Black Panther Provides a New Outlook – Wakanda Forever! by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D

Black Panther Provides a New Outlook – Wakanda Forever! by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D

Much has been written about the great commercial success and positive reviews of the movie Black Panther. Director Ryan Coogler and his team have received many well deserved accolades for the film, a riveting story, brilliant acting, breathtaking cinematography, mind blowing action, perfect music and grand imagery. The movie also produced a tidal wave of social and cultural response that began to surge a year before the premier and it is still going. The Black…

Spring Renewal And You by Brenda Thomas Ph.D.

Spring Renewal And You by Brenda Thomas Ph.D.

After a long dreary winter, we look forward to a bright and refreshing spring. Spring is a time of optimism, a time of renewal when people look for ways to refresh their surroundings and uplift their mind and spirit.   It’s a time for new beginnings, which can be scary but they can also bring opportunities. Spring is a time for letting go of the old and making room for the new. When I reflect on…

Youthful Adjustments to Aging Spurts! by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D

Youthful Adjustments to Aging Spurts! by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D

“The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor and style.” Maya Angelou Each stage of life has unique challenges and gifts. Whether we experience the gifts depends on our approach to the challenges. The gist of this critical lesson applicable to all life stages simply said is: You can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can control the way you respond. This is especially true for…

Planning For Transition by Brenda J. Thomas Ph.D.

Planning For Transition by Brenda J. Thomas Ph.D.

We spend our lives planning for the future, sometimes life throws us a curve and we are forced to change the plan. During the early years of our career my husband and I spent our vacations exploring different cities that we felt might be good places for us to make our retirement home. Our goal was to find a place that had a warm climate, preferably a college town with a major league basketball team…

Women Supporting Women by Brenda J. Thomas Ph.D.

Women Supporting Women by Brenda J. Thomas Ph.D.

The Huffington Post and other media have published articles about women not supporting each other.  These women appear to be focused on their individual success but not the success of other women. In turbulent times like these when women’s rights and well-being are in peril in and out of the workplace it is imperative that women remain positive and look for action oriented solutions. Learning to be supportive of each other and to work well…

Respect Yourself by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D.

Respect Yourself by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D.

I cannot get the words of the Staples Singers song Respect Yourself out of my head. It’s been playing on a continuous loop since I participated in the Women’s March on Washington. Specifically, the line “If you don’t respect yourself ain’t nobody gonna give a good cahoot, na na na na, respect yourself”*. That day in Washington, women proudly expressed their dignity and their outrage that anyone try denigrate them or take away their rights….

Tap Into Awe! by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D,

Tap Into Awe! by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D,

Life comes at us hard sometimes. There is so much to wrap our arms around at once it seems to stretch our limits. The responsibilities of performing well at work, nurturing a family, making a home, maintaining good health and being engaged citizens are satisfying and often stressful. We get a double dose of stress this year with the recent elections and now the holidays upon us. It seems we need a double dose of…

Coping With Stress

Coping With Stress

By Brenda J. Thomas Ph.D. Lately I have been focused on tactics to reduce my level of stress. There are many crazy things going on in the world and each day I am confronted with feelings of exasperation and helplessness. Exasperation because the stressful events are often macro or complex issues that require complex solutions. On other occasions the stress inducers are at a more personal or micro level. I have discovered that the quicker…

End of Summer Check-in

End of Summer Check-in

by Maria C. Ramos Ed.D. The truth is we are in the third quarter of the year! Now is probably a good time to check-in with yourself about 2016. Especially, before this summer is totally gone and the fourth quarter push including holidays begins. How is 2016 going for you? How do you want to finish out the year? Pause for a few minutes First jump off the treadmill of life and clear your mind….

Home: Comfort or Concern

Home: Comfort or Concern

By Maria C. Ramos Ed.D Home has been a major character in books I have recently read. It has also been a recurring topic with family and friends. Home is in the headlines such as, Prince’s family coping with no will for his estate. Hopefully, the observations shared here will move you to consider what home is to you, contemplate your experiences of home, initiate discussions with family and make preparations on the home front….