“Honor Thy Mother!”

Honor Thy MotherHappy Friday, All!

And if you all would oblige me in saying “T.G.I.F.! A very interesting week it has been, and, there is more to come. While the world watches our “leaders”, and I use that term loosely, we have also celebrated Rosh Hashanah, The 12th Anniversary of “9/11”, and now … on the same day of Yom Kippur, I will be in New York with some great friends and family members to honor my mother – Marietta Dolores Cook!

This event has been in the planning stages for several months ever since “Bobby” Schulman visited Fort Lauderdale and we got “caught up” on friends and family. His offer to facilitate the event, including the plaque and my air fare roundtrip, and giving me the reins to drive the event to its completion is greatly appreciated. My sister is in New York, White Plains to be exact, with my great nephew (her grandson) Trent and her son Brandon. Many other friends, including Georgetta Kent and her son Corey; Joanne and Yvonne as well as their brother Gordon Derouseau are planning to attend; and, my daughter, Ayanna Lynne will also be in attendance at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla. Gail and Alan Landauer, who my mother used to work for, as well as their mother – Elizabeth “Betty” Landauer (one of my mother’s friends as well as client) who is 95 also plan to attend! We aren’t looking to shed tears, but share happiness!

In essence, the Kensico Cemetery has given us a tent or covering to hold a ceremony to honor the placing of the plaque for my mother. I am anticipating brief talks from my sister Edna; my friend who made this all possible, Robert Andrew Schulman aka “Bobby”; as well as a special heart-driven dedication from Mary’s “baby boy” – me!!

This Sunday, September 15th, 2013 at 6PM in Arts Park, Hollywood, FL, the Brahma Kumaris will be holding the monthly World Peace Meditation Event there in Young Circle off of Hollywood Blvd. May we all attempt to live in peace, and love … and harmony!

Namaste!

John I. Cook, Director

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