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No need to fear, just calm the atmosphere: Children and mental health disorders
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No need to fear, just calm the atmosphere: Children and mental health disorders

I have two wonderful boys named Austin and Chris ages 9 and 4.

I describe Chris as an “old soul” that is calm and reserved, slow to react, and when he speaks, his words are meaningful. Austin’s personality is comparatively like mine, independent, robust and he has an attitude to be reckoned with. Austin’s birth was just like his personality — very tough. I was diagnosed with placenta previa, which caused me to give birth to Austin six weeks early, October 2010 instead of December. As I observed Austin’s behavior develop, like any mother, I prayed for the best; especially since he was considered premature.

Pastor Vernell Thomas and First Lady Loretta Thomas celebrating 49 years of ministry
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Pastor Vernell Thomas and First Lady Loretta Thomas celebrating 49 years of ministry

pastor-and-first-lady-thomasOn October 18, 2015, Pastor Vernell Thomas and First Lady Loretta Thomas will celebrate 49 years of service at Greater Saint Paul Church of God in Christ. And again this year, I am writing an article recognizing them during this momentous occasion. I do this as a tribute to all pastors because pastors help build strong families and communities. I do give special recognition to my Pastor and First Lady because they have the distinction of having 49 years of service at a single church. I believe this is truly phenomenal and noteworthy. I would like acknowledge them again by sharing some valuable lessons that I have learned from watching and listening to them.

Are you happy? Here are five ways to tell
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Are you happy? Here are five ways to tell

smile questionWhat does happiness look like to you? Do you wake up every morning thinking about how happy your life is? Truth is, not many of us do. Most people go through life looking for ways and situations that will make them happy. The definition of happiness means many different things to different people. To me happiness is spending time with family over meals and good times. We laugh, eat, play games and talk about old times.

20th anniversary of the Million Man March
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20th anniversary of the Million Man March

[caption id="attachment_25640" align="alignleft"]the million march manen.wikipedia.org[/caption]As I prepare in my heart and mind to attend the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March on October 10, 2015, it is hard to wrap my mind around what has happened these last 20 years. My then 10-year-old son Tim II will turn 30 on the day of the march, and he is a father of two sons, Tim III and Titus. My son and I have both had several firsthand experiences of the abuse of power by the police, and we both wonder when this system of racial inequality will be replaced with one of fairness and justice. This current system of justice cannot be allowed to continue.

Motivational Moments: Being excited about what’s next
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Motivational Moments: Being excited about what’s next

[caption id="attachment_25638" align="alignleft"]stockvault-school-children130955stockvault.net[/caption]Are you excited about what’s next for you on your journey of self-growth? Are you looking forward to a brighter future? Does the thought of new adventures make you smile? If any of these are true for you, then you are in good company! I know so many people who are living this exact life. They are individuals who are working on goals and achieving them.

Seniors bring lifetime of skills to workplace
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Seniors bring lifetime of skills to workplace

scsinstitute4cAt a Labor Day gathering, I was talking to a business professional who related his experience in hiring older adults. He was very direct: “They show up on time, they have a solid work ethic, and they bring customer service skills with them so they need minimal training.” That’s a strong testimonial, and one worthy of a generation of older adults who understand the importance of hard work. Many seniors grew up during the Depression or World War II and experienced deprivation and struggle. They quickly learned that the secret to keeping a job is showing up and giving your best.

What it means to be a “grand” parent
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What it means to be a “grand” parent

titusA couple months ago my 12th grandchild was born. Titus is a handsome baby boy born to my son Tim II and his wife Shaunte, and my 9th grandson who will carry on the Houston name. While some of my family and friends have nice alternatives names they prefer their grandchildren to use, I prefer the title “granddad”. Just consider the synonyms for grand – outstanding, majestic, splendid, magnificent, and you understand why. Grandparents are just that, “grand”, and as grandparents, we are uniquely tasked with enriching our grandchildren’s lives.

Motivational Moments: Happiness is…
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Motivational Moments: Happiness is…

[caption id="attachment_25556" align="alignleft"]stockvault-brightness116234stockvault.net[/caption]The strangest thing happened to me the other day. I was talking with an individual about what makes a person happy. He stated how he does not know what true happiness feels like. He also stated that he has been unhappy for most of his life. His story made me so sad. Not because he had this negative outlook on life, but because he didn’t realize what would make him happy.

Seasonal relationship tips to live by
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Seasonal relationship tips to live by

[caption id="attachment_25494" align="alignleft"]stockvault-romantic-couple-watching-the-stars176433stockvault.net[/caption]Fall is in the air, and this season is changing right before our eyes. Relationships have their season as well, and it is similar to what you would expect to see in nature. Leaves will begin to change colours, days will get shorter, and temperatures will begin to drop. Whether it is the fall, winter, spring or summer, they all require change and adjustments. The sooner you are able to determine the season you are in, the easier it is to make the right type of adjustment. Here are a few seasonal tips to live by.

Motivational Moments: Who’s in control?
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Motivational Moments: Who’s in control?

[caption id="attachment_25492" align="alignleft"]stockvault-businessman-through-the-keyhole---creative-solutions-concept176927stockvault.net[/caption]Is there something that you want to do right now but fear keeps you from doing it? Is there some place that you always wanted to go, but fear continues to tell you that it is not the right time to make that move? Maybe it’s loved ones who keep telling you that you need to wait until the time is right to do make your dreams come true. If this is the case with you, then I ask, “Who’s in control?” Fear should not be a reason why you do not follow your dreams! What others think about your dreams and goals should not be your concern either.

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