Police Officers: Authority and Accountability

Recently, there have been numerous news accounts regarding the use of force by police officers. In this thought-provoking article, Dr. Gary Welton examines the balance between power and accountability in America. Welton writes, “American freedom gives us freedom from arbitrary use of power. It does not, in any way, give us freedom from the accountability for our use of that power and authority.”

By Dr. Gary Welton America is not a police state. This is not a country in which the arm of justice is empowered to pursue arbitrary and selfish goals. Instead, America is a land of laws that restrict harm, damage, selfishness, and the arbitrary use of force by police as well as citizens. Power in […]

The Girl on the Train is so good it will derail your plans

“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Off the beaten tracks. That’s where the house is, the one that catches your fancy whenever you pass by. To your eye, it’s unique and whoever lives there must be interesting. They probably have tons of friends and fabulous lives – and in the new book “The Girl on the Train” by Paula […]

The American Plate: What does what is on our plate say about us?

“The American Plate” by Libby H. O’Connell, PhD

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Everything looks so delicious. It all smells great, too, and you can’t decide what you like best. The meat is done just right, potatoes are mashed to perfection, biscuits are to die for. And then there’s dessert!  But – wait, leftovers. That’s your favorite… You’ve got a lot on your plate this month, […]

Taffi Dollar encourages readers to embrace the love of God

“Embracing the Love God Wants You to Have” by Taffi Dollar

By Terri Schlichenmeyer This is the year when you’ll finally do it. Your New Year’s Resolution is to find love. You’ve vowed to open your heart and your mind and this year, you’re going to do it. But dating is fraught with trouble, so where do you begin?  In the new book “Embracing the Love God […]

15 of the Best Books of 2014

Five Days Left (1)

By Terri Schlichenmeyer, NDG Contributing Writer So many books, so little time. It’s easy to feel that way when faced with an entire bookstore full of possibilities. How do you pick?  How do you know what’s good? Start here, with the Bookworm’s Best of 2014… Let’s start with FICTION. Throughout the year, every time something bad […]

The Silent Sister is a tale of family secrets

Silent Sister

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Sometimes, you find the strangest things in the oddest places. How, for example, did that thing you spent months searching for suddenly appear right in front of you, as if it were there all along? You quit hunting eons ago. You figured the darn thing was gone forever but no – there it […]

Books to put under the Christmas Tree this year

grandma hands

By Ruth Ferguson, NDG Editor A few ideas for the booklover on your list: My absolutely favorite coffee table book this season was Grandma’s Hands: Cherished Moments of Faith and Wisdom is Dr. Calvin Mackie. He captured over 100 proverbs, verses and familiar quotes that reflect the wisdom only a grandmother (by birth or by love) can […]

NDG Publisher and former Mayor Ron Kirk among honorees in 2nd edition of Who’s Who in Black Dallas

Who's Who In Black Dallas Cover

The husband and wife team of former Dallas Mayor Ron and Matrice Kirk, Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles and Dallas County Chief Public Defender Lynn Pride Richardson are highlighted on the cover of second edition of Who’s Who In Black Dallas unveiled recently at a networking reception and program at the Hyatt Regency […]

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