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SUNrise: cj speaks… Spring is in the air

April 14, 2023

Have you noticed what I have as the newness of the season takes shape, ushering in longer days, with buds appearing on trees? Limbs that were bare are now filled with beautiful flowers and new leaves as spring fills the air.  This is a time of renewal — a time to start fresh in a…

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SUNrise: cj speaks…  Goal digger

March 31, 2023

What exactly is a “goal digger”?  A goal digger is someone who puts their own needs first, and who seeks to accomplish the goals that they have set for themselves every day. The timeframe for the goals that you ‘dig’ into can be set for a day, 30 days or one year, but it is…

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SUNrise: cj speaks… Being present in your life

March 17, 2023

While you are spending time attending the celebrations of others — parties, anniversaries, and family unions — be sure that you are taking time to be present in the life that you walk in each and every day.   I am not saying to not continue to honor others and be there in the need…

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SUNrise: cj speaks…  Our ancestors

March 3, 2023

An ancestor is defined as:  1. one from whom a person is descended and who is usually more remote in the line of descent than a grandparent; and 2. a person related to you who lived a long time ago. As we look back on where we have come from, we can see that God…

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SUNrise: cj speaks… Life:  victories and defeats

February 17, 2023

By cj We live each day hoping and dreaming of victory over trials, tests, bad marriages, or whatever else we need.  Those are the wins that give you peace and joy as you walk through this life every day. As a sistah living in Philadelphia, I witnessed the Eagles getting a third chance to go…

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SUNrise: cj speaks…  Talents and gifts

January 20, 2023

One of my favorite spaces to go to show my talents and gifts in spoken word has called it quits. Relish on Ogontz Avenue, operated by the Bynum brothers, closes its doors on January 22. Relish was my place of “cheer,” where I knew everybody and they knew me, whether we knew each other’s exact…

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SUNrise: cj speaks…  Living in Kwanzaa for 2023

January 6, 2023

Happy New Year 2023!   Now that the holidays of Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Hanukkah have passed us by, it is my wish to continue to live by the principles of Kwanzaa 365 days this year.  The glory of waking up on January 1, 2023, to say hello God, thank you God, I look forward to…

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Play stupid games, win stupid prizes

January 6, 2023

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is finding out the hard way that getting someone elected to office doesn’t guarantee loyalty. Especially if they’re crazy. By Denise Clay-Murray As I write this column on Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s thwarted efforts to become Speaker of the House, the House has adjourned for the night. I…

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