Category: Conversation

Be Your Own Coach: Dre Baldwin of #WorkonYourGame

I caught up with Dre Baldwin of DreAllDay and Work On Your Game fame, one of the top content creators on mental toughness on YouTube. He is a professional basketball player who turned his successful international career into a brand for young athletes who want to control their careers. As he puts it, even the…
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A Smart Picture of Dr. Jones

Be Your Own Educator

Anika Madison interviews hometown hero, Dr. Billy P. Jones, a dedicated educator who uses his classroom as a springboard for more than just learning. We’re happy that Anika discovered his story! — My interview with Dr. Billy Jones took place in his office where he is always surrounded by treasured memories and an impressive library.…
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The body

Why We Don’t Heal

Healing is physical, but it’s also emotional and spiritual. This is an excerpt from an upcoming work I’m writing. I’m especially grateful to the folks at Hermitage Artist Retreat for giving me uninterrupted time to write. Your questions and comments are appreciated. — The most pervasive block to healing is guilt. A secondary block is…
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The Ties that Blind

For David I Muir, photographer extraordinaire, who asked for a word on connection. — The word connection is derived from an Old Latin word meaning “link” or “tie.” In fact, con means “with” in Spanish, and nexus is a word that is related linguistically to it. Connection has, of course, another meaning. Internet! Yes! the…
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The Disease of Freedom

Today’s #wordblog is from the incomparable Rich Ejire who you can find here. His word is “drapetomania”: a term coined by Samuel A. Cartwright during the 19th century to describe the “affliction” experienced by Black slaves that caused them to run away from their masters. —- “Do you want to be free, or do you…
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Is Fishing Really That Deep?

Kathleen O’Bryant of Mahogany Youth Corporation is to thank for this week’s #wordblog. She is a tireless advocate for youth with her husband Robert O’Bryant. — When I looked up the etymology of the word fish, I was startled to find a website completed devoted to the etymology of species of fish, that there are…
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Be still and (not) know

I’ve stumbled into meditation. Ahem. Actually, I was prompted to do meditation about 2 years ago, and found EVERY excuse not to take it on as a consistent practice. But then the other day, I felt a physical discomfort and spiritual discontent that was unfamiliar to me. I went on a nature walk. I listened…
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The use of guilt

You’d be surprised at how useful guilt is. No, really. When you’re trying to get things done, thinking about the negative consequences can be a powerful motivator. Especially when those consequences will be felt by someone you care about. But what about the consequences you face? What Guilt Is Bitten apple (clipped to polyvore.com) Guilt…
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The light is in your hands. Share it.

My Answer to War and Violence

Israel – Palestine. Ferguson. Ukraine – Russia. New York. Family home. Workplace. Your neighborhood. The violence perpetrated one to another isn’t as far away as we’d like to imagine. That means it’s not as easy to put ourselves at a safe distance. If you have any connection to social media at all, you’ll see that…
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Newness

To better get this message out to the world, and make it easier for you to share it, I’m making a few changes on my site. PLEASE… If you hit a bug, or a dead link, or a ghost picture, please let me know. As I said before, I want to make this as easy…
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