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Apr 16th

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Yo’ Money and Mo’ Money: Strategies for Financial Wellness

Yo’ Money and Mo’ Money:  Strategies for Financial Wellness

One of my favorite lines about money comes from the vintage movie, Trading Places, which features Eddie Murphy as a petty con-artist, Billy Ray Valentine, who is befriended by two billionaire brothers, Mortimore and Randall Duke.  In their social experiment, the Dukes seek to discover what would happen in Billy Ray’s life if he were given an opportunity to have a good paying job, a nice car and home.  As the brothers begin to justify their “kindess,” they turn to Billy Ray to assure that he fits the stereotype of a “poor, Negro” by asserting:  “I’m sure that you came from a broken home,” to which he quickly replied: “Yeah, we were broke, so what?”

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Watching anything good this summer?

Well, we’re a little more than half-way through these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. You can tell because the barrage of back-to-school commercials, which started in July, has intensified. Like holiday advertising, they seem to begin earlier every year (the Pearson-McNeil household is already prepared)! Besides the back-to-school ads, the escalating plugs for the new fall line-ups have me excited about TV again. What are you watching this summer?
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Dating & finding a mate that fits you

Years ago, there was a song by Smokey Robinson entitled:  “You’d Better Shop Around.”  The lyrics of the song tell the story of a mother who is preparing her son to take his time in order to find true love.  The mother says to her son: “Just as sure as the winds gonna blow, there is one thing I want you to know, women come and women go—before you tell em that you love em so…my momma told me, you’d better shop around.”  So naturally today when I work with individuals and couples around relationship issues, I often recall the lyrics of the song.  In fact, I think of dating as being very similar to the process of shopping.
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Only one hand required

Only one hand requiredThe only thing better than a big juicy burger is a little juicy burger. Mini burgers, dubbed sliders, are all the food rage today because they “slide” right down your throat in a delightfully delicious way.

Sliders seem to have invaded lots of party menus lately. They are easier to eat because of their bite size goodness and they seem to be mysteriously better tasting too. They'll satisfy the appetites of all ages.
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How to throw a great BBQ

How to throw a great BBQWarmer weather means it’s time to take the party outdoors. But don’t settle for simply doling out burgers and dogs on a paper plate.  Unique party themes and dishes can help you wow your guests from the comfort of your back porch.  Here are some ideas to consider before your next barbeque:

Pick a Theme
A party without a theme is like a song without a rhythm. It provides the beat of the party and informs all creative decision making, from food to music to decoration. 

No matter where you live, consider a summer beach theme, encouraging guests to wear bikinis and board shorts. Other great themes include a Hawaiian luau, a Texas BBQ or a southern hoedown. These grill-friendly party options are a perfect way to celebrate the season.   
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Helping children cope with trauma

Helping children cope with trauma

 

I love children, don’t you?  They see the world so honestly and they approach life with such pure abandonment, courage and genuineness.  They are often openly affectionate and loving.  In fact, there is nothing “fake” about a child.  In fact, I recall a story of a little boy around 4-5 years old who went to get his Annual wellness check-up at a place like NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center.  While there, the doctor checked his throat and in her attempt to be engaging she asked the child “Do you think I’ll find the ‘Cookie Monster’ down there?”  The child politely gargled “No” and looked at the doctor as if she had come from another planet.  She proceeded to conduct the examination by checking his ears and asking: “Do you think I’ll find ‘Big Bird’ in there?  Again, the child looking a little exasperated said to the doctor: “No ma’am, I don’t think so!”  Finally, the doctor took her stethoscope to check his heart and asked him: “Do you think I’ll find ‘Barney’ in there?”  The child emphatically replied, “No, Love is in my heart!...Barney’s on my underpants!”
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Testimony: Surviving the odds

How do we give hope and courage to one who has lost all hope and faith? In Psalm 46:1 we hear that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

There have been times in my life when I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I could neither see the sky nor the shore. It is at such times that our faith is under test; to see if we are true believers or if we are the doubting Thomas or Judas.
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