Melting Pot

Eat-Love-Pray

The Julia Roberts 2010 movie could be the Marquee on my parents’ Philadelphia row home. Yes, I grew up in the City of Brotherly Love in the 40’s and 50’s.   My parents were first generation Italian American. My street and the streets parallel to mine were occupied, mostly by…

Hoop Dreams

I have seen Lyndon Alec perform his Hoop Dancing at least 5 times, and with each performance his warmth and sincerity shine through his obvious agility.  This time, I caught him at the UNA Global event.  He greeted me with a brilliant smile, and after speaking with him,…

Hello World!

August, 2015 Donald Trump doesn’t value wisdom. In his black and white worldview, thinking and learning only hamper winning: winning in the television ratings for his popular TV shows and in early polls for his newly started Republican presidential campaign. In his first flashy announcement of his candidacy,…

Church, Necessary or Not?

After a recent family outing and subsequent barbecue, my five children and I held a brief “Mom and sibling meeting.” Focused initially on how, with our busy lives, we maintain close bonds as family, supporters and most importantly, friends. We aired our concerns, and eventually came up with…

The Power of One. Use It.

I have never questioned that I had power. What I have realized is that I have been in situations where I have not used my power. Sound familiar? Power is, for me, the ability to use one’s influence to create or facilitate a positive outcome. At times power…

The Choice Is Yours

Words are powerful. We are told this from a very early age, but how do we really learn it, how do we really know? Although we lived quite near my elementary school, I rode the bus there and back. When I was very young it was before the…

Business, but Not “As Usual”

Which is more powerful, being a businessman or taking care of business, as a husband and father?  Taurus Bennett is the Agency Owner of Family Farmers Insurance, Florence, AL, and he exemplifies how to keep his customers and family as the center of his focus – to serve…

Sista’ Speak: Why Is Bad B*tch the New Classy?

In a world where the focus should be on the systematic oppression of black men who are targets for the broken criminal justice system, I am focused on our young black girls. In a world where we are arguing about a flag whose significance lasted so many decades…

Leadership Is an Aspect of a Purposeful Life

Every day I am saddened by news that flashes through our print and electronic media about the myriad of problems that our world faces. I am aware that there has been concern by world citizens on what needs to be done. However the suggestions that emanate from this…

Sticky Wisdom to Live By

Sometimes, when I need a little positive push—some encouragement, inspiration, motivation, or even just a reminder—I turn to quotes. Lately, there have been a few “sticky” words of wisdom to help remind me to “choose joy” on a daily basis. Trying to be happy without giving to others…