CCF hosts citizenship summit

The Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF) hosted a citizenship summit in Sterling Heights on Thursday, May 23. As the path to citizenship can sometimes be a confusing one, the CCF hosted this event and invited community leaders in an effort to share knowledge and provide some clarity and guidance regarding the process.

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Strength, perseverance, and perspective

From a young age, Sara Murphy knew that she wanted to be independent. “I wanted to go to college, and I was determined to find a way to pay for it,” said Murphy. Murphy enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2009, and served until 2013, earning the rank and title of Sergeant. She ultimately went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from Baker College in Auburn Hills. She graduated in June of 2016.

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Before There Were Borders: Review

Written by first generation Assyrian-American sisters Josephine Attisha and Mary Zomayah, “Before There Were Borders” is a “coming of age” story about Sara Georges, a young Assyri­an-American woman who shares her story of growing up in Iraq with her American-born granddaughter. Sara tells her granddaughter about how she dealt with Iraq’s culture, patri­archy, and limitations. Unaware of the harsh truths of her grandmother’s homeland, Sara’s stories are eye-opening for her granddaughter.

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Hope for a home

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there are approximately 13,000 children in foster care in the state of Michigan. “We have 612 children in foster care in Macomb County currently,” said Kim Borja.

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In the garden of mint

“Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram / The marigold, that goes to bed wi' the sun.” Shakespeare’s description of summer triggers my sensory memory: fragrant, oil filled leaves cooking in the hot sun, the kids sampling lemon balm and mint in one green-mouth-filled, smiling bite, proud that they know how to identify one leaf from another in the herb garden. A brush of a leg or stroke of the hand and you’re wearing summer’s minty perfume.

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Congressmen Levin, Moolenaar introduce bill to provide relief for Iraqi nationals facing deportation

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI-09) and Congressman John Moolenaar (R-MI-04) late yesterday introduced H.R. 2537, or the Deferred Removal for Iraqi Nationals Including Minorities Act, which will provide relief to Iraqi nationals who have orders of removal.

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What to eat with IBD

Whether you are newly diagnosed or a long time patient with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis), you most likely have or will have questions about your diet. Many of my clients that I have worked with over the years have told me that they have heard that they should eat whatever they like and to not restrict any specific foods, because diet has no effect on the disease.

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Heart failure

Heart failure is a chronic and progressive condition. Heart failure happens when the heart is unable to pump enough blood and oxygen in your body to meet the needs of the other organs. The inability to pump properly means the blood flow from your heart slows down leading to fluid back up causing one to develop swelling of the feet, otherwise known as leg edema. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, an estimated 5.7 million Americans are living with heart failure (HF). Half of those who develop the disease will die within five years of diagnosis.

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