Embracing Hope, Renewal and New Life

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Dear Readers,

As I write this, Christians around the world are preparing to celebrate Easter Sunday.  However, I pause to remember our sisters and brothers who, in many countries, are still persecuted for their beliefs.  How fortunate are we, in America, to have such great freedoms.

I was raised in a Christian home by maternal grandparents who were Catholic. As a rule, I was never allowed to be intolerant of my friends whose religious beliefs were different from mine.  That all important “rule” guides my behavior to this day.

Yes, I celebrate Easter with a glad heart and have come to view it as a personal time of hope, renewal and new life.  Yes, I have friends who do not celebrate Easter and I love them just the same.  Why would I do anything else?  At the end of the day, isn’t this what life is all about?

I came across a quote about Easter from Henry Knox Sherrill that I would like to share with you.

“The joyful news that He is risen, does not change the contemporary world.  Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice.  But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline and make the sacrifice.”

Let’s continue to encourage each other on our journey through life.

Peace and Blessings,

Monique

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Credits:
Quote – Henry Knox Sherrill

 

Brooklyn Legends Honors ‘American Masters: The Women’s List’

Dear Readers,

Welcome to Brooklyn Legends Tenacious Tuesday and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day. The days are moving at such a fast pace, in less than 2 weeks November will arrive. Actually, I am very excited as Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

September was a busy month and I am just moving through the list of topics I prepared to share with you, among them Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ much-heralded film, American Masters: The Women’s List which aired on PBS last month. Greenfield-Sanders invited us to “meet 15 women who have created and defined contemporary American culture.” This amazing list of trailblazers consists of:

Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001, Gloria Allred, lawyer, Laurie Anderson, artist, Sara Blakely, entrepreneur, Margaret Cho, comedian, Edie Falco, actor, Elizabeth Holmes, scientist and entrepreneur, Betsey Johnson, fashion designer, Alicia Keys, singer-songwriter, Aimee Mullins, athlete and fashion model, Nancy Pelosi, politician, Rosie Perez, actor, Shonda Rhimes, writer-producer, Wendy Williams, talk show host and Nia Wordlaw, pilot.

Owing to time, I can’t show the full film, but I have included the trailer at the beginning of today’s post. To learn more about this masterpiece, and how to purchase the DVD, please follow this link. Here is a quote from PBS’s website prior to the film’s release:

American Masters Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

American Masters Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

American Masters: The Women’s List focuses on these individuals’ exceptional achievements, struggles and identities. All trailblazers in their respective fields, these women share their experiences struggling against discrimination and overcoming challenges to make their voices heard and their influence felt.

Toni Morrison opens the film with a reading of an introduction she wrote specifically for The Women’s List.

Brooklyn Legends is pleased to salute these phenomenal trailblazers and we celebrate each woman’s tenacity. Thank you for joining us for Brooklyn Legends Tenacious Tuesday.  Have a wonderful day and week.

Fondly,
Monique

Credit:
PBS American Masters: The Women’s List – pbs.org

Celebrating Easter – A Time of Hope and Renewal

Dear Readers,

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As I write this, Christians around the world are celebrating Easter Sunday.  However, I pause to remember our sisters and brothers who, in many countries, are still persecuted for their beliefs.  How fortunate are we, in America, to have such great freedoms.

I was raised in a Christian home by maternal grandparents who were Catholic. As a rule, I was never allowed to be intolerant of my friends whose religious beliefs were different from mine.  That all important “rule” guides my behavior to this day.

images-2 - coronadoumc.orgYes, I celebrate Easter with a glad heart and have come to view it as a personal time of hope, renewal and new life.

Yes, I have friends who do not celebrate Easter and I love them just the same.  Why would I do anything else?  At the end of the day, isn’t this what life is all about?

I came across a quote about Easter from Henry Knox Sherrill that I would like to share with you.

The joyful news that He is risen, does not change the contemporary world.  Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice.  But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline and make the sacrifice.

Let’s continue to encourage each other on our journey through life.

Peace and Blessings,

Monique

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Credits:
Quote – Henry Knox Sherrill
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A Tribute by The Intruders – I’ll Always Love My Mama

Dear Readers,

It is safe to say that I am dating myself with this song.  However, I could not resist.  For many of us, this is a classic that will never grow old.

Enjoy!
Monique

A Perfect Love

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Dear Readers,

Happy Resurrection Sunday.  We are the beneficiaries of one of the greatest gifts ever known – God’s perfect love.

When looking for an inspirational thought to share, I came across these words written by Mahatma Ghandi.  For me, they perfectly convey the essence of this joyous occasion.   As always we would love to know what you think.

A man who was completely innocent,
offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others,
including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world.
It was a perfect act.

Have a wonderful day.  And remember, each one of us is the embodiment of God’s perfect love!

Monique

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Embracing Hope, Renewal and New Life

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Dear Readers,

As I write this, Christians around the world are preparing to celebrate Easter Sunday.  However, I pause to remember our sisters and brothers who, in many countries, are still persecuted for their beliefs.  How fortunate are we, in America, to have such great freedoms.

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I was raised in a Christian home by maternal grandparents who were Catholic. As a rule, I was never allowed to be intolerant of my friends whose religious beliefs were different from mine.  That all important “rule” guides my behavior to this day.

Yes, I celebrate Easter with a glad heart and have come to view it as a personal time of hope, renewal and new life.  Yes, I have friends who do not celebrate Easter and I love them just the same.  Why would I do anything else?  At the end of the day, isn’t this what life is all about?

I came across a quote about Easter from Henry Knox Sherrill that I would like to share with you.

“The joyful news that He is risen, does not change the contemporary world.  Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice.  But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline and make the sacrifice.”

Let’s continue to encourage each other on our journey through life.

Peace and Blessings,

Monique

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Credits:
Quote – Henry Knox Sherrill