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Freedom Friday: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

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Hello Good People!

Memorial Day weekend is starting off a little shaky with this cold weather!  But it looks like the weather will warm up throughout the weekend, I hope!  :-)

Regardless, Memorial Day gives Americans an opportunity to show appreciation to U.S. soldiers who sacrificed so much for our freedoms.  And recently, Professor David Blight has revealed that African Americans actually founded Memorial Day “in a ritual of remembrance and consecration” for Civil War soldiers.  Read this fascinating article here.

Memorial Day is typically known for as a long, holiday weekend of partying and relaxation.  But as a child growing up in Ohio, Memorial Day was a family gathering with food, fellowship and remembrance of loved ones who passed.  We would acknowledge all family members who had died with a prayer and calling out their names.  I believe we all should take the time to remember, honor and give thanks to those who have gone before us, and laid the foundation for our families and communities.  Through “remembrance rituals”, families can say goodbye, and begin to move towards healing.  

“The Remembrance Process” website lists six reasons why remembrance is important:

  1. To acknowledge the reality of death.
  2. To acknowledge the emotions associated with the death.
  3. To acknowledge that the relationship with the person who died has shifted from physical presence to memory.
  4. To acknowledge changes in personal self-identity.
  5. To ponder and search for new meaning in life.
  6. To receive the loving support of remaining family and friends.

Whatever you do, I hope each of you enjoy this Memorial Day weekend. But take an opportunity to say “I love you” to those that are still here, and to remember those who have passed away.

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: Guess Who’s Bizzack?

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Hello Beautiful People!

It is good to be back on the scene.

As you know, I had to go on hiatus to get married!  And it was one of the best days of my life.  As a friend said to me, you are now “ThatMarriedKellieGirl”! :-)   I am truly happy and still on cloud 9.  I will definitely have to give you guys a recap with some photos and my suggestions on planning a wedding.  I will admit, after a while, I was just ready to get married because our lives were consumed by the wedding.  And the closer the big day approached, the more hectic things were…either something  falls through or someone cancels.  However, my biggest challenge was my guest list and the seating arrangement. You try to accommodate as many family requests as possible, but the reality is that everyone can’t come.   Weddings are very personal affairs.  So I wanted to be surrounded by people who I know love  and support us.  Marriage isn’t a game or to be entered into lightly.  You are entering a covenant with person before God and the whole community of family and friends.  So when I said my vows, I became very emotional because I took those words to heart.  When I look at my family and my husband’s family, we are standing on the shoulders of collectively 80 years of marriage.  And I know neither have perfect marriages, but I admire their commitment to each other and their families.  I believe we have a great foundation to build upon, and just as important, accountability.

So me and my boo and have now upgraded to husband and wife status, and we are excited to step out! :-)   Hopefully, we will see you out there.  And you might see us at one the fabulous events below. 

Love ya’ll! :-)

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: The Merry Christmas Edition

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Merry Christmas Beautiful People! :-)

I know some people were waiting to see if the world was going to end, but it didn’t so ThatKellieGirl is very happy to get back to the holidays.

This weekend is the last opportunity to do your last-minute shopping. I will be picking up a small few items for the little kids, but that’s it. I don’t do well with the mayhem of Christmas shopping.  I usually stay far, far way from it. So I will be making an early morning run to avoid any foolishness. Other than that, this weekend is shaping up very nicely.  There are some great events to check out .

You can start with Amel Larrieux at that Howard Theater and Syleena Johnson at Blue’s Alley today (12/21).   And StepAfrika! closes out this weekend at the Atlas Performing Arts Theater.

Catch some other events below!

Peace and Blessings,

ThatKellieGirl :-)

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Freedom Friday: The Champion Edition

Hey Good Folks.  Happy Friday! :-)

First off, congratulations to the Miami Heat for winning the NBA Championship last night.  ThatKellieGirl admits to not watching the entire series.  And when I did, I actually was rooting for the Boston Celtics!   Even though ThatKellieGirl and LeBron hail from the same state, I’m really not a LeBron fan.  I admire him as a great player, but I just haven’t really followed him.  Well, not until he decided to leave Ohio for Miami.

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MidWeek Mixx

Hello Good Folks!

I hope you are beating this 100 degrees weather.

To help you cool out, check out the MidWeek Mixx, “Summer in the City” from DJ Stylus.  He is on that slow jam tip. :-)

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Freedom Friday: The Soul Conversations Edition

Hello Good Folks!

ThatKellieGirl is looking forward to this weekend.  And I am so excited to start it out on the radio!  YUP!  That’s right, ThatKellieGirl will be “talking about it” on WPFW’s Soul Conversations.  I will be letting you know about new music and musical happenings in the DMV.

And if you aren’t hip to WPFW’s Soul Conversations with Kimberly Washington and DJ YZO, you’ve been missing out!  I feel so honored to be in their company.  So check us out TONIGHT on 89.3 FM WPFW, 11PM-1AM (EST) on Friday Nights Soul Conversations Radio Show.  If you are out of the DMV area, you can stream the show on-line.

And now you can check out the happenings below!  :-)

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

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Freedom Friday: Happy Chinese New Year

Hello Lovelies!

This Monday, millions of people began ringing in the Lunar New Year.  In DC, the new year will be celebrated on Sunday in Chinatown. 2012 is the year of the dragon. The year of the dragon is considered to be the luckiest of the Chinese lunar years.  ThatKellieGirl was born in the year of the dragon, so we will see what is in store for the rest of the year.

In the meantime, enjoy this unseasonably warm weather by heading out to some great events this weekend.

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