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Second Chances–We All Deserve One

The Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (TORI) is a 12 month program that strives to assist offenders once they are released from prison.  The program helps clients with basic needs such as finding meaningful employment and housing.  One thing that sets TORI apart from other such programs is their offering of mentorship and spiritual guidance.

TORI graduation

TORI is a spin-off of the Potter’s House prison ministry and was started in 2004 by Bishop T. D. Jakes.  The initiative has serviced over 7,000 offenders both male and female with only 8 to 10 percent returning to prison.
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The 12 month program culminated with a graduation ceremony with pomp and circumstance.  Judge Greg Mathis of television fame was the graduation speaker this year.
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Second chances should be earned, and the graduates of TORI have earned theirs.  Here’s hoping they remember “thisis(their)yourbestyear”.

 

Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival

Volunteering at the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival was tiring, but fun work. I got to hang out with old friends and meet new ones including Executive Chef James Morris of Vidalias Restaurant in the Worthington Hotel. Just ask me something about beer. I’ll bet I can answer it–just ask the guy from Andrews Distributing.

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            Remember“thisisyourbestyear”.

#IAMZETA

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So proud to be a member of a group of women who epitomize “finer womanhood”–the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,  Incorporated.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Painting My Masterpiece

I have officially painted my second masterpiece.  The first one was at Maggie B. Hudson Junior High in Longview, Texas. In fact I still have it. As a woman of a certain age I was ready to try again. My friend Gwen and I were off to Texas U Can Paint. With our bottle of wine in tow we joined about 63 others on a journey to create masterpieces.

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I already have a place to hang my masterpiece to showcase my hard work–taking it to work!

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

You can find Texas U Can Paint at www.TexasUCanPaint.com.  Locate the one nearest you, and have fun creating your masterpiece.

Dramatic Drop In Colon Cancer Rates Thanks To More Screenings, Research Finds

As women we know that we need to do certain medical tests such as mammograms partly because of public service announcements. These announcements have proven to be life savers. We tend to dread these exams, but we take them. Now a colonoscopy is another thing all together. There are not many public service announcements about this exam–I don’t think there are any. We put off having one just because–because we do not know that they can save our life. Take a look at the article below.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4986759/

Preventive care is the best medicine. Let’s do all we can to live healthy lives.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

My Day At Crystal Bridges Museum

I once had a minister who said “with all the noise, we can’t hear God talking to us”. As I walked through one of the most beautiful museums, Crystal Bridges–I listened.

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*Alice Walton, the visionary behind Crystal Bridges has one of her original paintings on display in the museum–I love it–build yourself a museum and put “your” work in it. It is however, a beautiful piece.

Simple Tests That Could Save Your Life

Just recently I saw a report on a man in his 30’s that had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Most of us, even women of a certain age tend to think of this affecting people who are much older.

We all know of someone who has trouble getting up out of chairs. We all know someone whose quality of sleep has changed dramatically over the years.

These simple tests in the link below may not mean that you are ill, but they can give you a hint as to what you need to talk with your doctor about.

Take the tests, give them to you parents, friends and others.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

http://pubs.aarp.org/aarptm/20140203_PR/m1/MobileArticle.action?articleId=387247&pg=18&mobileWeb=true&lm=1391307907000

Bucket List, Goals, Accomplishments and Joys of Turning 60 – AARP

I do not do bucket list, but I thought this list was for any age.

http://www.aarp.org/home-family/sex-intimacy/info-01-2014/turning-60-bucket-list-goals.html?plckFindCommentKey=CommentKey:17a67a47-6bd4-4590-807b-acc3ab08e2ff

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I was even president for about a minute–cross that off the list.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Coffee Cupping

If you know me, you know I love good coffee. I recently attended a coffee cupping class held at Central Market in Ft. Worth. The other participants and I had a wonderful learning experience. It was sort of like a wine tasting class with smelling, sipping and spitting.

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Mr. Wilbert Benitez from Katz Coffee was a very interesting teacher who made our experience even better.

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A special thanks to Central Market of Fort Worth for making this class wonderful. Their staff is the best.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Women’s News: 5 Reasons Why Every Woman Needs a Girls Weekend

Every woman needs time with just the girls.

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Bathers With Bicycle

Abby Draper

Publicist in Beverly Hills

You know when Big stands Carrie up at the altar and it’s just the worst, so the girls take her to Mexico (and Charlotte sh*ts her pants)? While spending time with your significant other, children if applicable, colleagues and acquaintances is wonderful and important, every woman needs a good “girls weekend” every so often, at any age. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or elaborate, but a simple few days away from the norm with some women you trust is a special kind of cleanse, especially when you’re going through a tough time. Why?

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/abby-draper/5-reasons-why-every-woman-needs-a-girls-weekend_b_4876468.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

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