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Gone to Ghana: Independence, bittersweet

Gone to Ghana: Independence, bittersweet


Cordie Aziz is a
former congressional staffer who moved to Ghana after losing her job last year. Follow her daily adventures at goneiighana.blogspot.com

On March 6th, Ghana celebrated 55 years of independence. Considering the youth of the country, I was confident that Independence Day would bring streets filled with festivals and decorative items, plenty of backyard barbeques, and a level of excitement that would put the United States to shame. After all, we have been celebrating for hundreds of years, and each Fourth of July you would swear we had just won the Revolutionary War. So imagine my disappointment when I realized Independence Day in Ghana was eerily similar to every other day.

People were still hard at work on Independence Day. I found it all too easy to pick plantain chips from shops that had decided it was too costly to take an entire day off. Vendors pulled their items out of storage and placed them for display at the junctions of busy roads, hoping to entertain a few interested buyers, despite the holiday, and there were no brass brands that incited enthusiasm in gathered crowds. People didn’t even ride around the city with flags tied to the cars and wildly honking their horns, as they do for soccer games and political rallies.

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Sister, Re-Calculate!

I get lost driving ALL of the time.  In an act of mercy, a couple of years ago, instead of buying chocolates for Valentines Day, my husband purchased a Global Positioning System (GPS) for me to use in my car.  It was such a thoughtful gift and I learned so many lessons from using it!
The first lesson that I learned is that, like me, many women start out on journeys without really knowing where we want to go or even how to get to our destinations.  When driving a car, not clarifying for ourselves where we want to go wastes time, increases stress and wastes gas!  Not knowing what we want has a similar impact on our lives.  When we do not clarify our values and life goals, we waste time, increase stress, and waste energy!  Therefore, one of the first activities that we need to engage in as women is to engage in the process of “values clarification”.

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We are women and we have rights

We are women and we have rights

 March is National Women’s History Month, consequently for rest of this month, I will focus on issues that are important to my sisters (and the brothers who love them).

I would be remiss if I did not begin this conversation by stating the obvious.  During the last few weeks, a national “back-door” debate has been taking place about abortion and whether women continue to be the property of men.  Yep, while very few people have out-and-out said the “A-word,” the focus on abortion is a primary issue.  You see, in order for a woman to have an abortion, a sexual encounter must have taken place that resulted in the fertilization of an egg.  Because this fertilization process requires a man, men have historically believed that they have a right to the fruits of their implantation.  In fact, in many cultures and religions, a man can “plant” multiple seeds, producing multiple babies and this process is considered a sign of virility, power, and status.  The more women and babies that are produced, the more “manly” a man would be perceived as being.  Women, and indeed the children that they birth, were considered property.

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AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Dying to live—Palestinians call for an end to administrative detention

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Dying to live—Palestinians call for an end to administrative detention

 

Peace Blog compiled by Joy Mosley

On 23 February 2012, Khader Adnan broke his sixty-six day hunger strike after reaching a deal with Israel's Justice Ministry.  Soldiers had arrested Adnan on 13 December and Israel had ordered him detained for four months but never charged him with a crime.  The next day, he declared a hunger strike to protest Israel’s policy of administrative detention.  As people involved with the campaign calling for the release of Adnan told us, he was “dying to live.”
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Where is your heart located?

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21).

“Location is everything!” This term has often been repeated in business conversations. Something as simple as the side of the street a business is located on can determine its traffic pattern, and this subtle difference could be the distinguishing factor between the success and failure of that business. In matters of the heart, location also plays a very important role. Because you cannot see what is in a person’s heart, you must look to what come out of it to determine its treasures and values.

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Today will be a quiet day!

 

What do we do when we get overwhelmed? How do we deal with the stress and the pressure that each day brings? Every day, a little more pressure is added to our emotional reservoir. Every day it gets closer to capacity. Without some way to reset our emotional clock, we are time bombs waiting to explode. We must learn to reset our emotional clock and refresh our spiritual reservoir, and because our brain is like giant computer, it must be reset as well.
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Welcome to America: An economic stimulus plan

Welcome to America: An economic stimulus plan

From the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon to the whimsical ingenuity of  Disney World's Magic Kingdom, the United States is a land of world-class attractions. But it isn't always easy for foreign travelers to get here. Too often, a cumbersome U.S. visa process has encouraged travelers from countries such as Brazil and China to spend their money at other international destinations.

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