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Doing whatever one enjoys in life for a living invariably defines personal success and happiness

WORK, SATISFACTION AND SUCCESS Here’s something: “Success has become synonymous with financial wealth, influence and status. But can we define success in another way — one that welcomes a broader range of accomplishment? It may not be as obvious as you think.” So reads an online introduction to the subject of success, and how it is defined in different societies. Ted Radio Hour is an interesting one-hour program “about arts and life… ideas, inventions, new ways of thinking and creating… heard weekends (Saturdays at 12 noon, repeated on Sunday) on CJAD radio. The narrator’s name is Ted Raz, the subjects …

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Give thanks… Gratitude and Healing

Gratitude and pain, those two words don’t seem to go together, but I believe that gratitude is a key factor in the healing process. Gratitude assists in healing our wounds from our past and also assists us in moving towards a ‘hope-filled’ future. I love this quote that I heard a few years ago: “What you take for granted other people are praying for.” Doesn’t that make you think? I know; there are probably days when you don’t even want to get out of bed. I get it! And the last thing you may want to do is talk about …

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Having a Say on Father’s Day

The day is not exclusive to receiving. Many men and women, men more so, talk ruefully of the emotional emptiness they feel when thinking about their father. They may sense love there, but also big question marks: What did he feel? What did he stand for? What did I mean to him? Father’s Day will soon be here and it’s an apt time to ponder on the topic. The secondary school I attended hosted an annual Father/son Day concert. The disc jockey (whose job it appeared to my youthful mind was to see that all fathers made fools of themselves) …

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Common weight loss mistakes to avoid

According to research done at the University of Illinois, African American adults are nearly 1.5 times as likely to be obese compared with white adults. For many, weight loss success is measured by how quickly the weight comes off. The desire to reach the goal as soon as possible is understandable, but whether the weight is lost quickly or slowly, it should always be accomplished without compromising other aspects of one’s health. Losing weight in a healthy way and keeping it off can be quite challenging without proper guidance – hence the billion-dollar weight loss industry. The biggest mistake most …

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LAMENTATIONS (for A PEOPLE)

                These days with the Chinese, Caucasians and Indians manufacturing the widest range of bleach creams, the urgency of lamenting the plight of the African race cries out for even greater attention…. by Rasta Keith Let’s face it, no one should be told by any one else who they should or should not marry. Expressed differently, every person should feel free to fall in love with whomever they find the requisite chemical attraction and proceed to formalize their relationship in whatever manner they might wish. Even so, anyone concerned about the impoverishment of the Black race could hardly afford to ignore …

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TRULY A MESSED UP WORLD

So there they were again, G7 leaders at their annual summit, held this year in a place called Taormina, Italy. The gathering included the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, representing the political leaders of the seven major economies of the world. They discussed the important matters of the summit, such as their nation’s individual economies (as well as the global economy in general), the urgency of global warming… climate change, terrorism, etc. Once all the important matters of the world were discussed, the leaders used the latter day or two of the summit …

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The Struggle Is Real

The struggles of life become a part of our story Life can be full of loss, frustration, disappointment, struggle and challenges. Yes, the struggles of life are real, but they’re also a part of our journey, they shape us and change us. The struggles of life become a part of our story. If we only focus on the struggles of life we will be in a continual state of overwhelm, but we have to remember that God is not a God of overwhelm, but a God of peace. “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” [1 …

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Have we failed our Youth?

School will soon be out and the verdict will be in. Once parents begin to see their children’s grades the annual passing the blame game regarding the state of our education system will begin. Well it is what it is. But in 2017, passing the blame is certainly not a new game, as the system did not just begin its descent. As a community and as parents we have sat on the sidelines and made petty fuss, although this collision course has been taking place for quite some time. Regarding the education of our children, do the Black parents know …

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANYWAYS, MONTREAL

So Wednesday was a big day in and for the city of Montreal. It was a celebration of city’s 375th birthday. As if to herald a new day and beginning, church bells tolled sonorously. Politicians discarded their political colours for a day and came together in the celebratory spirit of the moment for Montreal. For most Montrealers—some to a greater degree than others—it was a big deal; they became caught up in the moment. But I dare say that many people of various ethno-cultural hues and stripes are indifferent; the birthday and what’s chalked up to be a major celebration …

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Attitude

Having a positive attitude doesn’t mean that everything is always perfect in your life, it just means that you’ve decided to look beyond life’s  imperfections and remain optimistic I’d like to talk  about attitude. What comes to mind when you think about your attitude? Have you ever been around people with a bad attitude? How did that make you feel? Have you been around people with a positive attitude? Do you remember how it felt being around that person? What do you want people to feel like when they are in your presence, uplifted or beat down? Winston Churchill famously …

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