Hello My Good people!
It’s been a minute since we’ve had a Freedom Friday, but ThatKellieGirl is back!
ThatKellieGirl has been playing catch up since returning from travel. Then, we all hunkered down to brace for Hurricane Sandy. But we, well some of us, ended on a high note with the re-election of President Obama!
Regardless of what is happening around us or to us, we must remember to count our blessings and not our burdens. Sometimes, it seems so easy to tell someone what is going wrong in our lives? I understand that we all have to blow off some steam. But if you always have a complaint, grudge, or problem, then it’s time to shift your perspective.
I will admit, when I first started dating my fiancé, I thought he was unreal. Every time, I would ask him “how was your day” he said, “Wonderful!” with a great ole’ big smile. However, instead of being inspired, honestly, I became irritated by it. I thought “Has he drank the kool-aid?” So one day, in exasperation, I said to him, “Is every day REALLY WONDERFUL? Everyone has a bad day every once in a while!” And he calmly and lovingly told me, but why would I want to focus on that ? Hmmmm. He made think about shifting my perspective by looking at the brighter side of things and focusing on solutions. See, this is why I am marrying him!
However, the second part of being grateful is how often we practice it and our sincerity. How often do we take the time to reflect on the things we are grateful for? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? And even when we take the time to give thanks, during Thanksgiving or a mealtime prayer, are we just going through the motions?
I truly believe if more of us take the time to count our blessings, consistently and in a sincere way, we would be more loving and compassionate towards each other. So each day, let’s take a moment to give thanks.
And we can start giving thanks in honor of Veterans Day this weekend. Here is a list of Veterans Day activities
Also for the weekend, singer, guitarist, composer, and diplomat, Gilberto Gil
is performing this Saturday at Lisner Auditorium
. His latest project, “For All”, features the reinvention of folkloric, celebratory, Baião music of Northeast Brazil. Check it out.
Over the next couple of weeks, ThatKellieGirl will be catching up on all on music, events and activities, so please stay tuned!
Enjoy the long weekend!
Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl
LINER NOTES is back! And this time we’re kicking it up a notch with all new liner notes, poetry, visual media AND special guests! The theme for November is “family”, so plan to bring everyone from 8 to 80 years old! We’ve got goodies from the O’Jays, Dizzy Gillepsie, Tupac, the Bee Gees, Salt n Peppa and more! Featuring Kris Funn and the Corner Store Jazz Quintet, Paige Hernandez, Baye Harrell , Akua Allrich and projections by Tewodross MelchishuaNovember 9-10
Atlas Performing Arts Theater
1333 H St NE
$20 at door| $15 advance tickets
DC Shorts and SpeakeasyDC join forces for a unique film competition. Seven filmmaking teams have only five days to write, shoot, edit—and screen a film based on stories from seven local storytellers. The kicker: none of the teams have heard the stories before they are presented. One amazing event presented by the DC Shorts Film Festival and SpeakeasyDC occurs on two consecutive Friday evenings in November.
November 9 & 16
U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
7PM & 9:30PM
$20 per show
$30 for tickets to both Friday evenings (Nov. 9 and 16)
Weekly house party Red Fridays hosts Timmy Regisford
(Area Code, NYC) with Chris Burns!Friday, November 9
U Street Music Hall
1115 U St NW
Free before 11pm for 21+….$10
Advance ticket sales end one hour before doors open
Show up dressed in all black for Living Social’s fun-run (and walk) set to music. Glow-in-the-dark accessories and entry to the after-party at the Armory are included in admission.
Friday, November 9
2400 East Capitol St. SE
Now in its 9th year, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper
Saturday, November 10
1309 5th St., NE
Get tickets here
for 5 bucks, today only