November 27, 2011

Manda Djinn Loison...

Manda was my very first "American" friend in Paris over 5 years ago when I got to France.  She found me on Myspace, of all places.. She wrote to me out of the blue, introducing herself and talked about her music.. she's a jazz and gospel singer.  We met soon after and became fast friends..

Manda, from New York and I from, California- we made a great pair... Both of us with spunk and attitude.. no one could stop us!  We laughed a lot and talked a lot, but most of all... we understood each other... and we were there for one another!

Manda and I had a very special friendship and I counted her as one of my closest friends... She was struck with breast cancer a little over two years ago.. and battled with the disease with strength and power- and was doing well...   Over the summer, she was diagnosed with a lung condition and spent the past months being treated for it and learned also that her cancer had come out of remission.  She had two things going on and it wasn't easy, I know.  She fought bravely and with a lot of positive energy while undergoing treatments..  She had just restrarted chemo again.  She and I had close contact and she remained positive and with the spirit that I knew - strong and ready for a fight.

That is why I was in so much shock and was completely devastated when I received news yesterday from her husband that she was in the hospital and it wasn't good.  This couldn't be happening, not to my beloved friend.. She had so many years left to go..... So many more songs to sing... Oh.. I cannot even believe she is gone!  It's sad beyond my words can go... I miss my dearly, beloved friend.

This is a very difficult time to pass, losing someone I loved dearly.. Life is UNJUST and UNFAIR.  I have lost too many dear ones.. and on Wed, the anniversary of my mom's passing...

For all of you out there who have lost loved ones... my heart is with you, my thoughts are with you.. and we stand together in remembering with love all of the good times we shared with our loved ones.

MANDA, you will be missed so much and I am very sorry and very sad to see you go, my dear and cherished friend... You will be in my heart forever and I am sorry we didn't get to say goodbye.
I love you dearly.  Say hi to my mom, Mira, Bernhard... and all the others who are there to greet you! I know there will be a big concert in the Heaven's now that you are there- but here on Earth the tears are flowing... I miss you!  I love you very much!

November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, North Americans...

To all my friends in North America.. though Canada is earlier- like in October- I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope it's filled with lots of good eats and family fun!!!!  We're celebrating ours here on Sunday, Dec. 4th with friends... Can't wait!!

November 16, 2011

London shots..

 Oh! How I LOVE London!!!

Fall Time in London....

Fall time in London is simply GORGEOUS and here are a few shots to prove it!  My last trip to London found me with good weather- sunny times and warmth... with only a few days of drizzle/gray... I did lots of FUN things, saw many dear friends and eat DELISH food.. I LOVE London!!!

November 11, 2011

Remembrance Day/Armistice Day/Veteren's Day

A very nice write up about this special date in history.. November 11...  Read it HERE.

**Photo taken from the internet.

November 8, 2011

Eid Mubarkium...

For this special time of the year, I wish all of those celebrating Eid-  A very happy one!!
                  Eid Mubarkum...

November 3, 2011

BlogBlast 4 Peace 2011


Blogblast for Peace 2011!!

I'm always so happy when this day comes around because it's a day in the year in our lives where the blogospere is hopping with PEACE!! Peace and Goodwill, Peace all around.. Peace is in the air and under our skin! I can feel it all now!!!

My post is going to talk about "inner peace." Because of life events and things in my mind which have prevented me from finding my peace- and in fact, on a very serious note- I LOST my inner/true peace!! How can we be peaceful with others around us if we do not have peace within ourselves? It comes from within our core and radiates out ... and the positive energy we give out to others comes from the inside!

I have just come out of a two-month struggle to regain my inner-peace and have succeeded! Long live inner-peace! Now, I feel confident that I can go out into the world and give myself truly and sincerely to others. I cannot tell you how happy it makes me feel to 'feel' like myself again, it's been a long and very difficult two months and I am just so blessed and happy that peace has come back into my life again. I have my faith and my friends to thank for that. Dear people who have prayed, sent healing energy, positive energy and light my way in order for me to get back to my 'self!' I have also worked very hard myself to do this- and this includes - acupuncture, mediation, getting away to London (where I feel most at home) and just trying to get past the negative and sad forces that have been holding me down.

THANK YOU ALL OF YOU FOR YOU SUPPORT, LOVE and ENCOURAGEMENT-- I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for my loved ones- family and friends! Even in times where I have been abandoned by those who I thought were my true friends, I have encountered others in my life who have proved to be there and real for me- and who have accepted me for who I am and without judging me... I appreciate this greatly and I know that people are put in our path and in our life for a reason!

So, in closing- in this very long written post about PEACE on this DAY FOR PEACE, I have shared with all of you a very up close and personal account of how the PEACE that comes from within us is SOOOOO important to have in order to be peaceful with others- to love, respect and appreciate others around us.

HAPPY BLOGBLAST FOR PEACE DAY and thank you Mimi for getting us all together here to join together in PeAcE aNd HaRmOnY!!!!


Blogblast for Peace Nov. 4, 2011

...... Coming to a blog near you---- TOMORROW!!!
Be there, Be Present, Be PEACE------ BE!

Hi Everyone,

Tomorrow is the big- BLOGBLAST FOR PEACE so are you ready?! Mimi has done a FABULOUS job every year in getting us here together in the blogaverse to celebrate this day of PeAcE! Are you ready to hop on the PeaceTrain?!! All aboard and let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO