Thought For The Day 04/16/13

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Diversity

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Diversity

http://www.socialjustice.me/2012/01/09/three-theories-about-diversity-in-the-workplace/

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“Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.”

George R.R. Martin
author
“Game of Thrones”

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I have been inspired to address diversity today because of a recent experience I had with a subject of sensitive nature involving a post on my social media site. I soon discovered that even the mere discussion of something controversial can engendered such diverse opinions from people, that it seems unlikely that we will ever find the human mind capable of a dialog wherein we will find it within, to agree to disagree. Somehow, we are allowing our differences to guide our hearts and minds, rather than the things that unite us as a member of the human race! And now we hear of the tragic events that have occurred in Boston during what should have been an international celebration of our running athletes, and not a scene of death and destruction.

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We are all the same under the skin where the parts of us that make us human dwell. We do not have black muscle fibers in our African brothers, yellow muscle fibers in our Asian friends, and white muscle fibers among our Caucasian sisters. Our hearts are all red. Our brains are all grey. Our bones are all white. It is our thoughts that are colored by our life experiences. It is our spirit that is colored by our dreams. It is our soul that is colored by our beliefs. But these things are all contained within the universally identical shell of what should be our humanity. But alas, we have allowed our humanity to become rusted and dented through our failure to remember that upkeep and repair is both essential, and as simple, as looking upward and saying a prayer that He help to heal us and make us whole and complete, once more. After all, was that not Christ’s gift? “He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:14 NLT)

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Yes, we are all different and yet we are all the same, united in so many ways including the diverse talents we are blessed with. “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.” (1 Corinthians 12:4 NLT). That is why I am choosing to embrace these gifts through the uplifting lyrics of an improbable song which was written as a testament of the human spirit, as a group of people strive to realize their hopes and dreams. And while we may not all become stars, as the young people singing this were hoping, still, we can all shine with God’s love as we strive to write our very own life stories, with God’s help and the promises He gives that with Him, all things are possible! It is time we joyously seek to repair our humanity and re-light the spark of divine influence that time and tide has dimmed within our hearts!

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The lyrics of “I Sing The Body Electric” were written by Dean Pitchford, with music by Michael Gore (the brother of singer Leslie Gore). The title and theme were loosely inspired by the title of a poem written in 1855 by Walt Whitman, a friend of my maternal ancestors….the Stafford’s. (Whitman stayed with my family on their farm in Laurel Springs, NJ while he was recovering from an illness in the latter part of the 1800’s. As a matter of fact we have a copy of his “Leaves of Grass” which he autographed, signing only, “From the Author”!)

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Looking to develop a song for the finale of the musical “FAME” which would incorporate orchestra, rock band, gospel, jazz, dance and performance art, to honor the diverse talents of all of the gifted students who attended the High School of the Performing Arts in New York City, the words were divinely inspired during a walk Pitchford was taking to a dinner party. Upon arriving at his friend’s home, he excused himself, entered the bathroom, locked the door, sat down, and wrote the lyrics! Collaborating with Gore, whose music gave the words life, the rest is history! (a) It is a piece that celebrates our uniqueness as well as all that unites us as a people who can live inspired lives! And amid the tragedy of yesterday, we need an infusion of some simple, feel good magic!

(a) http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=25856

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“I Sing The Body Electric”

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I sing the body electric
I celebrate the me yet to come
I toast to my own reunion
When I become one with the sun

And I’ll look back on Venus
I’ll look back on Mars
And I’ll burn with the fire of ten million stars
And in time
And in time
We will all be stars

I sing the body electric
I glory in the glow of rebirth
Creating my own tomorrow
When I shall embody the earth

And I’ll serenade Venus
I’ll serenade Mars
And I’ll burn with the fire of ten million stars
And in time
And in time
We will all be stars

We are the emperors now
And we are the czars
And in time
And in time
We will all be stars

I sing the body Electric
I celebrate the me yet to come
I toast to my own reunion (my own reunion)
When I become one with the stars

And I’ll Look back on Venus
(I’ll look back on vanity)
I’ll look back on Mars
(I’ll take this path)
I’ll burn with the fire
(burn)
Of 10 million stars
(fire inside)
And in time (And in time)
And in time
And in time (and in time)
And in time
And in time (and in time)
And in time
WE WILL ALL BE STARS

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Click the link below to view the song being performed by the cast from the movie, “FAME”

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“FAME” CAST:

Eddie Barth … Angelo
Irene Cara … Coco
Lee Curreri … Bruno
Laura Dean … Lisa
Antonia Franceschi … Hilary
Boyd Gaines … Michael
Albert Hague … Shorofsky
Tresa Hughes … Mrs. Finsecker
Steve Inwood … François Lafete
Paul McCrane … Montgomery
Anne Meara … Mrs. Sherwood
Joanna Merlin … Miss Berg
Barry Miller … Ralph
Jim Moody … Farrell
Gene Anthony Ray … Leroy
Maureen Teefy … Doris
Debbie Allen … Lydia
Richard Belzer … M.C.
Frank Bongiorno … Truck Driver
Bill Britten … Mr. England
Eric Brockington … Plump Eric
Nicholas Bunin … Bunsky
Cindy Canuelas … Cindy
Nora Cotrone … Dancer
Mbewe Escobar … Phenicia
Gennadi Filimonov … Violinist
Victor Fischbarg … Harvey Finsecker
Penny Frank … Dance Teacher
Willie Henry Jr. … Bathroom Student
Steve Hollander … Drama Student (as Steven Hollander)
Sang Kim … Oriental Violinist
Darrell Kirkman … Richard III
Judith L’Heureux … Nurse
Ted Lambert … Drama Student
Nancy Lee … Oriental Student
Sarah Malament … Dance Accompanist
James Manis … Bruno’s Uncle
Carol Massenburg … Shirley
Isaac Mizrahi … Touchstone
Raquel Mondin … Ralph’s Sister
Alba Oms … Ralph’s Mother
Frank Oteri … Schlepstein
Traci Parnell … Hawaiian Dancer
Sal Piro … Rocky Horror M.C.
Lesley Quickley … Towering Inferno Student
Ray Ramirez … Father Morales
Loris Sallahian … Drama Student
Ilse Sass … Mrs. Tossoff
Dawn Steinberg … Monitor on Stairs
Jonathan Strasser … Orchestra Conductor
Yvette Torres … Ralph’s Little Sister
Frank X. Vitolo … Frankie
Stefanie Zimmerman … Dancer Teacher

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Tracy Burnett … Dancer
Greg De Jean … Dancer
Laura Delano … Dancer
Michael DeLorenzo … Dancer
Aaron Dugger … Dancer
Neisha Folkes …Dancer
Karen Ford … Dancer
Robin Gray … Dancer
Hazel Green … Dancer
Eva Grubler … Dancer
Patrick King … Dancer
Cynthia Lochard … Dancer
Julian Montenaire … Dancer
Holly Reeve … Dancer
Kate Snyder … Dancer
Meg Tilly … Dancer
Louis Venosta … Dancer
Philip Wright … Dancer
Ranko Yokoyana … Dancer

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Adam Abeshouse … Musician
Yvette D. Carrington … Musician
Fima Ephron … Musician
Anthony Evans … Musician
Crystal Garner … Musician
Lisa Herman … Musician
Thais Hockaday … Musician
Karen Hoppe … Musician
Frankie Laino … Musician
April Lang … Musician
Richard Latimer … Musician
Lisa Lowell … Musician
Ann Marie McDermott … Musician
Kerry McDermott … Musician
Maureen McDermott … Musician
Josh Melville … Musician
Peter Rafelson … Musician
Anne Roboff … Musician
Boris Slutsky … Musician
Alan Vetter … Musician
Evan Weinstein … Musician

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Directed by:
Kevin Tancharoen

Produced by:
David De Silva
Alan Marshall

Original Music by:
Michael Gore

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“Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. “

James 2:12-13 NIV

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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