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LIFESTYLE
It pays to seek wisdom and ask good questions
problem to a doctor and her adult make an appointment with your
children, it was too late. With early physician. Write out questions in
detection her glaucoma could have advance, so you don’t forget.
Style on been treated and her eyesight Studies show early detection and
saved, but she did not know and treatment of medical issues,
a dime worse, she did not make her provide the best opportunity for
difficulties known to others so that optimal recovery. Also, to stay in
she could gain an understanding of tip top shape, don’t neglect your
her condition. By the time she was annual examinations.
completely blind, my witty and
By Marcia Humphrey feisty Grandma continued to 2. Ask Your Boss/Mentor-
demand that her eyeglasses be Instead of being frustrated at work
What you don’t know can’t hurt placed in her hand so that she could after not getting the promotion-
you, right? Not!! Actually what wear them. She felt that everyone when you were clearly most
you don’t know can deal a did not need to know that she was qualified- go to your manager or
devastating blow to your health, blind. trusted mentor and ask for
career, and finances. In the Bible In many ways Grandma was in feedback. Ask a question like,
there is an insightful scripture denial of her situation. Instead of “What specific things will make
which basically says: Wisdom is acknowledging the fact that her me a strong candidate for the next
the principal thing, so seek wisdom sight was slowly failing, and advancement opportunity?
and get understanding Proverbs seeking help, she suffered in
4:7. silence. It did not have to be that 3. Ask Your Family; ask
One of my favorite family way. Are you in need of answers or Yourself -Isn’t it amazing how our
members, Cousin Betty, recently insight regarding a health concern? family and close friends can see
reminded me of how a lack of Are you seeking a job (or a better things in us that we are unable, or
understanding robbed our job)? Are you having relationship unwilling to see? If you are in a www.minority-speak.com
grandmother of her sight. My 93- difficulties? Asking questions, place where you feel stuck, it may
year-old grandma lost her vision to especially the right ones, can be be time to ask for some candid very honest and have a find all the answers to the life. Lastly, ask God to show you
glaucoma several decades ago. one of your most beneficial assets, feedback from one or two honest conversation with yourself and ask, questions that you ask, just how to apply the wisdom. Enjoy!
Prior to that, this very proud, so don’t be shy. people in your life who really love “Am I setting goals and making remember that knowledge is
independent woman struggled to you. You might ask, “What do you positive plans for my life?” “Are power. Read books, listen to CDs Marcia Humphrey is an interior
raise eight children, largely on her 1. Ask Your Doctor-Are you see as my greatest strengths? What my current friends a help or a related to your interests and goals. decorator and home stager who
own. When she first began to struggling with a nagging health do you feel may be my greatest hindrance to my life?” “Do I need Be wise. Gather information. Ask specializes in achieving high style
experience the symptoms of concern that has been bothering opportunity for growth? What more education to fulfill my questions. These principles will at low costs. A native of Michigan,
glaucoma, she kept it to herself. By you for months? Instead of untapped potential do you see in dreams?” place you on a successful path she and her husband, Lonnie, have
the time she finally admitted her torturing yourself with worry, me?” Sometimes you have to get While it’s true that you may not toward fulfilling your purpose in three children.

UROC The event is free and open to the


public and will include building
“The U said, ‘We’re going to walk
with you.’ So we’re seeing programs
calling (612) 626-UROC (8762) Five Hundred Under 5
Center for Early Education and
him to build the next critical phase of
development of the Urban Research
tours, refreshments, an art exhibit by at UROC that help young parents The following programs are Development (CEED) and Outreach/Engagement Center
From 1 Fawzia Kahn and Lynn Fellman, a learn to feed their kids healthy meals affiliated with UROC: Simply Good Eating Programs (UROC) including:
youth choir performance by and that help our young African American & African Studies University of Minnesota Extension Heidi Barajas, associate dean for
placed a priority on discovering CitySongs and brief remarks by entrepreneurs get a solid start. The U Outreach University Northside Partnership engagement and faculty
solutions to the many complex issues University of Minnesota Board of listened to us and the U heard us.” College of Liberal Arts Community Affairs Committee development, College of Education
facing urban communities. Regents Chair Clyde Allen, The event will provide an Broadband Access Project Urban Minnesota Area Health and Human Development, and
Creating a physical presence in university President Robert opportunity for guests to talk with Business and Technology Center (B- Education Center (AHEC) associate professor, Department of
the urban community was the first Bruininks and several community community partners and university Tech Center) Pam Cosby, director Postsecondary Teaching and
major step in this initiative. and government leaders who have faculty and staff about the many Office for Business and Community (612) 624-4541 Learning;
UROC comes online as home to been instrumental in making the research, outreach and education Economic Development (BCED) Urban Youth Development Office Rose Brewer, professor and past
12 university programs that pursue partnership a reality. Jones will host programs in the facility that are Center for Health Equity (Urban 4-H) chairperson of the African-American
research and outreach in partnership the event that includes welcome designed to address key issues such School of Medicine University Extension and African Studies Department,
with individuals and organizations in festivities at 3:30 p.m., followed by a as health and nutrition, education, the Child and Family Center College of Liberal Arts, and
the communities. ribbon-cutting ceremony and short arts, and community and economic CitySongs The project was developed by University Morse-Alumni
“The University of Minnesota is program at 4 p.m. development. These programs are Extension UROC’s founding director, Dr. Irma Distinguished Teaching Professor;
committed to developing strategic, Ora Hokes, a long-time highlighted at Urban Youth Development: (612) McClaurin, Associate Vice President Geoff Maruyama, professor of
sustainable partnerships with urban Northside resident who participated http://www.uroc.umn.edu/programs/ 624-4658; Nutrition Education: for System Academic educational psychology, College of
communities, residents and in all of the early meetings that led to index.html. (612) 624-4820; Family Administration, and tenured Education and Human
governments, leading to positive, UROC’s formation, says UROC is a More information about the Development: (612) 624-4858 professor in the University’s Development, and special assistant
measurable outcomes with fulfillment of the community’s event can be found at FIPSE-UROC Work Groups Anthropology Department. to the senior vice president for
significant impact toward improving vision. “When I look at the end www.uroc.umn.edu. You can RSVP Fund for the Improvement of In March, Jones announced a System Academic Administration.
lives and stimulating economic product-UROC-and think about all at www.uroc.umn.edu/launch or by Postsecondary Education leadership team that will work with
growth,” says university Senior Vice the community requested of the
President Robert Jones. university-it’s all there,” she says.

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