MKE Monday Juice
If you are like me , I have missed sports tremendously since the pandemic took place. Understandably the spread of the virus had dominated the news, and many events have taken a back seat to it or Bene cancelled. Remember the Atonement Lutheran girls team that was 22-0? Well they finished their season with more impressive wins, and accolades. On March 8, they became state champions, capping off a perfect 26-0 season! Some amazing numbers are worth noting such as, 20 of their wins were won by 20 or more points, wining in the single digits only one time. 12 of their wins even won by 40 or more points, Scoring as high as 73 in one match up! The girls have all been playing together since the 4th and 5th grades relying on chemistry, scoring averages from the starters as high as 15.3, and phenomenal coaching. Both the Head Coach and Assistant Coach are former Wisconsin Lutheran College basketball players, Taylor Chiladek (head) Kelli Johnson (assistant). They both agree that the most proud moment for them, Is the fact that all of the 11 students on the team boasted a 3.0 gpa or higher! Congratulations to these girls, as some currently consider high school choices.
2020 is election year and millennials do not seem to be thrilled about it. Granted no one wants to keep Trump in there, by not voting he could easily end up back in office. Yes, this is a major issue but how do we tackle the issue.
Literally every millennial I ask does not seem to be voting this year, for many reasons. Some don’t see the power in voting. Others don’t believe in Sanders or Biden. The promises they claim to make don’t seem genuine. No one really stands out.
While all of these reasons are true, the lack of trust is the biggest factors. Millennials don’t trust the government. We don’t believe they have our best interests. We can’t believe how someone can not get the most votes and still win. As millennials anything attached to the word “government” seems like a red flag.
This of course is a problem and it’s not a small one. Many millennials believe it was governments that began the coronavirus. There literally is no trust. There’s no faith in our president. Hope seems to be gone.
Long term, this is not good. If millennials don’t see the value in voting it will be easy for the wrong people to be selected as officials of the courthouse and Whitehouse. If this happens we can say goodbye to any sense of freedom.
So now is the time to at least try to get educated regarding this matter. Young people need to know what’s really happening and why our vote does matter.
My question to you is how do we approach this? Comment below.
Everyone is freaking out about this Coronavirus and all the happenings related to. Whether it’s a fear of going to work and catching it, kids and loved ones catching it, or someone coughing next to you and catching, the world is extremely frightened by this deadly sickness. According to a recent Johns Hopkins University study that’s keeping a count of known deaths across the world, over 6500 deaths have occurred and over 165,000 people have been infected.
Although it started in China it has made its way to the US—even Milwaukee. Multiple cases are being confirmed daily, casing all public and private schools to close and not resume until April 13th. There’s been hearsay about the entire country potentially being shut down for some time.
Thousands of engagements and major events have temporarily postponed from the NBA to larger church services. In some states stores have closed down or chose to close early do to the epidemic.
There are over 3,400 coronavirus infections in the US, according to a count by CNN Health, and 65 people have died. The US has declared a national emergency.
What does all this chaos really mean? Well, a few things but one thing’s for certain. Though many people aren’t taking the virus seriously, this is the time to PREPARE! Our country is in an “emergency state of mind” as the news calls it and we must proceed with caution before things get worse.
The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Red Cross recommends following common sense steps to help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus.
Here’s some tips from them.
LIMIT THE SPREAD OF GERMS AND PREVENT INFECTION
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; throw used tissues in the trash. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets and countertops.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them – use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Wear a facemask if you are sick. You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
GET YOUR HOUSEHOLD READY
There are things you can do right now to be ready for any emergency, and many of these same tips will help you prepare as the coronavirus situation continues to evolve in the U.S.
Have a supply of food staples and household supplies like laundry detergent and bathroom items, and diapers if you have small children.
Check to make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your prescription medications, and have other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins.
Know how your local public health agency will share information in your community and stay informed.
Learn how your children’s school or daycare, and your workplace will handle a possible outbreak. Create a plan in the event of any closings, event cancellations or postponements.
If you care for older adults or children, plan and prepare for caring for them, should they or you become sick.
Help family members and neighbors get prepared and share the safety messaging with those who may not have access to it.
Let’s constantly stay informed and careful about how we move. Let’s take precautions. Let’s stay prepared. Stock up on food. Stay away from crowds. Let’s stay careful.
How easy is it to become content when we’re unhappy? How easy is it to give up when things get rocky? It’s so easy to pretend like we’re happy when we’re really not. It’s almost like we feel a need to act like everything’s OK when we know it isn’t.
Sometimes when we feel sad or depressed we isolate ourselves from people. Sure, at times it’s because we don’t want others to know the mental/emotional trouble we’re in. But many times we keep our true emotions, feelings, and state of mind to ourselves simply because we don’t want to feel like a burden.
Truthfully speaking, I’ve found myself in this place many times. If I’m feeling down or have an attitude I often times like to stay away from people. For some odd reason I always felt that I shouldn’t complain about life to anyone.
Because of this thinking I began to pile issue upon issue in the back of my mind. I would put everything before how I felt. I’d help others constantly, doing favors or listening to other people’s feelings. I’d try to be a helping hand when in reality I had some major problems that needed attention.
Depression and suicidal thoughts easily sink in when we neglect ourselves. Our true feelings mean a lot, though many times our feelings are lying to us. Do you know the feeling?
Have you ever told yourself you were ugly? Well, that was a lie. You ever told yourself you weren’t enough? That was a lie. You ever felt weak? Granted you may have felt that way, but the fact that you are weak is a complete lie.
I say all that to say, sometimes the problem is that we can’t see these lies as they come. We believe the lying thoughts that infect our mind.
Because of this, it’s important to express how you feel to people you trust—People that take you seriously. When you feel yourself headed to a dark place grab a friend or get some help. Believe or not, your mind is the most powerful tool we were given.
You mind controls everything about you. It controls the decisions you make, your preferences, your whereabouts, who you surround yourself with, and how you treat others.
It’s important to always check in with yourself. Facing your emotions is a difficult task for most but it’s necessary. Emotional intelligence is a true necessity in this lifetime. Knowing when you need to let it out can play a huge roll in your mental health.
So if you’ve been battling within, take control this week. If you need help get help. If you know you’ve been isolating yourself, be around loved ones. If you need professional help, get it. Whatever it takes do it. Make it happen because you matter to people more than you could ever imagine.
Dr Teresa Hairston founded Gospel Heritage In 1994. They are responsible for popular summits such as, I Leap. It takes place every year in February, this time around in South Carolina on the 26th through the 29th.
It is a International and regional summit, with the purpose of bringing an incredible worship experience, and leadership education to current and aspiring leaders. She named Award winning gospel artist Vashawn Mitchell the President of the foundation, and the conference has grown every year. The biggest names in gospel are a part of the educational sessions, giving knowledge according to the track you chose which were worship, artist and others that narrowed down the classes. Power houses like Todd Dulaney, Jekalyn Carr, and many others taught this years classes. As an artist, the biggest part of the conferences is the stage they provide to up and comers, to perform in front of the thousands. My self as well as another artist from the Midwest Lenasia Tyson from Chicago, were chosen to perform at this stage that has open doors already. The connections where limitless, as well as the knowledge gained. I would recommend attending this conference even if you are not an artist, you learn a lot about workshop and leadership among other things. The next conference will take place on Atlanta in 2021, I hope to help bring it to Milwaukee eventually.
Since the horrific tornado hit Nashville, it’s residents haven’t been the same. In the middle of the night on Wednesday, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said about 25 storm-related deaths were confirmed.
The overnight disaster injured scores of people and damaged or destroyed homes, businesses, schools and churches across four counties. Tens of thousands of people and businesses remained without power Wednesday. Many don’t have food to eat. Even with homes being destroyed, people are still living inside.
Putnam County suffered the greatest human toll. At least 18 people died in the county and 88 were injured – two of whom were flown out – in a 2-mile stretch west of Cookeville. Another 3 are still missing.
Since the incident many humanitarians, like Coach Jessica Kern, have come out to show their love and support. Jessica Kern is the Head Coach for Women’s Basketball Team at Tennessee State University. The effects hit home for Kern and she has showed her passion by helping out the cleaning crew, helping provide food and hygiene products.
Coach Kern continues to invite others to help with the mess at hand. She screams, “Nashville we got you!” as she diligently makes herself useful.
Such a tragedy, killing children and adults, damaging hundreds of homes in the middle of the night. Let’s continue to pray and show our love to Nashville. Send food, send water, send hygiene packages, blankets, funds, or whatever you can.