Over fifty dead in the tragedy in Oklahoma, where a tornado struck yesterday. At least twenty of those struck down are little school children. Our hearts go out to all of the families who have experienced lost of loved ones in this tragedy.
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As one who enjoys a nice delicious cup of tea, I find an added treat on the tea tag – quotes from American Heroes. My Uncle M. L.’s quotes are in the collection at www.americanherotea.com. They also have a lovely collection of scripture tea.
As a mother and grandmother, my heart goes out to the families of the children and adults who were killed in the Friday shooting spree in Newtown, CT. My heart also goes out to the woman and the 22 children who were stabbed by a man in the village of Chengping in Henan, China.
May the God of peace comfort those who are grieving these terrible losses.
Four Earth Departures During this Holiday Season – I Remember Each Departed Loved One with Tears and SmilesMonday, December 3rd, 2012
I’m sharing a news article regarding my mentor, Dr. Mary Ellen Strong. Her first memorial service was last week, the second is this coming weekend.
Mary Ellen Strong, a pioneer in black media and marketing in Milwaukee and Chicago, died Tuesday, November 27, 2012 of heart failure at her California home. She was 91.
Strong had lived in California for several years, where she had worked with various ministries, said her son, Jerrel Jones.
“She was the first in so many things,” he said. “She did have the pioneering spirit.”
Her long and varied career included politics, publishing and marketing. It began with the annual Wisconsin Negro Business directory in 1949.
“It started many things, and was the beginning of my known work,” she said in 1956, when she made an unsuccessful bid for 6th district alderman. In a feature story at the time, she said, “Milwaukee has a great soul. I want to give it body. I think this is the most strategic ward in Milwaukee. I’m in love with it.” It was the same year that Vel Phillips ran for an aldermanic seat and became the first black and the first woman elected to Milwaukee’s Common Council.
Around the same time, Strong founded the Milwaukee Defender, a weekly newspaper in Milwaukee billed as “Wisconsin’s only negro news of and by negroes.” It published until 1961.
“She was a spirit in terms of business and making things happen in Milwaukee,” said Clayborn Benson, founder and director of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society.
Benson called the business directories she produced a comprehensive look at Milwaukee’s black community at the time, covering businesses as well as clubs, civic and social organizations and more. It featured ads for black businesses and businesses that were friendly to blacks, including a national listing of hotels where blacks could “vacation without humiliation,” according to a Wisconsin Historical Society archive listing. The directory published until 1961.
In 1963, Strong started the Milwaukee Courier, part of the Courier chain of newspapers, said her son, who now runs the paper.
In 1972, Courier Communications Corp. bought WNOV, the first black-owned radio station in Wisconsin, Jones said.
By the mid-1960s, Strong had moved to Chicago and was publisher of Black Family magazine in Chicago, had founded her own public relations, marketing and research firm and was director of the marketing and research division of the Chicago Courier.
She also was founder and president of Welcome New Neighbor Service Inc., a nationwide marketing company aimed at black consumers, and worked as a marketing and advertising consultant.
One of eight children, Strong moved to Milwaukee with her family a short time after she was born in Gary, Ind. Her father died when she was young. She attended Milwaukee Public Schools and was the first black person to attend what was then the Milwaukee Business University, according to the 1956 story on her aldermanic bid. She took vocational school classes in the evening, studying everything from speed reading to millinery and real estate law.
The latter would come in handy when she bought a plot of land in Chicago and announced plans to build “a high rise building that will stand tall in the second largest Negro market in America,” according to a 1966 Milwaukee Journal story on her life in Chicago.
She sold the building when she moved to Atlanta, where she became involved in ministry work, her son said.
Her nephew, Monty Shadd, remembers her as “always very busy, always on the go.”
He added, “She was an adventurer. She was a pacesetter, a ground breaker – not only assertive but aggressive. What she did was so radical in some cases. She knew what she wanted, and she went after it.”
Strong was married four times. Her marriage to Jesse Jones ended in divorce, as did her marriage to Lawrence Shadd. In 1970, she married attorney James Strong, who had been a U.S. diplomat to Gambia and worked as a marketing executive with Kellogg Corp. After his death, she married Andrew Gaines of Atlanta, the father and manager of the late singer Donna Summer. He died about five years ago.
For more than 25 years, Strong was involved with ministries – including Abundant Living Family Church in California, Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles, Word of Faith in Detroit and Nashville, Believers Bible Christian Church in Atlanta and others.
Her son said he read a quotation recently that reminded him of his mother. It began, “Work for a cause, not for applause,” he said.
“That’s the way she was. When she left Milwaukee, believe me, Milwaukee had a void.”
Besides her son Jerrel Jones, she is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Wright; two brothers, Leonard Brady of Milwaukee and Walton Brady of El Paso, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Have you taken your children or grandchildren to see Wreck-It Ralph, the latest Disney movie released November 2, 2012?
I haven’t seen the film but my assistant took his granddaughter to see it this past weekend. After watching the movie it almost made him swear off movies. Or at lease go see the movie ahead of time before he takes his granddaughter to see another movie.
Kid’s movies should be made for kids. No innuendos, no bad language, no sexually suggestive material. Let the kids be kids. They will grow up fast enough. But I guess Disney doesn’t feel that way. They are trying to indoctrinate them at the earliest age possible.
If you haven’t heard of the movie, it’s about the characters of arcade video games, in particular, Wreck-It Ralph from the game Fix-It Felix. Ralph is the bad guy in the game and he is tired of being the bad guy. All he does is wreck the building and Felix comes behind him and fixes it for which he receives a medal. Ralph is tired of being the bad guy and wants to be a good guy so he can get a medal.
The movie is pretty good but for one particular scene. It’s very subtle and most people probably saw nothing wrong with it. But it’s there and every parent and grandparent needs to watch out for it.
In the movie all the bad guys get together for what looks like an ‘AA’ style support group. In this group sitting next to Ralph is a red colored character with horns that Ralph calls ‘Satan’ who quickly corrects him and says his name is ‘Sateen’ [my own spelling of how he says it]. The implication, I believe, is that, like the other video game bad guy characters, Satan is, as one of the characters says, “Ralph[Satan], you’re a bad guy but this doesn’t mean you are a BAD GUY.”
They close out the meeting with the Bad Guy Affirmation, including Satan – I am BAD, and that’s GOOD. I will never be GOOD, and that’s not BAD. There’s no one I’d rather be than ME.
With these type of subtle indoctrination our children are being steered towards a dangerous path; a path of destruction of their souls.
The bible warns, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who
put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for
sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20
This type of indoctrination is what leads people to choosing an evil like abortion and calling it a good choice. The killing of an unborn child is never a good.
So, if you do go see the movie, make sure you talk with your children and grandchildren about this scene. Don’t assume that they aren’t paying attention. Use it as a teaching moment. Teach them that evil is always BAD. Teach them that Satan, regardless of what he may call himself, is always BAD and EVIL and that he is NOT GOOD.
Today we remember all the veterans who have served in the military and fought for the freedom we enjoy today. We pray for all those living and deceased veterans of past and current conflicts. We also remember and pray for those who have returned broken in body or spirit.
Yesterday at my church, Believers’ Bible Christian Church in Atlanta, we remembered and thanked our veterans for their service.
In addition to our veterans, we want to also pray for all those men and women who are currently serving in the military. God bless everyone.
Thank you for your prayers, emails, tweets and PRAYERS for Priests for Life Staten Island staff, and indeed everyone impacted by the storm. With God’s grace we will weather the storm. We thank GOD for touching human hearts with compassion during this time. So often when lives are in danger, there is no compassion. Thank GOD for mercy, safety and compassion. Only HE can help us weather every storm.
I want to thank everyone for your prayers and phone calls inquiring if we are okay. We weathered out the storm along with everyone else. We have not been in contact with many of our associates as many of them lost power. I suspect it may be a few days before everything is back to normal at Priests for Life.
Just got word that our office building in the NYC evacuation zone was free of flooding or wind damage. Praise God! Power there is back, too!
While many people lost power and the storm did much damage, like the tanker below, we were spared from the storm.
However, there are so many in New York and other states that still need our prayers. Please continue to pray for everyone especially for those that lost their lives in the storm and their families.
While abortion wasn’t mentioned in the presidential debate last week, a TV ad featuring abortion survivor Melissa Ohden ran on Denver’s NBC affiliate during the presidential debate. The ad, produced by the Susan B. Anthony List’s Women Speak Out political action committee, criticizes President Obama for opposing an Illinois bill that would have protected babies born alive after an abortion.
THE VOICE OF JOHN will be released November 4. Please mark your calendar and plan to see the film and share it with many people! I was honored to meet the producers and be interviewed by Nurse Maryann Lawhorn. See trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV9mwS5nCzk