Friday, February 19, 2010

5 Years Ago On My Blog: February 2005 Snippets & Memories

Time flies, they say! I was just looking through my archives and landed on blog pages from February 2005. If you were among the readership back then, how many of these articles do you recall? You'll be surprised at what you may have forgotten! Keep in mind that although I've included a few links, I'm not sure they'll work anymore...

Tom Nattell

He'll never be forgotten. Local poet and legend Tom Nattell is gone. Dead from cancer. Just a few short weeks ago, I spoke with Tom by telephone, and he told me the story of how the cancer came about. An irritation on his tongue from a tooth sharpened in the course of dental work got more and more aggravated and became a sore. And that was the doorway through which the cancer came. I felt miserable after we spoke, and decided to run a 2003 interview with Tom on the following Sunday's Capital Region People. The Albany Times-Union coincidentally ran a piece on Tom that very day. Tom was a trailblazer on the Albany poetry scene. The good things he did and the people he inspired will always remember Tom and his work. Pray for Tom's soul. Pray for Peace.

Small Kindness

Yusuf Islam and his wife, Fauzia, have been visiting the Indonesian province of Aceh which was devastated by the recent tsunami to deliver sympathy and give immediate financial assistance to grief stricken families and children there...

The 56-year-old, once Cat Stevens, now goes by the name Yusuf Islam. He is preparing to open a branch of his charity, Small Kindness, in Aceh to aid children who lost their parents. Yusuf Islam also took part in a special benefit concert in Jakarta attended by the Vice-President of the Republic of Indonesia.

Hate Mail

Three or four electronic hate-mails recently appeared in my in-box. One didn't like the attention I've given Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and his Small Kindness program aiding Tsunami victims. Another was irate that I was commenting on the Armanious Family murders. Yet another was full of hatred over the Capital Region People program about the Schenectady High movie, "Nowhere To Hide."

Destroying Religion?

The modern movement to destroy organized religion certainly has its roots in Hitler's Nazi Germany. In a message marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland, the pope called the Nazi extermination of almost 6 million Jews, 3 million Poles and hundreds of thousands of Gypsies and homosexuals "the final tragic outcome of a program of hatred...a crime which will forever darken the history of humanity."


Sunday, February 6 2005

This Sunday on CRP, Ferheen Shaikh and Jawad Beg, the outgoing Vice President and President of the Muslim Students Association at RPI visit the program. Ferheen and Jawad share their experiences as members of the on-campus group.

Jawad mentions the local MSKP: The primary goal of the Muslim Soup Kitchen Project is to aid the homeless and low-income people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, by serving them free food on a regular basis. This project is calling for help from the entire Muslim community in the Capital District in various capacities.

Miss Jones Back at HOT 97

Tarsha Jones was away from WQHT for two weeks after broadcasting a song that referred to tsunami victims in racist terms. Asian community groups protested and pressured advertisers to withdraw from the station.

So Proudly We Hail...

A Mont Pleasant middle school student is taking her freedom-of-expression fight to federal court, claiming Schenectady school officials have no right to ban her from wearing a handmade red, white and blue necklace to class. Click HERE to read the Albany Times-Union story by MICHELE MORGAN BOLTON.

On Suicide and Murder

The passing of author Hunter S. Thompson came up in conversation this morning. Why would anyone (outside of the terminally ill) want to take their own life? It was reported that Thompson was apparently upset over growing old. Well, who doesn't grow old, and who doesn't suffer from disease or bad eyes or bad teeth or falling hair... it is part of the process and cycle of life. I would hope that everyone reading this aspires to live a long, fruitful and productive life. Never stop. Never stop learning, being, doing, and don't get stuck in 1985 or 1997 or 2001 or whenever. Move and flow with the river of time, embrace and enjoy this life God has given you. Teach your children to do likewise.

I can't believe I wrote this stuff back in '05! Sometimes it is helpful to visit what once was.
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