Those Pesky Gasses!! by Felecia Tucker

With all the weather episodes our world is facing one can’t help but stop and ask why? Is it the normal cycle of climate or are we humans leaving a mark that has propelled us into a dangerous place and is there a way out? I know many of you have heard of Global Warming before. This idea of Global Warming has been tossed to and fro from just about every political figure and religious organization across not only this country but the world.

 

Recent activities has again started the chatter about this intriguing yet needful conversation about Global Warming. What is it and is it really the cause of so much destruction?

Many years ago I watched a documentary called The Inconvenient Truth with former Vice President Al Gore. He presented scientific insight on the direction of our world as it relates to fossil fuels, greenhouse gasses, and the role humans play in harming our beloved Planet Earth. He spoke about how vehicle emissions, factory pollution, and deforestation has caused the instability of our atmosphere.

 

Humans of course are major contributors to our atmospheric demise, primarily oil companies. According to scientific studies this is the major cause of dangerous weather conditions. Earth is heating up because of those pesky greenhouse gasses. 

 

There are some government officials who claim that Global Warming is a hoax and there are others that look at the facts, evidence, and listen to scientific reasoning. Many countries across the world have joined in and pledged to take the necessary steps to slow down and even stop activities that contribute to the destruction of our planet. Our current administration refuses to be a part of the Global Warming solution. Many organizations have taken it upon themselves to take action to help save Planet Earth.

There is still much to be done and we all should do our part. Making small lifestyle changes can make a difference.

  • Driving less or carpooling will limit the amount of fuel being emitted into the air.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle will limit the amount of waste. Remember trash has to be dealt with and no matter how it is disposed, it causes harm to the planet.
  • Go solar, solar energy is more of a reality now then in years past.
  • Plant a tree, they not only give oxygen but take in carbon dioxide.

This very short list is just a start but there is so much more you can do to help our planet. It is up to us all to make a mindful decision to be a part of the solution and not the problem. President Barack Obama states, “climate change, its a threat that may define the contours of this century more than just about anything else.” How will you contribute towards stopping Global Warming? Our future depends on it!

 

 

About our Author:

Felecia is an educator and a blogger. She is working on her debut children’s chapter book Trudy, Swimming Against the Odds due out July 2015. Felecia resides in Hollywood, FL. bewareofed@blogspot.com

Felecia Tucker M.Ed

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Get Out -By Selena Haskins

You may have watched TV Shows like Cold Case, The First 48, or The Coroner, and many of those shows are based on real-life crimes. The investigation makes you curious and you hope that justice prevailed by the end of the episode. Well, recently, I wanted justice for two women. One was pregnant and murdered by her boyfriend and the other was pregnant as well and severely burned by her boyfriend. I said to myself, ‘why didn’t they GET OUT???’

After my anger cooled down at the men who committed these terrible acts, my mind began to analyze the subject of domestic violence. I realized it was probably not easy for those women to get out, and when one of them did leave, maybe it was too late. I absolutely loathe domestic violence, and I hate the acts of men who abuse or even kill a woman, but it also saddens me that some women choose to stay.

Stand By Your Man sang Tammy Wynette, and many women do stand by their men— with a blacked-eye and busted lip. They will defend their man even til’ his death or her own. Why? Perhaps their mothers stayed in abusive relationships or maybe they feel like they’re not smart enough or have enough money to survive on their own or they’re too afraid to leave. To quote a character from my book, A River Moves Forward, “the only excuse for a man who abuses women are the ones we give him.” Pray for the courage to leave, educate yourself, learn to make your own decisions, and to say NO to others without regrets. The more a woman can do for herself, the less she will have to depend on a man. Gone are the days of yesterday when he once romanticized you in a cunning way. What’s the reality?

An abusive man may have seemed sweet, kind, and respectful, but if a woman plays the scenes of yesterday all the way through in her mind, she just may notice some red flags that she missed. What should a woman do when she sees the red flags? Should she wait it out? Time won’t change a man the man must change himself, and he can only do that if he recognizes he has a problem and is willing to seek help. Remember, an abusive man is a sick man. You cannot heal him. The longer you stay in an abusive relationship, the harder it will be to leave.

Men who abuse women may have been abused themselves or witnessed domestic violence in their household. They may have also experienced a really bad break up and believe that if they allow themselves to be vulnerable again, that a woman will take advantage of him, so he becomes controlling. His control makes him feel powerful, and then he starts to become verbally abusive, and the verbal abuse leads to physical abuse, and ultimately the physical abuse leads to murder. Whatever other reasons psychologically or via his experiences in life, it is still NO excuse for him to abuse a woman, and he should seek help immediately!  In the meantime, be more concerned about your safety and your own life. Here is a list of some red flags you should not ignore.

  • Possessive and obsessive behavior – He wants to know your every move. Acts suspicious of others, especially other men. He isolates you from friends and family by having you cancel events or visits with them. He pays for everything including your rent, but it’s only to control what you wear or what you do.
  • Gets easily angry over little things.
  • Smacks you, because you made him jealous or didn’t do what he said, and then he showers you with more gifts and promises not to do it again.
  • He insists on having his way and does not compromise or consider your needs and feelings.
  • Abuses drugs or alcohol, and his abuse worsen while under the influence.
  • Threatens to kill you or himself if you leave.
  • He has a history of abusing women or violent criminal record.
  • He is always the victim. Nothing is his fault; it’s yours or somebody else’s.

GET OUT! Seek help from a family member or trusted friend. Call the domestic violence Hotline for professional guidance on this matter: 1-800-799-7233.

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Writer:  Selena Haskin

Selena-1058She is a native Washington who enjoys music, spirituality, basketball, and spending quality time with her family. As a young girl, Selena always had a vivid imagination, and would tell make-believe stories to her friends. As a teenager, Selena begin to journal her personal thoughts, and write poetry. Before long, her talent for writing was recognized by her high school English teacher, who encouraged her to write articles for the school newspaper. The articles motivated Selena to write many stories and essays, mostly as a hobby. After completing high school, Selena would major in English at Johnson C. Smith University, and the University of the District of Columbia

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How Do You Look at Yourself?- Simone Carter

For years I looked at myself as broken, worthless, and a failure. I continually compared myself to others around me forgetting that God made me differently than those around me. I’d look in the mirror and see someone completely useless because my life didn’t fit the usual.

My ideas on beauty and intelligence was just a sheer figure of my own imagination because I didn’t fit into what media said I was suppose to be.  Media said beauty wasn’t skin deep but how short your dress is and how big your breast is,  so I envied those who had what media idolized .  Looking in the mirror, little old me I read useless, worthless, and failure. I didn’t realize until now that I am sat apart because my beauty is more than my curves, but the beauty that will never be define by media or man alone.

 

That my beauty runs oh so skin deep and the intelligence of an intellectual woman of color flowing from me is what makes me-me. So as I stand tall in the mirror I see beauty, intelligence, creativity, and a conquer instead of what media tried feed me.

How do you look at yourself?

Six Things You cannot Change By Kimberly R. Jasper

You can huff and you can puff, but you cannot make him into something he’s not or do something he does not want to do. Maybe you wish he were a little more romantic or helped out around the house. Nagging, yelling, and pouting haven’t gotten you anywhere because you can’t make him change. He may make adjustments to his behavior if he really cares about the relationship, but ultimately, it is just an adjustment and not a change.

  1. GROW UP

If he was immature when you met him, chances are he’s going to stay that way. It goes further than him just being childish; he is actually just being himself.  He may eventually outgrow some of his playfulness, but he may never mature to full capacity.  Change may occasionally occur, but only through time and life experience, not due to any pressure from you.  If he’s too childish for you, you will be waiting a long time for him to grow up.  Leave him to his “child’s play” and find a man more suitable for your level of maturity.

 

  1. BE ATTENTIVE

He’s not ignoring you, he’s just being himself. Totally self-absorbed.  If he wasn’t very attentive when the two of you met, not even acrobatics can get him to change.  It may be no more than a symptom of relationship ADD or it may be that he is not attentive by nature and there’s not much you can do to change either of those things.  He’s not being insensitive, he’s just being himself.  A man will change on his own terms, but unless he’s innately attentive, that won’t be a change he’ll make.  Likewise, if he’s romantic at heart, he will not likely change into a bad boy at your request.

LISTEN TO YOU

Constant misunderstandings? Chances are he’s just not listening to you.  If your man simply won’t listen and you have the feeling that he just doesn’t understand you; that is something that you cannot change on command.  His lack of listening skills and/or plain disinterest is not a flaw that can be fixed; it may just be who he is.  The more you complain about him not listening, the less he listens.  It will always be his decision what change is made and this is the least likely.  Let him listen to the sound of you walking out the door.

 

  1. BE AS SUPPORTIVE AS YOUR GIRLFRIENDS

Well, let’s start with the fact that he is NOT your girlfriend, and I’m sure you don’t want him to be. If that were the case, you would just be in a relationship with your girlfriend.  Men are just not capable of using all parts of their brain at the same time, so what appears to be disinterest, or lack of empathy, is just him taking it all in.  He will more likely take a moment before responding and you will never see the “I know girl” look on his face, because he really doesn’t know.  Take this opportunity to gain a different perspective from him, then go hang out with your girlfriends and get that “girl power” pep talk and support you need.

 

  1. BE FAITHFUL

This is not at all to say that a man cannot be faithful. I am saying that you cannot make him be faithful.  If he has cheated in the past, and is unfaithful by nature, don’t take on the challenge of being the woman to make him change his ways.  That is a myth.  A man can change, but it is solely up to him, and he has to really want to.  No amount of aerobics or swinging from the chandelier is going to make him faithful when he wants to cheat.

 

  1. MARRY YOU

If a man does not want to commit, there is no way you can make him do so. Whether it be fear or just bad timing, you can’t make him move unless he wants to.  Like a stubborn old mule that refuses to drink, he would most likely just drown.  If he’s not ready, no amount of threats or ultimatums will get him ready.  A man will make that move in his own time.  Make sure that you are not waiting in vain, and that both of you remain on the same page.  If marriage is not in his plan, but it’s in yours, you might want to find someone that’s ready for marriage.

Author bio:

Kimberley R. Jasper was raised in Jamaica Queens, New York and still describes herself as a true New Yorker through and through despite currently residing in Humble, Texas with her family. From horror fiction with a mystical twist to erotic thrillers, this author does it all with well-seasoned finesse.

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Have You discovered who you are?-Letrise Carter

Have you ever heard someone say, “Life can be beautiful, it’s what you make of it.”  Well, that statement is very true.   Usually when we discover something that we are passionate about we tend to make plans that allow us to execute and excel.  When you discover who you are, who you belong to, and who your father is then you become unstoppable.  You don’t realize that you just unlocked the key to your power, your gift, your talent, and your purpose.  The power within you does not belong to man and he or she cannot began to understand your vision, your purpose, or your passion that lives within you.  I overheard a co-worker say, people die not knowing their purpose and who they are.  Now, that is a shame to die not knowing who you are.  Would you like to find your purpose, your passion, an you?  Here are some suggestions that will help you get to know who you are.

  1. Seek God in Prayer to open you eyes and Heart
  2. Read Purpose Awakening by Toure’ Roberts http://www.toureroberts.com/
  3. Find a mentor who is doing what your heart desires to do.
  4. Take a class or shadow your mentor to learn about what you desire.
  5. Put your trust an faith in God plan for your purpose and your life.

Discovering who you are will be the best gift you could give yourself.  Once you get past your fears and struggles of who you are and where you should be in your life.  You will be a powerful force to be reckoned with.  Do you realized how blessed and gifted you are? Do you trust yourself enough to believe in the power you hold within you?  This is short and straight to the point because life is short.  You get one time to make it right.  So, are you dreaming about doing something great and just watching your life pass you by.  Step back and examine your life, your goals, and come up with a plan to first find out who you are.  If you don’t know who you are, how can you expect to discover your journey, your passion, and your purpose.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman

What Happened, Miss Simone?-Felicia Malone

In undergrad, I discovered that most of my favorite songs by my favorite contemporary artists were remakes. Part of my attraction to an artist is the song itself along with admiration for his/her ability to sing. I felt duped. I began this search for originality. I bought any artist I considered, ‘old school’ at my age – Al Green, Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder.

I discovered Nina Simone in the oddest place. I heard, “I Want A Little Sugar in My Bowl,” while watching Point of No Return, a movie about a female assassin.  I chuckled at the lyrics and was curious about the voice behind the words. I hunted for the album. I found a Greatest hits CD in a little record store on Green Street. I listened intrigued by Simone’s ability to teach, as well as, entertain through song.

I first heard of a Nina Simone movie online. There was an internet uproar over the casting of Zoe Saldana as Simone is an authorized story of Simone’s life. That movie has yet to be released.  “What Happened ,Miss Simone?”   is the documentary over a decade in the making. It is the ‘truth’ Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone, wanted the world to see. I am not a fan of ‘biopics’ told without the approval of the family. It loses credibility in my eyes. It is no more than fan fiction. On the other hand, some decry family approved biopics as painting the subject’s life in rosy colors.  “What Happened,Miss Simone?” is as raw and unapologetic as Miss Nina herself.

“What Happened, Miss Simone?” begins with a performance. It is only fitting as Nina Simone was an international performer known for her unique voice and classical piano. The story takes the viewer on an emotional progression. We grow with Nina as she goes from a little girl playing piano in church to her days at Julliard, her struggle from night club singer to international star. Then, there is the abusive marriage, the Civil Rights Movement, backlash from her activism, exodus to Liberia, resurgence in Europe, and through it all – the music. That is what I love about this story. There is so much history. Simone’s colleagues were Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Lorraine Hansberry, and Langston Hughes. Can you even imagine?

Throughout the documentary, there are excerpts of her diary that reveal her brilliance juxtaposed with her struggle with mental illness. This resonated with me as I lost a friend to mental illness. It is taboo in our culture and I was pleased to see that the writers did not shy away from revealing this about Simone.

Like Bridgette Fonda in Point of No Return, Simone was a cultural assassin. She challenged standards of beauty, the musical canon, and acceptable political activism of the time. It made her unique and beloved but it also cost her professionally.

I definitely recommend seeing “What Happened, Miss Simone?”, which is now streaming on Netflix.

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