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Family redefined with the Praise Warriors and Script Hop 101

Family redefined with the Praise Warriors and Script Hop 101

Marriage and family are key structures in most societies. While the two institutions have historically been closely linked in U.S. culture, their connection is becoming more complex. The relationship between marriage and family is an interesting topic of study to sociologists. The question of what constitutes a family is a prime area of debate in family sociology, as well as in politics and religion. Social conservatives tend to define the family in terms of structure with each family member filling a certain role (like father, mother, or child). Sociologists, on the other hand, tend to define family more in terms…
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Six words that can save marriages.

Six words that can save marriages.

“Because Battling over a household chore? Your request is more liable to be fulfilled if one magic word is used: because. Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer found that people are more willing to comply with an appeal if you simply provide a reason—any reason. But  We’ve all been told not to use the word “but” for an apology (as in, “I’m sorry, but…”), which comes off as an excuse and feels like a less-than-sincere mea culpa. In a series of experiments, however, psychologists Sandra Murray and John Holmes discovered the word can have a magically protective effect in relationships. They had couples…
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Current day politics made me walk into this space

Current day politics made me walk into this space

Honesty is one of the treasured values of human being. Living life honestly means opening oneself freely and exposing one’s true self to others. Honesty is essential because it acts as the glue holding people together. Moreover, honesty helps a person to conquer problems and excel in his life. However, is this always right to tell truth? First of all, honesty is the foundation upon which a person builds any relationship with his loved ones such as family or friends. By being honest to his loved ones, he will make them feel that they are trustworthy and closed enough for…
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Its Women’s History Month: What did the first woman to present a case to the United States Supreme Court wear?

Its Women's History Month: What did the first woman to present a case to the United States Supreme Court wear?

Mrs. Jewel Stradford Lafontant was the first woman of any color to present a case before the United States Supreme Court. That occasion presented her with an unusual problem. Lawyers presenting cases before that august body have always, by tradition worn white tie, striped trousers, and tailcoats. Mrs. Lafontant consulted with various males in her profession, but none of them had the slightest idea of what a woman in that position might wear. One suggested that she appear before the Supreme Court in a long white evening gown. In the end, Mrs. Lafontant solved the problem herself by designing an…
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Is your legacy your testimony?

Is your legacy your testimony?

“Dear Family, I am sure this letter may be difficult to read. It is difficult to write. It is both painful and joyous. The reason I am writing is to thank you. How do you say thank you that means that because of you and your daughter, I am alive to speak any words at all? I am alive for fifty-one years to continue living. The importance and immense meaning of the gift you and your daughter have given me, truly cannot be expressed in words. I can try, though. I must try because I think you should know that this life…
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What do you do when you feel powerless?

What do you do when you feel powerless?

It’s 2:21 am, and I can’t sleep. I crawl out of bed and drape my exhausted body on the couch in front of the TV. Late night TV is usually an effective sleeping pill. The microwave dings, announcing that the water is hot enough to make a cup of Sleepy Time tea. But the TV images and words bring me fully awake. In high definition, I see a colorful red, yellow, and white circle spinning across a map of the Carribean. I hear words like”catastrophic” and “150 miles per hour”. The scene morphs into a long line of people hugging their life necessities…
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All I want for Christmas

All I want for Christmas

It seems everyone is talking about Christmas and gifts and sales. Children are making lists of all the things they want. They know that Santa is on his way with all kinds of toys and goodies. Parents are working hard to help Santa make all their dreams come true. It is also a time of parties and pageants, lights, and laughter. T’is the season to be jolly at all costs!  And the costs seem to be getting higher and higher.  At this writing, there are 24 more days to get it done. For Christians, there is also another reason for the season.…
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The power of words

The power of words

The following wisdom was put forth in a video I watched when Dave Chappelle sat with Maya Angelou. It was poetry. “Words are things. You must be careful, careful about calling people out of their names, using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives and all that ignorance. Don’t do that. Someday we’ll be able to measure the power of words. I think they are things. They get on the walls. They get in your wallpaper. They get in your rugs, in your upholstery, and your clothes, and finally into you.”[1] “Maya Angelou spoke this truth, and it resonated with me. Resonated…
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Everyone has a soul story

Everyone has a soul story

While I was away, I spent time reading, listening to, and watching people whose journeys and messages resonated with me.  It was uplifting and affirming. However, the power of their stories is minimized if I don’t  share them with you. Here is one from Caroline Myss, the author, and internationally acclaimed wellness speaker. She has devoted her career to studying why people don’t heal. What she has come to realize, she says, is that ‘the instrument to heal is the soul.’ She asks each of us this question: “Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to move on from past…
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Being you is the right thing to do.

Being you is the right thing to do.

Sitting in the large stadium enjoying the commencement festivities, I watched graduates exchange enthusiastic handshakes for rolled-up pieces of paper symbolizing the successful end of a season. Apparently graduates brought along their own cheering section with specific instructions on how and what to scream. In the midst of the noise, the echoes in my mind traveled back to my graduation day at Ohio State University. As I walked across the stage, I looked down at my beautiful engagement ring and squeezed the simulated diploma. I just knew that I was walking into that happily ever after I had been waiting…
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