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Hear the Three Kings–Saxophone Kings in Concert!

DETROIT UNITY TEMPLE PRESENTS . . . 

The Three Kings – Jazz Kings  . . . That Is!

These kings will fill the air with Christmas carols and melodic melodies that get you in the spirit of Christmas.

Who Are They?

LORD YANCYY!          DEON YATES!         DUANE PARHAM!

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Friday, December 9th, 2017 is the date, and 8 pm is the time.

Donations $20

Ticket Purchase:  Detroit Unity Temple Box Office

17505 2nd Ave.  Detroit, MI 48203 

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Link to Detroit Unity Temple

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How Important is RACE in Decision-Making?

 

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It took a few minutes to formulate this question because I am looking to generate responses that address “is,” not “should be.” Most of us with some semblance of moral values recognize that no one should be judged by race, color, ethnicity or creed, but whether we practice it in day-to-day relationships, is the question. As an African American who has lived in a world marked with racism, even I find myself making decisions based on race. I say “even I” because I understand feelings of inferiority expressed toward one based squarely on skin color. “Well,” You say, “Everybody has been discriminated against at sometime in their lives.” I emphatically agree! Therefore, abrupt changes were made in many of those instances to adapt to the status quo. It’s a bit difficult to change one’s skin color from black to white, isn’t it? Well . . . let’s get back to the question!

There are many levels of racial discrimination, ranging from subtle to overt. I think the most disastrous level occurs in thoughts where the person has convinced himself that he would NEVER discriminate against another person based on skin color. It winds its way into one’s thoughts in many disguises. Typical ones are’ “That’s just the way we’ve always done things” or “We just want everybody to fit in!”

 

 

From the African American viewpoint, one hears, “I know why THEY chose her/him instead of me” or “I’m the only black person in the group!” What are the hidden agendas behind these exclamations? In the first example, the Caucasian is saying, “Let’s exclude him because he is black, but make the world think it is something else.” There are two modes of thought operating in the African American comments. One is saying, “White people take every opportunity to discriminate against me! I can do that job just as well as that white guy, and they know it! They didn’t give it to me because I am black” In the second example the person feels “special” because the white man chose HIM. “They must see ME as one of THEM!” All of these stem from decades of deeply embedded racism. How does one change it? First, at the human level, recognize that there is only one race–the human race, and secondly, at the divine level, gain a better understanding of the man created by God.


There are basic commonalities that all human beings share irregardless of religion, race, color, creed or ethnicity. We are all flesh and blood–bleed the same way and mend the same way. All of us share physical, mental and emotional suffering. Harsh words, unkind treatment and physical abuse cut the white man just as deeply as it does the red or black man. No man is more intelligent than the next; some merely have better educational opportunities and financial connections than others. Racial prejudices usually originate from economical desires and greed; and through decades of use, mature into ethnic, racial and religious discriminatory practices. The love of money is truly the “root of all evil.”

 

 

Spiritually, God created man in His image and likeness. That likeness is not material but spiritual. What makes a man spiritual? Two key elements are: having no other gods before the one God, and loving his neighbor as himself. Man is made up of ideas. He is a compound idea of God. What does that mean? It means that he expresses all that God is–His love, kindness, patience, strength, intelligence, abundance, activity, faith, hope, courage, equality, impartiality and perfection.

 

 

We are governed by divine Law, not man’s law. The attributes of this Law have no race, color or creed. They are neither black or white, Christian or Muslin, Jew or Gentile. We are all children of God. This level of thought is what makes us treat each other as we wish to be treated, dissolve the hatred, and conquer the anger. Each day, one should learn to listen to the “still voice of truth,” before embarking on generally accepted practices. On numerous occasions, I have listened and corrected my thinking, which invariably led to non-judgmental decisions and practices.

 

 

Discrimination is not one-sided. It stems from many sides, from many sources. No one group is more discriminatory than the next. We are all victims of past prejudices. The dominant group may have the upper hand in practicing discrimination, but God searches the soul, not behavior. If a man thinks evil, he may as well practice it because he feels it in his heart. The effects may be better, but the reality is the same.

 

 

Why did I choose this subject? This is my way of saying to the world, “Let us stop hiding behind what is”politically correct” and genuinely seek to uncover and destroy the prejudices within ourselves. Let each day find us practicing the Golden Rule–“do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Remember, no one enters into the “kingdom of heaven” by skin color!

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Walmart? Nah-ah-ah . . . Not for Me, but Then . . . Something Happened . . . .

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Walmart?  Nah-ah-ah . . . Not My Store 


It sounds crazy to start an article with the above title, but crazy or not . . . here goes.  

I had seen Walmart stores in and around Michigan, but I never visited them.  They were not my kind of a store . . . me . . . a boutique shopper that loved unique everything, and Walmart … wasn’t it!   A few years later, my husband and I bought a townhouse in a small town in Alabama, and on the day of closing, we needed the bare essentials: food, bedding, bath accessories and several other products.  As we were contemplating where to go, (the choices were few) a sister who lived in a town nearby said, “Try Walmart.”   I was like “What?”  

“They have some really nice things.” 

“Yea, sure.”  However, time constraints and not many choices forced me to go there.  I was surprised at the lovely thing I walked away with, and the quality was good . . . not the cheap looking stuff I had imagined.  My cart was loaded with many wonderful products!   So, when we were in Alabama, Walmartbecame one of the places we shopped.  That did not, however, translate into shopping at Walmart in Michigan where we lived most of the time.  

It took several years later before that would occur.  One day, my toaster decided it had “had it,” and I needed to shop for a new one.  After going to a couple of familiar stores and not finding what I was looking for, a soft, mental voice said, “Walmart . . . go there.”  

“I don’t think so, they won’t have anything.”

“Walmart . . . go there.”                                               

“Well, okay, I’ll go there.”   There is a super Walmart in a town near my home in Troy, Michigan, so I went there.  Guess what?  I found the perfect toaster and nine years later it still works beautifully.  Today, Walmart is one of the first stores I think about when looking for movies, bedding and and electronics.  A few months ago, I replaced all of my AT&T phones with phones from Walmart

Another thing that had made Walmart a store I did not enjoy doing business with, was low wages paid to its workers.  I am a school teacher who spent most of my life earning the highest degree our nation offers, but still earned mediocre salary compared to other professions, so that was still a “thorn in my side” when shopping there.  I was gratified to learn that wages have been raised on 100,000 of it workers and the minimum wage will be raised to $10 an hour.  

One likes to feel that the stores he patronizes live by an underlying principle of “man’s humanity to man.”  It’s one thing to be a big fish in a big ocean that gobbles up everything in sight without regard for smaller fish, but another to be a big fish with a heart that generates respect, compassion and appreciation for all of the little fish that helped make him big.  “Ah-ah-ah-ah . . . that’s Walmart!”  

 

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I Lost a Child . . . I Know How You Feel . . . .

I Lost My Child . . . Too . . . I Know How You Feel

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I lost this child  . . .  tell us about the one you lost . . . . 

This page is dedicated to all parents who have lost a child.  It does not matter how . . . let us know your child’s name, who he/she was, what happened to him/her, how you felt when the death occurred, and how you feel now.  Share whatever you wish to share.

 

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ALLIE LOUISE: A Voice That Shines Like the Colors of a RAINBOW

 

When my friend Cathy Zucker said, “I have a student who has made a CD and she is really good!” my first mental reaction was, “She must be good, because Cathy is a vocal teacher, soloist and a person of great integrity!” So, I said:  “I would love to hear her!”  What I was not prepared for was . . .  just how good!  However, when I popped the CD in my computer and heard Allie sang the first few bars of It’s Gettin’ Old, I said . . . “She’s good!”  My producer said. She’s good!”

This is often the kind of expression  that follows the fifteen-year-old around as she builds her career in music–country music! Her list of performances continues to grow, and her admirers excel or match it.  

Who is this young songstress destined to make her mark on the world?Allie has spent most of her life in Michigan, comes from a family of six children–has siblings with professional interests like dentistry, engineering and law, but Allie chose music–music that allows her to not only display her artistic skills, but emotions as well.  Her rendition of each song reveals polished, well-executed technique, but also, a command of the depth of emotion and feeling needed to reach into the hearts and souls of her listeners.  She says:

“My true passion is to bring music to life–whether using my voice as my instrument or playing my guitar, the piano or the drums!”


Allie’s new CD will debut in the spring of this year, and is self-titled Allie Louise, which is an appropriate title, for Allie wrote or co-wrote all 10 tracks of the album.  The lyrics express her energy, confidence, free-spirit and heart-felt views about life.   Allie’s single from the album is entitled It’s Gettin’ Old  and can be purchased  . . . right now!  So, run over to iTunes and get it . . . you will love it!  I promise.
 

You can hear Allie talk about her video, album and why she chose music as her life career, on “Talk to the Author” with Dr. Mamie Smith at 5 pmon Sunday, October 25, 2015.  Simply go online and let your fingers guide you to eamtradio.com.  Many listeners also get the station via TuneIn.

See you there!

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THANKSGIVING: A Day of Gratitude

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News flash: “Man Attending Thanksgiving Dinner Shoots Relatives!”


How does one keep such things from occurring? Remove all negative mental baggage from consciousness, and replace it with thoughts of love, kindness and good will. Search for ways to express humor! Steer thinking away from memories that bring pain, anger and revenge.

I spoke with a family member during the Thanksgiving season. As the conversation progressed, I was careful not to enter into conversations that caused dissension, unpleasant memories or competition. If I felt thoughts or words were leading in that direction, I changed the subject, paid a compliment, or found something that we both agreed with. Too often, relatives use family gatherings to settle a score, or point out failures of others, which lead to unhappy endings.
Thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude to God–a recounting of blessings through joy and appreciation. The participants recognize the divine favor that has been placed upon them, and give God the glory. Many use this day to focus on material accomplishments. While these are much appreciated, they pale in the face of spiritual growth and progression. Divine thoughts lead to perfect words and deeds. Without these thoughts, one never rises above human understanding and development.

Today, I also spoke with a friend about another person of whom I had had much admiration, respect and love. However, the relationship had soured, leaving me with a sense that during the relationship, most of the giving had been on my part. As I worked to overcome this sense of imbalance, I recognized that selfishness is expressed in many ways, and I too shared in the reasons for the discontinued relationship. Therefore, I made an effort to re-connect with the person, and was met with no reciprocal response. Talking with our mutual friend, I learned that the person is in good health, very active, and is doing wonderful things to help others. I can honestly say that I am happy to learn this, and feel a sense of peace about the entire experience. I am also grateful for the love that she expressed toward me, and recognize that it is eternal.

Each day is an opportunity to honor and glorify God. Let’s give thanks and be glad together!

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Happenings with THE UNFOLDING OF A ROSE

EXCITEMENT! EXCITEMENT!

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The publisher is taking The Unfolding of a Rose to Germany on October 14-18th! It will enter the world’s largest book fair–the Frankfurt Book Fair! Over 7300 exhibitors, 100 countries, and 299,000 visitors will converge on Germany because at that moment, it will be the most important literary marketplace in the world.

Germany holds a special place in the heart of the author of The Unfolding of a Rose. She lived there for three years, met a wonderful family and her younger son was born in Stuttgart, Germany. Germany is also showcased in The Unfolding of a Rose.

China is the 2009 Guest of Honor, and will present its culture and literature to the German people and international community. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have The Unfolding of a Rose picked up by publishers and vendors fr

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Through the Trials . . . Just BELIEVE!

 

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There are words that describe the Hollinger family:

Strength!   Courage!  Determination!  Perseverance! 

Reading  the book Through the Trials Just Believe, revealed the strength and power of the human spirit when it is sprinkled with the living waters of truth and love.

Mike and Nitza loved God and trusted his healing power!  As the treacherous waters of life kept lifting their deep currents and waves up and up . . .  until they reached the chin, Nitza fought back with Bible verses, faith, hope and a strong desire to grow spiritually.  Did she win?  Read this inspiring book and find the answer for yourself!

You will find it on amazon, so rush over there and get your copy . . . be ready to hear this heart-warming story as will be told by husband Mike on Talk to the Author with Dr. Mamie Smith at 5 pm on Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ eamtradio.

Many people are gaining encouragement from this book and see it as one of life’s greatest examples of hope and faith.  RPM cherishes Nitza own words:

“In life there are those things that are urgent – that want your immediate attention. Then, there are those things that are important. Never lose sight of what is important. People are important. Relationships are important. Never trade the important for the urgent.”  RPM Last Frontier

Another reader says:

“I am dealing with radiation treatments from cancer and this prepared me for what to expect and encouraged me in my faith in God to get me through. Very beneficial!”  Mikal J. Shedd 


Join the chorus of voices by discovering the divine intelligence that guided Nitza and Mike through the “valleys of death” into the morning light of peace and joy.  Hear this remarkable story!

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AUTHOR INTERVIEWS – SEVENTEEN MADE IT!

Seventeen authors were interviewed during “Books and Authors” @ Leon & Lulu and you’ve got to hear their stories.  Some will make you laugh and some may cause you to shed a tear, but you will welcome…

 

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Seventeen authors were interviewed during “Books and Authors” @ Leon & Lulu and you’ve got to hear their stories.  Some will make you laugh and some may cause you to shed a tear, but you will welcome both!

EAMT RADIO set-up shop at Leon and Lulu on October 25, 2015, enjoyed the milling around of shoppers and reached out to over 20 authors.  Now . . . you get to hear their messages.

Don’t miss tuning in to http://eamtradio.com on Sunday, November 8, 2015 @ 5pm. 
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INSURING ME DOES NOT MEAN CONTROLLING ME!

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Insurance companies are deciding when homeowners should get their gutters cleaned, paint their homes, jump through more hoops!  What will they do next?  Tell us when to go to bed at night?

That is not out of the question because now, they direct our health decisions, engineer the type of car we drive, select the medicines we consume and decide if surgery is necessary.

Now . . . they want to tell me when to paint my house!  Enough is enough!  When are we going to stop allowing insurance companies to dominate our lives.  They need us as much as they think we need them!   Let’s realize one thing . . . a person or company has only the power we give them.  Insurance companies are few . . . we are many.

 

I received a notice from #Auto-Owners handing out such a message and . . . without notice . . . simply cancelled me out.  Do you know these guys? Here’s the website:  http://www.auto-owners.com/.   Don’t let the beautiful messages on the home page fool you.  What you see is not always what you get.

This is another stab at “poor people.”  Once again, a company is imposing rules on people who are just trying to survive and pay the bills.  Now, companies like Auto-Owners is saying, “It doesn’t matter whether you can afford to re-paint your house, I say do it and . . . you’d better do it or I am canceling you out!”

When will businesses and governments stop taking advantage of the segment of society who has the least resources to fight back?  Do we have another Flint Michigan?

Poor people matter . . . too.

Let’s let them know “INSURING ME DOES NOT MEAN CONTROLLING ME!”

Send this to a friend . . . place it on your social media sites and scream it to any insurance company that seeks to run your life!  Send out the hash tag #InsuringMeDoesNotMeanControllingMe.

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