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We all agree that “children are our future”.

Whitney sang about it, environmentalists warn us about it, and teachers lament it. Children are our future, should we be concerned?

With the awesome responsibility to build character, teach manners, model good citizenship, and now, become their homeschool teachers, parents are overwhelmed.


Tried and Tested Tips for Teaching Your Children at Home

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Parents have been put in a precarious situation by the recent school closures. Whether your local school district has decided to postpone school indefinitely, sent home study packets or set up for online learning; school will now take place at your house. The education of your children has become exclusively your responsibility. That’s a lot, honestly, and you may be feeling the pressure.

A teacher and homeschooler for over 20 years, I have taught my children at home, other peoples’ children in my home, taught in the school system, and…


Burger Joints Serving Up Healthy Options — We Have Questions.

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We’ve all heard the warnings that America is expanding, and I‘m talking about our collective waistbands, not the economy. Despite the lure of donuts, cookies, pizza, and fries (oh, just me then), we want to feel good and look our best.

We’ve been convinced to eat sugar-free, low calorie, low carb, high fat, to consume for our blood type, to devour a caveman diet, to avoid wheat, find alternatives to dairy and replace everything with cauliflower. Each time we’ve fallen for it hook, line and dinner. …


Wise women are willing to learn wherever they can and from whomever they can. We can learn what other women are willing to teach us about their histories and their red flags. — How to Spot a Dangerous Man, Sandra L. Brown

We witness the tragic end of a bull in the arenas of Spain and wonder why it keeps running toward its demise. The red flag, that obvious, glaring sign that yells “stay away”, louder than a toddler in a tantrum, still gets the bull’s undivided attention. You may be surprised to discover that the bull is color blind…


I Decided I’m Too Old for Dieting

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Living in a media-driven society that celebrates youth and skinniness has caused many of us to struggle with self-image.

I’ve had a toxic relationship with food for as long as I can remember. Think Oprah in the ‘90s, the yo-yo dieting, the vicious cycle of weight loss and weight gain, the diet plans, the exercise fads, the failure to lose weight. …


Burger Joints Serving Up Healthy Options — We Have Questions.

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We’ve all heard the warnings that America is expanding, and I‘m talking about our collective waistbands, not the economy. Despite the lure of donuts, cookies, pizza, and fries (oh, just me then), we want to feel good and look our best.

We’ve been convinced to eat sugar-free, low calorie, low carb, high fat, to consume for our blood type, to devour a caveman diet, to avoid wheat, find alternatives to dairy and replace everything with cauliflower. Each time we’ve fallen for it hook, line and dinner. …


“Redbone”, “Mulatto”, “Half-Caste” and “High Yellow” are just some of the terms I’ve heard used to identify me.

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Best of both worlds or worst of two disparate entities — being mixed race is wonderfully complex. Dealing with your own feelings of separateness as well as attempting to straddle a huge divide of race, culture, ethnicity, religion, traditions, and family history is the unspoken agreement each child of mixed parentage makes.

Born in “the summer of 69” in the U.K. to an American G.I. and an Englishwoman, being “mixed race” was worlds away from the current atheistic of “pretty” children with…


Wise women are willing to learn wherever they can and from whomever they can. We can learn what other women are willing to teach us about their histories and their red flags. — How to Spot a Dangerous Man, Sandra L. Brown

We witness the tragic end of a bull in the arenas of Spain and wonder why it keeps running toward its demise. The red flag, that obvious, glaring sign that yells “stay away”, louder than a toddler in a tantrum, still gets the bull’s undivided attention. You may be surprised to discover that the bull is color blind…


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There’s a very simple reason that we spend so much time thinking about, looking for, and holding onto a significant other — we need someone to choose us. That person who wants to be with us, instead of all the other options, gets our love, devotion, and trust, in return for offering the same. We bask in their attention, fill our hearts with their love and revel in their adoration.

Until the unthinkable happens, the unfathomable occurs — they choose someone else.

We can all get over a partner who’s ready to move on, or realizing that you’re just incompatible…

Tara Nichelle

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