Monthly Archives: February 2018

Discover the Ruby in you

A Retreat for women of all ages to discover the “real” woman within
Participants will hear the story of Ruby, an enslaved young woman who recognized her
real self despite the label of slave and the conditions under which she was forced to live.
Participants answer the question: What greater things am I to express in my life?
Participants examine the messages and disempowering beliefs that have prevented them
from living up to their full potential, develop a new set of beliefs, and strategies for
choosing to live their true destiny.
Dr. Martha Bireda has worked with women’s issues for the last thirty years. She has
developed courses for women and girls, facilitated workshops for women, and
developed a specialty in co-dependency counseling and women’s empowerment. Dr.
Bireda is the author of Love Addiction: A Guide to Emotional Independence, and
Pathway to Change: A Guide to Personal Empowerment.
Jackie Reed is employed by the Charlotte School System as a facilitator/coach for
special needs students and has a special interest in the issues faced by young women
The retreat will be held at Cooper Street Recreational Center on Sat, April 21, 2018.
The Retreat begins at 10:00 AM and concludes at 3:00 PM.
The cost of the Retreat is $20 and includes lunch and materials.
The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Martha Bireda and Ms. Jackie Reed.
Please RSVP by March 17, 2018 at (941) 639-3034
” I am not enslaved by messages, beliefs, or conditions. I am free. I am free to be the real me.
I now release the “Ruby” with me.”






We need more than prayers for the victims.

POLITICS 02/14/2018 09:30 pm ET
Florida Republicans’ Offers Of Prayers Invite Accusations Of Hypocrisy
Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott have long fought against gun control legislation.

By Nick Visser, Huffington Post

Shortly after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R) tweeted that “Today is that terrible day you pray never comes.”

Florida Republicans Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott were swift to condemn the horrific school shooting in their state on Wednesday afternoon, offering prayers after a gunman killed at least 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Scott called for “thoughts and prayers” as news of the shooting emerged, and Rubio sent off a tweet calling the shooting an event “you pray never comes.”

But both men have a history of coziness with gun advocates, receiving “A+” ratings and endorsements from the National Rifle Association ahead of their respective elections in 2014 and 2016. The distinction is reserved “for legislators who have excellent voting records on Second Amendment issues and who have vigorously fought to promote and defend the right to keep and bear arms.”

During a Republican presidential primary debate in 2015, Rubio said new gun laws were “ineffective” and “infringe on the rights of law-abiding people and do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.” A few months later, he went out and bought a gun on Christmas Eve.

Critics were quick to remind the lawmakers of their track records of voting against gun restrictions that could help prevent tragedies like the one in Parkland