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Today I want to acknowledge how very thankful I am. This time last year my life was drastically different and I was preparing for a very different future. What a difference a year makes!!!

As 2011 ended and 2012 began with the biggest heartbreak I have ever experienced, some divine angels conspired to help me create joy in spite of what was happening in my life. Now as this year comes to a close with all the changes, growth, evolving and readjustments it has brought I am still so very thankful.

I am thankful for love … love that continues to inspire, motivate, heal, guide, protect and nurture me. I am so very thankful for my family who grows closer to my heart each day – they truly are the best gift I could ever receive. I am thankful for loving friends who cultivate my world!!! My friends ROCK!!!! My friends who challenge me continually to be my true self, to be better and to do better – I love you! I am thankful for life … health … courage! I am thankful for change! Thankful for prayer … thankful for healing. I am thankful for second … third … forth chances. And I am thankful for the big surprises that life delivers just when I was ready to throw in the towel. Today and everyday I truly am thankful.

 

 

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Our Guest Speaker; Dr. Gerald L. Durley

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Southern Association of Black Peace Corps Volunteers

Dr. Durley will be our guest speaker for the Peace Corps Friends and Family event on Monday, November 26, 2012 sponsored by the Southern Association of Black Peace Corps Volunteers.

Dr. Gerald L. Durley was born in Wichita, Kansas. He grew up in California and graduated from high school in Denver, Colorado. Being endowed with exceptional basketball skills and a deep interest in improving the civil and human rights of African Americans, Dr. Durley chose to leave the west and venture south to Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee.

While earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, playing on a championship basketball team, and serving as student government president, he became very active in the civil rights movement. After graduating, Dr. Durley became one of the first Peace Corp volunteers to enter Nigeria, West Africa. From Africa he ventured to Switzerland where he enrolled in postgraduate studies at…

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Dear John ….

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A few weeks ago in my Health as Social Justice class we had a guest speaker. The information she shared broke my heart … I have included a few snippets of what she shared below.

From the Schapiro Group: Men Who Buy Sex with Adolescent Girls: A Scientific Research Study

  • 12,400 men each month in Georgia pay for sex with a young female, 7,200 of whom end up exploiting an adolescent female
  • With approximately 3 million adult men in Georgia, this study finds that 23% have purchased sex with females, and 20,700 men do so in any given month
  • 9% of men who buy sex with young females

From various other resources used to compile Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

  • Victims of sex trafficking are proportionately younger than other trafficking victims, with 31% of the identified sex trafficking victims being under 18 years old.
  • The estimated cost of child sexual abuse in the US is $23 billion annually
  • Until 2001, the pimping of a minor in Georgia was classified as a misdemeanor payable by a $50 fine

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I Choose You …

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I tend to really, really get into music. Every now and again a song – listened to during a time when I can really relate to the lyrics – will tug at my heart. A few favorites on this very long list include:Before I let You Go by Blackstreet (oldie but goodie), I Deserve by Tank, Brown Skin in India Arie, Ready for Love by the same artist, Halo by Beyonce and Too Shy to Sat by Stevie Wonder. This past weekend I discovered a new favorite. I am including the lyrics here as well … absolutely beautiful!!!

“I Choose You”

You introduce me to life, that I’ve never known
When I’m by your side that’s when I’m feeling home
And my only attempt is to make you smile, I promise
So believe what I say when I say I’m real
Cuz there ain’t no mistake in the way I feel
Baby open your heart and accept this love, I give you

Over the others, over my pride,
Over the falls I have in my life
I choose you
I choose you
I choose you
I choose you
Over the others, over my pride
Cuz you’re the best thing, in my life
I choose you
I choose you
I choose you
I choose you

Said I knew it was right, so I took the chance
Disregarded the challenge of the circumstance
Now your to big a part of me to let you go, I promise
So despite the way that I make mistakes
And despite the direction this love may take
You can always be sure of me just have faith,
Got you, this what is true (?)

Over the others, over my pride,
Over the falls I have in my life
I choose you
I choose you
I choose you
I choose you
Over the others, over my pride
Cuz you’re the best thing, in my life
I choose you
I choose you
I choose you
I choose you

Will You …

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