The Loss of Whitney Houston – Talent and Heart

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Every year I have need for more and more personal sympathy cards. Maybe it’s because I know a lot of people or maybe because I’ve lived in a number of places. Maybe it’s just my age, but it seems that every year I learn of more deaths of people I knew. Sometimes that person is a stranger, but my sadness is real because they feel like family. Such was the case this weekend, with the sad and sudden passing of Whitney Houston.

Whitney Houston was an amazingly talented woman who, unfortunately, had her struggles though the years. While all the talk in the past few days has been about her tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown and her issues with drugs and alcohol, I prefer to remember Whitney as a mega-talented singer and a woman who donated much of her time and money to charity.

Whitney Houston had an incomparable voice. One just had to hear the few opening notes of her classic rendition of “I Will Always Love You” to know that she had a talent second to none. What some people may not know was that she was devoted to charity giving. She ran her own organization, the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children, which helped children with such issues as homelessness, cancer and AIDS. She was also involved with other equally important causes, such as the United Negro College Fund, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and the Children’s Diabetes Foundation.

I will be writing a sympathy card for Whitney Houston, and I hope it can find its way to her daughter Bobbi Kristina, who must be devastated at the loss of her mother. So even though I never actually knew her, I choose to remember Whitney for her grace, glory and spirit. I hope you will too.

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Earle W. February 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Yes, I agree to remember her for her talent and charity, we all have issues, if someone says they don’t that person is a liar. I prefer to think of Whitney as the BIG TALENT that she was. We can all be thankful she pass through our lifetime. May her soul finally be at rest.

Daniela February 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Whitney Houston will always be remembered for her amazing voice. Many of her songs will be heard for many years to come.

Michelle February 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Earl, You are correct, we all have issues, but when you are a celebrity, somehow the media needs to share and exploit it with the rest of the world. Imagine if EVERY persons privacy was respected? The word would be a better place. But, back to Whitney’s death, it is a shame, but remember, it’s no worse than a poor child born with terminal cancer, who lives out there short life in a hospital. So, instead of sending a sympathy card to Whitney’s daughter, try sending a card to a anonymous child at your local children’s hospital and put a smile on a childs face. Just my opinion….

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