It was nice to talk to LL Cool J again at the IHADLA.org annual charity event. I even asked and said I hope he can make it to TheGRAMMYs on Capitol Hill Apr 3!
I Have a Dream Foundation – Los Angeles IHADLA.ORG
I Have a Dream Foundation (IHAD), a national organization has a Los Angeles based charity (IHADLA) dinner Sunday March 9th, 2014 to help underprivileged kids solely in the Los Angeles area. Di Lee is donating her time to help in obtaining valuable silent auction items for this event.
Photo of Di Lee with LL Cool J at last year’s event:
Photos of Di Lee can be seen in the Gallery especially from Holiday Soiree
One second appearance on last year’s video with LL Cool J, Mark Harmon, Patricia Heaton and others at 2013 charity event last March:
Our music has already touched many people in ways I didn’t think was possible. Each of us can make a difference and to me music can bring about magic ~ something that was always there but only discovered when a song touches our minds & hearts, penetrating our soul.
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do.”
― Edward Everett Hale
“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”
― William Arthur Ward
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”
― St. Catherine of Siena
Rather than a vanity paycheck it feels better to give something of far more value than entertainment or money. Sometimes gifts can be priceless like that of love which is everything, connection, inspiration, devotion, attention, purpose… Winston Churchill says, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
My thought is we know it’s love rather than merely attachment or infatuation when we literally would do anything for someone and when there is an issue, we find whatever fault we may be responsible for, no matter how small. Gandhi says it so right on, “Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents, never revenges itself.”
Although I am more spiritual than religious, I do embrace all
So true what Buddha said, “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln
Gandi said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”
And I say happiness is like a hug, you only enjoy it when it is shared!!! <3
So incredibly moved that a simple song I wrote and helped to create with my co-writer and producer Nel Gerome has touched so many people’s lives. Here are some excerpts from letters:
From a fan in United Kingdom: “…my wife…has ABI that is an acquired brain injury which was unfortunately self inflicted nearly 10 years ago now, so as you can imagine life is very difficult. No, or very few new memories and old memories mixed up and confused. I could be here all day explaining the many problems. Main thing is apathy, very difficult to involve her in anything and music doesn’t usually seem to interest her or even register . I have been playing your CD (thank you so much for that) in the car nearly every time we go out as she seemed to take notice of it. Imagine my surprise today as I went into the front room she was sitting down conducting an imaginary band !! When I asked her what she was doing she said “I’m Just Breathing” ! Now this might not seem a big deal to you but to me, well I didn’t think she was taking any notice of music. I asked her what that meant and she told me it was a tune in her head. I tell you your song Just Breathe seems to be very special and I just wanted to let you know that you made my day. Thanks Di For some reason it just connected with her…we will have to find out why.” Continue reading
Feels good to be a part of different charities and giving back.
May 11 ’13 attending S.H.A.R.E. Annual 60th Anniversary Gala. This charity that has raised over $50M in the last 60 years for the developmentally disabled, abused and neglected children as well as medical research for all forms of developmental disabilities without a penny going to the staff or board. Photos can be viewed here: http://imagecollect.com/
April 3 ’13 Attended S.H.A.R.E., Inc., 60 Year Anniversary at Hollywood Museum. This tremendous charitable foundation pays no funds to the 100% female staff and board members of the charity. Every dime goes to developmentally disabled, abused and neglected children as well as medical research for all forms of developmental disabilities. Part of their proceeds also goes to other charities related to helping children with special needs. Awesome to see such glamour for good!
March 27, ’13 Being a part of the MS Event in Hollywood was great and many a star studded cast was there to perform and give back to this helpful charity including Rick Springfield, Billy Idol (Billy Morrison), Jack Russell and many others. Thanks to them for an entertaining show!
March 8 ’13 having attended IHAD-LA charity brunch, this organization greatly impacts the lives of children who normally wouldn’t be able to finish school and go to college.
Sang my heart out on 9th of February, 2013 in Studio City, CA (The Fox and Hounds), for many reasons! Like Hafiz says, “My eyes sing with excitement; they see your Divine worth”!!! and so profound and wise was Rumi who said, “In your light, I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”