The Desire for Freedom and Opportunity Lies Within All

By Samantha McKenzie Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this on immigration: “It’s as if we expect border control agents to do what a century of communism could not: defeat the natural market forces of supply and demand… and defeat the natural human desire for freedom and opportunity. You might as well as sit in your beach…

Being Young and Dumb, Brave and Foolish – All in the Same Day

By Samantha McKenzie When I was young my fear of God topped the list, but since my mother was such a formidable force, she came in a close second place. Other than that, I was bold and daring,  and innocent enough to push plenty of envelopes. I wouldn’t describe myself as spoiled. I didn’t have any of…

How to Apply the High Intensity Training Mindset to Work, Goals, Life

By Dawn Onley A lot has been written about the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT), which mixes bursts of high-intensity exercise with periods of low-intensity exercise and rest. The short of it is interval training takes less time than traditional cardio, increases metabolism while building up oxygen capacity, and causes our bodies to…

A Life Without Labels

By Samantha McKenzie “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson We spend a lot of time defining who we are. I’m a Christian. I’m Jewish. I’m a Muslim. I’m a Republican. I’m a Democrat. I’m with Bernie. We separate ourselves…

Keeping the Faith While We Wait

“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.” – Paulo Coelho By Dawn Onley Have you ever prayed for something and then waited for your prayer to be answered? Days and weeks pass by and still no answer, no resolution, nothing. You begin to lose…

We Are Sisters, With No Borders

By Samantha McKenzie (Sources: U.S. Census Bureau 2013-15; The World Bank Data) There are 3.5 billion women in the world. 657 million live in China. Another 600 million live in India. 162 million women live in the United States. Our nation’s capital has the largest female population than any other state. The top five states…

Women Care…About Everything

By Samantha McKenzie Women care. We unapologetically care. We care about almost everything. We care about the health and livelihood of our children and families. We care about our men and their ability to prosper in this dog-eat-dog world. We care about other women, those near and far, and cheer for each other’s success. We…

Marching, Hoping, Fighting for Our Best America

      By Dawn Onley This year, I’m making a conscious decision to put my money, time and resources where my values are.   I’m choosing to more frequently support black-owned businesses and to seek out opportunities to engage with people who are marginalized in society – the homeless, the hungry, and the hopeless. I’m choosing…

Find Your Gift, Then Give it Away

By Samantha McKenzie When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’ Erma Bombeck When I get a gift, I have to open it immediately. Especially if it’s packaged in…

Emulating Dr. King’s Work to Improve the Lives of Others

“If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want them to say…I’d like somebody to mention that day, that Martin…