MOSDAC BULLETIN

This bulletin contains information for events on today's church service.

Speaker For The Day

Pastor Colby A. Matlock, Sr.

BREAKTHROUGH BIBLE CONFERENCE

WHEN: TODAY, MAY 19, 2018

TIME: POWER HOUR: 8:30 - 9:30 AM

SABBATH SCHOOL: 9:30 - 10:30 AM

MISSIONS: 10:30 - 11:00 AM

DIVINE WORSHIP SERVICE: 11:00 AM

WHERE: MT OLIVET SDA CHURCH (HERE)

ADDRESS: 800 CHELTON AVE., CAMDEN, NJ 08104

GUEST SPEAKER: Pastor Colby A. Matlock, Sr.

Please come out and enjoy a good word.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

Acts 16:13 NIV

13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.

AMEN

SABBATH SCHOOL

WE NEED YOUR ATTENDANCE!

Our Adult SABBATH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT invites you to join us each and every SABBATH MORNING at 9:30 a.m. in the SANCTUARY. Become apart of one of our small, insightful, Biblical Lesson Study groups.

MOSDAC CYT SABBATH SCHOOL

CHILDREN, YOUTH, TEENS

Don't forget Bible study is from 9:30am till 10:30am each Sabbath. Parents, grand-parents, and guardians, we are depending on you to bring your children! We can hardly wait to see you!

MAY 2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

5/5/18-The Bay Area Youth Federation Conference"

Speaker : Jeremy Anderson, Public Speaker and Author

5/6 thru 5/19-" The Breakthrough Bible Conference

1st week Speaker is Dr. Mark McCleary Ph.D.

2nd week Speakers are Dr. Mark McCleary (SUNDAY), Dr. E. T. Soddart, (MONDAY - FRIDAY, NO THURSDAY MEETING), Pastor Colby A. Matlock Sr., (SABBATH, MAY 19, 2018)

PASTOR'S OFFICE HOURS

Pastor Matlock will be in his office on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 10am-4pm. Please call the Administrative Assistant @ 856-365-6108 Ext. 1001 to set up an appointment.

Thank You.

2018 DIRECTORY INFOMATION

Please fill out the Update Form so we can have your updated info. Forms may be found in the lobby at the Greeter's Desk. Please give to Laurie Williams or Darryl Johnson.

2018 CAMP MEETING APPLICATIONS

APPLICATIONS ARE ON THE GREETER'S DESK OR ASK THE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT FOR AN APPLICATION.

CAMPMEETING 2018

THEME: "HALLEJUAH HOME AT LAST"

WHEN: JUNE 21 - JULY 1, 2018

WHERE: PINE FORGE, PA

FOR A LIST OF SPEAKERS AND MORE INFORMATION GO TO visitaec.org.

Click below to submit a prayer request.

FAMILY PRAYER

Two families will be selected for special prayer every first Sabbath. If you would like your family to be included, please contact: relationshipministry@mosdac.org.

Family Prayer was May 12, 2018.

FAMILIES: Jackson/Gibson/Williams.

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PLEASE INVITE FRIENDS AND FAMILY @ 8pm EST (302)202-1110 pin 814478.

1st Friday - Focus on the Family

3rd Friday - Couples Devotion

ROOM SCHEDULING

Please be aware that all meetings being held in the church or on zoom, must be scheduled with the Administrative Assistant. Thank you!!

ADRA

Please support the efforts for Haiti, Florida, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Texas, US Virgin Islands in the aftermath of several Hurricane destructions. To donate, go online to adra.org or call 1-800-424-adra(2372),

COMMUNITY SERVICES

We cannot flourish without the church members of MT Olivet. We would like your contributions so that we can continue to eat healthier.

We'd like to thank all who supported ACS over the past year. We look forward to your continued support of this ministry throughout 2018 and beyond.

GRIEF SUPPORT

Continue to support our families that are grieving for their love ones.

Both Memorial Services are Sunday, May 20, 2018

1. Jean Williams and Family (Loss her father) - 11:00 am

2. Cynthia Brown (Patman) and Family (Loss her son) - 1:00 pm



WEDNESDAY MORNING PRAYER GROUP

Will be meeting every other Wednesday@ 10am. Next meeting will be May 30, 2018 in the Annex.

THE BREAKTHROUGH BIBLE CONFERENCE

WHERE; Mt Olivet SDA Church

WHEN: Sunday, May 6 - Saturday, May 19, 2018

TIME: 7 PM nightly (Except Thursdays) & 11 AM on Saturdays

SPEAKERS:

1st WEEK: Dr. Mark McCleary, Ph.D., Pastor , Liberty SDA Church, Baltimore, MD

2nd WEEK: Dr. E. T. Stoddart, Pastor, Church of the Oranges SDA Congregation, Orange, NJ

SABBATH: May 19, 2018 @ 11:00 am - Pastor Colby A. Matlock

INVITE ALL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO THIS EXCITING EVANGELISTIC EVENT!!!

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INCASE YOU COULD NOT ATTEND THIS BREAKTHROUGH BIBLE CONFERENCE, PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE TO VIEW THE LIVE STREAMED VIDEO PRESENTATIONS.

BILLS, WILLS, LIFE AND DEATH WORKSHOP

Look for the class to be on the 1st Sunday of each month @ 10am in the Fellowship Hall.

TOPIC: DIFFERENT TYPES OF INSURANCE

Next class: June 3, 2018 at 10:00 am.

Jesus 101 Bible Class

The new class started on Sabbath, the time is @ 3:00pm. " The Greastest Love Story Ever Told". We will be looking at Jesus from a close more intimate perspective.

It's not too late to join our group!!!

LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE

1st and 3rd Sabbath

3:00-4:30 pm: All youth

4:30-5:30pm: Youth under 10 years old

2nd and 4th Sabbath

3:00-4:30 pm: Youth above 10 years old

4:30-5:30 pm: Youth under10 years old

MEETING PLACE: Choir Room or Fellowship Hall

TEACHER: Sharanah Ridore

2018 Devotionals

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A 2018 DEVOTIONAL AND SEE IF THEY ARE AVAILABLE:

Please contact one of the following people: Reginald Alexander: ralexander@aecsda.com (206)370-0479, Jean Good: jgood@aecsda.com (732)648-7890. Robert Moses: rmoses@aecsda.com (410)419-2855. to place your order for the 2017 Devotionals. We can get a reduced rate for the cost of the books when we order in bulk. They are also available in French and Spanish.

MINISTRY HAPPENINGS

READ INFORMATION BELOW TO STAY INFORMED ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR CHURCH MINISTRIES!

RELATIONSHIP MINISTRY

Realationship Ministry join us for First Friday's "Focus on the Family". Our next Friday will be on the evening of May 4, 2018 from 8:00pm - 8:45pm. Call (302) 202-1110 pin # is 814478.

Register today!

Invite your non-Christian family and friends to register as well!

AEC Master Guide

It's official!!! MOSDAC will host the 1st AEC-Master Guide Class for the Bay Aera this fall. Anyone interested in completing the Master Guide Ministry Certification can contact Sharon Howard.(masterguideaec@gmail.com). Please leave your complete contact imformation. You will receive the complete application process via USPS mail. Thank You.

NEWSLETTER

JUST FOR YOU!

PLEASE LOOK TO THE RIGHT AND LOOK BELOW!

GREAT INFORMATION AND TIPS FOR YOU TO KNOW!

MEN'S DAY

WHEN: SABBATH, JUNE 16, 2018

SPEAKER: PASTOR COLBY A. MATLOCK

IVY HILL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

LOCATION: PHILADELPHIA HAS OPEN ENROLLMENT.

OPEN HOUSE DATES: MARCH 18, 2018, APRIL 29, 2018, MAY 20, 2018, AND JUNE 24, 2018

PLEASE CALL (267) 422-3090 FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO RSVP YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME.

MOSDAC FAMILY AND FRIENDS CRUISE

DATE: JULY 22-27, 2018

*PLEASE SEE FLYER IN THE LOBBY ON THE GREETER'S DESK FOR FULL DETAILS.

CREATION HEALTH VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

DATES: JULY 29 - AUGUST 4, 2018

Anyone interested in working and serving on the VBS staff, please see Sharon Howard or Celeste Boller.

INTRODUCTORY MEETING WAS MARCH 24, 2018.

ALL MOSDAC YOUTH MINISTRIES AY, Adventurers, Pathfinders, MG Candidates, and CYT Support Staff) were invited to attend in the Annex.

IF YOU MISSED THE MEETING AND WOULD LIKE TO ASSIST IN VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, PLEASE CONTACT SHARON HOWARD OR CELESTE BOLLER.

THANK YOU.

FAMILY FUN DAY

WHEN: SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018

WHERE: ESTELL MANOR PARK, 109 BOULEVARD ROUTE 50, MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330

TIME: 10 AM UNTIL - 7:00 PM

HIGHLIGHTS: VOLLEYBALL, BIKING TRAIL, FISHING, SACK RACE, TUG-A-WAR, SCAVENGER HUNT AND MUCH MORE!

COME WITH YOUR FAVORITE FOODS AND PREPARE FOR A DAY OF SHEER ENJOYMENY! (PAVILION, GRILLS & PICNIC AREA)

SPONSORED BY BAY AREA RELATIONSHIP MINISTRIES

CHURCH WITHOUT WALLS

WHEN: AUGUST 25, 2018

WHERE: CAPE MAY LIGHTHOUSE, 215 LIGHT HOUSE AVE, CAPE MAY POINT, NJ 08212

TIME: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

SABBATH SCHOOL: ELDER JESSE BEST III

SPOKEN WORD: PASTOR COLBY A. MATLOCK, MOUNT OLIVET SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH, CAMDEN, NJ 08104

COME SPEND THE SABBATH DAY WITH US FELLOWSHIPPING IN NATURE!

BRING YOUR LUNCH, LAWN CHAIRS, SUNTAN LOTION, BLANKET AND SUNGLASSES!

NATURE WALK (GUIDED TOUR)

KISSING CRITTERS (CHILDREN)

EVERYONE IS INVITED!

DRESS ATTIRE: CASUAL, COMFORTABE

SPONSORED BY: MT. OLIVET SDA CHURCH AND THE BAY AREA TEAM

FOR MORE INFORMATION - CONTACT: LORENE WATKINS (856) 952-5002 OR LAURIE WILLIAMS (609) 868-2051

www.mosdac.org, or relationshipministry@mosdac.org

MOUNT OLIVET 50 PLUS TRIP TO NIAGARA FALLS & TORONTO

WHEN: SEPTEMBER 10-14, 2018

MONDAY - FRIDAY (5 DAYS AND 4 NIGHTS)

DEPARTURE: MT. OLIVET SDA CHURCH

800 CHELTON AVE, CAMDEN, NJ @ 8 AM

FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT Dr. Fern Bliss-Morgan @ (856) 963-2623 and Patricia Rodgers @ (856) 541-5989

WHAT IS THE RESURRECTION?

Question: "What is the first resurrection? What is the second resurrection?"

Answer: Daniel 12:2 summarizes the two very different fates facing mankind: “Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Everyone will be raised from the dead, but not everyone will share the same destiny. The New Testament reveals the further detail of separate resurrections for the just and the unjust.

Revelation 20:4-6 mentions a “first resurrection” and identifies those involved as “blessed and holy.” The second death (the lake of fire, Revelation 20:14) has no power over these individuals. The first resurrection, then, is the raising of all believers. It corresponds with Jesus’ teaching of the “resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:14) and the “resurrection of life” (John 5:29).

The first resurrection takes place in various stages. Jesus Christ Himself (the “first fruits,” 1 Corinthians 15:20), paved the way for the resurrection of all who believe in Him. There was a resurrection of the Jerusalem saints (Matthew 27:52-53) which should be included in our consideration of the first resurrection. Still to come are the resurrection of “the dead in Christ” at the Lord’s return (1 Thessalonians 4:16) and the resurrection of the martyrs at the end of the Tribulation (Revelation 20:4).

Revelation 20:12-13 identifies those comprising the second resurrection as the wicked judged by God at the great white throne judgment prior to being cast into the lake of fire. The second resurrection, then, is the raising of all unbelievers; the second resurrection is connected to the second death. It corresponds with Jesus’ teaching of the “resurrection of damnation” (John 5:29).

The event which divides the first and second resurrections seems to be the millennial kingdom. The last of the righteous are raised to reign “with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4), but the “rest of the dead [that is, the wicked] lived not again until the thousand years were finished” (Revelation 20:5).

What great rejoicing will attend the first resurrection! What great anguish at the second! What a responsibility we have to share the Gospel! “And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire” (Jude 23).

What is so different about Seventh-day Adventists?

Best Answer: Wow. I'm so sorry that many of you see Seventh-Day Adventists as weird and illogical. I, myself, am a Seventh-day Adventist and much of what has been stated about SDA's here is untrue.

We believe in actually following the 4th commandment which states, "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it Holy" (Exodus 20:8-11). The bible clearly states that we are not to work on the seventh day of the week. Instead, we are to fellowship with other christians, worship God, do community service, and/or rest from the previous week.

We go to church on Saturday because Saturday is the 7th day of the week.

And I don't know any SDAs that refrain from using electricity on Sabbath so I don't know where that came from.

As for our eating styles, we believe that our body is the temple of God so we should abstain from things that are harmful to it. This includes drugs & alcohol, caffeine (it is a drug as well), and unclean meats (God commands us to abstain from that anyway).

I hope this answers your question. Honestly, you can't generalize too much about SDA's b/c many things vary across the board among SDAs. Based on culture and things like that. The one thing you can be sure of is that SDAs believe the bible is the inspired word of God and as Christians, we are called to follow it. As a result, we do our best to do so.

BTW, Ellen G. White was one of the founders of our church and the main reason we consider her a prophetess is because all of her visions and everything she has written coinside with the bible itself!

But if there is any doubt about her, don't worry about it. SDA's hold the bible as truth above everything and everybody else.

ELLEN G. WHITE QUOTES

Ellen G. White quotes “It is not earthly rank, nor birth, nor nationality, nor religious privilege, which proves that we are members of the family of God; it is love, a love that embraces all humanity. ”
Ellen G. White “Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us, of which we know nothing.”
Ellen G. White “It is Satan's constant effort to misrepresent the character of God, the nature of sin, and the real issues at stake in the great controversy. His sophistry lessens the obligation of the divine law and gives men license to sin. At the same time he causes them to cherish false conceptions of God so that they regard Him with fear and hate rather than with love. The cruelty inherent in his own character is attributed to the Creator; it is embodied in systems of religion and expressed in modes of worship.”
Ellen G. White, Great Controversy: Between Christ and Satan

“The righteousness by which we are justified is imputed; the righteousness by which we are sanctified is imparted. The first is our title to heaven, the second is our fitness for heaven.”
Ellen G. White “We need to have far less confidence in what man can do and far more
confidence in what God can do for every believing soul. He longs to have
you reach after Him by faith. He longs to have you expect great things
from Him. He longs to give you understanding in temporal as well as in
spiritual matters. He can sharpen the intellect. He can give tact and
skill. Put your talents into the work, ask God for wisdom, and it will be
given you.”
Ellen G. White tags: confidence, expectations, faith, god, talents “The world's Redeemer was treated as we deserve to be treated, in order that we might be treated as he deserved to be treated. He came to our world and took our sins upon his own divine soul that we might receive his imputed righteousness. He was condemned for our sins, in which he had no share, that we might be justified by his righteousness, in which we had no share. The world's Redeemer gave himself for us. Who was he? The Majesty of heaven, pouring out his blood upon the altar of justice for the sins of guilty man. We should know our relationship to Christ and his relationship to us.
The Review and Harold 3-21-91 PR-06”
Ellen G. White

“Worry is blind, and cannot discern the future; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning.”
Ellen G. White tags: worry, worrying “A kind, courteous Christian is the most powerful argument that can be produced in favor of Christianity.”
Ellen G. White, Reflecting Christ “The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it except His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan.”
Ellen G. White, Desire of Ages, ASI “A knowledge of the truth depends not so much upon strength of intellect as upon pureness of purpose, the simplicity of an earnest, dependent faith.”
Ellen G. White, Prayer

“God does not require us to give up anything that it is for our best interest to retain. In all that He does he has the well-being of his (own) in view. Would that all who have not chosen Christ might realize that he has something vastly better to offer them than they are seeking for themselves. Man is doing the greatest injury and injustice to his own soul when he thinks and acts contrary to the will of God. No real (and lasting) joy can be found in the path forbidden by Him who knows what is best and who plans for the good of his creatures. The path of transgression is the path of misery and destruction.”
Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ tags: repentance “Christ was treated as we deserve that we may be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His. 'By His stripes we are healed.”
Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages tags: jesus-christ, kingdom-of-god, mighty-god, saviour 14 likes “We must do what we must to do”
Ellen G. White

“We are all woven together in the great web of humanity, and whatever we can do to benefit and uplift others will reflect in blessing upon ourselves.”
Ellen G. White, Patriarchs And Prophets “I should not want to live unless I could live to do some good to others. ”
Ellen G. White “False religion may prevail, iniquity may abound, the love of many may wax cold, the cross of Calvary may be lost sight of, and darkness, like the pall of death, may spread over the world; the whole force of the popular current may be formed to overthrow the people of God; but in the hour of greatest peril the God of Elijah will raise up human instrumentalities to bear a message that will not be silenced.”
Ellen G. White tags: christianity, church, darkness, encouragement, jesus, overcomer, overcoming, spiritual-darkness, spiritual-growth, victory “The exercise of force is contrary to the principles of God’s government; He desires only the service of love; and love cannot be commanded; it cannot be won by force or authority. Only by love is love awakened. To know God is to love Him;”
Ellen G. White, Reflecting Christ

“Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him.”
Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ “Before there could be any permanent reformation the people must be led to feel their utter inability in themselves to render obedience to God.”
Ellen G. White, Patriarchs And Prophets tags: dependence, faith, grace, his-grace-is-sufficient, justification, peace, praise-and-worship, salvation “The first time the temptation comes, meet it in such a decided manner that it will never be repeated!”
Ellen G. White, Ellen G White Study Bible with Spirit of Prophecy Comments KJV “The grace of Christ in the soul is developing traits of character that are the opposite of selfishness—traits that will refine, ennoble, and enrich the life.”
Ellen G. White, God's Amazing Grace

Health Ministries

Those who want to participate in the Medical Missionary training, please sign up to ensure you’re accounted for.

IS IT A STROKE? ACT F.A.S.T!

F - FACE DROOPING

A - ARM/LEG WEAKNESS

S - SPEECH DIFFICULTY

T - TIME TO CALL 9 - 1 - 1

CANCER AWARENESS MONTH CALENDER
MAY IS A HUGE AWARENESS MONTH

May is ........

ALS Awareness Month (United States ALS Association)

Arthritis Awareness Month (United States Arthritis Foundation)

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month (United States Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America)

Better Hearing and Speech Month (United States ASHA)

Better Sleep Month (United States Better Sleep Council)

Celiac Awareness Month (United States National Foundation for Celiac Awareness) Currently Running

Clean Air Month (United States American Lung Association)

Correct Posture Month (United States American Chiropractic Association)

Cystic Fibrosis Month (Worldwide Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)

Hepatitis Awareness Month (Worldwide Hepatitis Foundation International)

Huntington's Disease Awareness Month (United States Huntington's Disease Society Of America)

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

National Cancer Research Month (United States American Association for Cancer Research)

National Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month (Australia Crohn's & Colitis Australia)

National High Blood Pressure Education Month (United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

National Lupus Awareness Month (United States Lupus Foundation of America)

National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month (United States American Academy of Dermatology)

National Mental Health Month (United States Mental Health America)

National Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month

National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month United States National teoporosis Society Currently Running

National Physiotherapy Month (Canada Canadian Physiotherapy Association)

National Stroke Awareness Month (United States National Stroke Association)

Vision Health Month

LEARN ABOUT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

IT'S A SERIOUS CONDITION THAT INCREASES THE RISK OF HEART ATTACK, STROKE & OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS.

ABOUT 60 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

- SEVERAL FACTORS THAT YOU CAN'T CONTROL CONTRIBUTE TO HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

HEREDITY

- YOU MAY BE BORN MORE PRONE TO CERTAIN TYPES OF ILLNESS.

AGE

- SOME ILLNESSES ARE MORE COMMON AMONG OLDER PEOPLE.

ENVIRONMENT

- POLUTTED AIR AND WATER MAY BE HARD TO ESCAPE.

GOOD NEWS!!!

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAN BE CONTROLLED!!!

NATIONAL HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE EDUCATION MONTH

3 GOOD REASONS TO CONTROL HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

#1 - yOUR HEART

LEFT UNTREATED, HIGH BLOOOD PRESSURE CAN LEAD TO:

  • ANGINA PECTORIS (CHEST PAIN CAUSED BY THE NARROWING OF AN ARTERY).
  • CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE (THE HEART CAN'T PUMP BLOOD NORMALLY - FLUIDS MAY COLLECT IN THE LEGS, ANKLES AND LUNGS).
  • HEART ATTACK (WHICH MAY RESULT IN DEATH).

#2 - YOUR BRAIN

CONTINUED PRESSURE INSIDE THE MAIN ARTERY TO THE BRAIN MAY LEAD TO A STROKE. THE RESULTS MAY INCLUDE:

  • MEMORY LOSS
  • SPEECH PROBLEMS
  • PARALYSIS
  • DEATH

#3 - YOUR EYES

  • LONG-STANDING, UNCONTROLLED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAN DAMAGE BLOOD VESSELS IN THE EYES. THIS MAY LEAD TO BLINDNESS.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!!!

YOU'LL IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE!!!

YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE CHANGES DURING THE DAY.

1. DON'T BE TOO CONCERNED ABOUT ONE READING

TO GET AN ACCURATE IDEA OF YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE, YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE IT CHECKED OFTEN, UNDER DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES.

2. THEREADINGS FROM A MACHINE MAY DIFFER ...

FROM THOSE YOU GET AT YOUR DOCTOR'S OFFICE. THAT'S PROBABLY BECAUSE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE IS USUALLY CHECKED AT YOUR DOCTOR'S OFFICE AFTER YOU'VE BEEN SITTING QUIETLY FOR A WHILE. ALSO, YOU MAY FEEL ANXIOUS USING A DEVICE FOR THE FIRST TIME.

YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE CAN VARY...

FROM READING TO READING. iT'S AFFECTED BY MANY THINGS:

  • EATING
  • EXERCISE
  • STRESS
  • EXCITEMENT
  • CAFFINE
  • SMOKING

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR.

MAY IS ...

BLADDER CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

BRAIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

MELANOMA AND SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

BLADDER CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

BLADDER CANCER SYMPTONS

Symptoms of bladder cancer include:

  • Blood in the urine: The first sign of bladder cancer is usually blood in the urine, also called hematuria. The color of the urine may change to a very pale yellow-red. More rarely, the urine may be dark red. Other times, the urine does not change color but blood is found during a routine medical check-up. Hematuria may be caused by other conditions, such as an infection, noncancerous lesion, kidney stones, bladder stones or a benign kidney disease. If blood is found in the urine, follow-up tests can help pinpoint the exact cause.
  • Changes in urination: Frequent urination, pain during urination and a feeling of urination urgency even when the bladder is not full may be bladder cancer symptoms. It is important to recognize that these changes are more commonly a sign of a less serious condition, such as a benign tumor or an infection. An inability to urinate may be a sign of bladder cancer.
  • Lower back pain: Larger bladder cancers may cause lower back pain.

Understanding cancer symptoms

These symptoms may be attributed to a number of conditions other than cancer. If you notice any cancer signs or symptoms, it's important to visit your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

BRAIN CANCER

BRAIN CANCER SYMPTONS

Symptoms of brain cancer depend on several factors, including the tumor type, size, location and extent, as well as age, health history and more.

Some common signs of brain cancer include headache, weakness, numbness, nausea, vomiting or seizures. Some individuals may not feel right cognitively, or have visual, speech or coordination problems. The symptoms may be subtle or develop gradually.

Symptoms of brain cancer are influenced by which part of the brain is involved and the functional system it affects (e.g., motor, sensory, language, etc.). For example, vision problems may result from a tumor near the optic nerve. A tumor in the front part of the brain may affect the ability to concentrate and think. A tumor located in an area that controls motor function may cause weakness, numbness or difficulty with speech. Any tumor that is significantly large can create multiple symptoms because of the pressure created by the mass.

Some potential brain cancer symptoms include:

  • Headaches: Having a headache could be related to many causes. A noticeable change in the frequency and intensity of headaches may indicate a brain tumor.
  • Vision changes: A tumor on or near the optical nerve could cause blurred or double vision. Other types of brain tumors may cause abnormal eye movements or changes in vision, depending on the size and location of the tumor.
  • Loss of motor skill: A brain tumor can affect certain areas of the brain responsible for motor functions, like balance, coordination or movement. Weakness of facial muscles may result from a tumor within the cranial nerves.
  • Nausea and/or vomiting: These symptoms, especially early in the morning and unrelated to other conditions, may indicate a brain tumor.
  • Seizures: The onset of new seizures or convulsions can be the result of a tumor forming in the brain.
  • Speech problems: Some brain tumors can cause difficulty with speech.
  • Cognitive problems: A brain tumor can impact cognitive abilities and result in memory problems, poor concentration, confusion, difficulty thinking clearly or processing information, and language difficulties.
  • Weakness or numbness: Some brain tumors cause weakness on one side of the body or other paraneoplastic syndromes, like peripheral neuropathy (numbness or tingling in the hands and feet).

There are also some more subtle signs of brain cancer that may affect your overall sense of well-being:

  • Change in personality: The brain is responsible for many functions. Sometimes a tumor on the front part of the brain can cause gradual changes in behavior, personality and thinking.
  • Hormonal disorders: The pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain, is vital to the production and regulation of hormones. Tumors within this area may impact the hormones, resulting in symptoms similar to certain endocrine disorders.

There are over 120 types of brain tumors.

Understanding cancer symptoms

These symptoms may be attributed to a number of conditions other than cancer. If you notice any cancer signs or symptoms, it's important to visit your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

NATIONAL MELANOMA SKIN CANCER MONTH

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. and while it is a highly common condition that affects adults and children, there is no cure. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and there are various forms the skin cancer can present with. While some parts of the body is affected more than other, skin cancer predominantly affects and harms the skin, with the potential for it to spread to other areas. Given that your skin is by far the largest organ of your human body, it is only reasonable to understand some of the warning signs and symptoms of skin cancer. Listed below are 12 important signs of skin cancer you need to know, especially if you live in an area that is at increased risk.

1. Moles.

Some people may consider these to be beauty marks of some sort, but moles are simply a cluster of melanocytes that reside on an area of your skin. While they may appear harmful when they are on the skin, many moles remain dormant and actually are harmless. However, some moles can develop into a cancerous form and begin to cause problems with your health. If you notice that a mole on your skin changes its shape, size, or even its color, then you should have your doctor or dermatologist check out your mole. A comprehensive skin exam may be useful, especially if you notice that you have multiple moles throughout your body.

2. Know the ABCDEs.

You learned this when you were much younger, but your ABCDEs are an important way to assess certain marks on your skin. To start off the acronym, A means asymmetry. This is meant to explain that any marking or skin mole that has an asymmetrical shape is a possible sign of skin cancer. The B stands for borders, implying that any irregularly shaped borders on a skin marking demonstrates possible skin cancer. The C represents a color change in the mole or marking. The D stands for diameter and any mole or skin lesion that is larger than a standard pencil eraser indicates possible skin cancer. Lastly, the E is the evolution of the mole and it can range from anything from where the mole starts from. Use these ABCDEs to help assess your skin informally and report it to your doctor for further evaluation.

3. Abnormal, Unusual, or Suspicious Growth.

Let’s face it you look at your skin quite often. You view yourself in the mirror when you brush your teeth, dry off after a shower, or when you are doing your hair. While many of the looks you take during this time are to assess your looks, it subconsciously is a way for you to perform an informal assessment on your skin. During this assessment, you should be able to point out any new growths and unusual looking marks that have popped up on your skin. If you notice anything unusual, it is best to make note of it, observe it, and report it to your doctor.

4. Skin that Resembles a Scar.

When it comes to skin cancer, you now understand the ABCDEs of what to help look for. If you have an area on your skin that looks like a scar and maybe even feels like a scar, but you did not cut yourself recently, then this could be alarming. Sometimes, these areas could appear white or yellow and they may resemble wax on your skin. In addition, the borders of this “scar” looking piece of skin could have undefined borders, which fall right into the ABCDEs assessment. If you notice any part of your skin that has this appearance, you should contact your doctor or dermatologist for a full evaluation of your skin.

TESTICULAR CANCER AWARENESS

WHAT'S TO KNOW ABOUT TESTICULAR CANCER?

Last updated Wed 3 January 2018

By Christian Nordqvist

Reviewed by

  1. Symptoms
  2. Early signs
  3. Causes
  4. Treatment
  5. Diagnosis
  6. Self-exam
  7. Prevention

Male sex hormones and sperm are produced in the testicles. Testicular cancer, or cancer of the testes, occurs in these organs.

Testosterone controls the development of the reproductive organs and other male physical characteristics.

Although testicular cancer is uncommon compared with other cancers (0.7 percent of all cancers), it is the most common cancer in males aged between 15 and 35 years in North America and Europe. Every year, 8,000 males in the United States are diagnosed with testicular cancer, and 390 men die each year in the from the disease.

Fast facts on testicular cancer

  • Testicular cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in young men.
  • Common diagnoses include examination, blood tests, and ultrasounds.
  • Treatment is successful in 95 percent of men with testicular cancer.

Symptoms

Symptoms of testicular cancer do not normally appear until a later stage.

In most cases, the individual finds the cancer himself. Sometimes, it is discovered by doctors during a routine physical exam.

Anyone who notices anything unusual about their testicles should see a doctor, especially if they detect any of the following:

  • a painless lump or swelling in a testicle
  • pain in a testicle or scrotum
  • discomfort in a testicle or scrotum
  • a sensation of heaviness in the scrotum
  • a dull ache in the lower back, groin, or abdomen
  • a sudden accumulation of fluid in the scrotum
  • unexplained tiredness or malaise.

It is worth noting that these symptoms may not necessarily be caused by cancer. In fact, less than 4 percent of lumps in the testicles are found to be cancerous. Individuals should not ignore a lump or swelling in the testicle, though. It is important to see a doctor. They can then determine the cause.

Even though testicular cancer can spread to the lymph nodes, it hardly ever travels to other organs. If the cancer does spread, a person may experience:

  • coughing
  • breathing difficulties
  • swallowing difficulties
  • swelling in the chest

Early signs

It is important to catch testicular cancer early to improve the chances for successful treatment.

The earliest signs that occur are a painless lump and swelling. The testicle may also seem to be larger than usual.

However, this type of cancer may not cause noticeable symptoms until a later stage. That is why self-examination is so important - it is often the only way to catch testicular cancer at an early stage.

Causes

Although scientists are not sure what the specific causes of testicular cancer are, there are some factors which may raise a man's risk of developing the disease. These risk factors include:

  • Cryptorchidism (undescended testicle): If a testicle has not moved down when a male is born, there is a greater risk that he will develop testicular cancer later on.
  • Congenital abnormalities: Males born with abnormalities of the penis, kidneys, or testicles.
  • Inguinal hernia: Males born with a hernia in the groin.
  • Having had testicular cancer: If a male has had testicular cancer, he is more likely to develop it in the other testicle, compared with a man who has never had testicular cancer.
  • Family history: A male who has a close relative with testicular cancer is more likely to develop it himself compared with other men.
  • Abnormal testicular development: Conditions, such as Klinefelter's syndrome, where the testicles do not develop normally, may increase a person's risk of testicular cancer.
  • Mumps orchitis: This is an uncommon complication of mumps in which one or both testicles become inflamed.
  • Ancestry: Testicular cancer is more common among Caucasian males, compared with men of African or Asian descent. The highest rates are found in Scandinavia, Germany, and New Zealand.

Having a vasectomy does not increase a man's risk of developing testicular cancer.

Treatment

Around 95 percent of all men with testicular cancer make a full recovery after receiving treatment. The sooner a patient is diagnosed and treated, the better his prognosis is.

Treatment for testicular cancer may involve surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or a combination.

SurgeryOrchiectomy

Orchiectomy is usually the first line of treatment. The testicle is surgically removed to prevent the tumor from spreading. If the patient is diagnosed and treated in stage 1, surgery may be the only treatment needed.

An orchiectomy is a straightforward operation. The patient receives a general anesthetic. A small incision is made in the groin, and the testicle is removed through the incision. The patient remains in hospital for a few days.

If the man still has one testicle after the operation, his sex life and chances of reproducing should not be affected.

Fertility

If after the operation, the patient has no testicles, he will be infertile. He will not be able to produce sperm.

Males who wish to have children one day should consider banking their sperm before the operation - some sperm is kept in a sperm-bank before the testicle or testicles are removed.

Other testicular cancer therapies, including radiotherapy and chemotherapy, can also affect a cancer patient's long-term fertility.

Lymph node surgery

If the cancer has reached the lymph nodes, they will need to be surgically removed. This usually involves the lymph nodes in the abdomen and chest. Sometimes lymph node surgery can result in infertility.

Radiation therapy

Radiotherapy involves the use of beams of high-energy X-rays or particles (radiation) to destroy cancer cells. Radiotherapy works by damaging the DNA inside the tumor cells, destroying their ability to reproduce.

Patients with seminoma testicular cancer will typically require radiotherapy as well as surgery. The radiotherapy is used to prevent cancer recurrence.

Patients whose cancer has spread to their lymph nodes will need radiation therapy. Radiation therapy may cause the following temporary side effects:

  • tiredness
  • rashes
  • muscle stiffness
  • joint stiffness
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of chemicals (medication) to destroy cancer cells. Cytotoxic medication prevents cancer cells from dividing and growing.

Chemotherapy is usually given to patients with advanced testicular cancer - cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Treatment is administered either orally (tablets by mouth) or injection. As chemotherapy attacks healthy cells as well as cancerous ones, the patient may experience the following temporary side effects:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • hair loss
  • mouth sores
  • tiredness
  • malaise

Most people immediately link chemotherapy with uncomfortable side effects. However, side-effect management has improved considerably over the last 20 years.

Diagnosis

There are several ways to diagnose testicular cancer.

Blood tests

These measure levels of tumor markers, such as alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG), and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH). However, it is possible that blood tests come back normal, even though cancer is present.

Testicular ultrasound

An ultrasound of the scrotum can reveal the presence and also the size of a tumor.

Testicular biopsy

A small sample of tissue is taken from the targeted area in the testicle and examined under a microscope to determine whether the lump is malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous).

Testicular cancer typesSeminoma testicular cancer cells pictured.

When the doctor has determined the type of testicular cancer the patient has, they can then devise a treatment plan and make a prognosis. There are two main types of testicular cancer:

  1. Seminoma testicular cancer: These contain only seminoma cells. All age groups can get this type of cancer.
  2. Non-seminoma testicular cancer: These may contain many different cancer cells. Non-seminoma tumors tend to affect younger patients and will spread more rapidly than seminoma ones.

Most testicular cancers start in the germ cells - the cells in the testicles that produce immature sperm. We don't know what causes those cells to become abnormal and cancerous. Sometimes, both types of cancers may be present. If this is the case, the doctor will use non-seminoma treatment.

Staging the cancer

After carrying out all the relevant tests, the doctor will then be able to stage the cancer. This helps determine what treatment to use.

  • Stage I: The cancer is only in the testis and has not spread.
  • Stage II: The cancer has reached the lymph nodes in the abdomen.
  • Stage III: The cancer has spread further, to other parts of the body. This could include the lungs, liver, brain, and bones.

Self-exam

The best time to check yourself is when the scrotal skin is relaxed; usually after a warm shower or bath.

  • Gently hold the scrotum in the palms of both hands. Stand in front of the mirror and look for any swelling on the skin of the scrotum.
  • Feel the size and weight of the testicles first.
  • With fingers and thumbs press around and be receptive to any lumps or unusual swellings. Some men have one testicle that hangs lower than the other. Some people have one testicle which is bigger than the other. This is normal.
  • Each check, try to detect any significant increase in the size or weight of the testicles.
  • Feel each testicle individually. Place the index and middle fingers under the testicle while your thumbs are on the top. Gently roll the testicle between the thumbs and the fingers - it should be smooth, oval-shaped, and somewhat firm. There should be no lumps or swellings. The top and back of each testicle should have a tube-like section where sperm is stored, known as the epididymis, which may be slightly tender. It is normal for it to feel tender.

Prevention

Preventing most cases testicular cancer is not possible, as the causes are largely unknown. Many men who develop testicular cancer do not have any known risk factors.

However, it is possible to make sure the cancer does not advance before treatment.

DO-IT-YOURSELF HEALTH TESTS

YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL YOUR NEXT DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT TO FIND OUT IF YOU NEED TO WORK ON YOUR H-E-A-L-T-H!

1. WAIST-TO-HIP RATIO

WHY DO IT: The more overweight you are, the more resistant to insulin you are, which can lead to TYPE 2 DIABETES OR WORSEN YOUR DIABETES. Yet the problem isn't always how much FAT you're carring but where that FAT accumulates. The type of FAT around YOUR BELLY is MOST ASSOCIATED with INSULIN RESISTANCE AND HEART DISEASE.

HOW TO DO IT: Wrap a tape measure around the narrowest part of your waist (belly) and log your measurement; then measure your hips at the widest part. Divide waist circumference by hip circumference. if under age 60, women should be under 0.86, men under 0.95.

2. TRACK WEIGHT

WHY DO IT: Many things could cause unexplained weight gain. For people with prediabetes, it could mean a progression to diabetes or worsening insulin resistance. If you have diabetes , both weight gain and weight loss could reflect worsening pancreatic function. Certain meds can also cause you to put on pounds, so talk with your doctor. More concerning causes of weight gain may be fluid retention as a result of heart failure, worsening kidney function, and hypothyroidism.

HOW TO DO IT: UNLESS YOU'RE TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT--SOME STUDIES SUGGEST THAT DAILY WEIGHING IS BEST--JUMP ON A SCALE WEEKLY. WEIGH IN AT THE SAME TIME OF DAY, PREFERABLY RIGHT AWAY IN THE MORNING AND WITHOUT CLOTHES.

MORE INFO TO COME.......

YOUR GOOD HEALTH -- BREAKTHROUGH

SIMPLE STRATEGIES THAT PROTECT AGAINST CANCER

PREVENTING CANCER DOESN'T HAVE TO MEAN MASSIVE DIET OR LIFESTYLE CHANGES. EXPERTS HAVE PINPOINTED SMALL STEPS THAT REALLY SHORE UP YOUR PROTECTION! (BRENDA kEARNS)

1. KO TROUBLE WITH CELERY

CELERY is packed with APIGENIN, a potent anti-inflammatory compound that helps stall the growth and spread of even tough-to-treat cancers!

IT WORKS, say University of Missouri researchers, by shutting down blood flow to cancer cells, starving them of the oxygen and nutrients they need to survive.

AIM TO EAT 1/2 cup of celery daily or take a supplement, such as SWANSON APIGENIN ($10.34 for 90 capsules; Walmart.com).

2. BLOCK CARCINOGENS WITH LEGUMES

EAT 1/2 CUP OF BEANS, PEAS, OR LENTILS DAILY, and a NORWEGIAN study shows your overall cancer risk will plunge 32%!

LEGUMES are rich in a type of fiber that binds to toxins and excess hormones, whisking them out of your body before they can contribute to cancer

3. UP YOUR PROTECTION WITH BARLEY

BARLEY has a chewy texture, a nutty flavor and is as easy to cook as rice -- and consuming three (3) cups of this underrated grain weekly could cut your cancer risk 34%, reports the Journal of Hematology and Oncology.

Its protective powers are thanks to a combination of manganese, molybdenum and beta-glucans, nutrients that together prime your immune cells to aggressively seek out and destroy cancer cells, explains study coauthor Godfrey Chan, M.D.

SUPER HEALTHY BARLEY GALLO PINTO HELPS KO CANCER!

THIS QUICK-TO-PREPARE DISH IS LOADED WITH THE NUTRIENTS AND PHYTOCHEMICALS IN BEANS, BARLEY AND CELERY THAT CAN SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE YOUR CANCER RISK!

2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 large stalks of celery, thinly sliced

1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped

1 red bell pepper, diced

2 cups cooked pearl or pot barley

1 (19-oz. ) can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. chilli powder

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

1 lime, cut into wedges, for garnish

In a large, heavy-bottom skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, celery, onion and red bell pepper. Saute, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent (approximately 5 minutes). Stir in cooked barley, black beans, Worcestershire sauce, cumin and chilli powder. Cook, stirring often, until mixture is heated through and has a slightly dry texture (approximately 10 minutes). Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime wedges.

Makes four (4) servings.

FOODS THAT PREVENT VARIOUS CANCERS!

GREAT NEWS: RESEARCH PROVES THAT YOU REALLY CAN POWER UP YOUR PROTECTION AGAINST BREAST, OVARIAN AND OTHER CANCERS JUST BY EATING MORE OF A FEW COMMON FOODS!

1. PROTECT BREASTS WITH PEACHES!

Fresh or frozen, peaches pack loads of compounds that help block the growth of suspicious breast cells, reveals Texas A&M University research. No wonder eating just three cups of peaches weekly cuts breast cancer risk 33%! Eggplant, plums, and blueberries are also rich in these protective plant acids.

2. CUT OVARIAN CANCER RISK 50% WITH SALAD GREENS!

Eating a cup a day of leafy greens, such as romaine lettuce, spinach, kale, watercress and endive slashes ovarian cancer risk as much as 50%, reports the British Journal of Cancer. The pigments that give those foods their color are also anti-oxidants that help keep ovarian cells normal, explains study coauthor Sue Larsson, Ph.D.

3. AVOID CERVICAL CANCER WITH PINK GRAPEFRUIT!

Enjoying half a pink grapefruit daily could cut your odds of both CERVICAL and ENDOMETRIAL CANCERS 25%! In the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology reveals that pink grapefruit is rich in two cancer-fighting nutrients (NARINGIN and LYCOPENE), which prod precancerous cells to self destruct. TOMATOES are another good source of these protective nutrients.

4. SAFEGUARD YOUR COLON WITH NUTS!

Snacking on a handful of cashews, almonds, pecans or walnuts daily can lower your risk of colon cancer 42%--even if you have a history of the disease! The reason? The healthy minerals and fats in tree nuts help heal damaged intestinal cells, which is a key to keeping them cancer-free.

5. APPLES GET AN A+ FOR LUNG CANCER!

Simply eating an apple a day slashes your risk of lung cancer a whopping 60%, European research shows. The credit goes to FLAVONOIDS, a type of antioxidant in apples, which rein in lung-damaging inflammation!

BONUS: That same apple helps shield you from lung-related winter ills, such as colds, bronchitis, and even pneumonia!

6. CANCER-FIGHTING POWER OF BRAZIL NUTS

NFCR-sponsored researchers have been investigating the links between nutrition and cancer prevention for decades. The latest research from Dr. Helmut Sies focuses specifically on the role of selenium, a nutrient that may play a critical role in reducing the risk of certain cancers. So what can we eat to add selenium to our diets? Brazil nuts.

Brazil nuts contain the richest source of natural selenium. They also make a great pesto (RECIPE BELOW). Add a dollop to some roasted broccoli, whole-grain pasta or salmon and voila! You now have a delicious, nutritious, cancer-fighting meal for dinner tonight. Try it…. And let us know what you think. Post your comments below.

9 SUPRISING HEALTH BENEFITS OF BRAZIL NUTS

  • AIDS IN DIGESTION
  • HELPS IN TREATING ACNE
  • BENEFICIAL IN WEIGHT LOSS
  • AIDS IN MAINTAINING HEALTHY SKIN
  • BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM AND OVERALL HEALTH
  • HELPS IN PROPER FUNCTIONING OF THE THYROID GLAND
  • HELPS TO PREVENT ATHEROSCLEROSIS AND HEART ATTACK
  • HELPS IN CELLULAR GROWTH, REPAIR AND WOUND HEALING
  • HELPS TO PREVENT CONSTIPATION, BLOATING, AND COLON CANCER

BRAZIL-NUT PESTO

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup Brazil nuts, coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp chopped tarragon
1 large garlic clove, chopped
1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
5 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE:

In a mini food processor, combine the parsley with the Brazil nuts, water, tarragon, garlic and lemon zest and pulse to a coarse paste. Add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and the Parmesan and process to a slightly smooth paste. Season with salt and pepper.

MAKE AHEAD OF TIME:

This pesto can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before using.

VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS AND CANCER

DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS VERSUS WHOLE FOODS


Dietary supplements such as vitamin and mineral tablets have become widely available in Australia and may be taken for a variety of reasons. Some people are advised by their doctor or dietitian to take dietary supplements if they have certain medical conditions, are pregnant or have a restricted dietary intake. However, the majority of people do not need dietary supplements if they eat a wide variety of nutritious foods.

Cancer Council recommends people eat a variety of nutritious food especially fruit and vegetables

Getting nutrients from tablets is not as good as getting them naturally from food. Foods like fruit and vegetables contain lots of vitamins, but also many other beneficial substances such as fibre, minerals and antioxidants. Dietary fibre can help to ensure a healthier digestive system and reduce the risk of bowel cancer, while antioxidants help protect against the damaging effects of free radicals in the body. Therefore eating whole foods is best to obtain maximum benefits.

In addition, research has shown that some vitamins that are taken as supplements may not have the same effect as when they’re consumed in food. This is because the effect of the vitamin may be due to interactions between different food compounds that don’t occur when vitamins are isolated in a supplement.

Cancer Council recommends people obtain their nutritional requirements from whole foods, rather than individual nutrients in a supplement form.

Eating nutritious foods like fruit and vegetables can also help you to maintain a healthy body weight.

WHAT ABOUT CANCER RISK?
Studies suggest that people who eat a diet high in plant foods such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals have a lower risk for some types of cancer.

However in most cases it is not known which compounds (or combination of compounds) is best when it comes to lowering the risk of cancer. There are likely to be important, but as yet unidentified, components of whole food that are not included in supplements.

Currently there is no evidence to suggest that supplements (e.g. tablets, capsules) can reduce cancer risk. The few clinical trials testing whether supplements can reduce cancer risk in humans have had disappointing results. Any link between diet and cancer is far more complex than simply adding vitamin supplements to your existing diet.

Beta-carotene
Some studies suggest that certain antioxidant supplements such as beta-carotene are not protective, and may in fact increase overall mortality.

Beta-carotene is the orange colour pigment found in vegetables and fruit and is converted into vitamin A in the body. Normal levels of beta-carotene from foods such as dark-green leafy vegetables, carrots, sweet potato, mango and dried apricots may help protect against cancer.

However studies have shown that there is a convincing link between beta-carotene supplements and the risk of lung cancer in people who smoke cigarettes.

Therefore it is possible that the protective effect of beta-carotene at dietary intake amounts is lost or reversed with dietary supplementation and the higher levels that this can supply.

Cancer Council recommends people avoid taking high doses (>18 mg) of beta-carotene supplements, especially if they smoke.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A (retinol) is obtained from foods in two ways: preformed from animal food sources and derived from beta-carotene in plant foods. Vitamin A supplements, whether in the form of beta-carotene or retinol, have not been shown to lower cancer risk, and high-dose supplements may be toxic. Long-term use of high dose supplements increases the risk for lung cancer, particularly amongst people at high risk such as smokers.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is found in many vegetables and fruits. Many experimental studies have linked consumption of foods rich in vitamin C to a reduced risk for cancer. However the few studies in which vitamin C has been given as a supplement have not shown a reduced risk for cancer. High doses of vitamin C (more than 2000mg/day) can cause a number of side effects such as headaches, diarrhoea, nausea, heartburn, stomach cramps and possibly kidney stones.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant found in foods such as whole grains, seeds, nuts and vegetable oils. Studies of vitamin E supplementation and cancer risk have shown inconsistent results (positive effects and no effects). High doses of vitamin E supplements can cause certain side effects and should be avoided.


Read more at https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/22108/cancer-prevention/diet-exercise/nutrition-diet/fruit-vegetables/vitamins-and-cancer/#xOXmsAUlELglTjTf.99

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HERBAL CAUTION

HERBS AND CHEMOTHERAPY DRUGS

PEOPLE HAVE TURNED TO HERBS TO BOOST HEALTH FOR CENTURIES. But a new report published in the journal Cancer found that some herbal supplements may be risky for cancer patients. Researchers looked at 44 herbal medicines, and a whopping 29 of these were deemed to pose health risks to patients undergoing cancer treatment. For example, the study found that turmeric, popular for its anti-inflammatory properties, may increase toxic effects of certain chemotherapies, while green tea and ginkgo biloba could make bleeding more likely.

Most herbs and supplements have not been studied together with chemotherapy drugs, and their interactions remain unclear, says Chris D'Adamo, Ph.D., director of research at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

As with any medicine, check with your doctor before using a natural remedy.

SIDESTEP ARTHRITIS WITH ONIONS

Arthritis is the top trigger of chronic knee pain--and simply eating 1/2 cup of any type of raw or cooked onions daily could cut your risk of that painful condition as much as 50%. Credit goes to minerals (sulfer and selenium) in onions that help form shock-absorbing cartilage. Broccoli is also rich in sulfur; Brazil nuts provide selenium.

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WOULD YOU EVER USE ONION JUICE TO THICKEN HAIR?

It seems a bit wacky, but studies show applying onion juice to the scalp can incease HAIR GROWTH by 87 percent (87%) in six weeks.

BUT IS IT WORTH THE EFFORT?

To find out, staffers mixed the juice of one onion with 3 drops of lavender (to help mask the smell) and massage it onto their scalp twice daily. The consensus: IT STINKS!

"Lately I have been noticing more fallout, so I was game to try anything that boosts growth. But I just couldn't get past the potent onion smell to try this more than once.

--Melissa Sorrells, FIRST, senior editor

"Besides how time-consuming the onion juice is to make, this didn't help grow my locks at all. I did see some extra volume at my roots, but that was the only upside."

--Rebecca Haynes, FIRST, senior health editor

ARE YOU GAME?

SUNSHINE PREVENTS TYPE 2 DIABETES

Spending 20 minutes outdoors daily heightens INSULIN SENSITIVITY 54%, cutting your risk of Type 2 Diabetes 38%, suggests a HARVARD UNIVERSITY reeview of 21 studies. SUNSHINE revs your skin's production of vitamin D-3, a nutrient that switches on FIVE GENES essential for BLOOD-SUGAR CONTROL.

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VITAMIN D EASES ACHES--AND KEEPS BONES STRONG!

TAKING 1,000 IU OF vitamin D daily relieves achy joints and muscles, The Clinical Journal of Pain reports. "D is actually a hormone that balances our immune system and helps reduce inflammatiom, which is a major cause of pain and premature aging," confirms Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of Pain Free, 1,2,3.

STAY-YOUNG BONUS: D cuts the risk of OSTEOPOROSIS and several CANCERS!

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VITAMIN D FACTS

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is different from other vitamins because our bodies can make most of what we need with exposure to sunlight.

Vitamin D is more than a vitamin in that is acts as a pro-hormone and effects hormone balance and immune regulation of the body.

Most foods, unless they are fortified, are poor sources of vitamin D and there are only a small amount of vitamin D rich foods to choose from.

Vitamin D plays a role in calcium absorption into the bones.

A deficiency in vitamin D can result in a softening of the bones called osteomalacia or a bone abnormality called rickets.

Some of the biggest vitamin D deficiency symptoms include:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Seasonal depression
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Cancer
  • Weak bones (osteopenia)
  • Skin issues eczema and psoriasis
  • Dementia

People most prone to a vitamin D deficiency include those who live in northern regions with little sunlight exposure, people with darker skin, people on low fat diets and those taking steroids and weight loss medications.

Vitamin D also helps with cell replication, and may play a role in the development of autoimmune conditions.

The RDA for vitamin D is 600 IU/day and the Daily Value is 400 IU.

SUPERCHARGE YOUR MEMORY IN JUST 10 MINUTES A DAY!

WANT TO ENSURE THAT YOUR ABILITY TO REMEMBER IMPORTANT DETAILS STAYS STRONG?

Sit still, breathe through your left nostril (holding your right nostril closed) for five minutes, then breathe through your right nostril (holding your left nostril closed) for five minutes and repeat.

Doing this once a day improves your verbal memory (helping you recall names and new info) and spatial memory (helping you recall directions like driving routes) within three days, reports the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research.

IT WORKS!

"One-nostril breathing" activates receptors that change electrical activity in the brain, enhancing effeciency in arears that manage verbal and spatial memory!

AND HAVE SOME SPINACH!

Brains of folks who eat a daily serving of leafy greens (such as spinach) are 11 YEARS YOUNGER than those who skip greens, research shows. Nutrients in these veggies BLOCK DAMAGE TO NEURONS!

TO BOOST MEMORY---SCENT YOUR HOME WITH SAGE!

Light a sage-scented candle or set out a few bowls of sage potpourri and you could chase away brain fog and improve alertness, focus and memory by 21 percent in just 10 minutes, say researchers at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

That's because the rich herbal aroma of sage stimulates the brain's focus-enhancing frontal lobe, plus it energizes the limbic system--the brain region responsible for memory formation.

GOOD HEALTH NEWS!

EYE HEALTH NUTRIENTS ALSO AID THE BRAIN

LUTEIN AND ZEAXANTHIN are known key CAROTENOIDS for EYE HEALTH, filtering out harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and helping to protect and maintain cells comprising the eye. The human body does not make enough of either nutrient, so we mustget them from supplements or food sources such as KALE, SPINACH, COLLARD GREENS, TURNIP GREENS, CORN, GREEN PEAS, BROCCOLI, ROMAINE LETTUCE, GREEN BEANS and EGGS.

Researchers from the University of Georgia, in Athens, investigated the relationship between levels of LEUTIN and ZEAXANTHIN and COGNITIVE FUNCTION. They measured the levels of each nutrient in the retinas of 43 older adults with a mean age of 72 and asked that the subjects learn and recall pairs of unrelated words. The study found that those with higher levels of both nutrients did better on the test, suggesting that the enhanced neural efficiency that comes from consuming these nutrients leads to better BRAIN FUNCTION.

DHA BOOSTS ELDER BRAIN FUNCTION

Researchers from Tianjin Medical University in China, have discovered that regularly taking Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) improves brain function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. A total of 219 adults over the age of 65 participated in the randomized, double-blind, 12-month trial. Half of the subjects were given two grams of this omega-3 fatty acid daily, while the others received a placebo.

The researchers measured cognitive function, includiing a full-scaleintelligence quotient (IQ) test and two IQ subtestswhich serve as indicators of both short and lon-term memory. The tests were administered after 6 months and again after 12 months. The DHA group showed a 19 percent higher IQ than the placebo group. These were also significant increases in both IQ subtests and brain hippocampus volume in the DHA group. Decreased hippocampus volume is a primary indicator of Alzheimer's disease.

THIS NUTRIENT BOOSTS BABIES' BRAINS

When PREGNANT women eat a diet rich in CHOLINE, their children tend to have better memories, according to a new study.

CHOLINE is a nutrient found in beans and other legumes, nuts, and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage, fish, poultry, egg yolks, and lean red meat.

The women in the study all consumed the same diet during their third trimester, but one group received 480 milligrams (mg) per day of CHOLINE, and the other group received 930 mg.

Researchers later tested the infants for information processing and memory several times during the first 13 months after birth. The babies whose mothers had taken higher amounts of CHOLINE tested consistently higher.

CHOLINE is similar to the B vitamins. The Adequate Intake (AI) level for adult women is 425 mg per day, with an increase to 450 mg during PREGNANCY. Both groups in this study received more than the Adequate Intake (AI).

THE TEENAGE BRAIN

What’s Going On in the Teenage Brain?

A child’s body goes through physical changes that are obvious to all parents. Less obvious are the vital changes taking place in a child’s brain, particularly as she enters her teenage years. The brain, after all, is part of the body and, more importantly, is the organ that controls — or tries to control — the body’s activities.

Teenagers confront challenges, pressures, stresses, temptations, and asks in brains that are not yet fully developed. It’s not just that teenagers haven’t had the time and experience to acquire a wide sense of the world; quite simply, their brains just haven’t physically matured yet.

Dealing with pressure and stress is no small challenge for a fully mature brain, much less one that’s in transition from childhood to adulthood and in transition from concrete to abstract thinking. That is why it’s even more important for parents to understand what their children’s brains are going through as parents monitor — and often worry about — their children’s social, academic, and emotional challenges.

Growing a Brain

Like their bodies, different children’s brains develop at different speeds. “The important concept here is that the adolescent brain is still developing and not yet fully mature,” says Andrew Garner, M.D., FAAP, member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health.

Not only that, brain scans shows that parts of the brain don’t grow the same.

“Scans of normal kids have revealed that different parts of the brain mature at different rates,” he says. “In fact, some parts of the brain — such as the prefrontal cortex (PFC) that sits right behind the eyes — do not appear fully mature until 24 years old! Other parts of the brain, like the walnut-shaped amygdala (AMG) that sits deep in the brain, appear to be fully mature much earlier. Many neuroscientists think that this mismatch in brain maturity may explain a lot of adolescent behavior.”

Understanding what those mismatches can mean is one of the challenges facing scientists studying adolescent brain development.

“For example,” says Dr. Garner, “the PFC is thought to play an important role in regulating mood, attention, impulse control, and the ability to think abstractly — which includes both the ability to plan ahead and see the consequences of one’s behavior.”

“The AMG, on the other hand, is thought to play a role in emotion, aggression, and instinctual, almost reflexive responses,” Dr. Garner says. Neuroscientists have long thought that the mature PFC regulates the AMG, putting a break on emotional, aggressive, or instinctual outbursts. The realization that the AMG matures, or comes ‘online,’ sooner than the PFC suggests that a mismatch may be contributing to the emotionality and impulsivity of adolescenceBeyond Brain Growth

What sorts of behavior and emotional responses could indicate that a mismatch is affecting the child’s nature? Garner says that research into the nature and effects of possible mismatches is still taking place, reminding parents of their responsibility to address behavior problems as well as “diagnose” them.

“While adolescents might tend to be more moody and impulsive — and we now have some reason to believe that this might be reflecting a ‘normal’ part of brain development — our job as parents is to get them to slow down and help them think through what they are doing,” he says.

But not everything can be blamed (or should be blamed) on brain development. “It is important to note that the PFC is still functioning in adolescence. But, because it isn’t completely mature, it simply isn’t working as fast as it will when it matures,” he says.

That difference can have tragic consequences, Dr. Garner explains.

“If you ask a teenager whether it is a good idea to get into a car with friends who are drunk, most would say ‘no way.’ That’s the PFC talking. In calmer moments, the relatively slow PFC is able to think abstractly and see the potentially dire consequences of driving when drunk. But, in the heat of the moment, the relatively more developed AMG screams ‘just do it’ before the PFC knows what happened. The same process might pay a role in teen violence, substance abuse, and even suicide.”

Managing the Extremes

Extreme behavior and emotions are clearly matters that call for medical and professional attention and counseling. But it’s also true that all adolescents exhibit at least occasional outbursts or episodes of misjudgment. Teenagers are human, after all — and so are their brains.

How can parents best assure themselves that their child’s brain is developing normally? What can teenagers do to help their brains make the transition to adulthood? Dr. Garner’s advice aims at helping teens and parents focus on the future.

“I usually counsel teenagers to have a plan for after high school because a future orientation is a good predictor of transitioning through adolescence well,” he says. “It is likely to be a good marker for PFC functioning and the ability to handle abstract thought.”

Garner also reminds parents to be alert to the warning signs of emotional problems — whether or not those problems are directly related to brain development.

“As long as teenagers are social, eating and sleeping well, and working towards the fulfillment of their plan (for most, good grades leading to college), then I’m happy and their parents should be happy, too. If, on the other hand, they are withdrawn or acting out, not eating or sleeping regularly, or are letting their grades or dreams pass them by, then I encourage the parents to sound the alarm and get some help.”



WHAT IS LUPUS

Lupus is an autoimmune disease often accompanied by inflammation and similar symptoms. Lupus can be tricky since there are many causes, and contain symptoms that range from mild to severe. Symptoms can be chronic, starting as early as childhood. The sooner lupus can be treated, the less harmful it is.

Lupus contains periods of remission, where symptoms reveal themselves in obvious ways. That’s why it’s important to identify the symptoms as soon as you can. From there, you can get it checked and stop it right in its tracks. In this article, we will give you common signs and symptoms to look out for. Whether the symptoms are mild or severe, the important next step is to identify them. Once you can identify lupus, you have the power to cure and stop it.

Fatigue

Common Signs: Lethargy throughout the day, tiredness, possible dizziness. Look for activities that are difficult to perform that were once easy.
Symptom: Most people diagnosed with lupus experience mental and physical fatigue. Fatigue involves lethargy of the mind, and possible physical limitations. Pushing through and taking extra naps can cure some cases of minor fatigue. If not, you may have a more severe case. Supplementation and improved diet can cure minor to mid-level fatigue.

Hair Loss

Common Signs: Flakiness and hair loss when brushing, stroking, or showering. Any hair loss should be an alarm, don’t be complacent.
Symptom: Hair loss is often an initial symptom for lupus. Inflammation or swelling of the scalp causes hair loss. Cases of hair loss vary. Some lose it chunks, others lose it chronically. Hair loss isn’t limited to the scalp. Hair loss can also occur from the eyebrows, and other areas.
Additional Information: Treatments that exist for this symptom involve hair growth. Sometimes, lesions develop from this symptom, making those areas difficult to recover.

Fever

Common Signs: Fevers themselves are common. What makes lupus fevers different are the unexpected nature of them. Look for unexplained fevers. Look especially for flare-ups and swelling.
Symptom: Fevers that result from lupus can seem mild. However, fevers are a common symptom. Fevers don’t have to be intense to indicate lupus. The temperature range often isn’t any higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Inflammation and swelling often follow up lupus fevers.
Additional Information: Symptoms can be on or off, which can make identifying this symptom tricky.

Pulmonary Problems

Common Signs: Feelings of swelling near the lungs and diaphragm, chest pain, and breathing issues.
Symptom: Another symptom of lupus are problems with the pulmonary system. Inflammation of the lungs occur, which cause difficulty breathing, and chest pain. Chest pain can feel sharp and stingy. Breathing symptoms include shortness of breath, and pain of the diaphragm.
Additional Information: Lung size can shrink over time if these symptoms aren’t treated in time. A doctor visit can land you a scan, which can identify this symptom and put you on the path for treatment.

Rash

Common Signs: Redness and/or a rash on the ears, arms, chest, or face. Lupus caused rashes are commonly found on the cheeks, and across the nose.
Symptom: Lupus caused rashes aren’t typically itchy, but can get bright red. Rashes are worsened by extended sun exposure. Rashes caused by lupus start off in a single area, and spread through other parts of the body as the condition worsens.
Additional Information: A common name for lupus rashes are “butterfly rashes”, taken from their butterfly-like shape.

More imformation next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS IS HEPATITIS MONTH

What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It’s commonly caused by a viral infection, but there are other possible causes of hepatitis. These include autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol. Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease that occurs when your body makes antibodies against your liver tissue.

Your liver is located in the right upper area of your abdomen. It performs many critical functions that affect metabolism throughout your body, including:

  • bile production, which is essential to digestion
  • filtering of toxins from your body
  • excretion of bilirubin (a product of broken-down red blood cells), cholesterol, hormones, and drugs
  • breakdown of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
  • activation of enzymes, which are specialized proteins essential to body functions
  • storage of glycogen (a form of sugar), minerals, and vitamins (A, D, E, and K)
  • synthesis of blood proteins, such as albumin
  • synthesis of clotting factors
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.4 million Americans are currently living with chronic hepatitis B and C. Many more people don’t even know that they have hepatitis.

    Treatment options vary depending on which type of hepatitis you have. You can prevent some forms of hepatitis through immunizations and lifestyle precautions.

  • The 5 types of viral hepatitis

    Viral infections of the liver that are classified as hepatitis include hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. A different virus is responsible for each type of virally transmitted hepatitis.

    Hepatitis A is always an acute, short-term disease, while hepatitis B, C, and D are most likely to become ongoing and chronic. Hepatitis E is usually acute but can be particularly dangerous in pregnant women.

    Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis A is caused by an infection with the hepatitis A virus (HAV). This type of hepatitis is most commonly transmitted by consuming food or water contaminated by feces from a person infected with hepatitis A.

  • Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis B is transmitted through contact with infectious body fluids, such as blood, vaginal secretions, or semen, containing the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Injection drug use, having sex with an infected partner, or sharing razors with an infected person increase your risk of getting hepatitis B.

    It’s estimated by the CDC that 1.2 million people in the United States and 350 million people worldwide live with this chronic disease.

    Hepatitis C

    Hepatitis C comes from the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is transmitted through direct contact with infected body fluids, typically through injection drug use and sexual contact. HCV is among the most common bloodborne viral infections in the United States. Approximately 2.7 to 3.9 million Americans are currently living with a chronic form of this infection.Hepatitis D

    Also called delta hepatitis, hepatitis D is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis D virus (HDV). HDV is contracted through direct contact with infected blood. Hepatitis D is a rare form of hepatitis that only occurs in conjunction with hepatitis B infection. The hepatitis D virus can’t multiply without the presence of hepatitis B. It’s very uncommon in the United States.

    Hepatitis E

    Hepatitis E is a waterborne disease caused by the hepatitis E virus (HEV). Hepatitis E is mainly found in areas with poor sanitation and typically results from ingesting fecal matter that contaminates the water supply. This disease is uncommon in the United States. However, cases of hepatitis E have been reported in the Middle East, Asia, Central America, and Africa, according to the CDC.Causes of noninfectious hepatitis Alcohol and other toxins

    Excessive alcohol consumption can cause liver damage and inflammation. This is sometimes referred to as alcoholic hepatitis. The alcohol directly injures the cells of your liver. Over time, it can cause permanent damage and lead to liver failure and cirrhosis, a thickening and scarring of the liver.

    Other toxic causes of hepatitis include overuse or overdose of medications and exposure to poisons.

    Autoimmune system response

    In some cases, the immune system mistakes the liver as a harmful object and begins to attack it. It causes ongoing inflammation that can range from mild to severe, often hindering liver function. It’s three times more common in women than in men.Common symptoms of hepatitis

    If you have infectious forms of hepatitis that are chronic, like hepatitis B and C, you may not have symptoms in the beginning. Symptoms may not occur until the damage affects liver function.

    Signs and symptoms of acute hepatitis appear quickly. They include:

    Chronic hepatitis develops slowly, so these signs and symptoms may be too subtle to notice.

RESPECT A WOMAN, A MOTHER, A GIRL!

RESPECT A WOMAN BECAUSE...

You can feel her INNOCENCE in the form of a DAUGHTER

You can feel her CARE in the form of a SISTER

You can feel her WARMTH in the form of a FRIEND

You can feel her PASSION in the form of a BELOVED

You can feel her DEDICATION in the form of a WIFE

You can feel her DIVINITY in the form of a MOTHER

You can feel her BLESSING in the form of a GRANDMOTHER

Yet SHE is so TOUGH too!

Her heart is so TENDER... So NAUGHTY... So CHARMING... So SHARING... So MELODIUS...

She is a WOMAN!!!

She is LIFE!!!

"To all the WONDERFUL WOMEN in the WORLD"

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FOR BLACK MOMS AND THEIR DAUGHTERS

Oprah Winfrey:

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

Maya Angelou:

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

“A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”

“If you’re serious, you really understand that it’s important that you laugh as much as possible and admit that you’re the funniest person you ever met. You have to laugh. Admit that you’re funny. Otherwise, you die in solemnity.”

Jada Pinkett-Smith:

“I just think, as women, we have to give ourselves room to be individuals. So when a woman makes a decision for herself, we as women shouldn’t set those hardcore boundaries for another woman. Just like we don’t want men setting hardcore boundaries for us.”

“We have to nurture our young women and understand the beauty and the strength of being a woman. It’s kind of a catch-22: Strength in women isn’t appreciated, and vulnerability in women isn’t appreciated. It’s like, ‘What the hell do you do?’ What you do is you don’t allow anyone to dictate who you are.”

“Love and honesty are the things that make a good wife and mother.”

“You know, as I get older, personal happiness is all about love. It’s all about love. You know, how I’m loved and how I love my family and my husband. That to me is happiness, when I feel like I am loved and I have a place to love deeply. That to me is happiness.”

First Lady Michelle Obama:

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”

“My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.”

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.”

“Find people who will make you better”

Iyanla Vanzant:

“I have learned the hard way to mind my business, without judging who people are and what they do. I am more troubled by the lack of space being provided for the truth to unfold. Humans cannot seem to wait for or honor the truth. Instead, we make it up based on who we believe people should or should not be.”

“The remedy for life’s broken pieces is not classes, workshops or books. Don’t try to heal the broken pieces. Just forgive.”

“Talk about your negative experiences with the father, with your girlfriends. Not with your children. And bite your tongue when it comes to diminishing, denying, dismissing, name-calling.”

“In order to feel loved, be respected and stay connected, we humans have a tendency to lie. We lie about who we are, what we want, what we need, what we have done or will do. Perhaps ‘lie’ is too strong a word. Let me say that what we do is withhold the truth.”

Abigail Adams

Wife of the second President of the United States, Abigail Adams is an example of one kind of life lived by women in colonial, Revolutionary and early post-Revolutionary America. While she's perhaps best known simply as an early First Lady (before the term was used) and mother of another President, and perhaps known for the stance she took for women's rights in letters to her husband, she should also be known as a competent farm manager and financial manager.

Abigail Adams Facts:

Known for: First Lady, mother of John Quincy Adams, farm manager, letter writer
Dates: November 22 (11 old style), 1744 - October 28, 1818; married October 25, 1764
Also known as: Abigail Smith Adams

Abigail Adams Biography:

Born Abigail Smith, the future First Lady was the daughter of a minister, William Smith, and his wife Elizabeth Quincy. The family had long roots in Puritan America, and were part of the Congregational church. Her father was part of the liberal wing within the church, an Arminian, distanced from Calvinist Congregational roots in predestination and questioning the truth of the traditional doctrine of the Trinity.

Educated at home, because there were few schools for girls and because she was often ill as a child, Abigail Adams learned quickly and read widely. She also learned to write, and quite early began writing to family and friends.

Abigail met John Adams in 1759 when he visited her father's parsonage in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

They carried out their courtship in letters as "Diana" and "Lysander." They married in 1764, and moved first to Braintree and later to Boston. Abigail bore five children, and one died in early childhood.

Abigail's marriage to John Adams was warm and loving -- and also intellectually lively, to judge from their letters.

After almost a decade of rather quiet family life, John became involved in the Continental Congress. In 1774, John attended the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, while Abigail remained in Massachusetts, raising the family. During his long absences over the next 10 years, Abigail managed the family and the farm and corresponded not only with her husband but with many family members and friends, including Mercy Otis Warren and Judith Sargent Murray. She served as the primary educator of the children, including the future sixth U.S. president, John Quincy Adams.

John served in Europe as a diplomatic representative from 1778, and as a representative of the new nation, continued in that capacity. Abigail Adams joined him in 1784, first for a year in Paris then three in London. They returned to America in 1788.

John Adams served as Vice President of the United States from 1789-1797 and then as President 1797-1801. Abigail spent some of her time at home, managing the family financial affairs, and part of her time in the federal capital, in Philadelphia most of those years and, very briefly, in the new White House in Washington, D.C. (November 1800 - March 1801). Her letters show that she was a strong supporter of his Federalist positions.

After John retired from public life at the end of his presidency, the couple lived quietly in Braintree, Massachusetts. Her letters also show that she was consulted by her son, John Quincy Adams. She was proud of him, and worried about her sons Thomas and Charles and her daughter's husband, who were not so successful. She took hard her daughter's death in 1813.

Abigail Adams died in 1818 after contracting typhus, seven years before her son, John Quincy Adams, became the sixth president of the U.S., but long enough to see him become Secretary of State in James Monroe's administration.

It is mostly through her letters that we know much about the life and personality of this intelligent and perceptive woman of colonial America and the Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary period. A collection of the letters was published in 1840 by her grandson, and more have followed.

Among her positions expressed in the letters was a deep suspicion of slavery and racism, support for women's rights including married women's property rights and the right to education, and full acknowledgement by her death that she had become, religiously, a unitarian.

Places: Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., United States

Organizations/Religion: Congregational, Unitarian

WHO IS DOTTIE PEOPLES?

Born Dorothy Peoples on August 12, 1950 in Dayton, Ohio, Peoples began singing at an early age. After completing high school, she toured with gospel pioneer Dorothy Norwood, a member of The Caravans. After that, she briefly joined a jazz ensemble, performing in various venues across the country.

Unhappy singing secular music, she relocated to Atlanta to return to her gospel roots.

She recorded her debut album, Live At Salem Baptist Church, in 1993. On July 28, 2008, Peoples performed a free concert at the East Birmingham Church of God in Christ.Career[edit]

Vocalist with jazz ensemble and Groove Holmes, five years; Church Door Records, 1979–91, general manager; The Dottie Peoples' Showcase, WAOK Atlanta, 1990–96, host, director, producer; Atlanta International Records, 1991-; Harry's Jazz Symphony, 1996, vocalist; producer for Rev. Dreyfus Smith and The Wings of Faith Mass Choir; producer for Rev. Andrew Cheairs and The Songbirds of Byhalia, MS; WOW Gospel, 1999, vocalist.

Life's Work[edit]

Gospel vocalist, songwriter, producer, tour director, businesswoman, and spokesperson Dottie Peoples has been a star in the gospel music industry for more than 30 years, since she was nine years old. Called the Songbird of the South by Atlanta WAOK radio announcer Brother Esmond Patterson,[citation needed] Peoples won the top four honors at the 1995 Stellar Awards with her album, On Time God. Since then she has perpetually won or been nominated for many awards.

The firstborn of ten children, and the only singer in the family, Peoples was born in Dayton, Ohio. Her father worked two jobs, one at General Motors, to support the large family. According to Richard Gincel of the Atlanta Constitution, Peoples well remembers walking a mile to school in snow up to our heads because her family could not afford bus fare.

During her summer vacations, Peoples would stay with her grandmother in Birmingham, Alabama and would attend church with her all day on Sundays. The singers fascinated Peoples. She pictured herself as another Mahalia Jackson and went on to sing in her church choir and her high school concert choir. After high school, she toured briefly with gospel singer Dorothy Norwood and then with Shirley Caesar. Peoples' mother did not want her daughter to go on tour.Started With Jazz[edit]

Despite her mother's objections about touring, Groove Holmes gave Peoples the opportunity to join his ensemble and for five years she performed in jazz clubs. When she married, Peoples stopped performing, but she could not stay away from singing. Not only did she want to serve God with song, Peoples had the voice to inspire. In fact, with a vocal range of soprano to alto to tenor, she has been compared to Patti LaBelle. The Philadelphia Tribune called Peoples a ``vocal powerhouse. But singing was not the most important thing in her life. She told writer Jimmy Stewart, "I love singing, but it's my personal relationship with Jesus that inspires me to do it."

In the seventies, while working at Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta, Peoples persuaded Reverend Doctor Jasper Williams, Jr. to start Church Door Records. Peoples became the general manager. The record label produced albums for the pastor and the church choir, and later, in 1984, Peoples's first solo effort, Surely God Is Able. In 1987, People's Is It Worth It All nourished the spiritual world on the same label. Two other albums followed.Gospel music explosion in the 1990s[edit]

Gospel music exploded in the nineties. In 1990, The Dottie Peoples' Showcase on radio station WAOK of Atlanta helped this explosion. In 1991, a year after Peoples started hosting, directing, and producing the show, she signed with Atlanta International Records. In 1993 her album, Live at Salem Baptist Church, garnered her a Stellar Award nomination for Best Female Solo Performance of traditional music. More nominations—for the Gospel Excellence Awards, Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, and Dove awards—would follow with other albums. Peoples's success with her Live album allowed her to leave her position with Church Door Records and sing full-time.

Peoples's 1995 album, On Time God, would change her role in gospel music. At the Stellar Awards, she won Female Vocalist of the Year for traditional music, Choir of the Year for traditional music, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for On Time God. That same year, Peoples would receive a Vision Award by Bobby Jones Gospel of Black Entertainment Television and Gospel Today Magazine. ``On Time God would also win the Atlanta Gospel Choice Award for Song of the Year.

Throughout the nineties, Peoples toured with many gospel artists, among them Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin, and the Jasper Williams Crusade for Christ Ministry. Her vocals have also been featured on many other albums, such as the Women of Worship '98 album.

Once described as ``single, saved, and successful, Peoples continues to win awards and inspire. She not only sings, but writes many of her songs, such as On Time God and Testify from her 1996 album of the same name. Testify won numerous nominations for awards. In 1999, God Can and God Will: Live In Atlanta became her ninth album. She sang songs from the new release to an audience of 4,500 at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia. An inspiring 225-member choir backed her performance.Awards[edit]

Atlanta Gospel Choice Award Winner, 1994, for Song of the Year, Pure Love, and Female Soloist Traditional; Atlanta Gospel Choice Award Winner, 1995, for Song of the Year, On Time God; Gospel Music Workshop of America/Gospel Excellence Awards, 1995, Album of the Year-Traditional, Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, On Time God; Vision Awards Recipient, 1995, Bobby Jones Gospel; Stellar Awards Winner, 1995, Female Vocalist-Traditional, Choir of the Year-Traditional, Album of the Year, On Time God, Song of the Year, On Time God; Atlanta Gospel Choice Award Winner, 1995, Best Choir of the Year, Song of the Year, Everybody Ought to Know Who Jesus Is; Stellar Awards Winner, 1996, Top Female Vocalist; First Annual NAACP Phoenix Awards Winner, 1996, Female Vocalist of the Year; Gospel Music Workshop of America/Gospel Excellence Awards, 1997, Traditional Album of the Year, Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Count On God; National Association of Independent Record Distributors (Indie Award), 1997, Gospel Album of the Year.Education[edit]

Dottie has an honorary Doctor of Sacred Music from Global Evangelical Christian College (Part of the International Circle of Faith Colleges and Seminaries network). Dottie toured many places with her very dear friend Garnelle Hubbard-Spearman.[1]

WHO WAS DOROTHY DANDRIGE
  • She was beautiful, she could dance, she could sing, and she could act. Most importantly, she had that indefinable magnetism that attracts an audience and holds their attention. In short, she had everything it took to be a major star in the 1950s. Everything, that is, except white skin. Today, actresses of color like Halle Berry win Oscar®s®, are hired to be "the face" of prestigious cosmetic companies, and are widely celebrated for their beauty, talent, and sex-appeal. But Dorothy Dandridge was an African-American in a less enlightened age where she could perform at the most exclusive nightclubs in the country - but she wasn't allowed to sit in the audience. She could sing at the top hotel hot spots in Las Vegas, but she couldn't get a room there or even use the pool. It was no better in Hollywood. For decades, the best roles African-American actresses could expect were maids or long-suffering, pious mothers; the worst were shady women or stereotypical "Mammies". Dorothy Dandridge managed, for all too brief a time, to rise above that.

    Dorothy Dandridge was born on November 9, 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio. Her parents separated before she was born; and while still a very young girl, she and her older sister Vivian were trained for the stage by their mother Ruby and Ruby's lover Geneva Williams. Billed as "The Wonder Children", Dorothy and Vivian were signed by the National Baptist Convention and toured Southern churches where they would sing, dance and perform short skits. They would continue to tour until the Great Depression caused the bookings to dry up. For Ruby Dandridge, herself an actress, the only place to go next was Hollywood.The Dandridge Sisters were not an overnight success but they did manage to get parts, first as extras in a 1935 Our Gang short called Teacher's Beau , then larger roles in the Paramount musical The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935), and the Marx Brothers' classic A Day at the Races (1937). By now The Dandridge Sisters act had expanded with the addition of their school friend, singer Etta Jones. After appearing in the Dick Powell and Ronald Reagan film Going Places (1938) which introduced the song Jeepers Creepers, The Dandridge Sisters, now a recognized "name", played the famous Cotton Club in New York and then left for a European tour.

    It was during this tour that Dorothy met Harold Nicholas, half of the popular Nicholas Brothers dance team, and the two fell in love. When the tour was cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II in Europe, The Dandridge Sisters returned to Hollywood and Dorothy left the act to work as a solo performer. Shortly before their marriage, she and Harold Nicholas would make their only film appearance together in Sun Valley Serenade (1941). The Nicholas Brothers and Dorothy Dandridge did a dance number to the song "Chattanooga Choo Choo," accompanied by the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

    Dandridge and Nicholas were married in September 1942. Dorothy, who had never had a conventional childhood or a permanent home, reveled in being a wife, and the following year, a mother, with the birth of her only child, Lynn. She continued to play small parts in films like Since You Went Away (1944) and Pillow to Post (1945) in which she sang "Watcha Say" backed by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, but mainly devoted her time to being a mother. When Lynn was two, Dandridge worried that her daughter wasn't speaking and never seemed to interact with other people. Medical tests revealed that she was brain damaged and that the damage appeared to have been caused by oxygen deprivation during birth. Her former sister-in-law, Geraldine Branton said, "Dottie never got over the overwhelming guilt she felt because she thought she was responsible for her child's condition. She lived with that thought every day of her life. You could never convince her she wasn't at fault. And nothing she did made up for what she felt she had done." At the same time, her marriage was breaking up due to Nicholas' womanizing. They would divorce in 1949, leaving Dorothy a single mother with a child to bring up on her own when Nicholas failed to pay child support.Dandridge saw singing in nightclubs as the only way to reestablish her career, even though she hated every minute of it. In real life she was a shy woman who always presented herself as a lady, so she loathed the idea of wearing revealing dresses and singing torch songs while men ogled her. Even worse was the racism she encountered from club owners and hoteliers who would not allow her to talk to patrons or use the bathroom. In Las Vegas she was warned that the pool would be drained if she tried to swim in it. Unlike white artists, Dorothy's dressing room was often nothing more than a storage area. But the exposure paid off and in 1952, she was one of the most popular nightclub performers in the country and the first African-American to play the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. It reopened doors for her in Hollywood.

    Her first roles were small ones, including an African princess in Tarzan's Peril (1951) starring Lex Barker, but she refused point blank to play a maid, knowing how easy it was for African-American actresses to get trapped in the role. She wanted more and she got it in 1953 with MGM's Bright Road. The film was unusual for its time because although the cast were African-American, the story itself was not about race. Dorothy's role was a teacher at a rural school who struggles with a problem student; and Harry Belafonte (in his first film) played the supportive school principal who is her love interest. For Dandridge, the role was important because, as she said in her posthumous autobiography Everything and Nothing: The Dorothy Dandridge Tragedy, "[It] showed that beneath any color skin, people are simply people. I wanted any white girl in the audience to look at me performing in this film and be able to say to herself, 'Why, this schoolteacher could be me.'"

    According to those who knew her, Dorothy Dandridge was nothing like the role that would make her a star: the brazen, self-confident, overtly sexy Carmen Jones (1954), based on Bizet's opera, Carmen. The director of Carmen Jones was Otto Preminger, who later wrote in his self-titled autobiography, "I was fascinated by the idea of transposing the story of Carmen into present-day American life with an all-black cast...Except for the lyrics, we did not use the text of [Oscar] Hammerstein's [1945] revue or the libretto of the original opera by [Henri] Meilhac and [Ludovic] Halevy but went back to the original story by Prosper Mérimée [Carmen/La Revue des deux mondes published in Paris in 1845]. For I had decided to make a dramatic film with music rather than a conventional film musical."Carmen Jones was the part every African-American actress in Hollywood - and beyond - wanted, and Dorothy Dandridge was no exception. Always the lady, she dressed herself in a conservative suit and gloves and went to audition for Preminger. According to Dandridge, Preminger did not think she was right for the part. "'Miss Dandridge,' [Preminger] said quickly, ?you cannot act the Carmen role...You are a sophisticate...I've heard you sing at the Plaza in New York. I've even seen you walking down Fifth Avenue, with a red coat flying. When I saw you I thought, How lovely, a model, a beautiful butterfly...but not Carmen, my dear.'" Dandridge responded, "...I'm an actress. I can play a nun or a bitch." Preminger was not convinced but asked her to read for him. She refused, saying she would return tomorrow. Dandridge recounted what happened next, "I hurried to Max Factor's studios and looked around for the right garb. I would return looking like Carmen herself. I found an old wig, which, I was told, Cornel Wilde wore in one of his pictures. I found a shaggy but brilliant blouse; I arranged it off the shoulder. Then I located a provocative skirt. I put on heavy lipstick, worked spit curls around my face. I made myself look like a hussy. Dressed like Carmen, I sidled around for a while feeling like a whore. Now I was ready for the next day's interview. [?] As a final bit of staging I arrived a little late, late enough so that it was noticed, but not so late as to become an irritation. I arrived at his offices, passed by his secretary, and dashed inside. "Oh, Mr. Preminger, please forgive me...I just got back...I am not dressed?" I presented him with the most startling switch of personality he might ever has seen. "My God, it's Carmen!" He moved about with excitement. I had ceased to be the saloon singer, the lady, the sophisticate."

    Cast opposite Dandridge was her Bright Road co-star Harry Belafonte, singer Pearl Bailey, Brock Peters, and Diahann Carroll. Although both Dandridge and Belafonte were famous as singers, neither of their voices were right for Bizet's operatic score so they were dubbed. A 19-year-old USC student, Marilyn Horne, who was soon to become one of the greatest mezzo-sopranos of the twentieth century, dubbed Dandridge's songs. A natural mimic, Horne watched Dandridge on the set, listened to her singing and speaking voices and was able to integrate it into her own singing. Belafonte was dubbed by LeVern Hutcherson, who had recently appeared as Porgy in the Broadway show Porgy and Bess.Dandridge worked extremely hard on the set and didn't socialize much with her costars, as Brock Peters remembered, "I couldn't figure her out. When I looked at her, I wondered what she was like. And I suspected that she might be introverted. That she might be a little bit removed because she, after all, not only was the star of the film, but she was doing the nightclub circuit. And that meant that she was already having a level of success." Diahann Carroll, only 18 and in her first film, had a similar impression, "She had very few friends in the cast. [She] was painfully shy and self-absorbed, concerned only with improving her performance. So much was riding on it that she seemed to be living in a constant state of anxiety. Her vulnerability touched me deeply." Choreographer Herb Ross thought Dandridge "was very intelligent. But I thought Dorothy was not a happy woman. She was gifted and talented and beautiful. At that time, it was not easy for a beautiful, intelligent, Black woman." One distraction for Dandridge was her personal life: before production had started, she and Preminger had become lovers and would remain together for several years. Because Preminger was still married, although separated from his wife, and because interracial couples were taboo in the 1950s, they had to keep the relationship under wraps. Nevertheless, Preminger devoted his time to making Dorothy a star and he succeeded. When Carmen Jones was released in October 1954, the reviews were overwhelmingly positive. After thirty years in show business, Dorothy Dandridge was at the top. As Walter Leavy wrote in the December 1993 issue of Ebony, "She became the silver screen's hottest Black sex symbol and was described at one time as one of the five most beautiful women in the world. Her beauty, grace, good singing voice and acting ability all came into play during the transformation of her life into a classic Hollywood tale -- one with a bittersweet mixture of joy and pain. First there was the fruit of her labor -- the fame, the $100,000 per movie, a collection of jewels, a mansion in Hollywood Hills and a white Thunderbird car that was accentuated by the matching white beaver coat in which she wrapped herself. She was a star among stars."

    She was also the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Oscar® as Best Actress. When Dandridge asked Otto Preminger if he thought she would win, he said no. "The time is not ripe". He was right. Grace Kelly took home the Oscar® for The Country Girl and Dorothy Dandridge's career went into decline. It would be three years before she made another film. Why did this dynamic woman never again have the opportunity to shine the way she had in Carmen Jones? It isn't uncommon in Hollywood for an actress' career to decline once she'd been nominated for an Oscar®. It could (and has) happened to many. In Dorothy Dandridge's case, it may have been a combination of things: certainly she received bad advice - Preminger told her not to accept the role of Tuptim in The King and I (1956) because it was a supporting role - something she always regretted. He also wanted to guide her nightclub career, but he knew nothing about nightclubs. Worst of all, Hollywood didn't know what to do with her. With only Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier as established African-American leading men, and a shortage of what was considered "suitable material", the opportunities weren't there. She had a few more roles in films in which she was romantically involved with white men, like Island in the Sun (1957) where the "romance" was suggested, more than shown, or The Decks Ran Red (1958) in which she tantalizes a boatload of men. Brock Peters summed it up, "Dorothy was probably as frustrated as any actress could be who was Black. She had the talent and the looks, but she couldn't find an open door so those talents could be displayed regularly and appreciated by the audiences she developed through Carmen Jones."Her personal life fared no better. She had desperately wanted to marry Preminger but when she became pregnant, he left her and she was forced to have an abortion. In 1959 she married Jack Denison, a white man unanimously described as a "gold digger" and the worst thing that ever happened to her. Denison used up all the money she had carefully saved in 'get rich quick' schemes. When the money ran out, so did he. Dorothy was left bankrupt and unable to pay for the private care her daughter Lynn needed, so she had to put her in a state hospital. All these things led her to drink and anti-depressant pills. She also began to put on weight. By 1965, she was besieged by 77 creditors and was living in a one-room basement apartment in Hollywood, but had finally managed to secure nightclub dates and a contract for two films in Mexico. Before she could begin the engagements, she fractured her ankle. On September 8, 1965 her agent drove to her apartment to take her to the doctor to have a cast put on. When she didn't answer the door, he went in and found her dead on the bathroom floor. The coroner ruled it as an acute overdose of Tofranil (an anti-depressant). Dorothy Dandridge was only 42 years old.



A Beginner’s Guide to the Barbecue

Now that it’s officially summer, it’s time to get outside and grill.

What’s that?

You’re new to grilling?

You’re afraid to light a barbecue?

Well, have no fear. It’s not as complicated as it looks. If you’re thinking about buying a barbecue, we’ll break down the pros and cons of charcoal and gas grills. For those just finding their way around a grill, we’ll follow up with some of the first steps to throwing some food on the barbie. And for those who are already all fired up, we’ve got some recipes ready to go, as well as a slew of barbecue tips and tricks. And even if you’re a city slicker like Kathy, and outdoor grilling isn’t an option, try indoor grilling!

Which Barbeque to Use? Charcoal or Gas?

Despite what some fervent grillers say, one isn’t necessarily superior to the other. There are pros and cons to both grilling methods, so it’s really your call! Here’s a rundown of some of the pros and cons:

Charcoal Barbeque

  • There’s a full range of prices: inexpensive grills are easy to find, and upscale models are available too (+)
  • Gets very hot (+-)
  • Needs to be manually lit and preheated for a minimum of 20 minutes (usually much longer) (-)
  • Cleaning is more complicated due to ashes (-)
  • Smoky flavor every time you grill (+-)
  • Tough to keep a constant temperature (-)
  • You get to play with real fire (+)
  • Gas Barbeque
    • Typically pricier than charcoal, though inexpensive models are available (+-)
    • A more complicated grill means more parts that can break (-)
    • Easy to clean (+)
    • Has the option of smoky flavor or not, with use of wood chips in a smoker box (+)
    • Convenient (+)

    For more details about the differences between gas and charcoal grills, check out chow.com’s objective and clear breakdown.

  • Get Your Grill On! (How to Use your Barbecue)
    • If you’re using a charcoal grill, empty the ashes from your last grilling session.
    • Both types of grills need to be pre-heated before you start cooking. Gas grills turn on easily (make sure the lid is open while you’re lighting the grill!), but if you’re new to lighting one, here’s a video demonstration. To light your charcoal grill, you’ll need a chimney starter. Please don’t light your charcoal with lighter fluid! It seems like a quick fix, but it can make your food taste “chemical.” Let the gas grill heat up for at least 10 minutes, and your charcoal grill for at least 20.
    • After your grill is preheated, use a brass-wire brush to scrape the charred goo and gunk off of the grate. You’ll need to give it a good scrape at the beginning of grilling season. Then, during grilling season, a quick brush before and after grilling should do. After you grill your last meal for the summer or fall, leave the grease on the grate to prevent rusting over the winter. (If you don’t have one of those brushes, you can use some aluminum foil to do the trick!)
    • Once your grill is clean, oil the grate by grabbing an oiled paper towel with some long tongs, and wiping it over the bars. You’ll need to use an oil with a high smoking temperature, like canola oil.
    • Now that your grill is hot and the grate is clean, your food won’t stick to it as much, and you’re likely to get those classic grill lines!What to grill

      Sure, everyone knows steaks and burgers can go on the grill, but did you know that it’s also great for sandwiches and pizza? Here’s a list of recipe ideas to get you started.

      • Truly GRILLED grilled cheese.
      • Vegetables are easy to grill, just pick your favorite vegetable and give it a try!
      • Or try these vegetable kabobs if you prefer yours on a stick.
      • Corn on the cob comes with its own “packet”… the husk! It’s perfect for throwing on the grill, once you have these simple directions!
      • Grilled sweet onions wrapped in bacon would make a great appetizer or party food.
      • Grilled pizza doesn’t have to be complicated!
      • Beef tenderloin sandwiches with a garlic mayonnaise topper sound like a great lunch for a lazy summer day.
      • Pork chops and caramelized onions are simple to make on your grill!
      • You know how good the chicken is at fairs, right? This “roadside chicken” recipe will help you recreate the same succulent flavor at home, with any pieces of chicken you’d like to use.
      • Grilled Teriyaki Beef Kabobs are seriously tasty, especially if you make your own teriyaki sauce! Yum!
      • Salmon is a firm fish with a naturally high fat content – perfect for grilling. Leaving the skin on during grilling protects the flesh from overcooking and falling apart.
      • Who can resist Classic Baby Back Ribs!
      • Each Friday, Coconut & Lime posts a new grill recipe. June brought us pomegranate-mint pork chops made with pomegranate molasseses. Check back for more of Rachel’s unique and delicious recipes!Barbecue Tips and Tricks
        • To avoid losing juices during turning, always flip your meat or vegetables using tongs or a spatula, rather than a fork.
        • Try to limit the flips. Ideally, you should flip each item once during the grilling process.
        • Whatever you do, don’t press down on burgers or chicken (or anything) with a spatula while they’re grilling! This squeezes out the juices and once they’re gone … they’re gone! If you’re bored and need something to do with your hands, learn to juggle (but not too close to the grill, please!).
        • For great smoky flavor, soak some wood chips (hickory, oak, or other hardwoods but not treated lumber!) in water for a while, then throw them onto your charcoal and cover the grill, or if you’re using gas, put them into your smoker box following the manufacturer’s instructions.
        • To infuse grilled foods with herb essence, toss herbs directly onto the charcoal while you’re grilling. Or, if you’re using a gas grill, soak the herbs in water, and place them on the grate before putting your food on top of them.
        • If you want to baste your meat or vegetables, save this step for last. That way the sugars in ,your marinade or sauce won’t have time to caramelize or burn.
        • If this all sounds too complicated, or if it’s raining or cold outdoors, you can grill indoors with a contact grill or use a grill pan.

THIS IS WATER SAFTY MONTH

When the weather turns warm, everyone wants to be in or around the water. Hanging out at the pool or the beach on a hot day is a great way to beat the heat.

Between having fun and checking out the lifeguards, most people don't think much about water safety — but they should. For people between the ages of 5 and 24, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death.

It doesn't have to be that way, though. Most water-related accidents can be avoided by knowing how to stay safe and following a few simple guidelines. Learning how to swim is essential if you plan on being on or near water. Many organizations provide swim instruction to people of all ages, check to see what classes are available in your area.Swimming Smarts

"Buddy up!" That's what swimming instructors say. Always swim with a partner, every time — whether you're swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake. Even experienced swimmers can become tired or get muscle cramps, which might make it difficult to get out of the water. When people swim together, they can help each other or go for help in case of an emergency.

Get skilled. Speaking of emergencies, it's good to be prepared. Learning some life-saving skills, such as CPR and rescue techniques, can help you save a life. A number of organizations offer free classes for both beginning and experienced swimmers and boaters. Check with your YMCA or YWCA, local hospital, or chapter of the Red Cross.

Know your limits. Swimming can be a lot of fun — and you might want to stay in the water as long as possible. If you're not a good swimmer or you're just learning to swim, don't go in water that's so deep you can't touch the bottom and don't try to keep up with skilled swimmers. That can be hard, especially when your friends are challenging you — but it's a pretty sure bet they'd rather have you safe and alive.

If you are a good swimmer and have had lessons, keep an eye on friends who aren't as comfortable or as skilled as you are. If it seems like they (or you) are getting tired or a little uneasy, suggest that you take a break from swimming for a while.

Swim in safe areas only. It's a good idea to swim only in places that are supervised by a lifeguard. No one can anticipate changing ocean currents, rip currents, sudden storms, or other hidden dangers. In the event that something does go wrong, lifeguards are trained in rescue techniques.

Swimming in an open body of water (like a river, lake, or ocean) is different from swimming in a pool. You need more energy to handle the currents and other changing conditions in the open water.

If you do find yourself caught in a current, don't panic and don't fight the current. Try to swim parallel to the shore until you are able to get out of the current, which is usually a narrow channel of water. Gradually try to make your way back to shore as you do so. If you're unable to swim away from the current, stay calm and float with the current. The current will usually slow down, then you can swim to shore.

Even a very good swimmer who tries to swim against a strong current will get worn out. If you're going to be swimming in an open body of water, it's a great idea to take swimming lessons that provide you with tips on handling unexpected hazards.

Some areas with extremely strong currents are off limits when it comes to swimming. Do your research so you know where not to swim, and pay attention to any warning signs posted in the area.

More Swimming Smarts

Be careful about diving. Diving injuries can cause head injury, permanent spinal cord damage, paralysis, and sometimes even death. Protect yourself by only diving in areas that are known to be safe, such as the deep end of a supervised pool. If an area is posted with "No Diving" or "No Swimming" signs, pay attention to them. A "No Diving" sign means the water isn't safe for a head-first entry. Even if you plan to jump in feet first, check the water's depth before you leap to make sure there are no hidden rocks or other hazards. Lakes or rivers can be cloudy and hazards may be hard to see.

Watch the sun. Sun reflecting off the water or off sand can intensify the burning rays. You might not feel sunburned when the water feels cool and refreshing, but the pain will catch up with you later — so remember to reapply sunscreen frequently and cover up much of the time. Don't forget your hat, UV protection sunglasses, and protective clothing.

Drink plenty of fluids. It's easy to get dehydrated in the sun, particularly if you're active and sweating. Keep up with fluids — particularly water — to prevent dehydration. Dizziness, feeling lightheaded, or nausea can be signs of dehydration and overheating.

Getting too cool. Speaking of temperature, it's possible to get too cool. How? Staying in very cool water for long periods can lower your body temperature. A temperature of 70°F (20°C) is positively balmy on land, but did you know that water below that temperature will feel cold to most swimmers? Your body temperature drops far more quickly in water than it does on land. And if you're swimming, you're using energy and losing body heat even faster than if you were keeping still. Monitor yourself when swimming in cold water and stay close to shore. If you feel your body start to shiver or your muscles cramp up, get out of the water quickly; it doesn't take long for hypothermia to set in.

Alcohol and water never mix. Alcohol is involved in numerous water-related injuries and up to half of all water-related deaths. The statistics for teenage guys are particularly scary: One half of all adolescent male drownings are tied to alcohol use.

At the Water Park

OK, so you do more splashing than swimming, but it's just as important to know your skill level at the water park as it is at the pool. Take a moment to read warnings and other signs. Each area in the water park can have different depths of water, so make sure you pay attention.

If you don't know how to swim be sure to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket when necessary, and be sure there is lifeguard supervision. And make sure you do slide runs feet first or you'll put yourself at risk for a ride that's a lot less fun — one to your doctor or dentist.Boating Safety

More people die in boating accidents every year than in airplane crashes or train wrecks, but a little common sense can make boating both enjoyable and safe. If you are going to go boating, make sure the captain or person handling the boat is experienced and competent.

Alcohol and water still don't mix. One third of boating deaths are alcohol related. Alcohol distorts our judgment no matter where we are — but that distortion is even greater on the water. Because there are no road signs or lane markers on the water and the weather can be unpredictable, it's important to be able to think quickly and react well under pressure. If you're drinking, this can be almost impossible.

Also, the U.S. Coast Guard warns about a condition called boater's fatigue, which means that the wind, noise, heat, and vibration of the boat all combine to wear you down when you're on the water.

Weather. Before boating, be sure the weather conditions are safe. The local radio, internet or TV stations can provide updated local forecast information.

Personal flotation devices. It's always a good idea for everyone on the boat to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket, whether the boat is a large speedboat or a canoe — and whether you're a good swimmer or not. Wearing a life jacket (also known as a personal flotation device, or PFD) is the law in some states for certain age groups, and you could face a stiff penalty for breaking it.

Your state may also require that you wear an approved life jacket for water skiing and other on-water activities. Wearing a PFD is like wearing a helmet while biking. It may take a few minutes to get used to it, but it definitely can be a lifesaver. Don't leave land without it.

Stay in touch. Before going out on a boat, let somebody on land know your float plan (where you are going and about how long you'll be out). That way, if you do get into trouble, someone will have an idea of where to look for you. If you're going to be on the water for a long time, it's a good idea to have a radio with you so you can check the weather reports. Water conducts electricity, so if you hear a storm warning, get off the water as quickly as you can.

Jet skis. If you're using jet skis or personal watercraft, follow the same rules as you do for boating. You should also check out the laws in your area governing the use of personal watercraft. Some states won't allow people under a certain age to operate these devices; others require you to take a course or pass a test before you can ride one.

Now Have Fun!

The pool and the beach are great places to learn new skills, socialize, and check out everyone's new bathing suit. So don't let paying attention to safety turn you off. Being prepared will make you feel more comfortable and in charge.

WHO IS PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR ?

Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African-American poet to garner national critical acclaim. Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1872, Dunbar penned a large body of dialect poems, standard English poems, essays, novels and short stories before he died at the age of 33. His work often addressed the difficulties encountered by members of his race and the efforts of African-Americans to achieve equality in America. He was praised both by the prominent literary critics of his time and his literary contemporaries.

Dunbar was born on June 27, 1872, to Matilda and Joshua Dunbar, both natives of Kentucky. His mother was a former slave and his father had escaped from slavery and served in the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment and the 5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War. Matilda and Joshua had two children before separating in 1874. Matilda also had two children from a previous marriage.

The family was poor, and after Joshua left, Matilda supported her children by working in Dayton as a washerwoman. One of the families she worked for was the family of Orville and Wilbur Wright, with whom her son attended Dayton's Central High School. Though the Dunbar family had little material wealth, Matilda, always a great support to Dunbar as his literary stature grew, taught her children a love of songs and storytelling. Having heard poems read by the family she worked for when she was a slave, Matilda loved poetry and encouraged her children to read. Dunbar was inspired by his mother, and he began reciting and writing poetry as early as age 6.

Dunbar was the only African-American in his class at Dayton Central High, and while he often had difficulty finding employment because of his race, he rose to great heights in school. He was a member of the debating society, editor of the school paper and president of the school's literary society. He also wrote for Dayton community newspapers. He worked as an elevator operator in Dayton's Callahan Building until he established himself locally and nationally as a writer. He published an African-American newsletter in Dayton, the Dayton Tattler, with help from the Wright brothers.

His first public reading was on his birthday in 1892. A former teacher arranged for him to give the welcoming address to the Western Association of Writers when the organization met in Dayton. James Newton Matthews became a friend of Dunbar's and wrote to an Illinois paper praising Dunbar's work. The letter was reprinted in several papers across the country, and the accolade drew regional attention to Dunbar; James Whitcomb Riley, a poet whose works were written almost entirely in dialect, read Matthew's letter and acquainted himself with Dunbar's work. With literary figures beginning to take notice, Dunbar decided to publish a book of poems. Oak and Ivy, his first collection, was published in 1892.

Though his book was received well locally, Dunbar still had to work as an elevator operator to help pay off his debt to his publisher. He sold his book for a dollar to people who rode the elevator. As more people came in contact with his work, however, his reputation spread. In 1893, he was invited to recite at the World's Fair, where he met Frederick Douglass, the renowned abolitionist who rose from slavery to political and literary prominence in America. Douglass called Dunbar "the most promising young colored man in America."

Dunbar moved to Toledo, Ohio, in 1895, with help from attorney Charles A. Thatcher and psychiatrist Henry A. Tobey. Both were fans of Dunbar's work, and they arranged for him to recite his poems at local libraries and literary gatherings. Tobey and Thatcher also funded the publication of Dunbar's second book, Majors and Minors.

It was Dunbar's second book that propelled him to national fame. William Dean Howells, a novelist and widely respected literary critic who edited Harper's Weekly, praised Dunbar's book in one of his weekly columns and launched Dunbar's name into the most respected literary circles across the country. A New York publishing firm, Dodd Mead and Co., combined Dunbar's first two books and published them as Lyrics of a Lowly Life. The book included an introduction written by Howells. In 1897, Dunbar traveled to England to recite his works on the London literary circuit. His national fame had spilled across the Atlantic.

After returning from England, Dunbar married Alice Ruth Moore, a young writer, teacher and proponent of racial and gender equality who had a master's degree from Cornell University. Dunbar took a job at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He found the work tiresome, however, and it is believed the library's dust contributed to his worsening case of tuberculosis. He worked there for only a year before quitting to write and recite full time.

In 1902, Dunbar and his wife separated. Depression stemming from the end of his marriage and declining health drove him to a dependence on alcohol, which further damaged his health. He continued to write, however. He ultimately produced 12 books of poetry, four books of short stories, a play and five novels. His work appeared in Harper's Weekly, the Sunday Evening Post, the Denver Post, Current Literature and a number of other magazines and journals. He traveled to Colorado and visited his half-brother in Chicago before returning to his mother in Dayton in 1904. He died there on Feb. 9, 1906.

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LANGSTON HUGHES

Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, and playwright whose African-American themes made him a primary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.Who Was Langston Hughes?

Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. He published his first poem in 1921. He attended Columbia University, but left after one year to travel. His poetry was later promoted by Vachel Lindsay, and Hughes published his first book in 1926. He went on to write countless works of poetry, prose and plays, as well as a popular column for the Chicago Defender. He died on May 22, 1967.

The Harlem Renaissance

Hughes graduated from high school in 1920 and spent the following year in Mexico with his father. Around this time, Hughes' poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" was published in The Crisis magazine and was highly praised. In 1921 Hughes returned to the United States and enrolled at Columbia University where he studied briefly, and during which time he quickly became a part of Harlem's burgeoning cultural movement, what is commonly known as the Harlem Renaissance. But Hughes dropped out of Columbia in 1922 and worked various odd jobs around New York for the following year, before signing on as a steward on a freighter that took him to Africa and Spain. He left the ship in 1924 and lived for a brief time in Paris, where he continued to develop and publish his poetry.Langston Hughes Poems & Works'The Weary Blues'

In November 1924, Hughes returned to the United States and worked various jobs. In 1925, he was working as a busboy in a Washington, D.C. hotel restaurant when he met American poet Vachel Lindsay. Hughes showed some of his poems to Lindsay, who was impressed enough to use his connections to promote Hughes’ poetry and ultimately bring it to a wider audience. In 1925, Hughes’ poem “The Weary Blues” won first prize in the Opportunity magazine literary competition, and Hughes also received a scholarship to attend Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania.

While studying at Lincoln, Hughes poetry came to the attention of novelist and critic Carl Van Vechten, who used his connections to help get Hughes’ first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, published by Knopf in 1926. The book had popular appeal and established both his poetic style and his commitment to black themes and heritage. Hughes was also among the first to use jazz rhythms and dialect to depict the life of urban blacks in his work. He published a second volume of poetry, Fine Clothes to the Jew, in 1927.

'Not Without Laughter'

After his graduation from Lincoln in 1929, Hughes published his first novel, Not Without Laughter. The book was commercially successful enough to convince Hughes that he could make a living as a writer. During the 1930s, Hughes would frequently travel the United States on lecture tours, and also abroad to the Soviet Union, Japan, and Haiti. He continued to write and publish poetry and prose during this time, and in 1934 he published his first collection of short stories, The Ways of White Folks. 'Let America Be America Again'

In July 1936 he published one of his most celebrated poems, "Let America Be America Again" in Esquire, which examined the unrealized hopes and dreams of the country's lower class and disadvantaged, expressing a sense of hope that the American Dream would one day arrive. Hughes would later revise and republish "Let America Be America Again" in a small anthology of poems called A New Song.

In 1937 he served as a war correspondent for several American newspapers during the Spanish Civil War.

'Simple' & More

In 1940, Hughes' autobiography up to age 28, The Big Sea, was published. Also around this time, Hughes began contributing a column to the Chicago Defender, for which he created a comic character named Jesse B. Semple, better known as "Simple," a black Everyman that Hughes used to further explore urban, working-class black themes, and to address racial issues. The columns were highly successful, and "Simple" would later be the focus of several of Hughes' books and plays.

In the late 1940s, Hughes contributed the lyrics for a Broadway musical titled Street Scene, which featured music by Kurt Weill. The success of the musical would earn Hughes enough money that he was finally able to buy a house in Harlem. Around this time, he also taught creative writing at Atlanta University and was a guest lecturer at a university in Chicago for several months.

Over the next two decades, Hughes would continue his prolific output. In 1949 he wrote a play that inspired the opera Troubled Island and published yet another anthology of work, The Poetry of the Negro.

'A Dream Deferred'

In 1951 Hughes published one of his most celebrated poems, "Harlem (What happens to a dream deferred?')," discussing how the American Dream falls short for African Americans.

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
Like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
Like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

During the 1950s and 1960s, he published countless other works, including several books in his "Simple" series, English translations of the poetry of Federico García Lorca and Gabriela Mistral, another anthology of his own poetry, and the second installment of his autobiography, I Wonder as I Wander.

Langston Hughes BiographyPlaywright, Poet (1902–1967)

Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, and playwright whose African-American themes made him a primary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.Who Was Langston Hughes?

Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. He published his first poem in 1921. He attended Columbia University, but left after one year to travel. His poetry was later promoted by Vachel Lindsay, and Hughes published his first book in 1926. He went on to write countless works of poetry, prose and plays, as well as a popular column for the Chicago Defender. He died on May 22, 1967.

Known as one of the founding fathers of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes continuously fought for social justice and racial equality through his literature. To support himself throughout his early writing career Hughes worked odd jobs in West Africa, Paris, and Rome, before resettling in the U.S. in 1924.

(Photo: Getty Images)

The Harlem Renaissance

Hughes graduated from high school in 1920 and spent the following year in Mexico with his father. Around this time, Hughes' poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" was published in The Crisis magazine and was highly praised. In 1921 Hughes returned to the United States and enrolled at Columbia University where he studied briefly, and during which time he quickly became a part of Harlem's burgeoning cultural movement, what is commonly known as the Harlem Renaissance. But Hughes dropped out of Columbia in 1922 and worked various odd jobs around New York for the following year, before signing on as a steward on a freighter that took him to Africa and Spain. He left the ship in 1924 and lived for a brief time in Paris, where he continued to develop and publish his poetry.

Langston Hughes Poems & Works'The Weary Blues'

In November 1924, Hughes returned to the United States and worked various jobs. In 1925, he was working as a busboy in a Washington, D.C. hotel restaurant when he met American poet Vachel Lindsay. Hughes showed some of his poems to Lindsay, who was impressed enough to use his connections to promote Hughes’ poetry and ultimately bring it to a wider audience. In 1925, Hughes’ poem “The Weary Blues” won first prize in the Opportunity magazine literary competition, and Hughes also received a scholarship to attend Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania.

While studying at Lincoln, Hughes poetry came to the attention of novelist and critic Carl Van Vechten, who used his connections to help get Hughes’ first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, published by Knopf in 1926. The book had popular appeal and established both his poetic style and his commitment to black themes and heritage. Hughes was also among the first to use jazz rhythms and dialect to depict the life of urban blacks in his work. He published a second volume of poetry, Fine Clothes to the Jew, in 1927.

'Not Without Laughter'

After his graduation from Lincoln in 1929, Hughes published his first novel, Not Without Laughter. The book was commercially successful enough to convince Hughes that he could make a living as a writer. During the 1930s, Hughes would frequently travel the United States on lecture tours, and also abroad to the Soviet Union, Japan, and Haiti. He continued to write and publish poetry and prose during this time, and in 1934 he published his first collection of short stories, The Ways of White Folks.

'Let America Be America Again'

In July 1936 he published one of his most celebrated poems, "Let America Be America Again" in Esquire, which examined the unrealized hopes and dreams of the country's lower class and disadvantaged, expressing a sense of hope that the American Dream would one day arrive. Hughes would later revise and republish "Let America Be America Again" in a small anthology of poems called A New Song.

In 1937 he served as a war correspondent for several American newspapers during the Spanish Civil War.

'Simple' & More

In 1940, Hughes' autobiography up to age 28, The Big Sea, was published. Also around this time, Hughes began contributing a column to the Chicago Defender, for which he created a comic character named Jesse B. Semple, better known as "Simple," a black Everyman that Hughes used to further explore urban, working-class black themes, and to address racial issues. The columns were highly successful, and "Simple" would later be the focus of several of Hughes' books and plays.

In the late 1940s, Hughes contributed the lyrics for a Broadway musical titled Street Scene, which featured music by Kurt Weill. The success of the musical would earn Hughes enough money that he was finally able to buy a house in Harlem. Around this time, he also taught creative writing at Atlanta University and was a guest lecturer at a university in Chicago for several months.

Over the next two decades, Hughes would continue his prolific output. In 1949 he wrote a play that inspired the opera Troubled Island and published yet another anthology of work, The Poetry of the Negro.

'A Dream Deferred'

In 1951 Hughes published one of his most celebrated poems, "Harlem (What happens to a dream deferred?')," discussing how the American Dream falls short for African Americans.

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
Like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
Like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

During the 1950s and 1960s, he published countless other works, including several books in his "Simple" series, English translations of the poetry of Federico García Lorca and Gabriela Mistral, another anthology of his own poetry, and the second installment of his autobiography, I Wonder as I Wander.

Early Life

James Mercer Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His parents, James Hughes and Carrie Langston, separated soon after his birth, and his father moved to Mexico. While Hughes’ mother moved around during his youth, Hughes was raised primarily by his maternal grandmother, Mary, until she died in his early teens. From that point, he went to live with his mother, and they moved to several cities before eventually settling in Cleveland, Ohio. It was during this time that Hughes first began to write poetry, and that one of his teachers first introduced him to the poetry of Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman, both whom Hughes would later cite as primary influences. Hughes was also a regular contributor to his school's literary magazine, and frequently submitted to other poetry magazines, although they would ultimately reject him.

Death and Legacy

On May 22, 1967, Langston Hughes died from complications of prostate cancer. A tribute to his poetry, his funeral contained little in the way of spoken eulogy, but was filled with jazz and blues music. Hughes' ashes were interred beneath the entrance of the Arthur Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. The inscription marking the spot features a line from Hughes' poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers." It reads: "My soul has grown deep like the rivers."

WHO IS DUKE ELLINGTON?

Name: Duke Ellington Born as Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and bandleader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death in a career spanning over fifty years. Wikipedia

Born: April 29, 1899, Washington, D.C.

Died: May 24, 1974, New York City, NY

Education: Armstrong High School

Spouse: Edna Thompson (m. 1918–1974)

Children: Mercer Ellington

Occupation: Songwriter, Pianist, Conductor

  • Who Was Duke Ellington?
  • Quotes “People do not retire. They are retired by others.”—Duke Ellington
  • Duke Ellington was a Songwriter, Pianist, Conductor (1899–1974)

Who Was Duke Ellington?

Duke Ellington was born April 29, 1899, in Washington, D.C. A major figure in the history of jazz music, his career spanned more than half a century, during which time he composed thousands of songs for the stage, screen and contemporary songbook. He created one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in Western music and continued to play what he called "American Music" until shortly before his death in 1974.

Duke Ellington's Band

In the 1920s, Ellington performed in Broadway nightclubs as the bandleader of a sextet, a group which in time grew to a 10-piece ensemble. Ellington sought out musicians with unique playing styles, such as Bubber Miley, who used a plunger to make the "wa-wa" sound, and Joe Nanton, who gave the world his trombone "growl." At various times, his ensemble included the trumpeter Cootie Williams, cornetist Rex Stewart and alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges. Ellington made hundreds of recordings with his bands, appeared in films and on radio, and toured Europe on two occasions in the 1930s.

Duke Ellington's Songs

Ellington's fame rose to the rafters in the 1940s when he composed several masterworks, including "Concerto for Cootie," "Cotton Tail" and "Ko-Ko." Some of his most popular songs included "It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing," "Sophisticated Lady," "Prelude to a Kiss," "Solitude," and "Satin Doll." A number of his hits were sung by the impressive Ivie Anderson, a favorite female vocalist of Duke's band.

'Take the A Train'

Perhaps Ellington's most famous jazz tune was "Take the A Train," which was composed by Billy Strayhorn and recorded for commercial purposes on February 15, 1941. "Take the A Train," the "A" referring to a subway line in New York City, took the place of Ellington's previous signature tune "Sepia Panorama."

It was Ellington's sense of musical drama that made him stand out. His blend of melodies, rhythms and subtle sonic movements gave audiences a new experience—complex yet accessible jazz that made the heart swing. Ellington's autobiography, Music Is My Mistress, was published in 1973. Ellington earned 12 Grammy awards from 1959 to 2000, nine while he was alive.

Early Life

Born on April 29, 1899, Duke Ellington was raised by two talented, musical parents, James Edward and Daisy Ellington, in a middle-class neighborhood of Washington, D.C. During this time at the age of seven, he began studying piano and earned the nickname "Duke" for his gentlemanly ways and after a friend recommended that Ellington should have some sort of title. Inspired by his job as a soda jerk, he wrote his fi rst composition, "Soda Fountain Rag," at the age of 15. Despite being awarded an art scholarship to the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Ellington followed his passion for ragtime and began to play professionally at age 17.

How Did Duke Ellington Die?

At the age of 19, Ellington married Edna Thompson, who had been his girlfriend since high school, and soon after their marriage, she gave birth to their only child, Mercer Kennedy Ellington.

On May 24, 1974, at the age of 75, Duke Ellington died of lung cancer and pneumonia. His last words were, "Music is how I live, why I live and how I will be remembered." More than 12,000 people attended his funeral. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York City.

HEALTH ISSUES

CHECK OUT THE INFORMATION ON THE VARIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS LISTED BELOW.

DEPRESSED?

YOU ARE NOT ALONE .....

1 IN 6 PEOPLE EXPERIENCE DEPRESSION

SYMPTONS INCLUDE:

  • Depressed mood, sadness
  • Loss of interest or pleasurein things you normally enjoy
  • Trouble sleeping, or low energy
  • Problems with concentration, memory or making decisions
  • Feeling suspicious or that others are against you
  • Having unusual experiences such as hearing voices or sounds, or seeing things that aaren't real

Depression can be short-term, lasting for just a couple of weeks, or long-term, lasting for years. It is normal to feel sad, lonely, or hopeless sometimes, such as after you experience a loss or during a time in your life when you are struggling. However, it is a problem when these feelings won’t go away, cause physical symptoms, or begin to interfere with your normal daily activities. If you think you might be depressed, it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible. Untreated depression may continue for months or years, and may even threaten your life.

MAY IS NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
  1. Why Mental Health First Aid in Rural Communities?

    Nearly 20% of people in the U.S.. live in a rural area. The challenges faced by rural residents are significantly different than those in urban areas. Rural populations are often underserved and experience notable health and behavioral health disparities. Rural communities have a chronic shortage of behavioral health providers and limited access to services.

    Mental Health First Aid can address these disparities by increasing mental health literacy (i.e., knowledge and beliefs about mental disorders that aid their recognition, management or prevention) among key community members – creating a stronger, more prepared network of support for rural Americans.

    Rural Mental Health First Aid is a way to build your community's capacity to identify mental health and substance use issues early and for rural residents to gain confidence in intervening and referring a person to the resources that exist. Rural communities have a long history of being innovative and taking responsibility. Mental Health First Aid is a way to increase the basic knowledge about mental health and substance use issues and to decrease the negative perceptions often associated with these issues.

    Mental Health First Aid's rural efforts address the unique characteristics of rural areas, recognize the community of rural Mental Health First Aid instructors, and enhance community capacity around behavioral health issues in rural areas.

    How Can I Get my Community Involved?

    Communities interested in learning about bringing the training course to their area should review CIHS' rural Quick Start Guide on getting started.

    Find out if there is already an instructor near you who can deliver the course to your community. Be sure to check for the blue “rural” icon on their profile.

Look for more information next week.

WEIGHT LOSS ---- GOOD or BAD
  • Why Is a Healthy Weight Important?

    Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. That is why maintaining a healthy weight is so important: It helps you lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.


    What Is Overweight and Obesity?

    Overweight is having extra body weight from muscle, bone, fat, and/or water. Obesity is having a high amount of extra body fat. Body mass index (BMI) is a useful measure of overweight and obesity. The information on this Web site will provide you with information about BMI (including limitations of this measure) and how to reach and stay at a healthy weight. Talk to your health care provider if you are concerned about your BMI.

    What Factors Contribute To a Healthy Weight?

    Many factors can contribute to a person’s weight. These factors include environment, family history and genetics, metabolism (the way your body changes food and oxygen into energy), and behavior or habits.

  • Energy Balance

    Energy balance is important for maintaining a healthy weight. The amount of energy or calories you get from food and drinks (energy IN) is balanced with the energy your body uses for things like breathing, digesting, and being physically active (energy OUT):

    • The same amount of energy IN and energy OUT over time = weight stays the same (energy balance)
    • More energy IN than OUT over time = weight gain
    • More energy OUT than IN over time = weight loss

    To maintain a healthy weight, your energy IN and OUT don’t have to balance exactly every day. It’s the balance over time that helps you maintain a healthy weight.

    You can reach and maintain a healthy weight if you:

    • Follow a healthy diet, and if you are overweight or obese, reduce your daily intake by 500 calories for weight loss
    • Are physically active
    • Limit the time you spend being physically inactive.
FILL YOUR MIND WITH GOOD THINGS
VOLUNTEERS WANTED!!!

BECOME A VOLUNTEER!

Volunteer for a cause you're passionate about and change the world!

National Volunteer Month is observed in April. But, that doesn’t mean that you should limit your service to one month!

April is National Volunteer Month, and the third week of April is celebrated as National Volunteer Week. Organizations celebrate National Volunteer Week differently.

This month is all about celebrating service and according to the National Volunteer Month Wikipedia page is a “month is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month.

National Volunteer Month" also provides a great opportunity to reflect on how much volunteerism has changed since President Nixon created the first ... As corporations encourage their employees to engage in meaningful volunteer activities, long-term, skills-based volunteerism is becoming more popular.

Interested in volunteering or helping out your community? Here are some suggestions and resources that’ll guide you to opportunities and help you help others:

  • volunteer at a hospital
  • drive someone to their doctor's appointment
  • volunteer at your neighborhood school
  • put out your neighbor's trash and recycleable items
  • help your neighbor with yard work
  • help at the local food bank
  • assist in giving out food at your church's food pantry
  • clean up indoors and outdoors at church

Snatch up an opportunity to serve and help others.

God will smile down upon you!!

AN ACT OF KINDNESS

1. "Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

2. "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." -Mark Twain

3. "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. "Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness." -George Sand

5. "A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." -William Arthur Ward

6. "Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate." -Albert Schweitzer

7. "Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." -Princess Diana

8. "Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver."
-Barbara de Angelis

9. "Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." -Scott Adams

10. "One who is kind is sympathetic and gentle with others. He is considerate of others' feelings and courteous in his behavior. He has a helpful nature. Kindness pardons others' weaknesses and faults. Kindness is extended to all -- to the aged and the young, to animals, to those low of station as well as the high." -Ezra Taft Benson

11. "There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity." -Nathaniel Branden

12. "The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." -Aesop

13. "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

14. "Because that's what kindness is. It's not doing something for someone else because they can't, but because you can." -Andrew Iskander

15. "You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force."
-Publilius Syrus

"WHEREVER THERE IS A HUMAN BEING, THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN ACT OF KINDNESS.

MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY TODAY, TOMORROW, OR THIS WEEK!

READ BELOW FOR SOME MORE AWESOME NEWS
FAIR HOUSING

The Fair Housing Act is a federal act in the United States intended to protect the buyer or renter of a dwelling from seller or landlord discrimination. Its primary prohibition makes it unlawful to refuse to sell, rent to, or negotiate with any person because of that person's inclusion in a protected class.[1] The goal is a unitary housing market in which a person's background (as opposed to financial resources) does not arbitrarily restrict access. Calls for open housing were issued early in the twentieth century, but it was not until after World War II that concerted efforts to achieve it were undertaken.

The legislation was the culmination of a civil rights campaign against housing discrimination in the United States and was approved by President Lyndon B. Johnson one week after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Fair Housing Act was enacted as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, and codified at 42 U.S.C. 3601-3619, with penalties for violation at 42 U.S.C. 3631. It is enforced by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.[2]

  • Refusal to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of race, color, disability, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin.
  • Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin in the terms, conditions or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling.
  • Advertising the sale or rental of a dwelling indicating preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, disability or national origin.
  • Coercing, threatening, intimidating, or interfering with a person's enjoyment or exercise of housing rights based on discriminatory reasons or retaliating against a person or organization that aids or encourages the exercise or enjoyment of fair housing rights.

When the Fair Housing Act was first enacted, it prohibited discrimination only on the basis of race, color, religion, and national origin.[3] Sex was added as a protected characteristic in 1974.[4] In 1988, disability and familial status (the presence or anticipated presence of children under 18 in a household) were added (further codified in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).[3] In certain circumstances, the law allows limited exceptions for discrimination based on sex, religion, or familial status.[5]

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development is the federal executive department with the statutory authority to administer and enforce the Fair Housing Act. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development has delegated fair housing enforcement and compliance activities to HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) and HUD's Office of General Counsel. FHEO is one of the United States' largest federal civil rights agencies. It has a staff of more than 600 people located in 54 offices around the United States. As of August 2017, the head of FHEO is Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Anna Maria Farias, whose appointment was confirmed on August 3, 2017.[6]

5 Things to Know About Financial Literacy

As we reported this week in our story on financial literacy, the PISA international survey recently found that American teens scored in the middle of the pack when it came to answering finance-related questions. We turned to two financial literacy experts to discuss how teachers and parents can help make money lessons stick. Annamaria Lusardi, professor of economics and accountancy at the George Washington University School of Business and academic director at the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center, which hosted the U.S. release of the PISA data in collaboration with other organizations, as well as Shannon Schuyler, corporate responsibility leader at the public accounting firm and consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers, who was a panelist at the PISA event, shared their takeaways with U.S. News:

1. The problem is dire and widespread. The survey found that 18 percent of the American 15-year-olds surveyed could not answer basic financial questions or handle simple tasks, like understanding an invoice. “In the United States and around the world, young people know relatively little about basic skills that are necessary for managing money. We see that in almost every country,” Lusardi says. The United States has one of the most developed financial markets in the world, and “a country with the most developed financial markets should not be average, given the decisions young people are already asked to make,” like whether to take out student loans, she adds.

2. Adding personal finance classes to school curriculum could help. “For this generation, I don’t think there is any solution other than putting financial literacy in schools,” Lusardi says. Just as students learn math and English, they should learn financial literacy because it is also a basic skill that young people need, she argues. Although research on the effectiveness of financial literacy courses is mixed, Lusardi says that doesn’t matter. “I don’t know that teaching literature and math is effective, but nobody seems to worry about that,” she says. In other words, personal finance is so important that it should be part of a curriculum, regardless of whether it’s proven to influence later financial decisions or not.Lusardi says the topic should be taught starting earlier than high school, and that the lessons should also be incorporated into college coursework. “What if when young people started their first job, they already [knew to] put money into their retirement account? If young people could do this at age 20 rather than age 50, it would make an enormous difference,” Lusardi says.

Schuyler says personal finance classes can also be integrated into other lessons, including history. “What happened to the finance system in the Great Depression? How do you teach those things in a combined way?” she asks. She adds that students can also benefit from lessons that are relevant to their lives, like how to determine the difference between wants and needs at the mall. PwC has invested $160 million, including $60 million in cash and 1 million service hours from employees, to help promote financial literacy in schools. Through those efforts, it has reached over 1.1 million students.

3. Parents need help, too. Lusardi notes that the PISA survey found a correlation between socioeconomic background and financial literacy levels in the United States. “The people who know the most have parents with a college background and higher socioeconomic background,” she notes, adding that leaving financial education to parents “creates disparities from the beginning.”

One of the best things parents can do is advocate for financial literacy in their school district, she says. “Perhaps the local business community can pay for training teachers,” she adds.

Some lessons, though, are simple enough even for a toddler to grasp. Schuyler says that with her 19-month-old son, she’s already imparting lessons about sharing toys and delayed gratification, by giving him the option of one treat now or two later. “Some of those things you start to bake in – that you can’t always get what you want or that you’re looking out to the future,” she says. Then, parents can build on those lessons as their children grow, incorporating piggy banks for savings, for example. “It’s important for parents to talk about their financial situation in a positive way. …If parents are willing to have this conversation, it goes a long way,” she adds.

4. Money lessons can be fun. “The topic can be pretty fun and intriguing, like talking about people who made money and lost money,” Schuyler says. Training doesn’t work as well when a topic like the stock market is taught in one lesson and is never revisited again, she says. Instead, she envisions ongoing lessons that are related to topics students care about, a goal of the PwC financial literacy curriculum.

5. Certain groups of people need special attention. Schuyler says PwC continues to expand its curriculum for specific groups, including veteran organizations, students with special needs like autism and parents themselves. “It’s really blossomed into this large, connected initiative, and we keep seeing ways and tentacles for it to grow,” she says.

TITHE and OFFERING

Don't forget your TITHE and faithfull OFFERING.

BE THANKFUL 365!!!

HAVE YOU THANKED GOD TODAY?

HOW MANY THINGS ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

LIFE--HEALTH--STRENGTH--OXYGEN--SUNSHINE--FOOD--FAMILY--FRIENDS, PLUS MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!

THANKSGIVING SHOULD BE EVERY DAY IN YOUR LIFE!!!

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PRAYER FOR TODAY

Dear Father in heaven, we look to Jesus Christ, who is at your right hand, through whom you have promised help for the whole world. Unite us with him so that we may receive authority to help all people according to your will. May your name be kept holy among us, for your children have every reason to rejoice in the Savior you have given them. We thank you for everything you have shown to those who believe in you. We pray to you, hasten the time when your day shall come with glory, the day when you will give the glory to Jesus Christ, when he will reign and triumph over all evil and bring the peace you have always wanted to give the world. We wait and long for this. Amen



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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“No one else has access to the world you carry around within yourself; you are its custodian and entrance. No one else can see the world the way you see it. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it. Thus it is impossible to ever compare two people because each stands on such different ground. When you compare yourself to others, you are inviting envy into your consciousness; it can be a dangerous and destructive guest.”

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SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS BELIEVE

*The Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God * 2 Tim. 3:16.

*In the Trinity:God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.*Heb. 1:-3,John 15:16.

* In regeneration and the birth, through the acceptance of the Gospel.*2 Cor. 5:17.

*That man by nature is mortal and eternal life is a gift of God through Christ.*John 14:1-33,Acts 1:11,Matt. 24:30.

*In the resurrection of the dead.*1 Thess. 4:16 & 17, John 5:29,11:25,1 Cor. 15.

*In the ultimate final destruction of sin and the wicked.*Malachi 4:1-3.

*In justification by faith through Christ.*Rom. 4:3-5.

*That God's law, the Ten Commandments, including the seventh-day Sabbath command is the rule of life for Christians.*Ex. 20:3-17,James 2:10-12.

*In baptism by immersion. In the Communion of the Lord's supper preceded by the ordinance of cleansing.*Romans 6:3-5, Mark 1:9 & 10, John 13:4-17,1 Cor. 11:23-26.

*In the gifts of the Holy spirit.*Eph. 4:8-11.

*In the support of the gospel through tithes and offerings.*Malachi 3:8-11, Matt. 23:23.

*In discarding unhealthy practices.*1 Cor. 3:16 & 17, Deut. 14:3-20.

*That Christians will be characterized by modesty in dress,conversation,deportment,and a high standard of social relationships.*1 Tim. 2:9 & 10, James 1:27.

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MOSDAC COMMUNITY PANTRY SCHEDULE

The next FOOD DISTRIBUTION DAY for members will be Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 5:30 - 7:00 pm..

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PRAYER WARRIORS MINISTRY

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Family Life Bible Class

Join the JESUS 101 Bible class every 2nd and 4th Sabbath at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Learn a new way of studying the BIBLE!

Looking forward to seeing you there.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MOSDAC PRAYER LINE

Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Friday @ 5:30 am

(712) 775-8968, Pass Code: 909676

Youth prayer line is on Wednesday at 5-6pm join us for encouragement and praise.

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GODS LOVING ARMS

JUST KNOW THAT HE LOVES US!!!!!!!!!!

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BEREAVED FAMILIES

COPING WITH LOSS, PLEASE CONTACT RELATIONSHIP MINISTRIES FOR ASSISTANCE.

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PLEASE PRAY FOR:

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Cynthia Brown (Patman) in the loss of her son, and her children, Sharnette and Omar, in the loss of their brother.

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Hyacinth Rodney in the loss of her grandson due to a tragic accident where he was hit by an automobile.

His funeral service was held here at Mt. Olivet on Monday, April 2, 2018.

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Bernard and Sharon Howard and family, Bernard's mother, in the loss of her sister who lived in England.

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Vera and Vaughn Archie and Family in the loss of Vera's sister, Gloria Braxton Johnson's husband, Bill Johnson.

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Whitney, Mon'e, La'Shae, and Andre on the passing of their Mother Sandra- Benjamin-Allen, Sandra's sister, Linda, Nieces, Joy, and Nadjala and their families.

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Davita Lightfoot in the loss of her sister, Linda Graham, who was funeralized, Sunday, February 11, 2018.

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Eloise Morton in the loss of her husband, Roosevelt, and her children in the loss of their father. Remember his sister, Clarenda Morton, and all other members of the Morton families.

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RELY ON GOD... HE IS THE ONLY WAY!!!
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Sick - Shut In

Matthew 25:36 "... I was sick, and you visited me...."

PRAYER REQUEST, CALLS AND/OR VISITS FOR:

Vera Archie, Nelda Brooks, Cynthia Brown, Alvin Clark, Ertice Clark, Virginia Harris, Dorothy Kilpatrick, Hattie Lambert, Margaret O'Bryant , Violet Parkinson, Willie Rogers, Nola Ross, Delores Sellers , Catherine Waters, Shirlene Williams, and all of our caregivers.

Incarcerated Church Family

Joel Glessma

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LET'S READ!

MOSDAC WOMEN'S MINISTRY Chapter Chattin’ Book Club is not reading any books as of right now look forward to hearing from them soon.

Books can be purchased at: www.christianbook.com, www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com

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Sign up today!

Would you like to be in the next Financial Peace class?

If you are interested, please contact Blondel Dwyer at financeministry@mosdac.org and/or call Administrative Assistant duriing office hours to register.

NEXT CLASS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

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Online Bulletin FYI...

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: All online Bulletin Announcements should be submitted no later than 9:00 p.m. on SUNDAYS. Voicemail messages can be left at (856) 365-6108, mailbox #1. You can also email Announcements to: announcements@mosdac.org

Announcements received by 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays, will be included in Thursday's posting.

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Capital Campaign

Mount Olivet Seventh-day Adventist Church is doing great things in our Camden NJ community. By the grace of God and the generosity of our supporters, we can reach our $1.9 million renovation goal. This project will enable us to expand our community services in a great way!

We are asking you to contribute at least $5.00 to this vision of progress. Please help us build at least two dollars at a time. We appreciate your best gift of any amount.

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HAPPY SABBATH!

May you have a Blessed and Happy Sabbath Day!

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MAY IS NATIONAL HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE EDUCATION MONTH

YOU MUST BE AWARE OF TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOUR HEART AT ALL TIMES!!!

TRIVIA

THE HUMAN HEART HAS 2, 4, OR 6 VENTRICLES?

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EAT THIS...

TO FIGHT HEART DISEASE.

PISTACHIOS are a delicious way to cut CHOLESTEROL. Or have a handful of ALMONDS. Or chomp on a few CASHEWS.

Research shows that certain nuts and seeds are high in PHYTOSTEROLS - a CHOLESTEROL LOWERING SUBSTANCE.

Here are the top 10 seeds and nuts to lower CHOLESTEROL.

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pistachios
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Pine nuts
  • Flaxseeds, whole
  • Almonds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Walnuts, black
  • Pecans
  • Cashews
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BABY YOUR HEART AT ANY WEIGHT

WORRY YOUR WEIGHT IS TAKING A TOLL ON YOUR HEART?

TAKE VITAMIN C!

A daily 500-mg. dose of Vitamin C improves blood vessel function in overweight adults as much as a short daily walk, reducing heart attack and stroke risk.

NOTE: You can eat oranges, lemons, grapefruit, tangarines to get Vitamin C too.