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Any pie à la mode is my kind of pie
7/7/2021 6:20:10 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   Choices are a very important part of our everyday life. I am what I am today because of choices I made yesterday. I would like to blame someone else, but the truth of the matter is, I am what I am because of my choices. I must confess that there are a lot of bad choices I have made throughout my life. I will not name them right here, in fact, I'm trying to forget most of them. It’s a good thing I can’t relive yesterday. However, I have made a few choices that I have made in my life that has been very good. I don't focus on my bad...

Still watching for weasels
7/7/2021 6:05:48 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   Sojourner Truth was a brilliant and formidable enslaved woman and abolitionist, a great orator, and a powerful presence who possessed unbelievable courage and perseverance in standing up for justice as a Black woman. She challenged the racial and gender caste system of slavery by suing for the return of a son sold away from her. She got repeatedly thrown off Washington, D.C. streetcars but kept getting back on until they changed the rules and let her ride. She stood up with fiery eloquence to opponents and threatening...

Millennial Money: Changing the face of the cannabis industry
6/30/2021 7:27:34 PM

Cannabis businesses have transformed from clandestine ventures to glossy lifestyle brands in a matter of years, thanks to an evolving regulatory and business landscape. The majority of states now have some form of legalized cannabis, whether for medical or recreational use. The 2021 U.S. cannabis market is valued at $33 billion , according to an analysis by market research firm Grand View Research. That number is forecast to balloon to $84 billion by 2028. These trends indicate a fertile environment for seeding a new cannabis venture. But while the cannabis world continues to expand,...

For some U.S. Muslims, raw talk on suicide, mental health
6/30/2021 7:12:39 PM

By Mariam Fam   Dr. Rania Awaad was attending a virtual religion program this Ramadan when discussion turned to an unexpected question: Is it religiously acceptable to say a prayer for someone who died by suicide? Suicide is a complex and delicate topic that Awaad, as director of the Muslim Mental Health & Islamic Psychology Lab at Stanford University, knows much about—but one she says isn't discussed nearly enough in U.S. Muslim communities. When it is, she said, it's often poorly understood and shrouded in misconceptions. Awaad and other mental health...

The Child Tax Credit: Here to help
6/30/2021 7:10:47 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   For millions of American families struggling to make ends meet, help is on the way. The Child Tax Credit (CTC) was created in 1997 to help families meet their everyday expenses raising children but often failed to reach the poorest families who needed it most. Happily, that has been changed with the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden. It includes a one-year CTC expansion providing guaranteed income for children in nearly 90 percent of American families beginning July 15th....

But, crazy will be crazy.
6/30/2021 6:57:53 PM

Bump, bump, bump, where’s the scratch? Dr. James L. Snyder Life can get crazy because there are so many crazy people in the world. I know, I’m one. Through the years, I have come to appreciate crazy people. They make life interesting and make me look less crazy than I really am. The interesting thing is that a crazy person shows up in your life when you least expect it. There’s no way you can prepare for these crazy episodes. If only I could wear a camera on my glasses, I could make a fortune. The other day I drove through the McDonald’s drive-through to...

Schools plan for potential of remote learning into the fall
6/24/2021 10:22:34 PM

By Carolyn Thompson   Parents of schoolchildren learning from home shouldn't necessarily count on reclaiming the dining room table any time soon. After seeing two academic years thrown off course by the pandemic, school leaders around the country are planning for the possibility of more distance learning next fall at the start of yet another school year. “We have no illusions that COVID will be eradicated by the time the start of the school year comes up,” said William “Chip” Sudderth III, a spokesperson for Durham, North Carolina schools, whose...

'We know this is real': New clinics aid virus 'long-haulers'
6/24/2021 9:48:02 PM

By Jennifer Peltz   NEW YORK (AP)—COVID-19 came early for Catherine Busa, and it never really left. The 54-year-old New York City school secretary didn't have any underlying health problems when she caught the coronavirus in March, and she recovered at her Queens home. But some symptoms lingered: fatigue she never experienced during years of rising at 5 a.m. for work; pain, especially in her hands and wrists; an altered sense of taste and smell that made food unappealing; and a welling depression. After eights months of suffering, she made her way to Jamaica...

Never too late: Pandemic propels older shoppers online
6/24/2021 9:44:19 PM

NEW YORK (AP)—In November, Paula Mont did something new: The 86-year-old, who hasn't left her New Jersey senior living community in nearly a year, went shopping—online. Mont used an iPad, equipped with a stylus to help her shaky hands, to buy a toy grand piano for her great-granddaughter. She picked it out from more than a dozen versions of the instrument on Amazon. “It is like a wow feeling. I found it!” Mont said. The internet has become a crucial link to the outside world during the pandemic, one that millions of people still don't have access to....

Cries from the Other America
6/24/2021 9:41:01 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   President Biden has just signed the bill making Juneteenth National Independence Day a federal holiday. Juneteenth, which is observed on June 19, marks the date in 1865 when the last Black slaves in Texas finally learned they were free from federal troops arriving in Galveston after the end of the Civil War, more than two and a half years after President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves in the Confederate states. Black families have celebrated this holiday for generations, but in a...