Thursday, July 31, 2008


Elejmal Temple Fashion Show/ PhotosByMe

Good Morning World...
Thank God for another day.

Quote for the day:
I just need enough to tide me over until I need more.
Bill Hoest
Have a Blessed day

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Never Would Have Paid It

The Katrina Project


Good Morning World...
Thank God for another day.

Sorry I missed you all yesterday.
I had the day off, and I had a meeting with Councilman Donald Payne Jr. in reference to "The Katrina Project".

It is in its early stages, but look forward to a BIG fundraising event early next year in the city of Newark.

We are attempting to raise enough funds to build a house in New Orleans, and 1 in Newark.

We will be looking for Corporate sponsors for the event.

Stay tuned for further updates .
Have a Blessed day

Friday, July 25, 2008

Happy Anniversary

Doug & Wanda/ date unknown

Doug & Wanda in Puerto Rico at El Yunque 2007

Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually married to.
J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973),

Hey World,

Today, Wanda and I celebrate 16 years of marriage.
We have been together 22 years without any separation.

It has not been easy...
But anything in life worth having requires hard work...and God!

We have been blessed with 2 adult children.
The oldest...Doug 26, is serving our Great Country.
The youngest...LaToyah 23, is serving our State.
We lost Lamont at 18 six years ago.

We are blessed with a house and vehicles.
We are blessed with jobs...and we are blessed with my passion of
photography (it helps pay the bills)

We are blessed with many family and friends

We are blessed to have God in our lives.
We are blessed to have each other.

When we begin to count the many blessings we have had over the years...why complain about
the small s*** (stuf) LOL


Good Morning

Jena 6 protest/Newark City Hall 9/07 PhotoByMe

Good Morning World...
Thank God for another day.

Quote for the day:
Every once in a while, take the scenic route.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Have a Blessed day!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Good Morning World...
Thank God for another day...

Quote for the day:

A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown away carelessly, unless you want to hurt the giver.
Eleanor Hamilton

Have a Blessed day

Hey World

Golconda #24 Creation / Clown Unit Member Daryl Payne (PhotoByMe)

David Beckham Post Game against NY Red Bull (PhotoByMe)

Golconda #24 Fez Affair/Camel walk being led by Bennie L. Cook-Illustrious Potentate

It has been a busy weekend.
On Saturday my Shriners Temple (Golconda #24) created 14 new Nobles.
I also shot the Red Bulls soccer game against LA Galaxy, and their star player
David Beckham
I got some good shots in the game.

On Sunday I attended the Fez Affair of the new Nobles.
The Fez Affair is like a crowning after you have undergone a VERY DIFFICULT TASK.

We also went to see the new Batman movie.

My wife and daughter are going to the Dominican Republic tomorrow.

Stay tuned all day...every day

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Good Morning

Golconda Temple #24 Prince Hall Shriners (my temple)
under the Leadership of Illustrious Potentate Bennie L. Cook
gives out $500 scholarships to 20 students.

Good Morning World...
Thank God for another day.

Quote for the day...
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
B. F. Skinner (1904 - 1990)
Have a Blessed day.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Good Morning

Good Morning World...
Thank God for another day.

Quote for the day:
The person who sends off positive thoughts activates the world around him positively, and draws back to himself positive results
- Norman Vincent Peele

Have a Blessed Day!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Dog

This dog goes crazy after me every day.
If he ever gets out...I will definitely spray him with the mace.(i don't care HOW small he is... LOL)

Good Morning

Holy Bible in Elementary School/ New Orleans LA Lower 9th Ward 11/06

Good Morning World...
Thank God for another day.

Quote for the day:
Times have not become more violent. They have just become more televised.
Marilyn Manson (1969 - )
Have a Blessed day

Monday, July 7, 2008

Hello World

Hello World,

I am overwhelmed at the response received from the "Tribute to Dwayne Kelley"
I never imagined that it would catch like a wild fire.
I have received positive comments from people all over the Country.
I only did it to grieve over the loss of a Great Man.

For those of you who know me personally, you know that i have always believed that everything happens for a reason.
Let me tell you a quick story.

As you can see by my blog, the last time I posted anything before "Kelley" was June 21.
In the "blog world" they say that you have to keep people coming back to your blog.
This "Tribute" has drawn alot of traffic to my blog, so I am going to make it a permanent part of this blog so you can view it anytime you wish.
Underneath the US Deaths in Iraq counter, I will place a link for you to click on for the slideshow.

I am rejuvenated by your responses to continue adding positive material to this blog on a daily basis.
I have links on the right to some of my other work and favorites.
So please make this a daily stop, and I will do my best to give you a little positive encouragement everyday.

God Bless You All!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Brother Dwayne Kelley


US Army

NJ State Police

USACAPOC (A) Public Affairs Office, Fort Bragg, N.C. 28310
(910) 432-5446 /

Maj. Dwayne M. Kelley
Died on June 24, 2008
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Maj. Dwayne M. Kelley was born on May 25, 1960, in Brooklyn, New York. He was a trained civil affairs officer assigned to the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Company (Tactical), Green Bay, Wisconsin.
He died in Iraq from a bomb blast while deployed supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom in Sadr City, Iraq.

He entered the Army in February 1978, and served for three years as a light wheel vehicle mechanic until February 1981. From 1982 to 1985, Kelley completed his studies at Rutgers
University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He graduated in May of 1985 from the ROTC program, earning his commission as a U.S. Army Reserve second lieutenant in the
Ordnance branch.
Kelley served as an ordnance officer from his graduation until 1999, when he changed his military occupational specialty to military police. He served as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander for the 2 Battalion of the 309th Regiment, Fort Dix, N.J., from April 1999 until April 2001.
He was mobilized as a military police officer in October 2001 shortly after Sept. 11, 2001 in support of Operation Noble Eagle. He served two years, with the 2nd Battalion of the 309th Regiment, 5th Brigade, 78th Division (Training Support) at Fort Dix, N.J.
Kelley became a Civil Affairs officer in October 2004 and was reassigned to the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion at Fort Dix, N.J., serving as the unit’s executive officer. In 2005, he became the assistant operations officer assigned to the 353rd Civil Affairs Command, Staten Island, N.Y. Kelley served in this position until his second mobilization in November 2007 with the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion, Green Bay, Wis., where he was serving as their Civil Affairs Team Chief.
His military training includes Basic Combat Training, Ordnance Officer’s Basic and Advance Course, Military Police Officer Advance Course, Civil Affairs Qualification Course, and is a Command and General Staff College graduate.
His military awards included two Army Reserve Components Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze hourglass and with “M” (mobilization) device and the Army Service Ribbon.
He was employed by the New Jersey State Police as detective sergeant first class.
Kelley is survived by his wife and daughter, both of South Orange, N. J. He is also survived by his mother of Willingboro, N.J.

"My Statement"

The State of New Jersey and the World at large has truly lost a Great Man.
"Kelley" as he was affectionately called by his Masonic Brothers, was a true Brother in every sense of the word.
Always "sharp"...Always "softspoken"...Always "positive"..Always "a hero"

I have spoken to many of our Masonic Brothers since his tragic death, and we all agreed on one thing.
There are not too many brothers that you would shed a tear for.
Many of us shed tears for "Kelley".

He was a friend and brother to many...he was Noble to all.

May we all take a look in the mirror, and get our priorities together.
May we all learn to respect each "Kelley" did.
May we all stop the back stabbing and political "Kelley" did.
May we all just give each other a "Kelley" did.
May we all just love each "Kelley" did.

For when it is all said and done, we must all travel that same road called "Death".
When it is my turn, I want to go "Home" just like "Kelley" did.

I'm going to start live just like "Kelley" did.
How About You???????