Category: Health and Wellness

Is Malia Obama's smoking at age 19 and hugging a guy news?

Is Malia Obama's smoking at age 19 and hugging a guy news?
Is Malia Obama’s smoking at age 19 and hugging a guy news? I think not! It may be surprising because of the spotless way she conducted herself throughout her dad Barack Obama’s presidential term. What were you doing at age 19? Truth be told, being 19 was the best time of my life. I was... Read more »

What to do when your pharmacist greets you by name

What do you do when your pharmacist greets you by name? In the beginning, when I started picking up my numerous prescriptions, I was embarrassed. I was embarrassed because a few of them were controlled substances. When I was diagnosed with lupus in 2004, I didn’t sign up for being on a slew of medications.... Read more »

Your upbringing determines how you see God

Needless to say, initially, your upbringing determines how you see God. The same goes with what political party you stand with. Little did we know that religion and politics should remain separate as one did not have anything to do with the other. However, as some of us got older and started thinking for ourselves,... Read more »
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Knowing the difference between depression and SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that comes along during the change of seasons. It’s more common in the fall and winter months but there are some cases in the onset of spring. If you’ve been human for any length of time, you’ve experienced depression directly or indirectly. Things happening abruptly... Read more »

I still get emotional when my dad leaves town

Throughout my life, my dad traveled out of town. He’s from Mississippi but the majority of his family migrated to Texas, where he spent a lot of time as well. He came to Chicago during the civil rights era because there were jobs available. His uncle brought him when he was 19 years old. He... Read more »

The AWARE for All Chicago 2017 is Thursday, October 26

The AWARE for All Chicago 2017 is Thursday, October 26
The AWARE for All Chicago 2017 is Thursday, October 26 between the hours of 5pm-8pm. The event is hosted by The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on being a self-advocate when deciding on clinical trials. Participating in clinical trials are so important... Read more »
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It's stressful when my 19 year old behaves like a 3 year old

My son Kameron is 19 years old and has autism. When he regresses, he behaves like a 3 year old. Autism is a developmental disorder which impairs a person the ability to communicate. There are different levels of autism and in Kameron’s case, he is non-verbal and behavior aggressive. When he is in the aggressive... Read more »

October is Flu Awareness Month (or it should be)

October has begun as well as the start of flu season. Some beg to differ that it began in September but the crux of it or some don’t begin to suffer the brunt of it until October. Chicago has been experiencing some weird weather with a lot of hot days in September. We usually expect... Read more »

Greenleaf exposes the wickedness that happens in most megachurches

Greenleaf exposes the wickedness that happens in most megachurches
Greenleaf, shown on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), is in its second season. The dramatic series is the story of Calgary Fellowship World Ministries, a megachurch in Tennessee, founded and controlled by the Greenleaf family. Whether Greenleaf is based on a true story or not, it definitely exposes the wicked behavior committed by pastors and... Read more »
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The Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards is September 27

The Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards is September 27
The Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards (GBOMA) will be held September 27, 2017. Submissions are still open but you have until Sunday, September 10, 2017, 11:59 p.m. This will be the 24th annual event where Illinois residents will submit their 3-minute poem to hopefully recite. The payoff is $500 for the winner but the best... Read more »