May The Good Things Come To You!!!


It’s Friday, y’all. Just T.G.I.F. with me, won’t you?!?

A friend of mine sent me one yesterday which stands for “So Happy It’s Thursday … Friday Is Tomorrow!!!!” Do you get it yet?!? This is a funny take off of T.G.I.F. …. right?! 😉

I was checking how many posts are on the blog of Educational Excellence and it is over 500!! Yeah, Y’all …. I’ve been at this for a while. Those who’ve been around longest, including Ricardo Martinez with whom I took a course in Small Business Development through an Urban League Program I was in some years ago with Courtney Biscardi of the ULBC, know what I’m talking about!! I’ve stated more than once how fortunate I am to have good friends like many of you!! Many of you have contributed to my efforts, which I try to keep going as a matter of principle of who I am. Believe it or not, I used to do one e-mail every day!! Waking up at 6 or 7am, putting words on a page like this trying to make sense of this journey has become a pattern of behaviour for me. So, those who would like to discourage me and find quibbles and quirks in what I do can get some idea of how proud I am to have been doing this for more than 5 years.

Two weeks ago, I got an e-mail reply from Mr. Martinez, Broward County’s Small Business Development Specialist, letting me know that he was retiring the next day on Friday the 13th of this month, this year, 2015. Mr. Martinez made the course exciting and fun, informative and well organized. He sent me a message that follows:

“It’s been great receiving your e-mails all those years; it’s been one of the best legacies I got from working at Extension (Nova Southeastern’s Consortium) and developing the entrepreneurship program. If you don’t mind, I would like to continue receiving your ‘descargas’ at my personal e-mail.”

This is something that means a lot to me. It makes me wonder how a 27 year old pilot with plans to get married can get so depressed that he crashed a plane into the French Alps full of people who did NOTHING to him?!? How do such young cops, like those of Fort Lauderdale, get into all of this racial hatred crap … at such a young age? I think back to my young adult years … I was trying to learn new things, how to get along with folks, understanding this journey …. But not these guys!! Just a few days ago, several children were killed in Miami’s Opa Locka … senseless murders. One woman spoke out saying, “Y’all talking about the cops killing us, when y’all running around here in our neighborhoods killing our own kids, too!!” Worse yet, an 8 year old Native American boy was found dead wrapped in a plastic bag and underneath some clothes in the corner of the laundry room … in HIS father’s house here in Hollywood, FL!! The father bonded out of jail last night and the father’s live in girlfriend claims that she put him there after waking up in the middle of the night and finding the young boy’s bruised body near her!!! She remains in custody.

So, Thursday was the “100th Anniversary of Miami Beach” and the “Ultra Music Festival” begins tomorrow. Andrea Bocelli kicked the party off, followed by Gloria Estefan, KC from the Sunshine Band, FLO RIDA, John Secada … even Gloria and Emilio’s daughter!! Truly a Gala Birthday Party for Miami Beach! Tomorrow are two other events. There is a “Yogafest” that a friend informed me of either in the FTL or Boca. As well, tomorrow, my friend Marianne Weiss from the Brahma Kumaris is doing her “Love Talk”, which I attended some years ago, at the Hollywood Library. A little something for everyone. Can’t we find some fun things to do in this life we have been gifted?!? Still, I pray for peace … and may the good things come to you!


John I. Cook, Director

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