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Feb 14th


Dealing with mounting "e-waste"

Dealing with mounting Dear EarthTalk: We must really be swimming in electronic waste, what with all the iPhones and other devices that are so common. How is this all being dealt with? -- Mary Shufelt, New Bern, NC

Ferguson, Missouri: A change is going to come

Ferguson, Missouri: A change is going to comeFerguson, Missouri is a community on the cusp of change. The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American male killed after being shot multiple times by a Ferguson police officer, may be the catalyst for that change. I witnessed first-hand what happens when people use their collective energy to enact change. I moved to Albany, Georgia in March of 1994, unaware of the revolution that was about to happen.

Four steps to self-empowerment

Four steps to self-empowermentWhat would it take for you to believe that all of your dreams could come true? What if I told you that with hard work and determination that it's possible to become anything you set out to be? I want you to imagine for a moment being so powerful that every goal you set for yourself becomes a reality. Changing your mind set is how you empower yourself to move beyond your current situation into a life of Self Empowerment. How often do you hear that "You are in charge of your own destiny?" If you never believed it before, I am going to show you how to make this a true fact for you.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhereThe shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.. Brown was an unarmed, 18-year-old African-American male, killed after being shot multiple times by a Ferguson police officer. The incident sparked angry protests and acts of vandalism in the St. Louis suburb. I too felt that spark of anger as my mind was taken back to my own personal experiences. For me a simple exchange of money on Lake Street resulted in being forced off the road by a swarm of police cars and guns pointed at me, my son, and his friend. More anger surged as I reflected on the time a Minneapolis police officer threaten my son's life over a case of mistaken identity. Anger is an automatic response, but anger cannot be our only response. We must stand for something greater than anger.

Motivational Moments: Loved ones are important

Motivational Moments: Loved ones are importantThis week I spent time reading other writer's work of how they set goals and what they do to stay motivated to reach each of those goals. One writer wrote that when he is working on his goals sometimes no one wants to be around him. He is so focused on completing his work at hand that he has a tendency to block out family and friends. He stated he doesn't mean to, but sometimes his determination to complete his goals is all he can focus on at that time.

Take a chance, make your dreams and goals a priority

Take a chance, make your dreams and goals a priorityI met an individual the other day and she stated that she was having trouble sticking to her goals and finishing what she started. She said that she has decided many times that today will be the day that she works to complete that goal. She even went on to say that she talks about it a lot with her family and friends and they also don't believe her anymore. Her goal is to start her own catering business. She loves to cook and she is great at it, but no one believes that she will ever complete it. You see, this is something that she has been talking about for over fifteen years. But every time she tries to start this catering business something else happens in her life which makes her have to put her goals on hold for a while.

Greater Saint Paul Church celebrates 67 years of community service

Greater Saint Paul Church celebrates 67 years of community serviceEvery significant Black movement in this country has its roots in the African American church. From Civil Rights to Voter Rights, the Black church has been the catalyst for change. In 1947, Harry Truman was president, bread was 13 cents a loaf, gas was 15 cents a gallon, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, Israel became a nation, and my home church, Greater Saint Paul Church of God in Christ (COGIC) opens its doors. Elder J.C. Wiggins and the congregation built this historic church from the ground up on the corner of 40th and 4th Avenue South in Minneapolis. 67 years later, the church continues to be a pillar and light to the community. This month, as the church celebrates its 67th Church Anniversary, I want to highlight a few of its accomplishments.
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