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The Housing Crisis Harming Our Children
12/16/2020 6:53:07 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   Home for the holidays. The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted many Americans’ ability to travel home and visit families over the holidays in the usual ways, but for millions of families it is threatening to do much worse. In September, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an order prohibiting most evictions nationwide for the rest of the year, bringing desperately needed protection to the 30 to 40 million renters at risk of losing their homes during the...

Savvy Senior - How Robotic Pets Can Help Isolated Seniors Avoid Loneliness
12/16/2020 6:52:14 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, I recently read an article about robotic pets being a great substitute for pet-loving seniors who can’t have or take care of a pet any longer. What do you think of this? My mother, who has some dementia, is living in an assisted living facility that doesn’t allow pets. And because of COVID, we haven’t been allowed inside the facility to visit her since March. I’ve been thinking about getting her a robot pet to help cheer her up but would like to know if they are worth buying, and if so, where can I go to find one. Locked Out...

Christmas is more than jingle, jingle
12/16/2020 6:47:58 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   THE PARSONAGE—I have been trying lately to remember my first Christmas. I know my memory isn't perfect, but I thought maybe I could bring up some old memories of my first Christmas. Unfortunately, I couldn't think of a thing about that first Christmas of mine. Of course, it might be that I was only five months old at the time. Still, I tried to remember some of those old Christmases in the past. Down through the years, I have celebrated more Christmases than I want to let on. It's not that I'm old; I just haven't died...

Savvy Senior - Noticing memory problems? What to do next
12/9/2020 4:18:25 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, My mom, who’s 76, has become more forgetful lately and is worried she may be getting Alzheimer’s disease. What resources can you recommend to help us get a handle on this? Oldest Daughter   Dear Oldest, Many seniors worry about memory lapses as they get older, fearing it may be the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease or some other type of dementia. To get some insight on the seriousness of your mom’s problem, here are some key warning signs to be vigilant of and some resources you can turn to for help.    Warning...

World War II vet beats COVID-19, marks 104th birthday
12/9/2020 4:14:52 PM

By Jay Reeves   BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—An Alabama man who spent World War II repairing bomb-damaged trains in France recovered from a fight with COVID-19 in time to mark his 104th birthday on Thursday. Major Wooten was physically drained and a little fuzzy mentally after battling the new coronavirus but appears to be on the mend, said granddaughter Holley Wooten McDonald. “I'm just thankful that they were able to treat him so quickly and we were able to get him tested,” said McDonald, adding: “It's amazing that a 104 year old survived...

It was a shoofly pie moment
12/9/2020 4:13:49 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   During holiday seasons, I enjoy indulging in special food. My favorite during this time of year is the Shoofly Pie. Nothing hits the spot quite like this. Although the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage restricts this kind of culinary activity during the rest of the year, I tried to get a pass for it during the holidays. I don't care what holiday it is, a holiday is a holiday and deserves special food. I don't remember when I had my first shoofly pie, I only focus on my next piece. When I first brought it into the home, my wife asked me what...

Lifting all of our children above the scratch-line
12/9/2020 4:01:57 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   LOHAD, USA—My dear and much beloved preacher teacher friend Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor was a great historically Black college president, Peace Corps leader in Africa, and pastor of the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. He was also a very dear friend and spiritual mentor. He preached a great sermon at the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Haley Farm’s opening as a center for servant leadership development and advocacy for children and others left behind which I share portions of every holy...

Savvy Senior - How to Write an Online Will
12/3/2020 3:53:33 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, Writing a will has never been a high priority to me but this lingering coronavirus crisis has changed my thinking. Can you recommend some good do-it-yourself resources to help me write a simple will? Getting Older   Dear Getting, The coronavirus crisis has changed the way a lot of people look at things, including wills. Currently, fewer than half of American adults have prepared a will. But having a last will and testament is important because it ensures that your money and property will be distributed to the people you want to receive it after your...

It’s all over but the lying
12/3/2020 3:51:01 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   THE PARSONAGE—The one thing I don't like is when somebody deliberately lies to me. Trust me; this has happened quite a few times in my life. Sometimes, by accident, they say something that isn't true; they just got their facts mixed up. Other times, it’s a ploy to deceive me and get something from me. As I often say, if you can’t con me you can’t con anyone. I must say I have become very suspicious when somebody I don’t know promises me something “free.” If you follow through with these...

A litany of Thanksgiving
12/3/2020 3:49:34 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   On this Thanksgiving I share again as I have over the years this beautiful prayer of our great Black theologian Dr. Howard Thurman A Litany of Thanksgiving, which my family reads together each year. This year will be different. For many Americans this is not a season to gather together and celebrate. But as this prayer reminds us, it can still be a time to be thankful for all that has sustained us in the past and brought us this far and for the hope and promise of tomorrow.   Today, I make my Sacrament of...