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Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood: Day 3 Pray Chicago community in focus

Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood: Day 3 Pray Chicago community in focus
On Wednesday, September 7th, I attended an event called Pray Chicago where people of all ages, colors, and denominations joined together with one focus, and that is to pray for the city of Chicago. It was a powerful, heart stirring event.  Afterwards, participants had the opportunity to sign up to pray for all 77 neighborhoods... Read more »

WGN TV's "Violent August in Chicago" video

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I rarely watch the news, not because I want to be uninformed or that I am unconcerned, but simply because I just can not take all of the reports of the violence in Chicago.  It’s not that I don’t care or want to be unaware, but what exactly are we supposed to do with all... Read more »

Rules of the road, some of the dumbest rules made to be broken

Rules of the road, some of the dumbest rules made to be broken
I am not a rebel rouser. Well, maybe a little. Okay, take two. It is not my intention to break rules. I am a mother of six daughters and I teach them to obey their elders, their teachers, and to be successful in life, follow the rules. What’s hard to teach them are dumb rules... Read more »
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Remembering William Larsen, my former student killed in the 87th Street robbery

Remembering William Larsen, my former student killed in the 87th Street robbery
From the moment the inbox message appeared, I knew exactly what it was, only this time it wasn’t about gang violence or a suicide. It was the 87th Street robbery that took place on Saturday night with two of my former students. One I couldn’t quite recall, but the other I knew fondly and affectionately–although... Read more »

After the fireworks fizzle...reflecting on the 4th, family, and faith

After the fireworks fizzle...reflecting on the 4th, family, and faith
I moved out the of the city last fall. I had lived on the southeast side of Chicago and I moved because I just couldn’t take it. I have six daughters, four living in the house and two that rode public transportation daily.  Every day I’d have to pray that they made it home safely... Read more »

Barbecue Etiquette: Things your family and friends want you to know

Barbecue Etiquette: Things your family and friends want you to know
It’s grilling season! Memorial Day launches the start of the barbecue and summer cookout parties. Everybody loves going to them and having to do nothing but arrive with a simple side of sorts, and there are just as many who love firing up the grill. Yes, let the charcoal and gas grillers “turn up, turn... Read more »
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Willie Wilson and his "Whitey" remark--I tried to warn you!

Willie Wilson and his "Whitey" remark--I tried to warn you!
It was exactly one week ago that I was inspired to write Willie Wilson an open letter to try to prevent something like this from happening. But it’s done now. What we feared, he’s done. He’s shown he’s not ready for public office. Those who were courageous enough to speak out days ago knew this... Read more »

5 simple things that can help the Willie Wilson campaign

Since Willie Wilson supporters didn't like my open letter, I created "Cookie Pope" from two of America's wildly popular and sensational iconic black females because everybody knows, when Olivia and Cookie talk, people listen.
Okay Willie Wilson supporters. You win.  I read your comments that you so kindly shared with me after writing what I thought was a heartfelt open letter to Dr. Willie Wilson. (Click here to read my letter.)  You are absolutely right. I am not a politician. I do not live in the city anymore, thank God.... Read more »

Willie Wilson supporters lash out, but should they?

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Well, I knew my open letter to Willie Wilson might ruffle some feathers, but I never thought I’d end up being called an idiot or a racist! But that just goes to show how passionate people are about politics in Chicago, and rightly so, given the city’s longstanding history of corruption with crooked politicians. Like... Read more »
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An Open Letter to Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson--PLEASE STOP NOW!

An Open Letter to Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson--PLEASE STOP NOW!
I want to start this letter to you Dr. Wilson, by saying that I write to you in love. I come in peace.  But after watching another one of your commercials, I realized, somebody has got to sit down and reach out to you and tell you the truth, because sir, you make me glad... Read more »
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    I am a wife and mother blessed to have six daughters who fill my home with love and laughter. My passion is writing and teaching, but most especially inspiring people to live healthy lives in my faith-filled fitness classes. My dream is to have my own faith and fitness TV show where people from all the world collectively join together on our "temple" building project of enjoying optimal health. I am a certified group fitness instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and earned graduate degrees in Writing from DePaul University, in addition to a degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania. I have seen and experienced the hand of God work and move in my life, and consider it an honor and blessing to be saved to serve.

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