A lesson on being thankful. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Slipping and sliding through the winding roads of life, Nigel stopped and realized that he had more to be thankful for than once thought. He had recently won the community speech contest in his neighborhood. Out of all the contestants in the speech contest his talk on “The Beauty in Nature” took the gold award for Most Inspirational. His story simple and pure was one of struggle and defeat. He never accomplished anything major in his 35 years of life (or so he thought), just a couple of honorable mentions in the newspaper for helping neighbors make the most beautiful lawns. Nigel was a Horticulturist and made beautiful creations out of any type of plant. He lost his father at age 10 and to cope with those empty feelings within, he developed a deep love for nature.

From those small gestures of helping senior citizens cultivate their community lawns during gardening workshops, Nigel had learned (through this award) that he was a living example of inspiration to others. Nigel realized that the little things in life could make a big difference in the lives of others. This Thanksgiving, he was thankful for the life lessons that gardening had taught him, for the time on Earth that he had with his Father and for God’s love for him.

Several Twitter Friends were asked what they were thankful for. Take a look at what they had to say:

@treschic67 to @Chicagoradio I’m most Thankful to GOD ..HE Has Blessed me With a Sound Mind & Body So I Can Share my Blessings, a Loving Family & great Friends

@matthewmilam to @chicagoradio I’m thankful that my sense of humor has not gotten me slapped.

@MsKatrinaLynn to @CHICAGORADIO: Question of the day: What are you thankful for? #Thankful GOD, Fabulous family and friends, working and health!

@CHICAGORADIO I am thankful for God, love, family, friends, health, God’s classical 4 elements of fire, water, earth and Air. #Thankful

@NyreeSupreme (repeating) @CHICAGORADIO I am thankful for God, love, family, friends, health, God’s classical 4 elements of fire, water, earth and Air. #Thankful

@BgKahuna to @CHICAGORADIO: Quest of the day: What are you thankful for?->My family, my health, The musical The Wiz, and people who can spell my name

@SpankBoogie to @CHICAGORADIO: Question of the day: What are you thankful for? knowing God, family, and my house..ohh having 2 bthrms works : )

@ChicagoPhotoSho to @CHICAGORADIO good health, family, friends. I have it all 🙂

What are you most thankful for?

Does The Gender Pay Gap Still Exist?

Clearly so much progress has been made since the days when women were not allowed to wear pants and Bessie Coleman stepped into the cockpit and made history. However, I wondered where we are today in our views on women and pay in the workplace. On Wednesday, my twitter Question Of The Day focused on that very subject. I have only listed responses from some of my followers and not my responses to them. I will add those later. Thank you everyone on Twitter and my blog for the comments and great feedback. Please feel free to post comments to this discussion.

10/22/09 CHICAGORADIO Twitter Question of The Day: Are women still facing a gender pay gap in the workplace?

Per @techwoman the pay exists – that’s just a fact. The q is why-sexism? Women not fighting for raises?

Per @JaeKeys Absolutely!!

Per @ThePUISSANT1I can honesty say that men & women aren’t treated = in any work environment. I find myself fighting daily 4 the position

Per @SoulPurposeOOC Not as much in the tech sector. If a job posts @ 175k that’s what it is 4 whomever gets the job. But there R fewer women vying

Per @SoulPurposeOOC Gr8 discussion! @CHICAGORADIO

Per @
treschic67 @chicagoradio If women as a whole were less Passive(more aggressive) the Gap would Not Be so Great. Hope I don’t offend anyone

Per @treschic67 last point…Successful Women like Oprah, Hilary Clinton, Michelle Obama, are NOT Passive


Per @Annielicious I can’t give an opinion on that, because I don’t live in that world. I will say the job of motherhood is priceless though.

Per @
Annielicious And also a husband @annieburltalk that keeps me very happy. He loves me, I love him and he makes the best Chocolate Martinis !


Per @
Annielicious Life just ended up that way & I wouldn’t change it. Through life’s bs that has been dished I have 2 beautiful kids in the process

Per @
SoulPurposeOOC Wmn R playing in a field designed by the “gd ole boy ntwrk” & must break thru to gt ahead. It’s against the grain

Per @
treschic67 I see no difference between male or female Attorneys. In fact, many female lawyers bill more hrs than male Lawyers

Per @
treschic67 At the same rates or Sometimes MORE.

Per @
treschic67 @chicagoradio I think in a less aggresive Field,Men make more than women (men are more aggressive than women) they ASK 4 more.

Per @Annielicious Most women don’t buy into old roles. We just want the job done right the first time lol


Per @
treschic67 @chicagoradio I’m an Attorney & women make up a large proportion of Attorneys at Larger Firms. Law is no longer male dominated


Per @Goodfellas773 Well cuz all of the old heads are still in power with there old ways, hell I don’t know lol??

Per @
SoulPurposeOOC Similarly, some wmn leave jobs altogether & start home biz for that same freedom of choice & time

Per @
SoulPurposeOOC Absolutely. Many wmn found that Quality of life was more impt & being hm 4 yr kids paramount

Per @treschic67 <It Depends on Your Profession

Per @Goodfellas773 YES! in middle America about the same but in Corp.America, its still a big gap smh


Per @SoulPurposeOOC Not as much in the tech sector. If a jb posts @ 175k that's what it is 4 whomever gets the job. But there R fewer wmn vying

VIEW THE WORLD THROUGH HAITI’S EYES >>>>> (Text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross. Text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. )

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As I wait, watch, pray, and meditate on Haiti, these feelings that overcome me are those that I know are shared by others. My heart trembles, a sick feeling greets me as I hesitate to click the right arrow button on a scrolling photo viewer on a news page. The questions fly by me as quickly as the passing time, but one question seems to stand out in all the mass hysteria. Why do we look? Why do we look? Three thoughts come to mind; compassion, need for action and education.

With each photo of the tragic earthquake in Haiti this week, a sense that somehow we are all connected drives my feelings. As I breathe air, you breathe air, no matter where we are on the face of the earth. When I cry, tears are released, just like yours. Somewhere else on the planet, people are using those internal cameras (the eyes) to capture a glimpse of life or to record a memory of what is happening around them.

We are driven together by our common thirst for peace, togetherness, love. So when a tragedy like the Haitian Earthquake happens our natural maturity as compassionate people is to feel. We are allowed that. Feeling compassion gives us a chance to do something positive about those feelings. Compassion is the precursor to action.

Now we are positively poised to do something, to take action. History check; when 9/11 happened in 2001 people felt pain and then rolled up their sleeves to do something. When the Tsunami hit Indonesia in 2004, we felt horror in our hearts and started giving. As Hurricane Katrina warnings went out in 2005, people cried out in “disbelief and shock” then started planning relief efforts at a failed government response. Haiti needs us now and there is so much that we can do like text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation or text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Photo Courtesy of the BBC
BBC Photo

The American Red Cross has given us a quick way to help by texting “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation. Wyclef Jean, Haitian born music artist is asking us to text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. People all over are feeling the need, answering the call, reacting and taking action to save lives. That’s just it, we have a thirst to save lives. All of these overwhelming feelings that cause us to take action are born out of our innate desire to live and let live. We will move mountains to save the life of a loved one and really, as quiet as it’s kept, our love for humanity and other life-loving people compels us to stop and help.

Most of all, these events serve as a historical reminder that water, air and space connects us all throughout the universe. This moment in education ultimately brings us closer toward that common cause of Peace. Imagine a world where everyone sought peace. During a tragedy it is not difficult to see that world peace is possible when you look at people mobilized to help from all across the globe. As cameras, blogs, websites and more capture these moments, history will have another chance to teach our children the lessons that prejudices, hate, racism and evil cannot. When that little child is old enough to think on their own, away from an adult who is harming them by teaching division, it is education on“History” and “Herstory” that will describe a world where giving, love and unity helped Haiti earthquake victims and so many others before them. It is education that will call them to join the cause for peace. This child will learn about a choice that we are all granted as human beings, the choice to love or not to love.

Why do we look? Our likeness compels us to know if that other person is going to be okay. Text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation

Why do we look? When one person is pulled from the rubble, our hearts cry out “Thank You God” for the life that is spared. Text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation

Why do we look? We hope that if we found ourselves in the same situation, that others will look and not turn the other way when we need them. Text “Yele” to 501501

Why do we look? We look because we are human and to not look denies us the opportunity to express our God-given rights to feel, to cry, to need, to help.

As peaceful loving people we look, because we love. Love God, Love Self, Love Others, Love Always, Love.

The world through Haiti’s eyes must be extremely painful; I urge you to look, feel, take action and then be educated by our humanity and thirst for life as a human race. Give to Haiti Now. Your heart will be better for it.

Peace. God Bless Haiti and God Bless you.

Text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation.

Text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Safety Tips For Taking Children For Treats Today

BatmanJust as the people of Gotham City were preparing to take to the streets and engage in some treats for their little munchkins, Batman swooped down from the sky and stood majestically atop a tall building and announced in that strong, not so loud voice of his “I BATMAN COMMAND YOU TO PLAY IT SAFE TODAY. THESE ARE MY TOP 5 TIPS FOR TODAY!”

Top 5 Safety Tips if you are going to take your child out to get treats today:

BAT TIP 1: Go up the stairs with them. Children should not be ringing the bell and facing whoever lives on the other side of the door alone.

BAT TIP 2: Don’t go to unfamiliar areas. Today is not a day to start exploring. Your children are getting food put in their bags that will go in their mouths.

BAT TIP 3: Don’t allow people to touch your children or shake their hands. You don’t know them or where their hands have been.

BAT TIP 4: When in doubt throw it out [Even if that means the whole bag].

BAT TIP 5: Have a safety bag of treats in the trunk and make the switch. Your children will never know it.

I interviewed the people of Gotham City Tweeters and here are a couple more tips they offered:

BAT TIP 6 from @360BEYOND Before the candy is eaten, take it home and throw out any candy that is not sealed (like snickers). If you can unwrap it, throw it out.

BAT TIP 7 from @Goodfellas773 Go to your city Zipcode Directory and which ever zipcode has the highest property tax thats where u go trick or treating (and follow all of the tips above there too.) #fact

Batman_5Look the bottom line is that we are living during uncertain times. You can never be too safe. Everyone, no matter what you do today, play it safe. Gotham City adults that goes for you too. If you must drink, don’t drink alone. Don’t put your drink down, walk away and come back for it. Don’t, Don’t drive in my city drunk or else you will have to answer to the law. Costumes and Alcohol don’t mix, don’t walk away with someone that you don’t know.

In my cool voice, “Well that’s it, I must go stop some crime. Until next time, be careful (echo here) and if you must share treats with me, leave me some Oranges and Pears at Gotham City Bank. That’s where I’ll be heading, I think the Joker is up to no good.”

Nkosi and The Chocolate Maker

Nkosi was a litte boy who loved to tell stories about the life he wanted to lead when he became a man. He loved to watch people as they seemed so busy and important. One day he asked his dad, “Why are people so busy?” His dad replied, “In life there is chocolate to make and somebody has to do it.” The little boy went to his mom and asked, “Why are people so busy mommy?”
She replied, “Some people make the chocolate and some people eat the chocolate. We are trying to own the chocolate and share it.”