Credit Card Debt: How Much is Too Much?

May 2010 - Credit Card Debt: How Much is Too Much?

by Michielle DJ Beck Determining when You're in Financial Trouble with Your Credit Card Debt Quite a few books and Web sites provide formulas for calculating whether your current level of consumer debt is too much for your income, but there's a better indication of too much debt. Debt is mu

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Being Love-Able

May 2010 - Being Love-Able

By Rev. Diannia Baty How many of you have said that you want to be loved? You want to be loved for yourself just as you are. What if what you are is not lovable? What unlovable traits do you have? I came to realize that I have some not so compatible traits myself. I am far from perfect. I cann

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Wilder in Real Life: When It Rains…Let’s Hope It Doesn’t Pour

April 2010 - Wilder in Real Life: When It Rains…Let’s Hope It Doesn’t Pour

by Lauren Wilder So I said in last month’s installment that Chicago has a rainy season instead of a spring.  The rain started a little over a week ago.  No monsoons so far, but it’s been pretty cloudy.  I’m sure you’ve noticed my references to the weather; it influences my mood and som

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April 2010 - Keep It Real!

by Brenda M. Hunter, M.A. There is great joy in just being true to self- of not worrying about what someone will think of you as you express what you really feel, think, believe, treasure or hope for. How refreshing it would be if we could be who we are all the time. This new-age characte

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April 2010 - Notes from the Editor: Do What You Love?

I have a friend who we’ll call Shelly. She and I met while we were fledgling writers in Los Angeles. I moved on several years ago and now she’s getting ready to leave Los Angeles as well. Although Shelly’s excited about her transition, she’s also a little bit down. You see, she wasn’t

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March 2010 - Working From Home

By Annika Murray I had an epiphany just the other day. I realized that the longer I sat at my computer, the less housework I get done. Yes, I work from home. I find it increasingly difficult to keep my home in “open house” status when the kids and I are at home all day. I love a clean h

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March 2010 - Wilder in Real Life: “First Comes Winter Then Comes Spring…”

By Lauren Wilder “Change comes eventually.” If you don’t recognize this line then you’re obviously not a Lauryn Hill fan, no worries because you can relate to the quote without remainder of the chorus. It’s from her song “Everything is Everything” and that’s exactly how I fe

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February 2010 - Wilder in Real Life: Are You Motivated?

by Lauren Wilder The title of this installment reminds me of a chant from an organization, National Black Society (NBS), at my alma mater. It works better if I had a chair next to you at your computer, but the chant starts “Are you motivated? Yes, I’m motivated!” So Wilder is motivate

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February 2010 - Stuck in the Middle

By Annika Murray Sometimes I feel sorry for my son, Alston. At 4 years old, he is smack in the middle of his siblings. We have the two oldest, Ariana and Alana, and of course the two babies, Ayden and Avary. Ariana and Alana are just 16 months apart in age. Ayden and Avary are just shy of 18

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February 2010 - Video Games and Children

By Victor Medina As the popularity of video games increases, the debate over their effect on children rages. Some child psychologists and family groups argue violent and mature video games negatively affect children. Parents who complain that video games are harmful may now have proof. A numb

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January 2010 - Wilder in Real Life: A New Dawn, A New Day

By Lauren Wilder By the time you read this it’ll be 2010 and every time New Year’s Eve rolls around, I sit down with a notebook, write a letter to God or I pray, and reflect on the past year. My first year out of college has been an absolute roller coaster and I’m still in one piece.

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January 2010 - Embrace Excellence Everyday: My Biggest New Year Resolution

By Incredible Making New Year resolutions is an age long tradition adopted by many people across all races and religious beliefs. In the past many people have made New Year resolutions that they never kept. Year after year they earnestly resolve to undertake a project, reform a habit

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December 2009 - Have a Stress-Free Holiday Season

by Kristie Leong M.D. It's the most wonderful time of the year and also the most stressful. The holidays may be full of cheer, but they can take a toll on your stress level and your health. From the pressures of shopping to visiting relatives there doesn't seem to be a free moment. Wouldn't it be

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December 2009 - Wilder In Real Life: Remember First Grade?

by Lauren Wilder Two months in Chicago feels like a year, in a good way. When you’re in a new city you run into and meet a lot of fascinating people. Making friends in your early twenties is pretty tough, well really after college; it’s fun, annoying, and even lonely. Sure I have friends from

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December 2009 - Be a Giver

By Karyn L. Beach We’ve all heard that it is more blessed to give than to receive. But we live in a world where many are ruled by their wants and desires. When that adage comes up people think, “Yeah right, I’d much rather receive a flat-screen plasma television set than to give one away.

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December 2009 - Holidays Getting You Down

The holidays are here, Thanksgiving has passed and now you’re getting ready to put up the tree, clean for the next big family gathering, put away all the things that would be in the way of decorations and make a list of all things that have to be done during the holidays. Yes, the holidays are

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