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Moments of Mindfulness: And Nothing Less; Truth is of No Color

Moments of Mindfulness: And Nothing Less; Truth is of No Color

 “The 19th Amendment had first been introduced in Congress in 1871. But Congress’ unwillingness to pass it meant women could only vote in states that had passed woman’s suffrage laws. By 1919 that had come to include 27 states, but not New Hampshire. Granite state women would have to wait for the state of Tennessee to become the 36th state to pass the 19th Amendment before they could vote for President in 1920.”[1]And there is so much more to do! Join me in a fascinating, energizing, educational, and empowering discussion about how African American women participated in the battle to…
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Moments of Mindfulness: Pandemic Myth Busting with Dr. Valda Crowder

Moments of Mindfulness: Pandemic Myth Busting with Dr. Valda Crowder

“You can call it a germ, you can call it the flu, you can call it a virus. You know, you can call it many different names. I’m not sure anybody even knows what it is.” – President Trump- Why do some people get really sick, but others do not? Are the models too optimistic or too pessimistic? Exactly how transmissible and deadly is the virus? How many people have actually been infected? How long must social restrictions go on for? Why are so many questions still unanswered?[1] The confusion partly arises from the pandemic’s scale and pace. Worldwide, at least 3.1 million people have been infected in less…
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Moments of Mindfulness: How do you spell HOME with Gale Morgan of The Mather?

Moments of Mindfulness: How do you spell HOME with Gale Morgan of The Mather?

How have you changed how you feel about HOME in the last six months? During the pandemic, HOME has become forever energy posing as classrooms, daycare, science labs, offices, churches, gyms, potential technological nightmares, playgrounds, and hospitals all at the same time. Physical space that used to feel sufficient, and often spacious, now feels like “not enough.” Nursing homes have necessarily become barriers to physical expressions of love and a barometer of how successfully our country is winning the pandemic war. The powerlessness of the season has motivated feelings of concern about the future of the housing market, the economy,…
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Moments of Mindfulness: “Love in Action” with the late Congressman John Lewis and NPR’s Krista Tippett

Moments of Mindfulness: "Love in Action" with the late Congressman John Lewis and NPR's Krista Tippett

First  Corinthians 13: 4-8 says “Love is patient and kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. … Love never ends”. Wikipedia says, “Love is considered to be a positive and negative: with its virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection, as “the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another”; and its vice representing human moral flaw, akin to vanity, selfishness, and egotism, Author Glennon Doyle Melton expresses love as a message from God, and I quote:  “When you were born, I put a piece of me in…
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Moments of Mindfulness: What About the Children?

Moments of Mindfulness: What About the Children?

You love, you marry, you have children. Mothers are children’s first teachers from the womb. Yet, at some point, parents realize that the multiple intelligences of their children need enhanced nurturing. Their minds and spirits need challenge and encouragement and outlets to creativity.  The subtle byproducts of healthy educational systems are critical life skills to include confidence, embracing diversity, good communication, high ethical standards, honesty, teamwork, the ability to listen, authenticity, selflessness, understanding, and empowerment. Children are unlimited possibilities waiting to be born. And yet, we pay those we trust with their advancement approximately 20% less than similar professions.[1] Enter,…
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Moments of Mindfulness: “And They Call it Puppy Love”

Moments of Mindfulness: "And They Call it Puppy Love"

Inspired by the pandemic crisis, this 1970s love song title means something fun and new to me. About two months ago I fell in love. It was sudden and it was powerful. His cuteness came into view about a half a block away. I stooped down on one knee and whispered loudly, “Are you a Westie?” I knew Puppy Otis heard me because he immediately began to run to me, dragging his humans out of their leisurely walk. Puppy Otis panted as he ran, “There is Miss Tyra! She looks like she needs a hug, and I have one. I…
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Moments of Mindfulness: History is paying us a visit.

Moments of Mindfulness: History is paying us a visit.

This week I received a not so gentle email reminder of the timeless nuance of history. It included newspaper clippings from the early 19th century. Women sat at typewriters working while wearing face masks and gloves. People gathered at a market to buy and sell necessities all wearing facial masks. Of course, I was drawn to the women’s picture- frame hats and how creatively they had fashioned a stylish face mask to wrap around the hat. If was also a reminder of our inconvenient truth of today. But alas, a light in the darkness! The poem  “This is Timeless…” was…
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Reflect, Restore, and Reposition with Brandon Cosby of OAR

Reflect, Restore, and Reposition with Brandon Cosby of OAR

JAIL is a result, event-driven, choice involved, power stripping, a visible shift. However, within the jail cell inside each inmate is the power of transformation. Transformation is process-driven, choice involved and resides internally. Opportunities, Alternatives & Resources, (OAR) is missioned to rebuild lives and create a safer community with opportunities, alternatives, and resources for justice-involved individuals and their families. OAR is a local non-profit restorative justice organization providing human services since 1971. Its history has its roots in the highest principles of human rights, and the most practical applications of a community’s enlightened self-interest and citizen action. Its origins can be…
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Reflect, Restore, and Reposition with author Margery Leveen Sher

Reflect, Restore, and Reposition with author Margery Leveen Sher

“America is an idea. It is a culture of tolerance. All different colors and religions can live in coexistence. All can contribute positively. This idea must be a leader in the world. This idea must be preserved. If anything happened to this idea, it would be very bad for the rest of the world.”—Zaheer Iqbal, immigrant from Pakistan Author Margery Leveen Sher sets the stage for our conversation in the following words. “This book tells some of the continuing stories of immigrants to our country. The American Dream is not dead, and it is certainly not a myth. It is…
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Reflect, Restore, Repositioning attitudes towards health as we age with Dr. Gloria Ivey Crowe.

Reflect, Restore, Repositioning attitudes towards health as we age with Dr. Gloria Ivey Crowe.

You exercise. You eat right. You’re in pretty good shape for someone your age. Still, getting older can bring on health problems as our bodies change. Not everyone will get them. But some medical conditions become more common or more serious after we get a few decades under our belts. Getting older can be a triple whammy. You lose muscle as you age. That makes it harder to keep the pounds from creeping up. You also become less active. At the same time, your body burns fewer calories for the same physical activities as when you were younger. You probably…
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