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Our prayer go out to all those affected by the recent Hurricanes and earthquakes. I attended a FAM trip at Disney this past week. A press FAM trip is when they bring you to Disney and introduce you to current events, new rides and upcoming rides. This was a trip they rescheduled after we were cancelled the week Hurricane Irma went though Florida. Luckily Orlando and Disney did not suffer much damage from the storm. During the FAM trip we experienced “Disney’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” which will continue until mid November. We visited Pandora-the World of Avatar and experienced the new Passage of Pandora ride. The annual “Food and Wine” festival was a real treat. Announcements of the upcoming Toy Story and Star Wars rides left us with much to look forward to. I will share more with you in next week’s issue. Bottom line! Disney is not “just for kids.” This was my first event since completing my cancer treatments so it was a very welcomed and special experience. Again, thank you to all who supported me through my cancer treatment with your prayers, cards and contributions

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ealthfirst kicked off it’s Health and Wellness Expo with a breakfast and townhall meeting on September 16th in Harlem. The breakfast and Town Hall Meeting on Healthcare was held in the Alhambra Ballroom across the street from the expo space and began at 9am. The room was packed; a floor level stage was set up with faux white leather seats for the panel discussion under the builtin stage. The lines to get the breakfast buffet were long on both sides of the back of the ballroom, but moved quickly. George Hulse, Vice President of Community Engagement for Healthfirst and the mastermind behind the day provided welcoming remarks to the assem-

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bled community leaders. Invocation was given by Rev. Dr. Patricia Lee, Associate Minister at St. Stephen United Church of God. The national anthem was mightily performed by Shemyrah Mighty; a powerful start to the program. Leticia James, NYC Public Advocate and Washington Heights State Assemblywoman Carmen LaRosa spoke about the great need to continue in-

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forming a our community members to take a more proactive approach to improving and maintaining their health. Then the keynote speaker, Congressman Adriano Espaillat arrived. He took a few pictures and took to the podium and stated how the fight for access to preventive services is what is needed in the communities he represents because better habits will enable residents

to live longer. The fight for the Affordable Healthcare Act is real because many of his constituents deal with pre-existing conditions such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension. The panel discussion was led by Healthfirst VP and Medical Director Dr. Susan Beane. Other members were physicians from dental health - Dr. Robert Tasca, family mental

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health – Dr. Ercilia Garcia, cardiovascular health – Catherine Nozdrovicky NP and mental health – Dr. Keneca Boyce. After it concluded we joined the expo across the street. The expo had one big stage in the front of the ADC building for live entertainment such as R & B groups Legacy and Trusol, Mercy Group, a gospel praise troupe danced and a

live DJ had folks up dancing. There were multiple tents in various sizes and configurations for medical screenings, free massages and areas various groups manned handing out literature about various health conditions and how to stay healthy. The kids’ zone included face painters, big bouncy balloons; a castle; slides and rides. Photos By: Nadezda Tavodova

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How Racism Impacts People, Families and Communities of Color

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by Rosa Riley he statistics are troubling. People of color are far more likely to suffer from inequity. Inequity that can be traced directly to racism, a side effect and the enduring legacy of slavery. The legacy of slavery has insinuated itself into the very fabric of our society via the criminal justice system, housing, and education. Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic wrote an article titled: The Case for Reparations, that addressed all of the ways in which the ideals of slavery and racism have endured in the United States through policy created by the U.S. government and the prime opportunity that now exists for our country to make amends.

The most important thing that the article did was to explain how we got where we are today. How we moved into segregated neighborhoods, why children of color now go to schools with fewer resources and how our communities were built on inequity. As planners and public health workers, health equity is often a lens through which we aim to address the barriers and health outcomes that typically only affect people and communities of color. These barriers impact every part of their daily lives and are reinforced by the choices made by local policy makers and practitioners in many sectors. The article and infographic written by Living Cities provides a snapshot in the daily life of a fam-

ily named The Reddings. Of particular interest are the parts of their day that are impacted by health, transportation, housing, and environmental challenges that exist at the structural, institutional or individual/implicit bias levels of racism. The areas addressed by the infographic are: Health 46% of maternal deaths of African-American women are preventable 33% of maternal deaths of White women are preventable Transportation Black workers have the longest average commute time: 50.8 minutes, which causes high transportation and child care costs Housing 43.05% is the home ownership rate of Black families

71.65% is the home ownership rate of White families Environmental In New York City, communities of color bear exposure to: 30% of the exposure of city waste 70% of sewage sludge To read more about The Reddings and the impact of racism on their daily lives, the article and infographic can be found on Medium: A Day in a Life: How Racism Impacts Families of Color. For more information about Living Cities, check out their website: https://www.livingcities. org. For more information about how to address and close racial opportunity gaps, check out Living Cities’ Racial Equity and Inclusion page.Â

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an anyone afford to buy a home in Harlem? This is the most serious challenge facing low to moderate income prospective firsttime home buyers today. They want to buy and have started the home buying process, but are finding the prices far beyond their purchasing limit. But what I am finding most encouraging is the resolve these firsttime buyers are demonstrating. They are not willing to give up on pursuing their dream. You must maintain a positive attitude if you are going to successfully complete this very difficult process. Here are some key points to keep in mind. (1) you must have a strong desire to become a homeowner. This desire of becoming a homeowner must be your pri-

mary focus. You must have an insatiable desire to become a homeowner. Nothing else should matter. (2) To maintain focus, establish a projected purchase date. Make a target of when you expect to be ready to buy. Push yourself hard to achieve this goal. Remind yourself constantly of your target. Let nothing get in your way. With perseverance, you can achieve your dream of becoming a homeowner. (3) To monitor your control monthly spending, create a monthly household budget. You must have the discipline to eliminate all wasteful spending and to aggressively save as much money as possible for your home purchase. This is a big challenge to most

first-time buyers because their monthly living expenses are prohibiting them from saving an adequate amount of money each month. This is where you will need the financial discipline to say “no” to excessive spending and perhaps even cutting some luxury items. You must change your entire attitude toward spending money to adapt the financial discipline required to complete the home buying process. Make it your goal to buy a home as soon as possible. Start the process now. If you are interested in attending the workshop or have questions regarding the home buying process contact Rev. Dr. Charles Butler at (212) 281 4887 ext. 231 or email at cbutler@hcci.org.

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Staudt, the development is the largest of its’ kind, and boasts: walking paths, picnic areas, tree-shaded and open sun seating areas, a children’s playground, and will continue to feature the finest glass-domed indoor pool in the area. The $6.5 million project was designed by Genie Masucci, principal of G. Masucci Architects, LLC, in consultation with Site Works, one of the landscape consultants to Manhattan’s renowned High Line! Eugenia Foxworth is a unique real estate Broker “without borders” specializing in exceptional Properties in New York City, Riverdale, NY and Internationally

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HARLEM CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS Sep 27 6:30pm Our Man In Jazz: Sonny Rollins Tribute. Theodore Walter “Sonny” Rollins is a living icon and one of jazz’s most influential tenor saxophonists. In celebration of our recent acquisition of the Sonny Rollins archive, filled with correspondence, notes, photographs, and more, this evening program will pay musical tribute to the icon and include highlights from his archive. Popup exhibition available throughout the evening. Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975

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Sep 28, 10am-2pm Third Annual Senior Resource Fair presented by WellCare Health Plans. Music and dancing, healthy smoothies, flu shots, health screenings, MTA, free giveaways and much more! Riverbank State Park is located at 679 Riverside Drive. 212-694-3600.

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Sep 30, 4pm APOLLO UPTOWN HALL: MOVEMENT REQUIRED. We created the Apollo Uptown Hall series to allow us to regularly engage in conversations that matter uptown – and beyond.

Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement Required is motivated by the themes from the Apollo and Opera Philadelphia’s October 2017 opera, We Shall Not Be Moved. This community conversation will feature an excerpt of the award-winning documentary Let the Fire Burn, which covers one of the most tumultuous (and largely forgotten) clashes between government and citizens in modern American history. We’ll focus on some of today’s problems in Urban America the film addresses, particularly law enforcement and community relations and the lack of youth and family services. What can we do within our communities? What can New Yorkers learn from Philadelphia initiatives, and vice-versa? And can the arts help? Co-moderated by Imhotep Gary Byrd from New York City’s WBAI-FM and Solomon Jones from Philadelphia’s WURD-AM/FM. Sep 30 7pm Gospel Play All God’s Children Got Shoes is a gospel musical with 2 acts and 5 scenes. It has been performed many times in cities throughout Connecticut and New York states includ-

ing off-broadway. This crowd pleaser comes with a live band! Musicians accompany the performers who sing full GOSPEL songs in each scene. The Oberia D. Dempsey Center, 127 W 127th Street. General admission $25.00 in advance / $30.00 at the door ($20 for seniors, children under 16, and groups of 10 or more) Oct 1 10am-3pm (Weekly Event) Gospel Brunch featuring Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir and Red Rooster’s famous soul food brunch. Reservations are encouraged. 310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th) 212.792.9001 info@ redroosterharlem.com Oct 4 7:30pm Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater. A brand-new line-up of contestants competes for the chance to perform during the October 11 Show Off and move on to Top Dog on November 15. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog and the cash prizes of $5,000 in the Child Star category and $20,000 in the Adult category on November 22! Tickets start at just $21. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street.

Oct 6, 6-10pm First Fridays. In celebration of iconic black horror films, the Schomburg Center is thrilled to present the second annual First Fridays: Masquerade Edition! Our monthly dance social will transform into a Halloween pageant where attendees are encouraged to come as their favorite horror icons. There will be a costume contest, so dress to impress! Free. Event located at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue. For more information, call (917) 275-6975 Oct 6 and 7, 8pm Opera We Shall Not Be Moved. Music by Daniel Bernard Roumain, Libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Conducted by Viswa Subbaraman. Experience this genre-defying opera that combines spoken word, contemporary movement, video projection, classical, R&B and jazz influences. Inspired by the 1985 MOVE crisis in Philadelphia where a standoff between police and a Black liberation group resulted in the deadly bombing of a residential neighborhood, We Shall Not Be Moved explores that legacy today through

five Philly teens who find power in family and resistance. Tickets start at just $28. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street. Oct 7 11am-4pm Harlem Harvest Festival. FREE FAMILY FUN! Artisanal Vendor Fair. Kids Zone with a Pumpkin Patch and Decorating Station. Music by Dj Stormin’ Norman of Sundae Sermon. Harvest Salsa Party with Free Dance Lesson and Live Band. Harvest Bake Off (Sign up to be a Judge to sample all of the Bake Off entries and pick the Fan Favorite in each category!) St. Nicholas Ave between 117th and 118th..Register for FREE tickets today! http://www.harlemharvestfestival2017. eventbrite.com 0ct 7 1pm-4pm TAP HARLEM HARVEST: Culture + Culinary + Craft. Harlem Harvest Festival is excited to introduce a new tasting experience! (for the adults!) Beer + Wine + Spirits + Food +Art + Music. 30+ Beverages. At The Cecil Steakhouse, 210 W 118th street (New Menu!). The Apollo Music Cafe Alumni. DJ Nessdigital. Art Exhibition. SPACE IS LIMITED! Buy your tickets today at http://www.tapharlemharvest.com

Oct 11 7:30pm Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater. The winners of recent Amateur Night shows come together to SHOW OFF their talent and compete for the chance to move on to the Top Dog semi-finals on November 15, and maybe even win the title of Super Top Dog and the cash prizes of $5,000 in the Child Star category and $20,000 in the Adult category on November 22! Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street. Oct 21 10am-3pm The African American Experience Forum of Convent Avenue Baptist Church is sponsoring their annual Historical Black College Fair. Convent Avenue Baptist Church Lecture Hall, 420 West 145th Street. For further information contact Madge Allen 212-368- 6218. All listings on this calendar are free of charge. To add your listing, please send copy 50 words or less in the format above to harlemnewsinc@aol.com

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wo local news legends were among the honorees at the New York City’s NAACP’s annual awards luncheon. Several hundred people attended the NAACP’s Mid-Manhattan Branch’s 16th Annual Freedom Fund Luncheon, where NY1 news anchor Cheryl Wills and New York Beacon columnist Audrey J. Bernard were lauded for their contributions to journalism and to New York’s African-American community.  Also honored were the Tingling family - the three generations of African-American judges, including the Hon. Milton Francis Tingling and the Hon. Milton Adair Tingling. Michael J. Garner, Chief

Diversity Office of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Jimi Holloway, an events planner and marketing director at the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance rounded out this year’s honorees. “This program is even more exciting because we have some amazing honorees which you will hear about,” the local NAACP head Geoffrey Eaton told the crowd. Chaired by Claire Theobalds and Jean Dixon West, the elegant luncheon Sept. 9 at Marina Del Rey in the Bronx included a cocktail reception, lunch of prime rib or shrimp scampi, and jeroboams of Moet champagne sat at every table. Guests included TV personality Dr. Jeff Gardere, state NAACP head Hazel Dukes, the Hon. J.

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Machelle Sweeting and former Rep. Charles Rangel. Wills thanked her family and fellow honorees and talked about her work in schools to help turn youth’s life around.  “I admire every person who has graced this stage,” said Wills, who is also celebrating 25 years at NY1 and the launch of her own flagship talk show on the network. Wills also announced that she’d partnered with PBS to produce a doc-

Honorees Justice Milton A. Tingling, Hon. Aija Tingling (daughter), Geoffrey Eaton, Congressman Adriano Espaillat

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to dismantle this sick system if you were in charge? “Dismantling this modern-day system of slavery can’t possibly be wrapped up in a single “this is what you do” answer. However, you can start by dismantling white supremacy, decolonizing education, ending cash bail, eliminating for-profit prisons, investing in communities ravaged by mass incarceration and creating more employment/career opportunities. We have to imagine something radically different and not try to “fix” a mammoth problem entrenched in the psyche and fabric of this country.”

The multimedia performance (set and lights by Mauriti Evans, sound by Luqman Brown, projections by Katherine Freer) takes place in a prison where the protagonist Betsy La Quanda Ross, a self-proclaimed Peculiar Patriot, regularly visits her incarcerated friend Jo Jo to boost her morale.

Sharing neighborhood updates and reminiscing about family and friends, ‘Betsy delivers a shrewd indictment of the criminal justice system in her own authentic and inimitable style, with a heavy dose of humor to boot.’ Peterson - a renowned actress, poet, playwright, educator

and activist- was recently featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary The 13th. Her brilliant performance sets the tone for NBT’s 49th Season titled ‘Black to The Future, a season dedicated to “looking at the legacy, tools,  healing, and love needed to push this community,  society, and humanity forward. To become the alchemist of our own destiny... we have to manifest the future we want to have now. That is what we are doing at NBT all season long, laying the foundation for radical change,” said Jonathan McCrory, NBT’s Artistic Director. “This season we will continue to tackle the dis-

mantling of America’s prison industrial complex, but from the perspective of the Black woman in an effort to heal our women, communities and the nation at large.” added NBT’s CEO Sade Lythcott.  

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r. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) in partnership with Hi-ARTS (Executive Director Raymond Codrington)  opened on September 17 NBT’s new season with the world premiere of The Peculiar Patriot. This witty one-woman show, written and performed by Liza Jessie Peterson and directed by Talvin Wilks is set to run through October 1st. It is a must-see comedic yet tragic show that paints a crude but realistic portrait of mass incarceration in the US. It is based on Peterson’s 20-year personal experience working and performing in more than 35 penitentiaries across the country. With more than 2.5 million people behind bars, America is the world’s leading prison superpower. When I asked what made her embark on this difficult journey - she first developed the play in 2003 to expose the racial disparities that feed the economic and industrial nature of privately owned prisons in America – Peterson’s answer was clear. “Anyone who cares about freedom and equality and humanity can’t help but be moved to action once you understand what mass incarceration is. The Prison Industrial complex is a human rights crisis, like slavery was for our ancestors. Could you imagine if our ancestors just accepted the inhumane system of slavery and didn’t fight, didn’t dream? How can I not fight and dream of a world without oppression? I’m a Black woman, a descendant of abolitionists, fiercely in tune with my humanity, bearing witness to a great injustice. It’s my duty to continue the legacy of ringing the alarm and fighting for freedom”.  I asked what would you do

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ings through art, the mind can begin to let go of trauma by transferring images and ideas to another object of the patient’s creation. Art therapy can help veterans communicate memories, relieve stress and reduce symptoms of trauma-related disorders. • Craft Therapy. Craft therapy has been proven to be an extremely effective PTSD treatment, and ample evidence suggests it has a positive overall impact on brain function. Foremost, craft therapy helps vets take their minds off events that may have led to their illness. Engaging in craft activities has been shown to address cognitive, neurological and sensory-motor needs by targeting performance skills. It has been shown

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or its new home, designed by David Adjay, the Studio Museum unveils the design for its planned 82,000-Square-Foot Building and announces they have rasied 70% of the $175 Million Capital Campaign. A press conference was held at Red Rooster on Tuesday, September 26th where the Studio Museum unveiled its plans for it’s new space. “I am pleased to see this face-lift and significant investment in one of our important cultural institutions. To me this means the African-American culture and opportunities for African-American artists will remain in Harem for decades to come,”

said Pat Stevenson, publisher of the Harlem Community New. Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Raymond J. McGuire, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, announced that the historic groundbreaking for the Museum’s new building, designed by Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Cooper Robertson, will take place during the 50th anniversary year of 2018. The completion of design development and the success of the quiet phase of the fundraising effort now make it possible to envision a late fall 2018 start for construction of this new home for the

Studio Museum, the premier center for contemporary artists of African descent, the principal visual art institution in Harlem, and a magnet for visitors from around the world. With plans for the building having received a warm welcome from the community and enthusiasm and support from New York City officials, the Studio Museum today unveiled the design and made public a capital campaign led by the Board of Trustees, with a goal of $175 million to meet hard and soft construction costs, provide an operating and capital reserve, and build endowment. A range of education and community programs inaugurated

as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary will ensure that the Studio Museum remains a vital presence in Harlem and throughout the art world during the construction period. “For almost half a century, the Studio Museum has been a jewel of the Harlem community,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “I’m proud to support this great institution as it prepares to build a wonderful new home, so that it can do even more to represent Harlem with integrity and authenticity.”

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ars 1880 and 1920, Harlem was populated by Italians, Irish, and Jewish, who had settled in the area. For example, Southern Italians populated Italian Harlem, what we know today as Spanish Harlem. Prominent past immigrant residents have greatly influenced history. For example, Marcus Garvey

was born in Jamaica, and in 1914, in New York, he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), the largest black organization at the time. Golden Globe nominated actress Rita Hayworth, was the daughter of Spanish immigrants and grew up in Spanish Harlem.

Also, Claude McKay was a Jamaican immigrant whose sonnet “If We Must Die” is considered a landmark of Harlem Renaissance and his 1928 novel Home to Harlem became a bestseller and won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, the son of Italian immigrants who lived in Harlem, served for three terms as New York City’s first Italian-American mayor, from 1934 to 1945, and for whom the city’s LaGuardia Airport is named. Harlem is still home to a thriving immigrant population. Little Senegal, or Le Petit Senegal, is filled with immigrants from several francophone African countries. A quarter of Spanish Harlem, or El Barrio, is foreign-born, with Mexican immigrants accounting for about a quar-

ter of the foreign-born, Dominicans nearly a fifth, and Ecuadorians around 7 percent. Of all of the Dominican immigrants in the US, over 40 percent live in Washington Heights, or Little Dominican Republic. Petit Paris, or Frederick Douglass Boulevard from 116th to 125th and Lenox Avenue from 116th to 125th, is filled with a strong presence of French owned and operated restaurants, cafes, and bars. The French owned and operated restaurant Cheri, located on 231 Lenox, was named the #1 restaurant in Harlem. Today, Harlem has welcomed distinguished immigrants such as prominent celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson, an Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef and restaurateur, who is the head chef of the renowned Red Rooster

on Lenox Avenue and 125th street. Also, Representative Adriano Espaillat, born in the Dominican Republic, the first Dominican-American member of Congress, is a Harlem resident. These amazing immigrants, and their children, who have contributed to making Harlem a historical and iconic neighborhood, will continue to attract immigrants and tourists from around the world. Harlem’s immigrant legacy is what will continue to make Harlem the international hub of diversity and multiculturalism that it is known for today. Elektra B. Yao is a multilingual  Immigration Attorney, the daughter of a West African Father and an Italian Mother, and a Harlem resident. She grew up in Harlem and runs her immigration practice in Harlem.

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living at home, and enrolling in an accelerated program. “Throughout our 10 years of conducting this study, families have consistently demonstrated they are determined to make college happen, and they’ve also become more value-conscious as they pay for higher education,” said Raymond J. Quinlan, chairman and chief executive officer, Sallie Mae. For those families with college-bound students, Sallie Mae recommends a 1-2-3 approach. • Maximize money that doesn’t need to be repaid. Scholarships and grants paid 35 percent of college costs last school year; and scholarships were used by 49 percent of all families. You can get in on this action by utilizing free scholarship search tools from companies like Fastweb, Chegg, and

Sallie Mae. To stay organized, maintain a spreadsheet of each scholarship’s details, including application due dates. • Explore federal student loans. All college-bound students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, no matter what they believe their eligibility is – and repeat this every year they are in school. This is the key to securing federal and state financial aid for college. To learn more, visit fafsa.ed.gov. • Consider a responsible private student loan. Regardless of cost, nearly all families (98 percent) agreed college is an investment in a student’s future, and 86 percent of families said they expected their child to attend college since he or she was preschool age or younger. Even further, 59 percent said they expected their child to pursue a graduate degree. Making these

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the use of this healing energy internally or externally. In Korea the Taoist healing art of Chunsoo is also referred to as “Mother’s Hands”, because a mother’s touch with the vibration of unconditional love energy can be healing. We have the ability to heal ourselves and others if we allow ourselves to accept the universal energy of oneness, the love of self and all things we are connected to. The energy of the human body can be affected by touch, the nature of the touch can lower the human energy field to produce negative vibrations or raise the human energy field to produce positive energy vibrations. Taoist energy healing methods such as Chunsoo can

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hank God for parental guidance and influence! All those days of being forced to go to school when we wanted to play hooky, or didn’t want to face or deal with someone who was giving us a bad time, or didn’t have our homework ready really paid off. I can remember my fourth-grade year . . . not wanting to go to school because my parents bought me a really ugly pair of black-and- white saddle oxford shoes. I had to wear those shoes every day! Needless to say those shoes caused me more grief than I could bear. I wanted something stylish and cute, but my parents went for sturdiness and versatility. They reasoned that everything goes with black and white! I was the only one in the entire school with those shoes. I looked and felt like

By Audrey Adams Popeye’s girlfriend, Olive Oyl. But you can also bet that I had to wear those shoes, no if’s, ands or buts about it. The ridicule was intense for an already insecure girl. My dad’s words of advice were, “Sticks and stones will break your bones but name will never hurt you, now go to school!” So I decided to only wear black-and-white clothing to school. I also decided to put a smile on my face and walk

proud in those ugly shoes, which I lovingly cleaned and polished each day. The teasing and taunting gradually stopped. Whew!  I also thanked God when I grew out of those shoes. I’m not saying that my shoe problem is on level with any of the challenges I’ve faced as an adult, but when I think back, I’m rather proud of myself for having come up with a solution to the problem. The shoes didn’t change: I did. It happens to all of us: From time to time life throws us a few curve balls. The lessons learned in our youth can help us to get up and dust ourselves off and keep going regardless. Whether it’s a work problem, financial problems, relationship problems, health problems or just plain old problems; we manage to make it through the day.

Nevertheless I’ve noticed that sometimes when I’m faced with a “situation” I forget that early lesson. Then I tend to focus on the situation and forget about my needs. You probably do that too and it’s not good. The first thing to go is usually the manicure, the hair appointment, working out, eventually I fall into a rut. The rut becomes a pit full of me. I don’t have to tell you what comes next: sleepless nights (under eye circles, fatigue, anxiety), loss of physical energy (inability to think and reason properly), over or under eating (weight gain or loss, vitamin depletion) and top it all off with raggedy nails, split ends and poor physical condition! How we choose to deal with adversity is important. This may sound a little silly, but I want to encourage you to

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t struck in a second. If you’d have blinked, you would have missed the flash but you’d’ve known it was there by the rumble that followed. There’s nothing like the power and beauty of a summer thunderstorm to put respect into you – except, as in the new novel “Lightning Men” by Thomas Mullen, maybe the crack of a gun. Even from the front of the truck, Officers Lucian Boggs and Tommy Smith could see that this was trouble. They’d known for a time that if anyone was going to stop illegal substances from flowing into the part of Atlanta known as “Darktown,” it would have to be them. White police officers wouldn’t bother arresting “Lightning Men” who brought drugs and moonshine in; they didn’t

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