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From the Bookshelf to Off-Broadway

From the Bookshelf to Off-Broadway

by: Denise Newsome   When I first began this journey several years ago, I had some naysayers. As if the self-doubt wasn’t enough, the enemy always finds a way to bring people into your life who make you question the road you’ve chosen and the calling that’s been given to you.   How could I, a woman with only a GED, write a book?   How could I, a formerly incarcerated person, get it published?   How could I, a poor person approaching 50, succeed in life?   People didn’t necessarily have to say those words out loud or to my face, but I knew by the...
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The Death Of Impossible

I was blown away the first time I saw him.  I had never seen racing blades before. Whether I missed them all my previous years or if they were a new development was beside the point. Oscar Pistorius had me captivated. It was not just the blades, it was the beauty of his determination to not be bound by circumstance.  Of course there were many disabled participants in the Special Olympics before he hit the scene but it was the first time that I took note.  Then Facebook and YouTbe began circulating a video of a girl without arms who drove, applied her make-up, and...
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New Year Same You?

New Year Same You?

We have been in 2015 for a few days and many of you, as is tradition, have created your New Year’s resolutions.  What are you planning to conquer this year that you didn’t quite last year, despite all of your efforts or intentions? Weight, love, finances, travel? Whatever your goal it is definitely obtainable. The question is whether you have properly identified the real challenge? The issue was never the magnitude of the goal but the process; and the process begins with you.  There is no change that we can accomplish if there is no change made within...
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Mirror, Mirror

I am weak. I am ugly. I am not enough. What is it that you see when you look at yourself? You can relate this to either your physical, academic or professional self, but it is important to first stop and take a look. Until you do, you will not understand how or why you function the way that you do.  Women who continue to attract and suffer through less than desirable men often realize that they think they themselves are unattractive or unworthy of anyone greater for some irrational reason.  People who settle for average jobs and don’t reach for those seemingly...
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Escaping The Matrix

No one person by choice will be a slave, not in the labor force anyway.  There is no logic to it. Toiling endlessly to profit another while all of your needs and desires are yet to be met.  Ever wake up in the morning to the sound of an alarm clock and just snap? Do you fantasize about picking up the device and throwing it against a wall, as if that would actually change the reality of the situation?  Now you have broken your device…and guess what? You still have to go to work.  While I don’t advise anyone to damage any of their property, as that fixes nothing but...