Sometimes gettign up requires a bit of crawl before the walk. But on this blog, we're going straight from our backs to our feet and walking away from everything that's trying to hold us down.

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    Quote: Ease is a greater threat…

    “Never give up. Without commitment, you’ll never start. But more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish. It’s not easy. If it were easy, [….] there would be no Denzel Washington.  Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship. So, keep moving. Keep growing. Keep learning. See ya at work!” ~ Denzel Washington, Acceptance Speech at 2017 NAACP Image Awards  

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    No Pensions for Ex-Slaves: How Federal Agencies Suppressed Movement To Aid Freedpeople

    In the late 19th century, the idea of pursuing pensions for ex-slaves—similar to pensions for Union veterans—took hold. If disabled elderly veterans were compensated for their years of service during the Civil War, why shouldn't former slaves who had served the country in the process of nation building be compensated for their years of forced, unpaid labor?

  • Slow Down,  Walk

    Listening to Still, Small Voices

    Even as my hand was raised to push the message away, I apologized immediately for my rejection of it. So after sprouting my anger, I opened my ears. I listened. God is good. He maintains HIs hold on those who belong to Him. I accepted His gentle rebuke just as I accepted my anger, outrage and frustration. I know everything in my life works to my good and my life works to glorify God. Trust that there is a purpose for whatever passion threatens to consume you. Submit your passions to God and He will mold you into the instrument He needs for such a time as this.

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    Nelson Mandela: “Retiring from retirement.”

    "I was not born with a hunger to be free. I was born free - free in every way that I could know. Free to run in the fields near my mother's hut, free to swim in the clear stream that ran through my village, free to roast mealies under the stars and ride the broad backs of slow-moving bulls. As long as I obeyed my father and abided by the customs of my tribe, I was not troubled by the laws of man or God. It was only when I began to learn that my boyhood freedom was an illusion, when I discovered as a young man that my…

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    10 Things I Missed About New York City While Away

    Absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder. Almost immediately upon my return (i.e. on the ride home from the airport), I was gushing with pleasure from the energy infusing me just from driving through the City and seeing all the people going about their lives. ** Follow the link to read the full article.

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    Video Greeting: Happy Spring

    Okay, yes, this greeting is a wee bit late calendar-wise (perhaps right on time weather-wise). I made it a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t manage to upload it to WordPress or Facebook from my phone (even with the help of the Sprint in-store customer sevice. I just noticed that it did, however, manage to upload to Youtube. I’ll take that. Happy Spring-and-almost-Summer!