The History of The Watch Night Church Service

 

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My friend and fellow National Black MBA Association member, Carole Copeland Thomas, did an excellent piece on the history of Watch Night Service on New Year’s Eve in the Black community.  It is so well written and researched that I am sharing it with you via this link. So click here and enjoy the article:
http://bit.ly/2lpphVZ

Please post your comments on her article here.  Thanks in advance.

May you and your family have a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year in 2018 and beyond!!

The Colonoscopy: One of Many Important Preventive Health Screenings

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Today I had a colonoscopy. My last one was back in 2012.  Based on my medical history, my doctor recommends them every five years.  So, knowing that early detection saves lives, I scheduled it so I can start the new year with a clean colon. The picture above shows my first meal after after my colonoscopy, earlier today. It was steel cut oats and rolled oats with blue berries and raisins with one third cup of almond milk…that’s right, no sugar or sweeter. Though fruit can be considered a sweetener, I often eat my oatmeal without fruit.

Have you had a colonoscopy?

Do you make sure you get your preventive health screenings?

It is sad that people spend more time and money doing preventive maintenance on their car than on their body. Yes. Lots of people spend time and money making sure their car gets oil changes, expensive tires and rims, detailing, special upgrades, etc.

Some even spend more time planning their vacation(s) they do planning in areas that help with their quality of life now and in the future. From planning health screenings to planning healthier meals to planning some type of regular physical activity, the harsh reality is:  You either take the time NOW to take care of yourself, or “time will take you”.  For those of you who think:

-1) It cost too much to eat healthy.  I ask:  How much does it cost when you get sick? From the time off your job, to the cost of the medicine, to the cost of the doctor’s appointment, which cost less?

-2) I do not have time to work out, it is not safe to walk in my neighborhood, or it too far to go to walk at the mall; I ask: how much time do you spend finding out which cell phone to buy, how to download music, how to find the best weave and weed?  It is all about priorities!

3) I do not have any of those diseases in my family.  I am pretty healthy.  I never get sick.  Really?  Do you really know your family history? Relatives do not always share all of their illnesses.  Besides, some people die before the disease manifest itself.  Do you really want to take that chance?

When a person gets a long term illness someone has to go to the doctor and/hospital with them. Patients are not allowed to drive home from procedures that require anesthesia.  That means your illness, many are preventable, affect and inconvenience others. Diabetes and morbid obesity are two of the worst. They often require long-term regular treatments.

Some of the same people, who spend more time on car maintenance than their health care have health insurance.  Some of the most important preventive health checkups include:

– blood pressure checks: drug store and fire stations have free testing. High blood pressure often has no signs. So get periodic tests.

– mammograms are offered free by Susan G. Komen for those without healthcare, or can’t afford the deductible to get one. https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/Mammography.html

– prostate exams are given free by local clinics and Northside Hospital. Contact Northside at:  https://www.northside.com/prostate-cancer-screenings

– colonoscopies, under the current Affordable Care Act (also called ACA or ObamaCare) became a preventive procedure that is covered 100%. So for the past few years, there was no cost to those covered under ObamaCare.

– HIV tests are given free by several local organizations that include Aid Atlanta at http://www.aidarlanta.com or call 1-800-561-2728.  Also, HIV test kits are sold in most drug stores.

– Dental care is important because what happens in the mouth affects the entire body. Many local clinics offer low cost or sliding scale fees. Free clinics includes the Ben Massell Dental Clinic:   https://www.benmasselldentalclinic.org

-Vision care, especially test for glaucoma are criticahttp especially if you have diabetes.  Free vision care: http://www.allaboutvision.com/eye-exam/free-exam.htm

For low cost vision care, contact your local county. In Fulton County, use this link:  http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/vision-care

Other free health screenings are given annually at various health conferences that include cholesterol and blood sugar.  This is an examination of one: http://www.champsga.org/health-summit.htm

Preventive health screenings are the key to our quality of life as we continue to have more birthdays.  However, babies, teens, millennials, baby boomers and seniors need regular health screenings just as much as our homes need smoke detectors with a working battery.  Yes. It is that critical!  Therefore, I  challenge you to take the time to do what you need to do to prevent or catch diseases in their early stages so they can be treated early enough to allow you and your family members to have a good quality of life. Make it a priority in 2018 to get your preventive health screenings by scheduling one each quarter.

Journalist Amanda Davis Mourned by Atlanta and Nation

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Many local and national TV and radio stations are mourning the loss of Amanda Davis a resilient lady, leader and journalist. She died yesterday after suffering a massive stroke at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Tuesday.  Yesterday and today, as I switch from station to station, all are reserving time to allow people to express their feelings about this well loved news anchor who has worked for several local networks.

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With tears streaming down their faces, co-workers, colleagues, friends and fans tell stories of this Amanda who worked over theee decades here in Atlanta, overcame her alcohol addiction, and started at the anchor desk earlier this year with CBS.

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In the photo above, CBS co-workers FresnKalil and Paul Ossman embrace Amanda at a local event.  Amanda was friends with other longtime local female anchors:  Monica Kaufman Pearson, Brenda Woods, Lisa Rayam, and Karyn Greer. According to CBS TV’s Sharon Reed, ‘They all knew each other, helped each other, and had a fun get-together every year.  That is unheard of in this very competitive industry.’

Amanda will be truly missed.  May our prayers of sympathy go out to her family and friends as they deal with her sudden passing.

For the full story on Amanda Davis’ life and award winning career, use this link:

https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/amanda-davis-veteran-atlanta-news-anchor-dead-at-62-after-stroke/

Atlanta Mayoral Inauguration Events On Jan. 2, 2018

Here are the details for the inauguration of Atlanta’s 60th Mayor. The events are free and open to the public.  Arrive an hour early to park (parking deck is not free) and get one of the 2,500 seats at the M.L.King Jr. Chapel. Or, take MARTA to avoid traffic congestion.

This would be a great opportunity for you to take a student or young adult.  Students can learn:
1) who are these elected officials
2) what they do
3) which one(s) represents their area
4) how to talk about it on social media
4) how policies made by elected officials  affect them now and in years to come
5) to memorialize the occasion by taking pictures at the event with these elected officials at the end of the Inauguration and all during the reception.

Inauguration Day Schedule Of Events
Tuesday January 2, 2018

Interfaith Worship Service – 8am
Impact Church
2323 Sylvan Road, Atlanta, GA 30344

Inaugural Ceremonies – 1pm
MLK Jr. International Chapel
Morehouse College
830 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
(doors open 11:30am)

One Atlanta – Citizen’s Reception – 5:30pm – 8:30am
Atlanta City Hall Atrium
55 Trinity Street, Atlanta, GA 30303
(Including Inaugural Community Service Project-
Please bring school supplies for APS students)

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More “C” Students are Self-Made Millionaires

 

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In a new book being released in early January 2018, Jeff Haden destroys the myth that you have to be an “A” student to do well in life. His study is destroying the myth and maybe “misplaced myth” about kids straight “A’s” equating to success in life.  Here is the link to get his book:

https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Motivation_Myth.html?id=GA2jDgAAQBAJ&hl=en

This is powerful stuff.  This book is a must have for parents, teachers and other educators.  Here is an article Jeff shared on his LinkedIn post that will get you to realize you cannot argue with “real” results:

8 of 10 Self-Made Millionaires Were Not ‘A’ Students; Instead They Shares 1 Trait

Listen to most teachers — and most parents — and it’s easy to assume that getting good grades in school is a requirement for professional success.

Nope.

Tom Corley, an accountant and financial planner, surveyed a number of high net-worth individuals. Many of them are self-made millionaires. (Not that you have to be a millionaire to be successful, of course.) He found most of the people surveyed did not earn high GPAs in school.

In fact, only 21% of the self-made millionaires were “A” students. 41% reported they were “B” students, and 29% were “C” students.

That’s right: More of the self-made millionaires were C students than were A students.

And if you’re wondering if family background played a part, 59% of the self-made millionaires came from middle-class households and 41% came from poor households — proving where you start does not dictate where you finish.

As Corley writes:

“…success in life does not come easy. It is fraught with pitfalls, obstacles, failure, and mistakes. Success requires persistence, mental toughness and emotional toughness in overcoming these pitfalls. Its pursuit pushes you to the edge emotionally and physically. You must grow a thick skin and become accustomed to struggle if you hope to succeed.
“Individuals who struggle academically may be more accustomed to dealing with struggle and making it a daily habit to overcome pitfalls.”
In short, they become mentally tough, which creates a foundation for long-term success.

For example, successful people are great at delaying gratification. Successful people are great at withstanding temptation. Successful people are great at overcoming fear in order to do what they need to do. (Of course, that doesn’t mean they aren’t scared — that does mean they’re brave. Big difference.) Successful people don’t just prioritize. They consistently keep doing what they have decided is important.

All those qualities require mental strength and toughness, so it’s no coincidence those are some of the qualities of remarkably successful people.

So if you didn’t get great grades in school, that’s OK. The past doesn’t define you. The past is just training. Think about what you didn’t do well, about mistakes you made, but only in terms of how you will make sure that next time, you know what to do to make sure things turn out the way you want.

And never forget that “school” is really never over. Successful people are lifelong learners. As Corley also writes:

“It is now clear that one’s IQ can change over their lifetime. It’s not fixed. Just because you were a “C” student at age 17 with an IQ of 100 doesn’t necessarily mean you will stay that way. You can increase your IQ all during your life, even into your 80s.
“Self-made millionaires do certain things every day that improve their brains and continuously increase their intelligence during their lifetimes.”
And you can, too.

 

 

Atlanta Post Election Unity Service

 

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In the spirit of unity, the event was put together by local Black ministers as an interfaith event to help the City of Atlanta after tough and divisive runoff elections.

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At last Sunday’s church service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Pastor Warnock announced that Mayor-Elect Keisha Lance Bottoms said she would attend.  Well, she was not there.  Atlanta City Council President-Elect Felicia Moore is out of town.

ATL Mayoral Transition Team

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Shortly after winning the Atlanta Mayoral runoff election, Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms put together her transition team. As I walked through City Hall earlier today I passed their office.

The transition team is being lead by Vicki Palmer, former Executive V.P. of Coca-Cola Enterprises and Larry Gellerstedt, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Cousins Properties.  Read the full story from the AJC at:

https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt–politics/atlanta-mayor-elect-keisha-lance-bottoms-names-chairs-transition-team/wcJ90DuROpR4UA0e6oTx8H/amp.html

High hopes and expectations are expected from behind this door.  May the 60th Atlanta Mayor exceed our expectations.