Why worry? If we have learned anything by now it is that worry serves no purpose. Yet you do it anyway. Why? You run around frazzled. You make yourself sick. You have all but pulled your hair out, and for what? If worrying could have made things better, you wouldn’t have anything to worry about. I know it is easier said than done to tell you not to worry, especially when we worry about our children, our parents and just about life in general. Most things we worry about are things we have no control over, so why put yourself through the suffering and pain of worrying. Believe me worrying does you no good. Worrying can cause major illnesses and some even fatal. So what to do instead of worrying, trust. Trust that all the things you have been worrying about will work themselves out. Don’t allow worry to hold you hostage. Free yourself from the bondage of worry and grab hold of the power of trusting you have nothing to worry about.
Empowered Women, Empower Women
MARIE VAN BRITTAN BROWN
Inventor and pioneer of the CCTV system. While home security systems today are more advanced than ever, back in 1966 the idea for a home surveillance device seemed almost unthinkable. That was the year famous African-American inventor Marie Van Brittan Brown, and her partner Albert Brown, applied for an invention patent for a closed-circuit television security system – the forerunner to the modern home security system.
Brown’s system had a set of four peep holes and a camera that could slide up and down to look out each one. Anything the camera picked up would appear on a monitor. An additional feature of Brown’s invention was that a person also could unlock a door with a remote control.
A female black inventor far ahead of her time, Marie Van Brittan Brown created an invention that was the first in a long string of home-security inventions that continue to flood the market today.
ALICE H. PARKER
Known for her contribution to the heating furnace she invented a furnace that supplied central heating for entire homes and buildings, which was patented on December 23, 1919. This was much safer than burning firewood. Her heating furnace was different from the other furnaces around at that time. Her design had air ducts that allowed heat to spread throughout the structure. Parker’s invention included a multiple burner system and used natural gas. What made it especially unique is that it was like later zone heating, where the temperature could be moderated in different areas of a building.
Was an African-American inventor who was best known for being awarded a patent for inventing electric elevator doors that automatically open and close. He was awarded the patent, U.S. Patent 371,207, on October 11, 1887.
The potato chip was invented in 1853 by George Crum. Crum was a Native American/African American chef at the Moon Lake Lodge resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. French fries were popular at the restaurant and one day a diner complained that the fries were too thick. Although Crum made a thinner batch, the customer was still unsatisfied. Crum finally made fries that were too thin to eat with a fork, hoping to annoy the extremely fussy customer. The customer, surprisingly enough, was happy – and potato chips were invented!
Thomas Elkins invented the modern toilet. He influenced several major patents, but it’s this one we appreciate most (not to knock the multi-purpose table or refrigerators for dead bodies).
His was the first blimp to have an electric motor and directional controls. Goodyear better have this man’s picture in their lobby.
Driving up a steep hill got a whole lot easier in 1932, thanks to this guy who invented an improved gear shift transmission system in 1932. He also patented a beer-tapper, which this technology is still used today. He invented a self-locking rack for billiard cues as well as several other patented inventions, like the horizontally swinging barber’s chair.
In the Stevie Wonder song “Black Man,” the Motown marvel sings of Benjamin Banneker: “first clock to be made in America was created by a black man.” Though the song is a fitting salute to a great inventor (and African Americans in general), it only touches on the genius of Benjamin Banneker and the many hats he wore – as a farmer, mathematician, astronomer, author and land surveyor.
GEORGE FRANKLIN GRANT
He was the first African-American professor at Harvard. He was also a Boston dentist, and an inventor of a wooden golf tee.
GERALD ANDERSON “JERRY” LAWSON
He was an American electronic engineer. He is known for his work in designing the Fairchild Channel F video game console as well as pioneering the commercial video game cartridge.
Ending my February love fest with Lionel Richie & The Commodores singing one of my favorite songs by them.
Among many firsts, Patricia Bath is the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology and the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent. She invented the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment in 1986.
Born in Harlem, New York, on November 4, 1942, Patricia Bath became the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1973. Two years later, she became the first female faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. In 1976, Bath co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, which established that “eyesight is a basic human right.” In 1986, Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe, improving treatment for cataract patients. She patented the device in 1988, becoming the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent.
Patricia Era Bath was born on November 4, 1942, in Harlem, New York, to Rupert Bath, the first black motorman for the New York City subway system, and Gladys Bath, a housewife and domestic worker who used her salary to save money for her children’s education. Bath was encouraged by her family to pursue academic interests. Her father, a former Merchant Marine and an occasional newspaper columnist, taught Bath about the wonders of travel and the value of exploring new cultures. Her mother piqued the young girl’s interest in science by buying her a chemistry set.
After graduating from high school in only two years, Bath headed to Hunter College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1964. She then attended Howard University to pursue a medical degree. Bath graduated with honors from Howard in 1968, and accepted an internship at Harlem Hospital shortly afterward. The following year, she also began pursuing a fellowship in ophthalmology at Columbia University. Through her studies there, she discovered that African Americans were twice more likely to suffer from blindness than other patients to which she attended, and eight times more likely to develop glaucoma. Her research led to her development of a community ophthalmology system, which increased the amount of eye care given to those who were unable to afford treatment.
Pioneer in Ophthalmology
In 1973, Patricia Bath became the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology. She moved to California the following year to work as an assistant professor of surgery at both Charles R. Drew University and the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1975, she became the first female faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute.
In 1976, Bath co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, which established that “eyesight is a basic human right.” By 1983, Bath had helped create the Ophthalmology Residency Training program at UCLA-Drew, which she also chaired—becoming, in addition to her other firsts, the first woman in the nation to hold such a position.
Inventing the Laserphaco Probe
In 1981, Bath began working on her most well-known invention: the Laserphaco Probe (1986). Harnessing laser technology, the device created a less painful and more precise treatment of cataracts. She received a patent for the device in 1988, becoming the first African-American female doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose. (She also holds patents in Japan, Canada and Europe.) With her Laserphaco Probe, Bath was able to help restore the sight of individuals who had been blind for more than 30 years.
In 1993, Bath retired from her position at the UCLA Medical Center and became an honorary member of its medical staff. That same year, she was named a “Howard University Pioneer in Academic Medicine.”
Among her many roles in the medical field, Bath is a strong advocate of telemedicine, which uses technology to provide medical services in remote areas.
I wrote a post a while back regarding comparing yourself to others. And since February is the month of love I am only saying this once again in the name of LOVE. Please, stop comparing yourself to others and start loving yourself. As I went onto the internet to research something, the following popped up in my feed “Atlanta Housewife Kim Zolciak’s Lip Explodes – Can barely TALK!” I must admit, I almost choked on my coffee and then shook my head in unbelief. Not that I couldn’t believe her lips exploded, but that she continued to get her lips injected so much so that they would explode. This woman has teen daughters who I am sure are following in her footsteps and are most likely also getting plastic surgery.
I am not knocking anyone who wants to enhance their looks or body parts to make themselves feel better about themselves, but at what cost and how far is too far? There are other more healthy ways to enhance your face and body; like lip plumping lip gloss, push-up bras, exercise, and proper diet. You have women getting breast implants, butt implants, lip injections and so many other types of injections done to their bodies. Some going to other countries for a cheaper rate not knowing what is being injected into their bodies, all in the name of looking like someone else or to feel good about themselves, until they end up looking nothing like themselves or something like this happens. And it is not just women doing this. Men are having ribs removed to get a six pack or to make their bodies look tighter and more in shape, as well as plastic surgery to look younger.
What you see in the magazines and videos is not what those people actually look like. They are mostly airbrushed. Heck, there are even infomercials selling airbrushed makeup to make you think you are getting that same look like those women you admire in those magazines, videos, and movies. I do not understand who would want to be chopped up and sewed back together just to fit someone else’s ideal of beauty. Please, stop comparing yourself to these make-believe images being presented in the media and throughout the internet.
Instead, focuses on being the best that you can be with the attributes you were given. Take good care of yourself and you will look just as beautiful as you feel. Think young and you will be young. It is all in your mindset. When you think of yourself as old then, of course, you will start to look old, dress old and act old. Stop being so serious and focused on your age and let loose and just enjoy your life and what is left of it.
As women our bodies go through a lot as we get older, we change with menopause and not to mention those of us that have had children. Yet, our bodies were designed to withstand all the things we go through. So why not embrace your new curves, your new little pouch, those little lines around your eyes and mouth. All it is showing the world is that you have lived life, gave life and you survived it all, which only makes you not only stronger and wiser but much more beautiful than you can ever imagine.
Today is Valentine’s Day—a great reason for letting you know how much I appreciate you. Hope your day is filled with family, friends and happy moments that become favorite memories.
Enjoy the day!
I discovered this story about Henry “Box” Brown, who after his family was sold off to another slave owner, came up with a innovative, yet creative idea and mailed himself to a free state to escape forever.
Henry “Box” Brown was a man that had everything torn from him. But in a fateful vision, he saw that the road to his salvation was through a small box. With the aid of his allies, Brown would defy the odds and embark on a harrowing journey toward freedom.
Born A Slave
Henry Box Brown was born in 1815 in Louisa County, Virginia. He spent his early years at the Hermitage, a plantation about ten miles from Yanceyville in Louisa County. He lived with his parents, his four brothers, and his three sisters. His owner was John Barret, the former mayor of Richmond, Virginia.
When John Barret was on his deathbed, he sent for Henry Brown and his mother. Believing that their family was going to be freed, the pair came to their owner with, “beating hearts and elated feelings.” Barret’s son had also freed forty of his own slaves several years earlier. However, Barret informed them that they were being allotted to his son, William Barret, and that they should be obedient to their master.
Barret had ensured that William promise that he treat the Browns with kindness. But what Barret critically ignored is that he was splitting up the Brown family, as they were divvied up among the four Barret sons.
Brown’s mother and sister were part of William’s inheritance, but Brown was sent to work in a tobacco factory in Richmond at the age of fifteen. That sister, Martha Brown, eventually became William Barret’s mistress.
“Promised faithfully that he would not sell her, and pretended to entertain an extreme horror of separating families.”
Thus in 1836, Brown and Nancy became husband and wife in Richmond, Virginia. They eventually produced three children and joined the First African Baptist Church. Henry even joined the church choir. He became a skilled tobacco worker and earned enough money to rent a home.
But in August of 1848, Mr. Leigh reneged on his word and sold Nancy and their three children to another slave owner in North Carolina. Brown was not told about what Mr. Leigh had done until it was far too late. He recalled the event later:
“I had not been many hours at my work, when I was informed that my wife and children were taken from their home, sent to the auction mart and sold, and then lay in prison ready to start away the next day for North Carolina with the man who had purchased them. I cannot express, in language, what were my feelings on this occasion.”
Pregnant Nancy and his three children were part of a group of three hundred and fifty slaves that had been sold to a slave-trading Methodist minister. Brown begged his master to help. His owner coldly repeated to Brown, “You can get another wife.” He never saw his wife and children again.
The Daring Escape Of Henry Box Brown
After mourning the loss of his family for several months, Henry Box Brown came to a decision: he was going to be free. Brown stumbled on an escape plan when he was engaged in prayer. Henry said, “The idea suddenly flashed across my mind of shutting myself up in a box, and getting myself conveyed as dry goods to a free state.”
He immediately secured the help of a freed black man and a member of his choir. A white shoemaker named Samuel Smith was also was instrumental in his dangerous journey. (Ironically, Smith himself owned slaves.) Smith was paid for his services and put Brown in contact with James Miller McKim, a Philadelphia leader of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society who was involved in Underground Railroad activities.
Brown hired a carpenter to construct the box, which was 3 feet long, 2 feet wide, 2.5 feet deep, and lined with a coarse woolen cloth. It had just three small air holes near where his face would be that would allow him to breathe. A prominent sign was attached that read “This Side Up With Care.” Once inside the box, Henry would be unable to shift his position.
On March 23th, 1849, Henry Box Brown slipped inside this claustrophobic box to be shipped across states. Within hours of the shipment, the box was placed upside down. The box would continuously switch positions, but in one harrowing instance, it almost killed him. Brown recounted his terrifying experience:
“I felt my eyes swelling as if they would burst from their sockets; and the veins on my temples were dreadfully distended with pressure of blood upon my head. In this position I attempted to lift my hand to my face but I had no power to move it; I felt a cold sweat coming over me which seemed to be a warning that death was about to terminate my earthly miseries.”
Henry Box Brown endured twenty-seven hours of this confinement, and he arrived on March 24th, 1849. When the box was opened, he tried to stand and lost consciousness. When he eventually regained consciousness, he sang his own version of Psalm 40: “I waited patiently, I waited patiently for the Lord, for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my calling.”
Library Of Congress published around 1850