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B.Y.O.S. Bring Your Own Scooper



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While traveling a few days ago I found myself with some extra time in the airport. Usually I am responding to emails, working on some writing or even catching a nap. But this day I ended wandering the terminal looking for a distraction. I came across a neat little novelty candy shop. Before I knew it I was racking up a few bucks worth of gummies, crunchies and the likes. As I went back for more jelly beans, the cashier and I started laughing at my method of gathering my goodies. She noticed I had grabbed the larger scooper from one candy section to use in another. When asked why, I figured everyone did it. After all, who wants to waste time with a small scooper right?

I still had time before I took off so it got me to thinking about life, scoopers and how we use them. First, the scooper

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Touching History/ Igniting Purpose: Honoring Pastor and Mrs. Graetz



Stirring a sole purpose in the minds of my students is one objective that I have as an educator. Each student I teach must experience as text or historical moment the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955—at least once. My desire is for students to know the purpose of their lives as they examine lessons from historical moments like the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. So within the boundaries of what is expected in a composition, literature, or literary theory class, I have taken the opportunity to use the Montgomery Bus Boycott story as text and historical moment to guide students through a model of purpose ignited through activism.

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On April 7, 2015, as a part of what is identified in educational circles as field research, students were given an opportunity to visit the historical monuments asso

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Nigeria Election 2015: FEEEDS Highlights Key Allafrica.com & Huffpost Articles



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CEO-FEEEDS, Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders partnered with Gallup World Poll and Allafrica.com on a  Post Nigerian Election Event on April 9, 2015. The event highlighted polling data on Nigeria’s 2015 elections’ critical issues important to the voter, and challenges ahead for the nation. It also examined polling data on critical development issues key for the African electorate writ large given the 14 upcoming elections  in Africa in 2015. These include Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea, Libya, Mauritius, Niger, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia, and the @the FEEEDS Index launched at the April 9 event emphasized that housing, food security, education, and health were not only key issues that Africa’s electorate wanted to see addressed, but also noted that ma

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An Easter Celebration: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on My Mind



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This Easter weekend, I found myself reflecting upon meaningful purpose. I am reminded of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The students I teach have been studying the Montgomery Bus Boycott in a Freshmen Composition class. We have talked and are writing and meditating upon the transformative activism of Montgomery Bus Boycott heroes; the lessons about commitment are priceless. And, indeed, the lessons Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave to the world are heavenly.

Entrenched in my imagination is my own memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I see myself sitting in the historic Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta, Georgia. The pews are empty now; there are no Sunday worshippers at this meeting. An old security guard walks around the church. He seems to be a gate-keeper. He tells me t

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When Lightning Strikes



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Television producer and screenwriter Carlton Cuse said of lightning; “The creative process is not like a situation where you get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries, and there’s ongoing creative” What I believe Carlton meant by that is our environment has way more to do with our productivity than we realize. When we think back on lightning as a kid some of us were frightened by its animus presence. But as we grew we learned it was simply a part of life. Storms come and sometimes they bring thunder and lightning right?

I was looking through the paper and read that in 2007 the third largest phobia American’s suffered from was astraphobia, or the fear of lightning. This goes beyond an uncomfortable feeling driving or sleeping through a storm. This was a full blown

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The Triumph Forum



 

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Ambassador Sanders Calls for “Free and Fair” Nigerian Elections on AJE Newscast



Ambassador Robin Sanders, as a guest on Al Jazeera English (AJE) from Doha and Al Jazeera America (AJA) broadcasts on March 21, 2015 called for Nigeria’s upcoming elections to be not only “free and fair”, but also non-violent and transparent. Sanders will be heading out to Nigeria for its elections and made these comments on both AJE and AJA respectively noting that the upcoming elections where one of the most critical Nigeria will have since it began having democratic elections in 1999. The real challenge is for the Nigeria people to pick a leader it believes can address the security issues and the other social and economic challenges the country faces.

Click here to see Al Jazeera English (AJE) clip on Nigeria 2015 election show
https://app.box.com/s/bl702gw65stlbsfvm79l5gqhg9pnjm66

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Church Mothers: Thinking of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy



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I love “Church Mothers.” I appreciate their celestial confidence, their intuitive nods. I love how they designate certain church pews as their own; I love their hats, and the way they smile. They are the metaphorical waters of many church fountains. Often they hold the tears of weary members, baptizing them into wellness. Church mothers are the givers, the gatekeepers– citadels of faith. They have heavenly purpose in this earthly, every so complex mileu.

As idea, as institutional offerings from God to His people, Church mothers are gifts. If I were Dorothy of the Wizard of Eyes, I’d look for the yellow brick road that leads to church. When I came upon the door leading to the sanctuary, I’d enter and find Mrs. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family, an American mother

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Year 58: Saying Yes to The Splendor of Purpose



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Today, March 13, 2015:

I waltz into 58 years. They have been introspectively beautiful to me. I have learned to appreciate this introverted Black American female who finds her soul’s fulfillment in Black American culture and Christian spirituality. I hear my elder sister’s voice as I think about the splendor of my purpose. Be an active “learner,” she says. Let knowledge drizzle over you: Breathe in, out. Sit quietly and watch life’s movie; let the text talk. You listen:

My professional bucket list is my personal desire—to say YES to the SPLENDOR of PURPOSE! Tell the whole world about the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955– the lessons. If one, just one, person—young or seasoned—says I can improve the quality of my life as a result of hearing, digesting, and applying the lessons of the Montgom

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7 Costs Entrepreneurs and Business Owners SHOULD Consider When Determining Their Prices



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If you ask any “wet behind the ears” entrepreneur their pricing strategy, they will likely say one of three things:

  1. They copied or averaged what their competitors charge to create their prices.
  2. They picked a number that sounded good.
  3. They make it up each time.

I do hope that you can see why none of these are a sound pricing strategy.

The truth is, no one can tell you what to charge and you can charge whatever you’d like as long as you:

  1. Have results (success stories, case studies, testimonials) to support the price.
  2. Have articulated the problem you solve in such a way that your ideal clients see you as the only solution to the problem they are ready to pay to solve.

I love to use a bottle of water as my example.

If you were to purchase one from a Dollar Store, it will cost $1. If you p

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Leadership Principles from Captain Ahab



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After a particularly taxing week I found myself having some trouble sleeping. I was lying there and decided I would go out to the couch to get some work done. Why not be productive since I am obviously suffering from insomnia? I turned on the television for some background noise but had high hopes I wouldn’t be too distracted. I flipped through a few sports channels before landing on a movie. It took a few minutes to decide if I would commit to watching Moby Dick, but boredom won the fight.

I recognized a few familiar faces in the flick and it seemed to have an element of action. So I closed the laptop and kicked back to check out man’s epic battle with himself and nature. Ahab versus the big fish. To be honest, I never read Herman Melville’s Moby Dick in high school. I think I peeked at

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Clip of Ambassador Sanders Nigerian Election Interview on Channels TV



As Nigeria’s rescheduled election is approaching on March 28, 2015, Nigeria’s premier media outlet, Channels TV, interviews Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders in Washington, D.C. on her views about the postponement, whether current Nigerian internal displaced persons (IDP’s), and refugees will be able to participate in the elections.

Sanders notes in the interview that she hoped that Nigeria’s Independent Election Commission or INEC, will be able to successfully reach as many IDP’s as possible in the 14 local government areas, called LGA’s, that are impacted by Boko Haram, and she was strongly encouraging Nigeria to not postpone the election any further.

Click here to see ChannelsTV interview
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FTpp0RNu0C8

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