Friday, May 30, 2008

We Live by Choice, Not by Chance

Nowhere is this more evident than in the choices we make about how to use our time. This is what separates the winners in life from the losers. It isn't luck, genetics, timing, or knowing the right people. It's what we do with the 168 hours that we get each week. There are some distinct differences between the way winners and losers view time, talk about time, and use time. Here are some examples:


They kill time
They waste time
They lose time
They let time slip away
They take time for granted
They squander time
They can't find time

They use time
They spend time wisely
They value time
They organize their time
They treasure time
They schedule time
They make time

I don't want to imply here that anyone who's ever wasted time is a loser. We all do that occasionally. I'm talking about people who waste so much of their time that they end up wasting their lives. I also don't want to imply that having fun or relaxing is a waste of time. I emphasized the importance of that in Chapter 3. Some people actually need to schedule more of it into their lives. The key is balance. The main point here is that the people who succeed in life understand that time is their most valuable resource. It's a resource that's distributed evenly. Everyone gets twenty-four hours a day. It's what we do with it that defines our lives.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


We spend an exhausting amount of time criticizing politicians and world leaders as oppose to praying for them. Although our criticisms may be justifiable, the Bible gives a better alternative to criticism and that is to pray for them. Let us begin or continue to pray for our church, government and corporate leaders so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. Selah.

Be slow to criticize and quick to pray!!!

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time

1 Timothy 2:1-4 KJV

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

FOX News contributor makes outrageous statement concerning Barack Obama

While commenting on Hillary's Robert F. Kennedy's gaffe, Liz Trotta, Fox News Channel contributor first referred to Barack Obama as "Osama." Then she laughed that they should both be killed.


Appearing on Fox News on Sunday, Liz Trotta, a former editor with the Washington Times and reporter for the Chicago Tribune and Newsday, was asked by the host, Eric Shawn, about the Clinton controversy and the 2008 race. This led Trotta to refer to the Clinton misstep.

Trotta, according to video, replied, "And now we have what some are reading as a suggestion that somebody knock off Osama, uh Obama. Well, both, if we could." She laughed.

The host, Shawn, clearly understanding how far she had gone, quickly commented: "Talk about how you really feel."

Then he continued: "But do you really think that--she didn't mean that she thinks that he going to get assassinated, and she apologized..."

Trotta: "Well, that's beside the point, whether she meant it or not."

This morning, Trotta appeared on Fox News with Bill Hemmer and offered an apology, while also suggesting her remark was nothing particularly unusual this year.

She said, " Oh yes, I am so sorry about what happened yesterday and the lame attempt at humor. I fell all over myself, making it appear that I wished Barack Obama harm or any other candidate, for that matter, and I sincerely regret it and apologize to anybody I have offended. It is a very colorful political season, and many of us are making mistakes and saying things we wish we had not said."

here to sign the petition to have Liz Trotta Fired.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Keith Olbermann reprimands Hillary Clinton for her assassination statement

Friday, May 23, 2008


I am deeply appalled by Hillary Clinton's latest comments regarding Bobby Kennedy's assassination to justify her decision to continue her bid to become the Democratic Presidential Nominee.

Is she covertly alerting the Klan or the Neo-Nazi Groups to take out Senator Obama??

Wow, this Democratic Presidential Nomination bid has really exposed how racist the Clintons seem to be.

It is official. I must add Hillary Rodman Clinton to my "SIT YOUR AZZ DOWN" list.

Sidebar: Barstowmama, a youtube blogger, said it best. Warning the video contains foul language.

Hillary Clinton Assassination Comment Kennedy Obama Shocking


Dear Mr. Angry Independent:

Shecodes, Professor Tracey and I would like to invite you to appear as our guest on the Queen's Council Blogtalk Radio Show on this coming Tuesday, May 27th, at 9:00 PM EST to discuss your post.




P.S. I promise that you will be treated with the utmost respect. At least by me and Sheecodes. LOL

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Words of wisdom

Wisdom is the sharing of wise experiences and knowledge, but a lot of it is common sense.

The difference is how we apply this common sense - we all have the ability to keep going even when we face challenges in our lives . Basically, it comes down to your attitude. We can have a positive attitude towards life, or a negative attitude. We can focus on the good or we can focus on the bad.

Keeping a positive mental attitude is one of the keys to success.

So, no matter how much life makes you want to holler, keep it within your heart that you are going to maintain a postive attitude. With all that positive energy, eventually, a change will come. It will.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Can you recall an instance where you felt a sixth sense?

A father put his three year old daughter to bed. He told her a story and listened to her prayers. She ended her prayer by saying “God bless mommy, God bless daddy, God bless grandma, and goodbye grandpa.”

Father said, “Why did you say goodbye grandpa?”

The little girl said, “I don’t know, daddy. It just seemed like the thing to do.”

The next day grandpa died. Father thought it was a strange coincidence.

A few months later, the father put the girl to bed and listened to her prayers, which went like this: “God bless mommy, God bless daddy and goodbye grandma.”

The next day the grandmother died. My gosh, thought the father, this kid is in contact with the other side.

Several weeks later when the girl was going to bed, the dad heard her say “God bless mommy and goodbye daddy.” He practically went into shock. He couldn’t sleep all night and got up at the crack of dawn to go to his office. He was nervous as a cat all day, had lunch sent in and watched the clock. He figured if he could get by until midnight he would be OK. He felt safe in the office, so instead of going home at the end of the day he stayed there, drinking coffee, looking at his watch, and jumping at every sound.

Finally midnight arrived. He breathed a sigh of relief and went home. When he got home, his wife said, “I’ve never seen you work so late. What’s the matter?”

He said, “I don’t want to talk about it. I’ve just spent the worst day of my life.”

She said, “You think you had a bad day. You’ll never believe what happened to me. This morning the mailman dropped dead on our porch.”

Sunday, May 18, 2008

911 Operator: "I Don't Give a S***t what happens to you."


Public Enemy- 911 is a joke


I found a youtube video of R. Kelly singing I BELIEVE I CAN FLY to his daughter JO JO over the phone.

I cried when I first saw this video a few months ago. It is touching.

I had no idea that R. Kelly was married until his wife appeared in Essence Magazine in 2007. Click here to read the entire article.

According to Essence, R. Kelly and Andrea (pictured below) had been married for 11 years and have three children - two girls, ages 9 and 7, and a 5-year-old boy.

My heart goes out to R. Kelly's wife and their children.

**Photo Credit: David Anthony for Essence Magazine


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Inappropriate behavior

The high-profile R Kelly trial is upon us.

As you all know, famed R&B singer Robert Kelly is finally about to walk into a court of law and face child pornography charges. If found guilty, he could go to prison for up to 15 years.

Kelly, 41 years old, was indicted on June 5, 2002, after the appearance of a videotape which police and prosecutors say shows him having sex with a girl as young as 13. But the woman identified as the victim says she is not the one in the video. Regardless, the judge has ruled that the videotape may be shown in open court. Coincidentally, the Grammy Award winner singer has settled three lawsuits accusing him of having sex with under-age girls.

Which leads me to this...

How incredibly inappropriate this is?

In an era where little girls are being kidnapped, sexually abused, and/or found murdered, what could The House of Dereon (re: singer Beyonce & mom Tina Knowles clothing line) could have possibly been thinking when it decided to take basically kindergardners and model them in "club-hopping" attire?

Which leads me to this...

Should the female in the R Kelly trial be held just as accountable, since she knew R Kelly was over 18 and that she shouldn't be involved with him sexually? Is R. Kelly the sole person in this situation who should be facing charges?

Whose responsible for the undeniable fact that young females are "growing up" entirely too fast? How in the world can a mother and father shield their young daughter from temptation when television programs, Internet, radio, music videos, and even fashion magazines seemingly encourage such behavior?

Friday, May 16, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Has America lost all consciousness?

I understand how no one can help a person who doesn't want to be helped. I understand this truth, with all my heart. If a person doesn't have it within his or her heart to reach out and seek medical attention, then what exactly can be done?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

But what is to make of it when Grammy Award-winning and talented singer Amy Winehouse is clearly dying right before our eyes. Of course there are alot of Amy Winehouses in the world. Perhaps you too know someone who has a terrible drug addiction, and travels along a horrific path of inevitable death. The difference being - that particular person isn't on TV every single day.

Question: do you think Hollywood and its staunch supporters bear great responsibility to not necessarily help Amy Winehouse get much-needed help, but to at least cease to give her the star treatment which I have to believe corrupts the mentality of our easily-influenced youth?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


You see, I was in a good mood until I found the following video.

I am really trying not to put anyone under the age of 18 on my SIT YOUR AZZ DOWN list. But Marche Taylor is making me rethink my policy.

Sidebar: Did I miss something?? Was Marche wearing a prom dress in the video??? Where are Marche's parents or guardian??? As a matter of fact, I should put her mother, father or guardian on my SYAD list. How can you allow a 17 year old to walk out of your home wearing fabric swatches for a prom dress??? WTH????

Monday, May 12, 2008


I am in a good mood tonight. I feel like throwing it back to 80s and early 90s with songs that added the extra beat to my heart. Songs that encourage us to love. Songs that put smiles on our faces. Black men singing about pure love. Brothers and sisters singing about crushes. I just love good music with meaningful and priceless lyrics. No drama songs. Just songs that express one's feelings about the opposite sex. Okay, just one drama song by Mint Condition.

Sit back, relax, watch and listen to my selection.

Sidebar: What are five of your favorite songs that invoke the same or similar emotions?





Mint Condition "Breakin' My Heart" live

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day...

shwana, ushana, and ALL the mothers in blogland. Best wishes to a very satisfying, fulfilling, and blessed day.


I'll Always Love My Momma - The Intruders

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Spiritual Friendship

Spiritual Friendship is the most basic ministry of spiritual guidance in which two or more friends - on a relatively equal basis - support, encourage, and pray for one another on their journeys. This informal ministry reflects the centuries old "soul friend" tradition in Christianity.

Thus, friends are persons who join hands in a covenant of love. Some of the most fruitful occasions of spiritual guidance occur in serendipitous moments between friends who open their hearts to each other and share their dreams. A spiritual friend is one who makes time for you, cares when you have nothing to offer in return, rejoices over your successes, and weeps over your failures. It has been noted that Christ kisses us through the love of our friends.

In Scripture, David and Jonathan made a covenant of friendship before the Lord - even though Jonathan's father, Saul, was insanely jealous of David. Solomon wrote, "Friends love through all kinds of weather" (Proverbs 17:17). Jesus and the disciples were soul friends, as were He and Mary, Martha and Lazarus.

Today, when two or three people help one another by offering spiritual counsel to get through life's confusing maze, they are practicing spiritual friendship.

Question: do you have friends who you can honestly say that spiritual friendship is being practiced? To those who are unable to obtain such, what advice would you give?

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

What is your favorite biblical story?

From the biblical stories of The Prodigal Son, Moses, Peter, Paul, Jesus, Daniel, Job, David, amongst others, I am sure that everyone has a kindred relation to a certain bible story, in particular. More so than the others.

I personally have always been fascinated and enlightened with the story of King David. From the manner in which he, above all, worshipped God and wrote some of the most touching scribes (psalms), I have always been extra touched. I always felt that David's story is analogous to those of other human beings.

Question: what is your favorite biblical story? Why?

Monday, May 05, 2008

Oprah believes there are many paths to Heaven

I came across this interesting YouTube video, where talk show host Oprah Winfrey made reference to a theme penned in the book Ismael by Daniel Quinn.

In the video, Oprah states how she believes that if a person's love, kindness, and generosity brings that particular individual to the same place that another persons' belief via the Son of God, Jesus Christ, it doesn't make any difference. She says "there couldn't possibly be just one way" to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Question: is Oprah simply intellectualizing the biblical concept, as one of her viewers stated? Does she have a point? What are your thoughts?

Saturday, May 03, 2008

The Question of Prosperity and Success

There are no free-lunches, and there is no such thing as something for nothing. This is a universe of law and order. Things do not just happen. Everything, without exception, is a result of a seed of one kind or another.

I personally believe this to be a truth.

Question: do you believe that prosperity and success come from "who you know" or the "seeds you sow."

Friday, May 02, 2008

The Paradox of Our Time

The paradox of our time is that we have
multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too much.
We've learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We've added years to life, not life to years.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce;
of fancier houses, but broken homes.
These are days of throw-away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.
It's a time when the lights are on, but no one is at home.

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