MAY (#115)
  • Census Warning
  • Credit Score Warning
  • Energy Rebate Information
  • Changing Your PC Password
  • Biblical Verse
  • Memorable Quote
  • Updates

CENSUS WARNING/REMINDER
If you do not mail in your census form, they are planning to send people to your home as a reminder. However, please be
aware that there are fake census takers visiting and calling people’s homes, so please be careful when opening your door as
well as giving out too much personal information. Additionally, NEVER give out social security number or any other
personal information. Again, do not give out your social security number or any personal information to people claiming to be
a census taker. Please be reminded of this and share this with your elderly family members and friends.
(Submitted by Polly)

CREDIT SCORE WARNING
Even the little things can affect your credit score.
With many Cities and towns struck hard by decreased tax revenue, local governments and libraries increasingly are turning
to collection agencies to track down those who owe unpaid tickets and fines – even the very old ones. If they remain unpaid
and total more than $100.00, they can ding your credit score.
(Source: USAA)

ENERGY REBATES
I received an email from GE about Energy Rebates after I purchased my new freezer. Didn't know if this was info you
could pass on to interested parties, but thought that some might like to know if they have upgraded or purchased new energy
efficient appliances. Rebates could come from federal, state and your local utility company. Just something I thought I would
pass on.
Thanks for passing this on!
(Submitted by Polly)

CHANGING YOUR PC PASSWORD
Because of the recent outbreak of victims having their computer hacked by people they know, I thought it best to include
information that might help protect yourself and/or if you just wanted to know how to change your PC password.
This is the page from the Help Files. I figured it could explain it in plain English.
To get back to this page, go to Start--> Help and Support. Up in the top left corner in the Search box, type in 'change
password' and it'll bring up this link.
To change your password:
  1. Open User Accounts in Control Panel.
  2. Pick an account to change, click your account.
  3. Click Change my password.
  4. Type your current password in "Type your current password".
  5. Type your new password in "Type a new password" and Type the new password again to confirm.
  6. You can type a word or phrase to use as a memory aid for the new password in Type a word or phrase to use as a
    password hint.
  7. Click Change Password.
Notes:
* To open User Accounts, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click User Accounts.
* Password security largely depends on creating strong passwords and helping to protect them. For more information, click
Related Topics.

SPIRITUAL VERSE
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is
patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not
easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always
protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1st Corinthians 13:3-7 (New International Version)

MEMORABLE QUOTE
Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words
become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits
positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.

SUMMARY/UPDATES
  • Additional bizarre celebrations & holidays in May is posted HERE
  • Celebrating 365 Days of Black history - is posted HERE
  • Video Diaries is posted HERE
  • Love Lyn Gourmet Bath & Body is posted HERE
  • Bible Stuff is posted HERE
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JANUARY 2010
  • Financial Tip
  • The U.S. Census Is Hiring
  • Safety & Healthy Tips
  • The 50 Million Pound Challenge
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Puffing Is Illegal In Denver
  • Verse Of The Month
  • January Quote
  • Reminders

FINANCIAL TIP
Even in these difficult times of unemployment, try to be paid what you are worth and at all times, spend less than what you
earn.

CENSUS JOBS
To apply, call toll-free at 1-866-861-2010
All you need to do is…
  1. Pass a 30-minute basic skill test (Census practice test can be found HERE)
  2. Complete an application and I-9 form (The I-9 requires two forms of identification – ex: State photo ID, birth
    certificate, social security card, alien registration card or passport.)

TWELVE SAFETY & HEALTHY TIPS
Source: CDC – Family Health (www.cdc.gov)
  1. Wash hands to be safe and healthy. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid
    getting sick and spreading germs to others.
  2. Bundle up for warmth. Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults.
  3. Manage stress. Keep a check on over-commitment and over-spending. Balance work, home, and play.
  4. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let someone else drink and drive. Wear a seat belt every time
    you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
  5. Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and breathing other people's smoke.
  6. Fasten belts while driving. Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
  7. Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to his/her height,
    weight, and age.
  8. Get exams and screenings. Ask your healthcare provider what tests you should get based on your age, lifestyle,
    medical history, and family health history.
  9. Get your vaccinations. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives.
  10. Monitor the children. Children are at high risk for injuries that can lead to death or disability. Keep a watchful eye on
    your kids when they’re eating and playing.
  11. Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months. Keep candles away from children, pets,
    walkways, trees, and curtains. Never leave fireplaces, stoves, or candles unattended.
  12. Prepare dinner safely. As you prepare meals, keep you and your family safe from food-related illness. Wash hands
    and surfaces often.

THE 50 MILLION POUND CHALLENGE
I have not tried this but have heard this helps. Check it out and let us know if it works for you.
The 50 Million lb. Challenge

DISTRICT 11 NEEDS BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS
Many families in District 11 are requesting volunteer Big Brothers and Big Sister. Do you have a couple of hours a few
times a month to have fun with a child? Contact Big Brothers/Big Sisters at 303-433-6002 or send an email to
bbs@biglittlecolordao.org
Make a Big impact in your life as well as a child - become a Big Brother or Sister.

PUFFING
A "puffer" is a person who leaves their car running unattended to warm up in the cold weather.  Denver Police say:
  • Cars are prime targets for thieves and last year hundreds of people had their vehicles stolen while they were left
    running unattended
  • Even if you lock your doors while it's running, it can still be easily stolen
  • You can also be issued a ticket if you are caught "puffing."

JANUARY SPIRITUAL VERSES
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new.
--2nd Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

Born Again to a Living Hope
(3)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born
again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
(4) to an inheritance that is imperishable,
undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
(5) who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time.
(6) In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been
grieved by various trials,
(7) so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is
tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
(8) Though you have
not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible
and filled with glory,
(9) obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
--1st Peter 1:3-9
(English Standard Version)

MEMORABLE QUOTE
Love yourself so you can be loved… I do not want someone to live with, I want someone I cant live without.

REMINDERS
AIDS Testing
This Years' Theme: Human Rights and Access to Treatment
No matter what day it is, GET TESTED! It’s not just for your own safety, but for your family and love ones. It doesn’t
matter if you’re married or he/she is your only mate, GET TESTED! If you don’t have it, it doesn’t hurt to know, but will
certainly hurt if you have it and do not know. GET TESTED!!!
FACTS:
  • In 2008, 33.4 million people were living with AIDS
  • 56,000 new infections occur every year
  • Although treatment has greatly improved, there is no cure for AIDS
  • If you’re sexually active, doctors suggest getting tested every 6 months
  • ONE every 5th person has AIDS but do not know it
Yes, some of the facts are believable but whether you believe them or not is not important, but is VERY important to get
tested!
HELPFUL LINKS:

MAMMOGRAMS
Get tested as directed by your doctor. Talk to your doctor and get the facts also, read the recommendations from the
National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.

CLEANLINESS IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Stopping the chances of the flu starts with you. While at home as well as at work, you should wash your hands several times
a day - even if you feel that they are not dirty. Make sure you wash them more than just once while you’re at the sink and
make sure you wash between your fingers and under your fingernails with warm water and lots of soap. If you’re not able
to wash with warm water and soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are as good as soap and water to clean your hands -
unless they are visibly dirty. Make sure you really rub the sanitizer all over your hands and be sure to use a sanitizer that
contains 60-90% alcohol base.

YOUR FINANCES
Remember that there is not any magic to improving your credit. NONE! If you need help with your finances or just quick
helpful financial tips, visit one or all of the following websites:
Tip from feed the Pig.org: Do not use an ATM that is not owned by your bank
For those that are facing foreclosure, call 1-888-995-4673
Take the information and pass it on to someone you know who might need help.

FINANCIAL TIP
Pass it on!
Pay yourself first! If you wait until you have met all of your other financial obligations before seeing what’s left over for
savings, chances are, you will never have a healthy savings account or investments.
Again, pass it on. Sharing knowledge is similar to sharing the wealth!

GIFT-GIVING IDEAS
Great gift giving ideas for her, him and/or the kids, begins with Love, Lyn Gourmet Bath & Body Products.

KEEPING SAFE THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON
During the Holiday Season many of us are very generous and trusting. This holiday season and at all other times, be
watchful of the following:
  • Naming a Star - What better gift could you give than a star? Various companies claim you can name a star for
    between $20 and $150. These companies will send you a certificate with the name and location of "your star"
    promising that its name will be in a star registry. The problem is that stars are only named by the International
    Astronomical Union. Anyone else who claims to be able to name them is telling you a tale. Like true love and many
    of the other best things in life, the beauty of the night sky is not for sale, but it is free for all to enjoy.
  • Spam Solicitations - Never purchase anything from an unsolicited e-mail. No matter how good a deal you think you
    are getting, it is not worth the risk of losing your money or giving any of your information to a possible scammer.
    Also, by responding to these e-mails you are proclaiming yourself as easily fooled and a great target for any number
    of Internet scams, such as identity theft. Spam scams have become so prevalent that they are virtually
    indistinguishable from legitimate advertisers, and there are legitimate advertisers out there. But, as this is the current
    reality, don't take the risk.
  • Online Auction Scams - ‘Buyer beware’ takes on a more crucial meaning when applied to online auctions. The fact
    is that you are dealing with someone who could disappear at any time. Bid wisely and pay for items using your credit
    card, better yet a company such as, PayPal, so you can cancel payment if you don't receive your merchandise, or if
    what you receive is less than you were expecting.

SUPPORT HISTORICAL BLACK COLLEGES
Ford and the Tom Joyner Morning Show have teamed up to support HBCU’s. You can help them raise money by simply
walking into any Ford car dealership and test-driving any of their cars. Yes, that’s all you have to do is test-drive a Ford
vehicle and both Ford and the TJMS will donate to a HBCU of your choice. Now, don’t worry, you don’t have to buy
anything but certainly will have to deal with the car salesman trying to sale you a car, but you don’t have to buy anything.
Just test-drive the vehicle, and enjoy a nice free ride in a new vehicle while supporting a Historical Black College.
This will continue from now until January 4th and you can only drive once! Click
HERE for more info.
Current TLC Calendar is posted HERE
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2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
Additional Announcements and Other Stuff is posted  HERE
TLC Notices
FEBRUARY 2010
  • Black History Month
  • Black Inventions EVERYONE uses
  • Census Facts: Black [African American] History - February 2010
  • Verse Of The Month
  • February Quote
  • Reminders

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Learn about The Triple Nickels - The very First all Black Parachute Platoon - The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion -
1944 - 1947 during WWII, Erma Henderson - First Black City Council Woman, DeFord Bailey (“Harmonica Wizard”) -
Known as the greatest Harmonica Player of all time.  He had Polio and suffered with paralysis but was the first Black
African American to perform at the Grand Ole Opry or Philip Reid - one of our ancestors responsible for the Statue of
Freedom at the top of the Capitol building.  And then there’s the 1st Black franchise owner, the first Black African
American science fiction writer to receive the prestigious McArthur Foundation Genius Grant for $295,000 or the first Black
to work with concave and flat mirrors and inventor of the scientific tool for NASA and its image delivery system.

BLACK INVENTIONS EVERYONE USES & SOME PEOPLE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO LIVE WITHOUT
  • The Ironing Board was created by Ms. Sarah Boone
  • The Shoe Lasting Machine was created by Mr. Jan E. Matzelinger
  • The Fountain Pen was created by Mr. William Purvis
  • The Type Writing Machine was created by Lee Burridge
  • The Advanced Printing Press was created by W.A. Lovette
  • The Automatic GearShift was created by Mr. Richard Spikes
  • The Supercharge System for Internal Combustion Engines was created by Joseph Gammel
  • Traffic Lights were created by Mr. Garrett A. Morgan
  • The Filament Within a Light Bulb was created by Lewis Howard Lattimer
  • The First Blood Bank was created by Dr. Charles Drew when he invented a way to preserve and store blood
  • The first Open Heart Surgery was performed by Dr. Daniel Hale Williams

BLACK (AFRICAN AMERICAN) HISTORY MONTH - FEBRUARY 2010
To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian
Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the
second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick
Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History
Month. Each year, U.S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month.

BLACK POPULATION
  • 41.1 million Blacks in the U.S.
    As of July 1, 2008, the estimated population of black residents in the United States, including those of more than one
    race. They made up 13.5 percent of the total U.S. population. This figure represents an increase of more than a half-
    million residents from one year earlier.
    Source: Population estimates
    Click Here for More Info
  • 65.7 million Blacks in the U.S.
    The projected black population of the United States (including those of more than one race) for July 1, 2050. On that
    date, according to the projection, blacks would constitute 15 percent of the nation’s total population.
    Source: Population projections
  • 18% of Blacks in these States
    Number of states with an estimated black population on July 1, 2008, of at least 1 million. New York, with 3.5 million,
    led the way. The other 17 states on the list were Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland,
    Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and
    Virginia. Source: Population estimates
  • 38% of Blacks in these States
    Percentage of Mississippi’s population that was black in 2008, highest of any state. Blacks also made up more than a
    quarter of the population in Louisiana in 2008 (32 percent), Georgia (31 percent), Maryland (30 percent), South
    Carolina (29 percent) and Alabama (27 percent). They comprise 56 percent of the population in the District of
    Columbia. Source: Population estimates
  • 67,000 Blacks in these States
    The increase in Georgia’s black population between July 1, 2007, and July 1, 2008, which led all states. Texas
    (64,000), North Carolina (45,000) and Florida (41,000) also recorded large increases.
    Source: Population estimates
  • 24% of Blacks in these States
    Number of states or equivalents in which blacks were the largest minority group in 2008. These included Alabama,
    Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland,
    Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,
    Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. (Note: Minorities are part of a group other than single-race non-
    Hispanic white.)
    Source: Population estimates
  • 1.4 million Blacks in Louisiana
    The number of blacks in Cook County, Ill., as of July 1, 2008, which led the nation’s counties in the number of people
    of this racial category. Orleans Parish, La., had the largest numerical increase in the black population between July 1,
    2007, and July 1, 2008 (16,400).
    Source: Population estimates
  • 30% of Blacks younger than...
    The proportion of the black population younger than 18 as of July 1, 2008. At the other end of the spectrum, 8 percent
    of the black population was 65 and older.
    Source: Population estimates
    Note: Unless otherwise noted, the estimates in this section refer to the population that was either single-race black or
    black in combination with one or more other races.
  • 2.3 million Blacks Serving Our Nation
    Number of single-race black military veterans in the United States in 2008. More military veterans are black than any
    other minority group.
    Source: 2008 American Community Survey
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  • Education: 83%
    Among blacks 25 and older, the proportion who had at least a high school diploma in 2008.
    Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2008
    Click Here for More Info
  • 20% of Blacks with a bachelors degree
    Percentage of blacks 25 and older who had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2008.
    Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2008
    Click Here for More Info
  • 1.4 million Blacks with an advanced degree
    Among blacks 25 and older, the number who had an advanced degree in 2008 (e.g., master’s, doctorate, medical or
    law). In 1998, 857,000 blacks had this level of education.
    Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2008
    Click Here for More Info
  • 2.5 million Black college students
    Number of black college students in fall 2008. This was roughly double the corresponding number from 15 years
    earlier.
    Source: School Enrollment – Social and Economic Characteristics of Students: October 2008
    Click Here for More Info
  • 2.1 million Blacks vote
    The increase in the number of black voters between the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, to 16.1 million. The
    total number of voters rose by 5.4 million, to 131.1 million.
    Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of 2008
    Click Here for More Info
  • 55% Blacks voted in 2008 (ages)
    Turnout rate in the 2008 presidential election for the 18- to 24-year-old citizen black population, an 8 percent increase
    from 2004. Blacks had the highest turnout rate in this age group.
    Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of 2008
    Click Here for More Info
  • 65% Blacks voted in 2008
    Turnout rate among black citizens in the 2008 presidential election, up about 5 percentage points from 2004. Looking
    at voter turnout by race and Hispanic origin, non-Hispanic whites and blacks had the highest turnout levels.
    Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of 2008
    Click Here for More Info
  • $34, 218 Black's Income, Poverty and Health Insurance
    The annual median income of single-race black households in 2008, a decline of 2.8 percent (in 2008 constant dollars)
    from 2007.
    Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2008
    Click Here for More Info
  • 24.7% Blacks living in poverty
    Poverty rate in 2008 for single-race blacks, statistically unchanged from 2007.
    Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2008
    Click Here for More Info
  • 19.1% of Blacks lacking health insurance
    The percentage of single-race blacks lacking health insurance in 2008, not statistically different from 2007.
    Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2008
    Click Here for More Info
  • 63% Families and Children
    Among households with a single-race black householder, the percentage that contained a family. There were 8.5
    million black family households.
    Source: 2008 American Community Survey
    Click Here for More Info
  • 44% Single Race
    Among families with single-race black householders, the percentage that were married couples.
    Source: 2008 American Community Survey
    Click Here for More Info
  • 1.2 million Black grandmothers and grandchildren
    Number of single-race black grandparents who lived with their own grandchildren younger than 18. Of this number,
    50 percent were also responsible for their care.
    Source: 2008 American Community Survey
    Click Here for More Info
  • 46% of Blacks (Home Ownership – the American Dream)
    Nationally, the percentage of households with a householder who was single-race black who lived in owner-occupied
    homes.
    Source: 2008 American Community Survey
    Click Here for More Info
  • 27% (Jobs)
    The percentage of single-race blacks 16 and older who worked in management, professional and related occupations.
    Source: 2008 American Community Survey
    Click Here for More Info
  • $88.6 in revenue for Black businesses
    Revenues for black-owned businesses in 2002. The number of black-owned businesses totaled nearly 1.2 million in
    2002. Black-owned firms accounted for 5 percent of all non-farm businesses in the United States.
  • 129,329 Black businesses
    The number of black-owned firms in New York in 2002, which led all states. New York City alone had 98,080 such
    firms, which led all cities.
  • 10,716 Black owned businesses
  • The number of black-owned firms operating in 2002 with receipts of $1 million or more. These firms accounted for 1
    percent of the total number of black-owned firms in 2002 and 55 percent of their total receipts, or $49 billion.
  • 969 Black owned businesses
  • The number of black-owned firms with 100 or more employees in 2002. Firms of this size accounted for 24 percent
    of the total revenue for black-owned employer firms in 2002, or $16 billion.
Note: The 2007 Preliminary Estimates of Business Ownership by Gender, Ethnicity, and Race will be available in July 2010
and the more detailed 2007 Black-Owned Businesses report will be published in February 2011.
***Editor’s note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability
and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to
accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public
Information Office: telephone:
301-763-3030; fax: 301-763-3762; or
send an e-mail.

BIBLICAL QUOTE
Then said Jesus, ”Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do...”
--Luke 23:34

MEMORABLE QUOTE
“I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my
religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.”
Muhammad Ali The Greatest (1975)

REMINDERS
Census Jobs
To apply, call toll-free at 1-866-861-2010
All you need to do is…
  1. Pass a 30-minute basic skill test (Census practice test can be found HERE   
  2. Complete an application and I-9 form (The I-9 requires two forms of identification – ex: State photo ID, birth
    certificate, social security card, alien registration card or passport.)

FINANCES & FINANCIAL TIPS
Credit Fairy
Feed The Pig.org (tip from feed the Pig.org: Do not use an ATM that is not owned by your bank)
For those that are facing foreclosure, call 1-888-995-4673
Take the information and pass it on to someone you know who might need help.
Pass it on!
Pay yourself first! If you wait until you have met all of your other financial obligations before seeing what’s left over for
savings, chances are, you will never have a healthy savings account or investments.
Again, pass it on. Sharing knowledge is similar to sharing the wealth!
Even in these difficult times of unemployment, try to be paid what you are worth and at all times, spend less than what you
earn

AIDS Testing
Get tested for your own safety.
LINKS:

MAMMOGRAMS
Get tested as directed by your doctor. Talk to your doctor and get the facts also, read the recommendations from the
National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.

GREAT GIFT-GIVING IDEAS
Great gift giving ideas for her, him and/or the kids, begins with Love, Lyn Gourmet Bath & Body Products.

THE 50 MILLION LB. CHALLENGE
I have not tried The 50 Million lb. Challenge but have heard this helps. Check it out and let us know if it works for you.

BIG BROTHERS & BIG SISTERS
Do you have a couple of hours a few times a month to have fun with a child? Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at
303-433-6002 or  
send an email.   
Make a Big impact in your life as well as a child - become a Big Brother or Sister.

PUFFING
A "puffer" is a person who leaves their car running unattended to warm up in the cold weather.  Denver Police say: “Cars
are prime targets for thieves and last year hundreds of people had their vehicles stolen while they were left running
unattended.  Even if you lock your doors while it's running, it can still be easily stolen.  You can also be issued a ticket if you
are caught "puffing."”

CLEANLINESS IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Stopping the chances of the flu starts with you. While at home as well as at work, you should wash your hands several times
a day - even if you feel that they are not dirty. Make sure you wash them more than just once while you’re at the sink and
make sure you wash between your fingers and under your fingernails with warm water and lots of soap. If you’re not able
to wash with warm water and soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are as good as soap and water to clean your hands -
unless they are visibly dirty. Make sure you really rub the sanitizer all over your hands and be sure to use a sanitizer that
contains 60-90% alcohol base.
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March 2010

The original TLC is down and will be back ….i don’t know when.  Anyway, a temporary calendar is posted HERE
  • Updates
  • Tax Preparation Services
  • Black History
  • Verse Of The Month
  • February Quote
  • Reminders

UPDATES
Updates include:

FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES
Denver Asset Building Coalition will hold FREE income tax preparation for individuals and families earning $48,500 or less
at the following locations:
  • King Trimble Center Free Tax Supersite
    2890 Curtis Street, Denver, CO
    Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6PM till 8PM
    Saturdays 9AM till 5PM
  • Wells Fargo Free Tax Supersite
    9000 E. Colfax, Aurora, CO
    Every Saturday thru April 11, 2010 from 9AM until 1PM (No appointment necessary)

BLACK HISTORY DAY
Learn about The Triple Nickels - The very First all Black Parachute Platoon - The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion -
1944 - 1947 during WWII, Erma Henderson - First Black City Council Woman, DeFord Bailey (“Harmonica Wizard”) -
Known as the greatest Harmonica Player of all time.  He had Polio and suffered with paralysis but was the first Black
African American to perform at the Grand Ole Opry or Philip Reid - one of our ancestors responsible for the Statue of
Freedom at the top of the Capitol building.  And then there’s the 1st Black franchise owner, the first Black African
American science fiction writer to receive the prestigious McArthur Foundation Genius Grant for $295,000 or the first Black
to work with concave and flat mirrors and inventor of the scientific tool for NASA and its image delivery system.

BLACK INVENTIONS EVERYONE USES & SOME PEOPLE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO LIVE WITHOUT
  • The Ironing Board was created by Ms. Sarah Boone
  • The Shoe Lasting Machine was created by Mr. Jan E. Matzelinger
  • The Fountain Pen was created by Mr. William Purvis
  • The Type Writing Machine was created by Lee Burridge
  • The Advanced Printing Press was created by W.A. Lovette
  • The Automatic GearShift was created by Mr. Richard Spikes
  • The Supercharge System for Internal Combustion Engines was created by Joseph Gammel
  • Traffic Lights were created by Mr. Garrett A. Morgan
  • The Filament Within a Light Bulb was created by Lewis Howard Lattimer
  • The First Blood Bank was created by Dr. Charles Drew when he invented a way to preserve and store blood
  • The first Open Heart Surgery was performed by Dr. Daniel Hale Williams

BIBLICAL VERSE
Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has
done.
Philippians 4:6

MEMORABLE QUOTE
“You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be
working on a plantation.”
-- Billie Holiday

REMINDERS
Census Jobs
To apply, call toll-free at 1-866-861-2010
All you need to do is…
    1) Pass a 30-minute basic skill test (Census practice test can be found HERE   
    2) Complete an application and I-9 form (The I-9 requires two forms of identification – ex: State photo ID, birth
    certificate, social security card, alien registration card or passport.)

FINANCES & FINANCIAL TIPS
Credit Fairy
Feed The Pig.org (tip from feed the Pig.org: Do not use an ATM that is not owned by your bank)
For those that are facing foreclosure, call 1-888-995-4673
Take the information and pass it on to someone you know who might need help.
Pass it on!
Pay yourself first! If you wait until you have met all of your other financial obligations before seeing what’s left over for
savings, chances are, you will never have a healthy savings account or investments.
Again, pass it on. Sharing knowledge is similar to sharing the wealth!
Even in these difficult times of unemployment, try to be paid what you are worth and at all times, spend less than what you
earn

AIDS Testing
Get tested for your own safety.
LINKS:
World AIDS Day
GreaterThan.org
Black AIDS.org

MAMMOGRAMS
Get tested as directed by your doctor. Talk to your doctor and get the facts also, read the recommendations from the
National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.

GREAT GIFT-GIVING IDEAS
Great gift giving ideas for her, him and/or the kids begins with Love, Lyn Gourmet Bath & Body Products.

BIG BROTHERS & SISTERS
Do you have a couple of hours a few times a month to have fun with a child? Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at
303-433-6002 or
click here to send an email.
Make a Big impact in your life as well as a child - become a Big Brother or Sister.

CLEANLINESS IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Wash your hands all day everyday!  Keep several bottles of hand sanitizers in your car, your desk and purse.
APRIL 2010
All in the Family
Let's Dance!
Click Picture to view Butch's Retirement Party!
FAMILY REUNION
Family Reunion of the late Mary Ann Jones and siblings Matthew Smith, Richard Smith, Daniel
Williams, Bennie Lewis, George Harmon and Joe Harmon.

Dear Family Members,

The families of the late Mary Ann Jones and siblings are planning a family reunion.  This
reunion will be special as we attempt to reconnect with immediate and extended family
members.  This event has the making of being one of the best gatherings we have ever had and
we want you to be part of it.  This letter is a personal invitation for you and your family to join
us.  

The reunion will take place in Demopolis, AL beginning July 30th thru August 1, 2010.  For
many of us, Demopolis and Marengo County - in general - take us back to our roots or our
parent’s roots.

A general outline of events is as follows:
  • Friday, July 30, 2010 – “Get Acquainted”
    Registration
    Family Reconnection
    Family Fun & Music
  • Saturday, July 31,2010 – “Reunion Picnic”
  • Saturday, July 31, 2010 – “Reunion Dinner & Dance” at John Essex High School
  • Sunday, August 1,2010 – “Homecoming Church Services”

With an event of this nature, there is some cost involved however we have tried to keep costs to
a minimum.  All persons over 20 years old, your cost is only $50.00.  To get an accurate count
of those attending, we are requesting that confirmation and all money is paid by May 1,2010.  
(After this date, the cost if $65.00.)

Please make check, cashiers check or money order payable to “Smith Family Reunion” and
forward to
Nathan Smith
6155 Bent Brook Drive
Bessemer, AL 35022.
A follow-up letter will be sent regarding lodging and other local accommodations.

If you have questions regarding this event, please contact the following:
Nathan Smith 205-425-9851
Sims Smith 205-853-6167
Nellie Smith-Adams 334-289-9360

Sincerely Yours,

Nathan Smith II, President
Smith Family Reunion Committee

Sims H. Smith Sr.
Smith Family Reunion Coordinator
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HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS
There’s a new resource page on Michael Bennet’s website called “Help for Homeowners”.
This page provides links to federal and state agencies that can provide assistance to
homeowners struggling with their mortgage, or for people who want to buy a home without
falling prey to predatory lenders.  Click
HERE for more information.
JUNE  2010 (#116)
  • Smith Family Reunion
  • Finance & Foreclosure Information for Homeowners
  • Successful Life Changes
  • Biblical Verse
  • Memorable Quote
CHANGE YOUR LIFE BY DEFINITION
If I ask 100 different people, they will give me 100 different definitions of success. But I define
success as the pursuit of a worthy ideal.”—Napoleon Hill, author of the best-selling book,
Think and Grow Rich.”

That is Napoleon Hill’s definition of success. It may work for you, but just because he is a best-
selling author does not guarantee that it will. Each individual must create his/her own definition
of success in order to be successful. I believe there are four components to defining success
from an individual perspective:
  1. Defining your skills;
  2. Defining your desires;
  3. Weighing the risks;
  4. Weighing the benefits. Let me discuss these components in detail.

Defining Your Skills
In order to achieve success, you must define it based on your skills.
Simply put, your skills are the things that you are capable of doing. It is not practical to say that
you want to be a rocket scientist, if you already know that science and math are your weakest
areas. Look at the subjects you were good at. Are those things solid enough to build a life
around? Are those things strong enough to turn into a career?
You have to take inventory of the things you are capable of doing in order to define your actual
skills. Once you define your skills, you can begin to set your goal for success.

Defining your desires
One of the biggest contributing factors to failure is the failure to discern between skill and desire.
Simply put, your desire refers to your interest in something. Look at the things that most
interested you. Are those things solid enough to make a living from? Look at the extracurricular
activities you were involved in. Are those things strong enough to build a life around? It’s not
too smart to say that you want to be a professional basketball player if you weren’t even good
enough to make the team.
However, if you were good at a musical instrument, perhaps a career in music may make
sense. You have to take a look at the things that you are interested in and define your desires.
Once you define your desires and determine if they can take you to your potential future, you
can begin to set your goals for success.

Weighing the risks
If you know what your skills and desires are, you can make some good choices by weighing the
risks. If you choose to make use of your skills at critical reasoning and debate, perhaps a career
in law is the right career for you. However, if you already know that the field is crowded, then
you are taking a substantial risk by dedicating some considerable time from your life to schooling.
Perhaps your desired career is based on your strong interest in a professional football career.
However, if you already know that you have problems with your knees, then you know that you
are taking a real risk that one injury could end your career before it gets started.

Weighing the benefits
For many people, an inventory of skills and desires will result in a number of choices.
The person, who has aptitude in one area of study, may also have a desire and interest in music
or the arts. At that point, the benefits of each choice must be weighed and whichever offers the
most potential may be the best choice.
“You are not judged on the height you have risen but from the depth which you have climbed.”
—Frederick Douglass, 1881

The passage from Frederick Douglass should be kept in mind when applying the four
components of defining success:
  1. Defining your skills;
  2. Defining your desires;
  3. Weighing the risks; and
  4. Weighing the benefits

Remember when applying these four principles, you must base your own personal success on
how far you have come from where you started, not on how far you are in comparison to others.

Dr. Farrah Gray can be reached via E-mail
SPIRITUAL VERSE
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is
not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in
evil but rejoices with the truth.
I Corinthians 13:4-6
MEMORABLE QUOTE
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other
is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein