Category Archive: Personal Development

Jan 12

Open Thought Asks: What Are Symptoms of Low Self-Esteem?

        A week ago, this question would not have appeared in my thought.  Why now?  Good question.   It started the day I interviewed an author on Talk to the Author with Dr. Mamie Smith–my radio show.  The author’s book revealed how a person could move from bankruptcy to wealth by changing how …

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Jul 30

Open Thought: How Do You Respond to the Challenges of Life?

It is not about life not placing challenges and roadblocks in your pathway, it’s about how you respond to them.  No one is free of human hardships, frailties and difficult times, but finding a way to use them for growth and spiritual development is the key.   When my daughter passed away in 2005, it …

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Mar 13

Open Thought: What Does the “Stand Your Ground” Law Really Mean?

“STAND YOUR GROUND!”  Those three words cause some people to swell with pride, and others to shrink from injustice.  The way you feel  depends on whether you are black , brown, red, yellow or white.    Shouldn’t they mean the same thing to every American?  We are all citizens of this great nation–have shed blood, sweat and …

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Feb 15

Open Thought Asks, “What Do you Mean When You Use the Word “HOPE?”

  Hope is a word used in conversation many times throughout the day:  “I hope to get married one day.  I hope to get finished with college in June.  I hope to be healed of this disease.  I hope, I hope I hope . . .  .”  What is expected when one hopes? Is hope a …

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Nov 19

Detroit News Freelance Writer Andrea Daniels Chats with Duane Parham

Detroit News Freelance Writer Andrea Daniels Chats with Songwriter/Producer Duane Parham Detroit saxophonist Duane Parham was 15 years old when he did his first professional performance at an east side club. He played a saxophone that cost his grandmother $100, and he’s been playing ever since. “I always wanted to sing,” says Parham from his …

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