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Feb 12th


Memorial Day means gardening for many

Memorial Day means gardening for many

Get out the shovel and trowels – its Memorial Day weekend and that means gardening for many.  Spend a bit more time getting your garden off to a good start and reap the benefits all season long.  Proper planting and post planting care means less maintenance, fewer pests and more produce and beautiful flowers in your landscape.

Start by selecting healthy plants free of insect and disease problems.  There’s no need to spend money on problems.  And keep in mind that bigger is not always better.  Instead look for compact plants with sturdy stems.  The leaves should be deep green or the proper color for that variety.  Avoid plants that show signs of stress such as spots, brown leaf edges, and holes.  And when all things are equal, purchase the perennials with multiple stems.


What does it mean to be humble?

"…And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)

I few years ago, I participated in a Bible study at work that provided some wonderful insight on the topic of pride and humility. I have always been a person with a high sense of self esteem, and I believed that it was this confidence in self that allowed me to be successful in life. As I matured, I acknowledged that it was also my ego and pride that fueled me.


Gone to Ghana: One year and growing

This week marks my one year anniversary in Ghana.

I have learned so much on this journey I decided to dedicate this column to the top 10 things I have learned since moving across the Atlantic. I shall list them in descending order.

10. Being Practical Does Not Make Sense - At age 30 I learned I could do whatever I wanted to do, no matter how impractical it seemed to the outside world. Now, since I live without the restrictions of logic the grass does seem a little greener. In fact, the mantra of my life has now become, “Eh, why not?”


Blacks want better TV shows – or do they?

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Nearly all African-Americans polled – 97 percent – say they are unhappy with the Black TV programs currently on air. Seventy-five percent say they want more documentaries, 71 percent prefer more history, 68 percent desire to see more independent films and 59 percent would like to see more news, according to a new study conducted by Target Market News, a Chicago-based organization that tracks Black consumer market trends.
But what Blacks say they want and what they’re watching are two different things.


Man Talk: Think like a man?

The topic of thinking like a man was first presented in a book by Steve Harvey and more recently in a move titled with the same name.  On Saturday, May 18th at the Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis, Dr. Karen Flynn, assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois presented the keynote message questioning the topic of thinking like a man. I was asked by LnL Consulting to be on the panel for the discussion that followed the presentation, and I was excited to be a part of the powerful discussion.


Forgiveness and redemption Mother confronts, embraces son’s killer

Forgiveness and redemption Mother confronts, embraces son’s killer

On Feb. 12, 1993 three lives changed forever.

One life, Laramiun Byrd’s, just 20-years-old at the time, ended abruptly with four gun shots – three to the chest and one to the head. The shots were fired from a then 16-year-old Marlon Green, who later changed his name to Oshea Israel. Israel’s life was the second to be forever altered by the ill-fated encounter.


Man Talk: The ugly truth about suicide

With the recent death of Junior Seau, former professional football player, the subject of black suicides has again reared its ugly head. With other notable suicide deaths by Don Cornelius, Donny Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman, and Frankie Lymon, not including the untold number of those who never make the headlines, we are no longer able to deny its existence in our community. Suicide is an ugly reality in the black community that must be addressed through all of our public and private conversations and dialogues.

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