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December 26, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

This Week 7’s (12.14 – 12.31) Affirmation: Mindfulness – I will reach for mindfulness each day.
Date – 12.26.17
B-Book 44: Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
The key message in this book: Often we stop dead in our tracks …

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Mad Musings


First category I added when I started this blog many moons ago. I jot stuff here I can't otherwise categorize.

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The section you will see a swear or two in. Not that I am a big fan, but sometimes situation can't be helped

Not So Recent Reads


Here you will find books that I have read, reading or intend to read. More Recent Reads => CLICK HERE.

just Writing


I intend to use this area to catalog my writing journey and collect tidbits of information on the authoring process.

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These are areas I am very much interested in. From time to time, as I am so moved, I free think here as well

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The British Empire was built on slavery then grew by antislavery

October 23, 2021 – 10:25 pm | No Comment

Britain ended its slave trade in 1807, and abolished slavery in much of its colonial empire in 1834. Four years later, Queen Victoria was crowned. For British liberals, the timing was auspicious, and the lessons were obvious. The 18th-century empire of enslaved labour, rebellious colonies and benighted protectionism had been purified by the ‘sacrifice’ of the profits of slavery to the principles of free trade, free labour and free markets. But the empire that slavery made endured.

Although individual enslaved people were often brought to Britain by the people who claimed to own them, for most Britons, mass enslavement was something that happened ‘over there’ – in the colonies, especially the sugar-producing islands of the Caribbean. This fact of geography shaped British antislavery. The ‘mother country’ could also be the stern but benignant ‘father’, correcting children in the ‘infant colonies’. In the slave colonies, opposition to slavery could be a revolutionary threat to the social order. In Britain, antislavery affirmed Britain’s superior virtue in relationship to its empire.

Source: The British Empire was built on slavery then grew by antislavery | Aeon Essays

How to stop yelling at your kids 

October 11, 2021 – 7:21 am | No Comment
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Need to know
Your child screams out that you are stupid and demands that you leave him alone. Your teen responds to your well-intended piece of advice
with an eye-roll and a ‘Whatever.’ Your preschooler is having …

Argue better by signaling your receptiveness with these words

October 11, 2021 – 7:00 am | No Comment
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Whether it’s warring spouses, neighbourly disputes or broken friendships, it seems that disagreement followed by conflict is almost inevitable whenever people spend enough time together. And the more important the relationship, the more devastating that conflict …

Keep the Spark Alive in Your Marriage

October 1, 2021 – 7:05 pm | No Comment
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Staying up late scrolling social media to avoid intimacy with your partner or, worse, pretending to be asleep, isn’t good for your marriage. But if you find yourself avoiding sex, you’re not alone: Approximately one …

Zelle scammers bilk bank customers out of thousands

September 6, 2021 – 7:19 pm | No Comment
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Two Chicago-area women say scammers bilked them out of $3,500 each by conning them over the phone and then using the Zelle mobile-payment system to withdraw money from their Bank of America accounts.
“It’s really distressing,” …

How to Drop Your New Adult Off at College 

August 3, 2021 – 7:58 pm | Comments Off on How to Drop Your New Adult Off at College 
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Hey, parents who are about to drop your kid off at college for the first time. Can we talk?
As you usher your precious pearls through the archway of adulthood in the midst of a pandemic, you …

Why You Shouldn’t Tell Your Child to Have a Plan B

June 4, 2021 – 7:57 pm | No Comment
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My father gave me two pieces of advice when I was very young. First, never dig a pile of dirt from the middle. (Shovel at the bottom, so the dirt falls into the blade.) And …

St Jago’s Jaheim Harris is Caribbean’s No. 1 in add math, physics 

June 4, 2021 – 7:34 am | No Comment
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JAHEIM HARRIS’ affinity for mathematics started back in basic school and continued at the Angels Primary School, where he got perfect scores in the subject throughout, and participated in numerous mathematics competitions as well as …

Deep-rooted racism, discrimination permeate US military

June 1, 2021 – 4:04 pm | No Comment
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For Stephanie Davis, who grew up with little, the military was a path to the American dream, a realm where everyone would receive equal treatment. She joined the service in 1988 after finishing high school …

How to record police with your smartphone

April 24, 2021 – 5:58 pm | No Comment
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Darnella Frazier changed the course of history by tapping record on her smartphone. We can learn a lot from her about what to do when facing down badges, guns and a potentially dangerous situation.

On the way to …

College isn’t the solution for the racial wealth gap. It’s part of the problem.

April 11, 2021 – 7:50 pm | No Comment
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Je’lon Alexander is a Morehouse Man who graduated in 2018. He has roughly $55,000 in debt, even after a $15,000 annual scholarship. His parents, who have advanced degrees and close to $400,000 of debt between …

100 Must-Know Statistics About Race, Income, and Wealth

February 26, 2021 – 3:51 am | No Comment
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Income and wealth disparities along racial lines have repercussions for all aspects of life in the U.S.: education, health, homeownership, retirement, and life expectancy.
Racial inequality in the United States has many dimensions, but one of …

Welcome to 2021 – Momento Mori!

January 2, 2021 – 8:39 pm | No Comment
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I’m a black CEO: Discounted on Wall Street because of my skin color.

July 9, 2020 – 4:17 pm | No Comment
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Eddie C. Brown is the founder, chairman, chief executive and senior portfolio manager of Brown Capital.

I was raised in the Jim Crow South, when the railroad tracks separated whites from blacks and African Americans were …

75 Must-Know Statistics About Race, Income, and Wealth

June 12, 2020 – 6:31 pm | No Comment
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Attribution:  This article was posted on Morningstar.com by the veritable Christine Benz.  I could not help but post it on my blog because this is the clearest I have ever seen the numbers laid down …

What to do in your 20s to avoid regrets in your 30s and 40s?

June 6, 2020 – 8:00 pm | No Comment
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1. Don’t make a belief about “living in the moment.” Either do not trust that purchasing new bags, shoes, or clothes can give you extra points, yet don’t think it is cool to squander. Before …

How can you identify intelligent people?

May 1, 2020 – 1:04 pm | No Comment
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Really like this list – lifted from Quora by Kelly Duncan:

Intelligent people do not like to gossip, they like talking about idea and innovations. Hence, they cannot just be friends with everybody. Average people sometimes …

What are some ugly truths of life?

April 22, 2020 – 3:10 pm | No Comment
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I just love this list that I lifted from Quora – written by Jasmin Mous, 

Evil exists. There are people who have chosen to destroy everything and everyone that comes into their way.
Empathy is NOT a …

What successful people have in common?

April 21, 2020 – 1:22 am | No Comment
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The below list was lifted from Quora and is authored by Adam Fayed Founder of Global Online Financial Advisory Firm.  I really like this list a lot.  I think just successful is enough though – …

College is a Risky Business

December 24, 2019 – 1:47 am | No Comment
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The idea is ingrained in our pop culture. Parents, teachers, high school guidance counselors, financial aid officers, and students all understand that if a high school graduate wants to achieve success she will have to go to …

What are the dirty little secrets of college admissions?

December 24, 2019 – 1:18 am | No Comment
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This is an excellent piece from Quora, written by a gent  by the name of Brett Elkins:
Here is what I have found after working with kids and talking at length with many college admissions to …

My Kid’s Going to College in August. My Name’s Not Felicity.

April 9, 2019 – 7:43 pm | No Comment
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How can I help my student manage stress?

April 3, 2019 – 5:26 pm | No Comment
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Investigated: Anxiety-inducing fitness test purports to tell you how long you’ll live.

March 24, 2019 – 4:38 pm | No Comment
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It seems a simple enough challenge: Sit down on the floor and get back up without the help of your hands or knees. Try it, though, and you might discover it’s not as easy as …

Napping tied to 5 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure

March 16, 2019 – 1:29 am | No Comment
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A napping habit could lower blood pressure to a similar extent as other lifestyle modifications and some drugs, according to research scheduled to be presented March 18 at the American College of Cardiology’s scientific sessions …

A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

March 15, 2019 – 3:37 pm | No Comment
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Meritocracy has become a leading social ideal. Politicians across the ideological spectrum continually return to the theme that the rewards of life – money, power, jobs, university admission – should be distributed according to skill …

Why you should use nasal breathing when you exercise

January 30, 2019 – 9:16 pm | No Comment
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Imagine yourself exercising: running, hiking, dancing, lifting weights — whatever you like to do. Picture yourself pushing to a maximum intensity. Now, ask yourself: Are you breathing out of your nose or mouth?
If you are …

Live Longer, Prevent Disease, Feel Happier After 50

January 28, 2019 – 12:26 am | No Comment
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Happy New Year! If you’re ready to make some positive health changes in 2019, consider this your ultimate resolution checklist. Bookmark this article, and review it every three months for a reminder, for inspiration or …

When the state is unjust, citizens may use justifiable violence

December 3, 2018 – 4:01 pm | No Comment
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If you see police choking someone to death – such as Eric Garner, the 43-year-old black horticulturalist wrestled down on the streets of New York City in 2014 – you might choose to pepper-spray them …

Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges -The Reality.  

December 3, 2018 – 12:01 pm | No Comment
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Bryson Sassau’s application would inspire any college admissions officer.
A founder of T.M. Landry College Preparatory School described him as a “bright, energetic, compassionate and genuinely well-rounded” student whose alcoholic father had beaten him and his …

5 Surprising and Spectacular Health Benefits of Farting

December 1, 2018 – 3:14 pm | No Comment
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So it happened again. You let one slip out, and what’s worse, it happened in front of company. If this reminds you of a recent situation you have to ask yourself, should you really have …

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