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by Darius E. Bennett, Esq. “I had to find what I was comfortable with and compare myself to my own expectations, not to anyone else’s.”                                     — Monica Seles, Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self A former teen prodigy, Monica Seles finished her tennis career a 9-time major champion, an Olympic […]

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By Darius E. Bennett, Esq. “What wants to happen?”                         — Eileen McNamara That wise query originated with the mother of a dear friend. It was proposed in the context of my friend –her daughter– insistently swimming during her younger years against the unyielding current of life. As with koi in Japanese culture, swimming upstream […]

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By Darius E. Bennett, Esq. While reading this passage –part of his final letter to his daughter– one senses Ashe’s patience and worry, as well as a sense of urgency and fatherly insistence. He references, and leans heavily on, Maya Angelou’s poem On the Pulse of Morning to teach the lessons of “a rock, a […]

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By Darius E. Bennett, Esq. In his acclaimed “practical guide to personal freedom,” don Miguel Ruíz advises, “Being impeccable with your word is not using the word against yourself.” The idea is to speak words that represent who you are, understanding that you are responsible for how your words ramify. If you gossip about a […]

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By Darius E. Bennett, Esq. To demonstrate this point, Thich Nhat Hanh raises what appears to be an empty glass, and challenges his audience with the query that if the glass is empty, then “Empty of what?” Walking softly and ably over the mental obstacles built by their assumptions, he continues his skillful ingress into […]

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By Darius E. Bennett, Esq. Before becoming editor-in-chief of Self Magazine, Lucy Danziger was a college athlete, competing in rowing and ski-racing. Between the two, Danziger preferred rowing because she feared it less, and was “naturally good at it.” What’s more, she was not a particularly strong skier, and was rather more adept at encouraging […]

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By Darius E. Bennett, Esq. At age 15, Billie Jean King lost a match 6-0, 6-0.  For those readers uninitiated in how wins and losses are measured in tennis, that score evinces that Billie Jean did not win one game before eventually losing the entire match; that is, out of twelve games played to determine […]

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By Darius Bennett “[One must] always sing on the interest, never on the principal.”                                                             –Leontyne Price Most people have at least one person who is their lifeline when transiting through periods of emotional straits. The person they call when their boss has said something untoward about their performance, or if a colleague intimates […]

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By Darius Bennett [Editor’s Note]  The EDRM is committed to our entire community, and each whole person within it.  A story for the times. “Since I survived that year…I shall survive anything.” — Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe Actually, the full passage reads as so:  “’Since I survived that year,’ he always said, ‘I shall […]

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