It’s Time To Celebrate!

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Any week that has Positive Thinking Day, Follow your Dreams Day, National Women’s Friendship Day, AND Respect Day has to be about as wonderful as real mashed potatoes and gravy, yellow cake with chocolate frosting, hot chocolate chip cookies, chilled Sprite, and Rice Krispy treats (just a few of my favorite things) all at once!*This is absolutely one of the most amazing weeks of the year, so let’s celebrate!

Please pause a moment and choose at least two things from the official

Awesome, Magnificent, Super-Duper, Very Fine Week To Do List:

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Happy Be Kind to Humankind Week!

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This week is our perfect opportunity to spread some kindness, peace, joy, love, and civility and show the world what we’re made of. Yes, I’m asking you to add one more thing to your To Do list this week —trust me, if you choose even one thing off the list below, it will tickle God’s heart.

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Be Still

Either I’m going to trust you or I may as well walk away
‘Cause stressing… don’t make it better, no way.”

Lyrics from Yesterday by Erica Atkins-Campbell

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I didn’t write the lyrics to Erica Campbell’s hit song “Yesterday,” but I (a) could have because last month I was overwhelmed and unsettled in every phase and place (b) should have since I had poignant illustrations that would have made a perfect country song, (3) didn’t need to write a song because I was over half finished eating an elephant* for lunch (with mustard, pickles and onions) yesterday when I finally realized why I had a stomachache the size of Texas! I had bitten off a lot more than I could chew and there was nowhere to spit it out!

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My Stuff And I

What on earth is it and what do you do with it?

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I have been packing boxes and bins feverishly and here’s what I know now: TOO MUCH STUFF! Entirely too much.

I know you’re thinking what do I know about your stuff when I have so much of my own to sort through? It’s true, I don’t know how much stuff you have swirling around you, and I have not opened your overstuffed hall closets, or moved at least half of your furniture into the garage. I have, however, rolled my eyes after stepping on the 24th Barbie Doll shoe that blended into the carpet and got caught between my toes. Maybe it was the shoes that helped me conclude that we, meaning you and I, have too much stuff and we ought to do something about it. Use my handy checklist to get rid of some of yours before your next move. Not moving?  Pretend!

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Happy Father’s Day To Our Dads

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Everyone on earth should have a fan club president like my dads provided me!* I know that is impossible and unrealistic but like the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, “I’m keeping hope alive” because these two phenomenal men made all the difference.

This Father’s Day, as we celebrate the precious men who made us possible, here are three qualities I believe make daddies heroes and living, breathing symbols of God’s finest work:

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The More Things Change

“The more things change, the more you grow.” – Reba McEntire

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If this is true, and in my case, it seems to be, I am growing like the national debt! Every way I turn, something is moving, shifting, being tossed about, becoming unsettled or unsteady, causing concern…you get the picture. I don’t remember asking God for this particular growth spurt, yet here I am, just growinnnnnnnnnnng.

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Mothers Touch, Teach, Transform

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. “Abraham Lincoln

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I get a special treat this Mother’s Day because I’m spending the day with my beautiful mother. My 9-year-old granddaughter, Morgan, and I got in line early and made a reservation with 2G (code for great-grandmother) and we’ll attend church services with her and then find somewhere special for lunch. Morgan told her mother, Angela, that we get to hang out with 2G on Mother’s Day because it’s “tradition.”

This year, whether you’re a birth or adoptive mother, a father or grandparent raising children alone, an aunt or sister who has taken on mommy duties, a godmother, or president of a child’s fan club–however you got the honor, this big THANKS is for you.

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On Commencement Speeches And Speakers…

By Cynthia A. Bond Hopson, Ph.D., Assistant General Secretary

The Black College Fund, The United Methodist Church

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Pic courtesy: foxnews.com

Graduation from college is a big deal, especially among African American families. Everybody and THEIR cousin is there to applaud when their “baby’s” name is called. With Historically Black Colleges and Universities, many graduates are the first in their families to earn a degree.

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Let’s Be in the KNOW today

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Now that we’ve passed TAX DAY, let’s get down to celebrating! If you’re wondering what we’re celebrating, trust me, there’s more than I can cover in these few sentences. Maybe celebrate isn’t the right word, perhaps it’s more raising awareness to inform your future actions. That’s my job—raising awareness– because once we are in the know, we can’t—key word—can not, un-know it. So…

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Escape Your Chains of Whining

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Today’s Quote: “We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.” Anne Sullivan

I read Anne Sullivan’s quote in my local paper last week and it struck a nerve. I think I’m about two cheeseburgers and one bag of lemon cookies from clinging desperately to some chains of my own. I hear them rattling every time I open my mouth and whine and complain about what I whined and complained about yesterday and last week. Though I wouldn’t consider my existence commonplace or selfish—no one ever does—I seem to be whining and complaining more about more and more. Here’s why that’s a problem:

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