About Last Night


Old Vegas
The beaury of Old Vegas at night. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)
It’s my birthday week and as part of the celebration I joined a group of friends for my inaugural trip to Las Vegas.

To be completely honest, I am underwhelmed. The weather is great and the sites I’ve seen are interesting, but can I say I’m pining to return – NOT!

I guess the fact that I’m not a gambler plays a large role in that decision. Add to that I’m not a member of the “Mile High” club with loads of discretionary cash just waiting to be blown and my initial thoughts of “Sin City” remain.


Bellagio Water Show
One of the highlights of the trip, a beautiful musical light show in front of the Bellagio. (Photo by Shelley M.Shockley)
As I sit in the Casino writing this one observation that amazes me is the number of children spending there vacations in Las Vegas. Not to be totally judgmental, but WHY?! I mean how bored are they and how much fun can the parents have?

Also, who started the rumor that as long as you are playing you are drinking? I haven’t played a lot, but not once has a waitress asked me if I wanted a cocktail! Actually as I sat playing no one appeared but as soon as I got up, a gentleman seated two machines over received a drink! I wondered aloud, “How much do you have to play to get a drink?” His nonverbal response was “nothing,”so my response was “She must like the way you look!”


Stratosphere at night
Night view of The Stratosphere. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

All in all, a good vacation thanks to a good group of people and some good sights. 

Bedford Hts. Mayor Fletcher Berger featured panelist this Friday

Panel seeks to bring values and morals into the home to combat violence in the community


Cleveland, OH – The violence plaguing Northeast Ohio has prompted many organizations into action and Messiah International Ministries, a local church will host a Panel discussion on “Real, Deep, Relationships” this Friday, October 2, 2015, at 7 p.m. as part of these efforts.

Apostle Phyllis Fosh-Carter, founder of the “Journey to the Well Experience” ministry at Messiah International Ministries said of the discussion, “This is an opportunity to prayerfully bring more values and morals into the homes to aid in combating the violence in the community.”

The program, open to everyone, will address many issues including Building Trust, Godly Relationship Foundations, Healing from Past Hurts and Communication. To facilitate this dialogue, the assembled  panel  includes Bedford Hts. Mayor Fletcher Berger; Pastor Barbara Dillard and Evangelist Tracy Goodlow of Church of the Living God; Apostle Rodney and Sharon Tucker of Kingdom Life Ministries; Karyn Buggs a Training and Development Coach as well as Apostles Harold and Phyllis Carter.

Further explaining her goals Apostle Carter said, “We are giving the community the knowledge and tools to be empowered and have a better attitude as citizens.”

WHO:      Mayor Fletcher Berger of Bedford Hts., OH,  Apostles Harold & Phyllis Carter,                      Pastors of Messiah International Ministries    

WHAT:     Journey to the Well Experience, a Panel Discussion

WHERE:   Messiah International Ministries, 98 Center Rd., Bedford, Ohio 44146

WHEN:      Friday, October 2, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.