Choosing to go public with her fight against breast cancer was a courageous act for my high school friend Annie Franco. She has affected so many people in a positive way and has changed the way people view their health for the better. To show their love, Annie’s friends and family helped to create a wonderful support team appropriately titled Annie’s Angels. Last year 40 Annie’s Angels supported their Annie at the Race for the Cure adorned in their very own wings and t-shirt. To celebrate Annie’s victory in the battle against breast cancer and to help raise funds for the cure, Annie’s Angels are doing it again in 2013 and they are welcoming new angels to the team!
Not only is Annie a courageous champion, she is dedicated to those she loves and is extremely perceptive. I thank her for the consistent and unwavering support she has always given me regarding my writing. Not only beautiful on the outside, Annie’s inner beauty is what makes her stand out. Even through the separation of time and space, Annie is generous with encouraging words that are food to my writer’s soul. Her strength and lead by example approach to life are commendable and inspiring to me. Annie has a special place in my heart and she is LOVED! From my heart to yours!
Many praises goes to Pages for an awesome performance in the Crying Girl Book Trailer!
Fortunate circumstances have come about for Pages as the result of his awareness and keen attention to detail. Pages has an edge that sets him apart from many as he has grown used to the essence of synchronicity in his daily reality and never undervaluing it. Pages is naturally creative, intuitive, and a good listener, which make him an awesome people person. I can go on and on about Pages, but I believe his work speaks for itself- simply electrifying. What is more important than his talent? Pages has an incredible heart and is generous with his love. Crying Girl LOVES PAGES!!!!!
I've been the recipient of the special one-on-one kind of companionship that Mrs. Asmat Ashai graciously provides. Her profound perception endows Mrs. Ashai with a very interesting and refreshing perspective that I respect. I’ve known her since I was a child and I am thankful that we remain in touch.
Mrs. Ashai has contributed to the “Crying Girl,” not being a crying girl by providing me with unwavering love, support, and encouragement. I will never forget the kindness Mrs. Ashai extended to me when I was recovering from a car accident. She pampered me into wellness and provided me an opportunity to give back to the community, which in turn nourished my soul. Not only is Mrs. Ashai a wonderful person in the community, she is also an AWESOME wife, mother, and grandmother. For all the good that she does (especially behind the scenes), Mrs. Asmat Ashai is LOVED!
Tammie Coppinger’s powerful sense of integrity and social justice have served her well over the years. She courageously serves as an attorney for the Ninth Circuit Public Defender’s Office in Charleston, South Carolina. Tammie’s ability to arouse and inspire others has impacted me and I trust that this will continue to help her achieve success and help many troubled youths. Her connection to the Crying Girl is personal. Recently, I had an emotional connection with Tammie about our past and it was healing. Without even realizing it, she provided me with encouragement and courage to share my story. I thank Tammie for inviting me to meet with her “kids.” It would be an honor to reconnect and collaborate on a project. For the unselfish ways you give of yourself to so many, you are LOVED Tammie Coppinger!
Joylyn Jackman is a dynamic, spirited, and energetic young lady that I had the pleasure of teaching in her tenth grade year. Not afraid to display her confidence, Joylyn is a self-starter who believes in taking control of her life. I remember throwing her class a Valentine’s Day party and how Joylyn and her twin sister, Jocelyn, were the first to volunteer their time and prepare for the party. So excited, they created a playlist for the party and homemade decorations that were absolutely adorable. It broke many hearts when we learned of the passing of Joylyn and Jocelyn’s mother a day before our Valentine’s Day celebration. The class was simply devastated and decided to send all the food from the party to the Jackman family. It warmed my heart to see this beautiful gesture. Years later, I think about the Jackman family and I send you all a big hug! Joylyn, you are so sweet and I want you to know that you are LOVED!!!
Lissa Ramsepaul is a friend that I’ve treasured for the past twenty-two years. She has helped me proofread and tighten up some aspects of my manuscript while ensuring that the characters are dynamic. The fast rate of which she reads and comprehends material is most impressive. She gets a week’s worth of work done in a day. I don’t know how she does it, but it is surely a blessing. Not only is she an astute intellectual, she is awesome in the kitchen always surprising me with an infusion of treats before we start working. We’ve spent several sleepless nights together working on various projects. Lissa's homemade baked treats have always been comforting along with a great cup of coffee. Lissa’s contributions are a labor of love that mean more to me than she will ever know. Lissa Ramsepaul, you are LOVED!
When I was in high school, I worked at the neighborhood movie theater. I gradually worked my way up to a manager position and on this journey, fate would have it that Emebet Yared and I would cross paths. Emebet, who is known by many as “Hanna,” not only supervised me and taught me how to thread a movie projector-she taught me the importance of leadership. Hanna did not only create a management team and a motivated staff- she created a family- a family that I cherish. It was wonderful to finally visit Hanna in person after thirteen years. As it typically goes when you catch up with a friend after so many years, one learns of the people that have passed on and the blessings of babies born. This is what time does- it doesn’t wait for any of us. Seeing Hanna again, reminded me of family. Thank you for being generous with your heart. We have benefited from your love and for this Hanna- you are LOVED! From my heart to yours.
I remember a bright-eyed young lady in my classroom that was eager to soak in knowledge and stay after school to work towards her goals.
Yuleisi Da Silva is ambitious and disciplined to do what it takes to go to the next level. Now she is in her second year at Towson University as a Pre-Med Student! It is clear that Yuleisi is putting energy into visionary and progressive concepts that will improve the lives of others. I am so proud of Yuleisi Da Silva and I look forward to seeing her graduate in two more years! Keep up the good work! You are LOVED!
Since I met Iman Romodan 5 years ago while we were doing volunteer work, I feel we’ve always shared a mutual respect and admiration for each other and it has left a powerful impression on me.
Her belief, enthusiasm, and dedication to help people is not the only thing that makes Iman stand out from the crowd. She also possesses great charm, sensitivity, and the ability to put people at ease. I will never forget how Iman and her family were the first group of visitors that I opened my eyes to see upon being in the ICU after a car accident. I was not able to speak at the time, but I was and still am thankful for this beautiful act of love. I carry your goodness with me and strive to do the same for others. My sister and friend, Iman Romodan, you are LOVED!
I write these words after learning that a childhood friend, Rebecca Cherry has passed away. Rachel Robertson Campbell, Becky Cherry, and I spent a lot of time together in middle school. Walking around Wheaton Plaza, going to the movies, or just simply hanging out at Rachel’s house watching music videos were our favorite past times. Becky was a good friend and will be missed by many. I send my heartfelt condolences to Becky’s family and friends grieving her unexpected loss.
Rachel, you are LOVED for playing a special role in my childhood even up to now. When I moved to Silver Spring, you were one of my first and only friends. You always shared a passion for communication and friendship, which created a haven of love and respect. You’ve always championed the underdog and have been a believer in second chances. It warms my heart that during space and time, you support my work with genuine praise and interest. It is beautiful to see how you are a mother of two girls who are around the same age that we were when we met. It always amazes me how things come full circle. From middle school to high school to motherhood and now, I take the opportunity while we are both alive and well to let you know that you are LOVED and mean a lot to me!