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But I will establish My covenant with you, and you will enter the ark - you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with y...

Friday, November 04, 2016

Vacation to Graceland by Phillip Cornell

Dee411 welcomes Phillip Cornell, author of Vacation to Graceland. Here are a few words about his writing process and style:

The Zone

The way I feel while I write is unparalleled. I have a feeling of weightlessness while I write away in my notebook. If anyone ask how I describe the feeling, I say I am in the zone. The zone is something you really cannot put a value on. There are times I write, just to be in the zone. Other times I cannot reach it, even if I am in the most relaxed state. I will say, most of my entertaining writings are products of the zone. I can see the picture I am describing, and where I am going with the piece I am working on. I do not want to say I get a high, but I definitely feel free. Real life can be just flat out depressing. If you as a person allow it to bring you down, then you are doomed to live a depressing life. I use writing as an outlet. With writing comes the zone! I do not care if I reach the zone once a week, as long as I get to experience it. The zone is therapeutic for my daily, weekly, and monthly experiences.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

#TBT: Music Therapy Plus

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Musictherapy.org defines œmusic therapy as an established healthcare profession that uses music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

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Author of The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

We don't have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that's what I want in life. What I'm grateful and thankful to have found at Yale, and what I'm scared of losing when we wake up tomorrow and leave this place.

It's not quite love and it's not quite community; it's just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. When the check is paid and you stay at the table. When it's four a.m. and no one goes to bed. That night with the guitar. That night we can't remember. That time we did, we went, we saw, we laughed, we felt. The hats.

Yale is full of tiny circles we pull around ourselves. A cappella groups, sports teams, houses, societies, clubs. These tiny groups that make us feel loved and safe and part of something even on our loneliest nights when we stumble home to our computers -- partner-less, tired, awake. We won't have those next year. We won't live on the same block as all our friends. We won't have a bunch of group-texts.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

#TBT Repost: Spousal Abuse Knows No Boundaries

It Stretches...
Beyond Race ...
Beyond Gender...

Although I was slowly working my way toward it, I had no intentions of broaching this topic just yet. I was smack dab in the middle of Death and Love with the intent of making a nice little segue into abuse and list resources and everything.

Unfortunately, that game plan was prempted by a post made to one of my writing groups for which I have permission to share as follows:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What Time Is It In Your Life?

Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Calvary Temple of Allentown
3436 Winchester Road,
Allentown, PA 18104

Immediately followed by a picnic for all!

Come #BackToChurch Sunday, a day celebrated nationwide by thousands of churches is almost here. In this climate of blatant political agendas and a sense of pervasive hopelessness, now is the time for hope.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Gabby Douglas: Cyber Bullying on Social Media...Again?

What is up with torturing young gymnast Gabby Douglas on social media?

Leave her hair and every other aspect alone. Freedom of speech does not or should not equate, freedom to be cruel.

Were it a member of your family, would your criticisms still be public and full of harshness? I daresay not!

Are all the sacrifices she has made in her life to get to the Olympics not enough? Must she be a marionette, pulled this way and that to suit the public's approval of perfect deportment that would glorify them? 

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I say, when you have flipped and tumbled your way to Olympic greatness, talk smack to me or on social media about whether you think a possible reflective moment or sheer exhaustion is unpatriotic.

Gabby Douglas you are God's beautiful creation, made in His image and likeness. He said that the more that people bully, harass and or persecute you, the greater your blessings will continue to be. So maybe we should thank them for confirming that you are on point? 

May God continue to give you strength in the face of adversity and blessings on your future endeavors.

And that's my "What is up?" moment for today!


P.S. Sometimes it's easier to follow the crowd or make a judgment based on appearances. Here are some links that tell you more about Gabby:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Rio 2016: Diving and Soccer in Track and Field?

What is up with the soccer slides and straight up diving going on in track and field in the Olympics? 

Allyson Felix, you were robbed. The last time I checked it was running that was happening, not a soccer save. I understand that the strategy of leaning forward into the tape is taught to athletes from the ground up, but where does it end?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Guest Post: Dr. Ruth C. White

Today, Dee411 welcomes a guest post from Dr. Ruth C. White, co-author of Bipolar 101. I discovered this post on blackrefer.com‘s new articles section and thought it quite apropos for this blog.  I subsequently contacted Dr. Ruth and obtained permission to re-post the article.