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Mental Nourishment 

happy-brain-e1424904826409“Don’t lie down with anyone who is not willing to stand up for you.” Robert Overstreet

The goal of “Mental Nourishment” is to connect the world with Resources from around the world which contain tips and guidance for your journey towards success. Most importantly, how to live a life with well balanced emotional health.

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10 Parenting Tips for Raising Teenagers

How do you breach the barriers of adolescence? Here are 10 parenting tips for raising teenagers.
By Jeanie Lerche Davis

Your chatterbox son now answers your questions with a sullen “yes” or “no.” Your charming daughter won’t go to the store with you at all anymore. They must be teenagers. Don’t despair. It’s natural — and important — for kids to break away from their parents at this age. This emotional separation allows them to become well-adjusted adults.

Yet these must be among the most difficult years for any parent. To help with parenting tips, WebMD turned to three national experts:

David Elkind, PhD, author of All Grown Up and No Place to Go and a professor of child development at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

Amy Bobrow, PhD, a clinical psychologist and professor in the Child Study Center at New York University School of Medicine in Manhattan.

Nadine Kaslow, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University.

10 Parenting Tips

1.   Give kids some leeway. Giving teensa  chance to establish their own identity, giving them more independence, is essential to helping them establish their own place in the world. “But if it means he’s going out with a bad crowd, that’s another thing,” says Elkind.

2.  Choose your battles wisely. “Doing themselves harm or doing something that could be permanent (like a tattoo), those things matter,” says Kaslow. “Purple hair, a messy room — those don’t matter.” Don’t nitpick.

3.  Invite their friends for dinner. It helps to meet kids you have questions about. “You’re not flat-out rejecting them, you’re at least making an overture. When kids see them, see how their friends act with their parents, they can get a better sense of those friends,” Elkind tells WebMD. “It’s the old adage, you catch more bears with honey than vinegar. If you flatly say, you can’t go out with those kids, it often can backfire — it just increases the antagonism.”

4.  Decide rules and discipline in advance. “If it’s a two-parent family, it’s important for parents to have their own discussion, so they can come to some kind of agreement, so parents are on the same page,” says Bobrow. Whether you ban them from driving for a week or a month, whether you ground them for a week, cut back on their allowance or Internet use — whatever — set it in advance. If the kid says it isn’t fair, then you have to agree on what is fair punishment. Then, follow through with the consequences.

5.  Discuss ‘checking in.’ “Give teens age-appropriate autonomy, especially if they behave appropriately,” says Kaslow. “But you need to know where they are. That’s part of responsible parenting. If it feels necessary, require them to call you during the evening, to check in. But that depends on the teen, how responsible they have been.”

6.  Talk to teens about risks. Whether it’s drugs, driving, or premarital sex, your kids need to know the worst that could happen.

7.  Give teens a game plan. Tell them: “If the only option is getting into a car with a drunk driver, call me — I don’t care if it’s 3 in the morning,” says Bodrow. Or make sure they have cab fare. “Help them figure out how to handle a potentially unsafe situation, yet save face,” she suggests. “Brainstorm with them. Come up with a solution that feels comfortable for that child.”

8.  Keep the door open. Don’t interrogate, but act interested. Share a few tidbits about your own day; ask about theirs. How was the concert? How was the date? How was your day? Another good line: “You may not feel like talking about what happened right now. I know what that’s like. But if you feel like talking about it later, you come to me,” Elkind suggests.

9.  Let kids feel guilty. “I think too much is made about self-esteem,” says Elkind. “Feeling good about yourself is healthy. But people should feel bad if they have hurt someone or done something wrong. Kids need to feel bad sometimes. Guilt is a healthy emotion. When kids have done something wrong, we hope they feel bad, we hope they feel guilty.”

10.  Be a role model. Your actions — even more than your words — are critical in helping teens adopt good moral and ethical standards, says Elkind. If they have a good role model from early on, they will be less likely to make bad decisions in their rebellious teen years.

WebMD Feature Reviewed by Charlotte E. Grayson Mathis, MD on August 11, 2003

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Cary Hokama was born in Tokyo, Japan and grew up in Los Angeles, CA.

After spending 8 years as the lead singer of a rock band, Cary decided to nationally televise his wedding on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

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King Nahh

King Nahh


King-Nahh-profileCheck out this young brother. Wise beyond his years. A voice for the future generations.

Zo Williams had King Nahh on his “Zo What? Morning Show” and this young brother showed how intelligent and amazing he is. He gives hope that there is good in the future and continued change for the positive in America and the world.

“King Nahh loves to inspire parents and children, he says children should have fun and learning should be creative. Join King Nahh today as he teaches about learning, love, family, safety, community involvement, creativity and how to have fun.”

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Tim Wise

youtube_icon2013Tim Wise

Anti-racist Essayist, Author and Educator

The following is directly from Mr. Tim Wise’s site:

Tim Wise

Tim-Wise-profile“Tim Wise, whom scholar and philosopher Cornel West calls, “A vanilla brother in the tradition of (abolitionist) John Brown,” is among the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 20 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally, in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Wise’s antiracism work traces back to his days as a college activist in the 1980s, fighting for divestment from (and economic sanctions against) apartheid South Africa. After graduation, he threw himself into social justice efforts full-time, as a Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized in the early 1990s to defeat the political candidacies of white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. From there, he became a community organizer in New Orleans’ public housing, and a policy analyst for a children’s advocacy group focused on combatting poverty and economic inequity. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Smith College School of Social Work, in Northampton, MA., and from 1999-2003 was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute in Nashville, TN. Wise is the author of six books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity. His next book, Culture of Cruelty: How America’s Elite Demonize the Poor, Valorize the Rich and Jeopardize the Future, will be released in early 2015. He has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation. His essays have appeared on Alternet, Salon,Huffington Post, Counterpunch, The Root, Black Commentator, BK Nation and Z Magazine among others. Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America” (from the Media Education Foundation), which has been called “A phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism,” and “One of the best films made on the unfinished quest for racial justice,” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University, and Robert Jensen of the University of Texas, respectively. He also appeared alongside legendary scholar and activist, Angela Davis, in the 2011 documentary, “Vocabulary of Change.” In this public dialogue between the two activists, Davis and Wise discussed the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as inter-generational movement building and the prospects for social change. Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and was featured in a 2007 segment on 20/20. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans. He and his wife Kristy are the proud parents of two daughters.”

My Healthy Baby

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is a limited liability company located in Northern California. The sole purpose is to start from the beginning, with healthy eating habits. My Healthy baby is made fresh when ordered and delivered straight to your door. All foods are natural with no additives, sugar, salt, preservatives, and/or filters.

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My Healthy baby understands the decreasing amount of time available that parents have to spend with their children due to the current need of both mom and dad working to provide a comfortable and stable home. My Healthy baby is focused on making nutritious eating easier for your child. Starting from the beginning will help your child develop healthy eating habits they will carry with them throughout life, decreasing the chance of developing diseases. Plus, your children will love the taste. 


My Healthy Baby delivers fresh made baby food, straight to your door Services provided for the following businesses and events:

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Biography of “My Healthy Baby”

My Healthy Baby LLC, began in 2009 with the dream of a healthier world for our children and families that extends around the world. The founder, Terron Hill, is a U.S. Navy Veteran that understands the need for a healthy lifestyle. His military training and discipline prepared him to fulfill his dream of being a voice that motivates and encourages people around the world. The concept is simple: Start from the beginning! It’s just that simple. If we start from the beginning with eating healthy and making wiser choices with our health and our children’s health then this world will be a better place. My Healthy Baby is a company that takes pride in using only fruits and vegetables straight from the earth, with no additives or preservatives, and then delivered straight to your door.  When we preserve all of the nutrients of our food(s), our bodies will be able to function and naturally heal itself just as Mother Nature intended it to do. So if you would like to go back to the basics and start fresh, then My Healthy Baby is the way to go. So without further due, introducing, My Healthy Baby, Start From The Beginning.

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Robert Overstreet – Founder 

Profile_Go_DeeperLiving life with positive energy, gratitude, open mind, open heart, kindness and respect. Supporter of good people doing good works and supporter of inspirational people empowering all people of the world to live a better life. The Dream I Speak into Existence is…

to live a life of positivity, that is an example and inspiration to others.

to promote the message of motivational and inspirational people.

to connect the world with Inspiring people.

Recent Life Discovery: Whatever age and whatever stage you are in life, you can begin something new for your life. The past two years, I have connected with wonderful people. Zo Williams (Radio Personality, “Voice of Reason”, “The Zo What? Morning Show”, and Life Coach) on his radio show and thru Zo’s show, I met The Billionaire P.A. These two men helped me grow into be a better person and live a more positive life. Helping to look within myself and to reach my potential. They helped me find my spark in life again. Thanks to Zo and Billionaire, I have a renewed passion. My friends have even commented on my spark and passion. Thank you Zo Williams and The Billionaire P.A. Background: In my 50 years on this earth, I have taken my Dad’s lessons of paying it forward. I am very grateful for having a father who supported me in all my good and bad. Between my dad and Jesus, they kept me on track. When I tried to pay him back, he told me to be aware of people in need and help them. I thank my father for teaching me to extend a hand to those in need. Born and raised in the Midwest, My parents were hardworking people who raised me to respect others, be kind, and do my best at whatever I chose to do. The way they raised me gave me self-esteem. I was very blessed to have parents that raised me with love, positivity, warmth, and acceptance. I am blessed to have extended family that is loving and kind. My grandparents had few material possessions in this world, yet, they made up for it in their generosity, love, and genuine caring for fellow beings. My Grandma’s house was drafty in the winter, the love and laughter from the house with the family together made up for the draft.



Tony Gaskins

youtube_icon2013Tony Gaskins

Husband & Father | Life, Relationship & Business Strategist | Bestselling Author | Motivational Speaker.

The following is directly from Mr. Tony Gaskins site: Tony Gaskins

“Tony A. Gaskins Jr., the son of a former pastor, was raised in a loving home along with a younger sister in a small central Florida town where most people believed that there were only a few avenues one could take in life. The common belief was that one could either end up overworked and underpaid, sell drugs or become a professional athlete. Tony escaped the cycle that entrapped so many of his peers and was awarded a full collegiate football scholarship. It was in college where Tony would run into trouble. All on his own for the first time and 1,000 miles from home, Tony found himself in a mess. Women became his biggest vice, closely followed by the lure of fast money. Tony began selling drugs from his dorm room and stealing on weekends while juggling women somewhere in between. After three years of barely staying afloat in his responsibilities as a student athlete, his coach decided to release him from the team. One might think that this circumstance would have been a clear wakeup call, but Tony was unreceptive. Instead, he moved back to Florida and continued to sell drugs and juggle women. He was living like the Prodigal Son, ignoring his natural gifts that were waiting to be unleashed. It wasn’t long after relocating to Tampa, Florida that Tony would cross paths with a young lady who would influence positive change in his life. She later became his wife.  Tony was trying to balance his lifestyle of selling drugs and living a lie while keeping his wife.  That balancing act wouldn’t sustain for too long.  At 23 years old, Tony was married and had a newborn son who arrived 10 weeks early and weighed only two pounds at birth.  Tony decided to give drug dealing one last shot after a long hiatus.  He was desperate to find a way to provide for his new family.  This time would be the last.  No less than a few weeks in his risky lifestyle, Tony’s wife decided she’d had enough and she left him.  To add insult to injury, Tony was robbed two days later by a group of local enemies.  Tony found himself grappling with $30,000 in debt, poor credit and nothing to call his own, a marriage that was hanging on by a thread and a son in the intensive care unit.  It was at this point that Tony finally realized the error of his ways.  He fell on his face and cried out to God.  He rededicated his life to Christ and vowed to forever live a life of service from that day forward.  Although there would be trying times and stumbling blocks in the road, Tony kept his word to God.”

Till We Meet Again

Robert Overstreet 6 April 2013

This week has been very challenging. Losing a loved one, human or pet is never easy, especially when it is unexpected.  My faith always stays strong. My beliefs are being tested to their full extent.  I believe our souls are here on this earth for a purpose and when that purpose is done, we transition to our heavenly home. Based on my belief, Tipp’s purpose here was complete. I am struggling to accept and understand Tipp’s purpose was complete. I feel selfish for wanting him here still.

I raised Tipp from 3months of age. He was my child. We both grew up together. He grew physically and I grew spiritually. As a new cat owner (I had not had cats since I was a child), I tried all the cat training methods. The one I found to work was telling him “STOP” (NO, never really took hold…LOL), then, I turned and walked, making sure he did not touch or rub against me. Tipp was a very loving cat; he was a giver of love and loved to be loved. Withholding affection hurt his pride. I always praised him for good behavior. Magically, he blossomed into a very well behaved cat. And Tipp was very intelligent. I will miss his turning the touch lamp on with his nose. He would turn it to the middle setting. And if I did not get up when he thought I should, he would go to the lamp and turn it on bright. This, he did on many occasions; I quickly learned it was no accident. Tipp was easy to love. He was the only cat I have known that traveled in the car with ease. He would curl up in the back seat or on the back floor and sleep.

One of the worst days of my life and Debbie was there to support us both.  It is in times of crisis, we learn who our true friends are. Debbie was at the emergency clinic in minutes and held me and Tipp and comforted us both.  I will be forever grateful to Debbie for being there when I had to sign the papers to have Tipp put to sleep. You know you love deeply, when you are able to sign papers so your loved one will no longer suffer.  I have the best friends. All my other friends have been supportive since day one and continue to be. And I know will be there as I progress through my grief. Thanks to Tipp, I connected with a whole new group of friends who are all open hearted and open minded and giving souls. Thank you, I love you all, and appreciate you all.

The best way I know to help ease the pain from Tipp’s passing, is to share with the world what he taught me about life. Over time, I will share in detail about the lessons I learned and how I grew spiritually from Tipp’s gentle loving and giving soul. He was very patient with me. He was assertive when he wanted something, never ever showed anger or bad behavior when I told him to wait.

A few of what Tipp taught me:

  • Unconditional love
  • Patience
  • Loyalty
  • Strength
  • Courage
  • Stand tall in who you are
  • Be kind
  • You can be in charge without being aggressive

I am thankful for every minute Tipp and I were in each other’s lives. He will always live within my heart.

R.I.P. my sweet Tipp
Till we met again at the Rainbow Bridge
Your Loving Father

In Loving Memory “Tipp”

by Robert Overstreet
March 11, 2002 - April 2, 2013

Tipp was a gentle, loving soul who's love knew no bounds. He loved to give love and loved to be loved. Tipp was an alpha male. Dominant, strong and assertive without being aggressive. He made an 85 lb German Shepard/Huskie stop and sit. Tipp let him know who was charge. Everyone who met Tipp loved him. Sweet and laid back personality and yet still let you knew he was in charge. Tipp was a good brother to his sister.

I will miss the way Tipp would travel in the car. He would lay on the back seat or floor and sleep. Didn't matter how long the car ride, 1 hour or 12 hours. I will miss him standing on my chest of a morning when the alarm goes off and helping me get up. I will miss being instructed to be next to him while he eats. I will miss leaning over and hugging and petting him anywhere, anytime, from head to his tail, even while he was asleep, causing him to wake up. Then, he would look at me and say "Love you too" with those beautiful green eyes. I will miss the way when he would want my attention while I was at the computer, he would sit next to me and not say a word. Patiently waiting for me to follow. I will miss his calm presence. I will miss the way you could always calm me down.

Tipp, I Thank you for all the happiness, joy, laughter, and unconditional love you brought into my life. You made my rough days smooth and lifted me up when I was sad. My life is richer because you showed me what true unconditional love is. Thanks for all the stories I now have that I will be able to tell loved ones and friends. You were the best combination of dominant, gentle and a calming presence. R.I.P. Tipp, I will see you one day at the Rainbow Bridge.

Weep not for me…

​"Weep not for me though I am gone into that gentle night.
Grieve if you will, but not for long upon my soul's sweet flight.
I am at peace, my soul's at rest
There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed.
For all those many years.
There is no pain, I suffer not,
The fear now all is gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts,
In your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife.
Please do not dwell upon my death,
But celebrate my life."

The Rainbow Bridge Inspired by a Norse Legend

By the edge of a woods, at the fot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

Pets Make a House a Home

by Robert Overstreet
This past week I had a very heart wrenching moment. I learned how strong my sweet Lexie is. She had been losing weight the past several months and thanks to my Vet, we found the cause, a tumor. The thought of losing my cat under normal life expectancy is bad enough,  the last thing I want is to see her suffer from any illness.  Lexie has provided the most unconditional love without expecting anything in return.   My vet, removed the tumor and my sweet Lexie's appetite has returned. Her appetite has been very healthy.  Lexie has remained calm the whole time.  Even the past few months, the worst behavior change was she would hide.  She has never lashed out. Lashing out is not in either of my cats nature.  Weight loss and behavior change of hiding were the indicators something was wrong.  We pray that the tumor is benign and nothing else is going on.  Lexie has taught me how to be calm in the midst of a storm. 

The past 11 years I've been blessed with two of the most sweetest and laid back cats.  Animals make a house a home.  They fill it with laughter, unconditional love, and most importantly help smooth out the edges on the roughest of days.  Pets could care less what your day was like, all they ask is for a warm bed, food, water, shelter and love. In return you will receive unconditional love.  Priceless!!

Family – Story Time and Tips for Family Gatherings

Family Story Time by Robert Overstreet

Everyone has a story. Especially parents and grandparents. Ask your parents / grandparents how they met and I'm sure they will happily to tell you that story and then more. Be sure and activate your audio and / or video recorder, family stories are great for bonding and getting to know family. Knowing a story is one thing, hearing from the person first hand can be quite another. Often, one story will lead to another. My sister, an aunt and I all share a story that took place on the farm and of us seeing a snake. I was around 5 years of age. 45 years ago and this story is vivid to us to this day! Stories can bring all sorts of emotion, yet they are good for the soul. Stories also help create a bond, and the laughter that comes along is good for reducing stress.

Tips for Family Gatherings by Robert Overstreet

Family reunions are a heavy tradition in my family. My dad, being ever so organized, solved the problem of people not being identifed in pictures and who they belonged to, what their names were etc. He set up the video camera at the entrance to the room, so families would have to walk in front of the camera. He had whole families stand in front of the camera, speak their name, who their parents were, branch of the family, etc. Anyone who has been to a family reunion, knows that kids scatter the second the meal is over. Then, it's like hearding cats. And, families may leave early. Everyone is identifed up front…problem solved. This tip can be applied to any family gathering or group gathering.