A Poem for Sunday: "Where the Sidewalk Ends"

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"Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.
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March is Women's History Month

Jeanette Rankin could not vote, but she could be a member of Congress. Two years before the 19th Amendment, she was sworn in as a member of the 65th Congress.

SUNDAY MORNING INSPIRATION

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Science may eventually explain the world of How. The ultimate world of Why may remain for contemplation, philosophy, religion.—Liberty Hyde Bailey

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TODAY IN BLACK HISTORY: Michael Jordan at 50: Still the Greatest

February 17, 1963 Michael Jeffrey “Air” Jordan, hall of fame basketball player, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Maybe it’s fitting that Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday happens to fall on the NBA’s All-Star Sunday, because he is still the ultimate measure of basketball  greatness.

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TODAY IN BLACK HISTORY: William Sanders Scarborough born February 16, 1852

 February 16, 1852 William Sanders Scarborough, generally believed to be the first African American classical scholar, was born enslaved in Macon, Georgia. Despite prohibitions against educating enslaved black children, Scarborough learned to read and write by the age of ten. He earned his bachelor’s degree with honors in classics in 1875 and his Master of Arts degree from Oberlin College.

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TODAY IN BLACK HISTORY: February 15, 1965, Nat King Cole dies of cancer

Celebrated pianist, singer and television host Nat King Cole dies from lung cancer at 45-years-old. Cole, who first rose to stardom as a jazz pianist, churned out numerous hits, including “Nature Boy," “Mona Lisa," and “Unforgettable.”

Since his death, Cole’s music has endured. His rendition of “The Christmas Song" has become a holiday classic and many of his other signature songs are frequently selected for film and television soundtracks.

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Death by Chocolate: Expresso Martini Cupcakes

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Get ready to be tempted by yummy delicious chocolate throughout the day

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Rich chocolate cake and coffee liqueur, tangy cream cheese frosting with the bits of chocolate covered espresso beans by  Tasty Tipsy Cakes.

TODAY IN BLACK HISTORY: February 14 Adopted Birthday of Frederick Douglass

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The son of a slave woman and an unknown white man, “Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey" is believed to have been born in February of 1818 on Maryland’s eastern shore.  As he noted on the opening page of his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself,  "I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it."  He chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14.

A slave for much of his young life, he formally changed his name to Frederick Douglass when he escaped to New York in 1838.

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ANIMAL WEDNESDAY: Banana Joe wins Best in Show

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A tiny, black Affenpinscher named Banana Joe won the coveted Best in Show award at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, beating out more than 2,700 others for a title that guarantees canine fame, great dating and mating opportunities, and a chance to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange. 

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