Daily Archives: December 10, 2013

2013 Kennedy Center Honors Reception

 

The Obamas Host 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Reception

The First Lady, Michelle Obama looked real chic in her amazing green custom Marchesa dress for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors reception held in the East Room of the White House in Washington, on Sunday, December 8, 2013. Michelle Obama and President Obama hosted the annual event, which celebrates the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors recipients. This year Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel, and Herbie Hancock, were among those artists honored.

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Michelle Obama dazzled in an emerald green custom Marchesa gown as the ‘Piano Man,’ Billy Joel, was awarded the nation’s highest honor in Washington Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts. Joel, one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time with such hits as ‘Just the Way You Are,’ ‘Uptown Girl’ and ‘Allentown’ joined Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors in a star-studded event at the White House.
All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children and Joel said the honor stands apart from his six Grammys.

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President Barack Obama’s Powerful Eulogy At Nelson Mandela Memorial Service

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Above is a 42 Minute Video of the Eulogy of President Barack Obama at the Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Before the President spoke, the famed Soweto Gospel Choir, dressed in Black, accompanied by Legendary Gospel Star Kirk Franklin sang Franklin’s “My Life Is In Your Hands” as the lead-in to the President’s Eulogy.  You can hear Kirk Franklin and the Soweto Gospel Choir’s presentation at the 15:00 minute mark of the video.  President Obama’s Eulogy begins at the 19:35 mark of the video. Full Transcript of the President’s Remarks Below.

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA

AT MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN

PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA

 First National Bank Stadium

Johannesburg, South Africa

 1:31 P.M. SAST

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government…

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Minute Meditation: Prayer To Find Work

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help-wantedThis is the season that brings change. Summer winds down. Children go back to school. Many use this as an opportunity to look for employment.

Start with this prayer:

God, our Father, I turn to you seeking your divine help and guidance as I look for suitable employment.
I need your wisdom to guide my footsteps along the right path, and to lead me to find the proper things to say and do in this quest. I wish to use the gifts and talents you have given me, but I need the opportunity to do so with gainful employment.
Do not abandon me, dear Father, in this search, but rather grant me this favor I seek so that I may return to you with praise and thanksgiving for your gracious assistance.
Grant this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen

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Obama Hails Mandela’s Achievements at Memorial Service Tuesday

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“The world will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again”, this from President Barack Obama in his speech before tens of thousands gathered in the rain Tuesday morning at Mandela’s memorial service in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Obama said young people should know they can make Mandela’s life work their own.  He remarked that Mandela’s death should prompt a time for mourning and celebration, but it should also prompt a time of self reflection.  Obama said people should ask themselves how well they’ve applied Mandela’s lessons in their own life.

Obama took time to compare Mandela to other champions of human rights in his address seen around the globe.  He said that like Mahatma Gandhi, Mandela started a movement in the face of overwhelming odds.  Obama also compared Mandela to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior in that he gave voice to the oppressed, and to Lincoln for holding a country together that threatened to…

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How To Decline An Invite Gracefully….

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Do you have a go-to, standby excuse or do you always say yes?

As much as we love being social butterflies and hopping about town to see friends and family members, sometimes our ability to network and socialize has invitations to events we’re not so keen on attending falling into our lap. Holiday season brings a plethora of invites. Make sure that you take a look at you schedule. Consider the relationship before responding. It may be that the person that is inviting you really would be crushed if you do not go. RSVP immediately. Part planners have a litany of things to do. Be brief and do not over explain yourself.

Here are a few standard words  to start you off:

·         I’m very sorry, I don’t

·         Think I can.

·         I’d like to, but ….

·         I’m afraid I’ve

·         Already promised….

·         Thank you for asking me, but ….

·         Unfortunately  , I can’t….

It’s OK to decline an invitation. Our time is precious, we have a lot of commitments today. Don’t feel guilty. Enjoy the season but, really be present at things that really commit to you.