A Beautiful Day: Engaging in Creative Activities is Good for Your Health


A Beautiful Day-Spoken Word Positive Poem Using YouTube Studio Audio Library

With current technology, anyone can be an artist and publish music online. Opinions are diverse about whether this is a good thing.  However, what is true is that technology makes the fun of being an artist accessible to anyone with a computer, interest and time.  YouTube Studio is a readily accessible tool with an audio library with music that can be used freely for YouTube videos.  Let's discuss...

The Greatest Love of All by Michael Masser and Linda Creed - An Anthem to Be Your Own Hero


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May 2024

Living an inspired life is an acceptance that you are ultimately responsible for your own happiness. Our family and friends love us as much as their capacity, but they also have their own life to live. It is not fair or realistic to expect others to love us more than we are willing to love ourselves. What are ways that we can cultivate self-love? One way is to listen to inspirational music. One of my favorite inspirational songs is 'The Greatest Love of All' by Michael Masser (music) and Linda Creed (lyrics) because it is a reminder that loving yourself is a gift. Let's discuss... 

Mother's Day: A Celebration of Motherhood and Memories


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May 12, 2024

On May 8, 1914, the U.S. Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. The history of the holiday goes back to 1868 when Ann Jarvis organized a committee to establish a "Mother's Friendship Day", with a purpose to reunite families separated due to the Civil War. After Ann Jarvis passed away, her daughter Anna Jarvis continued her efforts. Today, Mother's Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. Traditional celebrations include going out to dinner, buying flowers and candy, seeing a show, or  just spending quality time with Mom.  In the midst of the celebratory spirit of Mother's Day, some families experience feelings of loss and grief as they cope with the loss of their Mother.  Let's discuss....

It's Up to You


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Today is yours; live it.

Love is abundant; share it.

Poetry Fridays: Ode to Forgiveness


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May 3, 2024
Poetry Fridays. Today's theme is forgiveness

Redefining Family: Dr. Kris Marsh's - The Love Jones Cohort-Single and Living Alone in the Black Middle Class

Traditionally, being happy and successful as an adult meant having a spouse, children, a career and a home.  However, the definition of what makes a family is evolving. A significant number of today's households include single adults with or without children.  Dr. Marsh's book, The Love Jones Cohort, Single and Living Alone in the Black Middle Class, studies the lifestyles of a segment of the population who made good educational and financial decisions, but who are living single. Instead of seeing their singlehood as basis of society wondering, "What's wrong with you?" Dr. Marsh aims to remove the stigma of living single and encourages single people to enjoy their lives. Per Dr. Marsh, "I'm just trying to destigmatize singlehood."  Let's discuss....

Dr. Todd Grande: YouTube Therapist Answers Questions With Tact and a Dose of Humor


Dr. Todd Grande's Psychology YouTube Channel has a plethora of interesting videos

April 19, 2024

Dr. Todd Grande is a licensed professional counselor of mental health, licensed chemical dependency professional and has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education. His popular YouTube channel has 1.43 million subscribers and 3.2k videos.  What is his appeal? Let's discuss...

Managing the Negotiation Within, Resolving Conflicts by Utilizing the Internal Family Systems Model by David A. Hoffman, Esq.

A Video Review

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One of the goals of the Program on Negotiation is to increase public awareness of successful conflict resolution processes (As discussed in Part 1).  Even though the program is based at Harvard Law School, the information disseminated is not just for lawyers and professional mediators.  Attorney and mediator David A. Hoffman's presentation, "Managing the Negotiation Within: The Internal Family Systems Model", shares the benefits of utilizing the Internal Family Systems Model to make the world a better place. Let's discuss... 

A Presidential Candidate for the People: Netflix's Biographical Drama Shirley Wins!


Netflix's Shirley Movie Poster courtesy of Wikipedia

The Honorable U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's 1972 historical run for the presidency of the United States is the basis for Netflix's Shirley.  Let's discuss... 

The Program on Negotiation Offers Resources on Conflict Resolution - Part 1

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As this blog enters its seventh year (thank you readers), I decided to revisit my first blog topic Compassionate Disagreements from a different angle. Disagreements are often the precursors to conflicts.  According to the Social Work Theories, offered by the Mary Livermore Library, "Conflict theory claims that society is in a perpetual conflict and competition for limited resources."  Unresolved conflicts disrupt internal and external peace and often result in domestic and international violence. In an effort to make conflict resolution resources readily accessible, the Program on Negotiationbased at Harvard Law School, is "dedicated to improving the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution." Let's discuss.....

The Hammonds House Museum: A Destination for Lovers of Visual Art


                                                     The Hammonds House Museum

Atlanta, Georgia has a robust entertainment community. There are numerous museums, theaters, gardens, concert venues, sport events, etc.  Join me as we visit these various sites. You may want to visit them yourself. Let's discuss....

Origin (Film): A Beautiful Biographical Film With Emotion, Suspense and Heart

                                        Origin movie poster courtesy of Wikipedia

Origin is a 2023 film written and directed by Ava DuVernay, which is based on the life of Isabel Wilkerson as she writes her non-fiction book Caste: Origins of Our Discontents. Ms. Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, was asked by a publisher to write an article about the death of Trayvon Martin which would explore how racism played a major role in the incident. However, Ms. Wilkerson believed racism could not be the only reason. Why would a man of color, a Latino, pursue a black youth in an effort to protect a white neighborhood?  Could there be other reasons beyond race? Wilkerson's quest to unearth answers to these questions took her on an adventure to locations in the United States, Germany and India. Her purpose was to find reasons for racial disharmony that goes beyond the simple answer of racism. Ms. Wilkerson's conclusion is that racism in the United States is a type of caste system.  Let's discuss...

American Fiction (Film) Review - Get Ready to Laugh, Cry and Think


                                           American Fiction movie poster courtesy of Wikipedia

American Fiction is a movie directed by Cord Jefferson, who also wrote the screenplay, which is based on the book Erasure by Percival Everett

 Per the MGM website, 

        "AMERICAN FICTION is Cord Jefferson's hilarious directorial debut, which confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who’s fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain."

Let's discuss....