Sunday, January 25, 2009


Girls, boys agree girls worker harder
NEW YORK (UPI) -- The presidential election has resulted in girls and boys having an increased awareness of the barriers that face women, a U.S. survey indicates.

Fifty-nine percent say the election increased their confidence in being able to achieve their goals in the future, while 55 percent say the election has increased their comfort level in speaking up and expressing their opinions.

Both boys and girls increased their appreciation for the difficulties that women face. Forty-three percent of girls say they strongly believe "girls have to work harder than boys in order to gain positions of leadership," a statement that 25 percent of girls agreed with just a year ago.

The percentage of girls who believe that "today both men and women have an equal chance of getting a leadership position" has declined from 35 percent to 24 percent between 2007 and 2008.

The percentage of girls who believe that "in our society, it is more difficult to become a leader for a woman than a man," increased from 23 percent in 2007 to 37 percent in 2008.

The percentage of girls who say they believe that "today both men and women have an equal chance of getting a leadership position" has declined from 35 percent to 24 percent between 2007 and 2008.

The survey was conducted Nov. 11-Dec. 2, 2008, by the market research firm Fluent. The survey consisted of online interviews with 3,284 people ages 13 and 17. No margin of error was provided.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

Friday, January 2, 2009


Dearest Carolyn,
This was the first year I was unable to be with you all for Christmas and New Years Day is here and I am filled with so much love and wishes for you. Daughter, you have been and will always be the joy of my life. You have been loved from the moment I found out I was carrying you in my womb. The love your father and I had for each other and the love we had when you arrived was special.

Over the years I became a single parent and that did not stop me from seeing you through high school, Sixth Form and University. Today you are thousands of miles away in Georgia, USA but you remain in my heart as the ray of sunshine that has brightened and guided me over the years.

I wish you all the best, Bibs. If Tia Brenda and Chichi were alive I know they would be so proud of all that you have achieved. I know that I am proud of you and have always been proud of you. Your successes are my successes. Keep on attaining that star that shines in your eyes and heart.

As we move into 2009, I look forward to seeing you and being with you. Keep on smiling and joking and being the best friend a mother could ask for. Baby girl, you are my greatest achievement. You are the best poem I have ever written, the best song I have ever sung and the best speech I have ever given. Reach for the unreachable and remember that you can be all you want to be.

Just say I CAN and you will be surprised at how much you will be able to do.

I love you and always will.

Ciarra, my little princess,
From the first moment I held you in my arms I knew you were grandma's girl. You are my joy and my peace. You are my blooming lily, my walking happiness. God Bless you my little angel. You are loved and you are cared for. Keep on making us proud of you. Keep on smiling and keep on learning.

Your journey of life has just begun. You have much to achieve and you will!

I love you and I miss you.

Grandma's special little star, know this: I will always be there for you. Reach out and take my hand.

All my love and kisses,
Grandma Brenda

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Here's hoping 2008 was a great year for you and wishing you all the best for 2009. Thank you for reading my blogs and for commenting.
At this time I wish you all a safe and prosperous 2009.
God Bless and keep you and your family safe.
Ms B