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The passion of service to our troops in a war that’s not over

Pennington Walker_600My job is about passion.

It's a passion to lead. It's a passion to succeed. And it's a passion to give people a little bit better of a day – or even just a moment – amid some of the biggest challenges of their lives.

I'm the manager at USO Kandahar, one of seven remaining USO centers in Afghanistan. Thought that war was over? A lot of other Americans do, too. But we've still got thousands of U.S. troops serving in harm's way every day. And when those men and women need a break, a nap or a place to call home, they come to our center.

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‘Stealing education’ – the aftermath

Kelley Williams_600CHICAGO – When an Ohio judge sentenced Kelley Williams-Bolar to jail for enrolling children in a suburban school district where their grandfather lived sharp words were spoken. "I will make an example out of you," said the judge.

She was right.

Williams-Bolar is an example of a courageous black woman who feared for the safety of her children when her Akron home was burglarized and a mother who wanted her children to have a good education.

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Be self-centered when it comes to setting priorities

Lauren Maillian_Bias_600How to set priorities and what to actually prioritize is more difficult now than ever – we are all trying to keep up with the competing goals and pressures in our lives, all designed to deliver varying types of satisfaction and fulfillment.

During my entrepreneurial career, I have learned that I work and perform at my best when I am the best version of myself, which means that I have learned to prioritize me. Not in a selfish way, but out of pure necessity, I have learned to unapologetically make myself a priority.

I am the best businessperson when I am the person who feels their best. Accomplishing that ranges from me prioritizing the projects and responsibilities in my day-to-day life that will get me the most mileage or breathing room so that I can turn my attention to the next important task on my list, and it sometimes translates into something as pure and simple as making time for yoga or the gym so that I can give myself the well-deserved recovery time that I need to have the endurance to return to my demanding work life.

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The best benefits of barbecue

barbqhealthy 600Warm weather means all kinds of things, including...fire up that grill! And oh, what delicious grilling options there are.

Though barbecue overall has a pretty bad rep, there are actually some very healthy benefits to grilling. But it's all about the choices and the preparation.

First is first...

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New book explores racism and the U.S. Secret Service

Abraham Bolden_600Abraham Bolden Sr., the first African-American Secret Service agent assigned to the White House detail, still finds humor in his life, despite having faced formidable challenges that would have defeated a lesser man.

Bolden served three years in prison after being convicted of giving government documents to a known criminal in exchange for $50,000.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago retaliated against Bolden after he complained to no avail to his Secret Service bosses and later to the public that Secret Service agents failed to protect President John F. Kennedy on the day he was assassinated because some of them considered the President a 'nigger lover' who was changing the country.

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