There’s More To It Than That . . .

peaceparkHappy Friday, All!

T.G.I.F. … and I mean it, too! I know, you might be ready for the weekend, too … ’cause I know I am. One of my friends had a birthday on Tuesday of this week – Happy Birthday, Anj … and some of us are planning to get together to help her celebrate probably in downtown FTL. Another good friend of mine contacted me last weekend to let me know of some “not so good” news, though we ALL have to go there one day … Edwin Edwards aka “Nasty” from White Plains, NY passed away from pulmonary complications last weekend. He and I were apartment mates in White Plains for my first few years teaching at White Plains High School, and, he is a bit younger than I am. Another hometown girl, Lynn Bryant, also passed away a few weeks ago according to another friend from WP who is visiting FTL for a few weeks. The reason I mention it is that these are people who I spent my childhood, teen years and even early adulthood with … and they are gone … peace be still. Do you have any friends that you grew up with that you want to tell you love them? Maybe … maybe not … but we are ALL going one day … namaste

Yesterday, the good friend from White Plains – Marvin Wiggins – sent me an excerpt from a prayer of sorts celebrating “brothers, sons, fathers … just males”. The cool thing about the excerpt that he sent is that it touched me in a way that jogged my memory to recall those men, in particular, who have been there for me … and others … and even helped in times of need … like a brother should. I passed it on to three college chums of mine who have meant a lot to me over the years – Mr. Vetalle Fusilier out of Washington, DC/Maryland area; Adonis Hoffman, Esq. out of Los Angeles but now in the DC area; and, Mr. Lee Blair originally from New York’s “Queens” and now residing in New Jersey. This is one of the reasons me and EE are around today … to celebrate life together and enjoy it … together … on the simplest most humble “level” that creates a common denominator for us all – spirituality.

One of my friends, Deon Davis, who is also an author and motivational speaker, has written a book on “Bullying”, and, she is doing a book signing next weekend at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center here in the FTL. Check the AARLCC for the exact time and location. I think it is on Saturday. Another long time friend of mine since I have been in SoFlo, Roz Reich, a coordinator for the Broward County programs of the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual World University’s main location in Florida, which is in Coral Gables (Miami), has informed me of an event called “Peace in The Park”. It is sponsored by BK and will take place at Hollywood, FL’s “Arts Park” at Young Circle on Sunday March 24th, 2013 from 1-6pm. It is free, involves meditation techniques and many other spiritual activities, will be hosted by WLRN’s morning show hostess – Wanda Myles; will have music from the founder of the reggae group, Third World, named Willie Stewart; and will also include music from the group know as “Betan and Berner” whose blend of pop, jazz, world, acoustic and Latin jazz music has graced the ears and hearts of many here in SoFlo! For more information, call: (305) 442-2252 or (954) 962-7447, which are the numbers for the BK Meditation Center in Miami and Broward.

“Before the rain stops we hear a bird. Even under the heavy snow we see snowdrops and some new growth.” – Shunryu Suzuki

I will notice the subtle movements toward health and renewal in my life. Welcoming them will encourage them. (TOUCHSTONES March 8th)

Have a great weekend!

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director

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