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Jacob's Rite of Passage: The trilogy — Young Jacob
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 21:54

Biz Kidz

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Biz Kidz is an excellent tool that not only promotes reading, but also reinforces learning through the Biz Kidz Quiz lessons at the end of each story.

Published in Family Series
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 18:43

Foundational Fundamentals

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The Foundational Fundamentals that undergird all of these efforts are God, family and community. We realized that we attempted to provide information to build up a community, but without the fundamentals, maybe we pulled the cart before the horse, so to speak.

Published in The Elder's Ledger
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 20:58

Consumption & Waste

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Today, let’s talk about CONSUMPTION and WASTE. These fall in line with stewardship and causes us to examine what we do with what we have. The answer isn’t necessarily that we need more money or even more income, but that we better regulate the use of what we already have.

Published in The Elder's Ledger
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 17:28

Each One Teach One

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We have all heard the catch phrase, "Each One Teach One." 

This phrase originated in the United States during slavery, when Africans were denied education, including learning to read. Many, if not most slaves were kept in a state of ignorance about anything beyond their immediate circumstances which were under control of owners, the law makers and the authorities. When a slave learned or was taught to read, it became his duty to teach someone else, spawning the phrase "Each one teach one."

Published in The Elder's Ledger

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This week, I will begin this post with a true story.

In my community, there were two-black owned and operated florists who have gone out of business, who were forced to close their doors. Both of whom I know personally and patronized, and received exceptional service. How can it be that they were not able to sustain? That’s the question I pondered then and even now. 

Published in The Elder's Ledger
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:04

Group Economics: Just What If?

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This week, I would like to further expound on this principle. I pose this question for all to ponder, “Just what if…” 

What if we stretch, expand our thinking around collaboration among churches, organizations and non-profits. What if they came together, joined forces so to speak?” What if we could then improve our purchasing power?

Published in The Elder's Ledger
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:40

The Practice of Group Economics

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What is Group Economics? Group Economics defined, is creating and exchanging resources (e.g., currency, talents, gifts, skills, goods and services) that a group deems valuable amongst another. It is time for the black community to pool our resources in order to produce community wealth. 

Published in The Elder's Ledger
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 17:56

Entrepreneurship Through Publishing

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This week, my daughter, Deneen G. Matthews, Editor-in-chief of DeeClare Publishing, LLC is providing our blog post. She will introduce the concept creative entrepreneurship opportunities through publishing.

Published in The Elder's Ledger

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This blog post again references the need for the support of local businesses, expansion and job creation within our communities. Tell me, what’s the incentive for our young people entering the work force to remain a part of the village? What do they have to invest in? What is there for them to build upon? Are we actually supporting a premise for them to desire to leave and never look back?

Published in The Elder's Ledger
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:21

Group Economics

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While I travel about the city and nearby areas searching for community-based black owned businesses to frequent, I have observed that many, if not most of our local businesses are owned and operated by proprietors who are employed full-time. I understand that for many, the full time job is the consistent flow of resource fueling and funding the business venture. This is not an impossible feat, however, organization and discipline around schedules is very important.

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