Walking Alone

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Are there times when you feel like the more good you have going on, the more bad or evil things come your way?
What will you do when you do not know what to do?
Are you constantly searching for the reasons why things in your life are not changing?
Well if you are then I must ask you to look to God!  God knows what he is doing in your life and has a purpose for you.  He does not want you to handle every situation in your life on your own.
In fact, that is impossible to do.  How can you handle everything on your own without seeking his guidance?
There is nothing wrong with praying and talking to God because he is not judgmental.  I encourage you to do so!  You will then be able to see things more clearly and make better life decisions.
 As his children, we have to make acceptable sacrifices and in return he will lead us down the path of righteousness.
We must stop trying to make sense of things or situations that do not make sense at all.
Living under pressure and striving under pressure is not the life that he wants us to live.
Live a life of repentance.
Learn how to live and walk in Christ.
-Kaydee

SBS: A guide to a healthier mind

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contributed by JHue
The Intro….

There is an epidemic that’s been present for quite some time. A disease that creeps up on an individual and allows them to lose sight of themselves. Its an illness that overwhelms a person so much that they mistake negative aspects as positive reinforcements.

This ailment is called STUPID BITCH SYNDROME. To understand this concept one must clear their mind from the fact that the word “bitch” is being used. I want my readers to accept the term as just that. A term. Meaning the name itself shouldn’t afflict harm to any given individual. Its only used when individuals are in fact exhibiting such characteristics that apply to the term. In the excerpts to follow, I will give my readers parts of a guide that I hope will benefit them in ways that are ultimately life changing. The term can be applied to both sexes and is not limited to races or other demographics.

At some point in time we have all experienced this unhealthy situation. Some of us have even gone to the limits of accepting it as part of our everyday lives. So many people are caught up in relationships where ultimately they are not happy. They put up with things that are not healthy for themselves or the relationship period.

So who should read my excerpts on SBS? If you answer yes to at least one of the following questions, you should continue to read.

Have you ever….

looked in the mirror and asked yourself, “What am I doing here?”
Let an issue you know you dont agree with go unspoken?
Had to call on a friend to give you advice? Specifically, the advice you could have given yourself?
Convinced yourself that you were going to leave? Only to find yourself not packing anything
Said you were leaving, left, only to return?

These are only a few examples…probably the most prevalent in not working relationships. The ones that cause the unwanted headaches. As the guide continues to be written you will able to explore many options that define the signs and symptoms of the illness.

You may say to yourself. These are normal problems and that everybody go through things.  But who wants to be apart of ‘everybody?’ A person may also say when you are in love you learn to adapt to your partner’s flaws. This is when the early stage of SBS develops.

Why am I writing this? Well, I have noticed within myself and among others that we have found ourselves in unhappy situations that we ultimately have absolute control of. We just don’t get out before its to late. We succumb to our emotions and let them get the best of us. And that’s when we are stuck. Left to do things we know are not acceptable.

In the next couple of issues I will attempt to analyze the growing trends of Stupid Bitch Syndrome. Hopefully, I will be able to open the eyes of those who are involved in relationships that ultimately won’t work.Stay tuned….
JHue.

**Poet of the Month** Dominique Gaspard

Pinks

I feel….

I feel it…

Running through my veins

Coursing through my blood

Filling my heart

…….And I can’t quite put a name to it.

It’s a new feeling

Good…….

But new.

It confounds me

Astounds me

And

Confuses me, all at the same time

Is it okay to feel this way?

Should I feel guilty?

It makes me feel like everything that is good and pure and happy is filling me with this unmistakable
amount of ……..

Something

It almost feels like I should lock it away

And that makes me feel even more guilty

I find myself looking over my shoulder if I smile too big

Paranoid that if someone sees, they may make it go away

I catch myself singing in the shower

…then I stop midsong, scared that if someone hears me

They might take my music away

What is this feeling?

It’s an inch more than happiness

An ounce more than blissful

A mile below perfect

And a teardrop beside content

Even now I’m too afraid to put it to words

But know that I feel it…

I know it’s there

I know it’s real

I can almost taste it

And nobody is going to take it away

Dominique Gaspard
Macon, Ga
Submitted by jhou

T.I. Denied Clemency in the Courtroom

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“I want drugs out of my life. If I can get the treatment and counseling I need … I can beat this,”. “I need help. For me, my mother, my kids, I need the court to give me mercy.” This plea didn’t rub the judge the right way as he granted 11 months of prison time to the famed rapper for violating conditions of his probation. This comes as a surprise to the rapper as he just got out of prison serving a 10 month felony weapon charge sentence. So is it just bad luck for T.I.?

The story is T.I. was out with his new bride, Tiny , in Los Angeles when he was pulled over after officers suspected the use of ecstacy. They found Marijuana instead.  The newlyweds were immediately arrested.

The punishment is unfortunate as fans were preparing for the release of the Grammy award winner’s 7th studio album. Its entitled “The King Uncaged.” So when will the fans get their hands on the next album? That has yet to be determined.

What has people talking is the fact that his sentence may be a little to harsh. 11 months may not seem like a long time. But after just getting out of prison its really dreadful knowing you’re going back. Looking at the rapper’s career and investment in the community is it necessary to remove him from society?
I don’t believe it is.

Upon his release earlier this year he was spotted at an Alzheimer’s research findraiser. Last week he talked a 24 year old man from jumping off a 22 story building in Atlanta after hearing about it on the radio. Its clear the T.I. is a positive factor in the community.

But can you really call him a role model for the community if he engages in the usage of recreational drugs? That’s a whole different story. Ultimately, I believe its what you do outside your own life that makes the difference. We are all human and no one is perfect. We all have flaws. Some better than others. He wasn’t inflicting harm on anyone or causing an uproar. A little clemency could have been granted.

I don’t condone the fact that he wasn’t wrong. Because the law is what it is, extra precautions should have been taken. It was kind of careless. I agree that since he was caught he shouldn’t just get a slap on the wrist. Maybe more community service or even lesser months would have sufficed. Only considering he is a influential mogul to millions of kids and young adults.

-jhou

Toteable Quotes

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By Wylie J. Stokeshart
Here are a few quotes from famous people (real or fictitious) that move me. No matter what the race, sex, creed or if they are living or dead…these folk have something to say!
Eleanor Roosevelt
*Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.*Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.*Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.*You must do the things you think you cannot do.
Langston Hughes
Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. *Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it. *I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.
Faith Popcorn
The trouble in corporate America is that too many people with too much power live in a box (their home), then travel the same road every day to another box (their office). *We can never give up the belief that good guys always win. And that we are the good guys.* Two trends will cycle high in our culture: cocooning, our desire to shelter ourselves from the harsh realities of our world, and fantasy adventure, our hunger for the new and unconventional.

Don’t Make Me Open a Jar of WHOOP ASH!!

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by Wylie J. Stokeshart

That’s right! You read the title correctly….Whoop Ash! The comical moniker for this wonderful moisturizing cream is quite apropos because it does just what the title says…Whoop Ash. It is an M*U*S*T for anyone who is serious about having great skin and can be used year round.
The packaging is intriguing from the beginning. Its shiny black plastic jar has the hottest Pop Art meets comic strip-inspired label you’ve ever seen. However, the magic begins when the lid is removed and an amazing scent is released. It’s kind of like that fresh, yet opulent scent you get from expensive soap. They call it White Honey Mango & Shea Butter.  I call it Magnificent! From what would seem an unforgivingly-rigid exterior, a generous dollop is produced as you glide your middle and index finger across its pristine surface. No need to worry, its rich consistency insures that it sits firmly on its two finger perch. As you smooth the emollient moisturizer it just melts into your skin. The effect is immediate and your skin feels great. Like an animal in the desert who finally reaches an oasis, your skin drinks and is refreshed. Arms, legs, feet, hands and the rest of your body comes to life. Needless to say, this product really whoops ash. Even though it can be used year round, Whoop Ash works well during the fall and winter months when ashen skin runs rampant.
about
The company that produces Whoop Ash is Sheree Elizabeth, LLC and is led by the beautiful Sheree Fletcher. Formerly married to superstar Will Smith, and mother of his eldest son Trey, she is now married to former NFL running back Terrell Fletcher. She was motivated to learn more about and develop natural beauty products by reading the book “The Secret Life of Bees”.
Go to http://www.whoopash.com/ to find out more on how you too can whoop ash! Get company updates by following @whoopash on twitter!

World Wide Wylie: Focusing on Fashion & Fun

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by Wylie J. Stokeshart
Checkout the following sites for fast fabulous fashion & fun:
DailyCandy
http://www.dailycandy.com/ – This website has up-to-the-minute news on what’s hot. They manage to “bring it” from all over the country in the most refreshing way…while it’s NEW! Sign up for their newsletter. It won’t disappoint! Daily Candy…How sweet! 
LateBoots
 
http://www.lateboots.com/ – If you want to enjoy fashion, culture, and style on a level like you never seen, then check out Lateboots. Babyyyyy! When I tell youuuuu Marquis Phifer & Sham Shirley keep IT coming like water from a faucet. And when I say IT, I mean INCREDIBLE TENACITY! The vim & vigor with which this dynamic duo presents fashion, culture, nightlife, and the GRIND are relentless. From Atlanta to New York and points in-between they do brand public relations with fresh style and class! Don’t get it twisted…these folk are global as they are well-known across the pond, too. Something akin to an arousingly-rambunctious reality show, LateBoots is the Legion of Lovely and I can’t wait to see what pretty pleasantries they will post next. Don’t forget to checkout the supporting cast: Lo, Brooke, countless celebs, & luxuriously-exotic locales. They provide an amazing frame for the beautiful picture that is LateBoots. Phifer! Sham! … sips of Veuve and LateBoots Lego pins to you both! Follow them on Twitter @LateBoots.
Simon Pink Ribbon
http://www.simon.com/ – I don’t know about you, but some of the most fun I’ve ever had has been in a Simon Mall. Some days a Simon Mall (the shops, merchandise, & shoppers within) seem to be my raison d’être. This website not only lets you find a Simon Mall wherever you travel. It also informs you of mall goings-on like fashion shows & charity events. Click on the right link and the tracking of your spending on those wonderful Simon Mall Gift cards is at your fingertips. Perfect for holidays, birthdays, or just because, the cards can be ordered, customized and shipped all on-line. I love Simon Malls because they have the stores we need: Louis, Gucci, Neimans, Yurman, and then sprinkle in a little Saks, Bloomies, & Nordstrom. In addition to these, a wide variety of shops are available in these diverse epicenters of fashion. You can still find vendors, cosmetic services, and sales! Don’t trip though…Valet is always available! J The food courts inside the malls are good and there is great variety. However, there are always fabulous eateries surrounding these Utopias. Everyone knows… Simon Malls give you More Choices!