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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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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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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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Healthy You: Say Thanks

Nicole Smithee video

  Most of my twenties, I struggled to understand how to develop a prospering soul and a healthy life.  My emotions seemed all over the map, my relationships were more drama-filled than I welcomed, my finances included student loans and credit card debt, my confidence was more entangled in how well I performed than how comfortable I was in my own skin, and to top it off, I didn’t know how to take care of myself physically.  Adult-ing is not…

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Confessions of a Newlywed

Nicole Smithee wedding

Ben and I have been married 86 days now. I’m not sure how long we’ll be considered newlyweds.  It seems like a subjective label.  When do you stop being newlyweds?  Is it when you hit the year mark?  Is it when you have kids?  Is it when you start farting in front of each other with little or no embarrassment?  Not sure. Well, for now anyways, I am a newlywed.  And the number one question I get asked (behind, of…

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