Tuesday, December 27, 2016

    Wait A Minute

     Blogs are a wonderful way of expressing one's personal views and connecting with a vast demographic of people across the world. They have the ability to expose strengths, weaknesses, loves, hates, and so much more. Today I have the distinct pleasure of sharing a piece of work that will make you think a little deeper about something that affects all Americans.

     Donald V. Sims served this country from 1976-1979 as an active duty enlisted solider in the United States Army. He then returned to service in 1984 under the umbrella of the United States Army Reserve as an officer. During this time, the war named Desert Storm commenced and he was deployed to Iraq with the 321st Material Management Command Unit, specializing in logistics. In 1996 he retired as a Captain, and in 2016 retired from Lockheed Martin after 31years of diligent service. He volunteers at the VA Medical Center in Dallas, Texas every Wednesday. The words I'm about to share with you were penned over a year and a half ago, by him. He has always desired to share them with the world, but feels an urgency to do so now with the new administration coming into office.

     For the next 4 minutes, throw away the thoughts of who you voted for, who you felt should have won, or how you feel about the last administration and the upcoming one. For the next 4 minutes, read the following words as a citizen and a human being. Without futher ado...

Before We Go To War

Before we go to War:

When it comes to War, as a country, we must be committed to the task at hand. This means destroying the enemy’s means to create War. We do not hold back. We accept all that comes with War: destruction of property, loss of life for our warriors, enemy combatants and civilians, the war crimes, the monetary cost, post war duties that take years and the scars, the broken bodies and minds on both sides of the conflict.

Before we go to War:

Why don’t we spend some time at Walter Reed Hospital, better yet visit one of the more modern VA facilities. Virginia has a good one, as well as Texas, and even Arkansas. You should be able to locate a facility close to you. Visit the in-patent unit. There will be patients you can spend time with. Brace yourself. This will be a very humbling experience. If you can muster a “hello” and an introduction when you meet one of our Warriors, I salute you. 

You are not finished.

Take some time and stop by the Unit where severe head injuries are treated. You will not be able to get too far into the ward. You will know you are in the presence of wounded men and women. I recommend you don’t stay too long in this Ward. One more stop. We need see to the Warriors who have lost a limb--arm, leg, maybe both legs. The spinal cord injuries should be close. Take a few minutes to post up in this unit too.
·         Do not stare. Do not ask what happen. Don’t you dare cry
·         You can pray. You can encourage. You can offer your services. You can say thank you.
·         Do not cry.

Before we go to War:                                                                                                            

We have to visit with seasoned veterans. Many of these defenders of our way of life are kind of on their last leg. They have a load of stories and plenty of advice. Each story has its own special beginning and ending. The most miraculous part will be their love to share their life experience with a complete stranger.  Then again you are not really a stranger. You will soon be a member of this special group. We are going to War?

Before we go to War:

Contact a family member of a fallen Warrior, a mother or father, husband or wife, and let them know how much you appreciate their sacrifice. Tell them you do not take their sacrifice for granted. Tell this mourning soul you know just how they feel. Well, maybe you shouldn’t tell them you know how they feel. You probably don’t know. You could say it to yourself though.
Pray for the innocent lives that were lost in our past Wars. I am talking about non-combatants: children, mothers and the elderly. Pray for all the suffering this next War will create. Pray our goal is noble. Thank God for his grace and mercy. We will need it more than ever.

Before we go to War:

No salute to the fallen Warriors is complete without a visit to one of our Veteran Cemeteries. These patches of earth are immaculately maintained. The funeral services are unforgettable. The real attraction is the rows and rows of tombstones perfectly aligned. Did I forget to mention this is the final resting place for countless Warriors?
Gentlemen, remove your hat if you are wearing one.

Before we go to War:

Ask Congress and the Executive Branch of our Government if their loved ones will be volunteering to serve our great country. In fact, tell your elected official you will meet him/her at the local recruiting office. Tell your elected official to bring along a couple of talk-show hosts who seem to be eager to taste War.  Before we go to war.

After we go to War:

It is important we all do something with no expectation we will be compensated. That means no expectation of any type of recognition. No financial contributions will suffice volunteering. We all need to smell the pain of War, I think seeing it is not enough. We need to feel it. We need to be moved by the effects of War, “Before we go to War”. 

Donald V. Sims,                                                                                                          

Monday, November 7, 2016

I have had the pleasure of meeting many people in my humble 39 years here on earth. Some of them were more pleasant than others but all have been learning lessons in some way. This next encounter definitely ranks under one of the pleasant ones. Please enjoy my interview with Aaqila Rasheed!

1.    Where are you from originally? 
I am originally from Oakland, CA.

Oakland is beautiful! It's a city that I want to visit one day. And the skyline is breathtaking!

2.    Have you traveled out of the country? If so, where? 
I have been to Spain and Kenya. Both countries are simply breathtaking. They are both very rich in culture, history, and pride. I would love to go back to either places again.

Kenya is beautiful as well. There were numerous pictures that popped up when I typed in "Kenya". Some of them showed the skyline of the metropolitan area and others depicted the culturally diverse population of this area. But this picture caught my eye because of the setting/rising sun and the amazing ambiance it sets. I'm sure you were privy to this scene more than once while visiting Kenya. What a blessing. I can understand why you want to go back. Not to mention the food you had a chance to try. Definitely a bucket list contender.

3.    Listening to music or reading? 
Listening to music

I'm torn between the two because I love both reading and listening to music. They can be a useful source of peace when things are a little crazy. I listen to music every single day. If you haven't already, I urge you to listen to Lauryn Hill's gripping and soul exposing, MTV Unplugged 2.0 Full Album. Life changing.

4.    Advice to your younger self?
 My advice would be to not let others or your circumstances define who you are. Your identity is found in Christ and He says you are wonderfully made.

5.    Name one person you would want to have dinner with? Where would you take them? And what's one question you would ask them?
I would want to have dinner with Queen Nefertiti. I have always admired her symbolism for strength and beauty. I would ask her, “How in the world did they build the pyramids?”

Yes, she would be very intriguing. I did some research on her, and she was quite the character.

6.    Favorite color?
Purple, the color of royalty.

7.    Favorite musical artist? 
I have so many favorites. One is John Legend. His voice is amazing and he’s a great writer.

I am a radio fan of his and appreciate his ability to go beyond what is current and comfortable, but instead allows his gift to guide him in ways that produce musical genius. And I sound just like the female version of him when I sing...in the shower...on Wednesday's...after listening to the motivational speaker, ET Thomas.

8.    Steak or pasta?
Pasta every day! Fettuccine Alfredo Pasta with shrimp and broccoli topped with Parmesan cheese to be exact.

Yes, yes and yes!!! I don't think it can get any better than pasta with broccoli and shrimp!!! I am confident that if I had to have a last meal...it would be this. A medium well cooked steak with extra seasoning, grilled veggies, and french fries with bacon and cheese would be a close second.

9.    If our technological advances continue at the pace they are on, we will likely be able to go into outer space as regular ol' citizens. If given the opportunity, would you go?
 I would definitely go! I love to travel. If I could travel to outer space, that would be great. I am so fascinated by the things God has created. To be able to see it with my own eyes would no doubt leave me speechless. :)

This concludes our interview! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions and allowing others to learn more about you. I pray many blessings over you and your family. May God continue to be your guiding light. Be well. 

Bee L Kirk
City of the Guardians
The Matthew 7:12 Movement


Aaqila Rasheed | Marketing Director

Friday, November 13, 2015

Let's Go...again

Hello, it's me. I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet....My bad. I'm listening to Adeles'  new song!
And if you haven't heard it,,,well, yeah it's pretty awesome.
Really though, Hello again.
It's been a minute since I've posted and I can honestly say that I've missed this. The ability to express yourself and share how you feel about certain things can be an freeing experience. Why have I been away so long? Because life requested me to be in 5 different places at the same time and blogging didn't fit into any of those places. Working a job for 12 hours a day can drain the most determined soul.

Add to that a 4 year old with the energy level of a rabid tiger, plus a 15 year old who is trying to find herself and you have a recipe that equals drainage of epic proportions--oh yeah, and still trying to finish City of the Guardians: Introducing Eric Honor as well.

I'm not saying being super woman is impossible, I'm just saying it's not easy. But then again, what is? Anything worth having is worth fighting for and so I made myself sit down in the quiet of night and slumber to write these few pieces of advice for people who have dreams but a short amount of time to work on them. This is for the souls who long to be what they yearn to be but can't seem to grasp that thing that will lead them to their destiny.

I am taking time out my crazy schedule to tell you not to give up! No matter how many times you run into the proverbial brick wall, get back up, dust that stuff off and get back in the game. Under no circumstance can you give up. For if you give in to the hardness, that life is sure to bring, you will never know what greatness lies before you. Please allow me to give you an example.

    J.K. Rowling....I know many of you have heard of this author. And I know many of you may know of her back story. But I'm going to break it down a little bit further for you. J.K. Rowling was on welfare, a single parent, and depressed.

If you are on welfare, that means you don't have enough money to buy food for yourself or your family. It means that the state is giving you a certain amount of money or food every month so that you don't starve. It means that you aren't doing well financially. It means that when you go to sleep at night you worry about how and when things are going to get better. It makes you question all the decisions you've ever made in your life and ponder the idea of, 'why me.'

She was also a single mother. This means she was doing 90% or more of the work that it takes to raise a child. Bathing, playing, feeding, clothing and making sure the child is safe...by yourself basically. Anyone who has a child/ren with two parents in the house can attest to the difficulty of raising them, so try to imagine being by oneself. It can be draining and at times defeating. It's makes you question life on the best of days and wonder if you are capable of giving the child/ren what they need to be a productive member of society.

She was also depressed. This is the one that makes me know that if she was able to realize her dream, we all can do the same. Depression is a very real situation. The feeling of defeat is one that can hold you in the corner of nothingness with the grip of Sampson. Having experienced this, I know how serious it can be. The fact that she fought through all that stuff, all that uncontrollable mess, all that life, lets me know that the possible is there.

We have to hold steadfast to the belief that we were created to win. There has to be the slightest bit of hope. It doesn't have to be a big a mountain. It doesn't have to sing from the Eiffel Tower. It just has to be a glimmer. And we have to keep our eye on it. The desire to be successful in the thing that you were created to do, will keep you close to the flame. Close enough to keep it lit. Take that little flicker and blow it. Blow it until it is a roaring flame and then maintain it. Your desires and aspirations are given to you for a reason. Don't allow the world to tell you differently. Don't allow failure to decide your future and take away the thing that you desire most. Everyone is going to fail at some point or another.

The people who proclaim to be the perfect specimen is the perfect lie. They, too, fail. We all do. The difference between the people who go on to succeed in their destiny and those that don't, is the single fact that the successful people got back up after being knocked down. If you've never hit the dirt before, just be patient. It's impossible to experience the gratification of success without the realization of failure. Failure is the thing that should drive you to succeed. The thing that keeps you up writing or thinking or planning on how you will win.

If you give up now, just know that tomorrow's regrets will be ready to greet you in years to come. They will remind you of what could have been and what should have been. Reject the thought of not getting back up! If you don't believe me, just try and see what happens...
Bee Encouraged!

City of the Guardians: Introducing Alex Honor
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My interview with A Pilot...who likes to write books and eat at Nando's.

I love interviewing people because I always learn something new. The gentleman I had the pleasure of interviewing recently has big plans for his future and is ready to motivate you about yours. Having already accomplished a great deal, he continues to push forward, making sure we all remember his name. Without further ado, please enjoy my interview with Matthew C Martino who is a film producer and author currently based in London.

Bee: Where are you originally from?

Matthew: I am originally from Zimbabwe in Africa.

Bee: Is this your first published book? 

MatthewGo For It was actually my second book, my first book was a pilots manual named ‘Lets Fly’.

Bee: Are you a full time writer?

MatthewNo, I actually produce films and run my business full time, I enjoy writing and thus I've always made time for it. I find when I'm writing I can be free and use my creative sense.
Bee: Tell me about your book, Let's Fly

MatthewLets Fly is a pilots manual for aspiring pilots and aviation enthusiasts and it gives an outlook into the aviation industry and provides general flying knowledge in layman terms.

Bee: What do you wish for the reader to take away from it?

Matthew: With Lets Fly I intend for the reader to go away with more knowledge about flying and to know the basics of how a plane gains flight and other aviation terminology. I also hope that someone gets a passion from flying from the book.

Bee: What makes you an expert on flying? 

MatthewI began flying when I was (15) and I've flown various aircraft and helicopters(with an instructor of course). I have also studied JAA & FAA flying theory studies which makes my knowledge on aviation valuable.

Bee: You also have another book available for readers to purchase and experience, called Go For It. It speaks to all the entrepreneurs out there. And C. Martino shares some the highs and lows of being your own boos. It's available on Amazon.
       Who is your favorite author? 

MatthewJ.K. Rowling

Bee: Do you do any public speaking? 

MatthewI don’t do any public speaking frequently. I occasionally get asked to speak at open days for flight schools or at business seminars which I quite enjoy.

Bee: Are you an independent or represented author?

Matthew: I currently have general representation who handle all my activity.

Bee: Advice for new authors? 

MatthewI would advise new authors to send their manuscript to as many publishers as possible so you get a wide range of good advice.

Bee: What is your passion in life? 

MatthewI want to be a successful businessman and be able to advance my educational portfolio to have a PhD in a chosen subject.

Bee:Where do you see yourself in (5) years? 

MatthewI think I see myself in high education studying for my Masters degree and getting ready for my doctorate.

Bee: What's your guilty pleasure? 

MatthewMy guilty pleasure has got to be Nandos.

Bee: If you could have dinner with anyone, living or passed, who would it be and why? 

MatthewI would love to have dinner with Sir Alan Sugar. A few people have told me I’m hard to please and arrogant like he is. I would like to learn a few tips from the man himself.

Bee: What's your #1 do-over?

Matthew: #1 do-over would have to be my GCSE’s. I could have gotten better results than I did in high school.

The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is an academic qualification awarded in a specified subject, generally taken in a number of subjects by students aged 14-16 in secondary education in EnglandWales and Northern Ireland.What's the best advice you've ever received? 

MatthewTo never give up on what I want to achieve.

Bee: Sushi or Steak? 

MatthewSteak all the way.

Bee: Celebrity you'd most like to meet? 

MatthewHe’s not really a celeb but Barack Obama. (Keeping my fingers crossed)

Bee: Favorite movie? 

Matthew: Its always got to be Pretty Woman, a good mixture of business and pleasure in that film.

Bee: Many thanks to C. Martino for taking the time to share some of his passions in life. I wish you continued success and happiness.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

To Love or Not to Love...My Interview with Janice Ross.

Janice Ross is an established writer with an enourmous desire to contribute to the world of literature. Below is a small glimpse into the mind of one of todays most talented writers, Janice Ross. Please enjoy.

Where are you from?
I was born in Guyana, South America.

How long have you been writing?
I've been writing since elementary school. I started off with poetry, and then short stories.

What is your writing process like?
My writing process varies. I am typically able to work on different projects all at the same time; however, lately it's been quite different. As I experiment with different eras and tense, I find that I must focus on each title until I am able to complete each project. 

Tell us about your latest book?
My latest release is called Loving Nate. It is Leah's story of falling in love with a seemingly perfect man.

Is there an underlying message in Loving Nate? 
This story should be an eye-opener to women, and perhaps men too, that we all need to be aware of those red flags. We need to guard our hearts and not be so blind that people are able to take advantage of our love. I would also like to add that I provided two different endings to Loving Nate as a means of reflecting on the choices that are possible in our lives.

Why should readers purchase your book?
Loving Nate is a steamy romantic tale with a true to life feel to it. It certainly doesn't provide the fairy tale happy ending, but it allows readers the opportunity to examine themselves.

Which character in Loving Nate was the most difficult to connect with? Why?
It was most difficult to connect with Nate, once I allowed him to flip the switch. I've known men like Nate and could never understand their logic, but for the sake of the story, I had to allow Leah to continue to crave him.

I love eating and trying new dishes, so I have to ask what’s your favorite dish to eat? 
My favorite dish is Curry Chicken and Roti.

Do you have any advice for new writers? 
Always remain positive and surround yourself with positive people.

What advice would you have given to the younger Janice Ross? 
I wish I had paid attention to the red flags and listened to that voice that beckoned me along the way. I can honestly say that I didn't always do so, but I always came back to reflect on the crossroads of all of those decisions that I later regret.

Thank you for time Janice. Wishing you continued success!