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Toronto/Canadian-Media: After being absent for a long time from Alignable, when at last Meri Ramey, my spiritual friend connected with me (Asha Bajaj) I was shocked to learn that she is suffering from cancer and from excruciating pain. She has a strong desire that I should share her journey through which she is passing with others. With breaking heart, I picked up the courage to interview her about the bitter experiences she is going through.
Image: Meri Ramey
I request all the readers to pray for the speedy recovery of this beautiful soul, who had surrendered herself to the will of God.
Following is the excerpt of the interview between Asha Bajaj and Meri Ramey:
Asha to Meri When did you realize that you were sick? What symptoms did you have?
Meri: I officially knew I was sick on April 27, 5 days after the walk-in mammogram as the biopsy had come back positive for cancer. I did not have any symptoms of breast cancer.
2. When you learned that you had breast cancer, what was your reaction?
When I learned I had breast cancer, my reaction was this is serving a higher purpose that I cannot yet see, though I trust it implicitly.
3. What was the reaction of your family members? It must have been very tough I guess. I hope you full cooperation of from them?
My mom whom I told first reacted to this news with great shock. But I reassured her that I will be okay. My sisters were next and it hit them all in different ways, but hard. Then my kids, were and are scared, but they have faith in their mom’s strength and follow my lead. My dad took it hard as well. My dad was diagnosed with B-Cell Lymphoma 10 days before I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I only told my dad the day before my surgery a month later. My dad and I check in with each other as we have similar treatment times, (he is set 18 weeks of chemotherapy and 20 weeks of chemotherapy to me).
My middle child had the most difficulty and there is a constant reassurance on my part at that moment, I’m right here. My youngest sister had broken open with ‘this is just happening too fast. It’s too much!” She takes me to my appointments and participates in the process with me bringing an element of having some control and willingness to go forward.
4. What was the stage of breast cancer? How long after it was discovered did you have to undergo surgery?
Initially, everything was found really fast, and they had it at Stage 1. 22 days from diagnosis to surgery and then 30 days of radiation to follow. But in the surgery, more was discovered. After further testing what was found was that I was at Stage 2 at that point. My Oncologist decided there’s no point to see if we could find more, we needed to handle this. In addition, the new cancer was sent out and came back with a high recurrence score. This means the cancer was coming back. Because of these findings, my new treatment plan all of sudden included 20 weeks of chemotherapy. This was going to be further life-changing.
5. For how many days did you remain in the hospital? You must have been hard hit financially?
I never stayed overnight in the hospital, but I had many appointments. Including blood labs, MRI, CT scan, pre-op for surgery, cancer treatment planning
The surgery itself left me unable to work, especially in my field as a mechanical insulator in construction. The surgery had 96 stitches. I not could lift my arms, drive, pick up, push, or pull open doors. I wore ice packs for the swelling for over four weeks. The next procedure once new cancer was found was to insert a port and then I had 4 more stitches and could not use my right arm again for another four weeks just as I was becoming mobile in my right arm. The drainage continued and I still have to change bandages now, two and half months out.
6. You mentioned that you had 100 stitches and you prepared rose water yourselves and poured on these? Did you feel any comfort?
I prepared rose water and then I learned of its skin healing properties - anti-inflammatory the most. I began using it with my regimen of cleaning, rose water, then Bactine, and triple antibiotic ointment. My skin cooled when I applied the rose, it was very soothing.
7. How did the thought of preparing rosewater occur to you as a relief to the utter pain you had?
The rosewater came to me divinely as I had received two dozen roses three days apart. The first dozen roses arrived four days after my breast surgery. When they were taken out of the box, half the petals had fallen off. The petals weren’t dead, they just fell off. They were so beautiful.
I had asked out loud, “what can I do with all these beautiful rose petals?” The answer came, make rosewater. I said okay, and made it without knowing its properties or that it was going to become part of my healing. The pain came later.
8. How many chemotherapy sessions you had taken till now? How do you feel after each session?
I will have my third treatment this Tuesday. After the first session, I was extremely deliriously tired, dehydrated, nauseous, and the steroids helped me to get through the day. I eat to offset the effects of nausea and sometimes you cannot sleep because of the steroids, but your body has no function. It is like a zombie, who has the flu. You radiate heat all day. No one can touch the clothes you wear, towels, or bedding. They have to be washed separately. The day after my treatment, I go back to have an injection bringing excruciating pain. To explain, the chemotherapy treatment I am on is affectionately known as the Red Devil as it is like hell. To offset the number of white blood cells being lost, the following day’s injection is to pull white blood cells from the bone marrow. This is excruciatingly painful. There is a protocol that offsets the pain, however, come day 5, it does not carry the same effect. After, the first treatment, I was in screaming bone-crushing pain. Especially my skull, chest cavity, lower back felt as though the bone was in a vice grip being squeezed for every last drop.
9. What message did you get from God? You resigned to your pain and disease. It must have been very difficult.
I have gotten a few, including the initial ‘sign’. I had healed my lung cancer and on the same day, found out about the breast cancer. The first sign, I was not to heal this one, but go through it. The second sign, you are not to work on what you have been doing. The third sign, make rose water and participate in the healing of your skin with the 96 stitches. Fourth, create rose oil. Fifth, understand surrender - you have no control over the moments, surrender ‘control to faith’. Sixth - acceptance of just right now, this moment and see what comes. Seventh - share this journey. The eighth - show, without anger, I am mad at no one, nor nothing. When more cancer was found, and the recurrence score came back as the cancer is coming back and we have to begin five months of chemo - that scared me. That was the most to process. The initial findings were okay, needing surgery, okay, needing radiation, okay. I felt these things were still ‘manageable’. Meaning, I had a say in them. Being interrupted with five months of chemo gave a new saying - ‘this is a life-changing event, your life is changing. Let go of everything of who you were, you are being stripped of almost everything you ever had or knew.
Oh, this I needed a few honest days to process - as I was told I will lose my hair (I have been doing hair since I was a pre-teen, it's in my DNA, and licensed Barber and color specialist. My hair is my signature and IT IS LEAVING, too!)
Being a woman business owner in the specialty construction trade, my contacts, my income, my ability to perform my work at all (as my port cannot get any fiberglass in it -means I cannot step foot on a job site for the remainder of the year) and my hair. Everything I am ‘known’ for, is vanishing. I am still a single mother of three and in service to all creation. I surrender, life changes begin.
10. Did you for a moment have a thought that why were you chosen to go through this pain and turmoil?
Two amazing things:
I have known that from the beginning, however, how did I serve in my own moments? After my second treatment, there was a day that I could not do anything. I had no strength, energy, movement and I didn’t even feel could hug my son.
Also, the excruciating pain I was in, I had gone to the emergency room and tried a little pain medicine and immediately felt woozy, I could feel the pain medicine was not even touching the source of my pain. I told the doctor I want to leave. I went home and through the night felt like a horror movie. The pain would succumb to nightmares, night terrors, sweating, and then pain…..vicious cycle. This is only six days into five months of treatment. This can’t be real. I walked down to the kitchen before the sun started to break to step out of the torture chamber, pain shot through my body as soon as I sat down. Then I saw it. I had created rose oil from pure love, kindness, and healing. I picked up my little bottle and rubbed some into the base of my spine and the base of my skull. Within three minutes, the pain calmed down. I kept applying it every time it flared up over the next hour and a half…. And then it was gone. And it did not come back. My femur locked into my hip, bone pain all over, just ended, like the end of a storm and the skies clear…. Just like that.
As I release what no longer serves me, and surrender being in service to all His creation, I require nothing and I am humbled and honored to be in service to all, whom I love with all my heart. I am in full acceptance of this change in my life, to which all moments will come.
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California/Canadian-Media: Dr. Marcia Ann Mims Coppertino, the author of her forthcoming book, “How Children can be Everything - Story Book Hour” discusses with Asha Bajaj in an E-mail interview what motivated her to write the book, about real education, future of children and other features.
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Asha to Marcia: Your book, “How Children can be Everything - Story Book Hour” is anticipated to be out in the month of June. What inspired you to write this book?
Marcia: I was inspired to write the book because I saw what COVID-19, rioting, looting, and other acts of wholesale hatred had just about ruined our country and how no one spoke of the trauma and fear these actions had on our nation's children. I kept reading about the horror but no one in power in the land spoke of how the nation would face up to the trauma and mental health issues relating to children. The children had no hiding place and no cover beyond the house and this led to domestic violence and other dangerous environments they had to endure. No school, no teachers to hug them, no playing in the streets...all gone. The fire lit communities and raised guns, and ignorance rocked a nation, children did not and still do not understand.
Our children were left mentally and emotionally naked and no one knows when recovery will safely return. This led me to think of our youth who are incapable of seeing their destiny in the world as we know it today.
The present happenings and gloomy situation of nation of which children are an integral part, inspired me to write about this book to awaken the parents of their primary duties to their children, to give quality time to their children, to bond with them, and to understand them better and guide them to the noble path of life.
As a child did you ever get to enjoy this storybook hour? Please elaborate on your memories about this.
When I was a child our home had one small bookcase in the living room with about 20 books in it. We were not allowed to touch, feel or read the books so I spent most of my time thinking and dreaming about what the books were talking about. When I discovered the library 4 blocks from home, I would leave school, run to the library and stay until 10 pm when the ladies would watch me as I ran over the railroad tracks to home at closing times with an armful of books. The Watts Library became like a second home to me and I was always around the world in towns, countries, and cities I could not pronounce but the books changed my life! I was free in a book.
In your practical life have you ever indulged with children in a storybook hour? If so, what kind of stories did you narrate to them and the morals behind these stories.
Yes, in my early college days, I would visit schools and read to children during their lunch periods. Later in my working years, I would visit students in the Youth Business Alliance program and give life examples of how I made it over. I would give more than a conversation and would go deep inside to share and show what personality, inner strength, and teachers meant to me on my journey to stay alive long enough to be a blessing and an anchor to others in life. I wanted the students to see me, bond with me, walk with me, tally with me more than just hear me talk. I wanted them on a red carpet of love with me all the way. After all, love never fails to share, heal, and give hope where hope does not always exist or show up in time to offer salvation of any kind.
Can you comment on the present system of education and your thoughts to change it?
The truth of the matter not told by the media giants is that enrollment is down like never before in the universities. Clothes, fast cars, drugs, and a host of other deterrents have enveloped youth and a sprinkling of educated ones who have no desire to walk in the gangland of today to reach the fallen children is pathetic. Most parents today are boasting and bragging about their graduated youth in caps and gowns and have not guided their youth about helping their unfortunate and lost brothers and sisters. Most have never given one thought about what their youth should do in the future. Just get a degree. Wow. Look out the window today and see how degreed individuals have turned out. Big check. Big rocks. High flames and fancy cars. I always thought that one’s success does not count, unless we all make it. Most move out of neighborhoods and never look back. That constitutes a fake success and a demonic way of life to grab and go. Get all I can get and go. Forsake grandma and then run. This is the sad reality of the educated. Did any stand against the looting, killing, burning?
I realized that children need more than this world’s education. The education of children starts at a very tender age with parents giving them quality time and inspiring their thinking with noble thoughts and deeds. Real education lies not in degrees but in their service to the nation in helping others to uplift them.
Elon Musk, an entrepreneur and business magnate and one of the richest people in the world, is even saying he would rather hire those with skills rather than those with a degree. Education of the heart and for heart's sake is the only way to exist and grow in today’s world. Education will fail you in a heartbeat but love never fails. Educated individuals may not give you a drink of water while you are dying but one of heart will.
The title of the book is suggestive of both endless possibilities for children as well as fantasy land. Can you throw some light on the theme/themes of the book?
Yes, whatever a child dreams about, talks about, or pretends to be, sets him or her up for a life of endless possibilities. The books bring to life characters worth imitating, who spin tales of courage and influence and motivate readers.
Just hearing or reading about them with or without animations opens the heart and soul to say, "I have found my path in life and no one can take it away because it is tucked in my heart to follow." The books bring to life characters worth imitating, who spin tales of courage and influence and motivate readers.
All of us are bound as agents of light and balls of love and love always will lead the way to one's true destiny on earth and beyond. If I feel it, I can do it, if I hear and see the beauty within, I can follow, if I fall down I know I can rise, books are instruments of direction with a conclusion we all have the power to create.
The title of the book also suggests the dreams and aspirations of reaching one’s goal in life. Does this relate to your childhood dreams?
Yes, I wanted to be a doctor and a lawyer all at the same time based on dreams of mom and dad, as well as my own aspirations. I read all the medical books I could find left in a shed by a driver who handed these to me before he passed. I pretended to do surgeries on stuffed animals and by age of thirteen, I was almost as sharp as any MD (Doctor of Medicine). My life took a turn at the age of 16 when I received a full ride to Stanford University. At that time I was pregnant. Mom said, "well, there is your MD in your stomach." But I was not deterred. I made the choice to have my daughter and decided to study law and excelled until the university I was enrolled in had shut down. But I was determined. I went straight to three to four colleges and persevered in tax law. The road was tough and dangerous but in spite of all this, I excelled and was back in law school, studying for Chartered Accountant (CA) and New York City Bar Association (NYC Bar). These and other degrees have carried me thus far.
I tell all living beings never to give up, advise them to find an angel friend to who you can tell all about your dreams and aspirations. These angel friends will fall in love with you, befriend you and help take care of you.
Over the span of 25 years, my dreams have come true all because I have reached back for the cold, scared hand of another and asked them to follow me with a promise to help lead the way. I love people and they love me!
The blend of reality and fantasy to reach one’s goals is a good way of inspiring children. Such stories also contain morals. Did you have such dreams in your childhood? Did you receive such moral lessons blended with mythology during your childhood?
No, I was not the favorite at my home. I used to pick up a broomstick and when a book was not in my hands I was singing and lip singing to spiritual songs, Aretha Franklin and other soloists of my day, and eventually, I ended up for one-year training by Broadway artists. I always felt there was more behind the skies and I stumbled along to find and reach this element.
This book of yours is a waking call for all the parents in today’s busy life when children are left to the care of others or to technological entertainment and miss the most beautiful opportunity of their lifetime, the storybook hour. Can you comment on this?
Yes, it truly is because a mother's and father's voices are considered in the universe to be the voice of God. When children miss the guidance of their parents and do not hear their voice of reason, advice on right actions, about light in a darkened room, children's psyche is irreparably damaged. The spoken voice in a child's heart is the words from their creator, Mom, and Dad who show their children the light in the dark with their loving care and advice at every stage of their tender age. The parents should know the dreams and aspirations of their children. They should be aware of what they read as this tender age is the molding stage of their lives. Not technology, not the police, not the graveyard, and not terror from outside can be their guiding light. Nurses in the newborn rooms can testify to the value, power, and health of a mother's voice, and then the father's voice.
The storybook hour gives the parents to bond with their children, to understand them better, and to guide them towards a true path of life.
What are your thoughts about the children who were uncared for? What are you and your organization doing to raise awareness in the nation about the children caught in the midst of this uncanny situation?
If you do not make up your mind and heart to be concerned with children of all races and creeds, we all lose. This is because the next generation as millennials will find a way to progress in the world only by peace, acceptance with an understanding of one another. They will not work together or formulate a system to further earth's goals. I think real mothers now are realizing their folly of getting out in the workforce under the guise of needed 1-2 paychecks to make it. This resulted in the children being left to the care of strangers all day long. These strangers knew least about these children, who were left uncared as far as their inner growth was concerned. This was the worst thing to happen in America. These children, history shows, soon became estranged with parents and found no reason not to start killing parents. Parents at that time did not care to find out they were living with strangers and wanton kids. The houses soon became empty but the streets were filled with gangs and false alliances. Women took the jobs and the place of men and the male presence in the family and now the price is being paid in the cities and states across the nation. The stats on black abortions tell the story.
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How long did you take to complete it and where would you get this book published?
The book took 2 months to write which really had been laid bare in my heart during the pandemic. All the time I was thinking where the children were in all of this?
The book is self published to retain the voice of the author and the intent for writing such content and will arrive soon at amazon.com through formerly Create Space now kindle.
Children tend not to have a voice in the world due to age limitations and the parental control of the children. Parents are struggling to make sense of what is going on in the world that children face but do understand when it comes to children. We now also run into a scene unheard of and unwanted by many parents regarding the world’s unkindness toward children
When are your other books anticipated to be out? Please tell me your future plans for writing books.
The Face and the Personality of Cancer will be out in September of this year.
My future plans of writing books will continue as I look out on the world’s horizon and see the souls and hearts of children being led to the slaughterhouse of new ideals and demonic controlled forces bent on the destruction of the minds and souls of children. We must protect the generation with us and the one behind us through prophecy or not.
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California/Canadian-Media: Dr. Maricia Ann Mims Coppertino, Founder and the Director of Operations of Coppertino and Associates Consulting Group as well the Major Fundraiser for Corporations and Professional Executives, and elected as Executive Director to WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE, WOMEN OF FAITH, INC., 2021-2022 opened up with Asha Bajaj, Editorial-Director of Canadian-Media during an E-mail interview to do give a few details of her role as CEO of CAACG as well as different services to the nation.
Dr. Marcia Ann Coppertino. Image credit: Twitter handle
Given below is an excerpt of an interview:
Asha to Marcia: When did CAACG originate? Please give a description of all the platforms in which you are engaged in CAACG, and the services you provide.
CAACG was originated in 1978 years back as the US International Business System of Corporate, Partnership, Sole Proprietor, Small Business. The services provided by CAACG are in the fields of Business structure and development; Business Advisory and Counsel; Business Management, Reputation damage, Reversal, and Control Press, Publicity in media relations, Worldwide Event singing celebration, Business acquisitions, mergers and closures, and Red carpet ribbon-cutting celebrations and ceremonies.
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What are your roles as a director of operations of this group? How many people are employed in this group? Name a few categories.
My role as director of operations is to oversee staff in graphic services, content development for marketing services to clients, review of content for placement in the community, teaching and instructing staff and clients in business management and business maintenance. We have a staff of seven and 22 outside contractors that help keep the wheels of success for clients rolling.
Tell us in brief about your contribution as a community activist, lover of children, animals, and defender of the people.
As a community activist, I attend rallies, gatherings, and meetings that assist politicians and law enforcement in dispensing stories that lead to peace, understanding, and cooperation with local community leaders and friends of the people. Our firm keeps notice and publishes information from COVID 19 to meetings designed to alert and inform all in the city and state and nationwide.
List a few organizations to which CAACG contributes?
CAACG contributes to church and faith-based organizations, children's defense and health- related organizations, elder and nursing home alerts, school and college walks, how our politicians assist the community, and other related directions.
What is the mission and vision of your consulting group?
The mission and vision of CAACG are to help heal hearts and souls with content they can trust, take comfort in, and know whatever is reported has been verified and proved correct. We want our clients whole and healthy and hopeful through all we report as an extension of their daily lives.
You also act as an advisor, counselor, and mentor to faith-based, corporate, and non-profit business entities. Please list a few services under each group that you provide.
We provide the following services
To Faith-based organizations: singing, counseling, intervention, promotions of programs, and attending their programs.
To Corporate organizations: all corporate business services relating to business management and business development, and counseling
To Nonprofit organizations: we help in setting up business content and developing their status from start-up to compliance counseling for local and state governments.
List a few strategies you take to help an unsuccessful business to become successful?
When any business is unsuccessful, we teach them with a heart and soul to turn around and go in the opposite direction gathering new friends, new staff, new insights, new counselors, dance to a new tune in the neighborhood. Most of all draw up the mindset that you are and were summoned and called to do the business you have embarked on. Call your staff soldiers and treat them like that until the business name becomes their lifeline
List a few services as a Director of FOR THE END? What motivated you to this role?
For the end answers the call for final end and life’s end decisions for those who know and believe that their last…should be their best. It calls for a final act of dignity on the part of those left behind and those left to live without their loved ones. We came in naked and like eve must suit up and honor the body with the best in burial fashions this world has to offer. How can one enter heaven sloppy, disrespectful to the life-giver and their parents?
I have had just had a chance to read the book that you sent me, “21 Days with the Mistress of King Midas,” and would like to know about your upcoming publication.
I have two upcoming publications. These are "The Anatomy of a Gravedigger" relating to those who seek to kill and destroy the reputations of those closest to you, and the other is "The Face and Personality of Cancer: Who He Is, Why He Is And Why He Cannot Be Killed." This book in particular examines the DNS of cancer and its origin. Shocking!
What motivated you to write books? Besides books do you also contribute to the media? If so, in which format? I learned that you have also heart-touching poems and you have a passion for singing also. Can you tell us a little more about these passions?
The motivation behind the quest to write books came about when I felt a need to alert and warn and steer people in a direction of peace and tranquility with words of caution. I love people and consider myself their keeper on earth no matter how bad things may look! Yes, we submit close to 3k promoted and tracked event notifications nationwide monthly.
I was walking in a grocery store at midnight singing to piped-in opera music when the artistic director for south bay opera came around into the aisle and heard me. He asked me if I was singing and I said yes. He handed me a business card and asked me to call him for an opportunity to sing in the production…cosi fan tuti. I raced home and the next day I was in his studio with a 300-page opera score. I had to learn Italian within 2 weeks and there I was in peasants clothes on stage. I ended up becoming the managing director of his opera company. I learned to speak, write and sing in all the major languages, and until COVID-19 Pandemic hit the universe, sung sacred classical songs in churches across the state. Now that they are re-opening that again will be my give back.
Can you tell us more about your involvement and contribution towards “The Mercy Mission Bear and Hospital and Adoption Agency (MMBHAA)?”
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MMBHAA is another nonprofit project of CAACG. We visit sick and dying children across the city and hand them a teddy bear for comfort. Now working with the pediatric wing of Torrance Memorial Hospital, we bring cheer and hope for the hopeless in their final days of living. We accept donations of cash, new and used teddy bears whereby new bears are given away and older used teddy bears are cleaned up and dressed and sold at auctions to keep our hospital annex door open, and to buy more bears. One bear that I went to auction was sold for over $200k. We accept bears from across the country. Have bear. Will travel!
As a former Outreach Coordinator for the USC Institute for Genetic Medicine, you were invited to join research scholars during the Summer of 2016 in Denmark, the University of Copenhagen, to study International Conflicts, Relations, and Diplomacy Studies. How did you contribute to society and communities in international conflict issues?
By reporting the truth in earnest and making sure that information helps resolve internal and country-based strife. All living beings should have an opportunity to hear 2 sides of a story that can save and uplift lives by knowledge and understanding that this world belongs to all of us and not some of us
You also do radio show interviews. In which channel can we see that? When did you start this and how many episodes have you done so far? What are the most common themes of your episodes?
Dr. Coppertino show. Image credit: https://www.caacg.org/who-we-are
Every Saturday from 8 am to 9 am, Blog Talk online radio presents “Global Vision for Living Today” which covers call-in and the weekly recap of world situations that concern the average citizen and that gives them the news in a down-to-earth format even grandpa can understand. We cover family, community, and faith-based hope comments designed for all. We have presented over 145 live shows and from a lowly start in 2010 we have a dedicated and loyal audience. A common theme? Love thy neighbor as thyself! All welcome.
Please tell us about your contributions to people of color.
While we make sure the plight of people of color is addressed, we also make sure all lives matter with CAACG and the radio show. All races have an opportunity to put their best foot forward in life and to practice wholesale forgiveness no matter what or who is in office. Many black people come from a religious and church-based organization and they know and have been taught better than all…
”to love one another and do good with forgiveness to and for all.”
That's it. All of the uprisings and blame game will do none of us any real good so our mantra….go about your business for the sake of all and let the higher power do the rest! 70 percent of CAACG are white, 20 percent black, and the rest are Mexicans and Asians.
What are your future plans?
My future plans are table talks, live interviews, and the book project in a film format.
Please tell us about the International Peace Platform. What are its mission and vision?
A platform for peace is an international project that trains common citizens with a mission to hold peace-related programs and to help community leaders in the quest for worldwide peace. They host events every two months to spread the news of peace for all.
Identification of one’s life purpose & belief in its fulfillment is enlightenment by divine interventions
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Canadian-Media: A review of the book '21 Days with the Mistress of King Midas' by Dr. Marcia Ann Mims Coppertino written by Asha Bajaj, editorial-director and publisher of Canadian-Media.
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Image credit: www.21daymistress.org
In the book “21 Days with the Mistress of King Midas”, Dr. Marcia Ann Mims Coppertino, the author of the book keeps the readers entranced by the story of a common prostitute’s kindness towards a fallen king by letting him share her modest abode and heart and the way she transforms him with her ancient wisdom and knowledge to his return to victory in 21 days assigned to her for her tasks.
Dr. Marcia. Image credit: www.21daymistress.org
Although the story is suggestive of the nature of the relationship between King Midas and her mistress, the path of ancient wisdom with which the author presents the landscape as the fallen and the tired king and the mistress, the self-emancipated prostitute begin their journey adds a great sense of spirituality to the theme of the book. Narrated in first-person by the mistress Dr. Marcia reveals the mistress does not feel any remorse when she leaves behind the role of a prostitute in the inn.
Her words, “It is far better to work with joy of heart and purpose than to endure a life overcome by feelings and sadness...I know my prayers and cries for help did not go unanswered by the gods.”
The mistress. Image credit: www.21daymistress.org
The portrayal of elements of nature such as the landscape, forests, sunset, etc. is gratifying to both the mistress and the tired king following her and equips both with the visual clarity of thoughts. The king following the mistress has lost his kingdom and finds solace and comfort in the company of the mistress who the author has portrayed as a guiding light thus uplifting the unsung heroines of the universe. The mistress did not try to find the name of the king and her following words reflect author’s message how the emotional and spiritual connection between two individuals transcends superfluousness.
“The true name or identity of a person is in the display of his character and spirit, not by the name he had no ability to select at birth.”
The element of supernatural beliefs in the story is introduced when the mistress places chrysanthemum flowers near the window believing that these would help reveal to her the innermost thoughts of the King while he was asleep. The soothing power of flowers also creates a melodious atmosphere. As well, the holy purpose of Kapalbharati Yoga, proper diet, exercise, and fresh air for the health and well-being of a person is also glorified by the author as seen by the king becoming more confident and strong day by day. The mistress’ words of encouragement that once King’s body is strong, he would regain both his mental and spiritual abilities to attain clarity of thoughts deeply touch the king’s heart. The mistress’ way of visualization and knowledge raises awareness to the readers that no profession is small or big and is not a criterion of one’s intellectuality and higher thinking.
King Midas. Image credit: www.21daymistress.org
The author’s efforts at bringing equality between the people of all professions are ennobling. With great patience the mistress teaches the King to distinguish between true and false friends, enemies, as well as enemies within oneself, and how to use these enemies as teaching aids are uplifting to the readers as well as to the king.
The mistress also teaches the king to distinguish between different women in his life and be trustworthy of only those who can be loyal to him through thick and thin, in physical valor as well intellectually and spiritually. The abundance of vocabulary and knowledge used by the mistress is again an indication that one’s profession sometimes is not one’s choice and that it cannot curb the higher thinking capacity of a person. The mistress also teaches the king the value of gratitude to God, prayers, and giving to others who are in need and be open to hospitality and flexibility of varied persons in his kingdom. From her own past painful experiences, she gives lesson to the king about the true nature and power of sex which should satiate the longings of the person without being disrespectful and selfish.
Her teachings about the wisdom which a king should possess to rule his kingdom successfully, a proper vision with which to fulfill his mission as a king, the righteous way to use his power and authority as a ‘power to love, power to be, power to accomplish’ is once again reminiscent of the message of Dr, Marcia in this book that intellect, spirituality, wisdom transcends and conquers all the hurdles in one’s life. The ending of the story is both touching, and worthy of the noble and selfless service provided by the mistress to the King, and is transcendental. Dr. Marcia ends this phenomenal book with the following words which are both uplifting and reveal the true purpose in life and how the common man and woman who seek to rise above mediocrity can live up to their full potential.
‘It is in this “communication” process that we exist...and the belief that our existence has a purpose and as we live, the fulfillment of the purpose becomes manifest in the eyes and heart of the forces that do govern and send their light to brighten our way.”
This book not only keeps the readers entertained and engaged but also uplifts and encourages them to follow the path of selfless righteousness and the identification of your life’s purpose and its fulfillment by being enlightened by divine spirits.
Pub Date: March 10, 2011 Page Count: 128
ISBN: 10: 1449514251 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 13: 978-1449514259 Categories: Contemporary Literature & Fiction
Paperback CAN $19.95 Copyright @2010 Marcia Ann Mims Coppertino
#LibraryOfCongress; #USPoetLaureate; #RitaDove
Washington/Canadian-Media: A free webinar Co-hosted by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), a stimulating conversation session is being held with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove (from 1993-95) and felicitated by educator Melissa Alter Smith, Library of Congress (LoC) reports said.
Rita Dove. Image credit: Facebook Page
Winner of Pulitzer Prize for her third book of poetry, Thomas and Beulah, Rita Dove, recipient of the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton and the National Medal of Arts from President Obama -- the only poet ever to receive both -- will discuss her own approach to writing, share and discuss specific poems, and allow ample time for Q&A.
Rita Dove is a Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia with her forthcoming eleventh collection of poetry, Playlist for the Apocalypse from W. W. Norton in the summer of 2021.
As the creator of #TeachLivingPoets, Melissa Alter Smith is also a North Carolina English Teachers Association Executive Board member and a high school English teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Review of TIFF 2019 movie 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood': an eye-opener for journalists to look deep
#ABeautifulDayInTheNeighborhood; #There'sno normalLifeThatIsFreeFromPain
Toronto, Sept 19 (Canadian-Media): Review: Directed by California-born, Marielle Heller, TIFF 2019 film 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, recounts the story of a journalist, Lloyd Vogel (played by Matthew Rhys) who accepts an assignment to profile the children’s television host Fred Rogers (played by Tom Hanks) in Marielle Heller's biographical film.
Image: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Courtesy of TIFF
Lloyd's prejudiced opinion of Rogers is transformed when he sees Rogers' empathetic message to the young viewers how to deal with real-life challenges, conflict, and pain.
"There's no normal life that is free from pain," Rogers says simply on the set of his show. Rogers's observation of Lloyd's pain of a lifetime of unresolved conflicts with his father (Chris Cooper) and wife (Susan Kelechi Watson) transformed their perspectives towards each other.
Besides uncovering the plot of the story after a few minutes, the script of the film by the team of Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster also reveals Rogers' unique mode of presenting a prototypical case study of anger management.
The movie not only reveals Lloyd's real confidence about the rationale for staying within his bounds but also displays the exploration of Rogers' lasting appeal.
Other details about the film are as follows:
The Cast of the film: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper
Executive Producers: Bergen Swanson, Noah Harpster, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Edward Cheng, Howard Chen
Producers: Youree Henley, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Leah Holzer
Screenplay: Noah Harpster, Micah Fitzerman-Blue
US Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing
Publicist: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Canadian Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing Canada
Original Score: Nate Heller
Marielle Heller was born in Marin County, California. She studied theatre at the University of California, Los Angeles, and London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has directed the features The Diary of a Teenage Girl (15) and Can You Ever Forgive Me? (18), which played the Festival. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (19) is her latest film.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Toronto, Sept 19 (Canadian-Media): Directed by Atiq Rahimi TIFF 2019 movie 'Our Lady of the Nile' intuitively describes the frightening and real dangers of inter-ethnic racism about young girls who are taught to become the Rwandan elite.
Our Lady Of the Nile/Image credit: TIFF
The depiction of slow creeping of violence in the movie, in a closed-off environment of a prestigious Catholic boarding school, brings to the movie an element of unrealism.
This is further heightened by the catalytic use of the wild contrast of softness and peace and beauty of landscapes of the country and the innocence of these girls. The film's basis of the constant search of beauty characterising religious art pitched against the sudden violence resulting in the fading of the darkness is portrayed picturesquely.
Cast of the film is Santa Mugabekazi, Albina Sydney Kirenga, Malaika Uwamahoro, Clariella Bizimana, Belinda Rubango Simbi, Pascal Greggory.
Producers are Dimitri Rassam, Rani Massalha, Marie Legrand, Charlotte Casiraghi, Swoon Productions and Screenplay by Atiq Rahimi, Ramata Sy
Born in Kabul, Atiq Rahimi fled Afghanistan in 1984 and found political asylum in France, where he studied film at the Sorbonne. His debut feature Earth and Ashes, adapted from his bestselling novel of the same name, and his second feature, The Patience Stone, played the Festival. Our Lady of the Nile (19) is his latest film.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Toronto, Sept 19 (Canadian-Media): Writer director Taika Waititi's latest film, Jojo Rabbit narrates the story of lonely German boy Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), based on his own life spent in a prejudiced society.
Taika Waitti, who plays the role of Jojo's imaginary friend, presents through Jojo a child’s eye view of an intolerant society after completely brainwashing the 10-year old Jojo.
Then one day Jojo discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Jojo who was taught to hate Jewish finds his safety at home with his endangered. He felt that even his imaginary friend Hitler cannot protect him against the fear that gripped him.
Through Jojo's story, the director reveals with humour and pathos, the sad story of how hate preys on the weak and the young, and how history keeps repeating itself.
New Zealand-based Taika Waititi is a writer, director, and actor and has written and directed the feature films Eagle vs Shark (07), Boy (10), What We Do in the Shadows (14), and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (16), and, as director, Thor: Ragnarok (17). Jojo Rabbit (19) is his latest film.
Casting of the film is Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#enigmaticCharacters; #flashbackTechnique; #OpenEndedStory
Toronto, Sept 19 (Canadian-Media): Directed by Mohandas Geetu, 2019 TIFF movie 'The Elder One' revolves around the basic idea of search, whether it is a search of the lost relative, Geetu's search for characters to fit the plot of the movie, or the characters' search for their lost identity.
The plot of the story is about the two siblings who leave the small island of Lakshadweep, each with a different motive. Akbar (Nivin Pauley), the actor leaves the island to go to Mumabai in search of a good job and Molly (Sanjana Deepu) leaves for Mumbai in search of Akbar.
Akbar/Image credit: TIFF
The development of the varied and intrigued characters is very well done by Geetu, but the flashback technique used for the development of the plot of the story with so much stuff packed in a small interval of time, sometimes makes it difficult for the viewers to discern the connecting links. For example reason for Akbar's departure for Mumbai is shown in flashback.
The open ending of the story showing the smile and expression of joy on Mulla's face juxtaposed with the tragic collapse of Akbar when he realized that he could not save Mulla was very well picturised by the use of a catalyst.
The violence shown in the movie is sometimes too much but it truly reflects the underworld represented in the movie. The world of cruelty and abuse to which both Akbar and Mulla fall prey and what these people have to do to earn their living is a true representation of the poverty of Mumbai and the underworld life.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Review of TIFF 2019 movie: 'Son-Mother': depicts the suffering of voiceless against the poor economy
#SufferingOfTheVoiceless; #country’sarchaicrulesandlaws; #prejudiceagainstindependentwomen
Toronto, Sept 19 (Canadian-Media): The director, Mahnaz Mohammadi, in his dramatic first feature film 'Son-Mother' crafts an authentic story of how a hard-working widow Leila (Raha Khodayari) in Iran with an infant and a 12-year old son, Amir (Mahan Nasiri) succumbs to the offer of marriage from another factory worker Kazem (Reza Behboodi).
Son-Mother/Courtesy of TIFF
The climax in the movie when Leila faces the dilemma of Amir's sharing the same room as Kazem's young daughter forces Leila to abandon her son.
The story is told first from the mother’s and then the son’s point of view and reveals the Iran’s archaic rules and laws with prejudice against independent women.
Mohammadi's passion for social issues and talented technical team is led by cinematographer Ashkan Ashkani, who approaches common situations with his creative skills.
The cast of the film is Raha Khodayari, Mahan Nasiri, Reza Behboodi, Shiva Ordooie, Maryam Boubani.
The filmmaker, Mahnaz Mohammadi is also an actor, and women's rights activist and has directed the short documentary Women Without Shadows and the feature documentary Travelogue. Son-Mother (19) is her fiction feature debut.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)