Hymn to LeBron James

Written by Sabine Demosthenes

After a little summer break, listening to this 70’s hit Summer Breeze, I’m ready to tackle the remainder of the summer!

I wasn’t really on a break, as Ross told Rachel on a Friends episode, since I have been working with The NorthSide team. We’ve been filming our kick-butt (I’m must be careful with my language!) YouTube talk show with the magnificent Educated Fool, Donnie D! Let’s say we’ve been having some serious fun.

Montreal was, again, the city to be in for summer. Osheaga, the Just for Laugh Festival, the International Jazz Festival, the African Nights Festival, the FrancoFolies and a lot of cool concerts were part of our summer “repertoire”.

Let’s get back to business shall we…

The last few weeks have been interesting. LeBron James is not only the crowned king of Los Angeles, but he is also the People’s King.

Why?

You may have heard or read that this fine gentleman created a very promising school. Some people were not very happy, or probably jealous (hint: 45), and lashed out with their stupidity on Twitter. LeBron James is clearly not intimidated by this kind of bullying. He is still focusing on the positivity surrounding him (a legion of people all around the world are admiring his good heart and his talent).

To King James, we promise to follow you.

Before I forget, a quick shoutout to Jalen Rose and Molly Qerim – the First Couple of ESPN!

They got married two weeks ago. When I learned this beautiful news, I did a little happy dance, like Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (The Tom Jones one) in our VR during our camping trip. Guys, if you are sports and pop culture fans, check out their shows and podcasts on ESPN! You won’t regret it at all.

I will end this editorial with one question mark:

I wonder if Kobe Bryant is asking himself why he didn’t think of being more of a philanthropist instead of focusing on who is the greatest basketball player of all-time?

I’m just saying…

http://www.lebronjames.com

Jalen and Jacoby Show on ESPN

Molly Qerim Instagram

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Thursday interview with Gregg Farineau from The Sharpshooter Funding!

I’m happy to share an interview with one of the members of the Sharpshooter Funding (SSF) family with you. He is truly one of sweetest people I talk to, and we both love the language of Molière! It’s fun to share this interest in the beautiful French language with someone.

His name is Gregg Farineau and he is the Director of Sales at Sharpshooter Funding.

It’s showtime!

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What do you like most about Montreal?

Well, I have been to Montreal only once, about 10 years ago. I am from France and old Montreal reminded me of back home quite a bit. I also thought the night life was unreal! We went out to Club Opera as well as the W Hotel, and a few other spots I really enjoyed. The city definitely has a lot to offer.

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 Now you have joined the dream team, I’m talking about The Sharpshooter Funding team. How did it happen?

Well, I have known Dallas for over 20 years and I knew about Sharpshooter right away when it started so I asked him if there was ever an opportunity for me to jump on board to let me know. The opportunity came around January of 2017 when Paul asked Dallas if he knew anyone who speaks French, as there was a lot of potential business coming out of Quebec so I joined the team without hesitation.

Do you have plans to expand your services to small companies in Quebec?

We are offering our services to all businesses in Quebec, we just require that you have been in business for at least six (6) months, so that we can show you what we can offer you in terms of working capital options.

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Since I love talking about sports and music, can you tell us which NFL team you are rooting for to win the Super Bowl (The Steelers, I hope)?

I would have to say the Baltimore Ravens, I was always a Ray Lewis fan and since we have a few players (past and present) from the team helping represent us they are my pick for the Super Bowl.

The Ravens have beaten The Steelers this weekend, I’m a little sad… Oh well, I wonder if they may face each other during the Playoffs. It’s really cool to see that some players (past and present) from the Ravens are supporting the Dream Team. My next question is about music. Let’s see what he says….

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You seem to be a big music fan, what is the best memory you have from a concert?

There have been so many great moments at music festivals and concerts that I have been fortunate enough to attend; it would be hard to narrow it down to one. I would have to say Empire of the Sun at Ultra Music Festival in Miami (2014) or the M83 in concert in Calgary last year were the two that come to mind right away.

My last question is what makes the SSF team The Dream Team?

Well, I think we work well together as we have all the pieces to make this a successful company. We have Bret as our spokesman as the majority of Canadians know who he is, myself and Dallas are motivated, hard workers and Paul is the whole brains of this operation who has an unrelenting work ethic. All these things combined make this a success and hopefully we can keep growing and keep helping as many businesses across Canada for years to come.

Thank you Gregg for this nice and cool interview!

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Last night, Dallas Hart and Gregg were at a fundraiser for The Sait Chinook Lodge Foundation. This foundation  is promoting education for the Indigenous community.

You can actually exclusively some pictures of this special event. I would like to thank the SSF ”Sharpshooter Funding” team to share with us those pictures.

I’m very proud that the Sharpshooter team is getting involve with some amazing Canadian charities.

It’s a pleasure interviewing the members of The Dream Team. More interviews will come on The Chronicle about their ventures and we will add in it some Pop Culture references, sharing some music knowledge and others interesting subjects to talk about.

Let’s the beat goes on!

Sharpshooter Funding Dallas Hart and Gregg Farineau

By the way, pink is a really cool colour.

https://www.sharpshooterfunding.com/

 

 

Resilience

On this much cooler Friday morning, I am looking through the window from my seat on my train ride to Montreal and admiring the beautiful trees and the leaves with all of those vibrant colours
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I’m listening to the song Reflektor from Arcade Fire and I’m so saddened to know that so many people are losing their love ones and their homes, but not their spirits in hurricanes, earthquakes and volcano eruptions.

I feel so helpless but seeing their resilience gives me, and probably you, the strength to keep going and continue showing them compassion. Maybe even showing some compassion to those less fortunate in our own country.

I was so moved to learn that in Bali, the Balinese are making kitchen appliances and toilets at their refugee camps. Instead of playing the victim, they are choosing to be resilient and strong. 

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There is this beautiful, strong woman called Kalek. She is Balinese and a mother of two beautiful children. Kalek, her family members, workers, and other Balinese have taken others under their wings, ensuring that they have food and a place to stay.

When you hear stories like this, your heart just melts. It brings me more faith in humanity. Kind people are still around us. We just have to open our eyes and our hearts.
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I feel so blessed and lucky in life but sometimes, in a way, I have this survivor‘s guilt and helplessness. But, by talking about these issues on The Chronicle, I hope I can help in any capacity to raise awareness and perhaps bring myself some closure too.

In Canada, there is an amazing charity called The Shoebox Project. Actually, it’s very literal, you put items in a shoebox such as creams lotion, lipstick, shampoo bottles, anything you can think that a woman may need.
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The foundation will give those boxes to women in shelters within the country. Caroline, Jessica, Vanessa, and Katy Mulroney are the force being this wonderful charity. The really cool part is that it can even be a project done internationally. I find it powerful that four sisters, four compassionate womens are giving back to the society like this. It’s really a powerful message and an act of unity.
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I am currently collecting my shoeboxes (a really good excuse to buy more shoes! Hahaha!! Poor husband.) and starting to fill them with useful items.

I think, all together, we can make the world a little brighter by helping each other.

What do you think?
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Beautiful Olivia

I remember the first time I saw Olivia Harrison and it’s seem it was like yesterday… It was when I first saw the videoclip ”Real Love ”from The Fab Four on tv.

 

I saw how lovingly she was looking at her husband. The kindness of this look was a beautiful thing to witness.

To me, Olivia is a warrior. A warrior of her husband’s legacy. A warrior of bringing light into the hearts of many people with The Material World Foundation.

Olivia Harrison and Shankar Family

I really admire her humility. If you haven’t had the chance to watch ”The Leaving in a Material World” documentary she co-produced with Martin Scorsese, it really is one of the best documentaries you will see. Especially if you are a fan of George Harrison or even if you are a fan of watching documentaries.

She was blunt but delicate. There is no bullshit with Olivia and I love it when someone doesn’t take any crap. In 1999, she was clearly was a fearless warrior when that horrible home invasion happened.

This week, the Thursday Maestro goes to this wonderful lady who is contributing, in her own way, to making the world a better place with her philanthropy, her spirituality, and her gentle soul.

 

 

Peace.

One of my favorite song