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Constant Prayer

On January 31, 2013, my youngest son celebrated fourteen years on the planet. Kwasi began life a little over four pounds with a multitude of significant health issues.  I’ve never been a member of the school of thought that prayer only takes place either in the sanctuary or quiet spaces. Prayer is prayed where prayer is needed.  I am as comfortable praying in a crowded elevator, behind the wheel, a surgical suite, the emergency room as I am in church on my knees. I am thankful praying without ceasing was a routine part of my …

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The Scriptures and Quotes Which Nurture My Days

I live in a world that requires a constant nurturing of my faith.  A world where simply saying I believe can be misleading.  I do believe, but not simply because I say it. Because it has been tried, tested and found true. I live in a world where there are times I require more.  Times I need to know that someone else has walked more than a mile in my shoes and not only survived it…but flourished. I am a reader therefore words are important to me.  Depending upon the turmoil in my life different …

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The Legacy of War

Webster defines WAR as 1. a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land, sea, or air. 2. a state or period of armed hostility or active military operations: The two nations were at war with each other. Many of my teenage years were spent in the midst of the Vietnam War.  I lost count of the number of brothers killed in Nam with whom I attended high school.  Individuals with great gifts the world would be denied. I played in the band with …

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Why Are We Still in the Wilderness?

The Voting Rights Act became law on August 6, 1965.  That was forty-seven years ago.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was present for the signing. Now it appears once again that people who look like me and other non-white minorities will again be denied the right to vote.  Why we are still in the wilderness and what would Martin think? Ohio does not have one of the stricter ID laws.  However…Ohio and Florida have both cut back on early voting, which will primarily affect minorities. Ohio is bordered by Pennsylvania and Indiana, which have two …

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A Milestone: 35 Years of Service

The Over-The-Rhine Kitchen is turning thirty-five.  On June 24, 2012, the organization will hold its first Gala to celebrate this milestone at the Mayerson JCC in Amberley Village.  To enhance the 35th anniversary celebration, the Kitchen has also been selected by Creflo Dollar Ministries when the CHANGE Experience comes to Cincinnati to be the recipient of a monetary donation from the Ministries. This event will take place at the Duke Energy Convention Center on May 25, 2012.  The Ministries makes a donation to a specific non-profit organization in every city they hold services.  The Kitchen was …

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Transitions

The Easter Season is many things to many people.  For the not so religious it is a time for shopping for the latest fashions, planning and executing the perfect egg hunt, and finding all the best-tasting chocolate creations that now come in all forms. For the Catholic religious, it begins with Lent, leading up to Holy Week with a hard-core press of services from Holy Thursday until Easter morning Mass.  Then we begin the Great Fifty Days of Easter on our way to Pentecost. A great part of my Lenten season, Easter and the beginning …

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A Mother of Sons

As the mother of sons the death of Trayvon Martin has drenched both my soul and spirit in an unending sorrow. Unlike the president, who stated “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.” My sons do look like Trayvon at different stages of his life. My two older sons, both of whom have college degrees look like Trayvon’s now non-existent future.  Trayvon quite possibly had a driver’s license which my youngest teenage son is greatly anticipating.  Both would have high hopes of proms and high school graduation. I am confused when I …

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