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Celebrating Black History Month and Cultivating Conversations For Change

Louisa, Saleena, Nagela, Nicole

  In 1926, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week to celebrate the extraordinary contributions African Americans have made throughout the history of our nation.  For many years, it was celebrated during the second week of February, until when in 1976, as part of the United States’ bicentennial, the week was expanded to an entire month. A lot has changed since 1926.  Jackie Robinson broke through the glass ceiling of segregation for baseball and pioneered equality in all…

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Healthy You: Hunger to Learn

Nicole Smithee video

  At one point we all had classes to take, lectures to listen to and required learning to complete.  But post school life gets filled pretty quickly with jobs and responsibilities and errands and deadlines and social lives and romance, and well, learning becomes an as-needed-only-practice.  We learn what we need to know to adult somewhat responsibly and that’s good enough for us. Reading is replaced by YouTube surfing and studying is replaced by social media scrolling.  Learning is replaced…

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Is Valentine’s Day the Worst?

Nicole and Ben Smithee

  I remember first celebrating Valentine’s Day in elementary school. Beginning in kindergarten, each year my mom would take me to WalMart to pick out a box of Valentine’s Day cards to give to all my classmates. There were the generic ones with pink and red hearts and cartoon Cupids plastered on flimsy paper cards. These were the cheapest, and, also clearly the lamest. I would beg my mom to upgrade me to peer-approved Disney characters or Care Bears or…

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Healthy You: Refresh, Not Escape

Nicole Smithee video

  This second installment of a new video series “Healthy You”, explores the need for space to rest and refuel.  A true sign of maturity is intentionally investing in yourself through meaningful rest.  And it’s not just a good health tip; it’s an actual command from God. We need time away from our work to remember that we are more than our work.  Our value is not in what we produce or the paycheck we take home or the position…

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I Thought I Was Over That: What to Do When Old Wounds Resurface

Nicole Smithee

My husband and I recently argued over something as simple as our schedules, but instead of responding in the conversation like a rational human-being, in the middle of it, I shut-down and fought to hide my tears from the man who vowed to love me till death do us part.  I retreated from the argument by saying whatever I could to end it and began cleaning up the kitchen in a drastic effort to distract myself from the hurt I…

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