Honoring Those That Served – Honk If You Love Veterans

Honoring Those That Served – Honk If You Love Veterans

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By: Stacy Sears

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On Friday, November 8, 2018, the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Memphis, Dorothy’s Place celebrated Veterans Day at 10:15 am with veterans from the Korean War, Vietnam War, WWII, and Gulf War. Veterans who attended the center at 3185 Hickory Hill, Memphis TN 38115 stood outside holding signs “Honk if You Love Veterans.”  The veterans of Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis, Inc. are suffering from some form of Alzheimer’s or its related diseases.  The disease is gradually taking away their memory, but they still have that burning patriotic spirit, love of country, a sense of brotherhood, and wonderful stories of bravery and valor to share.  The event paid tribute to all veterans for their service.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Come and hear history from those who lived it.

 

 

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis (ADS) is a local, non-profit organization established in 1983 for the purpose of operating a therapeutic activity day program for persons with Alzheimer’s disease.  ADS is a social agency (non-medical) whose mission is to help persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders live their lives with dignity and respect while providing relief to their caregivers and support for their families.  ADS provides a day full of therapeutic activities at both locations: Dorothy’s Place, 3185 Hickory Hill Road and Kennedy Park Center, 4585 Raleigh LaGrange Road.  

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Meat Me in Memphis – Monogram Foods

Meat Me in Memphis – Monogram Foods

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Monogram foods fundraiser
By Ellen Butterflyy Allen – Guest Blogger

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On Thursday, October 25, I was invited to a fundraiser for Monogram Foods at the Columns. Let me say first, I appreciate JustMyMemphis. They are the premier marketing base for those looking to grow their business, start their business, and expose their business to profitability. Back to the fundraiser, I stepped into a space that was full of vitality, unity, and purpose. The evening began with a gentleman holding my hand to escort me down the steps, opening the door for me, and following up with a compliment. Guests were greeted by some of the best people assisting with registration. Sometimes we attend functions and people are not excited about their position, but these ladies and gentlemen were proficient, enthusiastic, and helpful. Kudos to the registration process.
Before that night, I had never heard of Monogram Foods, so of course I had to do some research. I found out that Monogram is about family, community, and of course, children. Often times, corporations service children, but in this instance Monogram Foods takes pride in providing good wholesome meats. We all need the protein.

The night progressed very well. Guest donors, supporters, and sponsors were entertained by the vibrant sounds of a live band. The mini restaurant tours were all welcoming, no shortages, and the samples were very good. We don’t even have to talk about the open bar.

Event Recap

Often times fundraising can be boring, but with this new era of millennials the event was extremely entertaining. Outside of the food and the bar, there was a lot of mixing and mingling people from every walk of life. It’s nice to walk into an event and see people interacting. Unity for the purpose of serving the majority.

The silent auction had an array of wines, cigars, and many different items that were up for grabs. The bidding process was easy, once you registered you were able to bid from your phone. Monogram took the haggle out of getting lost in the bidding war. They also ensured the settlement of checks and balances at the night’s end, a job well done.

The live auction was also nice, as there were plenty of items being auctioned off. Who doesn’t enjoy the enthusiasm of an auctioneer? To see the auction floor become center stage for people eager and excited for their number to be chosen is exhilarating. I’m pretty sure at the fundraiser’s end, Monogram was able to reach their goal.

Hopefully the kindness of the attendees pulled in enough donations. Monogram now has the proceeds from their biggest annual fundraiser to designate to the continuum of providing quality meats, services, and products. Nationally, their platform can grow and of course locally, here in Memphis, we’d like to see and hear of more community expansion.

A shoutout to the many restaurants that dedicated their time and energies. Event planning requires contribution of many. To everyone who made this night special, not only for people like me who were invited guests, but for those who continue to support the needs of others day in and day out.

Congrats to Monogram for giving back while receiving. I had the time of my life Oct 25, 2018, and I look forward to Monogram’s future growth and expansion.

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Day Trip to Brighton – Guest Blogger

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Day trip to Brighton

By Ashley Bingham – Guest Blogger

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The other week, my flatmates and I decided to take a day and travel down to Brighton. Now, Brighton is a place that I had wanted to visit for a long time, pretty much ever since I knew that I’d be traveling to London this semester. I had heard stories of Brighton’s Palace Pier and its gorgeous pebble beaches, and I had also heard about the British Airways i360 tower, which essentially is a gigantic circular glass elevator that carries its passengers 450 feet into the air for a stunning view of the city. So the fact that we got to all head over there as group was exciting to me!

We started the day out early, catching a train to head over to the colorful city. I say colorful for several different reasons, the first being that Brighton is well, bright with color! The city is incredibly unique, as I had never been anywhere like it before. There was graffiti and murals everywhere, and the shops, and even the people, were full of an overflowing sense of happiness.

I also use the word colorful in the fact that the city itself is very diverse, which is great! There are so many different types of people within Brighton, of all different ethnicities and in the way they presented themselves. It was so amazing to see a city where people felt comfortable being themselves.

 

After a bit of shopping at some of the quirky little shops, we decided to grab some lunch and enjoy it on the beach. The beach was absolutely gorgeous and so peaceful. If only it hadn’t of been so cold! We all sat on the stones and ate our lunch, just enjoying ourselves and the view in front of us.

After lunch, we headed over to the pier. The pier is full of arcade games, amusement park rides, food and souvenir shops, but we simply walked the length of it just to see what it had to offer. I personally would’ve loved to dive into the games and rides (and some of the food was very tempting), but we were all chilly so we decided not to stay too long.

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Then we got to do what I was personally most excited for: the i360 tower! We were easily able to catch a ride without having to wait too long. Our flight (since the tower is sponsored by British Airways, they call each ride a “flight”) was pretty full, but being able to catch a bird’s-eye view of the gorgeous city made it completely worth it. I will provide some picture of the view that we had, but in reality, they don’t do it justice. You just have to experience it yourself! But the view was amazing and I was grateful to have checked that off the list of things I had wanted to do while visiting.

The rest of the day was pretty relaxed, visiting some more of the little shops and markets around the city and then settling in for a nice dinner at one of the local pubs.

Overall, the trip was amazing and I am beyond grateful that we got to visit the city I had wanted to see for so long!

I also have a short video from my trip to Brighton, so please feel free to check that out as well! Thanks for reading!

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How to Spruce Up Your Home for Fall

How to Spruce Up Your Home for Fall

Spruce Up Your Home for Fall

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Fall is here. Pumpkin-flavored beverages are in season, leaves are changing colors, and the nights are cooler. It’s also time for homes to be spruced up and redecorated before fall activities begin. However, some people may not know where to begin or how to start to begin to spruce up their homes for fall. That’s where my advice comes in. Below are 5 simple ways that anyone who wants to spruce up their home for the fall season can liven up their home.

 

 

 

1. Declutter a closet or a room.

Clean out a closet or a room in your home. As you do so, collect all the items you no longer use, want, or wear and have a yard sale to make some extra cash. You can also give the items to a charity like the Salvation Army if you would prefer. Decluttering your home will help your home to stay organized and in order.

2. Flowers Outside

Put flowers in pretty pots inside or outside of your home. This will add a nice touch to your home and improve the appearance of your home.

3. Fall decorations

Hang up fall decorations inside and outside of your home. They will improve the overall feel and mood of your home.

 

4. summer to fall décor

Trade summer décor for fall décor. Fall is the perfect time to clean your home top from bottom, rearrange items and furniture, and bring some color into your life and home.

 

5. Scented candles

Purchase and place scented candles around your home in different rooms that resemble or remind you of what fall means to you, and light them every once in a while. They will enhance the ambience of your home.

 

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Does My Personality Type Change?

Does My Personality Type Change?

Does My Personality Type Change?
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Does my personality type change? Sometimes I think I am an INTP, and sometimes an ENFP. My type changed I’m sure of it!

One of the most controversial beliefs people have around the Myers-Briggs system is the belief that individual personality types don’t change. This is mainly because many people that know about MBTI self-report to have changed types. These claims do not seem to be that unreasonable either, after all, it makes perfect sense that types would change for at least some people, right? People change their personalities throughout life all the time. Sometimes a shy introvert could suddenly blossom into a social butterfly, or the popular kid in school could turn into a reclusive hermit after suffering through a significant loss. We see these things happening in real life after all! Types have to be able to change then, right? 

Although many of these claims have some truth to them, they stem from a general misunderstanding of the Myers-Briggs system. Most people that hear about MBTI are only familiar with the four letter dichotomies: I/E(introvert/extrovert), S/N(sensing/intuitive), F/T(feeling/thinking), J/P(judging/perceiving). Many online assessments give each dichotomy a number of percentages, so if you are an ESFJ, you may have E-65%, S-15%, F-1%, J-35%. This comparison makes people assume the MBTI is similar to assessments such as the Big Five. However, the only way to truly understand MBTI, is if you understand that the Myers-Briggs system was originally more about the underlying cognitive function stack of each Myers-Briggs type rather than the individual letter dichotomies. For instance, the reason MBTI theorists always point out that you can’t change from, say, an INTJ to an INTP, even though the two are only off by one letter, is that they have completely different cognitive processes underneath. However, if this were the only issue, then it could seem more plausible to change from an INTJ to an ENTJ, for instance, since they do have the same cognitive processes underneath but in different orders. But even then, there is good reason why those that understand and use the Myers-Briggs system believe that types don’t ‘change’. 

For one thing, when considering studies on introversion and extroversion, simply as traits, evidence suggests that introversion and extroversion are actually genetic. There is neurological evidence that shows people are born more introverted or extroverted. So, if we were to go by Myers-Briggs, it would not be surprising if an ENTJ(an extrovert) probably wouldn’t be able to ‘change’ into an INTJ(an introvert). And if that were the case for introversion and extroversion, then it doesn’t seem that much of a stretch to believe that to be the case for the other aspects of your MBTI type as well.

When looking at some of the evidence from Dario Nardi’s brain scans and understanding that trauma and socialization play a significant role in people claiming to ‘change types’, it becomes easier to see why many strong MBTI theorists believe types don’t change.

Dario Nardi was a UCLA Professor that took it upon himself to test different Myers Briggs types. He wasn’t initially trying to come up with anything, the experiment was more exploratory to see what patterns could be found. And that’s when it happened. When every MBTI type was engaged in activities that corresponded with each individual type’s strongest cognitive processes, their whole brains would light up. These were each activities that really stimulated and engaged the participants like nothing else. This suggested the possibility that, on a neurological level, people were ‘hardwired’ to engage in things that would correspond to the dominant cognitive function of their individual Myers-Briggs types. Other consistent type-related differences have been shown in his research as well. 

So, you might ask then, what about those who have claimed to ‘change types’? Well, that’s where trauma and socialization comes in. When going through trauma, for instance, it’s common to stop giving yourself permission to do things you may have enjoyed to do in the past. The same thing goes with socialization. People that grew up shy, maybe with stricter upbringings or childhood trauma, may have always wanted to interact with people the way an extrovert would. Then, when breaking free from it all and overcoming their shyness, they suddenly are happier with their lives and feel like they have changed. There is a clear distinction between being shy and being introverted. Not every introvert is shy, they just can’t engage in more extroverted activities for as prolonged amounts of time as extroverts can. You can be extroverted and shy as well, if there has been significant trauma or sheltering.

So what some of these stories of people changing sound like, is that they have grown up with inhibiting coping mechanisms, and are only now giving themselves permission to be themselves. It is then, reasonable to believe that many of those that claim to have ‘changed types’ actually just found their real type and are now acting more authentically to who they are, when they previously were not. 

Of course, the same thing can happen the other way around. When people claim to change types, it could be that they have now gone through significant trauma, and are then, by the same token, not living their lives as authentically as they used to, and are not giving themselves permission to do things they would have ordinarily enjoyed. Now, I want to mention here that a natural introvert can develop enough expertise in extroverted activities to better deal with the world’s problems. An extrovert, can also balance themselves out by learning how to engage in more introspective activities, developing a more ‘grounded’ sense of self. This topic is usually explored in theories advocating ‘type development’ and are another aspect of MBTI altogether, but it does play into the complicated aspect of individual types as well.

All in all, this is where the Myers Briggs system, then, has its greatest use. It helps people recognize their natural preferences and how they can finally start living their own lives more authentically. What it comes down to is self-awareness, and learning how to use this self-awareness to improve the quality of your life overall. It is also why many MBTI practitioners do not believe in self report tests, understanding that each individual type has a significant amount of wiggle room depending on each person’s individual life experiences. And once you accept your natural preferences, it becomes a lot easier to work towards improving your overall life.

 

That’s why MBTI practitioners and enthusiasts highly recommend either getting profiled by a licensed professional or from at least encouraging people to dig deeper into the theory on their own to get a better grasp of their own underlying cognitive functions because each individual type has a significant amount of variance in how they come across depending on many of the factors that have been mentioned above. And even then, if there has been significant trauma, finding an individual person’s type will be difficult.

Of course, many other brain studies need to be done for the idea of underlying cognitive functions behind each MBTI type to be completely understood. And it would probably require more sophisticated instruments for anyone to know for sure from a purely scientific standpoint. After all, brain research in general is still in its infancy, and there is so much more about the brain that we still do not know. However, it’s quite reasonable to understand why so many of us believe that types don’t really change, considering some of the points I just mentioned. So, what do you think? Do these points resonate with your own individual life experiences?

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HouseTaRaunt Restaurant

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HouseTaRaunt Restaurant

A Unique Dining Experience

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What is a HouseTaRaunt you may ask? There is no better person to ask then the person planning and implementing a unique place. Her name is Shukriyyah Aquil, known amongst the community as “Queen of Tofu”. This local herbalist has combined the art of natural healing with the food we consume to increase our overall health and wellness.

For the sake of being tongue tied I’ll call this extraordinary woman Shef Sugar, dedicated to her use of all things natural. Her idea is nothing new, in fact, as a young child she remembers her mom selling dinners as she referenced out the front part of the house while the family lived in the back part of the house.

         A tamale pie with seasoned veggie rice & squash.

The heritage and legacy of holistic eating has become a way of life for her. After having spent 30 plus years away from Memphis, Shef Sugar has returned to share a wealth of knowledge through both community involvement an education. She finds the need for culinary education in the art of vegetarian/vegan cooking.

When I first met this gem of a woman she shared with me a story of steak over mashed potatoes or rice with a rich brown gravy and cornbread. My mouth began to water. I told her I would be over next time she prepares that dish. Before I knew it my foot was stuck in my mouth as she finished the conversation with everything is vegan, oh ooh…. no meat!! The steak I had my heart set on would be made out of Tofu.

She has found her place, located in the historic Stax Museum corridor at 1177 Mississippi Blvd., this HouseTaRaunt is beautifully welcoming, you feel the warmth when you enter the front door. She has 5 dining spaces throughout the home, upstairs, downstairs, and main dining area. You can pick and choose.

After due diligence in finding out all the legalities, obtaining her permits, and licensure and visioning, Shef Sugar owns and operates her HouseTaRaunt from 1 to 8 pm every Saturday. She is also accepts intimate, group, and special event reservations.

              Auntie Pat’s carmel cake.

With the support of hungry healthy diners she has successfully ran her kitchen with love for the past 8 months here in the heart of “Soulville” along with with 2 years at her previous location. So the next time you looking for a meatless approach to healthier eating with some natural healing for your mind, body and soul, remember the HouseTaRaunt on the hill.

I forgot to mention Shef Sugar, has a recipe book called Shukriyyah’s Southern Soulful Veggie Recipes. She also uses her HouseTaRaunt to support and network with others, every 3 months she host the Christian~Jewish~Muslim dialogue. When you stop by for dinner ask her to enlighten you on this wonderful fellowship.

As I sat an watched patrons come and go I got it, her soulful style with her soulful cooking is enough to have you just stop by for a visit. When you stop by tell her Butterflyy sent you!

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