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Thoughts on America, on this day

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Photo by Edewaa Fosterhttp://iipixphotography.com

My oldest son, Middleton, was born on July 4th in Washington DC. A few hours, later fireworks erupted in celebration across our nation—I’d like to think in honor of him.

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Run Your Race Baby Boy

 

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No time to exercise? This is a must read!

Check out this awesome infograph from FatherhoodFitnessFinance.com on how to invest wisely to optimize your health and wellness.


Finding Time to Exercise

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Growing Up Alone – How To Raise Independent and Responsible Children

At the Corner of 3rd and Douglas

Intersection of Life photo by Frantzou Fleurine on Unsplash
Photo by Frantzou Fleurine on Unsplash

I live in the Edgewood neighborhood of Washington, D.C. across the street from a school. When my wife and I bought our house, it was a public school serving a low to moderate-income population that was 95 percent African American, reflecting the neighborhood demographics.

Each morning when I headed to work I’d find a trail of discarded Little Hug juice bottles, honey bun wrappers and empty potato chip bags leading to the school. Weeds sprouted through the cracks in the asphalt on the school grounds and the play structure was tattered and rusty. The schoolyard looked more like a laboratory for tetanus rather than a playground for children. Inside, portable walls, not classrooms, separated the kids who were group two grades at a time (1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th). When I visited the school to inquire about volunteering one morning, I heard several teachers instructing their students at the same time, and a disruption in one classroom affected the others.

The school closed a few years after we moved in and briefly became a hangout for older teens and young adults who smoked weed, drank and played dice.

Eventually, gentrification took over, the school was reopened as a charter school and the building was overhauled.  The playground was upgraded. Sunflowers and a community garden replaced the weeds. Woodchips covered the fissured asphalt. A section of the sidewalk was replaced and white children soon made up about 40 percent of the new student body—although the neighborhood demographics barely changed. Former First Lady and President Obama even came to christen the new facility. Even the litter got an upgrade, with Honest Juice boxes and string-cheese wrappers in the gutter instead of the cheap, corner-store junk-food trash.

Parking is a little harder to find, hey, that’s life in the big city.

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Suite Talk: Laugh and Learn with The Bowtie Comedian Mike Goodwin

The Bowtie Comedian Mike Goodwin fatherhood, marriage, money and more.
Comedian Mike Goodwin – Photo Courtesy of Mike Goodwin
Get ready to laugh and be inspired in this rollicking conversation with The Bowtie Comedian Mike Goodwin as we explore fatherhood and marriage, developing the confidence to believe in yourself, learning from failure, money management and more.

Our conversation with Mike is a must listen if, you are like so many in the Thinking Good community who want to get the most out of your professional pursuits while also giving the most to your personal passions.

Mike has penned two pieces for Thinking Good, Respect The Green Room and How to Kill the Interview, and there will be more to come. But for now, lean-in, lean back and enjoy!

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A Leadership Mantra For Modern Times: “I Failed!”

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Sam Barcroft, Founder and CEO of Barcroft Media – An “Amazing” Storyteller Shares His Story
Executive Coach Matt Cross of Performance Applied – How to Think and Act Like a Leader

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Childhood Memories, Old and New

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“Is My Child Next?” – How raising black kids is affecting our mental health

This article originally appeared on Shondaland

"Is My Child Next?" The anxiety caused by raising children in a climate of escalating racial violence is real and is affecting your mental health.
“Is My Child Next?” The anxiety caused by raising children in a climate of escalating racial violence is real and is affecting your mental health. Photo by Thinking Good.
Feeling afraid is part and parcel of being a new mom. We’ve all laid awake at night pondering irrational questions like, Am I going to break this baby? How can I raise a tiny human when I still don’t have my own life really figured out? But soon after the birth of my now 16-year-old son, I became palpably aware of a different kind of fear, one that was heavy and poisonous at its core: I was now responsible for raising a black child and, in America, that means my kid is always in danger.

Any time that we can remind each other that these reactions are based in reality, that’s healing.

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Consciously Curated: Big Dreams, Pooh, Bullies and Serving Your Country

Consciously Curated is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to keep you thinking good:
A custom black notepad with ideas and fantasy photo
A custom black notepad with ideas and fantasy photo by Elijah O’Donell on Unsplash

Shondaland: Big dreams one line at a time

“The Magic Realism Bot offers its followers the opportunity to follow in these great writers’ footsteps by tweeting out three to six story ideas a day that encourage you to take a break and stretch your imagination. With its strange and thought-provoking prompts, it provides the ultimate daydream fodder for bookworms, fantasists, and writers alike — one tweet at a time.”

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Branding Is Everything – What Your Social Media Says About You

Here’s a excerpt from my panel discussion on branding and social media during the second annual Columbia Career Connect conference. Thinking Good is a proud sponsor of the third annual C3 conference, which will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. Check out this Suite Talk podcast to learn more about the conference and its organizer Khali Gallman.

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How Barcroft Media Became a Global Company – An Interview with CEO & Founder Sam Barcroft

In this excerpt from our interview with Sam Barcroft, Founder and CEO of Barcroft Media, we hear how his business grew from a one-man operation to a global operation with offices on three continents and nearly 100 employes. To listen to our full conversation with Sam, check out this episode of the Suite Talk podcast. Check out Barcroft Media’s amazing content on their recently launched app.

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Childhood: Dancing In Puddles

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