Date / Time: 7/25/2008 9:00 PM EST
CALL IN NUMBER: (646) 478-4750
JOIN GINA AND ATTORNEYMOM AS WE INTERVIEW NECOLE BITCHIE FROM THE NecoleBitchie.com and CLARISSA GOODLETT FROM ColorOfChange.org.
Date / Time: 7/25/2008 9:00 PM EST
CALL IN NUMBER: (646) 478-4750
"For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds...." 2 Corinthians 10:4
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16
“How does one become a butterfly she asked?” she asked pensively.
You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.
(Post taken from Something Within blog)
(CNN) — Days after Barack Obama granted the first television interview with his entire family, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said he regrets thrusting his two young daughters in the media spotlight.
"I think that we got carried away in the moment," Obama told NBC Wednesday morning. "We were having a birthday party and everybody was laughing, and suddenly this thing cropped up, and I didn't catch it quickly enough and I was surprised by the attention it got."
The comments came five days after the Illinois senator allowed Access Hollywood reporter Maria Menounos a sit-down interview with his entire family, including daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha 7. The television show billed it as the first interview with the whole Obama family. (Source)
"Under Mr. Sawicki's leadership, Excellence aims to prepare its young boys to enter, succeed in, and graduate from outstanding college preparatory high schools and colleges. In August 2004, Excellence welcomed its inaugural group of 88 students in grades K-1. A new Kindergarten class will be added each year to eventually serve grades K-8.
As the first all-boys charter public school in New York City, Excellence represents a response to the alarming trends that threaten the long term success of African-American males. Those trends include higher school drop-out rates, lower graduation rates, and, for those who do graduate, lower rates of college-preparedness.
Steadfastly committed to "the long journey between now and 2020" - when Excellence's first class will graduate from college - Mr. Sawicki draws his faith in the ability of high quality education to elevate the lives of urban boys from his own personal and professional experiences...."
In the 2006-07 school year (the first State testing year for the school), Excellence 3rd Grade students took the 2006-07 New York State English Language Arts Exam (Winter) and the 2006-07 New York State Mathematics Exam (Spring).
3rd Grade State Test Results: Focus on Literacy
On the 2006-07 New York State English Language Arts Exam, 92% of Excellence 3rd Graders scored "Advanced" or "Proficient," making Excellence one of the highest performing public schools in New York City and State.
On this exam, Excellence boys outpaced the State's 3rd Grade girls and boys by 25 points, a significant achievement given the fact that females scored close to 10 points higher on this exam than their male peers.
"Advanced" or "Proficient," making Excellence one of the highest performing public schools in New York City and State.
On this exam, Excellence boys outpaced the State's 3rd Grade girls and boys by 15 points.
These State exam results and other accountability data can be found in Excellence's 2006-07 Annual Report, which can be accessed in pdf format by clicking here
Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"
He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.
Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"
Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, 'Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.' I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life."
"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.
"Yes, it is," Jerry said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut way all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live life."
I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.
Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center.
After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.
I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?"
I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. "The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," Jerry replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live."
"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked.
Jerry continued, "The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read, 'He's a dead man.'
"I knew I needed to take action."
"What did you do?" I asked.
"Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes,' I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breathe and yelled, 'Bullets!' Over their laughter, I told them. 'I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."
Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:35, 39
"We believe God is going to completely heal him," he expressed, according to the
'New York Daily News.' "All we got to do now is just trust in God. We may not
understand it now, but we know all things work together for the greater good." said the 29-year old David Wright, one of the couple's five sons. (Source)
There are two days in every week about which we should not worry.
Two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One of these days is yesterday with its mistakes and cares,
Its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.
Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday.
We cannot undo a single act we performed.
We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone.
The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow.
With its possible adversities, its burdens,
Its large promise and poor performance.
Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.
Tomorrow's Sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds,
but it will rise.
Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.
This just leaves only one day . . . Today.
Any person can fight the battles of just one day.
It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternity's -
yesterday and tomorrow that we break down.
It is not the experience of today that drives people mad.
It is the remorse or bitterness for something which happened yesterday
and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.
Let us therefore live but one day at a time.
~ Jennifer Kritsch ~
The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,
But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. Proverbs 21:5
"The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want the most for what you want now." - Zig Ziglar
"I'm telling you there is no pain like it - there is no pain like it in this world. My daughter, the way they took her and what they did to her - it's inhuman. I did not believe my daughter was placed among a group of predators. They treated her like an animal ... " Linda Johnson, mother of the deceased, said, then added quietly: "And she was fighting for this country."
The U.S. Senate has approved a bill to remove former South African president Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress from the US terror watch list.