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Sep 30th

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Vacation travel tips from MSP Airport

Minnesota’s mild winter hasn’t deterred residents from taking off for warmer climes. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is already buzzing with eager vacationers ready for some fun in the sun. It’s important to remember, your trip doesn’t start at your destination: it starts before you walk out your front door. To help ensure a great experience, we’re offering travelers these tips.

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Why men don’t routinely use the “L” word

 

Another Valentine’s Day is upon us and with so much talk about love in the air, why is it so hard for men to recurrently say the words “I love you”? Women use the “L” word with such ease in the vein of, “don’t you just love these flowers”, or “I love this dress!” Over and over and without fail, women use the word love to reflect how they feel about people, places, things, and experiences. Men, on the other hand, use it limitedly if at all. This phenomenon is why I thought it is important to give my insight on the reasons I believe men don’t routinely use the “L” word.
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The power of being alone

 

Men and women view extended time alone differently. Men see time alone as an opportunity to do the things they like. They will go hunting, fishing, or on any other outings that will allow them time to get away. Women have a different view on this. They see time alone as being absent from the ones they love. Some women even view it as a time of loneliness which is a negative state. The fear of loneliness is one of the reasons some women allow themselves to be with men who are unhealthy for them. They take the approach that a half of a man is better that no man at all.
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Labadi beachfront: Still a city girl


Labadi beachfront: Still a city girl


 

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

When I first moved to Accra, I envisioned my perfect house as a self-contained space, near the water, just large enough for me and an occasional guest, or two. After all, I like think of myself as a minimalist. But I must also mention that I am a realist, and the truth about Accra, is that rent is expensive. Finding a decent house, especially one near water, in Accra for a reasonable rate is almost next to impossible. Embassies and other high profile clientele have rented out the best houses at astronomical rates. And to make it worse, in Accra you pay your rent, up-front, for, at least, one year; sometimes renters even pay multiple months up front, depending on the lease. Therefore, non-government and non-corporate citizens have to struggle to find decent housing at an affordable rate. As a result, many people choose to live on the outskirts of Accra for more reasonable rates. But my time in Washington, DC, taught me you either live in the city or you don’t, and I definitely am a city girl.

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U.S. Sen. Franken joins Americans for marriage equality

U.S. Sen. Franken joins Americans for marriage equality

Senator joins HRC’s campaign for marriage equality nationwide

The Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization – this week launched a web ad featuring U.S. Sen. Al Franken for its Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.  In the ad, Franken, who represents the state of Minnesota and has been a longtime advocate for LGBT rights, says “I think everybody should be able to marry the person they love.  And I think our government should help people make those life-long commitments.”  The video can be viewed online at http://www.hrc.org/MarriageEquality.

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Black history spotlight Holsey Memorial C.M.E. ChurchBlack history spotlight Holsey Memorial C.M.E. Church

Black history spotlight Holsey Memorial C.M.E. ChurchBlack history spotlight Holsey Memorial C.M.E. Church

Holsey Memorial C.M.E. Church has been standing right in the heart of north Minneapolis for almost 66 years, yet most people have no idea of its existence or the powerful history embedded in the name “C.M.E” (Christian Methodist Episcopal Church).  The C.M.E. Church is richly steeped in southern Black tradition and has a legacy of holding firm truths of  faith, knowledge and perseverance.  According to Lynda Baker, a long-time member, “Holsey is the only C.M.E. Church in Minnesota. We want people to know who and where we are.  For years, we have provided wonderful afterschool programs, summer programs, mentoring programs for youth…we have been serving the community not just on Sunday mornings, but throughout the week as well.”

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Men are dirt, is that a good thing?

 

With all the negative stereotype about men that already exist, why would it ever be a good thing to refer to men as dirt? I hear this and other similar comments whenever I am out sharing from my book. Unfortunately, whenever anyone hears that statement, men and women from all cultural ethnicity think of it primarily in its negative connotation. But I use this statement for two different purposes, first to serve as a replacement to the statement “All men are dogs,” and secondly to created dialogue about the true creative purpose of man.
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