Family & Home


Counseling Corner: Don’t let summer just happen

Most of us, from young children to senior citizens, look forward to the opportunities of summer. While we may complain some days about the heat and humidity, the warmer weather and slower pace offers a chance to relax, to take ...

Sankofa Garden Homes: Seeds of Liberty

I wrote the above poem in 2004. It was written at a time when few individuals were aware of the original meaning of the Statue of Liberty.

Counseling Corner: Motivating your children to do more

Children can be amazing. They develop new cell phone apps, set athletic records, volunteer with the elderly and perform lots of good deeds. Unfortunately, much of the time it seems these are someone else’s children.

Despite dreams of prosperity, many African Americans not financially ready to retire

The nation’s leading public interest group providing seniors and others with information that empowers them to choose how they live, AARP, regularly publishes a retirement calculator that individuals and families can use to provide a personalized snapshot of what their ...

Add ‘Joy’ to spring cleaning

While spring cleaning can be crucial in keeping your home in tip-top shape, especially for DIYers who find inspiration in the bright season for new home decor projects, the annual ritual can also feel overwhelming.

Counseling Corner: Making sports a healthy part of a child’s life

We live in a society that places a great deal of emphasis on sports. We see professional athletes paid astronomical salaries and find the broadcast airways filled with almost endless coverage of all types of sporting events.

Counseling Corner: Are all counseling therapies the same?

All of us have days when things don’t go well. Usually, such days simply pass, or we talk to a friend or spouse, discuss our problems, and get some advice on what we might do.

Five smart tips to manage money responsibly

There’s more to managing your money than paying your bills and successfully avoiding overdraft charges, although those are definitely steps in the right direction. Effectively managing your money takes time and planning, but the payoff may be a stronger financial ...

Create a sweet Easter treat

This Easter, satisfy guests of all ages with festive cupcakes modeled after the Easter bunny. For more Easter recipes, visit http://www.culinary.net.

Counseling Corner: Yes, you can age gracefully

As we age, things change. Some of those changes are obvious in the mirror, while others become evident when a flight of stairs leaves us out of breath, or when we can’t remember the name of that cousin in Omaha.

Sankofa Garden Homes: Collard greens flowers in bloom!

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” – Gerard De Nerval

Counseling Corner: Learning to let your children make mistakes

What parent doesn’t want to protect their children, to see them safe, healthy and happy? Such concerns are part of our DNA, inherited from our cave-dwelling ancestors and their dangerous world. While today’s children don’t need protection from saber-toothed tigers, ...

Sankofa Garden Homes: Grandparents, grandchildren and gardens

One of the many fond memories I have of growing up is living with my maternal great-grandparents and grandparents. My parents were teachers and my oldest sister and I spent much of the first five years of our lives growing ...

Better, healthier baking with chocolate

Olive oil is a flavorful and versatile cooking oil that is often trusted in popular cooking methods such as sautéing, stir-frying, dressing, marinating and grilling. It can also be great when it comes to baking.

Counseling Corner: Are you ready to help a friend?

Humans beings are just naturally social creatures, some of us more so than others. Most of us enjoy our interactions with others, sharing thoughts and happenings and learning from our friends.