Thursday, July 31, 2008


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"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

Senator Barack Obama and his family are divinely covered by the prayers of the saints. Prayer is and will always be a powerful and divine tool used to access God's protection and provision.

Sidebar: Thanks to my blog sista, Noway, for the picture.


“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)

Thank you, Dr. Weems, for the above post.

When I read the above question and answer on your blog, I cried. My tears were tears of freedom because I knew that it was time to fly. It is time to give up being a caterpillar.

In the spirit of freedom, I say to my spirit, soul, mind and body, "KULIBAH!!! KULIBAH!!! LET THEM GO, UP ON HIGH, LET THEM GO!! IT IS TIME TO FLY."

SIDEBAR: I hope that you will not sue me for copyright infringement for reposting your post on my blog. The message was too powerful not to share.



Friday, July 25, 2008

Barack Obama regrets thrusting his two young daughters into media spotlight

(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)

Thursday, July 24, 2008


I, Attorneymom, refuse to watch another episode of CNN's “Being Black is Wack: Reclaiming A Dream That Was Never Meant For You Black Folks” series.

I am done. It is over.

Therefore, in an effort to celebrate what is right about the Black Community, I would like to turn our attention to one of the panelists on the CNN episode that aired this past Saturday. His name is Jabali Sawicki and he is the founding principal of the Excellence Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant located in Brooklyn, NY.

SIDEBAR: During the panel discussion, he was not given much of an opportunity to speak. I think it was because he was too optimistic in his view. And besides, he is actually making a difference in the lives of young boys of the darker hue. Who would want to hear such a positve and uplifting story about black males????

According to The League Online,

"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...."

According to the School's website:

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

I guess this is the closet we can get to a positve song. Enjoy!!
Good Day - DJ Greg Street ft Nappy Roots

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

CNN presents: Black in America

How does it feel to be black in America?

That is the question CNN Worldwide tackles in its unprecedented 4-hour documentary series. CNN Presents: Black in America. Forty years after the death of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., CNN Presents takes an unprecendented look at the state of black America. The success, struggle, pain and pride. How far has it come? How much is left to be done?

The Black Woman & Family -- premieres Wednesday, July 23, 9 p.m. ET
Theirs are stories of struggle and success, of great joy and great sorrow. Meet the Rands -- a diverse family with both black and white roots -- a microcosm of what it means to be black in America. CNN followed the Rands for more than a year -- their highs and their lows. It's a journey that led us far beyond just one family to broader issues of health disparities, the impact of HIV/AIDS, the education gap and the taboos of interracial marriages and single black women choosing not to marry.

The Black Man -- premieres Thursday, July 24, 9 p.m. ET
Fifty years ago, Little Rock Central High became a battleground in the struggle for civil rights. CNN goes back to Little Rock to look at the state of black men in America through several black men of the LRCH class of 1968. For a deeper perspective, the sons and grandsons of these men are profiled to explore the realities and perspectives across generations. What has changed for these men since the assassination of Dr. King? What is the status of "the dream"? CNN investigates the most critical issues and obstacles affecting African-American men today, dispelling myths and taking a hard look at some disturbing statistics. (Source)


Attitude is Everything - by Francie Baltazar-Schwartz

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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Ten Inspirational Quotes

  • Don't think of God in terms of forms, because forms are limited and God is unlimited. - C.S. Lewis
  • If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. - Dalai Lama
  • When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. - Wayne Dyer
  • Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted. - Deepak Chopra
  • If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? - Dogen
  • Deep down in me I knowed it was a lie, and He knowed it. You can't pray a lie - I found that out. - Mark Twain
  • Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering. - Ram Dass
  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought. - Buddha
  • No other success can compensate for failure in the home. - McKay

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Willie Lynch Issue

I feel somewhat bad for the brother.


And this isn't to say that Jesse Jackson isn't responsible for the current backlash being leveled against him or doesn't deserve it, he does, but still I can't help but hold a small amount of sympathy for the brother.

I do. Because, for all the years and years of foot soldier work that Jackson performed during the Civil Rights Movement, for all the injustices he spoke and marched against, and for anything he's ever stood for or against in the name of equal rights...when it's all said and done, none of that will really matter.

Sadly, it will forever come down to Jackson's shown character during the shining moment that an aspired and well-educated black man, Barack Obama, arose from said oppression in search of the same justice, civil liberties and political power that the reverend himself once fought for, yet was never able to attain.

In others words - Jesse Jackson, this is your defining moment.

I sat and listened to the remarks which presidential hopeful Barack Obama made concerning, amongst others, the missing fathers within the black community. A brutal and well-known truth which, I assume, gave birth to Jackson's embrassing caught-on-tape reply.

I agreed that many black men are painfully absent within the lives of their children and could stand to do better. That goes without saying. But I, like Jackson, also agreed that Obama aimed his comments towards sought-after right wing voters. He did.

No matter how much I support Barack Obama and would love to see the brother become the 44th President of the United States I never fail to realize that he's still a politician. So when Jackson remarked how Barack Obama was 'talking down to black people,' I actually agreed. Unless of course black men are the only race of men who are missing from their child's life.

But regardless of how I personally feel, when I look at the Big Picture, I did feel as though Obama's politically-driven words needed to be said. I refused to let my own personal fears interfere with the Big Picture, which I felt Jackson did. I cannot say whether or not Obama was calling Jesse Jackson out. Honestly I don't care if Obama was.

I can only say that during the dark moment I read where Jesse Jackson - the same man who spoke out against rap artist Nas when the popular rapper was set to name his upcoming album a derogatory remark, himself refer to another black man as a 'no-good half-breed nigger,' it reinforced my belief towards one great truth in particular.

Willie Lynch aint never lied.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hope is a Beautiful Thing

"I think people are hungry for change." - Michelle Obama

Hopefully, if and when Barack Obama takes the oath to become the 44th President of the United States, it will signal Change. A change amongst the mindset of all Americans - male, female, black, white, hispanic, rich, poor, people of all race and social standing. I hope that everyone can view the monumental event as a time of great reflection concerning the good, the bad, and the ugly history of America. At least I pray we can.

As the world moves into a contradicting time of both certainty and uncertainty regarding nosedive economics, endless wars, universal health care, racism, loss democracy, and other issues which stand to ruin this expected great nation of ours...I feel it would be wise for everyone to free their minds for one shining moment, and understand the poignant message being undoubtedly conveyed - the face of America has spoken.

Hope is making a comeback.

A Stranger Passed By - Author Unknown

I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
"Oh, excuse me Please" was my reply.
He said, "Please excuse me too; Wasn't even watching for you."

We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said good-bye.
But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.
Later that day, cooking the evening meal,

My daughter stood beside me very still.
When I turned, I nearly knocked her down.
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown.
She walked away, her little heart was broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.

While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,
"While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use,
But the children you love, you seem to abuse.

Look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.
Those are the flowers she brought for you.
She picked them herself: pink, yellow and blue.
She stood quietly not to spoil the surprise,
and you never saw the tears in her eyes."

By this time, I felt very small, and now my tears began to fall.
I quietly went and knelt by her bed;
"Wake up, little girl, wake up," I said.
"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"

She smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.
I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."

I said, "Daughter, I'm sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."

She said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay. I love you anyway."
I said, "Daughter, I love you too, and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."

Are you aware that:
If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family -- an unwise investment indeed. (Source)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ten Inspirational Quotes

  • Time heals what reason cannot - Seneca
  • One today is worth two tomorrows - Franklin
  • Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely - Auguste Rodin
  • Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils - Hector Berlioz
  • You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it - Charles Buxton
  • You may delay, but time will not - Benjamin Franklin
  • It is never too late to be what you might have been - George Eliot
  • We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch - John F. Kennedy
  • Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend - Diogenes Laetius
  • Nothing is worth more than this day - Goethe


On last night, I took my usual daily blog visit to What About Our Daughters and found a posted comment from Dr. Karin Standford in response to “activist” Najee Ali using her 10 year old daughter’s name and likeness in his open letter (rebuke) to Rev. Jesse Jackson. I decided to read the statement aloud to my mother who is currently visiting me.

My mother and I were alright with Dr. Standford’s “statement” until I read the 4th paragraph. She states, “In the end, I just want my daughter to grow up respecting her dad and me, for the work we have tried to do to help our community and for loving and protecting her.”

(Sidebar: Darn, Gina closed the comment section. Well, I guess I will have to post my comment on my blog)

WT_? For some reason that statement infuriated me. I felt like she was attempting to stick the dagger further in Mrs. Jackson’s and her children’s hearts. Either she still has the hotz for rev. Jackson or they are still having an affair.

I have no respect for any person – male or female – who knowingly has an affair with a married person and then shows no remorse for his or her actions. She and rev. Jackson exhibited extremely reckless sexual behavior by a) having an affair, b) not using a condom and c) bringing a child in the mist of their whoredom.

Not once has Dr. Standford publicly apologized to Mrs. Jackson for being Jesse’s “jumpoff”. That’s right, Professor Tracey, I called her a “jumpoff”. Whatever happened to us women sticking together??? Can the Jackson family get a little contrition on your part??

I don’t give a rat azz if their marriage was “arranged” as you stated in your interview by Tavis Smiley. You had no right to sleep with a married man. A man you knew was married. Like a good concubine or jumpoff, you made sure that you would forever be apart of (or at least tied to) rev Jesse’s life by having his baby. I am not convinced that you did not know that Najee Ali was contemplating the use of your daughter’s name and likeness in his open letter to rev. Jackson. I am sure he had your implied (if not direct) consent.

I can not say what I really want to say because I am a too nice of a person. Besides I need to take my behind to bed.

Notwithstanding my tiredness, I must add Dr. Standford to my “Sit Your Azz Down” list.

For those of you who feel that I let rev Jesse off the hook, please read my post Character Check, 1-2-1-2.

The Supremes - Love Child

Sunday, July 13, 2008


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

As I read the above passage, I am amazed by the faith of Paul and the early church. These men and women were truly committed to Gospel of Jesus Christ. They did not allow persecution, famine, perils, nakedness or death prevent them from being committed to living out their faith and sharing it with others.

Do we have the same level of commitment to Gospel of Jesus Christ as the early believers?? Have we allowed the cares of this world to uproot the seeds of the Gospel of Jesus Christ from the gardens of our hearts???

Let’s take a moment to examine our hearts and minds to determine where we are in our Christian walk.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Son: Gospel singer not yet told of wife's death

A gospel singer critically injured in a Pennsylvania highway crash has not been told of his wife's death.

A son of the Rev. Timothy Wright says his father is alert and recognizes him. But the family isn't disclosing further medical information about the Brooklyn, N.Y., pastor. The 61-year-old Wright is in intensive care at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.

Wright and his wife were returning from a church conference in Detroit on Interstate 80 when their vehicle was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver. The July 4 crash killed Wright's wife, Betty, their 14-year-old grandson, D.J., and the other driver.

Rev. Wright is aware of his grandson's death.

"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)

Reverend Timothy Wright - Jesus, Jesus, Jesus:

Thursday, July 10, 2008

God Shall Not Be Mocked - Author Unknown

It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7):

'Be not deceived; God is not mocked:

for whatsoever a man sow,

that shall he also reap.'

Here are some men and women who mocked God :

John Lennon (Singer):
Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said: 'Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was OK, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more famous than Him' (1966). Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times.

Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil):
During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency. Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died.

Cazuza (Brazilian composer, singer and poet):
During A show in Canecio (Rio de Janeiro), while smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said: 'God, that's for you.' He died at the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER in a horrible manner.

The man who built the Titanic
After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be. With an ironic tone he said: 'Not even God can sink it.' The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic.

Marilyn Monroe (Actress)
She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show. He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said: 'I don't need your Jesus'. A week later, she was found dead in her apartment.

Bon Scott (Singer)
The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang: 'Don't stop me; I'm going down all the way, down the highway to hell.' On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his own vomit.

Campinas (year 2005)
In Campinas , Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend. The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand, who was already seated in the car: 'My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You.' She responded: 'Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause Inside Here.....It's Already Full.' Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died, the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact. The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken.

Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer)
said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written. In June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle.

Tupac Shakur (rapper/actor)
appeared in Crucifixion upon an upcoming album cover. He was shot four times and died a couple months before the album hit stores.

Many more important people have forgotten that there is no other name that was given so much authority as the name of Jesus. Many have died, but only Jesus died and rose again, and he is still alive...


Jesus said
, 'If you are embarrassed about me, I will also be embarrassed about you before my father.'

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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 ~

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


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

The tragic story of LaVena Johnson

In July '05, while serving her country in Iraq, 19-year old LaVena Johnson died.

She was found with a broken nose, black eye and loose teeth, acid burns on her genitals (presumably to eliminate DNA evidence of rape), a trail of blood leading away from her tent and a bullet hole in her head. From all accounts, Johnson died a horrible death.

Do you want to know something even horrifying? Army investigators ruled her death a suicide.

I could be wrong, although I have a feeling I am not, but I find it hard to believe that the Army would actually expect anyone, nevermind her mother and father, to believe this young lady committed suicide. Especially with the amount of disturbing physical wounds and evidence which marred her body.

In a story in The New Zealand Herald (click link to read article) on Wednesday, Tracy Barnett wrote about the obvious cover-up which has taken place surrounding the tragic death of this American soldier. I personally could not believe what I was reading. It's one thing for this young lady to die at the hands of one of her own. But it's even more shocking once you consider the unspeakable manner in which the Army has treated this eye-opening story. It's almost as if they could care less whether or not anyone is brought to justice for this brutal crime.

"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."

Military cover-up:

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

"Freedom is priceless. I am free to live in peace within myself. I keep my focus on my inner peace." -- Rev.Dr. RUTH DEATON

Ten Inspirational Quotes

  • To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others - Albert Camus
  • There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you - David Burns
  • Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities - Aldous Huxley
  • Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind - Alice Meynell
  • Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress - Epictetus
  • Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances - Benjamin Franklin
  • There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying things which are beyond the power of our will - Epictetus
  • You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution - Robert F. Kennedy
  • Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it - J. Petit Senn
  • Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities - Aristotle

Monday, July 07, 2008

Surprises, Life is Full of them by Devlyn Steele

It’s true, life is full of surprises. You never know where and when, but truly there are endless surprises anywhere and everywhere. They can be around any corner just waiting for you… I’m not kidding, you better watch out. It’s waiting and ready to jump out, so keep your eyes wide open and look.

Turn that corner and you could meet a new friend or lover; in the bookstore, coffee shop, grocery store, who knows? Turn another corner and find a new job. Around the next corner and there’s an apartment or house that just came available. A fantastic book, an art exhibit that blows your mind, a restaurant that is a culinary dream, a movie you never heard of, a lecture, a sunset, a song, who knows?

Laugh at a good joke, be amazed at a story you are told, discover character revealed in a new person in your life, or slow down and discover the hidden treasures in people you already know. Open a drawer and a photograph lies there, reminding you of a special moment or person. Stand in awe as your child plays.

Look up and see the special beauty in your partner that only you know. Feel that tingle flow through your blood, allow yourself to get connected with your inner joy. You saw that beauty when you fell in love; see it again as you allow yourself to. Catch a glimpse and get surprised by the amazing person in your life. The beauty in your life can grow. It can surprise you more with each day.

All day long there are surprises waiting, you can find yourself smiling. You can discover a client who appreciates your efforts, a boss that knows your skills, an employee who will go the extra mile for you, a neighbor who offers a hand.

“Surprise, surprise, surprise!” -Gomer Pile

You don’t want to miss it, do you? Yet, you might have stopped looking and you are missing it every day. You walk right past life’s surprises in the rush and rut of your routines. It could be you just stopped believing in surprises altogether.

Too many disappointments and you don’t think that relationship, job, house, fun, joy, or spark is out there for you. You spend your days head tilted down as you turn the corners, so you miss it! You don’t even catch a glimpse. You wake up not expecting life to surprise you; but just to get through the day.

Imagine if you woke up excited believing that each day was full of surprises waiting for you to discover? If instead of your head down as you follow your tired routine, you look around for joy. How exciting would that be, as you begin your day?

Do you really know your street, your neighborhood, or the surrounding areas? Surprises are all around you and you don’t have to go far to discover them and increase the joy in your life. Gas prices rising, travel difficult? That cannot stop you from living life. Decide to get surprised right where you are, each day. Stop in that shop you’ve never been to, take a new route, bring fruit or flowers into work for everyone, stop and say hi to someone’s pet, answer the phone without checking Caller ID, call someone you haven’t phoned in a while, go ASK for that raise, see what happens? Whistle a happy tune you remember from childhood. Pay attention to the things that make you excited to be alive.

Your job, your family, your expenses and your responsibilities do not have to be a prison that bars you from life. Your past is not today. Don’t live your life in the rear view window, or with the blinders down, or downcast eyes. Start believing.

Can’t figure out what you want, what your next move is? That’s ok, let life surprise and guide you. Let yourself enjoy the art of discovery and you will feel a new sense of connection that will naturally guide you, if you let yourself become aware.

It all starts with your belief. Believe that there are surprises and you will discover them. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. Each surprise you discover will strengthen your spirit. Each surprise will make it easier to find the next one. Find them moment by moment and day by day and you will all-of-a-sudden be living a life of joy and abandonment.

Start your day excited because you are about to be surprised! You have no idea what you will discover. You will be in the day, you will allow the day to unfold its joys, and you will be surprised at what you discover. Surprises: your life is full of them.

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Ebony Magazine list The 25 Coolest Brothers of All-Time

First off, props to Ebony Magazine for the respectable manner in which black men are being shown. I think that has to be said. At a time in America where the black male culture stands to be re-defined, I think it's an inspiring as well as timely edition. Although I am sure there are others, besides these twenty-five men, who could have made the BLACK COOL list I have to believe this is nevertheless a welcomed occasion.

This collector's edition (August '08 publication) features eight different covers. Amongst the Marvin Gaye cover, others are Jay Z, Muhammad Ali, Billy Dee Williams, Prince, Barack Obama, Denzel Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson. To find out all 25 black men selected, I am sure that the list will eventually become posted across the web. But, for those who truly believe this to be a collector's edition, you may want to purchase each magazine.

Also, I decided to post the Marvin Gaye cover due to what happened April 1, 1984. I remember awakening and hearing my grandmother crying. I walked into her bedroom to see her draped in tears while watching television. The news spoke of singer Marvin Gaye's murder/death. It took me awhile to understand the impact which Marvin Gaye had upon my grandmother.

After years and years of listening to his music I finally understood why she was so touched. I came to find that not only was she saddened by the loss...but many, many more human beings as well.

Marvin Gaye sings The National Anthem:


Acclaimed Gospel Singer the Rev. Timothy Wright was critically injured in a wrong-way collision on I-80 in Greene Township, Pennsylvania on this past Friday.

The accident claimed the lives of Rev. Wright’s wife of 37 years, Betty Wright and their 14 year old grandson, D.J. Wright.

Rev. Wright, 61, remains in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.

Rev. Wright and his wife were the co-pastors of Grace Tabernacle Christian Center Church of God in Christ located in Brooklyn, NY.

Rev. Wright and Betty are the proud parents of 5 sons.

Sidebar: My favorite Rev. Wright song is "Trouble Don't Last Always." That song helped me get through the bar exam.

My heart and prayers go out to the Wright family and the members of Grace Tabernacle Christian Center COGIC during their time of grief.

Rev. Timothy Wright's Interview

Rev Timothy Wright "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus"

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Nelson Mandela no longer considered a terrorist in USA

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.

"Today the United States moved closer at last to removing the great shame of dishonouring this great leader by including him on our government's terror watch list," said Senator John Kerry.

The bill now heads to the White House, where it is expected to be signed by President George W. Bush in time for the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner's 90th birthday on July 18.

"Nelson Mandela does not belong on a terrorist watch list - period," said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. "The Senate's vote today will help fix a problem that has caused injustice to South African leaders and embarrassment to the United States."

In April, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged a Senate committee to remove the restrictions on the ANC party, calling it a "rather embarrassing matter that I still have to waive in my own counterpart, the foreign minister of South Africa, not to mention the great leader Nelson Mandela." (source)

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


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Kimberla Lawson Roby, New York Times Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed best-selling novels CASTING THE FIRST STONE, HERE AND NOW, and her debut title, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, will discuss her new book, ONE-IN-A-MILLION, with Cathy Holloway Hill on Wednesday, July 2, 6:00 p.m. est, on blogtalkradio: Sign up for a free autographed copy of Kimberla’s new book, One-in-a-Million, by visiting and registering your name. Details for registering are listed on Cathy’s site. Several winners will be selected, and the winners will be announced on the July 2nd show!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Ten Inspirational Quotes

  • Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box. -Italian Proverb
  • As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more. -Jules Renard
  • Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think. -La Bruyere
  • For hope is but the dream of those that wake. -Matthew Prior
  • They can because they think they can. -Virgil
  • Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. -Thomas Jefferson
  • Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances. -Benjamin Franklin
  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. -Confucius
  • The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. -Earl of Beaconsfield

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