True greatness is when your life matters beyond people who share your DNA. First Lady Michelle Obama is one of those people. The Meaning Of Michelle features 16 writers sharing how her journey has impacted their own journeys. This anthology was written by people from all walks of life. Writers include Ava Duvernay of Selma and Queen Sugar fame, noted chef Marcus Samuelsson and New York First Lady Chirlane McCray. The First Lady Obama brought strength and grace to the White House and she refused to bow down to those who tried to pigeon hole her into any tired stereotypes. She never forgot her roots and she always kept it real. So many of the essays share this common thread and this book is a love song to a woman who means so much to so many. We will miss Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, but we can pick up this book and remember the woman who took a little of the Southside of Chicago to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and made it work.
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The perfect last minute Christmas gift, Take Your Dream out of Layaway, by Joni Hudson-Reynolds. Available at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Books A Million.com
Gretchen Carlson claims she was a victim of sexual harassment by Roger Ailes. She made the claim after her contract was not renewed. Many question the timing but what should she have done? If she made the claim while onboard she would have been subject to dismissal. What would have been the ideal time to make the allegations? Many of Ailes Fox colleagues have come to his defense, but that simply means he did not approach them that does not mean he did not approach Carlson. Women who worked with him years ago have shared stories of sexual harassment. It will be interesting to see how this story unfolds. People were quick to believe the women who spoke against Bill Cosby decades it will be interesting to see if these women are viewed as believable as the Cosby accusers.
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Brock Turner was a Stanford University swimmer with Olympic dreams. He was caught raping a young woman and convicted of the crime. He faced years in prison but the judge did not want to completely derail his future so now he will serve 6 months and with good behavior as few as 3 months. It is wrong on so many levels but to see the young men convicted in similar crimes sentenced to sometimes 20 years and to see this guy get a slap on the wrist should make everyone absolutely sick. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
This book is so full of tips that are outlined in a very easy manner so that no one misses the mark. Most all of us are familiar with the “old school” layaway system, where if you didn’t have enough money on hand to purchase a particular item, you would put a bit of money down and pay weekly, until the item was finally yours to take home. Joni Hudson-Reynolds uses this same system to posit that many of us have put our dreams on layaway, and it’s about time to get those dreams out of layaway and have them begin to work in our favor.
There are exciting chapters that include Finding The Dream Again, The Burden and Blessing of the Dream, Owning The Dream, Living the Dream and Working the Dream, among others.
Hudson-Reynolds helps people lay out a strategy to achieve their dreams and purpose, even if one has become stagnant and the latter has been up to now undiscovered. She is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and in 2011 launched Dreams with Deadlines—a workshop designed for women who have a dream and want to learn how to make it happen.
An excerpt from the book jacket: This book is for people like you—who have a dream but for some reason have not been able to make it happen. You will learn how to say no and mean it; how to close the adoption agency; how to own your dream; how to start again and how to effectively use your 24 hours and more.
The author uses Biblical scriptures to accentuate some points in presenting approaches that are both logical and informative. Nothing is particularly earth shattering, but the information is often filled with anecdotes about events that have occurred in the author’s life that make the suggestion presented easier to comprehend.
For example, in Chapter 5, Giving Your Dream A Deadline, Hudson-Reynolds talks about her freshman year of college and meeting deadlines for her assignments. She spoke of using a flashlight to complete her reading, because the power had gone out in her neighborhood. She vowed not to waste time or money that had been used for her college tuition, and says that your deadline to complete whatever task you have laid out should be of an urgent concern. Finally, she says you should make every resolve to complete it on time.
Each chapter is also followed by “dream steps,” so the reader can outline positive actions to bring one closer to his or her goals.
I found this book helpful in my personal life with my dream that needed a bit of a push, as well. I highly recommend this book for people who are just getting started on the road to their dreams, or for those who have pulled on the side of the road and need a little help navigating back to the finish line.
Hudson-Reynolds’ mission is to empower people with the tools necessary to walk toward their destinies. She is available for speaking engagements and interviews.
For more information about “Take Your Dream out of Layaway” by Joni Hudson-Reynolds, visit http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU001028477/Take-Your-Dream-out-of-Layaway.aspx.
Reprinted with permission from the Chicago Crusader.
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We have all heard that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton if they win their party nomination they will be the most unpopular nominees ever. How did we get hear? Why aren’t principled people seeking the highest office in the land? Who wouldn’t want ever part of their life dissected for the world to consume? Who wouldn’t want to be fodder for social media on a 24/7 basis? Who wouldn’t want every speech they had ever given to be checked for error? Who wouldn’t want all of their close relatives subjected to constant press inquiries? Who wouldn’t want their financials open to endless scrutiny? Sounds like a good time? No it’s not but it is the reality, and “it ain’t pretty.”. So it is no wonder that the two reference above might be the last two standing.
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