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Healing For The Nation

You are not your problems. I didn’t say you are not the problem. The truth is, we can very well be the problem in our lives. Our attitudes, decisions, and desires, can very well be the instruments which cause us to work against our own best interest. If you find that you have been your own worst enemy, forgive yourself, and position yourself for change. Make the necessary changes to begin working in your best interest. We are not perfect therefore, will from time to time stumble in life.

Children serve to teach a great lesson about stumbling. When a child falls down and hurts themselves, the first thing they do is get up. Getting up from a fall in life can be challenging to say the least. Nevertheless, it must be done. Sometimes that fall can be quite painful. The child has no problem belting out a howl in…

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A Message From The Creator

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
— Brian Tracy 

Inspirational Woman Of The Day

Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll made a number of films during her career and was nominated for an Academy Award for Claudine in 1974. It wasn’t until she was cast as the lead in Julia in 1968, however, that Carroll became a bona fide celebrity. The role made her the first African American woman to star in her own TV series. She was nominated for an Emmy for Julia in 1969 and won the Golden Globe Award in 1968.

ctress, singer. Born Carol Diahann Johnson on July 17, 1935 in New York City. She attended Manhattan’s School of Performing Arts and worked as a nightclub singer and model before making her Broadway debut in The House of Flowers in 1954. That year, she also made her film debut alongside Dorothy Dandridge inCarmen Jones.

Carroll made a number of films during her career and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Claudine in 1974. She starred in No Strings (1962) and also appeared in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979). It wasn??t until she was cast as the lead in Julia in 1968, however, that Carroll became a bona fide celebrity. The role made her the first African-American woman to star in her own television series. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for Julia in 1969 and won the Golden Globe Award in 1968.

Carroll is also well known for her role as jet setter Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty from the 1980s. She received her third Emmy nomination in 1989 for her role on A Different World. Most recently, Carroll has made recurring guest appearances on the hit dramedy Grey??s Anatomy.

Carroll has been married four times, including most recently to singer Vic Damone.

Inspiration Of Motherhood

By Kavita Varma-White

These Moms Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Unappreciated?
It’s high time to cut yourself a break, says author Kristine Carlson, whose new book  “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms” promotes doing away with the worries that accompany the little things in every day life.
The book is all about realizing “you have a choice to be happy and bring peace to your life,” Carlson said on a recent TODAY appearance.
We asked TODAY Moms Facebook readers to tell us what “small stuff” they have forsaken, and the list ran the gamut from messy houses to rambunctious kids to picky eaters.
Clothing wars From babies to teens, kids don’t ever seem to stop when it comes to challenging parents on what to wear. Some moms have raised the white flag on laundry and clothing disagreements.
While Stacey Hostetter no longer worries about messy clothes; Graciela Mireles has given up on socks.
“I no longer sort them, they can wear mis-matched socks no one will ever know.”
Kids wanna freeze? So let them, says Stacey Doubblestein.
“I don’t argue about wearing jackets or sweatshirts anymore when its cold outside. If they want to be cold then that is their choice; nine times out of ten they put it on after a minute outside anyhow.”.
And perennial dress-up time? No problem, say some moms.
Says Tess Hernandez:
 “So what if my son wants to wear his cowboy boots with shorts, he’s expressing himself!”
Adds Jennifer Tew Finberg:
“My 4 year old daughter wearing dress up clothes outside, to the grocery store, to play dates… After having 2 boys, this girly stuff is refreshing.”
Laurie Van Peursem Raubacher’s son has worn his fireman Halloween costume since last October. Says his mom: “It’s adorable, and he wins. It’s not worth the fight.”
For Jessi Torres, the small stuff used to be a hairy issue. No longer! Says Torres: “I let my daughter do whatever she wants with her hair because it’s just hair. She’s had several different haircuts and purple streaks. “
Cleaning houseFor many moms, keeping the family home sparkling is just not worth the time and hassle involved.
Says Nicole Thatcher Harvey:
“Clean house, yes; spotless house, not on your life. Dogs in the house, yes. Dogs on beds, if it keeps my kids calm, then ok. I also don’t stress about the kids rooms and whether the beds are made…”
Merrie Beth Nickoloff says she will clean house if company is coming over “but really, it’s not the end of the world if there are toys everywhere!”
Laurie Nusbaum Miller has given up fretting about her teen’s bedroom.
“That’s why they make doors that close. Once a month I go in there with a clothespin on my nose, and weed the place out.“
Squabbling siblings
When it comes to siblings fighting with each other, some moms feel as long as no one is bleeding, there’s not really an issue.
Says Tammy Hebdon:
“If they are fighting, and there is no blood, let them work it out. I am not always going to be there to fight their fights and they need to learn the skills to compromise and work things out.”
Adds Jennifer Clark:
“Unless there’s blood, I don’t sweat it. My kids are tween and preschool do I’m sure there will be PLENTY of worthy battles ahead but as long as the try their best (regardless of success) & they are safe & healthy, the rest is not worth the stress.”
Picky eaters

Some moms are forgiving, or at least ignoring, when kids give them a hard time at meal time.

Says Angie Baker:
“Meals..sometimes they take 2 bites and are full, other nights they eat like pigs!! It all balances out. “
Adds Jen Burtscher Losaw: “If he doesn’t want to eat, he will eat eventually.”
Germs and other dirty dealsHeather Starr Cress has realized “playing in a little dirt and grass is ok…and a quick lick from the dog is ok, too.”
Meanwhile, Vicky Marie Daniels doesn’t sweat it  “when a cracker drops on the floor at home, and the little one picks it up and eats it….that’s ok!”
For Julia Marino Saul, a mom of 4-year-old twins, the small stuff is always doubled. “Our latest is playing in the bathtub until the water is cold!!! Brrrrr!”
Bryn Chambers agrees that baths can be a bothersome battle. Unless you don’t fight it. She says:
“If they get a bath 2-3 times a week, I am lucky. I don’t think they need a deep cleaning every night.”

Women In The News

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By Nick Watt

Women Get Skills to Break Into Traditional Men’s Trades

According to a 2009 Department of Labor report, while gender equality has made headway in the executive ranks — a quarter of CEOs are women — less than 1 percent of 77,000 U.S. ironworkers and steelworkers are female.

Sherron Ballard, 55, used to be a real estate agent — now she wants to work in construction.

Ballard told ABC News that she was making the job switch for the higher income, which would help her raise her daughter.

She is participating in a grueling 10-week program by Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles, or Winter. The Los Angeles group, in its 15th year, trains women to become plumbers, electricians and ironworkers — well-paid, blue-collar occupations previously dominated by men.

At one California construction site, 250 men worked alongside two females.

Winter’s goal is to tip that balance. The women earn safety certificates, learn about timekeeping, what to wear on construction sites and how to handle discrimination.

“When they go out there for their first job, a lot of people are gonna look at them and say: ‘Why aren’t you home? What are you doing here? Are you sure you’re in the right place?’ And they need to learn how to brush it off andcontinue on with their work,” said Berta Campos, a program instructor. “I think we need more women in order for men to change their mind and we have to prove them wrong.”

“Women have to go out to work,” said Donna Williamson, who recently graduated from the program. “I have a child. I have to support him.”

Williamson, a 41-year-old single mother, used to make minimum wage selling skateboards in a bike shop. Now she’s an apprentice ironworker making $28 an hour, and her wages will are sure to increase as she progresses in her career.

“I used to drive around and I’d look at the guys on the beams, on the high-rises, and it’s one of those intriguing things,” she said. “There are not a whole lot of women in the construction field. At the end of the day, you are dirty, you are sweating, you don’t smell the greatest and that’s fine with me.”

“I love my job,” Williamson said. “If I can do it, they [women] can do it. And I’m only 5’2.”

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