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  • 7 Ways to Make Her Feel Like a Princess

    I remember when I was a young teenager I remember sitting around the campfire with my friends discussing the Disney princesses. Our purpose was two-fold: first, to identify which ones were the most attractive, and second, to rank them in order of their beauty and then argue as to who was right about the most attractive princess.

     

     

    Those were fun times. It was always a hearty discussion and each of us almost always had a different number one princess. Part of this debate was defending your opinion which meant you needed to be very familiar with the physical aspects and personality of the princess that you were championing.
     
    I'm not sure why we did this but as I've gotten older and reflected on those teenage discussions I have also realized that, while inadvertent, I was being prepared to recognize the princess I wanted to marry someday. She had to be very attractive, smart, funny, sweet and kind, strong, and courageous. When I met her many years later, I recognized her instantly.
     
    I believe that most men when they are engaged or newly wed would agree that they recognize the princess in their fiancee/spouse and she would say that he treats her like a princess. But how many women would say that they still feel like their husband's princess (or queen) after a few years of marriage? I suspect not nearly as many.
     
    Husbands, let me remind you how to make your wife feel like a princess.
    1. Save her from dragons. Whether it is the children, her own nerves, or pressures from life save her from them. Take her away on a date or maybe a get away. You might not be able to slay the dragons but you can help her escape them even if it's only temporary.
    2. Be her prince. Be a gentleman and shower her with jewels. They can be real jewels like ear rings or necklaces. Or they can be metaphorical jewels like opening the door for her, giving her your coat, or saying kind things.
    3. Shower her with treasures. They can be real treasures like ear rings or necklaces. Or they can be metaphorical treasures like opening the door for her, giving her your coat, or saying kind things. The small and simple things like kind words and deeds are the greatest treasures.
    4. Build her a castle. If you can do it, actually build her a real castle. However, most of us aren't going to be able to do that. Instead make your home, wherever it is, a sanctuary and somewhere that she feels safe. Her castle should be a place where she is protected from criticism and unkind words. In her castle she should feel confident and secure in who she is. Make your home her castle.

    5. Buy her shoes and clothes. Whether or not they are glass slippers girls love shoes. Need I say more?

    6. Make her feel pretty and outstanding. According to dictionary.com one definition of princess is "any very attractive or outstanding woman." Tell her she's pretty and amazing. Share with her why you're attracted to her and tell her the things you admire about her. Remind her that she is a princess because she is very attractive and outstanding.

    7. Treat her like the prize. This last one is the most important and encapsulates all of the others. I found this description of a princess in literature and it is perfect. "In terms of epic story structure, the Princess is the sought after person, the prize, the Holy Grail." Does your wife feel this way?

     

    Men, I challenge you to make sure your wife remembers the princess that she is. Women, I challenge you to be the princesses that your husbands believe you are.

     

     

     

    What do you do (or what does your husband do) to make your wife feel like a princess?

     

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  • 13 Tips to Increase Your Family’s Happiness and Health

    Obama was right—happy families are all alike. At least they share certain basic characteristics. Here are a few of the foundations experts say are key to a loving, cheerful home:

    1. Create cuddle time.
    You can’t overdose on hugs. It’s important for families to spend time snuggling in bed together, reading, or talking or playing games. This kind of positive touch helps kids feel loved and secure, plus it’s fun for parents!

    2. Sing together, stay together.
    The Von Trapp family had it right—singing together is a terrific way to bond as a family. Make up your own words to your favorite tunes; dance around the living room with your children; and use music to motivate room cleaning.

     

    3. Make room for fun.
    While it’s good to encourage your children’s schoolwork and extracurricular activities, too much emphasis on them can create tension and anxiety. Make time for activities that have no purpose other than to allow family members to enjoy spending time together. Play games, plot surprise parties, take long walks, explore a cave, plant a garden, or cook.

    4. Exercise together.
    Take a run or a bike ride to a local park with your child. At the park, you can take time to relax while your child plays in the sandbox or on the seesaw. This kind of outing allows parents to model healthy behavior, get exercise, and spend time with their kids.

    5. Create healthy habits.
    Junk food high in salt and sugar may taste appealing, but it will play havoc with your family’s health and moods. Create healthy snacking habits by leaving out bowls of fruit, cut-up vegetables, nuts, or dried fruit.

    6. Cook together.
    This is another way to get kids interested in healthy foods. While you’re whipping up dinner with your children you are encouraging healthy eating habits as well as teaching cooking, measurement, teamwork, and improvisational skills. Also, kids who help makes meals are more likely to eat them.

    7. Reward good behavior.
    It’s important to reinforce your child’s good behavior. But there’s no need to be extravagant. A trip to the humane shelter, a visit to the zoo, a movie and popcorn, or a slightly later bedtime can be good motivators.

    8. Read and write together.
    Make time every day for reading. Read aloud to the kids, or have the whole family spend time with their own books, or listen to an audiobook. Cuddling up on the couch can make it even cozier. It’s also important for children to spend some time writing each day.

    9. Go one-on-one.
    Parents with more than one child should try to spend a little time interacting just with one child each day, even if it’s just for ten minutes. That special time with a parent helps the child feel special and to bond with you.

    10. Have routines.
    Kids thrive when they know what to expect. So bedtime routines that involve bath, stories, and songs before sleep can minimize nighttime misbehavior. A morning routine can also help you get out the door faster with little fuss.

    11. Appreciate each other.
    Find little ways to show how much you value each other. One idea is to do a little happy dance every time a child returns from school or a parent from work.

    12. Remember sorry isn’t enough.
    When one of your children hurts the feelings of a sibling, it’s not enough to apologize. That child must also find a way to help heal the hurt she has caused, by helping with a chore or sharing a toy.

    13. Prioritize your marriage
    The most important thing you can do for your child is to love your spouse and to demonstrate that love. This models a good relationship for your child and helps to keep your marriage intact.

    Sources: Parents.comWebMD.comRedbookmag.com

     

     

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  • Copenhagen University offers course on Beyoncé

     

    Students at Copenhagen University are being offered classes on “Beyoncé.

    Already 75 students at the university - which dates back more than 530 years - have signed up for the course.

    The class, entitled “Beyoncé, Gender and Race” will be taught in much the same way as other cultural courses such as opera, the Local reported.

    Such is the interest in the class that it has been moved to a larger lecture hall.

    Erik Steinskog told the Danish broadcaster, TV2 that the work of Beyoncé Knowles was a matter of academic interest.

    “We will analyse her songs and music videos. There will be a focus on gender, sexuality and race," he said.

    "One of the goals [of the class] is to introduce black feminist thought, which is not well known in Scandinavia. We want to explore the kind of entity feminism is,” he said.

    “Beyoncé is important in understanding the world we live in. Beyoncé is one of the biggest pop artists today, which makes her important in an analysis of contemporary times,” Prof Steinskog added.

    Copenhagen is not even breaking new ground. Rutgers University in New Jersey launched a Beyoncé course several years ago.

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  • UN political chief urges Security Council to 'remain united, take appropriate action' on DPR Korea

     

     Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman briefs the Security Council on 4 September 2017 on the latest nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). UN Photo/Evan Schneider

    4 September 2017 – The top United Nations political official today urged the Security Council to remain united and take appropriate action against Sunday's nuclear explosive test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

    “The latest serious developments require a comprehensive response in order to break the cycle of provocations from the DPRK,” said Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, in an emergency Council meeting, noting that “such a response must include wise and bold diplomacy to be effective.”

    Mr. Feltman, however, stressed the importance of responding to humanitarian needs regardless of the political situation as the people of the DPRK rely on the international community to provide humanitarian assistance.

    Today's meeting was the Council's second emergency meeting on the DPRK in less than a week and the tenth time the body has met to discuss the DPRK this year.

    On the details of Sunday's event, Mr. Feltman said that the DPRK characterized it as a “perfect success in the test of a hydrogen bomb for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)” and as marking “a very significant occasion in attaining the final goal of completing the state nuclear force.”

    He said that it is evident the yield of the device was larger than any of the DPRK's previous nuclear tests and experts have estimated a yield of between 50 and 100 kilotons, or on average more than five times more powerful than the weapon detonated over Hiroshima and at the low end of the yield of a modern thermonuclear weapon.

    Citing a DPRK article that stated the hydrogen bomb was “a multi-functional thermonuclear nuke with great destructive power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP [electromagnetic pulse] attack,” Mr. Feltman said that “this was a rare reference by the DPRK to the use of EMP,” which, triggered by a nuclear weapon, would aim for widespread damage and disruption to electricity grids and sensitive electronics, including on satellites.

    He also drew attention to reports today indicating that the DPRK may be preparing new ballistic missile tests.

    “We are alarmed by this dangerous provocation,” he said, noting that Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated his call on the DPRK leadership to cease such acts and to comply fully with its international obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions.

    “We will continue to carefully follow the developments and remain in close coordination with the concerned international organizations, Members of the Council and other governments concerned,” he concluded.

    United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that her delegation will table a draft resolution on strengthening sanctions against the DPRK.

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  • Ethiopian Airlines to build a second hotel in Bole Addis Ababa with a cost of 2.5 billion Birr

     

    Ethiopian Airlines, the national transporter, moves further to vanquish the inn business through the development of a 637-enter five-star inn in the capital. The lodging costs the Company around 2.5 billion Br.

    The inn will likewise have an obligation free shop, social shop, a flight historical center and parking areas based on a 22,410sqm plot of land.

    The Airline declared a delicate to procure an expert for the second stage venture of fusing a five-star inn and obligation free shopping center on the plot situated before the Millennium Hall. Its other inn, which is now under development, is likewise arranged there.

    The triumphant organization will manage the outline audit and endorsement, site supervision and contract organization of the Hotel. Development will start this monetary year.

    The finishing of the new inn's plan and development is normal inside two and half years in the wake of granting the agreement. Alongside the continuous stage one lodging, the aggregate number of rooms to be worked by the Airlines will achieve 1,110. The two inns will lie on a consolidated 42,410sqm plot of land.

    As indicated by universal brand inn's gauge for Ethiopia, it costs 150,000 dollars to build a stay with a five-star standard. In this manner, the aggregate cost for the new undertaking could reach to 95.5 million dollars.

    "Ethiopian will profit an adequate number of lodging rooms with a satisfactory worldwide standard to make a favorable domain for travelers other than obliging travelers amid travels, delays or specialized postponements," the offering record of the Company peruses, clarifying the goal of the development of the new inn.

    Its objective client base isn't restricted to travelers just, yet will likewise incorporate visitors.

    "It intends to give rooms to clients, and vacationers while they remain nearby for business, gatherings, and meetings," includes the offering archive.

    The bidders are relied upon to administer the two periods of the plan, utilization of shared offices, arranging outlines, stopping, security, check posts, doorways, and exits. The triumphant organization is additionally anticipated that would scan for a perceived globally tied administration organization.

    Established in 1946, Ethiopian Airlines has 36 load, 95 global and 19 household goals. As of April 30, 2017, the organization's staff come to more than 13,484. Amid the 2015/16 monetary year, it got a 6.12 billion Br benefit. That year, it conveyed around 7.5 million travelers.

    As of late, the Airline was rebuilt as the Ethiopian Airlines Group involving the Ethiopian Airport Enterprise (EAE), Passenger Airline, Cargo Airline and Logistics Company, Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, Ethiopian MRO Services and Ethiopian Hotel and Tourism Services.

    China National Aero-Technology is embraced the development of the 373-room lodging since two years. The Chinese organization is relied upon to hand over the undertaking in 720 days from the honor date. The inn was composed and is right now under supervision by a joint wander of a neighborhood firm, Sileshi Consultant and International and Molen Associates, a Hong Kong-based organization.

    The stage one lodging venture, which is in progress on a 20,000sqm land before Millennium Hall on Africa Avenue, has had many good and bad times since its declaration nine years back. The offer for its development was scratched off three times subsequent to being granted to development organizations because of reasons that were not revealed.

    In the first round, National Consultant Plc, Ultimate Plan Plc, and ETG Designers and Consultants Plc. were shortlisted, however Ethiopian crossed out it following a 11-month-long process. For the second time, it declared a shut offer in March 2012 which was likewise repealed later.

    As a third option, the Airline concurred with the China-Africa Development Fund and HNA Hotels and Resorts (Group) Co. Ltd. to build up the inn in a joint wander course of action. However, without any result. At last, it granted the task to the Chinese Construction Company two years prior.

    For a specialist in the Hotel Consultancy business for more than two decades, Ethiopian Airlines' turn could be a risk for the current lodging organizations in the city, which are still in their outset.

    "Instead of sharing others' business, it could put resources into the territories not yet tapped by private financial specialists, for example, creating meeting goals," said this master.

    As of August 2017, the quantity of star-evaluated lodgings achieved 164. These inns have a sum of 8,000 rooms with 10,000 beds. From these star level lodgings, 80 have officially gotten their evaluations from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and seven were titled as five-star inns.

    Be that as it may, Lud Abiy, general chief of Addis Abeba Hotel Owners Sectoral Association, sees the new improvement with a positive eye as it would contribute a considerable measure to the inn business and raise the quality and standard of the inn business in the capital.

    "As a large portion of the sightseers go to the nation to went to gatherings, it won't debilitate the matter of different inns in the city," remarked Lud.

    The specialized assessment of the offer was relied upon to be held a week ago, yet it is put off for two more weeks.

    Ethiopian Airlines did not react to the request through messages and letters from Fortune until the point when the paper was sent to print.

     

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  • Ethiopian Airlines to build a second hotel in Bole Addis Ababa with a cost of 2.5 billion Birr

     

    Ethiopian Airlines, the national transporter, moves further to vanquish the inn business through the development of a 637-enter five-star inn in the capital. The lodging costs the Company around 2.5 billion Br.

    The inn will likewise have an obligation free shop, social shop, a flight historical center and parking areas based on a 22,410sqm plot of land.

    The Airline declared a delicate to procure an expert for the second stage venture of fusing a five-star inn and obligation free shopping center on the plot situated before the Millennium Hall. Its other inn, which is now under development, is likewise arranged there.

    The triumphant organization will manage the outline audit and endorsement, site supervision and contract organization of the Hotel. Development will start this monetary year.

    The finishing of the new inn's plan and development is normal inside two and half years in the wake of granting the agreement. Alongside the continuous stage one lodging, the aggregate number of rooms to be worked by the Airlines will achieve 1,110. The two inns will lie on a consolidated 42,410sqm plot of land.

    As indicated by universal brand inn's gauge for Ethiopia, it costs 150,000 dollars to build a stay with a five-star standard. In this manner, the aggregate cost for the new undertaking could reach to 95.5 million dollars.

    "Ethiopian will profit an adequate number of lodging rooms with a satisfactory worldwide standard to make a favorable domain for travelers other than obliging travelers amid travels, delays or specialized postponements," the offering record of the Company peruses, clarifying the goal of the development of the new inn.

    Its objective client base isn't restricted to travelers just, yet will likewise incorporate visitors.

    "It intends to give rooms to clients, and vacationers while they remain nearby for business, gatherings, and meetings," includes the offering archive.

    The bidders are relied upon to administer the two periods of the plan, utilization of shared offices, arranging outlines, stopping, security, check posts, doorways, and exits. The triumphant organization is additionally anticipated that would scan for a perceived globally tied administration organization.

    Established in 1946, Ethiopian Airlines has 36 load, 95 global and 19 household goals. As of April 30, 2017, the organization's staff come to more than 13,484. Amid the 2015/16 monetary year, it got a 6.12 billion Br benefit. That year, it conveyed around 7.5 million travelers.

    As of late, the Airline was rebuilt as the Ethiopian Airlines Group involving the Ethiopian Airport Enterprise (EAE), Passenger Airline, Cargo Airline and Logistics Company, Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, Ethiopian MRO Services and Ethiopian Hotel and Tourism Services.

    China National Aero-Technology is embraced the development of the 373-room lodging since two years. The Chinese organization is relied upon to hand over the undertaking in 720 days from the honor date. The inn was composed and is right now under supervision by a joint wander of a neighborhood firm, Sileshi Consultant and International and Molen Associates, a Hong Kong-based organization.

    The stage one lodging venture, which is in progress on a 20,000sqm land before Millennium Hall on Africa Avenue, has had many good and bad times since its declaration nine years back. The offer for its development was scratched off three times subsequent to being granted to development organizations because of reasons that were not revealed.

    In the first round, National Consultant Plc, Ultimate Plan Plc, and ETG Designers and Consultants Plc. were shortlisted, however Ethiopian crossed out it following a 11-month-long process. For the second time, it declared a shut offer in March 2012 which was likewise repealed later.

    As a third option, the Airline concurred with the China-Africa Development Fund and HNA Hotels and Resorts (Group) Co. Ltd. to build up the inn in a joint wander course of action. However, without any result. At last, it granted the task to the Chinese Construction Company two years prior.

    For a specialist in the Hotel Consultancy business for more than two decades, Ethiopian Airlines' turn could be a risk for the current lodging organizations in the city, which are still in their outset.

    "Instead of sharing others' business, it could put resources into the territories not yet tapped by private financial specialists, for example, creating meeting goals," said this master.

    As of August 2017, the quantity of star-evaluated lodgings achieved 164. These inns have a sum of 8,000 rooms with 10,000 beds. From these star level lodgings, 80 have officially gotten their evaluations from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and seven were titled as five-star inns.

    Be that as it may, Lud Abiy, general chief of Addis Abeba Hotel Owners Sectoral Association, sees the new improvement with a positive eye as it would contribute a considerable measure to the inn business and raise the quality and standard of the inn business in the capital.

    "As a large portion of the sightseers go to the nation to went to gatherings, it won't debilitate the matter of different inns in the city," remarked Lud.

    The specialized assessment of the offer was relied upon to be held a week ago, yet it is put off for two more weeks.

    Ethiopian Airlines did not react to the request through messages and letters from Fortune until the point when the paper was sent to print.

     

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  • IF YOU SLEEP NAKED TONIGHT, HERE’S THE SURPRISING EFFECT IT’LL HAVE ON YOUR BODY

    IF YOU SLEEP NAKED TONIGHT, HERE’S THE SURPRISING EFFECT IT’LL HAVE ON YOUR BODY

    Actually, sleeping is one of the most essential things we can do for the sake of our health. If you lack sleep it may be very dangerous for your health. Nevertheless, are you familiar with the fact that if you sleep naked this will provide more benefits than if you sleep clothed? Actually, less than 10% of Americans sleep naked. What sleeping naked does is offer amazing health benefits, both physically and psychologically.

     

    WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU SLEEP NAKED?

    1. IMPROVES THE SKIN’S REPAIR PROCESSES

    If you sleep naked the skin will repair itself more easily. What will happen is the sebaceous glands will work at full capacity and the skin will absorb the nutrients more quickly. Also, the body’s metabolic rate will improve.

    2. REDUCES PAIN

    Sleeping naked will stimulate circulation and reduce pain, especially that one in the abdominal area. Due to the pain relief, you will start to feel more comfortable and you will sleep tighter.

    3. BOOSTS THE ENERGY

    If you have a good night’s sleep, which you will if you sleep naked, your energy levels will get increased. This will help you have sufficient energy through the day.

     

    4. FEELING MORE FRISKY

    Skin to skin contact increases the bonding hormones like oxytocin and this will make you more sensitive to your partner’s touch. Also, this will strengthen the feelings of trust, connectivity and lower the heart rate.

    5. PROMOTES WEIGHT LOSS

    Due to sleeping naked, the cortisol levels will increase, and not only you will sleep better, but the weight loss process will be promoted as well. If you want to lose some weight, this is the solution.

    6. PREVENTS BACTERIA

    Sleeping naked can prevent the growth of yeast and bacteria. Also, this will dry out the spots of perspiration and keep the body comfortable.

    7. IMPROVES SLEEP

    If it was not obvious by now, sleeping naked is better for sleep than sleeping with clothes. What happens is the body temperature declines and if you wear clothes, the cycle is disrupted. Thus, you will toss and turn and have irregular sleeping patterns. While, if you sleep naked, this will promote the sleep quality and you will sleep like a baby.

    If you needed some reasons to sleep naked, we offered you 7 of them. If this is not enough to make you sleep naked, we do not know what is. Just embrace this and start sleeping naked, your health will improve and you will sleep like a baby.

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  • She is Selamawit Yohannes: Haftey with a Voice; Music That Moves Us All

     

    She is Selamawit Yohannes: Haftey with a Voice; Music That Moves Us All

     

     

    “Where words fail; music speaks”. Truer words have rarely been said about music than this quote from Hans Christian Andersen. If I wrote a thousand books and a million words for a hundred years, I would still not be able to fully express the way music has impacted my life and how music has been my greatest of healers. I have noticed one thing over the years; when I stop listening to music, I am asking for trouble. I think this is the case with all of us; where music is nowhere to be found, what hell is made evident. Music is the universal language that stills turbulence and gives meaning to the meaningless.

    I write these words inspired by the music of Selamawit Yohannes, an Ethiopian singer whose songs I bumped into on YouTube as it was running on continuous mode. The minute the song “Senay” came on with its catchy cadence and the rhythmic drum beats, I paused my writing and traced the arrow to the YouTube tab to see who was singing this music that was making my shoulders shimmy and my neck move side to side. What I was treated to was a video that was beautifully produced, a singer who was dripping with charisma and a voice that was through and through captivating.

    I never heard of Selamawit Yohannes before this day. But from the moment I heard her music, I subscribed to her channel and I could not get enough of her voice. I admit, when it comes to music I am a zealot. Let me hear a song I like and I will play it out like Donald Trump wore out his welcome at the White House. However, I expect a lot from musicians. I do not abide mediocrity nor will I ever write about music that does not move me and inspires a deep emotion in my heart. This is exactly what Selamawit’s music did for me last week; through her song, I was embraced by happiness and wrapped in melodies as if her voice was a gabi (blanket) on a cold December night.

    Here is the kicker though. The songs of Selamawit I kept listening to were in Tigrinia, a dialect spoken by Tigray people in Ethiopia. I don’t speak a lick of Tigrinia aside from four words I have picked up over the years. Hamushto, haftey, hawey, and mish–this is the extent of my knowledge of Tigrinia. Yet Selamawit’s music spoke to me because I could feel the essence of her soul through her voice. This is the magic of music; we don’t have to understand the language in order to love the music of a people. Music binds humanity in this way; I have met a lot of people who hate people from other tribes or nations, but rarely do I hear someone hate their music. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that church services are America’s most segregated hour; the inverse of this statement can be found at concerts. Music gathers the most ardent of foes under the umbrella of harmony; people who might otherwise detest one another let biases and preconceived notions go by the wayside the minute the music hits.

    I write this next paragraph of Ethiopia but really I write this for the world. Just because we might disagree politically or philosophically does not mean we have to disparage each other or bludgeon each other rhetorically. What unites us as a people is a lot greater than the current regime in power or the ideologies of the powerful. We all have common hopes, common dreams and all of us want a better future for our children. I pray this for my nation and the world; please put away antipathy and let love be our music. “Black” and “white”, believer versus non-believer, man versus woman, there are endless ways we inflict wounds on each other. If only we saw each other not as labels which don’t describe us but as fellow humans who are all in the struggle together. Humanity is one big orchestra; we all have different instruments and different ways we play music, harmony is found when we leverage our unique gifts and find a common music through our differences.

    Let me clarify this one thing, though my stance against the Ethiopian government is absolute, this should in no way be taken as a stand against my fellow Tigray people who are Ethiopian just like me. I love Tigray people as my own for they are my own. In my vein courses the blood and spirit of my grandfather four generations removed Ras Gebreyohanes who was the husband of Semeon Meshesha (family tree link). To hate Tigray people would be hating myself. The same can be said of all of us; not even the most rabid ethnic “purist” can say that they are not related to other tribes or ethnicities. Tribe is inconsequential when our blood comes from one. Demachin andinew. Let us remember that more than anything else; we are one people forged by one history. Though injustices are copious and past pains felt by many, we can only hope to heal from within when we treat each other as one family tied in by history and our common humanity.

    Next time, when you encounter someone who thinks different than you, instead of reverting to anger or animus, listen to their music and let the the songs of love heal us all. We have enough rancor and discord in the world, take a pause from the cacophony that is bleeding our spirits and humanity in the process–let harmony fill our souls. Listen to the music of Selamawit below and you will understand why I’ve been listening to her songs the whole time I’ve been writing this article. Her catchy tunes, her voice that is melodic and the addictive beats will have you moving and dancing right where you are at.

    Just now I met a woman named Angela who is a hairdresser here in Fort Collins. She asked me what I was working on and I told her that I’m writing an article about Selamawit Yohannes and the connective and healing power of music. Angela shared with me a story of how her mother, who was in a horrible car accident last January, has been ailing for a while and has not been too responsive. Yesterday, she visited her mom and decided to play John Denver’s album while giving her a foot massage. Her mom instantly became responsive and told Angela that she loved her. Angela was tearing up as she told me how she sobbed while hugging her mom. Music can heal us all in this way; music can give us peace in the midst of tribulation.

    Music is my maestro and melodies my serendipity. I give thanks to God above all and thank HIM for the music that is all around us. Let me end it on poetry, Selamawit means “she is peace” and Yohannes was the name of a former king of Ethiopia (see artwork below) who was once a rival of my ancestor Emperor Tewodros II (read Quintessential Jegna of Ethiopia)–the music of peace heals past pains and delivers love in the end. I pay respects to Emperor Yohannes IV the same way my father Fikremariam Million (Father’s Wisdom) paid respects to Haile Selassie when he signed up in the Ethiopian Navy instead of being embittered by the way his father Fitawary Million Tedla was taken away from him by injustices after World War II ended and Haile Selassie returned to power. Past is past; we move forward and let love be the music that heals humanity and brings us together as one. #SheisPeaceMusic

    “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” ~ Ludwig van Beethoven

    If you appreciate the message behind this write up and love music regardless of genre or dialect, share this article on social media using #SheisPeaceMusic and make sure to like Selamawit’s page on Facebook (Selamawit Yohannes)

    Check out the music of Selamawit Yohannes and let her music move you.

     

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