Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Sixth Birthday

It was a beautiful, hot, sunny day on April 19, 1987. The weather was lovely with a calm, gentle breeze off and on. Not only was it my sixth birthday, but it was also Easter. My niece, nephew, and a few of my cousins and friends came to celebrate my birthday with me. I received so many gifts, as well as a delicious birthday cake. We also had the traditional Easter egg hunt. It was an exciting, fun-filled afternoon; we were all playing and had fun. After we had the cake, and I opened all the gifts, we were going to have our Easter egg, for which none of the kids could wait. While the grown-ups went outside to hide the eggs, we had to stay inside so we could not peak. Unbeknownst to everyone else, I had secretly been seeing where the grown-ups were hiding the eggs. I was so anxious to get out there, especially since I knew where the first egg I wanted was hidden. It was hidden by a huge tree in our front yard. Determined to get that egg first, I prepared myself to get it. I was ready to push through the other kids, which would ensure that I went out first.
It was almost time for the adults to let us hunt for the eggs. We children waited patiently, yet anxiously, for the grown-ups to give the word. No one was more anxious than I was, though. I knew where the first egg was, and I was ready to go and get it. It felt so good knowing something the other kids were unaware of . Finally, the time came; the kitchen door opened, and it was time to hunt for the eggs. The moment my sister opened the door, I pushed past all the other kids, and ran toward that tree as if I were in the Olympics. I could hear in the background, “There he goes.” I ran for dear life to the tree and snatched up the first egg, the one by the large tree in our front yard. I was so happy and excited to get the egg first; it was all part of the plan. By the end of the afternoon, I found fourteen eggs. I showed them to everyone, while my cousin, who was five days older than me, scowled at me. I did not care; I had the most eggs, it was my birthday, and I had fun.
I will never forget my sixth birthday. It is one of my fondest memories; I will always remember how happy I was and how much fun I had. As if it were yesterday, I still think about it from time to time. It was my favorite birthday ever!

"When Lights Go Out"

When lights go out,
I will not make a panicked shout
Darkness I do not fear
It I surely revere
Though darkness may surround
Never will I shriek a sound.
My heart may pound,
I shall stay around;
I shall face that darkness,
I will not settle for less.
Assume you me if you wish,
But surprise will be your dish.
In the darkness, I panic not
So try me, give me your best shot.
Prove you wrong I will, on the spot.

"Halloween Approaches"

The Eve of All Hallows draws near,
As it does each and every year;
All ghosts and ghouls eerily appear.
To the people of earth they offer fright,
Creeping about, haunting with such delight,
Offering their tricks through the night.
During this night do they venture out,
Celebrating while moving about,
Giving out cries and moans ever so stout.
Alas, the celebration will come to an end,
With final boos they surely send.
One final glimpse of them do they lend.
With the end of their spooky night,
After celebrating with eerie delight,
Ghosts and ghouls fade from sight.
As the ghosts and ghouls surely leave,
With many treats no one would believe,
Have a safe and happy All Hallows Eve!

Monday, September 28, 2009

"A Life Full of Turmoil"

A life full of turmoil
Of one who treads on this soil
Will the entangled springs ever uncoil?
Once beautiful and lovely was life
Never did hardship enter nor strife
Both have entered, but refuse to leave
Neither push, nor shove, nor heave
Can remove these things from my sleeve.
One day soon, though, shall they depart
Never again will they weigh my heart
Life will renew and be vibrant from the start.
This I declare; yes, this I surely affirm
My feet will be planted nice and firm
Life will return to me abundant I confirm.
Never again will I lose sight
Of knowing wrong from what is right
Life will once again fill me with delight.
So here I stand and announce
From this day forward never will I renounce
That which life brings, I will enjoy every ounce.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

From Yahoo News: "A world first: Vaccine helps prevent HIV infection"

At last some hope. A New HIV Vaccine! Yes, it is true!...according to Yahoo! News. Check this out!!! An HIV vaccination has been created and it works. Please read this article.

"'A world first: Vaccine helps prevent HIV infection'"

"By MARILYNN MARCHIONE and MICHAEL CASEY, Associated Press Writers Marilynn Marchione And Michael Casey, Associated Press Writers – 2 hrs 21 mins ago

BANGKOK – For the first time, an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the AIDS virus, a watershed event in the deadly epidemic and a surprising result. Recent failures led many scientists to think such a vaccine might never be possible.

The vaccine cut the risk of becoming infected with HIV by more than 31 percent in the world's largest AIDS vaccine trial of more than 16,000 volunteers in Thailand, researchers announced Thursday in Bangkok.

Even though the benefit is modest, 'it's the first evidence that we could have a safe and effective preventive vaccine,' Col. Jerome Kim said in a telephone interview. He helped lead the study for the U.S. Army, which sponsored it with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The institute's director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned that this is 'not the end of the road,' but said he was surprised and very pleased by the outcome.

'It gives me cautious optimism about the possibility of improving this result' and developing a more effective AIDS vaccine, Fauci said in a telephone interview. 'This is something that we can do.'

Even a marginally helpful vaccine could have a big impact. Every day, 7,500 people worldwide are newly infected with HIV; 2 million died of AIDS in 2007, the U.N. agency UNAIDS estimates.

'Today marks an historic milestone,' said Mitchell Warren, executive director of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition, an international group that has worked toward developing a vaccine.

'It will take time and resources to fully analyze and understand the data, but there is little doubt that this finding will energize and redirect the AIDS vaccine field,' he said in a statement.

The Thailand Ministry of Public Health conducted the study, which used strains of HIV common in Thailand. Whether such a vaccine would work against other strains in the U.S., Africa or elsewhere in the world is unknown, scientists stressed.

'This is a scientific breakthrough,' Thai Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai told a news conference in Bangkok. 'For the first time ever there is evidence that HIV vaccine has preventative efficacy.'

The study actually tested a two-vaccine combo in a "prime-boost" approach, where the first one primes the immune system to attack HIV and the second one strengthens the response.

They are ALVAC, from Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine division of French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis; and AIDSVAX, originally developed by VaxGen Inc. and now held by Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases, a nonprofit founded by some former VaxGen employees.

ALVAC uses canarypox, a bird virus altered so it can't cause human disease, to ferry synthetic versions of three HIV genes into the body. AIDSVAX contains a genetically engineered version of a protein on HIV's surface. The vaccines are not made from whole virus — dead or alive — and cannot cause HIV.

Neither vaccine in the study prevented HIV infection when tested individually in earlier trials, and dozens of scientists had called the new one futile when it began in 2003.

'I really didn't have high hopes at all that we would see a positive result,' Fauci confessed.

The results proved the skeptics wrong.

'The combination is stronger than each of the individual members,' said the Army's Kim, a physician who manages the Army's HIV vaccine program.

The study tested the combo in HIV-negative Thai men and women ages 18 to 30 at average risk of becoming infected. Half received four "priming" doses of ALVAC and two "boost" doses of AIDSVAX over six months. The others received dummy shots. No one knew who got what until the study ended.

All were given condoms, counseling and treatment for any sexually transmitted infections, and were tested every six months for HIV. Any who became infected were given free treatment with antiviral medicines.

Participants were followed for three years after vaccination ended.

Results: New infections occurred in 51 of the 8,197 given vaccine and in 74 of the 8,198 who received dummy shots. That worked out to a 31 percent lower risk of infection for the vaccine group.

The vaccine had no effect on levels of HIV in the blood of those who did become infected. That had been another goal of the study — seeing whether the vaccine could limit damage to the immune system and help keep infected people from developing full-blown AIDS.

That result is "one of the most important and intriguing findings of this trial," Fauci said. It suggests that the signs scientists have been using to gauge whether a vaccine was actually giving protection may not be valid.

'It is conceivable that we haven't even identified yet' what really shows immunity, which is both 'important and humbling' after decades of vaccine research, Fauci said.

Details of the $105 million study will be given at a vaccine conference in Paris in October.

This is the third big vaccine trial since 1983, when HIV was identified as the cause of AIDS. In 2007, Merck & Co. stopped a study of its experimental vaccine after seeing it did not prevent HIV infection. Later analysis suggested the vaccine might even raise the risk of infection in certain men. The vaccine itself did not cause infection.

In 2003, AIDSVAX flunked two large trials — the first late-stage tests of any AIDS vaccine at the time.

It is unclear whether vaccine makers will seek to license the two-vaccine combo in Thailand. Before the trial began, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said other studies would be needed before the vaccine could be considered for U.S. licensing.

Also unclear is whether Thai volunteers who received dummy shots will now be offered the vaccine. Researchers had said they would do so if the vaccine showed clear benefit — defined as reducing the risk of infection by at least 50 percent.

Those issues, plus how to proceed with future studies, will be discussed among the governments, study sponsors and companies involved in the trial, Kim said. Scientists want to know how long will protection last, whether booster shots will be needed, and whether the vaccine helps prevent infection in gay men and injection drug users, since it was tested mostly in heterosexuals in the Thai trial.

The study was done in Thailand because U.S. Army scientists did pivotal research in that country when the AIDS epidemic emerged there, isolating virus strains and providing genetic information on them to vaccine makers. The Thai government also strongly supported the idea of doing the study."

"Million Dollar Baby" THE VIDEO!!! YESSIRR!!!! GO WHITNEY!!!!!!!!

Here is the next video from Whitney Houston. It is a lovely song and a nice video. To all the Whitney fans, including myself, enjoy!!! GO WHITNEY!!!!!!!!!

I'll post new videos as they come. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"Your Words"

Lovely are thy words of sweet
Not single one skipping a beat
They are words true and sincere
Which can be lovely to hear
So be not afraid to smear
That which you hold within
Your creativity causes me to grin
Continue to write your heart
So that others can set you apart
From those afraid to impart
Thou art truly creative,
Thy words art inventive
I bow my head to you,
And your words I graciously view
Much love I give to you.


For the topic is why I am here
A topic I so much revere
To the author I tip my hat
Cannot be more appreciative than that
This topic I truly adore
I am here to express and nothing more
No matter the opinions of some
If you think I care you're dumb
My reason for being here
Are my thoughts which I smear
Denied may be my talent
But never shall I allow one bad comment
To deter me from that which I say
Never will I go for I am here to stay
So take thy comments oh so drear away
And never bother me again on any day
'Tis so true that I am through with thee
Never again will I "bother"; thou shall see.


So many have misperceived me
For I am not what they see
Assumptions are made
When mistakes are played
To their hands from mine
Sweet, kind, and nice I am
I am neither fraud nor sham
Never would I ever scam
One must know what lies within
Honest and real, no way else to win
Friendship from those I meet
With a simple, warm greet
Though I may cause inadvertent alarm,
I am nice, sweet; I mean no harm
For my flaws please forgive
I strive to correct them as I live
I have so much love to give
Though it is too late for some,
A better man I shall become

Monday, September 14, 2009

From AT&T/Yahoo: "Houston to Winfrey: Brown was emotionally abusive"

I'm so glad that Whitney divorced Bobby Brown. He did nothing but drag her down. If I saw Bobby, I'd kick his ass for slapping Whitney and being emotionally abusive to her. Whitney can do a whole lot better than Bobby. I'm glad her mom stepped in and took a stand. I can't wait to see the interview tomorrow. Stay tuned!!

"'Dirty Dancing' star Patrick Swayze dies at 57" from AT&T/Yahoo. So sad

Poor Patrick. I remember him in "Ghost" as well as "Tango and Cash", and "Dirty Dancing" Rest in peace, Patrick. You can dirty dance for God now and entertain him. We will all miss you. R.I.P.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Another new poem.. a poem comprised of several haiku. Enjoy.

“A Haiku of Poems”

You I do ignore
I only wish to create
Nice poems for all

Please do not block me
From this creative topic
I wish to express

Yay! Another thread
O, From my head I shall pour
Thoughtful words for all.

To you I shant speak
I wish only to express
That which my heart sings

If you deny me
from expressing myself well
O, I shall be hurt.

I adore such threads
As these, which inspire my thoughts
And my true feelings.

A new poem from me.

22. "Regrets to a Friend"

So sorry to those I badly impress
With my abundant love and friendliness, which I do not suppress
People I meet, I mean not to smother, nevertheless I inadvertently harm
'Twas not my intention to impose my friendship to one who's life was filled with such stress.
If I could turn back the hands of time, how I would better address
But my love and friendship were too much, this I sincerely confess.
My heart aches and cries out to make amends
But useless is my attempt for it still offends
No chance did you bestow to me
Upon yourself an opportunity to see
The best friend I could ever be
'Tis my fault, now and forever
Wilt thou forgive me ever?
Canst thou find within thy heart
So that we can have a fresh start
To be friends, ones that can never part?
More respectful should I have been
I would have been a dear, sweet friend
One that would be there to hear
Words and thoughts from him so dear
Whether news of joy or that which bringeth a tear
So happy he would have been to know
That a friend here could show
The care and love I canst bestow.
Alas, 'twill never be
A poor friend he saw in me.
Forever in my heart I shall regret
My behavior to a potential friend I met
Sorrow in my heart shall forever be set
To my old friend, I am truly sorry
For not being the true friend I could be.
Much love I do send
This is the end.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Stay tuned for the 24th season opener of the Oprah Winfrey Show, as Oprah begins the season with a 1-on-1 interview with Whitney Houston!!!

According to an article on AT&T/Yahoo, both Oprah's and Whitney's prayers were answered that the two of them could sit down and have the best interview that Oprah has ever experienced. The interview will air on Monday, September 14, and Tuesday, September 15.

Despite her defensiveness of her drug use and Bobby Brown with Diane Sawyer in 2002, according to the article, "Now with her marriage to Bobby Brown over (the divorce finalized in 2007) and her new album 'I Look to You' entering the charts at No. 1, Whitney Houston has shed some demons and is ready to get truthful with her fans."

Here is a clip of the interview with Oprah and Whitney, courtesy of Yahoo video.

Well, the prayers of both Whitney and Oprah worked. According to the article, "'There wasn't a question that I asked that she didn't answer thoughtfully,' Oprah told Diane Sawyer Thursday morning. And no topic was off limits, including Whitney's drug use, her marriage to Bobby Brown, and even her fears about returning to the spotlight."

So stay tuned for the 24th season of the Oprah Winfrey Show with the opening 1-on-1 interview with Whitney Houston. I know I'm going to watch it; be on the look out. It's Monday, September 14, and Tuesday, September 15. Check it out.

"Look to You" THE VIDEO!!! YESSIRR!!!! GO WHITNEY!!!!!!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy the video
to "I Look to You", by Whitney Houston!!!
Yay!!! This is for all the Whitney fans,
young and old, including me.
So give it up for Ms. Whitney!!!!!

GO WHITNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fan til the end! Yessir!!!!

Well, it looks like the softer side of Sears has fallen on its hard side

It seems that not too many people are seeing the softer side of Sears these days. Days become harder as the place of the famous Craftman and other famous products has "totally lost touch with the American consumer," says an analyst, according to a report on AT&T/Yahoo.

According to the article, "'The long awaited turnaround story at Sears may never happen. Why? Because reclusive hedge fund impresario and Sears Holding Corp. Chairman Edward Lampert doesn't know [how] to run a retail business,' says Jeff Matthews of hedge fund RAM Partners."

Stocks could fall as low as 50%, further resulting in Sears' doomed future. It seems that Sears has been failing since it merged with Kmart. Jeff Matthews affirms that Sears is no longer in touch with us customers.

Lampert doesn't seem to know what he's doing with the company. According to the article, "Here's what bothers him (Matthews) about Lampert's management of the once fabled retailer:

• Lack of investment in stores. 'The stores are terrible; they don’t look any better than they did five years ago. In fact, they look worse.' Matthews notes Wal-Mart spends tens of billions a year on stores, while Sears is spending about $200 million. That's no way to compete.

• No retail expert at the helm. For more than 18 months, Sears has had an 'interim' CEO, Matthews notes. Until they hire someone more permanent with retail know-how they're doomed, he says. 'I kept waiting for five years: when is he going to hire the guy? Never happened.'"

So, it looks like Sears, a place of great shopping that we've all come to know and love, will be closing its doors. We will no longer be able to see the softer side of Sears. It's the end of an era.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sorority Row!!

I want to see this so bad. It looks so gory and scary. I love scary movies. Can't wait to see it. If y'all like scary and gory movies, check this movie out, "Sorority Row." Try not to scream to loudly. LOL

Well, Ms. Winfrey Hopes that Chris Brown Gets Counseling for Beating Rihanna, but Chris didn't appreciate her comments.

Here is a report from AT&T/Yahoo regarding comments about Chris Brown and his beating Rihanna. Quote:

Oprah Winfrey has defended herself after Chris Brown criticized the TV mogul for not being more supportive of him after he assaulted ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

"I commend Oprah on being like, 'This is a problem,' but it was a slap in my face," Chris told People in this week's issue, referencing an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on domestic abuse that ran earlier this year, one which was inspired by the February 8 incident. "I did a lot of stuff for her, like going to Africa and performing for her school. She could have been more helpful, like, 'OK, I'm going to help both of these people out.'"

However, according to Oprah, it's not her help that Chris needs.

"And if a man hits you once, he will hit you again," she added. "He will hit you again. I don't care what his plea is."

In August, Chris was sentenced to five years' probation, six months of community labor in his home state of Virginia and a year of domestic violence counseling after pleading guilty to a felony assault charge against Rihanna."

Go to http://tv.yahoo.com/the-oprah-winfrey-show/show/32704/news/tv.accesshollywood.com/oprah-winfrey-chris-brown-get-counseling-20090904 to check it out for yourself.