Forever Young, EarthAngel

Forever Young, EarthAngel

My Youth Was Spent At Her Feet

I remember as a young girl, constantly being by my grandmother's side.  Actually most of my elders but especially my grandmother.  I'm her first grandchild, born to an unwed teenage mother but loved dearly by her and my grandfather from the very start. I'm from Louisiana so family and community is everything!

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Forever Young, D. Christopher

Forever Young, D. Christopher

Remember The Time: Teenage Love

Tracy, pictured below, is one of the most hardworking, educated, career-orientated, smart and intelligent people I've known in life. She was also my teenage love. Raised in the same neighborhood, we attended high school and one year of college together (I left as a sophomore and enlisted in the military). Together we share a child, my oldest daughter Christina. If anything like her mom she's headed for a good quality of life. The same can be said if she follows in my footsteps, but only after learning the hard way. Some teenagers prefer the hard way, anyhow. 

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Forever Young, C. Black

Forever Young, C. Black

Ahhh Youth…

 

I sat down thinking that this would be a quick and easy topic to drop a few lines for. As I sat brainstorming on how to tackle this theme I thought back to my adolescence. Youth for me was filled with a distinct feeling of not knowing who I was and where exactly I fit in. I was constantly trying to find that comfortable persona that would allow me to freely fit in to the social scene that I wanted to be a part of. Looking back, I remember being impressed by my friends and classmates that seemed to have found their lane. I wished at the time that I could have the confidence in myself that they seemed to have.

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Forever Young, C. Franklin

Forever Young, C. Franklin

FIve Grown Up LessonsThat Developed From My Childhood Memories of Batman

 

Growing up, one of my most enduring memories is of watching Batman in all of his incarnations from the goofy 1960’s version all the way to the darker version in the 1990’s. As a child, I looked up to this character because he seemed more real than other superheroes. He didn’t come from outer space, or have super speed. He was just a regular guy who wanted to do something heroic.

To a skinny kid growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, that was beyond belief!

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Forever Young, A. Price

Forever Young, A. Price

Youth,

Just Like You & I

As a child I oftentimes wanted to live inside my dreams. Most were peaceful and unruffled. I was able to blossom as the crocus in the winter snow. However my dreams were soon awakened by reality at the age of 6 with the death of my father and two uncles. In the blink of an eye the three of them were taken away, leaving me to begin experiencing the harshness of life at an early age. 

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Forever Young, R. Boyd

One of the critiques of the Church is that it falls short of fulfilling a vital role; providing a voice during social unrest. The Church, to a large extent is a reflection of our community and many look for counsel; from the Bible and those called to serve.

Rev. Dr. Reginald Boyd, Jr shares his sermon from Sunday August Twenty Four Two Thousand Fourteen where he provides counsel from the Bible and answers "how shall we be at peace in a time such as this..." 

The message begins on page three, please read and share your thoughts.

"Warning! A War is Coming!"

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Forever Young, N. Wallace

Forever Young, N. Wallace

Youth...

adolescence, formative years, early stages, all reference a period of life that some may look back on as most difficult, to say the least. It could be a time when one is trying to “find him/herself”. We often hear leaders telling young people to “be original, be a game changer, lead don’t follow, set your path and follow it”. Here’s the irony, when they do, they get penalized for it.

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Forever Young, The Intro

Forever Young, The Intro

Youth.

Many of us identify with a period in our youth characterized by a love of exploration and a spontaneous, direct expression that shapes our individual world view.  I've asked a group of dynamic living souls to share their thoughts, stories, memories, prayers, and call to action on the subject of youth. What I believe will be an expansive and altruistic sharing of their home, family, roots, emotions and sense of self-worth will be presented everyday throughout the month of September.

 

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What Happens When Someone Stops “Following” You In Real Life?

“I think back of the few people that were allowed to interface with Brian ( his choice ) … ”

That’s my mother on Mr.TramueL … Did my mama use my government name? It seems even as an adolescent I was guarded with who I allowed into my personal space. I have a very small circle of folk whom I consider friends, although somewhat undemonstrative I am generally loyal and responsible to those I care about.

What happens when they stop e-mailing, texting, calling or  simply stop communicating? If you’re using Twitter, Facebook or any other social-media site when you lose a follower it’s no problem ‘cause they can always be replaced. In real life there are no macros, widgets or tools that email you when someone stops following you, what was said or perhaps done at that particular point in time. If something in my character past or present causes you to stop “following” me I offer you this; judgments can be as unjust as the actions or personal view they condemn.

Don’t worry kids Mr.TramueL is still committed to disarming his armor. I’ll continue to look to the sky and deepen my relationships with my current “followers.” I feel sorry for  lil’ Mr.TramueL  though he is now my official & permanent hang-out partner.

Drops Mic. Pours out a little liquor on stage (for those we lost along the way.) Walks off. Lights match. Throws lit match on poured out liquor. Stage goes up in flames.

Magic Always,