Science Fiction: Gaining a New Perspective with Author William Griggs

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Author William M. Griggs

I ordinarily do not read science fiction.  My youngest brother’s preference for such books and his different responses to ‘normal’ situations clouded my viewpoint over the years. I saw science fiction as “way-out, crazy stuff” until I met Cider Enterprises Book Club Conference Call’s next featured author. William M. Griggs, author of “The Megalight Connection,” has changed my entire perspective on science fiction and the value it has in teaching from a different paradigm.

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Are You Prepared for Opportunity?

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Are you prepared for opportunity? Community Based and Micro Business Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to make the important and unique decisions that their businesses require.  Opportunity is a key element to success and Webster’s Dictionary provides a good working definition for those of us who have chosen to create “the great cake of our own” – a business.

Op`por`tu´ni`ty – Fit or convenient time or situation; a time or place permitting or favorable for the execution of a purpose; a suitable combination of conditions; suitable occasion; chance.

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A Valuable Way to Organize Your Time for Business

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Today, I offer a valuable way to organize your time for business because my clients frequently ask, “How can I make the best use of my available time for business?” My answer is simple and consists of three clear values in getting organized.

The answer is that you can make the best use of your time for business with a visual or calendar view of your activities. Having a calendar view of your business activities empowers you to:

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Three Reasons Why Your Business Should Participate in Community Parades

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wpid-20150905_114206.jpg After recently participating in the annual ‘Million Father March’ Back to School Parade that is organized by Phillip Jackson, Founder & Director of the Black Star Project, I am inspired to offer three reasons why your business should also participate in community parades. But first, a little about the Million Father March, a 365 day-a year initiative for Black men who want to educate and develop Black children. This particular parade focuses on men accompanying children for the first day of school.  A great time was had by all attendees and we were able to support and promote a long-term committed community organization. I encourage more business owners to consider the intrinsic rewards a parade can provide and contact me at Cider Enterprises for a FREE consultation to discuss this and additional affordable promotion strategies… Read the rest of this entry »

It’s a New Season: Fall with Me!

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Fall starts a new season that you are invited to journey through with me. It’s a new season for change and growth, personally and professionally. It’s time to make an adjustment Claudette … I said to motivate myself, using a paraphrased statement from one of Michael Jordan’s memorable interviews. The adjustment is the change required for me to be in the ‘moment of now’. I now make the mental shift from the season of summertime pleasures to fall’s beautiful changes and colors. I move forward without resistance as harvest time nears…

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Life is Working in My Favor In Spite of Unexpected Obstacles

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Claudette in hat (2)Life is working in my favor in spite of unexpected obstacles, like in the case of the Authors Appreciation Celebration that was originally scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. The Cider Enterprises Book Club Conference Call had planned to ‘Celebrate Authors’ who have been showcased during our past three seasons. But, even the best laid plans and efforts can sometimes be unexpectedly derailed because although the event permit was issued and the promotion was in full swing, the City of Chicago decided it was a great time to lay big industrial water pipes in the area. Needless to say, as a participant of the 27th Annual Dauphin Avenue Civic Organization’s Block Club Event, the inconvenience of maneuvering the streets amidst the dust and pipe work, effectively canceled our outdoor event. I extend my heartfelt apologies to all who had planned to attend. However, be aware that I am already planning the 2016 celebration.

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Special Thanks to the Supporters of the Teena’s Legacy 5k Peace Walk

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It’s always a great honor for me to “Thank” people who support what I do and also, I believe that one’s giving should support their beliefs. Therefore, I offer “Special Thanks” to the Cider Enterprises contributors and the many local groups and individuals, who gave their time and money in support of the Teena’s Legacy 5k Peace Walk.

Our Peace Walk on Saturday, May 2, 2015 was victorious on all accounts. Founder Jamika Smith pulled off an excellent fundraising campaign, gathering community support for her Retreat and Summer Apprentice Program that teaches 16 – 21 year old young ladies the trade of reviving, restoring and reupholstering furniture.

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Graduation Reflections About My Business Development Process

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Claudette Redic, Owner Cider Enterprises

Reflections about my business development process abound during this season of graduations. I am proud to be a graduate of the Sunshine Enterprises Community Business Academy. It confirmed my 2014 affirmation that “I AM more than enough!” and my conviction that “I deserve the best.” Completion dispelled the fears I had erected: I am too old to learn; I might have a hard time adjusting to a rigorous twelve weeks of study; would I be able to apply the information obtained to help myself and others too? And I can proudly declare, “Yes I can!” I practice and apply the things I learned about business for myself first and then with others. You see, I have to walk the talk and now feel fulfilled in getting my own house in order.

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Join Me in Supporting Teena’s Legacy 5K Walk for Peace and Youth Empowerment

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TL 5K WalkTeena’s Legacy is organizing their 2nd annual 5K Walk For Peace on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Their primary purpose is to raise $10,000 for its Retreat and Summer Apprentice Program for young ladies ages 16-21, which teaches them the trade of reviving, restoring and reupholstering furniture. Under the guidance and spirited leadership of founder Jamika Smith, these young ladies are encouraged to use the power of their inner gifts to create what they want in life. They have learned to create beauty from what they already have, reupholstering furniture and other re-purposed items for sale; and the valuable self-esteem building discussions and workshops they engage in, makes this a worthy model for youth development. I invite you to personally join me in this community event to walk, run, skate, push your walker around the track, sponsor a participant, or simply donate. Each participant and their group of supporters can help us reach our goal early to ensure and secure our Retreat and Summer Apprentice Program.

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Author Helen Bevel Discusses the Significance of the Right-to-Vote Movement

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Can the Nonviolent Clinical Process (NCP) be used to AVERT violence this summer? Discussion and details in this book say, “Yes it can.” Helen L. Bevel is the wife of Rev. James L. Bevel, the man who has been dubbed as “The Father of the 1965 Nonviolent Right-to-Vote Movement” in Selma, AL. Helen compiled the book, “SELMA, The Spiritual Significance of the Nonviolent Right-to-Vote Movement, Demonstrated by Reverend James L. Bevel,” and says, “He may be the most important civil rights activist in the 20th century that you’ve never heard of.” Don’t miss having the true story that “All Truth Carries Proof” for yourself and the family. Join the Cider Enterprises Book Club Conference Call number  218-339-9469 and enter pass code 20112# at 7PM on Thursday, April 16, 2015 to get an insider’s scoop about this historical “Right-to-Vote Movement” to change America. This call will conclude our third season until we resume with season four on September 17, 2015.

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