In Case You Missed It...
THE STRING QUEENS
A dear friend introduced me to The String Queens through her Facebook page. Praised for their “authentic, soulful, and orchestral sound”, The String Queens is a dynamic trio who are creating stimulating musical experiences that inspire diverse audiences to love, hope, feel, and imagine! From the Baroque era to the Jazz Age to today’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart, The String Queens perform versatile programs that transport audiences through time and a multitude of musical genres.
The String Queens are recipients of the 2020 Aspire Award. Their Holiday Album Launch Concert streamed live on November 7, 2020, and the Album was released November 24th. In Case You Missed It click the link below and once on their website, page down to the “Holiday Sneak Peek”.
November is full of lots to do, celebrate, eat, enjoy and make good family time out of. We get an extra hour of sleep and start the end of year holiday season with Thanksgiving and un-official family reunions, good meals and desserts, football, Black Friday shopping, and much to be grateful for. And while this year’s sports, after Thanksgiving day shopping, and things we’re grateful for differ from years past, keeping our family time close to what’s familiar and comfortable, is what many of us desire.
How we celebrate Thanksgiving this year may be different from what we’ve grown accustomed to in the past, but it doesn’t change the fact that we’re still family—adaptable, resilient, thankful and blessed. From our family to yours we wish you a safe, healthy and tasty Thanksgiving.
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At our Family Reunion zoom meeting last month, my cousin's ex-wife signed up for the reunion on behalf of herself and her daughter. Without fanfare the meeting host deleted her. Although the divorce between my cousin and his wife was contentious, some family members remained friendly with the ex-wife and would have enjoyed seeing her and the daughter.
I think there was concern that having the ex and the present wife in the meeting would be a problem. However, the new wife didn't participate. Do you think deleting the ex-wife unceremoniously was the best way to handle the situation? Should she have been contacted personally? Should we speak with the host or is it best to let sleeping dogs lie?
by Sylvia Ford-George
What I like most about November is the cooler weather; getting back to oven-baked comfort foods that summer’s heat does not allow; warm and savory kitchen smells; and the ushering in of the end of year holiday time with family and friends. And while I look forward to the same again this year, the pandemic, coupled with the election rhetoric, Black Lives Matter movement, continued killing of Black men and women across this nation by police, and the unreasonable looting and destroying of neighborhoods, have left an unsettled, negative, aftertaste to deal with. And while we don’t know how it’s going to end, we can all do something to see that a positive change does come.
November means colder weather, informal family reunions, cooking, football, end of year holidays, and being thoughtful about the things we’re thankful for, including: Military Family Appreciation Month, National Adoption Month, National Gratitude Month, National Inspirational Role Models Month, World Kindness Day, Beautiful Day, and National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week. Family Days to celebrate this month include: Family Stories Month, National Family Caregivers Appreciation Month, National Family Literacy Month, National Men Make Dinner Day, and National Parents as Teachers Day. And don’t forget your family members birthdays, anniversaries, and special celebrations and occasions. Find out more in this month's FAMILY TIME.
This month’s REUNION TIP OF THE MONTH suggests journaling to identify and keep up with what family members are grateful, thankful and hopeful for. In this month’s WORTH REPEATING, we share quotes about thanksgiving. And finally we share a poem titled Thanksgiving Delights that’s worth repeating from last year.
Thanksgiving Day provides an opportunity for us to take inventory of all we have to be thankful for—including family. Family is at the heart of who we all are. At the end of the day what we want for ourselves and family members is to be loved and cared for; to be able to grow, dream, live; to be respected and have the ability to tend to our lives, careers, physical and financial needs without fear, harm or danger. No one family (or person) is better than another. And while our finances, education, and upbringing may differ, in most cases, the need to nurture and be nurtured as human beings is undeniably the same.
This Thanksgiving Day as we sit around our dinner tables being grateful for those around us, let’s consider spreading more love, joy, encouragement and support. Let’s try to live each day being more helpful, hopeful, peaceful and positive. Let’s treat others, as we’d like to be treated. Let’s spread more kindness and good intentions. Let's define family unity through our actions as well as our words. Let's be well, eat well, and do well. Let's continue to grow stronger families and reunions together.
Have a great November. Stay safe. Wear masks. Stay socially distanced. And remember to spread thanksgiving love all month long.
· Family Time
· Reunion Tip of the Month
· Worth Repeating
· Thanksgiving Poem
LATER THIS MONTH…
· Sticky Reunion Situation
· ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
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A Poem for Thanksgiving...
On Thanksgiving Day we're thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.
For sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.
We're grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.
The list of all we're grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!
By Joanna Fuchs
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
- Melody Beattie
“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
- W.T. Purkiser
“Encouragement is the fuel of hope. It's true that people become what you encourage them to be, not what you nag them to be.”
- Zig Ziglar
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
- William Arthur Ward.
STICKY REUNION SITUATION
We have family members of voting age who say they are not voting. How do we convince them that voting is something good they can do for the family?
Our motto is “Family Reunions are More Than Just a Picnic”. We believe reunions have the power to nourish and strengthen families of all races and ethnicities. Reunions can encourage healthy extended family relationships, provide a sense of belonging, restore family pride, nurture and respect all generations, and impart wisdom, knowledge and a shared purpose. Our goal is to strengthen, inspire and support family reunion planning; share useful information and resources; and advocate for the teaching of family and reunion history, values and experiences.
STICKY REUNION SITUATION
This month I believe we all have a need to feel hopeful, thankful and grateful—especially as we live through the negative ups and downs 2020 has (and is) throwing our way.
To help family members think positively about where we are the future, start a Thankfulness Journal. Have members write three things:
1. What they’re grateful for (what they appreciate);
2. What they’re thankful for (what they are pleased and relieved about ); and
3. What they are hopeful for (what they want for the future).
Have them date and sign their journal entry and if they can, place a photo on the page. Get as many family members as you can to make journal entries. Then store the journal in a safe place until November 2021, when the family will revisit the entries, reflecting on the year that's passed, and make new ones.