Music has a power all unto itself that can transcend color, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, and other demographic barriers. Music also has the power to calm the savage beast — the beast of our mind, and the beast of pain in our soul and spirit.

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The world — and not just the music world — lost a wonderful musical soul. A legend in her own right, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Her musical repertoire expands decades and covers a span of music that most artists only dream of coming close to.

How old were you when you first recall hearing a song by Aretha Franklin? When was the first time your ears were baptized with the soulful sounds of the Queen of Soul? I know that I was in my mother’s womb when I was introduced to her soulful and powerful voice. I know…that sounds funny. However, it is a known fact that fetuses can indeed hear sound in their mother’s womb. It is a fact that my Mom had not only listened to Ms. Franklin, but also sang her songs, as my mother was a songbird herself. (Somehow, that gift skipped over me! Just a little salty about that since both of my parents could sing. …


“Lifelong and Life-Changing Lessons”

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This is my father. My first love. My first champion and confidante. He never told me what I could be. Instead, he told me what I WOULD be. He told me from an early age, that whatever it was I wanted, I would achieve. No matter what obstacles I faced, I would overcome them all. My father spoke blessings over my life, and that of my brother and sister, also.

This is my Daddy. My protector. It’s because of him, I dreamed of writing since I was three. It was my Daddy that gave me my love for books, math, chemistry, and astronomy. In our Daddy-daughter time, he’d read to me from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, as well as War of the Worlds, Science, and Math books. Books on the constellation. All at the age of three! It birthed in me a thirst and hunger for literature and writing. …


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To those who sat at the table and chose to bow down instead of rise up…

My soul is vexed. My spirit is disturbed. I will try my best to put into words what is in my heart; to verbalize succinctly the disturbance that is churning away in my heart and the thoughts circling in my mind.

On August 1, 2018, number Forty-Five (Trump) had a meeting with several inner city Pastors. What should have been a time to speak up and lay it on the line; to pick up their cross and carry it, appeared to be — to me — a bow-down-kiss-the-ring-to-save-myself moment. …


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It is a valid question. Trevor Noah may have said it with humor but it is a valid question. Not only for Number 45 but for all those who feel up in arms about the recent #TakeAKnee. The problem is, like most other things when people of color stand up, or in this case, kneel down in protest, it is a sign of disrespect and dishonor to the great service men and women who have served this country; many having given their lives. However, in that right there, lies a serious problem when it comes to protesting racial disparity, social injustice, the right for equality on all levels, for all people. The focus gets lost in rhetoric and people feeling affronted because of supposed disrespect to an anthem or pledge of allegiance. It was not about the anthem but about pointing out a glaring fact that the said anthem is overlooked, disrespected, and violated every day in America each time another man, woman, or child of color is brutally killed, treated egregiously, suffers constant injustices, denied equality, ridiculed and called out, separated and alienated, and disrespected solely for the color of their skin. Where is the purported “One” nation…justice for all…sweet land of liberty, for the blood that stains the streets of those men and women and children of color whose lives were stolen and still not give justice, even in death, when no one is held accountable or responsible? Especially when it comes from those who wear a badge and swear to serve and protect ALL? Or a judge who claims to be impartial and upholds that justice is blind, not seeing race, creed, or color? …


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I can hardly believe that I just published my eighth book, What Love Teaches Me, Volume 3 in the Reflections4Life Inspirational Series. Considering all that has occurred in my life the last two and a half years, this book has sincerely been a labor of love. Do not get me wrong; every book I release is a labor of love, yet this particular book — an inspirational part memoir — carries my heart in a very different way than any other inspirational and fiction novel I have written thus far.

I give everything I have when I am writing whether it is nonfiction or fiction. I pour my heart and soul into every work like I am preparing to give birth. Because at the end of the writing journey, every book is like my baby that I am giving birth to and presenting to the world to coo and ah over, even though I know it will not be everyone’s favorite. Hey! People have their opinions and I have accepted this long ago; especially as a writer. …


Power

A Lesson in Walking in Leadership…

This is what I have learned and teach my mentees and clients: Knowledge alone is not power. People know a lot of things and do nothing with it. The real power is in APPLYING that knowledge. That is when it becomes wisdom and things start to happen.

You can have all the knowledge you want. Be a walking encyclopedia, a Thesaurus; a human computer. But unless you do something with that knowledge, it does no one any good. It changes nothing. It is like having a million dollars in the bank and you do not access it but you have needs that are not being met and those around you are hungry and you tell them you have money but never open your wallet, write a check, or offer to buy them groceries. And the real power? Teaching them how to get their own million dollars and then DOING something with it. …


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If you are truly someone with an intimate relationship with the Father, and you are not swayed by emotions and personal opinions, then you would recognize the sign of the times. If your heart is in tune with beat of God’s heart, then surely you would have heard Him declare; He is still God upon His throne. And perhaps you would have also heard Him say, to trust Him. To stand up and be who He has called you to be.

Why do we act surprised at the actions of man when we see it everyday of our lives? Though, many of us have become desensitized. For many, you feel vindicated. And that the past eight years were the most grievous. There are others that believe it was a step in the right direction. While others maintain that things did not really change. Then you have those, still, like me, who believed that the past eight years was a time for revelation. A time to really see the hearts and thoughts of man revealed. The uncovering of where the enemy was hiding. To truly see where man’s heart was and what they really thought about the state of affairs, equality, race, religion. …


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Birthday Blessings!

Thank you for all the Birthday wishes, prayers, and Blessings. Truly, it was an absolutely phenomenal day filled with much joy, love, and gratitude.

My last call of the evening was with one of my BFF’s from college. It was such a pleasure speaking with her. Laughing, reminiscing, telling her husband to get out the room! LOL It gave my heart such joy and pleasure. We don’t always get a chance to speak to one another daily. But we call each other on Birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. …


#RelationshipTea™🍵 It’s been a minute since I poured out some relationship tea…

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“Sipping on Some Truth”

About

Author Ruthe McDonald

Business/Spiritual Consultant, Author of The Busby Series & The DelFyres Writer/Editor/Publisher JOHNRUE CREATIVE GRP LLC./RUEFOX LLC. https://ruthemcdonald.com

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