A Note From The President
Were you aware that a child is abducted every 40 seconds in this country? Moreover, did you know that over 40% of these children are African American? If not, you are not alone because few people are aware of this epidemic. The truth is that African American children receive limited media coverage when they go missing. Sadly, without this exposure it is less likely that they will be safely found. The staff at Peas In Their Pods work diligently to spread awareness about this issue by alerting media outlets as needed when African American children are missing or abducted. Our mission is to make communities aware of the plight of these children, and to make them a national priority. Since its inception in March of 2007, Peas In Their Pods has garnered a lot of attention from radio shows, newspapers, and magazines. The momentum is definitely growing. However, your help is needed to help find these missing children. We ask everyone to help us in this crusade, because.... It's Everyone's Job To Save Our Children..!!! Sincerely,
GaĂŠtane F. Borders, President Peas In Their Pods www.peasintheirpods.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Honoring Mom Beautiful bouquets of roses and day lilies, sweet pancakes for brunch, and adorable handmade cards are surely to be a big hit on May 10th this year. Why…well its Mother’s’ Day! This is the day that we pay tribute and honor the leading lady in our lives…our mom. She somehow makes everything seem so effortless, like multi-tasking responsibilities to simply knowing the right thing to say to make everything better. She’s the one that we think of when we aren’t feeling well, and we always know that she’s got our back…no matter what! Of course, we should appreciate everything that our mothers do for each and every day. However, let’s face it, sometimes we take her for granted. So on May 10th, be sure to make her feel as special as you know she is. It doesn’t take a lot of money or time to do so. Instead use your creativity and sincerity because they are truly priceless. Here are some easy ideas of things you can do to honor your mom: Make her breakfast in bed Surprise her with fresh fruit, oatmeal with brown sugar, scrambled eggs, bacon, and freshly squeezed orange juice all on a platter. Add some fresh flowers to liven the displayed feast.
Create a Photo Album Online photo sharing programs are a great idea in this digital era. Compile pictures of you and your mom and add captions. This is a gift that she can look at over and over again, and is sure to treasure!
Give her flowers Generally speaking, moms love flowers. However, instead of ordering a bouquet, get bulbs. Choose flowers that have meaning to her. Make it a family activity to plant the bulbs in the spot that she wants on Mother’s Day, knowing that she will enjoy them for years to come.
Present her with a Journal Use colorful paper, or purchase a journal in which you can detail your 50 (or more) favorite times with her. She may not know just how much you treasure certain memories, so chronicle them for her!
Write a poem You can use the poem in many ways. One way you can use it is to hand write it in a Mother’s Day card. You can also write the poem on the back of an old picture of the two of you. Or you can frame your poem and sign it. The possibilities are endless…
Challenge Your Storm One thing that everyone should always take into consideration is that none of us are immune to the trials and tribulations of life, but that doesn't mean that we have to stand there and let our storms overtake us. There are so many times that I've heard people say that they are down and out. No...you may be down, but you're definitely not out. Sure there have been times when I have felt like throwing in the towel, but I know that if I do that leaves every and any space for the enemy to come in and take hold of everything that I have, and that is something that I can not and will not let happen. I never knew how much strength that I had inside of myself until that day that I stood up and challenged my storm. I have always told myself that I was capable of anything, and didn't need anybody. The funny thing is, the first part of it is true, but the second part is something that you tell yourself when you are living inside the box, and in the world. Now don't get me wrong, I am not professing to be holy, sanctified, and filled with the holy spirit to where I can look down my nose at anyone considering the fact that I too still make mistakes, and am not through making them, but the truth of the matter is, we all need somebody. Think about this, when we get into trouble, trouble that mommy, daddy, grandma, grandpa, etc., etc. can not bail us out of who is first person that we call on? God! See this where it all became interesting for me. When I fell flat on my face and couldn't call on anyone to pick me up because no one was there, I called on God. He has brought me through more than this smile lets on, and I can never repay Him for what He has done for me. He taught me how to stand up, and challenge my storm. Loving Him, is loving yourself enough to know that sometimes we all need someone, but let that someone be Him. I'm not here to preach at anyone, but I do have to say this...allow yourself to be bold enough to challenge your storm. Sometimes, even when we think that we are at our weakest points, God still has something in store for us. "When we are down to nothing, God is always up to something ~ Bishop T.D. Jakes." Challenge yourself to challenge your storm. Much Love & God Bless, Paula Whitebear-Burton Warrior's For Christ (W.F.C) Founder, Coordinator, & Organization Manager
Short Story When Cheyenne was around 10 years old she went for a walk with her older cousin. They walked to a nearby apartment complex where she could play with lots of other children. Many hours had passed, and Cheyenne grew hungry, thirsty and tired so she went to tell her cousin. When she entered the apartment, she found Rachel soundly asleep on the couch. Instead of waiting, Cheyenne decided that she would just walk home. She started out going north on Garden Street. She passed familiar things but she couldn’t exactly tell where she was, so she kept walking. Hours later, Rachel would wake up find Cheyenne missing and the neighborhood children said they saw her get into a car with a stranger. Cheyenne thought to herself, “Too much time has passed, I am lost.” She began crying, but she kept walking. Then, a glimmer of hope, she saw the Amway as she was walking, then the entrance to Keney Park. “I know, auntie’s house is by the pond – I’ll go there!” she exclaimed as she dried her eyes. She went into the entrance of the park and just kept walking. Little did she know she would end up almost 15 miles from where she started in a town called Windsor. Two ladies found saw a little girl, slowly walking with her head down, tears streaming down her face. They talked to her but she was shy and afraid. The ice cream truck came by and they bought her a hotdog as she told them where she lived. They asked her why she hadn’t called home and she admitted that she couldn’t remember her telephone number. The police were called and soon she was home with her family. This was a happy ending but not all stories end this way. In the time it took me to type up these events (which is based upon a story), 31 children were reported missing. Based on the percentage rate, 14 of them are African American. The first few hours of knowing a child is missing are the most critical. The sooner the child is found, in many cases the better the outcome. In the time it will take you to read this, I estimate 14 more will be missing. That is why I joined Peas In Their Pods. 1 out of every 4 missing children never returns home. Out of those that do, 10% experience physical or emotional trauma. Our children are our future. It takes a village to raise one, and a village to find one. The digital age has brought myriad tools to aid in our efforts to keep our babies safe; the Internet, instant messaging and various alert platforms take social media and social responsibility to a new level. This is why I forward Rilya alerts, and do whatever I can to help. I challenge all parents and non-parents alike to do the same. Submitted anonymously by A supporter of Peas In Their Pods For the latest and most updated information about missing African American children, please visit www.peasintheirpods.com
In Memory of Rilya Wilson – Peas In Their Pods: Rilya Alert
Fun Recipe 5/5/2009 12:34:00 PM
Almond Chocolate Bark
35 saltine crackers 1 cup butter 1 cup packed light brown sugar Â˝ teaspoon almond or chocolate extract 1 24 oz. milk chocolate chips 1 pack of toffee chocolate pieces Line a 15x10 jelly roll pan with foil. Light spray foil with nonstick cooking spray. Place saltine crackers, salty side up, in prepared pan. In a saucepan, boil butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in extract. Pour mixture over crackers and bake for 4-6 minutes. Remove from oven and top with candy and spread evenly as chocolate begins to melt. I sometimes put it back into oven to get the chips melted well. Top with toffee pieces and cool. I cool mine in the frig. They freeze well.
For My Daughter, Mai Luna Michelle Rice (b. October 25, 1967 - d. May 22, 1999) The song you wrote under the midnight lamp of sorrow was for your eyes only; a slow sad jazzy lament, a sax's wail:
a B-flat, E-flat complaint, a spiritual even ... of night after night (For My Daughter â€“ continued from Page 4) of eyes-wide, clear-sight. Now you know, but cannot see your way to light. Lost without a compass or a moon, and dawn seems too far to travel (alone); and the heart is crushed and slowed almost to nothing as the sax slides through a key change signaling the end of a bridge to morning that cannot meet you at the gate, and you are stuck without a key: E-flat? B-flat? F? Nothing's working and the jamb is swollen and your palms against the portal have not the proper strength to push (push) (push) (push).... The song you wrote --- you wrote. You wrote it. It fades to brushes lightly striking drumhead; the beat slows....slows....slows.... Now.... out. lee barbara connally copyright 2003
Health Corner 5/5/2009 12:33:00 PM
Many are unaware that April is the month where we focus on promoting Minority Health. It is an effort to bring awareness to the health disparities that exist and to also educate and encourage minorities to take charge of their health and wellness. However, awareness months are not enough; we need to keep our health in check daily. The medical research and development community has made great progress in treating diseases, yet minorities still have the highest mortality rates. The statistics from the Office of Minority Health clearly indicates the following areas: Asthma • From 2003-2005, African American children had a death rate 7 times that of non-Hispanic White children. • African Americans had asthma-related emergency room visits 4.5 times more often than Whites in 2004. • American Indian/Alaska Native adults were 60% more likely to be diagnosed with asthma, in 2006. • Asian Americans generally have lower rates of asthma than the White population, but they had a 50% greater death rate in 2003. • Puerto Rican Americans have almost three times the asthma rate as compared to the overall Hispanic population. • Puerto Ricans report 2.5 times more asthma attacks per year than nonHispanic Whites. Cancer • Although breast cancer is diagnosed 10% less frequently in African American women than White women, African American women are 34% more likely to die from the disease. • American Indian Women are 1.7 times as likely to die from cervical cancer as compared to white women. • Asian/Pacific Islander men and women have higher incidence and mortality rates for stomach and liver cancer. • In 2004, Hispanic women are twice as likely as non-Hispanic white women to be diagnosed with cervical cancer. Chronic Liver Disease • African American men are 80% more likely to have chronic liver disease than non-
Hispanic White men. • Asian Americans are 2.2 times more likely to die from chronic liver disease, as compared to non-Hispanic Whites. (Health Corner – continued from Page 6) • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders are seven times more likely to be diagnosed with chronic liver disease, as compared to non-Hispanic Whites. • Both Hispanic men and women have a chronic liver disease rate that is twice that of the White population. • Hispanic men and women are almost twice as likely to die from chronic liver disease, as compared to the non-Hispanic White population. • In 2004, chronic liver disease was the fifth leading cause of death for all American Indian/Alaska Native men, and the third leading cause of death for men, ages 35-44. • The overall death rate for American Indian/Alaska Natives is 2.6 times higher than for the White population, in 2005. Diabetes • African American adults were 1.9 times more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician. • American Indian/Alaska Native adults were 2.3 times as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes. • In Hawaii, Native Hawaiians are more than 5.7 times as likely as Whites living in Hawaii to die from diabetes. • Mexican American adults were 1.9 times more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.
These are just a few of the many other diseases that affect the mortality rates of the minority population. The main purpose of this article is not only to bring awareness but to also activate a change in behaviors. Take advantage of the free and low cost screenings; visit your doctors regularly; eat healthy; exercise and pass on the information to others. Do not become complacent with these themed months, awareness pins, buttons or symbols but take a good look at yourself - realize that your actions may determine the time you have here to enjoy life with your loved ones.
Dr. Kirnon is the founder of Solutions Health & Wellness and the co-founder of Solutions Cancer Resource Center, Inc. Dr. Kirnon is a strong advocate for the under-served communities focusing on educating and empowering others with the information they need to improve their health.
Parenting Corner I recently met with a client who had come to me for counseling. She stated that her husband encouraged her to come in because he had concerns about her emotional stability. In listening to her describe her weekly routine; it became clear that this young woman spent all of her waking hours taking care of her two young children and husband. She typically did not go to bed at night until three in the morning because she would do housework after her children had gone to bed. I asked her if she ever spent time with friends or by herself out of the house. She reflected momentarily, but eventually responded in a soft voice, “no.” In fact, she was unable to share what her favorite pastime is. Remembering who you are is something that all parents have to remember. I have found both personally and professionally, that women seem to have more difficulty with this concept. Our personal goals, interests, and passions are frequently halted once we have children. We immerse ourselves in being mommy, and taking care of all of those around us. It is critically important that we nurture our children by being present emotionally, spiritually, and physically. However, we simply have to remember to nurture ourselves as well. Sometimes we feel guilty or selfish if we say that we need time apart from our children or spouse. But guess what? That individual time may very well help you maintain your sanity. Whether its fifteen minutes a day, or two hours a week…make sure to take your me time. Do the things you once enjoyed like painting, socializing, playing an instrument, and going to the movies or plays. This will help you to feel more fulfilled, and will ultimately help you to be an even better parent! Happy Parenting, Gaétane Borders, MA, ABD President, Peas In Their Pods www.peasintheirpods.com Gaétane Borders is a certified School Psychologist who works closely with the inner-city youth and their parents. She is an advocate of children rights, and works tirelessly to help parents achieve healthy, harmonious, and emotionally stable environments for children. She is also a sought after media consultant, as she is often featured in print, radio, and television.
Have a parenting question for Gaétane, email her at email@example.com and have your question featured in our next issue!
Greetings From Me To You,, P.E.A.S Magazine a supplemental print in correlation with “ Peas In Their Pods “ who’s mission is to inform our communities near and beyond about when one of our children have been placed in harms way, missing, exploited, and the individuals whom for reasons unknown cause such horrendous acts against children from all walks of life. When you visit “Peas In Their Pods” website you will get a better understanding about the priority alert and how essential it is in getting information out to everyone as quickly as the report. Every second is critical in saving a child from instant danger. The African American community as stated by Gaétane F. Borders, President Peas In Their Pods has not gotten the much deserved attention when it comes to our children. We as a community have to form coalitions within all entities for the safety, well-being, future of our children, this is our responsibility. I am pleased and honored to be apart of this organization, I asked for your commitment in supporting the mission of Peas In Their Pods. It is about the children first, always. Sincerely, Denise Bethune Editor
Peas In Their Pods Organizational goal is to find missing children, fight against child abuse, and get any information out to the public reg...