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Hello Beautiful Ones!

Today is the official first day of summer. Yaaaayyyy!!! :-)  Or as I like to say “It’s beach time!”  One of my favorite past times is sleeping on the beach. LOL  Like seriously, that is some of the best sleep you can get!  There’s something about the water lulling you to sleep with the warm sun your back.  Going to the beach is so relaxing and it’s a great way to social and bond with loved ones. Now I must admit, I am not a fan of the beach crowd so I try to go either during the week or to a beach folks aren’t hip to yet.  Wherever you go though, the key is to get there EARLY!  You get prime seating and you just have more time to enjoy everything especially if this is a day trip.

So if you aren’t celebrating the first day of summer at the beach this weekend, you can kick it off with K-Ci & JoJo at the Howard Theater tonight (6/21)  or with Rahasaan Patterson also tonight (6/21) at Birchmere, and then tomorrow (6/22) at Ram’s Head.

Check out the other greats events after the jump.

Beach and Blessings,  ThatKellieGirl :-)

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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: 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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