On this day in 1929 in Atlanta, GA, a man who changed the course of history was born. Although in the United States, we celebrate his life on the 21st, today is the actual birthday of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. So, I could not let this day go by without saying Happy Birthday to a man who means so much to me, and countless others.
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Update 12/22/12 – My brother and I feel extremely honored to have been featured on WBTV News on 12/21.
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What happened on December 14 of this year saddened the world. Tragically the lives of 20 children and 6 adults were taken when a gunman decided to open fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. That day the lives of 20 innocent children, all ages 6 and 7, as well as 6 members of the staff of Sandy Hook School were horribly taken. Prayer, condolences and tears started to chime in form all over the world on television and all over the internet. There were even pictures of citizens from different countries expressing their sorrow. The Sandy Hook tragedy is among the worst in history. A first responder even stated that it was the worst tragedy he had ever seen. » Read more..
All week I have been looking forward to watching the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Every four years, I get comfortable, sit down and watch the exuberant display culture and history that the host location spends four years planning. This is followed by the Parade of Nations where the worlds top athletes show their native pride. Every four years this is demonstrated a little differently but still has the same lasting effect. Seeing all of the excitement on the faces of these athletes from all over the world can not help but cause some type of emotional response from the athletes and those viewing. » Read more..
Guest post of the week by Deangelo Spencer
I joined a boot-camp style workout class at the gym. You have to pay an extra fifty dollars a month, but the results are well worth it. The class uses interval training and works different muscles in non-traditional ways for the hour you are there. The class meets at 6AM and 8PM, so only the truly dedicated show up for the three day a week class. The first week that I did the boot-camp, I was in extreme pain. I worked muscles that I didn’t know that I had. I had no energy and would come home from work and flip on DIRECT star Tv. I could barely even watch television without my eyes shutting on me. Over the next three weeks, I began to become more accustomed to the intense sessions. Now I feel great. I feel better about my body, have increased stamina, and have tone in muscles I didn’t know existed. My energy level has also increased. Give it a chance, but be advised the during the first week, you will feel the most out of shape you have felt in your entire life.
Today I ran across this article from trusted AARP about making new friends. If you are anything like me, trusting people is very difficult. I have chosen at this time in my life to keep the small amount of close friends that I have and do not often reach out to obtain new ones. I am not sure, however, if this is always the best option. Sometimes I feel a little silly trying to bond with someone now but according to this article, it is never too late!
Never Too Old to Find New Friends
15 ways to connect with others and form fulfilling relationships
by: Mary Mohler | from: AARP | April 1, 2011
When you were in school, you had no problem making friends. Ditto for those years when you were a parent of growing kids. But now that you’ve reached a new stage of life — and maybe have relocated or retired — making new acquaintances can be a little trickier.
Also see: Be a Better Friend
Not only do you have fewer opportunities to meet new people, but “there’s also a little more resistance to forming new relationships later in life, and your skills can get a bit rusty,” says Marla Paul, author of The Friendship Crisis: Finding, Making, and Keeping Friends When You’re Not a Kid Anymore. Besides, you may feel just plain awkward.
Still, it’s important to make the effort. Close relationships with others are vital to your health — physical, mental and emotional — your self-esteem and even your longevity, according to recent research. So if watching Grey’s Anatomy is the highlight of your week, or you find yourself enthusiastically chatting with telemarketers, you probably need to make some new connections. Here are 15 things that can help you. » Read more..