School Shootings – We’re Going About This All Wrong

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Sadly more children have died at the hands of a school shooter this week and we seem helpless to intervene/prevent these much too-frequent occurrences. We’ve boycotted the National Rifle Association, we’ve legislated, we’ve marched against school shootings, we’ve lobbied and advocated, played the blame game, we’ve even prayed and had vigils, and yet our children keep dying.

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The least We Can Do is Make Our Mom Proud

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My mother, Mrs. Alvis Marie Jones Bond, doesn’t cry when she’s happy, or gush over things like I do. Trust me, I cry at mushy notes, sappy movies, sweet songs on the radio—whatever strikes me that day. And yes, when my mom says “that was nice,” or “I really enjoyed it”—whatever IT was, I know to take that and rejoice because it’s probably not going to get any mushier than that.

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Do it Now!

Live Until You Die & Then Die Boldly!

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I loved and admired Dr. Johnetta Walker Neal and I told her so often. I‘m so glad I did because she died unexpectedly last Wednesday, not much more than a week after I saw her last. On March 24, she participated in the Fourth Annual Phenomenal Women Speak community event in Brownsville, TN, and I poured it on extra thick in the mushy note I included in her gift bag. Her response back to me March 28, “you’re a real star,” made me feel 10 feet tall and as rich as Oprah and Bill and Melinda Gates!

I was the proud president and CEO of her fan club and she knew it. She was always elegant and sophisticated and I NEVER heard her be angry, mean or unkind to anyone.  When she wore coverings on her head, she looked stunning and regal. I, on the other hand, looked like young Celie Johnson from the movie, The Color Purple!

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It’s Spring – Let’s Celebrate!

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I love snow days stuck inside watching Gunsmoke, The Virginian, The Big Valley and Bonanza better than anybody I know, but if it’s snowmen or daffodils and robins, it’s absolutely a no-brainer! I love everything about spring—the hope that seems to spring forth like the tulips in the morning dew, the gorgeous flowers and trees that bud and bloom as a gentle reminder that Easter is coming soon! EVERYTHING shouts glory hallelujah!!

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The Ten Best Pieces of Advice I Ever Took

The Best Advice I Ever Took…

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I’m just full of good advice these days. How do I know? Because I’m 62, I’ve been reading *Dear Abby for almost 55 years and because I try to listen and learn from every experience. I read a recent article about powerful women and they were asked “What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?” I started thinking and today, here are some of my favorites, but please share some of yours.

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Happy Everything Month!

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February is an awesome collection of 28 days so for the next 20 or so days, I say let’s celebrate in a significant way! We have at least a million excuses—it’s Heart Health and Black History Month, there’s Valentine’s Day (14th), Random Act of Kindness Day (17th), Make a Friend Day (11th)—heck, pick one, any one, and kick up your heels, shout, giggle, buy and send  some flowers—whatever makes you happy, feel alive and special, do it this month! Here are four things to get this party started in here:

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New Year, New Attitude

Hello new year, new attitude, new opportunities!

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Blessings and best wishes this first month of 2018 as you celebrate, move forward and soar! I love January because we get a chance to begin fresh and I pray that’s happening in every phase of your life. For me, it’s a new home in a new city, new routines and challenges at work, home and in the marketplace—Lordy, everything’s new!

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Human Rights Day is Important

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Human Rights Day 2017 is history, yet its importance is a gentle reminder that one day of recognition is not enough–every day must be a human rights day. Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world December 10 and “was created to honor the United Nations General Assembly’s … first global enunciation of human rights. It was one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations.”[1] This year I’m encouraging you to do your part (yes, you have a part). Make and be the difference:

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Count Your Blessings

“Count your blessings, name them one by one…and see what the Lord has done…” John Oatman Jr.

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It’s November and as usual, our minds turn to Thanksgiving, family gatherings, and my 62nd birthday (November 20)! I am so excited, proud and thankful to have reached this milestone—many of my friends and loved ones did not—but there’s so much more to be thankful for. After the devastating mass shootings, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, confusion, hatred, strife, death and destruction, we are still here, strong, and still standing. As we prepare for this season of thankfulness, slow your roll and be grateful for things we take for granted. Like…

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Let There Be Peace On Earth

We Are Not Afraid, We Are Not Afraid Today…

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I promise you my middle name is not Pollyanna,* but today I pledge to not just imagine a world where there is no hatred and strife, I’m pledging to work toward it. I also encourage you to remember the words of diarist Anne Frank and repeat them often: “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”

Sunday’s massacre in Las Vegas where 59 people died and more than 500 were injured took my breath away. The Sunday before that a lone gunman opened fire at a church near Nashville killing one person and injuring several more–the rowdies who wreak havoc and loot instead of peacefully marching to protest violence—add the catastrophic storms, earthquakes, fires, floods and droughts–I don’t know about you, but I’m simply overwhelmed.

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