CaringBridge for Times of Family Distress

Discovering CaringBridge for times of family distress was a truly eye opening experience for me, my family and friends. Every person, every family passes through difficult times in the course of a year or a life time. In this age of computer technology I guess it shouldn't be a surprise to discover how truly incredible computer websites can be when it comes to dispersing information and keeping people connected even in times of high stress. Discovering CaringBridge has so much to offer,in so many trying situations.

Not surprisingly CaringBridge Website grew out of the personal tragedy of a single family. Trying to keep people informed about the medical progress, prognosis and end results could have put a great deal of additional stress on a family dealing with the birth of premature baby. But a technically savvy friend gave this struggling family the lift they needed by producing a website which enabled them to send out information and receive messages of support simply and securely. The success of this project was multiplied when a memorial fund was donated to St. Paul's Children's Hospital in Minnesota to help set up a free website for use by patients and their families to keep connected during difficult times.

Out of this very localized success has come widespread development that has seen CaringBridge mushroom over the last 12 years since this effort began. According to statistics compiled by CaringBridge more than 155,000 sites have been created to manage the important flow of information and personal messages between patients and their families and friends. An incredible 30 million people have visited the CaringBridge site in the last 12 months alone. Still, until you have faced a catastrophic situation as an individual or family you may be unaware of the wonderful service that CaringBridge can offer you, for free.

When a close friend of mine developed cancer I was invited to participate in what is an ever burgeoning net-work of friends and family. For my friend and his family this means no more well meaning but often tiring and irksome phone calls to contend with and no more unexpected and taxing personal visits. For friends who have signed on to this personal website via CaringBridge it means that we receive an automatic notice every time our friend or his family has a status report they want to share. We can read it , re-read it and it …

The Genesis of Reggae Music

Reggae is prevalent and influential in the American music culture. Reggae itself appeared in the West Indies, primarily in the vacation island of Jamaica.

In the 1930s, Jamaica initiated and became the center of the anti-colonial national liberation movement. The movement was symbolic of the struggle for independence and the rights of blacks. It was led by Marcus Le Havre who was a devout follower of the Bible. He foretold that the blacks of Jamaica would be saved from the oppression of the white by one great black leader of African origin.

And would you believe it, in 1930, the world witnessed the arrival of Ras Tafari. Those who believed in the words of Marcus Le Havre, believed that his prediction has came true. He was recognized as a living deity and those who believed in him became known as Rastafarians. Rasta did not consume meat, nor did he smoke tobacco. He didn't drink wine, nor did he consume salt. People believed that his long hair, which were more like sticks, were antennas connecting him to the spiritual world.

What is reggae? Some believe it is the movement in music derived from ragged rhythm, more popularly known as Regid rhythm. Some others say "reggae" is a tribe that existed in Tanganyika who spoke the language of the Bantu.

The foremost character in the history of reggae was Robert Nesta Marley, more commonly known as Bob Marley. He was born of a simple Jamaican woman, and as a child all he wanted to do was sing. It was only in 1963 that Bob formed his own music band the Wailers, which included two of his friends, Neaill O'Reilly Livingston, who had the nickname Benny Ueyler, and Hubert McIntosh, now known as Peter Tosh.

Around the mid-'70s, these musicians disconnected from Bob Marley and continued their career independently while Marley joined the Rastafarians. After Marley's successful performances in the United States he became recognized as the "king of reggae." He used his music to preach and unite people for a cause. He became not only a fighter for the independence movement but also a talented musician.

The tremendous success of Marley in uniting people with the power of music and his passion to succeed has created a whole new legacy of musicians who propagate the use of reggae.

After the smashing success of reggae in the United States, its demand spilled over …