Merry christmas

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  • Carla’s Turkey Dressing
  • Ingredients
    • 1 pan of cornbread & 4 pieces of toast
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 cup chopped celery
    • 1 small onion
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 2 cups chicken stock
    • 2 tablespoons dried sage
    • salt and pepper to taste
  • Prepare the corn bread and toast according to directions. Cool and crumble. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9×13 inch baking dish. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the celery and onion until soft. In a large bowl, combine the celery, onions, 3 cups crumbled corn bread, eggs, chicken stock, sage and salt and pepper to taste; mix well. Pour in greased baking dish.

Life is art

MY LIFE IS ART. ART IS MY LIFE
Being an artist isn’t just about putting pencil to paper, or brush to canvas. Art can and does mean so much more than that, to so many people. Art is a way of seeing the world, a way of expression, oftentimes a compulsion: we simply must create!
Art may be a way to explore your world or your imagination. Art may inspire a beginning painter to take steps into learning a new medium, or an accomplished artist to experiment with a new technique. Art is teaching, art is learning. Art can be exciting, empowering, and an expression of love.
Art can be a challenge: both frustrating and rewarding at the same time, leading to a sense of accomplishment — or a determination to do more. Art can be a message: of politics, of peace, of brutality or beauty. Art can be an escape, an idealization, or simply a means of play. Art can be anything and everything you let it be.Write that down…

ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHY 
AMB. DR. PRINCE KOJO-HILTON (Art Director / Production designer)
Amb. Dr. Prince Kojo-Hilton is a multi-talented visual artist with almost eighteen years professional experience that has gained him both local and international recognition. He is a product of the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) with a major in Art Direction and Production Design (2014). 

Due to his hard work, passion and incredible creativity ability, he had a rare opportunity as an understudy to Johnson Edu (his Uncle); at the Technical Department of the National Theatre of Ghana which helped launch his career to another level. His understudy was in the areas of Scenic design, Props Design, Make- up and special effects design, Set Design and Construction. He has used his skills on a number of projects and he has gained the accolade of the first ever artist to create the first ever man made Volcano in Africa. This was for the Guinness’ Big Eruption Concert in Accra, Ghana. He has worked on a number of Films, TV Commercials, TV studio Sets, Music Videos, Theatre Productions and several live Stage events.Adding to his prehistoric repertoire, he has worked as a Scenic Artist with Hollywood Directors of The Matrix Trilogy (the Wachowskis) on the science fiction series ‘Sense 8’which was shot in Nairobi, Kenya in 2014. Kojo has worked with most of the multimedia firms and production houses of great renown in Accra, Ghana and across Africa. His passion and dedication to duty has caused him to accomplish staggering results within a short space of time.With regards to awards, Kojo has won several. Notable amongst them are The Osagyefo Pan African Eminence Art Director/ Production Designer Award 2016; The World Leader Laureate, a PENTASI B’ AWARD 2018 and The 40 Under 40 Award 2019 for the Theatre and Arts category. He also won an Honorary Award from the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon, in 2017. Other recognitions include nominations for The Global Art Awards; under the category of Ultimate Best Global Mixed Media Artist Award 2017 in Dubai. Yale University also awarded him a Citation of Inspiration in 2018. In 2019 in Nigeria, he was celebrated as a Living Legend by the World Institute of Peace and became the recipient of the World Icon of Peace Award, in 2018 two of his best stage design works were selected and displayed at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (in Czech Republic) as African Section for Set Design and Costume.Dr. Kojo – Hilton is a strong art advocate, for the past 17 years has single handedly trained and mentored many young talents in Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Kenya, South Africa etc.He is the former Greater Accra Regional chairman for Ghana Association of Visual Artists (GAVA) 2017- 2019.He received the Pan African Republic Honorary Award 2019 and is currently The Pan African Art Ambassador, a Lifetime achievement Award. In 2020 Kojo-Hilton received an Honorary Doctorate license No. 43/2018 from International Forum for Creativity and Humanity – Kingdom of Morocco, same year he was awarded Extraordinary People Awards – USA, In Visual Artist Award of Honor.Events and Projects founded by Amb. Dr. Kojo-Hilton includes; Supports Arts Foundation(SAF), Visual Art Students Empowerment Project (VASEP), PKH Art Africa, Hilwood Studio, The Arts Legendary Wall of Fame Honours, The CombArt Show, Hilton Honorary Art Awards, Pan African States University of Art (PASUA) The community Art Festival.

Holiday issue

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As a bonus let me share my sisters favorite holiday main dish!

  • Carla’s Turkey Dressing
  • Ingredients
    • 1 pan of cornbread & 4 pieces of toast
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 cup chopped celery
    • 1 small onion
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 2 cups chicken stock
    • 2 tablespoons dried sage
    • salt and pepper to taste
  • Prepare the corn bread and toast according to directions. Cool and crumble. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9×13 inch baking dish. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the celery and onion until soft. In a large bowl, combine the celery, onions, 3 cups crumbled corn bread, eggs, chicken stock, sage and salt and pepper to taste; mix well. Pour in greased baking dish.

Moms pound cake

  • Buttermilk Pound Cake
  • Ingredients
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup butter
    • 3 cups white sugar
    • 6 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease one 9 or 10 inch tube pan. Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar. Mix in the In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar. Mix in the eggs, one at time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the lemon and the vanilla extracts. Gently mix in flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake 90min.
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Overcoming Covid Fatigue

Overcoming COVID-19 Fatigue

Dr. Henry Oh

With the holiday season coming soon, it is very common for families and different groups to be thinking or making plans by this time of the year on how they will spend their holidays. Most of the activities involve reunions, parties, celebrations, small or large group gatherings, and the common denominator of all these activities is potluck. Everyone is invited or requested to bring homemade or commercially-prepared dish of food to be shared. The interactions in these gatherings bring fun, camaraderie or closeness to many people. The exchange of gifts, sharing of stories, singing and having family parlor games are enjoyed by many people especially children of all ages. Other fun activities during the holiday season include traveling and sight-seeing.

However, all these fun activities are now restricted or even halted. The coming of COVID-19 into our lives has disrupted many of our daily activities. Our cherished holiday season would not be spared from this. It’s been almost ten months now that we have been dealing with shutdowns, lockdowns, wearing of masks, hand-washing, precautions, etc. Staying home or “quarantining oneself” could be the safest way from being exposed to COVID-19. However, staying home for a long time has many “side effects.” Adults and children feel isolated. Going out to do essential house chores or errands with mask and hand sanitizers, also add to these “side effects.” Eventually many people get “tired” and this is what we call “COVID fatigue.” Some people describe it as “caution fatigue” which means, “It’s when people start to have low motivation when it comes to following safety guidelines” (Mattison, Caution Fatigue, Khon2.com, June 2020).

Our life today is so different from just about a year ago. We miss so much that kind of life that we used to have. There is a feeling of longingness for that normal life. We often hear from many individuals asking questions like, “When is this going to end? When is the vaccine available? When can I travel?” The more we ponder on these questions, the more we become anxious and worried. Spending so much time thinking about our old normal life would add more frustrations because we tend to compare our “isolated” or “restricted” life today from the past one. We may even feel “guilty” for taking things for granted what we had in the past. Eventually many people become so stressed out, not to mention the increasing cases of mental health problems and drug addiction. This pandemic has caused other problems to arise such as difficulty sleeping, change in eating habits, emotional worries about job loss or loss of income, and worsening existing health problems.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (CDC, July 2020).

The important question now is “How are we going to overcome this COVID fatigue?” There are several things that you can do to help you cope up with COVID fatigue. First of all, there are three (3) very important things to do. First, minimize or take a break from watching or listening to news and reading articles about COVID-19 or pandemic. If you keep watching or reading news about the pandemic for a long time, it can cause you to worry, become depress and even panic that can badly affect your daily life or routine at home. It is still important though to check once in a while the progress of the pandemic situation and the availability of COVID-19 vaccines.

Secondly, avoid excessive use of your cellphone because it can “isolate” or “alienate” other people who live with you at home. If you’re on your cellphone all the time, this can send a wrong signal to the other person who is talking to you. It can be misinterpreted as ignoring the other person. Since many people already feel “isolated” or restricted at home, this would put the other person more in “isolation” or “alienation.” The next time you talk to the other person, he or she may just ignore you, too. Always keep an active communication at home especially during family time like lunch or dinner.

Thirdly, give your body sunlight exposure for 10- 15 minutes a day between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. If your skin is sensitive, 10 minutes may be enough. The human body produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Some of the health benefits of sunlight include: improves mood, improves sleep, promotes bone growth, strengthen immune system and promotes weight loss (Nazish, Why Sunlight is actually good for you, Forbes, Feb. 2018). Sunlight exposure can help with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of seasonal depression during winter when there is less sunlight. Low self-esteem, depressed mood, loss of interest, changes in eating habits and sleep patterns, difficulty concentrating and fatigue (Robinson et al, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Help Guide, Aug. 2020).

Another way to overcome COVID fatigue is learning how to breath when anxiety or panic sets into your mind. Your chest may become tight and your heart rate increases. Remember to do deep breathing. Inhale deeply, hold your breath for 3-5 seconds, and exhale slowly through your mouth. Do these 5 times and then go back to your regular breathing. Do this breathing exercise at least 3 times a day, or whenever you feel anxious or stress out.

Meditation is highly recommended especially when you wake up in the morning, and before going to sleep at night. Stretching and aerobic exercises are important for oxygenation. One simple exercise is called the shoulder shrug. Raise the top of your shoulders as high as you can while inhaling deeply at the same time. You should feel some tension in your shoulders and neck. Hold your shoulders up and breath for 3-5 seconds, and then drop your shoulders back down while exhaling your breath through your mouth at the same time. Do this 3-5 times. Physical exercise includes walking around and every corner of the house at least 3 rounds. If you have a smaller area, do it for 6 rounds. Do this walking exercise 3 times a day- morning, afternoon, and last one in the evening. It is best to do this after eating a meal, or when your stomach is full. This helps to keep your waistline and weight from increasing.

Jogging in place, dancing, Zumba, Pilates, cycling and Tai Chi are also very helpful in relieving stress. If you’re the athletic type of person or one who does heavy workout, going to the gym may expose you to the coronavirus and other viral or bacterial infections. Find something that can substitute your gym workout. Skipping or jumping rope is good for your cardiovascular system. Start with lower number of repetitions and build it gradually on a weekly time frame. You can do workouts at home for each specific muscle of your body without the use of machines or major equipment. You can use dumbbells and weight bench at home. If you have a pet, carry your pet as a weight for your exercise. Be creative but be safe when doing your home workouts.

Learn to do arts and crafts at home such as painting and crochet. You may find a new skill or talent that you haven’t discovered yet. Take short courses online. Attend online seminars. Learn to cook gourmet meals. Play with your pets. Teach your pets some tricks. Learn a new hobby. Learn to play the piano, guitar or flute. Eat your meals regularly. Do home gardening. Watch adventure movies. Call your family and friends. Stay away from caffeine, energy drinks and spicy foods. Find or use a social media that is more positive or useful. Read self-help books or articles including spiritual or faith-based books. Write a journal. Post entries to your journal daily and write a weekly summary. Focus on what you accomplished.

Make a list of all possible fun activities that you can think of. Create a table that lists each activity in one column, and add 7 columns that correspond to the days of the week like Monday, Tuesday, and so on. Organize the activities into 2 or 3 groups: one for morning, one for afternoon, and possibly one for evening. The goal is to overcome COVID fatigue by keeping yourself busy while enjoying your home activities. Don’t let this pandemic nightmare engulf you. Build and strengthen yourself physically, mentally and spiritually so you can help in the same way your other family members, friends and your community.

From the Author Latrice Fowler

Latrice is an accomplished writer and self-published author in the personal and spiritual growth space. She’s published 3 books, a host of website-exclusive articles via her online writespace. She now adds poet to her list of accolades with the debut of her first poetry book, Homeless for the Holidays: More Blessed, Than Stressed. 

Latrice curates words that inspire a bold, faith-filled life of action, abundance and increase. Through business, personal and spiritual development articles, essays, books and devotionals. Her vision is for readers to be left with a strong boost in confidence, an urgency to step into position as they build the life of their dreams through perseverance and faith.

Latrice Fowler 
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