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One Way to Boost Happiness: Connect with Your Past.

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Gretchen and Justice O’Connor a few months prior in NYC

Last weekend, I went to Washington, D.C., to attend the reunion of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s clerks.

This event made me happy for many reasons. I was thrilled to see Justice O’Connor. I loved catching up with many old friends and acquaintances. I enjoyed walking around the halls of the Supreme Court building.

And the entire weekend reminded me of the usefulness of my resolution to Stay connected to my past.

I have a terrible memory of my own past. I can barely remember my childhood. I have few memories from college and law school–though once I got married I got the advantage of being able to consult my husband’s memory. Many of my resolutions–like Keep a one-sentence journal or Keep photos or Take tourist photos of my own life–are aimed at helping me remember my own past.

Because I’m not a lawyer anymore, it’s especially easy for me to lose touch with my lawyer past. My husband and I met in law school–you can see photo highlights here–but he’s not a lawyer anymore, either.  Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that we’re not practicing law any more. Once a lawyer, always a lawyer.

I like being back in that environment, to get to listen to law talk and hang out with lawyer friends. It makes me feel more connected to my past, which makes me feel more rooted, more – coherent.

Whenever I’m trying to decide how to spend my precious time, energy, or money, I ask myself a series of questions. “Will this broaden or deepen my relationships?” “Will this contribute to an atmosphere of growth in my life?” “Is this a way to ‘Be Gretchen?’“  and “Will this help connect me to my past?

How about you? Do you take steps to try to stay connected to your past? Do you worry about losing touch with some part of your past?

I write a lot about the importance of keeping memories strong throughout Happier at Home.

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  • Justice O’Connor is involved in an overwhelming number of activities, one of which is the fabulous program, iCivics, which provides free, innovative materials–like video games–to teach children civics. Check it out!
  • Want more information about Happier at Home? I love all my books equally, but it’s true that my sister says it’s my best book. Here’s a smorgasbord of options:
    — read a sample chapter on the subject of “time”

    — watch the one-minute book trailer, “Ten ways to be happier at home”

    — request the one-page book club discussion guide

    — read the Behind-the-Scenes extra (I had a great time writing this)

3 Videos That Explain the Government Shutdown

Yesterday, after Congress failed to pass a new budget (or a continuing resolution to give them more time to work out a budget), the federal government was shutdown. But what does that mean? It means that government services deemed “non-eseential” were closed until Congress passes a bill to allow them to re-open and some 800,000 government employees are currently not working.

VlogBrother Hank Green (the other VlogBrother is NYT Bestelling author John Green) posted a video yesterday that more clearly explains what it means when your government shuts down, what services are effected, and the deeper root of this problem:

But why is the government shutting done? 

To answer that question we turn to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D)  from Massachusetts. On Monday, September 30, Senator Warren gave a speech on the Senate floor about her disbelief of the current situation. “[The shutdown] is a last gasp of hope for those that can’t deal with the reality of this democracy,” is a quote from Warren’s speech that you have probably seen plastered all over your Facebook pages. Senator Warren drops even more knowledge about the Tea Party contingent of the House of Representatives forcing this shut down as a way to gut the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) in the full version of the speech below:

Wait, this is about Obamacare? Didn’t the Supreme Court already say it was constitutional? 

They did. The Affordable Care Act has been through all the proper steps to become a law – passed by the House and Congress, singed by the President and declared constitutional by the Supreme Court. It has checked off all the verses in that infamous School of Rock video we all had to watch in Civics class. And Obamacare is exempt from the government shutdown so it still went into effect yesterday, October 1, making the entire situation even more infuriatingly pointless.

Sometimes the best thing to do is to make a joke when explaining the reality is too baffling. Jon Stewart may have made the best metaphor possible on Monday night’s “The Daily Show” with a new segment “Rockin’ Shutdown Eve.”

In essence, politicians are playing chicken with the paychecks of almost 1 million government workers at stake. They have suspended vital services to underprivileged children and the elderly to bargain for their ideological ideals rather than by their desire to do what is best for this country, and that is unacceptable.

Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, supporter of the Affordable Care Act or not, we can all agree that politicians need to stop holding America hostage for their own agendas – and that goes for both sides. We the people elected Congress to represent and work for us, and they need to do better. That’s really what you need to know about the government shutdown.

What do you think of the shutdown? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

The 8 Best Outfits From New York City’s Pride Parade

The Supreme Court announced their ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act just in time for two of the biggest Pride events in the country – San Francisco and New York City – both of which took place this past weekend. The NYC event was joined by Edith Windsor, the woman whose lawsuit brought DOMA under the Supreme Court’s gaze and ultimately won the rights of same-sex couples around the country to be officially recognized by the federal government. Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the fun, as well, amidst rainbows, balloons, painted bodies, and colorful signs.

The month of June has been recognized as LGBT Pride Month since the late 1960s, particularly gaining traction in response to the Stonewall riots. These days Pride festivals take place around the world, both to commemorate the LGBT community’s long and ongoing struggle for equal rights and to celebrate the joy that comes from living in accord with our true, uninhibited selves. Politics aside, Pride parades are also perfect opportunities to see some of the most impressive costumes and decorations you’ll ever come across. Thanks to photographer Victor Jeffreys II, we discovered these eight phenomenal Pride outfits – and you’d be hard-pressed to find anything more elaborate!

The winners are:

Did you participate in any Pride events this year? Can you top these outfits?

 

All photos by Victor Jeffreys II

Love is Love: 4 Steps to Overcome Judgment

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 11.47.44 AMA soul is a soul is a soul. Love is love. You are not right, and neither am I. You aren’t wrong either. You are who you are, and I am who I am.

There is no such concept as absolute, right or wrong when it comes to who we choose to love or what color we were born as. We live in a dynamic time and have been gifted with being present to some big social inequality changes…Obama being elected President, DOMA having been nullified, women gaining more and more control over their own bodies. With each progression, there is a fire inside me that ignites. It is one that burns down one more barrier telling me I can’t be who I am. Even though I am not African-American and I am married to a man and if I were to accidentally get pregnant today I would not abort, it symbolizes one step further toward society allowing people to be themselves, to be who they were born to be, to be who their DNA dictates. We can change our character, our hair, our body…but we can’t change who we are at a soul level.

After the fire simmers down a little, melancholia sets in and takes me to a place of sadness that there even needs to be a fight about any of it. I cried today in tears of happiness for my same-sex couple friends, but also in pain for what they have to fight against. What is happening that we need to fight for love? Why can’t we as a developed society support our own families just as much as we support families that look different on the outside than ours but are the same inside? Why can’t we use our life to love our communities, the charities we dedicate to, people in need…instead of bash what we don’t agree with?

It is absolutely a choice whether we live in an angry state or a tolerant state about how other people live their lives. Anger will not change the world. Judgment will get us nowhere, except to grow old, tired and shut down. Holding onto bias-fueled resentment is hurting the person resenting more than anything. Imagine being free of that feeling. Imagine the space that could be created in life if that wasn’t there. The joy. What if you weren’t afraid anymore to let that junk go? What if you decided today was the day to pull back the curtain of insecurity and fear and step through to a life of love and freedom for you and everyone who crosses your path? In theory, it’s that easy.

I was not raised around discrimination of any kind, and it makes my stomach churn to know it is happening. That said, I have been through stages of my life where I judged, where I was stuck in small-mindedness and where I was hard on myself. Judgment is judgment, so here are my humble ideas to help as it really is all one in the same:

1. Look up. Look up to the sky, to the full moon or to the stars if you live somewhere you can see them clearly. Look up and be reminded of how this life is so much bigger than all of us. Look up and be reminded that the stars you are seeing have the same matter in them as lives in each of us. Be reminded of the very real fact that we are all infinitely connected, regardless of what the ego would like to think.

2. Hunt your trigger. We all get triggered by something in life, many things usually. Maybe for you, it is two women walking hand in lovely hand…or a bi-racial couple walks by smooching…or someone of a different race happens to make you mad but you find yourself getting more angry than you might at a person of your own race. Stop. Breathe. Instead of numbing out in your angry pain and going unconscious to it, notice the feeling. Track it, trace it, don’t let that lead get away. That trigger comes from somewhere in your past. The only way to heal is to find out the root and the connection to your life now. This trigger can be overcome if you want to be free of it bad enough.

3. Take your own power back. Usually discrimination comes from family. “I grew up this way,” is not an excuse. While it may be true that you did, it absolutely does not excuse it now. Say you grew up poor…most likely you didn’t want to perpetuate that economic state as you grew into adulthood. Most likely you don’t blame your adulthood financial troubles now on your economic state as a 10 year old. So why would you perpetuate this? Instead of picking and choosing what we blame our childhood on, let’s step into the light childhood can lend to this life, and see it for what it is. Let’s take it back to the now.

4. Be kind to yourself. I have been around enough to know that the people who are hardest on others, are hardest on themselves too. Love for the world starts with a deep, passionate love affair with ourselves. Get the help needed to heal old wounds. Not bandage them, but heal them for good. Life it too short to live in the past. See beauty now. No regrets at the end of this gorgeous life.

 

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

-HHDL

8 Breathtaking Rainbows to Celebrate the Supreme Courts’ Rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA!

Following Tuesday’s controversial ruling on the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court may have won a few hearts back today by overturning California’s Proposition 8 and thus allowing same-sex couples in that state to be legally wed. The ruling doesn’t extend beyond the state’s borders, and other bans on same-sex marriage around the country will remain in tact – for now. But the Court simultaneously struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which until now inhibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by individual states. So if you’re in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage (welcome to the ranks, California!) then your marriage will also be recognized by the federal government. If you’re not, then keep working and rallying your energies because the general tide has shifted, and total equality is where we’re headed.

President Obama called the plaintiffs and lawyers who worked on overturning Prop 8 to congratulate them – a heartening gesture that shows the president truly is on the side of equal rights. In the spirit of equality, here are eight breathtaking rainbows to celebrate the Supreme Courts overturning of Prop 8 and DOMA:

If you’re in a same-sex relationship in California, are you planning on getting hitched? Does the Court’s ruling on Prop 8 impact your decision? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

Will the Supreme Court’s Decision on the Voting Rights Act Undermine Civil Rights?

Screen Shot 2013-06-25 at 2.00.41 PMToday the Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 vote to eliminate Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, one of the most important civil rights laws of the 1960s. The Act essentially delineated the parts of the country that must have their voting laws overseen by the federal government – an attempt to prevent the most racially-discriminatory states from instating voting regulations that would further disenfranchise minority populations.

The 5 votes that won the ruling argued that such singling-out of certain parts of the country was unconstitutional and unnecessary in a greatly changed United States. As reported by Huffington Post, Chief Justice John Roberts refers to “current conditions” as evidence of the now-obsolete nature of the Voting Rights Act:

Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions…

There is no doubt that these improvements are in large part because of the Voting Rights Act. The Act has proved immensely successful at redressing racial discrimination and integrating the voting process.

Thus in the same breath, Roberts calls the Act obsolete, but also admits to its effectiveness at changing policies and attitudes over the years. The question becomes, then, have we come far enough in the pursuit of racial equality that such measures are no longer necessary? Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights leader and former chairman of SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), argues otherwise. In his opinion, the Supreme Court has “put a dagger in the heart of the Voting Rights Act” and undermined the efforts of civil rights activists who helped get it passed.

What are your thoughts on today’s Supreme Court ruling? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Deepak Chopra: How to Build Teamwork When We’re Divided

With the country so divided this week over the Supreme Court’s deliberation on same sex marriage, let’s consider what it takes to build strong, cohesive teams. Despite heightened individualism in the age of computers and iPods, teamwork is critical today, especially as we face mounting global issues. In this episode of “Ask Deepak” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra discusses the key ingredients to building successful teams.

Team building is an essential component of leadership, which Deepak explores at length in his book The Soul of Leadership, as well as in his course on leadership at the Kellogg School of Management. Deepak idenfies three key attributes of strong teams:

1. They have a shared vision

2. They are emotionally bonded.

3. Every member of the team complements the strengths of every other member.

Consider this next time you find yourself building a team to collaborate on a mutual vision, whether it’s for work, leisure, or activism.

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Deepak Chopra: The Supreme Court Dodges a Bullet?

Now that the dust is settling around the Supreme Court’s decision upholding national health care, it’s possible that the justices saved themselves as well as the Affordable Care Act. Before the decision was rendered, the court’s standing with the public had reached a low point.  But more importantly, there is the lingering toxicity of the Bush v. Gore decision, which for millions of people represents five conservative judges stealing a presidential election, just as the Citizens United ruling seems like a ham-fisted way to deliver billions of dollars of super-PAC money to right-wing causes.

The health care decision brought the conservative wing of the court back from the edge. It seemed that Chief Justice Roberts in particular had risen to the bench in sheep’s clothing. In his confirmation hearings he was all affable mildness and repeated his allegiance to the principle of showing respect for past precedents. Roberts then went on to install not just the most highly politicized Supreme Court since the Roosevelt era but one that overturned more lower court rulings, along with past Supreme Court rulings, than any other in history. The constant right-wing complaint that liberal judges legislate from the bench was a stalking horse so that the Roberts court could hand down rulings that consistently favor the police over the rights of defendants, corporations over individuals, and reactionaries over progressives. The appearance of a fixed and stubborn agenda was becoming stronger with every session.

The health care ruling indicated that Roberts may not have been entirely fooling Congress and the public in his confirmation testimony.  The dissent in the case, which included swing voter Justice Kennedy, would have been outrageous if it had carried the day. The dissenters totally denied Congress’s right to pass national health, using arguments about the commerce clause of the Constitution that were blatantly a paper mask for their personal political views. They simply wanted to say no to health care reform, the way that in Roosevelt’s time some hidebound conservative justices wanted to say no to the New Deal and before that no to civil rights.

In particular, one argument delivered by Kennedy is ominous. He and the other dissenters held that the federal government cannot impose its will on private conduct and states’ rights. This is strict constructionism carried to frightening, if not crazy, lengths, because it upholds private conduct that would deny rights to minorities and women, – isn’t racial prejudice and gender bias private conduct? It would allow Southern states to turn their backs on lynching – isn’t that a state’s right?  The Civil War was fought to prove that the federal government is obliged to overrule prejudice, just as the Progressive era proved that corporations cannot willy-nilly abuse workers. The fact that the right wing wants to overturn history is unconscionable. This is part of a bigger agenda by the three ultra-conservative justices, to dismantle any interpretation of the Constitution post 1791, when the Bill of Rights was added to the original document.

Their legal reasoning is a sham, as any informed citizen can easily discover without being a lawyer or Constitutional expert. Why should the Bill of Rights, which made additions to the Constitution (i.e., progressive improvements) be holy writ while later social reforms are considered unconstitutional? Why should the Roberts court permit itself to throw out precedent while claiming that their predecessors were wrong to do the same? Ultimately, every society has a right to change.  It is self-contradictory to deny us this right when America was founded upon the desire of the founding fathers to bring about a revolutionary change in the first place — what else is the Declaration of Independence?

To a citizen observing the twisted logic of the right-wing justices and their obvious social agenda, it is baffling that educated minds like Roberts and Alito could align themselves with cranks like Scalia and Thomas, who have no legal distinction and were chosen strictly to adhere to an ideology. The right likes to rebuff progressivism by calling it, too, an ideology. It isn’t.  To fight for individual rights, free speech, social equality, the protection of minorities, fair taxation and the equitable distribution of income, etc. is a major historical force, now over two hundred years old, upon which all advanced democracies are based. Opposing this trend is reactionary. That held true when the right tried to kill Social Security in the Thirties and Medicare in the Sixties. It is just as true today when they try to kill national health care. Every other advanced country in the world offers affordable medical care to all its citizens. The fact that the right wing opposes such reforms in America is nothing to boast about or mount a crusade over — it’s a moral shame.

 

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Success is a Process

In America, we’re accustomed to instant gratification. We ruthlessly indulge in instant credit, instant meals, microwave ovens, value menus, fast food restaurants, boxed mash potatoes – you get the point. Sometimes in the pursuit of instant wealth, millions of dollars are spend on scratch-off lottery tickets. Despite the bazillion-to-one odds against us, most times we pay for the opportunity to win nothing.

That is how some people treat their lives. If reaching their goals requires an enormous sacrifice on their part, they quit. They choose to accept table scraps like starving dogs under the master’s table. Although they have the unique talent to become great leaders in a chosen field, they choose to settle for less than their utmost potential. They trade mouth watering filet mignon for spam and sparkling champagne for kool-aid.

I make no apologies if the statements above are a bit offensive to some. This is about reality checks of immense proportions. This is about choices. Sometimes, the truth is offensive. It was offensive to me in the early years of my adult life. My life was a train wreck waiting to happen. That was the truth for me until the day I faced reality – I had to change my way of thinking and the choices I made – or die.

Don’t think for one minute that success came instantly for me. Ha! It was a process of discovery, of being truthful with myself, of unlearning bad habits and toxic thinking. I learned to overcome obstacles within my mind thus changing the negative attitudes that sunk me into the mire every time. I had to study and practice to a sickening degree.

I decided to become a web developer during my tenure as a corrections officer in a maximum security prison. I had enough of that dead end job and returned to university. I worked under life and death situations for eight hours a shift and attended classes full time. Mind you, I had to study. So, out the door went precious sleep. Nevertheless, I was able to graduate with honors – 3.67 GPA. That was fourteen years ago. To become a computer wiz, I had to pour over technical manuals the size of the family’s Bible, wreck computers and build them from scratch and lose lots of sleep. Eleven years ago, I was accepted into a Microsoft school. After mind bending testing, I became a Network Engineer. I went on to consult for Fortune 500 companies and now, I own a consulting firm.

You may say that I’m a genius. Hardly, my friends. I was a kid from the streets of Brooklyn, New York at a time when drugs, gangs and all sorts of perversion reigned. I was poor and my life was less than… adequate. (Hey, this is about truth, right? Let’s keep it real.) I had no support or motivation – zero, zilch, nil, nada, kaput. I should have been a drug dealer, a user, be dead or at least, insane.

After moving out on my own, I have lived in the South for eleven years and in the Mid-West for eight years – right smack in the middle of racist America. It’s not as bad as it was in the 60’s and 70’s but racism still exists nonetheless. I’ve been called everything but a child of God. There were people who actively made it a point to try to destroy me. Maybe I should have known better than to legally take on the local leader of the Klan – yeah, that Klan, the KKK. That’s another story for another time.

What’s the secret? Really, there’s no secret. I do have to give credit to God. Without Him, I am nothing. The rest is a matter of tenacity, vision, sacrifice, study and practice – due diligence. Nothing new or earth shattering – just simple choice and process. There were no short cuts and no Mega Millions instant gratification mentality.

If a broke down kid from Brooklyn facing a seemingly hopeless future could do it, you can too.

In fact, I know of many single mothers doing the same. Full-time mothers, providers… and students. They became lawyers, dentists, authors, business owner and leaders. Our most famous Latina, Judge Sonia Maria Sotomayor, was officially sworn in as America’s first Latina Supreme Court Justice.

My personal inspirations are Jesus Christ, Who saved my life and spirit, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, who lead the peaceful march on Washington DC and delivered his famous speech, “I Have a Dream”, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who motivated the English nation through his second speech, "We Shall Never Surrender" during the Battle of France in WW II, Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and first elected governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Muñoz Marín, and Bishop TD Jakes, a solid man of God, leader and motivator.

On the horizon, I see leaders and rising stars of the Latino community stepping up to the plate. Leaders like award winning Latino author, Raul Ramos Y Sanchez, Louis Pagán, co- founder of LATISM, Lancio "Lance" Ríos, motivational speaker and founder of Being Latino and Lori Gama, Latina inspirational author and owner of highly acclaimed and successful DaGama Web Studio. I seriously suggest you get acquainted with them.

How about you? Do you have a vision? A dream? You have what it takes.

We need you.

Success is a Process

In America, we’re accustomed to instant gratification. We ruthlessly indulge in instant credit, instant meals, microwave ovens, value menus, fast food restaurants, boxed mash potatoes – you get the point. Sometimes in the pursuit of instant wealth, millions of dollars are spend on scratch-off lottery tickets. Despite the bazillion-to-one odds against us, most times we pay for the opportunity to win nothing.

That is how some people treat their lives. If reaching their goals requires an enormous sacrifice on their part, they quit. They choose to accept table scraps like starving dogs under the master’s table. Although they have the unique talent to become great leaders in a chosen field, they choose to settle for less than their utmost potential. They trade mouth watering filet mignon for spam and sparkling champagne for kool-aid.

I make no apologies if the statements above are a bit offensive to some. This is about reality checks of immense proportions. This is about choices. Sometimes, the truth is offensive. It was offensive to me in the early years of my adult life. My life was a train wreck waiting to happen. That was the truth for me until the day I faced reality – I had to change my way of thinking and the choices I made – or die.

Don’t think for one minute that success came instantly for me. Ha! It was a process of discovery, of being truthful with myself, of unlearning bad habits and toxic thinking. I learned to overcome obstacles within my mind thus changing the negative attitudes that sunk me into the mire every time. I had to study and practice to a sickening degree.

I decided to become a web developer during my tenure as a corrections officer in a maximum security prison. I had enough of that dead end job and returned to university. I worked under life and death situations for eight hours a shift and attended classes full time. Mind you, I had to study. So, out the door went precious sleep. Nevertheless, I was able to graduate with honors – 3.67 GPA. That was fourteen years ago. To become a computer wiz, I had to pour over technical manuals the size of the family’s Bible, wreck computers and build them from scratch and lose lots of sleep. Eleven years ago, I was accepted into a Microsoft school. After mind bending testing, I became a Network Engineer. I went on to consult for Fortune 500 companies and now, I own a consulting firm.

You may say that I’m a genius. Hardly, my friends. I was a kid from the streets of Brooklyn, New York at a time when drugs, gangs and all sorts of perversion reigned. I was poor and my life was less than… adequate. (Hey, this is about truth, right? Let’s keep it real.) I had no support or motivation – zero, zilch, nil, nada, kaput. I should have been a drug dealer, a user, be dead or at least, insane.

After moving out on my own, I have lived in the South for eleven years and in the Mid-West for eight years – right smack in the middle of racist America. It’s not as bad as it was in the 60’s and 70’s but racism still exists nonetheless. I’ve been called everything but a child of God. There were people who actively made it a point to try to destroy me. Maybe I should have known better than to legally take on the local leader of the Klan – yeah, that Klan, the KKK. That’s another story for another time.

What’s the secret? Really, there’s no secret. I do have to give credit to God. Without Him, I am nothing. The rest is a matter of tenacity, vision, sacrifice, study and practice – due diligence. Nothing new or earth shattering – just simple choice and process. There were no short cuts and no Mega Millions instant gratification mentality.

If a broke down kid from Brooklyn facing a seemingly hopeless future could do it, you can too.

In fact, I know of many single mothers doing the same. Full-time mothers, providers… and students. They became lawyers, dentists, authors, business owner and leaders. Our most famous Latina, Judge Sonia Maria Sotomayor, was officially sworn in as America’s first Latina Supreme Court Justice.

My personal inspirations are Jesus Christ, Who saved my life and spirit, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, who lead the peaceful march on Washington DC and delivered his famous speech, “I Have a Dream”, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who motivated the English nation through his second speech, "We Shall Never Surrender" during the Battle of France in WW II, Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and first elected governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Muñoz Marín, and Bishop TD Jakes, a solid man of God, leader and motivator.

On the horizon, I see leaders and rising stars of the Latino community stepping up to the plate. Leaders like award winning Latino author, Raul Ramos Y Sanchez, Louis Pagán, co- founder of LATISM, Lancio "Lance" Ríos, motivational speaker and founder of Being Latino and Lori Gama, Latina inspirational author and owner of highly acclaimed and successful DaGama Web Studio. I seriously suggest you get acquainted with them.

How about you? Do you have a vision? A dream? You have what it takes.

We need you.

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