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    Michael Jackson and his armbands

    Michael Jackson was often seen sporting an armband as a symbol of children's suffering around the world. The color of the armband matched the color of his outfit and he promised to keep wearing an armband until no child would suffer anymore.

    This inspired me to write the following poem ( my first Michael-poem, so please be gentle)


    Not by preaching right versus wrong
    but by lyrics in a song,
    you made the world aware
    and showed that you care
    about suffering children's plight.
    Happiness is every child's right.
    Hearing their cries at night,
    you showed your dedication
    to children's joy and happiness,
    by wearing a band around your arm.
    It's not the color that's the charm,
    but the caring, loving devotion
    setting the wheels in motion
    To make the world a better place
    a pure, innocent love by God's grace

    Insrpired by your true caring,
    by bands of color you were wearing
    around your arm as a sign of love,
    may we be granted blessings from above
    to continue your fight
    for every child's right.






















    Actor/Singer/Entertainer Darius McCrary and son are seen wearing matching armbands as their way of remembering his good friend Michael Jackson.









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    Children - Heal the world (Michael Jackson)

    Some of the children's charities that Michael supported are:

    * Starlight Foundation

    * Make-A-Wish Foundation

    * Nelson Mandela's Childrens Fund

    * Camp Ronald McDonald

    * Childhelp USA

    For links to the charities please see:

    http://www.looktothestars.org/news/2...charity-legacy


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    Michael Jackson - In Search of Neverland


    JOURNALISTS’ NOTE: I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the difficulty of writing about this particular topic at this particular time – the 1st anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing. To write about his dream home, his utopia, his Neverland, and know that he is gone from us forever remains, at best, a devastating blow. Yet, in remembering the spirit of Michael, we can never forget his unbridled sense of joy at the smallest things, his almost childlike innocence, and his love of children and animals. This book tells us about the fulfillment of one of Michael’s biggest dreams – straight from the mouth of the woman that helped make it come true.






    *Just when you were probably thinking, “Oh no, not ANOTHER Michael Jackson book,” comes “MICHAEL JACKSON: In Search of Neverland” – a charming 98-page self-published paperback that details Jackson’s search for the home of his dreams. The book was written by Gloria Rhodes Berlin, the real estate agent who single-handedly shopped for, located and negotiated the transaction for what became known as “The Sale of the Century” in 1988. The sprawling 2,700-acre Los Olivos, California property; originally called Sycamore Valley Ranch; that later become known around the world as Michael Jackson’s NEVERLAND.

    Berlin recently spoke with EUR’s Lee Bailey, who asked why she wrote the book.
    “The book is because I found him the ideal paradise he wanted for himself and for his animals. When he was being cited by the animal regulation department continuously…at the family compound. They threatened to come and arrest him and impound all of his animals. They said they belonged at the L. A. Zoo, not at his home. He had llamas, giraffes, a baby elephant, [and] snakes. A python got out, went swimming next door in the neighbors pool; and it scared the neighbors and they called the animal regulation department (laughs).”

    MICHAEL JACKSON: In Search of Neverland takes readers on a delightful walk with Jackson as he nears his 27th birthday. He still lived with his parents, at least three of his siblings, and a menagerie of animals at the Encino family compound on Hayvenhurst Avenue. At the time, Jackson was working on The Wiz, preparing for the Bad World Tour and feverishly trying to move away from the family home. Oh yes, and he was bagging groceries at Gelson’s.

    But bear with me. I’m getting ahead of myself.

    “He was a bachelor and wanted to get married. All he ever wanted to do was have a home of his own, get married, and have children. A wife to come home to. He tried,” says Gloria Rhodes Berlin, a neighbor to the Jackson family at the time of the sale.

    Berlin had become friendly with Katherine Jackson and first met Michael at age twelve. She had been living in Encino for ten years when the Jackson family arrived from Gary, Indiana. Her book shares several sweet, little anecdotes that we have yet to hear elsewhere; and there is no doubt that the author is someone who genuinely cared for the entertainer.



    Michael Jackson & Gloria Rhoads Berlin

    “Michael Jackson and I had a very wonderful relationship… I always thought he was going to wind up being a box-boy at Gelson’s because he had a crush on a very beautiful young lady who was about 4 ½ feet tall who was working there. [She had] very white porcelain skin with big blue eyes; real red-haired, that she wore in little pigtails and he used to come over and act as a box boy for her; pack the groceries for the people who came through her aisle. I always came through there and he would say, ‘Hello Mrs. Berlin’. My son, Will, used to play with the Jackson Five, basketball, at their home.”

    “I think they hired him (laughs). He … would come [to the market] dressed up as The Wiz; wearing these shoes that were like on stilts…He came to see that pig-tailed, red-head girl….He loved her. He knew everyone that came to Gelson’s.”

    Prior to becoming his real estate agent, Berlin had contacted Jackson on another matter.

    “I wrote him a letter about a family that was losing their home. The man was 87-years-old, Black and married to a White woman. They had three children, young teens. The father had heart disease…and died finally and there was no burial money. Michael Jackson paid for the burial of that man he didn’t even know.”


    This exchange opened the door for Jackson, who had worked unsuccessfully with other realtors, to seek Berlin’s assistance in finding his dream home.

    Michael’s frame of mind during this time, according to Berlin, was to become independent of his parents – and for them to become independent of him. He wanted to be alone, away from prying eyes, street traffic and noise. He wanted a place where he could look out the window and see bluebirds, do his own farming and feed his animals. He specified the place had to be accessible to deer, so they could prune his trees.

    A former actor who once shared the same theatrical agent as Elizabeth Taylor, dated Frank Sinatra for two-and-a-half years, and had roles in movies like “Guys and Dolls,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” Berlin lists some of her fondest Michael Jackson memories:

    * When he played ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’ on the Boesendorfer grand piano in the living room of the main house
    * When he ran along the top of a wooden fence on the Neverland property as if it were a balance beam
    * Developed new dance steps on the stones in the middle of a stream
    * Planted flowers in the flowerbeds around the main house at Neverland using different color schemes for each season of the year
    * Slid down the banister and hid in the secret room inside the mansion
    * Played “Ghost” using a Casper ghost costume in the playroom with moving walls
    * Held my hand and walked with me throughout the entire ranch






    Jackson had actually been on the ranch before.

    “Paul McCartney had been a guest of Bill Bones,” said Berlin of the man who had originally developed and lived on the ranch with his family. “Then, without authorization, [McCartney] decided to start shooting video and invited Michael Jackson to come there and be in the video. And Michael Jackson had… been driven there…and then removed when they were kicked off after a manager phoned Bill Bones and told him they were filming and [had] brought film crews on the ranch.”

    Berlin says that she happened to locate the same ranch Jackson had previously visited, as a guest was a coincidence. He needed a ranch of that size. At the time of his visit there, it was not for sale. But after a divorce between Bill Bones and his wife, it was. Bones-a realtor, broker, builder and developer himself- did not list the ranch. In order to see the house you had to register. Berlin found out about the property – which had an original asking price of $35 million dollars - by contacting the Chamber of Commerce.

    But the transaction, says Berlin, did not progress without its share of drama from Jackson’s people.

    “John Branca wanted to offer them $9 million…He didn’t want to listen to me; and then he said $10 million…11…12 and finally we presented an offer. Mr. Bone went crazy and said if I had been a man, he would’ve punched me out!”

    After all was said and done, Michael Jackson laid down $17 million dollars and walked away with a ranch that housed part of the Los Padres National Forest in its back yard. He was there for 15 years.

    Lee Bailey asks Gloria Berlin her thoughts about what is going on with the estate since Michael’s passing.

    “My thoughts are that Mrs. Jackson is an amazing woman. She’s…a true beauty…I saw her about 2 ½ weeks ago and she told me the story about Michael and his death…For me it’s a heartbreak. I can’t even think about it without crying because I knew him since he was 12. But she is his mother. I told her Dr. Conrad Murray should be prosecuted for murder. She said ‘No, he can’t be prosecuted for murder he’s only going to be prosecuted for involuntary manslaughter’. She… was very calm, very polite. She hugged me and squeezed me.


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    Neverland... *big sigh*



    Thanks for posting!
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    Michael Jackson Showing Some Dance Moves Rare

    Michael is dancing in his studio at the Neverland Valley Ranch. It's a mime and a dance tied into one!



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    How The Jackson 5 Saved Basketball




    Michael Jackson




    Decades before Justin Timberlake burned Kenny "the Jet" Smith at a celebrity hoops game, the Jackson 5 were featured in a 1971 TV skit called "The Day Basketball Was Saved." Basketball greats Bill Russell, Elvin Hayes & Elgin Baylor starred with NFL legends Rosey Grier and Ben Davidson as teammates battling the Jackson 5 for court supremacy.



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    Without BET and ESPN keeping black music and sports stars on TV round the clock, this show marked a rare occasion to enjoy the personalities of cultural favorites over a funny basketball trip.




    Peace Michael Jackson


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    [QUOTE=MJJLaugh;3097712]How The Jackson 5 Saved Basketball


    The video is sooooooooo cool! :wild: Little Michael...
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    Moon Crater To Be Designated In Memoriam
    Of Legendary Entertainer Michael Jackson



    New York (6 July 2009 LT) — The Lunar Geographic Society has announced that a crater on Earth's Moon will be renamed "Michael Joseph Jackson" in honor of the celebrated entertainer, who passed away on June 25, 2009.

    The crater, previously designated as Posidonius J, is located in the Moon's Lake of Dreams (Lacus Somniorum). It measures approximately 22 kilometers (about 13.5 miles) in diameter, and is located adjacent to a 1,200-acre parcel owned by Michael Jackson in the Lake of Dreams.

    The decision to designate the crater in Jackson's honor came following a special session of the Lunar Geographic Society's governing board on Monday morning. The designation proposal had been widely suggested during the week by fans and fellow landowners following Mr. Jackson's untimely and unfortunate passing last month.

    Mr. Jackson (1958-2009) was among the largest private owners of Lunar property claims. In addition to his significant parcel in the Lake Of Dreams, which he obtained in 2005, he also owned a smaller property in the Sea Of Vapours (Mare Vaporum).

    The crater shall be officially designated as "Michael Joseph Jackson" in order to differentiate it from the existing "Jackson," a 71-kilometer crater on the Lunar farside named for the renowned Scottish astronomer John Jackson (1887-1958).



    Seal of
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    Michael Jackson used the Moon and its symbology often in his life, from his trademark "moonwalk" dance move to the official seal of his beloved Neverland Ranch. "Moonwalk" was also the title of his best-selling 1988 autobiography, while "Moonwalker" was the title of a popular compilation of his greatest music video performances. He also recorded a song, "Scared Of The Moon," which has not been released commercially as of this date.

    Mr. Jackson claimed that he had once witnessed a UFO during a plane flight. His interest in outer space, extraterrestrials, and his plan to someday actually perform the "moonwalk" dance move on the Moon were detailed in Michael C. Luckman's "Alien Rock: The Rock 'n' Roll Extraterrestrial Connection," published by Pocket Books and VH1, which devoted an entire chapter to Mr. Jackson.

    Crater Michael Joseph Jackson is part of the Posidonius crater group, named for Posidonius of Apameia, a Greek Stoic philosopher, politician, astronomer, geographer, historian and teacher native to Apamea, Syria. Michael Joseph Jackson is the largest of the so-called "satellite craters" in the group, which numbers twelve in total, ranging in size from two to fifteen kilometers in diameter.


    Detail of Moon Crater Michael Jackson



    Map detail showing location of Moon
    crater designated for Michael Jackson



    Under the naming system of Félix Chemla Lamèch, Posidonius J was once also known as Héllène. The designation to honor Michael Jackson becomes effective immediately.

    The official designation of a Lunar crater is a singular honor bestowed upon only a select few luminaries. Among those receiving this rare tribute over the past century are Leonardo da Vinci, Christopher Columbus, Sir Isaac Newton, Julius Caesar and Jules Verne.

    UPDATE: In response to numerous inquiries, it should be noted that craters Michael Jackson, Posidonius and the other larger craters in the Posidonius group may generally be viewed from Earth using a typical home telescope under standard observational conditions.

    The Lunar Geographic Society is the world's largest and most prominent group advocating privatized exploration, settlement and development of Earth's Moon. The centerpiece of the Society's effort is a ten-year, US$3.8-million program to return humans to the Moon and establish permanent bases there.

    The Society has also developed the most successful commercially-available lunar photomap software ever released to the public, the Full Moon Atlas (http://www.fullmoonatlas.com), and successfully advocated the removal of a crater named for an accused Nazi war criminal, Dr. Hans Eppinger, Jr., by the International Astronomical Union.

    The Society was the prime mover behind the proposal to designate a group of Lunar craters as a memorial to the seven crew members who perished in the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) tragedy. (See http://www.lunarrepublic.com/news/columbia_region.shtml)

    Moon Property Coupons on tjoos.comThe Lunar Geographic Society is a registered International Business Company (IBC #519589) currently authorized to operate in more than 200 nations around the world, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, China, Japan and India, as well as all other nations in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

    The Society's main operations hubs are in Hong Kong and on the Isle of Man (U.K.). It maintains a satellite office in Manhattan for business operations in the Americas.




    # # #

    INFORMATION SUMMARY:
    Name: Crater Michael Joseph Jackson (Posidonius J)
    Location: Lacus Somniorum (33.8 N 30.7 E)
    Crater Diameter: 22.0 kilometers
    Crater Depth: 650 meters


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    Michael Jackson Moonwalk

    I never grow tired of watching Michael do his magical moonwalk, capturing our undivided attention.


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    Scared of the Moon - Michael Jackson


    Simply one of his most beautiful songs, to be found on the Ultimate Collection.



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    Best of Michael Jackson: 10 commandments from the King of Pop




    How could this be
    You’re not here with me
    You never said goodbye
    Someone tell me why

    That is pretty much what the die hard MJ fans and the rest of the world which has swayed, rocked and danced to the beats, tunes and steps of Michael Jackson, have been left asking for the last few days. While the death of King of Pop has been turned into a media event and some continue to ponder more on his personal life than his prodigious talent, for both his co-entertainers and the billions who have been entertained by his eccentric genius, it is a loss that is like none other. Picking his 10 best singles (just 10) is both a matter of personal taste and influence as here is our choice of MJ’s very best…

    10. You Are Not Alone, History:




    The song that is believed to have been a reference to Jackson’s wife Lisa Marie, the daughter of Elvis Presley, was released at a time when he had considerable trouble in his personal life. Not only was it a moving love song that became an instant hit overnight, but holds the Guinness Record for being the first song to debut at Number 1in the Billboard Hot 100.

    9. The way you make me feel, Bad:




    Bad, along with Thriller before it, was the album the proved to the world that you can have more than one sensational hit single from one album and this was the third of the famous trio. Done with a very special shuffling rhythm, Jackson performed it live at the 1988 Grammy Awards and is musically different from the rest of his collection.

    8. Beat It, Thriller:



    Winner of two Grammys and two American Music Awards, Beat It is the tune that is an absolute and complete party song which rocked America and the world all night long. The song was put in album to give the Rock fans what they wanted and they more gleefully accepted. Despite MJ having many songs which probably have received greater critical acclaim, this is one party tune that always fills you with energy… Not to forget the awesome guitar solo from rocker Eddie Van Halen.

    7. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, Off The Wall:



    While you could argue about whether this was a bigger hit than ‘Beat It’ or not, the significance of the song lies in the fact that it was a budding Michael’s biggest hit and his first #1 after a 7 year hiatus. In association with Quincy Jones, he went on to produce some of his finest hits and this was where it all began.

    6. Black or White, Dangerous:



    Irrespective of how you feel about the persona and the music of the man, there is absolutely no doubt that MJ was an entertainer who loved to take up a social cause and make it a talking point. Anti-racism was the subject of the song and ‘hard rock’ its style; making it a huge hit overnight. As we will go along we will see a couple more such songs on the list which show the legend’s concern for society and the planet. Casting the few skeptics aside, his social-consciousness seems and sounds truly heartfelt.

    5. Smooth Criminal, Bad:



    This is a song we love more for the Moonwalk and the ‘leaning forward’ dance move more than the music, the gangster atmosphere and the guns. For a startled global audience, the magic that Michael presented with his head-spinning array of body benders was a treat like none other on the globe. For sheer audacity, creativity and backstage homework this more this deserves a mention!

    4. Heal the World:



    This was the first song that this writer ever heard from the MJ arsenal and it was not even out of an enthusiasm for music. It was in a classroom and the song was part of the school curriculum- in a country that is not USA! That is pretty much the best example of the impact this man has had on human culture with his music. The gentle singing and sincere emotion make it an instant classic- a song that Michael himself claims he is most proud of.

    3. Billie Jean, Thriller:



    Like many others to follow, this all time classic was inspired by Michael’s real life experience with a fan who claimed that he was the father of one of her twins. She apparently even sent him a gun asking Michael to shoot himself at a certain date and time; something she said she would do as well. While the woman was taken away, Michael came up with Billie Jean and that ensured his spot in history instantly!

    2. Earth Song, HIStory:



    It is not just the lyrics and the content in the song that makes it so special, but the production values of the video, which were way beyond their time- both in technology and costs. It was Michael’s biggest ever single in UK and still the popular anthem for environmental groups.

    1. Thriller, Thriller:




    Michael Jackson and Thriller – they now stand synonymous. Nothing before and nothing afterwards in the music industry has captured the hearts and minds of fans like Thriller. Its unique video and feat-tapping beats are universally recognizable… This is MJ’s trademark creation!

    That’s our top 10 and it still leaves out some awesome singles like ‘Man in the Mirror’, ‘Dirty Diana’, ‘Say Say Say’, They Don’t Really Care About Us’ and many more… Another proof of his prodigious talent!


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    http://trendsupdates.com/best-of-mic...e-king-of-pop/

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    Army of Love - MJ Fans United Worldwide

    Some of my MJ friends made this video in a united effort: Amy Grace composed and sang the song and MJbunny asked people to send in a photo of themselves with a heartshape in the photo. A heart as a symbol of love, mIchael's Army of Love.

    Great job ladies! Love the song and the video!! ( And I'm in it too, not saying when though)


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    Opinion: The day I met Michael Jackson, the day I'll never forget





    I grew up to the soundtrack of Michael Jackson's music. I waited my whole life to meet him. In a bookstore at The Palm Beach Mall the moment arrived.
    Ever since my parents took us to the Jackson 5 concert at the L.A. Coliseum, their very first major concert tour for their fist hit album, ABC (released in 1969), I’ve been a fan. Crowds of Victorville, California girls chased one of my brothers home from school every day thinking he was Michael Jackson under cover.
    “How silly of them,” I thought. “It’s just my brother Kerry.” Why would he be living on an Air Force base with an older brother and 2 sisters, one of whom is named…oh….nevermind.
    When Thriller was a hit and Michael Mania was at it’s 80s height, my brother Kerry would say to me, “Janet, he can’t possibly go any higher. He’s larger than life. Can you imagine him aging?"



    Kerry McNair



    Instead, Kerry didn’t age and 21 years ago, my brother died at the age of 29.
    If I ever got the chance to meet the real Jackson, I’d have so much to say. Security would have to intervene just to spare his ears. Jackson was more than an entertainer -- he was like family to everyone who remembers where they were when they first saw him Moonwalk at the Motown 25 television special. He was unbelievable.


    Does anyone remember Jackson doing the human beat box on Oprah’s prime time special at "Never Land Ranch?" This brother could sing simultaneous harmony with himself -- emphasis on the word “simultaneous.” One word sang out split into a chord with no special effects. Who does that?
    To hear the headline “Michael Jackson dead at 50,” was somewhat surreal. Just yesterday I heard what I described as, “The voice of an angel,” on a television advertisement singing.

    “You and I must make a pact.
    We must bring salvation back.
    Where there is love,
    I’ll be there…”

    It was Michael Jackson and his brothers. That voice led me on a series of thoughts starting with where my path crossed that of Jackson’s and ending with the one thing in life that is certain -- death.





    I was not a friend, but a fan who last saw Jackson in person in a bookstore at the Palm Beach Lakes Mall (West Palm Beach, FL). I believe it was April of 2005 and it was definitely a Saturday morning, almost as soon as the mall opened, and the crowds had not yet arrived.
    As soon as I walked into the bookstore, I noticed additional mall security. A security guard had already tipped me off at the coffee shop that Jackson was indeed in the building. No other shoppers were in the bookstore other than his undercover security detail posing as other shoppers. Once I checked out, it’s as if the mole on the cell phone told Jackson that a 40ish woman posed no threat. Without warning Jackson emerged from who knows where.
    I saw the build and stance of the slim man at the magazine rack. I vicariously knew it well. He was taller than I imagined. First, I saw the everyday Joe navy sweatpants. As my eyes traveled up, they took notice of how nearly transparent the skin on his left hand was. He moved slightly toward me as if thinking about greeting me, then back the other way. Finally, he turned toward me.
    This was it.

    My head slowly tilted up from the bottom of his pant leg, past those thinly skinned hands and at my moment to speak, I couldn’t. The moment arrived that I waited nearly all my life for and all I could muster was an upward head nod that tacitly said, “What’s up?” He waved hello. I think I was taken aback that he was wearing a Spider Man mask -- the whole Spidey head, not one of those front-half-only masks attached by an elastic string.
    About 30 minutes later, despite the mask or perhaps aided by it, a crowd of youth were running behind him screaming his name.
    “I love you,” he yelled back.
    So, just the night before he died, I remembered a botched meeting I’ll never have again. I sensed he could have used a friend, but knew I was just another stranger. I said to myself, I’m not certain of who I will or will not ever see again. But, one thing I am certain of is it is appointed to all of us to die.




    What I Am Certain of Regarding Michael:
    • He was one of the greatest entertainers the world has known.
    • He is America’s National Treasure but we bailed on him during controversy.
    • He popularized The Robot and did it again with the Moonwalk revolutionizing dance.
    • God gifted us Mozart, Elvis, and Michael. They all left us as young men.
    • Every pop and R & B singer of our times is heavily influenced by Michael Jackson.
    • Although he shouldn’t have had children staying over, it wasn’t because they were in danger by the hand of
    • Mike, but that Mike’s goodness was in danger of being abused by the same people who willfully drove their kids to a remote ranch and accepted expensive gifts and medical care from Jackson.
    • Michael single-handedly changed MTV.
    • Michael was overwhelmingly acquitted when he had his day in court. People should respect that fact.
    • There’s no place in the world that doesn’t know the name of Michael Jackson



    Invincible (2001)

    What I believe about Michael:
    • I believe a business man wise enough to buy a large chunk of the Beatle's music library was not broke.
    • I believe human leaches have been draining Michael for years now.
    • I believe Michael would not want people to forget about Farrah Fawcett & others whom we lost on
    the same day.
    • His last album Invincible (2001) is more amazing than the controversy dampened sales. Reflect. Pick it up.
    • Without mike,there would be no usher, no NSYNC, no Ne-Yo…no music video industry as we know it.
    Much of the world is going to remember where they were on June 25, 2009. Let’s celebrate his life and the deposit of positive energy that has revolutionized the music industry and changed the globe. What a gift God gave us in Jackson and Jackson gave us in song and dance.
    I believe my brother Kerry at some point today said, “Mike, fancy seeing you here.”


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    Michael Jackson-The voice of silence_Listen to your Heart

    Just the other day I was thinking about Michael, in between all those other moments of thinking about Michael, and the following words sprang to mind:

    Beautiful person
    with a beautiful soul
    so much to teach me
    and make me whole.




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    Love does not see with the eyes but with the heart. (Shakespeare)

    MICHAEL, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH... BECAUSE YOU EVOKE THE BEST IN ME.
    "If we can dream, we can do." (Walt Disney)
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    Two Tales of Compassion





    Stories Of Compassion From Two Different Periods” was a very touching email that I received on Thanksgiving Day from Krishna Kaul. Krishna, thank you so very much! It originally appeared on www.thesilencedtruth.com.

    As you read this true story, especially the second half, keep in mind that this was the same young man who would one day be crucified in the media as a “freak” and a “monster!” Is this how we treat our compassionate messengers and healers of the earth?





    Once upon a time, thousands of years ago in the holy land of India there lived a messenger of God who was called Gautam Buddha after he attainted nirvana. But before he was Buddha, he went by the name Prince Siddhartha. And here is a little story of kindness from the boyhood days of this man of great compassion and love.

    Prince Siddhartha was very kind to people, animals and other living things. Although he did not have to suffer any hardships and difficulties, as he had everything, he always thought of the poor people and living things who were working hard to make him happy. He felt sorry for them and wanted to make them happy too.




    One day he was walking in the woods with his cousin Devadatta, who had brought his bow and arrows with him. Suddenly, Devadatta saw a swan flying and shot at it. His arrow brought the swan down. Both the boys ran to get the bird. As Siddhartha could run faster than Devadatta, he reached the swan’s injured body first and found, to his surprise, that it was still alive. He gently pulled out the arrow from the wing. He then got a little juice from cool leaves, put it on the wound to stop the bleeding and with his soft hand stroked the swan, which was very frightened. When Devadatta came to claim the swan, Prince Siddhartha refused to give it to him. Devadatta was very angry to see his cousin keeping the swan away from him. “Give me my bird! I shot it down,” said Devadatta.

    “No, I am not going to give it to you,” said the Prince. “If you had killed it, it would have been yours. But now, since it is only wounded but still alive, it belongs to me.”�

    Devadatta still did not agree. Then Siddhartha suggested, “Let us go to the court of the Sage and ask him who really owns the swan.” Devadatta agreed, so off they went to the court of the Sage to tell him about their quarrel.�

    The Sage, hearing both boys’ version of the story, said, “A life certainly must belong to he who tries to save it, a life cannot belong to one who is only trying to destroy it. The wounded swan by right belongs to Siddhartha.”

    Kind Siddhartha, took the custody of the wounded swan and took care of it until it was ready to fly again.

    ************************************************** ******************




    Once upon a time in the holy land of Indiana was born a musical messiah, who was called the “King of Pop” after he created history with his music. But before he was the “King of Pop”, he was simply, Michael Jackson. This kind and compassionate artist was a great empath and felt the pain of entire mankind(esp children), animals and mother earth. He wanted to heal the world though his love and music and was much misunderstood in his lifetime. Here is a story of compassion from his younger days.
    One day in the spring, Majestik (a close Jackson family friend) and fledgling super star but not yet King of Pop, Michael were at the compound at Hayvenhurst, the Jackson home, just hanging out together. They were headed down the driveway to the studio at the back of the property. They were bantering back and forth in conversation while walking along. Majestik was talking to Michael when he realized Michael was no longer next to him but was leaning down looking at the ground and crying.

    He said “Michael, What are you doing?” Michael responded with tears streaming down his face, “Look it’s a baby bird and its dead!” Majestik not being of the same soft heart for nature as MJ and with his mind on where he was heading said “Michael, it is just a bird. There’s nothin’ you can do about it now. Man, its dead. Come on. We got to go. Let’s go.” Michael stood up and looked at him and in his soft voice and from his huge heart pleaded, “Majestik, this was a living creature with a heart and a soul just like us. We have to do something!”




    Majestik emphatically insisted, “What are you gonna do, Michael? It’s already dead. There’s nothing you can do now.” As he was trying to convince Michael to just keep walking he realized that Michael is now down on the ground on his knees, digging a hole with his bare hands to bury the bird, while saying “We have to bury it. We have to bury this bird. We can’t just leave it here and we HAVE to say a prayer for this bird.”

    He then finishes digging the hole, places the bird in the hole and covers it with dirt, as he finishes burying the bird he pats the ground gently with his hand, then stands and insists that Majestik stand right there with him over the new grave of the fallen bird while together they say a prayer. Michael leads the two of them in a prayer and asks God to bless the little baby bird and take it to heaven.


    They are done praying and Majestik again tries to spur Michael on saying, “Ok, come on now. Come on. We got work to do. Let’s go! We’re done. Let’s go now!” But Michael is riveted and ignoring his pleas, instead looks up realizing the baby bird had fallen to its death out of a nearby tree. Suddenly he ascends up into the tree. Climbing the tree to the spot of the bird’s nest, where he then carefully fixes the nest so no more birdie babies will fall out and die.





    His mission for God that spring day complete, he then climbs down. Brushes himself off and continues on with Majestik to the studio to work.

    I have to confess, my reaction would have been similar to Majestik’s. I might have noticed, oh, there is a dead baby bird and I would have felt bad. But I doubt I would have stopped, let alone take the trouble to bury it and even the added mile to make sure the rest of the babies were safe! Not because I’m cold hearted (far from it) but because, like most of us, a lifelong conditioning of growing up in 20th/21st century America, with toys, cars, processed food, TV and computers has separated most of us from the concerns of the natural world we live in. We move through nature most days like zombies, never really taking the time out to notice if our fellow creatures around us are in danger or distress. What is a baby bird’s life to most of us? It affects us not at all.

    Yet I can remember, as a small child, always wanting to stop and help the animals I saw. If I saw a dead bird, I wanted to bury it. But then I would hear the stern voices of my grandmother, or my parents: “Don’t touch that thing, it’s nasty. You don’t know what kind of germs are on it.” Thus, my initiation into the adult world.



    It's Not About Being Childish, But Child-LIKE...To Never Lose That Sense Of Wonder And Compassion.

    I have often spoken out against this myth of Michael Jackson as some eternal Peter Pan; some boy that never grew up. I think in a lot of ways, it is a myth (admittedly, one he himself helped perpetuate) that often times prevented the world from being able to appreciate the man. But all of his life, he did maintain an innocent, compassionate quality that was not childish, but “child like.” And thank God he did! He taught us that we do not have to separate the child from the man-or woman. As children, we are blank slates whose hearts are filled with love, compassion, and laughter. We hate no one. We love everything. A child, walking past a dead baby bird, would know intuitively that one dead baby bird means there are more baby birds nearby who may be in imminent danger, if you but bother to look up into the tree. The adult forgets these things.


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    Sometimes, even when I pass a roadkill possum, it occurs to me to think, “That might have been a mother with babies to feed. What if those babies are waiting in their nest, helpless, for a mother who is never going to return?” But the adult in me drives on, with adult issues too pressing and urgent to give orphaned possums more than a passing thought.

    Every day, we live in a world full of tragedies, sadness and sorrow that we never even take the time to notice, simply because we’ve been so conditioned to think that our human lives are the only ones that matter.

    Michael continues to teach us by example, even from beyond. Often, it’s not the biggest things he accomplished that matter the most. We can admire that he sold millions of records, made groundbreaking videos, and won every music award there is to give-often multiple times.

    But, in the end, are any of those things bigger or more important than stopping to bury a baby bird and to make sure its siblings were safe? Sometimes the things that will never make the headlines are the things that tell us the most about who that person truly is.


    Source: http://allforloveblog.com/
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