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Smack Shack

Like many in the Twin Cities I’ve patiently awaited the opening of the Smack Shack in the North Loop of Minneapolis for over a year.  I was hooked the first time I had the shack’s Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lobster Roll & Shrimp Po Boy at the 1029 Bar. After months and months of opening delays the Smack… View Article

When You Don’t Know What You Want to Seize (My 1st VLOG)

I’m in Oakland, CA this weekend attending a funeral. The mother of one of my dear friends, in fact one of the first friends I made when I moved to Minneapolis passed away.  It’s bitter sweet this weekend because my friend is saying goodbye to her mother… which in my opinion is GONE TO SOON. The… View Article

Missed Opportunity

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.” – Orison Sett Marden Last week I was at on the treadmill and watching a segment on CBS this Morning about Justice Clarence Thomas making history by breaking his streak of seven years of silence… View Article

I Know that I Know

HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR! One of my OWN Ambassadors shared this video with our group a few weeks ago and I finally took the time to BE STILL, WATCH &PROCESS it. I’m in Hawaii currently and last night I randomly ended up in two conversations about “expecting.”  In all honesty, I EXPECT a miracle… View Article


Just like the ingredients in a YUMMY pot of gumbo can vary so will the content shared here.  Here is where  I will share a little of this and a little of that….my travels, great meals I’ve tried, recipes to try, movies to see, etc.! ENJOY

Happy Birthday Jesus

I wasn’t feeling very well yesterday and really not in the Christmas spirit. Today I woke up refreshed, feeling better and reminded that the whole reason behind celebrating today is celebrating Jesus’ birthday! I’ve been shopping and storing things for the “Christmas” since October and I managed to pack up all the stuff I bought… View Article

Be Nice to Me…I’m a Human Being

What does a hello cost?   How much energy are you exerting when you smile?   Do you have the time to sincerely ask someone how they are doing, listen to their answer and reply accordingly?   Were you taught to mind your manners as a child? If so, are you still minding them… View Article


I woke up yesterday morning with the word perspective top of mind!  When I think about perspective I envision two people standing in a museum looking at the same picture.  One person sees a terrible thunderstorm and the other person sees people dancing in the rain. How can that be….aren’t the two people look at… View Article

The Walking Wounded

This past Sunday I was laying in bed, listening to the white noise of the television and reading a book which was a collection of journal entries from a diverse group of people from around the world. As I read everyone’s personal story of their life’s journey it dawned on me that these people like so… View Article

Uncertainty, Trust & Faith

I haven’t posted a Thought from Jasmine in a VERY long time. It’s been on my “to do list” for days, weeks and months; yet I never find the time to post but that’s changing today! My life took a big change on June 18, 2012 when I was informed that I was being “displaced”… View Article

The Foundation

I’ve totally—well let’s say I’ve altered my lifestyle a great deal. I wouldn’t say that I’m a “gym rat,” but the gym and making good decisions on my daily food intake have become a vital part of my life. I’ve lost a great deal of weight (over 30 pounds) in the last year and a… View Article

I have learned…

A few months ago I decided that I was going to be like Paul (the apostle) and be content in all situations. I was no longer going to play these self torturing mind games of If I did —-, made this amount of money, lived —–, lost twenty pounds, got married or had a baby… View Article

Sex and the City

This my first published thought of 2008. First let me say I can’t believe how fast time flies. I cannot believe that it is May 29, 2008. We are almost halfway through 2008. Anyway, I’m really excited….excited about what you may ask? Well Sex and the City(SATC)…the MOVIE comes out tomorrow and I am actually… View Article

Everything Happens for Reason

Does it? Why do premature deaths happen, why are people laid off from their jobs, why are women raped, innocent children killed, why do some people go to bed hungry…the list goes on and on. I’m really not sure why we experience bad things or suffer from unpleasantries, but on the other hand I don’t… View Article

Life is Short

I’ve always believed that life is short. No one knows the moment, second, minute, hour, day month or year they are going to die. One could choke on a chicken bone or go peacefully in their sleep one night. The point that I am trying to make is that no one is invincible and as… View Article

Relationships are like Split Ends

I didn’t run out of thoughts. I took a little summer vacation, but I’m back now and I have lots of thoughts!I just got of the phone with a friend and her situation reminded me of one my favorite JBS original quotes…”sometimes relationships are like split ends and they need to be cut” This can… View Article


I was moved tonight by the story of a retired black serivce man who had spent a good amount of time on a US Airforce base outside of Biloxi, Mississippi. During his time in segregated Mississippi he was not permitted to go to the “White Only” beach and was therefore he was forced to spend… View Article

When I…

I’m convinced that most Americans live in a constant state of “When I.” When I get a new job…When I lose 10 pounds…When I get the kids off to college…When I get married…When I turn 30…When I get a promotion…When I make a little more money…When I retire… The list goes on an on an… View Article


Latley I’ve been thinking about personal dreams. Dream BIG Sometimes you have to get a new dream Dreams change

A Dream Deferred

A Dream Deferredby Langston Hughes What happens to a dream deferred?Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet?Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.Or does it explode?