Daily Archive: July 8, 2011


‘Eye of the Hurricane’

Life is a struggle. From the moment the doctor smacks your behind and you gasp your first breath til the moment you gasp out your last, you have to work hard to get where you live, what you own, how you move and who you move with. As you’ll read in “Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom” by Dr. Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, LLD (with Ken Klonsky), the aftermath of the battle can sometimes lead to a better life for the warrior.


My fiancé is refusing to leave my house!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I met my fiancé when my son was only 10 years old. After we dated for a year, he moved in and brought with him his son. I didn’t like the idea at first, but when in love, you follow your heart and not your mind. His son was older than my son and had a larger body build. He immediately wanted to fight my child. When I brought this to the attention of my fiancé, he said, “They’re just boys.” Recently I asked my fiancé to move and he refused. Gwendolyn, how can I get him and his son out of my house?—Rita



How to invest with confidence

You panic when there’s news of a down market. You assume that your investment portfolio is doing well when there’s news of a thriving economy. You may be one of those people that shy away from investing or you invest ultra conservatively because you’re afraid that you’ll lose all your hard-earned money. You may be one of those people who hired an investment advisor and hope that the advisor is leading you in the right direction. I’m not going to give you a hot stock tip. As a matter of fact, I think that investing in individual stocks is a bad idea for my target readership—hard working, upwardly mobile ordinary people looking to beat debt, save for future goals and retire rich. Instead, I’m going to share some basic fundamentals about investing. In this article you’ll find simple time proven practical information that will help you become a confident investor. This advice will help you save time, money and frustration whether you chose to work with an investment broker or if you chose to go at it alone.


Ladies, it’s not just you! Globally…we’re all stressed

So ladies, I’m sure if you’re like me and any of the women I know personally, you have been running hither and yon to keep all of your hats—home, work, parents, children, finances, and relationships—in the air all at once. And sometimes, you find yourself wondering, “Is it just me? Am I the only one feeling like I’m an exotic juggling act in the three ring circus of life trying to keep all these things balanced?” Well, shout hallelujah and signal the ringmaster to shine the spotlight on you in the center ring because the answer is a resounding No! You are not alone! Nielsen’s latest comprehensive report Women of Tomorrow: a Study of Women around the World confirms women around the globe are feeling pressure like never before and are stressed!


NC State star Charles leaves behind primer in how to handle fame

by Jim LitkeAssociated Press Writer (AP)—He never quite believed it himself. At least that’s what Lorenzo Charles always said—from the second after he flushed one of the most dramatic baskets in the history of the college game all the way to the end of his life. Sadly, that came June 27, when the charter bus that Charles was driving crashed along Interstate 40 in Raleigh, N.C. He was 47. TRAGIC ACCIDENT—This April 4, 1983 photo shows North Carolina State’s Lorenzo Charles (43) dunking the ball to give N.C. State a 54-52 win over high-flying Houston, whose destruction of the field justified the moniker “Phi Slamma Jamma” in the NCAA Championship game in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/File)


NFL retirees file complaint against players, NFL

by Jon KrawcznskiAssociated Press Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—While NFL owners and players appear to be inching toward a resolution of the league’s long lockout, a group of retired players is clamoring to be more involved in the discussions. The group filed a class-action complaint against the owners and current players in federal court July 4, saying they have been excluded from the mediation sessions taking place in an attempt to end the lockout. Named plaintiffs including Hall of Famers Carl Eller, Franco Harris, Marcus Allen and Paul Krause are asking U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson to put a halt to the mediation she ordered and declare that the current players cannot negotiate on behalf of those who are retired. PLAINTIFF—Steelers Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris celebrates after the Steelers’ 24-19 win over the New York Jets in the AFC championship Jan. 23. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)


Ochocinco gets 150-mph ride with Jeff Burton

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP)—Chad Ochocinco turned to NASCAR on June 30 in his ongoing search for thrills away from the football field. Ochocinco was strapped in for the ride as Jeff Burton drove his No. 31 car around Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 30. Burton estimated he reached speeds of 150 to 160 miles per hour with Ochocinco. SEARCHING FOR THRILLS—Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Burton pose for a photo in victory lane after their high-speed laps in Burton’s car at Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 30. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)



Just a tank away, Part 1

This is the time of year when you have that “got to get away” feeling. You don’t want to fly because you’re not up for the pat downs and the limits on your luggage. You don’t want to drive too far but you want to go somewhere and relax. I had heard about Put-in-Bay but I never had the opportunity to visit. Last week I went on a great tour of Lake Erie Shores and Islands. My trip began in Sandusky, Ohio, with a lakeside lunch. I already felt like I was far away from home. After lunch we took a ferry to Kelleys Island. The 20-minute ferry ride was fun and when we got to this quaint place with no movie theater, no mall, no four-lane highway, I was impressed, I couldn’t be in Ohio, but I was.


A ­Lavender Affair

On May 22, Renee Aldrich, founder and director of the Softer Side Seminars, hosted a Lavender Affair at Montage in Point Breeze. The afternoon tea and luncheon was a celebration of the relationship between mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts and sisters. This soiree, where ladies wore beautiful shades of lavender, was a great post-Mother’s Day event. ACTORS AND FRIENDS—Cheryl El-Walker, Terri Bridget and Kim El.