Sweet Life, Sweet Love

Happy Friday, All!

And if I may say so myself, T.G.I.F.!

As December meanders along, and we all know it will cruise by quickly, we approach the end of another year …. Thank God!

The drama continues on a local level in all of our communities. Here in South Florida, Miami Gardens to be exact, there is a loud community cry to Stop The Violence. Just a couple of weeks ago as school aged youth practiced football, the local park was sprinkled with bullets from a “drive by gone wild”. Thankfully, no one was hurt and none of the kids were hit. Yet, while there were no casualties then, Miami Gardens has also become one of Miami-Dade County’s cities that has experienced an exorbitant amount of violence this year.

Our lives are precious gifts and some of us realize too late, if at all. Just yesterday, I got some information that a hometown friend who was a firefighter in Mount Vernon, New York, lost his life as he battled flames in that same city. May we learn to live, love and laugh . . . before we lose the opportunity . . . Peace be still!

Today is our company Christmas Party and it is expected to be a “doozie”. Tomorrow is the Winter Fest Boat Parade here in Ft. Lauderdale and is sponsored by the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Resort. Another event that promises to be stellar. The bridges close to the canals and waterways parallel to the Atlantic Ocean will be full of people watching this spectacular spectacle while the waterways themselves will be adorned with lavishly decorated boats and yachts … both small and big … as is customary for this event.

In enjoying our weekends hopefully filled with the holiday spirit, may we remember this precious gift called “life”!

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” – Emily Dickinson

God give me the inner liberty today to let go of myself and care. (TOUCHSTONES December 9th)

Peace be with you,

John I. Cook, Director

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