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Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

"Top Chef" All-Star, DC Restaurant Owner Spike Mendelsohn Plays Santa Claus in Anacostia

"Top Chef" All-Star, DC Restaurant Owner Spike Mendelsohn Plays Santa Claus in Anacostia

On Tuesday, December 14th, “Top Chef” Season 4 contestant and current All-Star Spike Mendelsohn played Saint Nick.

What Sport Makes The Best Movies?

What Sport Makes The Best Movies?

A recent preview of the new Marky Mark film The Fighter provoked a discussion among many of my friends that generated the question, "What is the best kind of sports film?" Many people have ranked sports movies over the years, and have done so in various ways: some by the individual sport, some lump all sports together, and some by sports movies starring Kevin Costner. I am a fan of both sports and movies and am therefore, by the transitive property, a fan of sport movies. To paraphrase Crash Davis:

Almost One Year Since Opening Big Chair Coffee Shop Benefitting Community, Battling Recession

Almost One Year Since Opening Big Chair Coffee Shop Benefitting Community, Battling Recession

“Two or three years ago, (Anacostia) was not as we see it right now.  There’s a lot of progress around here,” Bantamlak Yimenu said as he peered out onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue from a corner table in Southeast D.C.'s Big Chair Coffee Shop. “There’s a lot of big change coming up.”

Almost a year ago now, Yimenu and his sister kicked off that change when they opened Big Chair, the first true sit-down coffee shop East of the Anacostia River.

“There are a number of people who live in this neighborhood who want gourmet coffee, (and a) gourmet coffee shop,” Yimenu said.  “Instead of going across the River to get that kind of place, we’ve brought it here.”

Heather Swann is crowned MISS DC USA

Heather Swann is crowned MISS DC USA

When  Miss DC USA pageant director, Althea Smith asked me to be the last female judge for the Miss DC competition, I was ecstatic and of course said "YES".  I hadn't ever done anything like this before and the experience was a ton of fun.  The most suprising part of the competition was how much love and support the girls gave each other. Even though it was a competition, the sisterhood they belong to makes it more like a family than a contest.
 

Thousands to Gather for Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

October 8, thousands of women and men will embark on a three-day, 60-mile journey to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.

The 2010 Susan G. Komen Washington D.C. 3-Day for the Cure will begin at Washington Nationals Stadium and travel 60 miles through the Washington D.C. area, concluding at the Washington Monument. The Washington D.C. community will provide encouragement by attending the Opening and Closing Ceremony and supporting walkers at official Cheering Stations along the route.

More information on these locations can be found at The3Day.org.

Annual Ward 8 Walkaton Against Domestic Violence

On Saturday, October 9, the Ward 8 Council Against Domestic Violence will host their annual walkathon.

The walk is 4 kilometers, and will kick off from 1901 Mississippi Avenue in Southeast.

Registration begins at 9:00 A.M. and the walk will commence at 10:00 A.M..

The cost of participation are as follows:

  • Ages 0 to 12: Free
  • Ages 13 to 21: $5
  • Ages 21 and over: $10
  • Businesses/Churches/Organizations: $50

The walk will take place rain or shine.  For more information, contact Sandra Seegars at 202-561-6616 or send an e-mail to beasurvivortoday@aol.com.

A portion of all proceeds will go to the William Kellibrew Foundation.