Are You Here?

The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It's far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, YOU MUST BEGIN WITH GOD. You were born BY HIS PURPOSE and FOR HIS PURPOSE."

For Immediate Release

May 2, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BROOKLYN-BORN FILMMAKER CARLTON SPRINGER TO RELEASE MUSIC DOCUMENTARY on May 24, 2008 Queens, NY, USA On May 24,, 2008 at 7:30 PM, at the Linden Seventh Day Adventist Church, 228-20 137th Avenue, Queens, NY 11413, cJg Production Ministry will present a one- night-only advanced screening of ‘Rocking Jerusalem’ a film of the musical journey of Linden Adventist Church. The film features various genre of music of several age specific choirs, soloists, and dancers of the church, as well as interviews that chronicle its music ministry. A free will offering will be accepted. What began as a give-back charity event to raise funds for the Church, became a full documentary of the phenomenal music ministry of the Linden SDA Church., “I find it to be extraordinary that so much talent is found in one church” Says writer and producer, and CEO of cJg Production Ministry, Cee Josephs, a member of this 1,000 member, largely Caribbean church and its music ministry for over thirty years. A singer/songwriter, she has produced four gospel albums on her label cJg Productions, traveled regionally, nationally, and worldwide, to share her ministry. She recently showcased at the GMA Music Week in Nashville, Tenn. The director of this film is philanthropist Carlton Springer, director of the award-winning film “With GOD all things are possible”. This Brooklyn-born Emmy and Tony nominated actor, playwright, cartoonist, producer and director is the CEO and one of the founders of Carlton Springer Enterprises and KeCarl Filmworks, an independent film company. As a young cartoonist, his works were published in several newspapers. As an actor he appeared in “Cotton Club”, “Fame”, “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Fort Apache the Bronx”, among other films. The AUDELCO award winner for best director has produced HBO specials, PBS documentaries, Sesame Street and news segments. “It was a challenge and yet a joy to do something that I, and my peers find to be very interesting, intriguing and unique” says the passionate and energetic Mr. Springer, whose mission is to help church organizations realize their potential in maintaining their viability. To learn more and for further information on the screening of ‘Rocking Jerusalem’ you may visit www.ceejosephs.org For directions to the event, please visit the church’s web site www.lindensdachurch.org Press Contact: Claudette Josephs (718) 896-0465, cJgMinistry@ceejosephs.org

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The Worship of Slim
The Epidemic of Fat

Here are two interesting figures: 16 percent of American kids are obese; 11 percent of high-school students have an eating disorder—anorexia or bulimia. What do those stats tell us? That we eat too much? That we don't eat enough? That we eat the wrong foods? Well, they tell us this much at least: Americans have a confused and confusing relationship with food.
Thinness as Sanctity
In her riveting book Born Again Bodies, Princeton University's R. Marie Griffith charts the history of the Christian dieting industry. Modern Christian dieting began with Presbyterian pastor Charlie Shedd's 1957 book Pray Your Weight Away. Shedd insisted slenderness was a sign of discipline and righteousness, while fat was a sign of decadence and rebellion. Similar titles followed: Deborah Pierce's I Prayed Myself Slim, Joan Cavanaugh's More of Jesus, Less of Me, Patricia B. Kreml's Slim for Him. Christian aerobics videos and low-cal cookbooks appeared, and Christian dieting support groups cropped up nationwide. By the time Gwen Shamblin founded the Weigh Down Workshop, many American Protestants took for granted that "God expected Christian disciples to display fit, slender bodies." As Cavanaugh puts it in More of Jesus, Less of Me, "Being fat is basically a sign that something is seriously wrong. It is a big cover-up, and when we get serious about losing our cover, we will need a big exposure. We will need to admit that we need help, and we will have to expose our hidden faults to the healing power of God."
While not dismissing the idea that some people overeat in a misguided attempt to fulfill emotional needs, Griffith points out that this can obscure as much as it reveals. For example, obesity is strongly correlated with poverty. As Griffith notes, poor women tend to buy inexpensive, starchy, high-fat foods, not slenderizing, healthy, and often more costly choices like fresh veggies and fruit. And poor women have neither the cash nor the leisure time to join a gym. But the social critique that links poverty and obesity is generally absent from Christian dieting books.
The call is for American Christians to do better than absorbing and parroting our surrounding society's obsession with slimness. It is one thing for the church to encourage healthy living. It is quite another for the church to have uncritically embraced the idol of slimness.

The Obesity Epidemic
In Don't Eat This Book, Morgan Spurlock, best known for Super Size Me, the prize-winning film that documented Spurlock's self-imposed McMonth—30 days in which he ate nothing but food from the Golden Arches - both reprises and expands some of the themes he addressed in the film. In short, 21 percent of Americans are medically obese. Our health, of course, suffers from obesity; we spend about $17 billion dollars a year treating "high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, colon cancer … diabetes," and other "obesity-related illnesses." This obesity epidemic is relatively new—obesity began rising precipitously about 30 years ago. What was different in 1975? We ate fewer calories per day, we ate healthier food, and we exercised more. In 1970, Americans spent $6.2 billion at fast-food joints. In 2004, it was $124 billion." The industry will do whatever it takes to ensure that we keep queuing up to order their burgers and fries. And the American population is gluttonous and slothful. We are too lazy to exercise, too lazy to cook, and seemingly unable to restrain ourselves from supersizing. Thanks to Spurlock, we will at least no longer be ignorant.

Beyond Compulsiveness
These two (personal and social problems) trends—the worship of slimness and an epidemic of obesity - reflect a disordered understanding of our bodies. Instead of honoring our bodies, we either diet them away or stuff them with unhealthy fast food; both are ways of distancing ourselves from our own bodies.
Yes, we make an individual choice every time we put, or don't put, something in our mouths, but our choices are conditioned by the available options, by social expectations, and by market forces. To be sure, Christians should critique both the dieting industry and the fast-food industry. And surely Christians are called to neither gluttony nor Gnosticism.
But we can do more than critique. We can also model something radically different—a relationship to food driven by Christian notions of joy and peace—and non-compulsiveness. We can model homes and communities where people leave work in time to cook dinner, making time even to cook with our children. We can seek to eat food grown in our local communities, sending our food dollars not to conglomerates but to a farmer a few miles away. We can resist the social pressure to enroll our kids in 17 different after-school activities so that family and friends can gather around the dinner table together. We can remember that eating a meal together sits at the heart of Christian communal life—and is the very image of the kingdom of heaven (Isa. 25:6).

HELLO

You know, it's been about 2 months since I talked to you. Well, I have been staying pretty close to home, as I was involved with the 80th anniversary celebration at my church. I am also a part of the committee to procure an elevator for the church. Still continued with local and some out of town concerts and church services though; Stone Mountain SDA Church, and Emmanuel SDA in Georgia; New Dimension Church, in Brooklyn, NY; Coney Island SDA, Coney Island, NY; First Church, and Paramus SDA Churches in NJ, to name a few. I am also back to working as a soloist/section leader of a choir. I get so much joy out of doing what is my first love, choral singing.I am still with my church choir however. Can't leave them out.The 2007/2008 music season promises to be a very busy one. Pray for me, as I will you. Continue to visit my site for more news and more new music. Peace & Blessings, Cee

The Wooden Bowl

The Wooden Bowl I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now. A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. "We must do something about father," said the son. "I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor." So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl! When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometime he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, "What are you making?" Just as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled and went back to work. The w ords so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled. _______________________________________ I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things: a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the sa me thi ng a s making a "life…" I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn! Peace & Blessings

What If....?

THINK ON THESE THINGS... What if God decided to stop leading us tomorrow because we didn't follow Him today? What if God couldn't take the time to bless us today because we couldn't take the time to thank Him yesterday? What if we never saw another flower bloom because we grumbled when God sent the rain? What if God didn't walk with us today because we failed to recognize it as His day? What if, God would not hear us today because we would not listen to Him yesterday? What if, God took away the Bible tomorrow because we would not read it today? What if, God took away His message because we failed to listen to the messenger? What if, the door of the church was closed because we did not open the door of our heart? What if, God stopped loving and caring for us because we failed to love and care for others? What if, God answered our prayers the way we answer His call to service? What if, God met our needs the way we give Him our lives??? Think on these thing! Peace & Blessings

I WISH YOU ENOUGH

Peace & Blessings

Computer Blessings

God there's one more thing I wish that you could do Hope you don't mind me asking But PLEASE bless my computer too??? Now I know that it's not normal To bless a motherboard But listen just a second While I explain to you, my Lord You see, that little metal box Holds more than odds and ends. Inside those small components Rest a hundred of my 'BEST FRIENDS' Some it's true I've never seen And most I've never met We've never shaken hands Or shared a meal as yet... I know for sure they like me By the kindnesses that they give And this little scrap of metal Is how I travel to where they live. By faith is how I know them Much the same as I know you. I share in what life brings them From that our friendship grew.

How To Install: LOVE

Customer Service (CS) Rep. : Yes, Ma'am, how can I help you today? Customer: Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install LOVE. Can you guide me through the process? CS Rep. : Yes, I can help you. Are you ready to proceed? Customer: Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready to install now. What do I do first? CS Rep. : The first step is to open your HEART. Have you located your HEART ma'am? Customer: Yes I have, but there are several other programs running right now. Is it okay to install while they are running? CS Rep. : What programs are running ma'am? Customer: Let's see, I have PAST-HURT.EXE, LOW-ESTEEM.EXE, GRUDGE.EXE, and RESENTMENT.COM running right now. CS Rep. : No problem. LOVE will gradually erase PAST-HURT.EXE from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory, but it will no longer disrupt other programs. LOVE will eventually overwrite LOW-ESTEEM.EXE with a module of its own called HIGH-ESTEEM.EXE. However, you have to completely turn off GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM. Those programs prevent LOVE from being properly installed. Can you turn those off ma'am? Customer: I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how? CS Rep. : My pleasure. Go to your Start menu and invoke FORGIVENESS.EXE. Do this as many times as necessary until GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM have been completely erased. Customer: Okay, done. LOVE has started installing itself automatically. Is that normal? CS Rep. : Yes. You should receive a message that says it will reinstall for the life of your HEART. Do you see that message? Customer: Yes I do. Is it completely installed? CS Rep. : Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other HEART's in order to get the upgrades. Customer: Oops. I have an error message already. What should I do? CS Rep. : What does the message say? Customer: It says "ERROR 412 - PROGRAM NOT RUN ON INTERNAL COMPONENTS." What does that mean? CS Rep. : Don't worry ma'am, that's a common problem. It means that the LOVE program is set up to run on external HEARTS but has not yet been run on your HEART. It is one of those complicated programming things, but in nontechnical terms it means you have to "LOVE" your own machine before it can "LOVE" others. Customer: So what should I do? CS Rep. : Can you pull down the directory called "SELF-ACCEPTANCE"? Customer: Yes, I have it. CS Rep. : Excellent. You're getting good at this. Customer: Thank you. CS Rep. : You're welcome. Click on the following files and then copy them to the "MYHEART" directory: FORGIVE-SELF.DOC, REALIZE-WORTH.TXT, and ACKNOWLEDGE- LIMITATIONS.DOC. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching any faulty programming. Also, you need to delete VERBOSE-SELF-CRITIC.EXE from all directories, and then empty your recycle bin afterwards to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back. Customer: Got it. Hey! My HEART is filling up with new files. SMILE.MPG is playing on my monitor right now and it shows that PEACE.EXE, and CONTENTMENT.COM are copying themselves all over my HEART. Is this normal? CS Rep. : Sometimes. For others it takes a while, but eventually everything gets downloaded at the proper time. So, LOVE is installed and running. You should be able to handle it from here. One more thing before I go. Customer: Yes? CS Rep. : LOVE is freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everybody you meet. They will in turn share it with other people and they will return some similarly cool modules back to you. Customer: I will. Thanks for your help. By the way, what's your name? CS Rep. : You can call me the Divine Cardiologist, also known as The Great Physician, but most call me God. Most people feel all they need is an annual checkup to stay heart-healthy, but the manufacturer (Me) suggests a schedule of daily maintenance for maximum efficiency. Put another way, keep in touch......... ~ Author Unknown

April Showers - for Sure..!

But May Flowers are already here! Thought I would write to you before the month ends. I have been feeling a little blue because the weather was not in my favor for a long while. I spent most of last weekend gardening. Ah! it felt so good. It was glorious weather, and I could not stop. Lots of daffodils, shining like yellow lighted bulbs, swung gently in the soft wind. As I raked the grass and killed the weeds, I saw dozens more, of daffodils grinning back at me, thanking me for releasing them to the sun and rain. It made me contemplate our youth, whose growth may be stifled by dead, wet leaves, and weeds of life. We need to remove them through love and mentoring, and allow them to grow, spread their wings and fly. Of course I wrote a song about my contemplations. Look out for it. I think it will be the next best song. Be good to yourself. Forgive yourself as God has forgiven you. Peace & Blessings, Cee

Celebrate!

THE BLIND GIRL WHO HATED There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she's blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He's always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend.One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her and then she could see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, "now that you can see the world, will you marry me?" The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend is blind too, and refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her saying. "Just take care of my eyes dear." This is how the human brain changes when our status changes. Only a few remember what life was like before and who's always been there even in the most painful situations. Life Is A Gift Today before you think of saying an unkind word - Think of someone who can't speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat. Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone who's crying out to God for a companion. Today before you complain about life -Think of someone who went too early to the grave. Before you complain about your children - Think of someone who desires children but they're barren. Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn't clean or sweep - Think of the people who are living in the streets. Before whining about the distance you drive - Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet. And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job. But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another- Remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one Maker. And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down- Put a smile on your face and thank God you're alive and still around. Life is a gift, Live it, Enjoy it, Celebrate it, Appreciate it And fulfill it.

Words to Live By

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck (written after she found out she was dying from cancer). I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day. I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. I would have talked less and listened more. I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded. I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace. I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth. I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband. I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains. I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life. I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime. Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I would have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle. When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's" and more "I'm sorry's." But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute... look at it and really see it... live it and never give it back. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!! Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what. Instead, we should cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us. Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with, and what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally. I hope you have a blessed day.

Female Local Artist of the Year!

On November 24, 2006, at the Love Gospel Radio Gospel Award Show at Grace Deliverance Temple in the Bronx, I was awarded Female Local Artist of the Year. Quite a lovely trophy. Thank you all for your support!

FAITHFULLY RESONATE

When you are fearful, everything turns into something to fear. When you are hopeful, everything becomes a reason to hope. When you are angry, anything that comes along can feed that anger. When you are peaceful, the world around you begins to mirror your peace. What comes from the depths of your being, grows more intense and more concrete as it works its way outward. What you hold in your heart, you will see in your world. Though you may try to hide things inside, they surely come out in ways you cannot even imagine. If you wish to change what you appear to be, then change what you truly are. Hold in your heart a pure and authentic vision of all that you value most dearly. Choose carefully what has priority in your innermost being, for that is what shapes the world you experience. Build a solid, positive and fulfilling life within. And all that you know, will faithfully resonate with the person you choose to be. S. Davis Have a GRRRREAT DAY! Cee

Uhmmmm....

Uhmmm…. In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke, it's not funny, it is intended to get you thinking. Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her, "How could God let something like this happen?" (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?" In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school; the Bible says Thou Shalt Not Kill, Thou Shalt Not Steal, and Love Your Neighbor As Yourself. And we said OK. Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK. Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW." Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. Funny how someone can be so fired up for Christ on Sunday, but be an invisible Christian the rest of the week! Are you laughing? Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. Pass it on if you think it has merit. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in. "Good friends are like stars.........You don't always see them, but you know they are always there!

A Life That Matters

Live A Life That Matters Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won't matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end. It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant. So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave. What will matter is not your success, but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone. What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what. Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters. Author Unknown

Ministered in Puerto Rico

So I went to Puerto Rico for some R&R, last weekend and ended up ministering at the First SDA English Church in San Juan. It so happened that a group of folks from New York was there also, and, lo and behold! they were among the same folks I ministered to the previous weekend. Suffice to say we had a grand time. Pastor Zabala, and members, thank you for your warm welcome!

One Less Sister

I lost my youngest sister 2 weeks ago.I'm still grieving, but I am rejoicing in the fact that she is resting in the Lord. I want to thank you for your prayers, and concern. While I cried on hearing the news that she passed away, I remember thinking that the news couldn't be true. Why would God let this happen? After all I prayed and fasted and begged Him to restore her back to health. But I realize that God has a plan for everyone's life; He has a way of working things out so that they turn out for the best. I may not be able to see it now, but I believe that He doesn't let things happen without a reason. So I won't give up on trusting God. Read Hebrews 11 with me....and have a wonderful day!

Top download sites

Hi, guys, I just really checked out the sites carrying my music. Here are the top sites:
Apple iTunes click to download songs Cee Josephs on iSOUND.COM MPERIA
Or Ever find yourself walking into the store for one item and coming out with ten more and then kicking yourself for having spent all your money?....ugh!
Here's an easy way to not do that again..... Walk into your local favorite music store, go right up to the counter and ask then to order my CD/s. Voila! Don't look around, don't let yourself get tempted by all those noisy advertisements in the store.... just leave...walk right back out again... they'll call you when the CD is in!...Simple way to save the budget! Yeah!!! Peace & Blessing, Cee

Thought for the day

SERVICE – For Health God has great answers to human needs, which are in contradistinction to the traps of Satan. Satan will lead men and women into self-indulgent practices through their futile hope that somehow these practices will bring happiness and contentment to their lives. Though at times self-indulgence may appear to alleviate the stress and discomfiture that an individual experiences, always the effect is transitory and there is no lasting solution. The only solution to misery and pain is to be found in reaching out to others. While a depressed and despondent individual hardly feels a desire to be a help and a blessing to someone else, nevertheless, this is the only true solution to his dilemma. We can assure any despondent individual that if he exercises the true decision powers of the mind, he will experience rapid alleviation when he is a blessing to a fellow human being. There is always someone who has a need, and wherever possible we should reach out to such individuals. Not only is ministry to others a part of true Christian service, but it is designed by God for our emotional and spiritual health It is a wonderful cure for, and a preventative measure against the development of, emotional stress. Colin D., and Russell R. Standish

Today's Prayer

Please take a moment to relax your mind and humble your heart to focus on Christ. Allow God to be the only person on your mind while you read this prayer. Friends, who pray together, stay together. Dear Lord, I thank you for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for Your forgiveness. Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so tha t I can hear from You. Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things. Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. Let me continue to see sin through God's eyes and acknowledge it as evil. And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing, and receive the forgiveness of God. And when this world closes in on me, let me remember Jesus' example - to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It's the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart.Continue to use me to do Your will. Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those who are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those who are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately. I pray for those who don't believe. But I thank you that I believe.I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met. I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly.. This is my prayer. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Fasting; good or bad?

Go Ask Alice!: Can fasting help purge the body of toxins? Copyright © 2006 by The Trustees of Columbia University. Originally Published: August 30, 2002. Is fasting safe? I find all kinds of contradictory information about this on the web. To some people, it seems logical that fasting, or not eating, helps the body to rid itself of
harmful substances, including the toxins you mention.People fast in various ways and for various reasons: fasts can be limited to only juice, water, or herbal tea, for example, and may be done for religious, political, or health reasons, to name just a few. Fasts are often fads, or part of a "health regimen" or a week away "healing" program. Although many people can withstand one day of fasting, as in some religious practices, extended periods may prove unsafe for most others. Fasting is highly unwise for people with eating disorders or impaired immune systems. It is also not recommended for elderly persons, children, or pregnant women. The "health" part of fasting is more myth than fact. In fact, denying yourself nutrients can actually work against you.To help understand why, a lot can be learned from taking a moment to investigate the body's own detoxification process. The human body is quite ingenious. It was designed to have two major pathways to eliminate harmful substances. First are the immune tissues of the intestinal tract, and second are the enzymes of the liver. Did you know that the intestinal tract generates about 70 percent of our antibodies? These little heroes attach themselves to many of the bacteria, toxins, and viruses that enter our bodies, inactivate them, and prevent many from being absorbed, helping to protect us against infection and illness. Harmful substances that slip by the intestinal detoxification system are delivered to the liver. This second pathway has two detoxification phases: (1) various transformations occur preventing the perilous substances from creating harm to our bodies; (2) another series of reactions occur,causing these substances to become less toxic. They are then excreted from the body in urine and feces. So, how does fasting influence the body's detoxification processes? Our nutritional status affects the body's ability to manufacture antibodies and enzymes, and the liver's ability to detoxify. Fasting deprives the body of the raw materials — sufficient calories, proteins, and certain vitamins and minerals — needed to make antibodies and enzymes. Eating keeps our immune system strong.In addition, specific phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant chemicals in vegetables and fruits) assist in the detoxification pathways, including the following examples: Indoles, found in broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and other cruciferous (cabbage family) vegetables, are helpful in the liver's first phase. The liver's second phase is enhanced bisothiocyanates and dithiolthiones, also found in cruciferous vegetables, and by limonoids, found in citrus fruits. These phytochemicals help block carcinogens from damaging our cells' DNA (thereby protecting us against cancer). Compounds in garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, and the spice cumin also enhance phase two of the liver's detoxification system. So, fasting does not boost the body's disposal system, or cleanse your body in a healthy way. Fasting denies you all the nutrients you need in a day to stay healthy!

Bob Marley

BOB MARLEY by Roger Steffens Music raises the soul of man even higher than the so-called external form of religion...That is why in ancient times the greatest prophets were great musicians. - Hazrat Inayat Khan, "The Mysticism of Sound and Music" Without doubt, Bob Marley can now be recognized as the most important figure in 20th century music. It's not just my opinion, but also, judging by all the mainsteam accolades hurled Bob's way lately, the feeling of a great many others too. Prediction is the murky province of fools. But in the two decades since Bob Marley has gone, it is clear that he is without question one of the most transcendent figures of the past hundred years. The ripples of his unparalleled achievements radiate outward through the river of his music into an ocean of politics, ethics, fashion, philosophy and religion. His story is a timeless myth made manifest in this iwah, right before our disbelieving eyes. There will come a day when music and its philosophy will become the religion of humanity...If there remains any magic it is music. Unlike mere pop stars, Bob was a moral and religious figure as well as a major record seller internationally. To whom does one compare him? In a recent Sunday New York Times Arts and Leisure lead story, Stanley Crouch makes a compelling case for Louis Armstrong as the century's "unequaled performer," excelling not just in his instrumental inventiveness but in his vocal style as well, transforming the way music was made and listened to, and influencing performers of all stripes right down to this very day. But you don't see thousands of Maori and Tongans and Fijians gathering annually to pay honor to Louis Armstrong; you don't witness phalanxes of youth wandering the world sporting Louis Armstrong t-shirts. In fact, big as the Beatles were, you hardly see any Beatle shirts around anymore, except for those few featuring John Lennon's sorrow-inducing visage. Can you imagine an image of Elvis sewn onto the sleeve of an armed guerilla? When was the last time you saw a Michael Jackson flag or a Bob Dylan sarong or Madonna rolling papers? All of these exist in Marleyite forms, his iconography well nigh a new universal language, the symbol, as Jack Healey of Amnesty International continues to tell people, of freedom throughout the world. That music alone can be called real which comes from the harmony of the soul, its true source, and when it comes from there it must appeal to all souls...Music alone can be the means by which the souls of races, nations and families, which are today so apart, may one day be united...The more the musician is conscious of his mission in life, the greater service he can render to humanity. Most of the pop stars thrown up over the past hundred years had entertainment as their first and foremost goal. Not so Marley. He was conscious of his role as the bringer of the message of Rastafari to the consciousness of the outside world. He cared nothing for earthly trappings, and loved nothing better than lying on Jah's cool earth at night watching the heavens revolve above him, rock stone as his pillow. He was here to call people to God. So we can't compare Marley to other well-known musical figures. As for politics, he eschewed them, although his actions caused him to be perceived (and sometimes feared) as a profoundly radical political leader too. But his were the anti-politics of salvation through love and love alone, an unshakeable knowledge of the oneness of all humankind. Music is behind the working of the whole universe. Music is not only life's greatest object, but music is life itself...Music being the most exalted of the arts, the work of the composer is no less than the work of a saint. As for innovation, Marley was a multi-talented synthesizer of new ideas and rhythms, beginning with his precocious "Judge Not" solo debut at the dawn of the ska era, right up through his ongoing experiments with gospel, r&b, rock, folk, jazz, Latin, punk, scat, disco, and even (in unpublished form) bossa nova. Bob understood that reggae had the magnificent capaciousness to absorb all other influences and anchor them solidly to the drum and bass underpining that is its essential element, the sweet seductive secret of its success. Actually the real secret is that Marley's music is about something. It has value. Bob's art is life transforming, answering our highest needs. It answers in a positive way, the question that Carlos Santana says we must always ask before we begin any activity in life: how is this going to make the world a better place? Although Bob became a commercial artist, he was not making commercial art. His art transcended pop fluffery. Many are there who swear that his music literally saved their lives. The use of music for spiritual attainment and healing of the soul, which was prevelent in ancient times, is not found to the same extent now. Music has been made a pastime, the means of forgetting God instead of realizing God. It is the use one makes of things which constitutes their fault or their virtue. It is in the vast amount of adherents that Bob's work continues to lure, that we begin to sense his obvious immortality, even from this early point of focus. Elvis Presley may have been the biggest single rock icon of all time, but are his songs (none, incidentally, penned by him) really saying anything beyond mere pop cliche? Bob Dylan may be the most respected poet of his generation, but his often deliberately obfuscatory lyrics stand in the way of clear translation, and limit his appeal to the non-English speaking audience. Marley, on the other hand, refined his lyric art to a steely perfection, using the language of the streets to attain the stars. His words were so perfectly simple that they achieved eloquence. Today, his elemental stories can be related to and understood by people anywhere who suffer and love and long for salvation. In other words, just about every one of us. Marley's ready embrace of herb, and the flaunting of his startling mane of locks that grew more ferocious as the '70s wound down, contributed to his image as a rebel for all seasons, treated like a deity among defiant youth and seasoned revolutionaries alike, who recognized him as one of their own, embracing him in Harare during Zimbabwe's independence, and sending him messages of solidarity from Peruvian jungles to Himalayan hideaways. So it appears, at least to this writer, that Bob Marley has the clearest shot at being recognized as the Artist of the 20th Century, at least as far as music is concerned, and probably a lot more. I hereby predict with reckless confidence that hundreds of years into the future, Marley's melodies will be as prevalent as those of any songwriter who has ever lived. "No Woman No Cry" will still wipe away the tears from a widow's face; "Exodus" will still arouse the warrior; "Redemption Song" will still be a rallying cry for emancipation from all tyrannies, physical and spiritual; "Waiting in Vain" will still seduce; and "One Love" will be the international anthem of a coffee-colored humanity living in unity, in a world beyond borders, beyond beliefs, where everyone has learned at last to get together and feel all right. (Man) loves music more than anything else. Music is his nature; it has come from vibrations, and he himself is vibration...There is nothing in this world that can help one spiritually more than music. In his true heart of hearts, Bob Marley heard the harmony of the heavens, and shared that celestial sound with the god-seeker in each of us. Thus it is not surprising that the N.Y. Times, seeking one video to epitomize the past century, preserved in a time capsule to be opened a thousand years hence, chose "Bob Marley Live at the Rainbow, London, 1977." Or that the same "newspaper of record" called Marley "the most influential artist of the second half of the 20th century." We are all ennobled by our proximity to Marley and his art, his eternal songs of freedom. ________________________________________ This essay was previously published in The Beat Magazine, vol.19#3, 2000. Roger Steffens is an actor, author, reggae historian and curator of the current exhibition at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California called "The World of Reggae featuring Bob Marley/Treasures from Roger Steffens' Reggae Archives," on view through Sept. 30. For information about the Queen Mary exhbition: theworldofreggae.com

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Nutrition Seminars

March is National Nutrition Month, and I am sharing nutrition information on various topics. Already I have done power point presentations on 'Nutrients for Life' and 'Diabetes', at Linden SDA church in Queens, NY. I will be doing monthly presentations and conducting vegetarian cooking classes.

Vacation in Puerto Rico

Just got back after spending the long weekend. it was fabulous! I got to see the 'rich' and the 'poor' side of the island. Lord you have to come soon!

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