Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve

I can't believe it is the last day of the year. New Year's Eve is a day to reflect on the past year and think about the family and friends who won't live to see the new year. I thank God that he has blessed me with the gift of life for another year and the enjoyment of family, friends, and the beauty of nature. I pray for another wonderful year full of blessings and peace on earth.

I wish you a joyous and safe New Year's Eve and that the new year brings you many blessings. Remember, life is too short to sweat the small stuff. See ya next year!

Happy New Year's!

Love,

Sandra

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Business Spotlight


Economic development is vital to the growth of a community and its residents. Economic development improves the community and increases the well-being and quality of life for the residents by creating and retaining jobs in the community, that's why, it is important to support community based businesses.

Business Spotlight will be a regular feature that spotlight businesses, charities/foundations, and other organizations that benefit the community. If you own or know a business or organization that should be featured please send me an email with the web address. Sharing information is key to improving the community.

Mood One International understands that where you’re going is as important as how you get there. That’s why we are committed to providing customer service, satisfaction, and safety. We offer you quality service, affordable rates, and a variety of payment options. We have an exclusive fleet with state-of-the-art sedans, stretch limos and suvs. Each vehicle is meticulously maintained, licensed by the State of California, authorized by LAX, and fully insured. Each driver has passed a pre-employment drug screen and possesses the required licensing by the
Department of Motor Vehicles.

Our services are available for any event and every occasion, including Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Diego, Santa Barbara and other vacation and/or tourist destinations. We also provide a variety of other services to add that special touch to your event. From rolling out the red carpet on your wedding day to decorating our limos with balloons and party favors. We’re here to set the mood according to your preference.

Our goal to provide service, satisfaction and safety has earned us a reputation that speaks for itself. Our mission to exceed customer expectations is what sets us apart from the rest. So let us get you in the mood at MOOD ONE!!!!!!

CELEBRITY HELICOPTERS

Celebrity Helicopters, located in Compton, California, is a full-service aerial company that offers siteseeing tours, flight training and aviation instruction, aerial production work for the entertainment industry, and executive transportation. Robin Petgrave, Chief Pilot and President, has accumulated over 10,000 hours of flight experience gracing the skills conducting helicopter tours, charters, flight training, ferrying helicopters, and entertainment industry production work.

Celebrity Helicopters, one of Southern California's leading aerial company, fuels it's passion for flying by being the "cool guy" in a helicopter, what's really driving this aircraft is something coming from a much higher place. Celebrity Helicopters has donated and funded many of the programs of Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum(TAM), a non-profit organization which teaches young kids how to fly and realize their dreams.

Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum, founded by Robin Petgrave, helps inner city kids learn to fly and focus on changing communities one child at a time. TAM also provide a place for kids to go after school so they stay off the streets. TAM provides mentoring for those that really need it and try to inspire students to reach new heights.

TAM pilots ( also known as "AviationExplorers") have already set more than 7 World Records and have written History all over again... just like the Tuskegee Airmen did many years ago! TAM's achievements have only been possible by the Aviation Angels. Don't take it from me, the best way to learn about Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum is to watch their 13-Minute video from beginning to end.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

World AIDS Day







Do you know your status? Well, today is a good day to find out. World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st. The World Health Organizations established World AIDS Day in 1988 to raise awareness and to focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic. World AIDS Day provides information to governments, AIDS organizations and programs, faith organization, communities, and individuals.


In 2007, the estimated numbers of persons living with HIV worldwide is 33.2 million, there were 2.1 million AIDS deaths. In the United States, over one million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS today, one-fourth of them do not know they have the disease. HIV the virus that causes AIDS is hitting African Americans hard. African Americans account for 13% of the U.S. population, but account for 49% percent of all new cases of HIV/AIDS. Black women account for 64% of all women with HIV. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, AIDS remains the leading cause of death for blacks ages 25 to 44. There is a push to educate African Americans on HIV/AIDS


Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, are standing together to fight and educate people, especially African Americans, about the disease. Magic's "I Stand with Magic" campaign is a five-year, $60 million effort financed by the drug company Abbott. The goal is to cut HIV/AIDS rates amoung African Americans by 50%.


It is important to get tested. Early detection save lives. Effective HIV care—including antiretroviral therapies and regular access to primary health care—can help people manage their HIV disease and live longer. So if you don't know your status, get tested.

Important Information

National HIV Testing Resources

U.S Department of Health & Human Services

I Stand with Magic

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization



Monday, November 26, 2007

A Black Woman's Smile

Today, I received the best email message from a friend. Mark, who usually does not forward emails, sent me the most beautiful, thought provoking poem that left me speechless. A Black Woman's Smile by Ty Gray-El captures the very essence of Black women. The poem illustrates the struggles Black women had to endure, the strength she gained as a result of her struggles, and the beauty she exhibit despite her struggles.

A Black Woman's Smile is a testament of the triumphant spirit of Black women. Click on the link to see the poem. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPBH57BWhpE

Ty Gray-El, thank you for showing your love, gratitute, and respect to all Black women, I'm smiling at you now.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

African-American Women: Where They Stand

Starting Monday, November 26th, "NBC News with Brian Williams" will air a five-part series that takes a look at the issues facing African-American women. The series will cover a wide-range of issues from the role African-American women will play in the 2008 Presidential race, to increased health risks. Please visit the website
http://dailynightly.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/11/20/476352.aspx for a more detailed program description. Check your local listings for air time.

This should be an interesting series, I'll watch the program before I form an opinion.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a day to reflect on all of life's riches. Riches not in term of material things, but of the love and joy experienced with family and friends. Sharing love is one of God's greatest gifts. I wish you all a day filled with love on this Thanksgiving day and throughout the year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love,

Sandra