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Jessa Duggar Seewald: Interacts with adoring fans sharing her latest news

  Jessa Duggar Seewald is twenty-two years old, twenty-five weeks along in her pregnancy and looks radiant as an expectant mother-to-be. Since she first found out she was with child, Jessa has been interacting with fans via Twitter updates as to her progress during her pregnancy. She loves sharing photos and providing updates letting everyone know that she is healthy, the baby is growing and that she and Ben are enjoying every moment of each day they spend together.   The baby is due to be born on November 1, that’s just fourteen weeks away. It seems it was only a short time ago that Jessa and Ben announced that they were expecting. The time seems to be flying by. Jessa did have a bit of morning sickness during her first trimester, but those days are long gone now giving her more time to prepare as she is soon to be a first-time mom.   Since the birth of Josh and Anna’s fourth child, Jessa has been spending a lot of time with her new niece, Meredith Grace. The time, she is sharing with the little one is wonderful. Not only is she, bonding with the newest family member, she is also getting in some practice with the newborn before she has her own little bundle of joy to care for and love.   Jessa and Ben have kept their word about not revealing the sex of their child until after it is born. Many may assume the baby’s gender has been revealed to their families by now and fans are trying to figure out if Jessa is having a boy or a girl. Some are trying to decipher the gender of the child the old-fashioned way. They are closely checking out the photos of Jessa to see how she is carrying her child, thinking they may already know if the baby is a boy or if a girl will be born this November. It seems the majority is thinking Jessa will definitely be having a son due to the fact that she is carrying low and all the baby weight is in the front. Time will tell if this olden-day reasoning behind determining the gender of the baby is accurate. What are your impressions and thoughts as to whether Jessa is going to give birth to a bouncing little boy or a beautiful little girl? Not that it matters, as long as the mommy-to-be and child are healthy.   The Sweet Way Jessa Duggar Knew Ben Seewald Was Her Soulmate On a very special episode of ’19 Kids and Counting,’ Jessa Duggar revealed how she knew Ben Seewald was her soulmate.   Jessa & Ben – love is in the air! Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald knew from the very beginning that they were meant to be together. They felt the emotions flow that only true soul mates share. They fell in love, got engaged, married and soon afterwards revealed they are expecting their first child.   Sonograms are amazing! Jessa shares her first baby picture with family, friends and fans world-wide. Everyone thought she was pregnant before she revealed the news. Fans went wild with excitement for the newlyweds, when they found out the news was true.   The cutest pregnancy reveal ever! Jessa and Ben concocted the best pregnancy reveal by posing together in a sweet kiss with a baby shirt in the foreground letting the cat out of the bag to appease fans and quench the rumors of her being pregnant by revealing her good news.   Baby bump part 1 Jessa loves to share photos with everyone. It is wonderful that the world can see her progress through pictures. Fans are thrilled to see how vibrant and glowing she is during the beginning of her pregnancy.   Baby bump part 2 Jessa is beginning to show while she retains her slim figure. How exciting it is for her to begin to feel the life she and Ben created start to grow. Jessa is as radiant as ever.   Baby bump part 3 This is the latest photo Jessa shared with everyone. Her baby bump has really popped since the last picture that was shared. This is a very beautiful time in her life, experiencing life from the beginning is a wonderful and exciting time that she will treasure all the days of her life.   Jessa became an aunt twice in the past two months. This is a special time in her life as her sister Jill and sister-in-law, Anna gave birth to two beautiful children. Jill’s baby boy and Anna’s baby girl have brought new bonds within the family. These ties no one can ever break, they continue to grow stronger as their children develop and Jessa’s baby nears her due date. Jessa’s baby is due on or around Ben and Jessa’s first wedding anniversary.…

Jessa Duggar of ’19 Kids and Counting’: Family, marriage and relationships

  Jessa Duggar Seewald has been in the spotlight for most of her life as a regular on the hit family series “19 Kids and Counting”. This Saturday she will be a speaker at the Southern Woman’s Show which will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Richmond Raceway Complex. News of her speech has been revealed on April 16 from the Richmond Times and CBS News that she’ll be discussing family, marriage and relationships. Our love is stronger than ever! Is Jessa Duggar Seewald sporting a baby bump? Her speech will be quite a hit and anyone can attend this three day event. The “Southern Woman’s Show” will run from Friday from 10:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., anyone who wants to attend can purchase tickets online or at Walgreens to see and hear all the news Jessa has to share.   Some other topics Jessa plans to include are tips on marriage, challenges of married life, how religion plays an important role in life, her life growing up, her life as a newlywed and what courtships are all about. The show will also have other entertainers such as gospels music “Queen of Neo-Soul”, Cynthia Jones and stylist Michal O’Rourke who is the creator of “Big Sexy Hair” products as well as Larry Volz who is a hypnotist and comedienne Joy who is known as the “Queen of Clean”.   But that’s not all! No, it gets even more exciting. Anyone who attends the Southern Woman’s Show may just be lucky enough to meet Jessa in person. At the end of the show she plans on doing a meet-and-greet with fans and is ready to sign autographs for anyone who is interested.   Jessa and Ben really want to start a family and originally were making plans to adopt a child at first. They were told that in order to adopt a child they would have to be married for a minimum of two years before applying for eligibility.   “Jessa and Ben, who tied the knot in November, have said they want to adopt and have their own biological children. “Even before we were married, we wanted to adopt. We hope to adopt a lot of kids. If God blesses us with biological kids of our own, it’s not going to quench our desire to adopt,” she told People magazine.”   The couple has been married for just five months but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a bun in the oven. There have been rumors flying nationwide how fans have thought Jessa was pregnant and maybe they are right, on the other hand it could be just a ploy to achieve some extra attention in the media. Most people don’t feel this is the case due to the fact that there have been crumbs left here and there in photos that may just be clues to news the happy couple just isn’t ready to reveal.   Recently a woman from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jayci Goss sent off a tweet that she spotted Jessa shopping at a store called Ross in Rogers looking at maternity clothes as well as items in the juniors section. Photos from Instagram have been posted with Ben and Jessa creating a heart shape over her abdomen as well as hats placed strategically over her to hide her belly. Is everyone seeing things that aren’t really there or are these two love birds holding back until they are sure that enough time has passed in their own minds that if Jessa is pregnant all is well and then again they could be holding back because Jill & Derick just gave birth to Israel David and want the three of them to remain in the spotlight for as long as possible before opening up about whether or not they are in the family way?   The latest photo of Jessa seems to prove all the rumors are within limits and that the couple has been holding back. Mark Wills, a country star who is friends with Jessa and Ben sparked the world of “Duggar followers” causing a stir or furor when he posted the photo to Facebook when they appeared at the Grand Ole Opry on April 12. You can clearly see Jessa’s flat belly is no longer flat and is starting to pert rude. Is this truly a “baby bump” or has Jessa just gained weight enjoying the time with her husband since their honeymoon and eating out more than staying home cooking more nutritional meals that contain less calories. No one seems to think this is the case any longer.   If Jessa is pregnant, then she isn’t going to be able to hide the exciting news from the media too much longer. The latest photo of the couple is either a clue she is with child or is it just a shirt that is just too tight for her small frame? Jill was pregnant just months after marrying Derick and many people think the same thing has happened to Jessa, do you think they are right or just speculating that good news is on the way.   It seems that next Tuesday’s episode may be the perfect time to make a big announcement. There could possibly be a new addition to the family. The show may introduce Jessa and Ben’s baby news as they snuck in the news about the courtship of Josiah and Marjorie. Of course, most of the focus may just revolve around Jessa and Ben’s European honeymoon as previews of the next episode have hinted we’ll all get to see.   The Duggar family is in their tenth season of “19 Kids and Counting” with all their children, grandchildren and extended family members with ages that range from five to twenty-seven. New episodes of the show airs on Tuesday evenings at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time so be sure not to miss the next exciting reveal the Duggar’s have in store for all their devoted fans.…

Giudice family reality show: Negotiations with Bravo are being sorted out

  Teresa and Joe Giudice are under negotiations with Bravo regarding a new reality television show of their own. This new show that is being discussed is just about their family, how they are dealing with a parent in prison, how hard Joe has had it trying to put food on the table and how the children are coping with all the attention that they can’t hide from. On April 7, She Knows tells how this new series is a bad idea especially for the children in the family.   Negotiations with Bravo are being sorted out First off there have been rumors that this new series will be a spin-off of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” but it doesn’t seem like that has any merit at this point in time. Many feel that Teresa is taking advantage and capitalizing on her prison time to attract more of an audience from fans. On the other hand, it has been said by Joe himself that the last thing he really wants to do at this time is another reality television series especially since she is still incarcerated, whereas, Teresa is eager to get back into the television business.   Produces or this upcoming series seem to be insisting that Teresa be recorded from prison and included in the series. It is not just about Joe and their children. Although photographing Teresa is out of the question any correspondence she has with the family whether it be via email or upon family visits what conspires between them they want to share on the show. Joe is also not too thrilled at the idea of this reality show but since he doesn’t have other means he may have to fold and accept the role being placed before him.   “The last thing Joe wanted to do was a reality show, but it was really the only option because there was no money coming in,” an insider told Radar. “With Joe still not working, just putting food on the table was becoming very hard without handouts from their parents.”   Since Teresa is still behind bars and cannot actually be filmed by the crew in prison and with the added security due to planes flying overhead trying to capture photos of her, how much of a contribution she will actually make on the show is yet to be determined. Teresa has to tow the line while the new shows, if it goes through for fear of losing her early release privilege.   “Cameras will also be mounted in the car to get footage of their visit to the prison…and prison officials will be monitoring the situation to make sure Teresa continues to obey all the rules.” “Producers insisted that phone calls with Teresa be included in the footage. The family will be required to talk to Teresa on speakerphone as well as to share any email correspondence they have with her. Cameras will be mounted in the car to get footage of their visits in prison.”   It doesn’t seem fair to have this type of show air, causing more stress and heartache towards their four daughters. Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana’s ages range from fourteen to five. Haven’t these girls experienced enough pain and ridicule due to their parents illegal decisions and now to have them experience them again as well as tell the world how they feel, how they are coping and how it affects their own lives seems a little over the top to an extreme that would make them a public spectacle instead of living a normal and happy childhood despite their family’s circumstances.   Will this series start a new trend? Now whenever a celebrity goes to prison for a wrongful act they can capitalize on it, gain more recognition and then keep up their celebrity status so that once released go on like nothing ever happened. No one know for sure – are fans really interested in exploiting them to get the scoop firsthand or is Joe and Teresa just doing this to make ends meet till they are both free to live together as a whole family again?…

Kate Middleton pregnancy woes: Prince Charles wants palace a tourist attraction

  Families have differences when it comes to just about everything that another family member does. It is no different with the royals in England either, and then again, when they argue or have a family feud everyone seems to hear about it one way or another. Kate Middleton should be enjoying the remainder of her pregnancy without having family stress from all sides right now. According to a Monday, March 2 report from the Inquistir, it seems that Price Charles thinks Kate Middleton will be in for a rude awakening when he finally is able to call the shots and hold the reins to Buckingham Palace.   Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Cape Hill Children’s Centre Prince Charles wants palace a tourist attraction Rumor has it that Kate wanted to have her mother, Carole Middleton assists her when she delivers her second child in lieu of a nurse making Queen Elizabeth furious and putting her foot down that this would not be happening. Kate may have mentioned that she wanted her mother to be present at the birth of her second child and things got twisted in the news as the story passed from one source to another. With all the medical issues Kate has experienced during her pregnancies, no one doubts that mom’s presence wouldn’t be welcomed and that she would also have all the medical professionals present when she actually does deliver the baby for safety’s sake.   “Kate was determined to have the baby in the comfort of [her] home with William present,” the palace insider said. “She consulted medical experts and they drew up plans to install all the equipment in a room close to William and Kate’s master bedroom. But they didn’t anticipate the Queen’s reaction.”   “The Queen was horrified and pointed out they must not take risks with a baby who one day will be second in line to the throne,” the source added. “It was a shock to Kate that the Queen was so concerned. Her message left Kate in no doubt that this wasn’t so much a request, but an order!”   When Kate gave birth to Prince George she did so without drugs so a home birth wouldn’t be something she could be interested in having. Queen Elizabeth also gave birth at home to Prince Charles but not when Princess Anne was born. This may be why she is against home births since no two are alike and additional medical personnel would be required at a moment’s notice.   Reports are in that the baby will be berthed at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington with a full medical staff present as it was done when Prince George was born in July of 2013. Kate and William’s second child is due to be born in April of this year. There have been additional rumors from others that a copy of the baby’s ultrasound was released that claimed Kate is pregnant with a baby girl who will be named after Princess Diana. If Kate has a baby girl, her name may just be Diana as everyone is predicting, but there hasn’t been any official news stating that the ultrasound that was published was actually Kate’s. With only a short time to go everyone will be sitting at the edges of their seats to find out if Kate and William will be having a boy or a girl and the name they have chosen for their child.   In the meantime, Prince Charles is more than ready and enthusiastic about taking the reins over when the time comes with the Queen’s passing. This is sad to hear since she is still alive, active and has her hands-on when it comes to family matters as usual. The stories may be speculative but also may be true that Charles wants Buckingham Palace to no longer be a residence for the royals. Instead it is being said that he wants to convert the palace into a tourist attraction that would include an art gallery and as a center for events that will be open to the public. Part of the reasoning behind this is because of the expense it would cost to upgrade the family home into one that is up to code again. It seems that there are many flaws and structural repairs that would cost over fifty million to upgrade the roof, walls and heating system. Maybe since his mother has referred to Buckingham Palace as more of an office than a home which she resides in is part of the cause for him to want to make the changes that are being spoken of lately and that the Royal Family will eventually be relocated to Windsor Castle.…

Celebrity chefs

Celebrity chefs , world-class vintners, silent auction, food sampling fundraiser The 13th Annual Boca Bacchanal fundraiser to benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum kicked off from inside the Atlantic Aviation Hangar at the Boca Raton Airport.   With the theme “Bigger and Better in Every Way,” the more the event kept its promise with celebrity chefs including Erik Niel: Easy Bistro of Chattanooga, TN; Brian & Shanna O-Hea: Academe of Kennebunk, ME; Jeff Tunks& Chris Cline: DC Coast and Passion Fish; Piero Pomoli: Pricci, Atlanta,GA; Derek Tidwell:George’s at Aly Beach, Alys Beach, FL; and Chef Ken Vedrinski: Trattoria Lucca, Charleston, SC.   Guests had the opportunity to indulge in over 140 featured wines and bite-size specialties from over 30 restaurants during this first of two nights of fundraising for the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum, a non-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving the past to enrich the future.   The silent auction featured a wide variety of items to bid on from luxury wine equipment to luxury vacations which added to the excitement. Saks Fifth Avenue hosted an experience for guests to try on furs from their Fur Salon collection. Boca Bacchanal guests were photographed beside the Saks Models and given photos to take home to commemorate their evening and the experience. http://www.SaksFifthAvenue.com   Chairman Amy Kazma and Honorary Chairman Susan Welchel welcomed Celebrity Guest Vintner, Kathie Lee Gifford to the Boca Bacchanal. Kathie Lee Gifford’s brand is called “GIFFT Wines.” The Boca Bacchanal guests got to meet and greet the three-time Emmy -winning co-host of the fourth hour of the Today Show with HodaKotb.   Guests enjoyed samples of the third and newest wine in the her collection and she invited attendees to her Boca Raton Whole Foods wine tasting which will take place on Saturday March 28th at the Glades Rd Whole Foods location. Kathie Lee said she was very proud to welcome her third wine to her growing collection which launched a year ago.http://www.GifftWines.com   Culinary Instructor, James Gennaro, lead the chef’s demonstration kitchen as guests watched and enjoyed the dishes prepared by the event’s featured chefs. The first demonstration of the evening was a Ceviche presented by Chef Piero Premoli of Pricci’s of Atlanta . The demonstrations took place in the Whole Foods and Williams-Sonoma kitchen at the Boca Bacchanal followed by sampling for the dish when completed. http://www.WholeFoods.com   Each of the Vintners and Chefs at the Boca Bacchanal shared insights and educated guests as they sampled and savored the wines, spirits and food presented by each of the participating companies.   Tony Apostolakos represented Vintner Masi Agricola of Valpolicella, Italy. Tony’s family owned vineyards in Central Greece in the early 1900’s before they emigrated to Montreal, Canada. Tony, a 20yr.+ industry veteran talked about winemaking techniques and shared some of his global marketing strategy with guests.   In speaking to Tony he shared how MasiAgicola manages the most historic estate in Valpolicella, which once belonged to descendants of the legendary 14th Century poet, Dante, the noble Serego Alighieri family.   Celebrity Chef, Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca of Charleston, SC told us he just opened a new Italian seafood restaurant called Coda Del Pesce overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.   Brian and Shanna O’Hea’s restaurant Academe has been featured on Oprah’s “O” List and Shanna recently competed on the Food Network show “Rewrapped” where her creative take on Chef Boyardee’s Beef Ravioli won her first place on that episode.   The evening’s entertainment at Boca Bacchanal featured models pouring samples of the best wines and spirits including a special Tattinger and a Standard Russian Vodka. Guests were treated to music all evening hosted by a top dj, plus performances by an aerialist, a juggler and mentalist- Remy Conner.   Inside the Boca Raton Atlantic Aviation Airport Hangar guests enjoyed each opportunity for food sampling with bite-sized menu items prepared by chefs from restaurants including- to name a few- the restaurant at the Boca Raton Resort&Club, Morton’s the Steakhouse, NYY Steak located inside the Coconut Creek Seminole Casino, Max’s Grille, Brio Tuscan Grille, City Oyster and Sushi Bar from Delray Beach, Truluck’s (Seafood,Steak and Crab House), Merlinos, Maggiano’s, Bistro N- Nordstrom, Yard House and sweet treats from Godiva Chocolate, Pacari Chocolate, Allstar Gourmet Cupcakery and The Batter Co Dessert Collection and many more.   Artist Brendan Parker introduced and celebrated the grand opening of his new Lift Off Studios in Miami by displaying some of his artwork at the Boca Bacchanal Event. Brendan , a self-taught artist who is originally from Santa Rosa Beach said he moved to Miami to open his art gallery because “Miami is a contemporary market where he can share is passion in an “out of the box” market. “He describes his art as being created using a blow torch . He says, “My art is like creating blown glass on a canvas. I like keeping it experimental.”http://www.LiftofArtsStudio.com   The second evening of this fundraising event will be hosted by six area restaurants. Guests who purchase tickets to dine at these restaurants will have the opportunity to work alongside the chef to create a five-course dinner complete with food and wine pairings.Tickets to the Vintner Dinners are $325 P.P.…

Will Time Heal What Ails Digital Advertising?

  Since the advent of digital advertising the challenge for publishers has been how to be profitable when trading print ad dollars for digital dimes. Most publishers have approached the challenge with the mindset of quantity of quality. Web pages have been plastered with ads to capture more impressions with each pageview with the hope that the volume would solve the revenue problem.   With ads all over the page, many are not in view of the reader which has hampered the effectiveness and driven down the cost-per-thousand (CPM) rates. Agencies and advertisers are now clamouring for better standards to ensure greater viewability but a industry-wide solution remains allusive because of technical shortcomings and a lack of consensus. One company however, seems to be taking the viewability bull by the horns and may have the answer for the entire industry.   A recent study by Teads found that 50% of agencies and 46% of advertisers are holding back digital ad spending because of concerns about viewability. It is a valid concern when you consider a report published by Google that concluded that 56% of digital ads are not seen. Publishers are having difficulties improving viewability because that technology used to serve ads do not measure viewability. Furthermore, with users accessing websites from different devices and browsers, viewability becomes even more difficult to measure as the user experience is not uniform. Agencies and advertisers are pushing publishers to guarantee 100% viewability as an ad not seen cannot make an impression. But publishers counter that 100% standard is unreasonable since current ad serving platforms cannot accurately measure the viewability of the ads serving.   The Interactive Advertising Bureau cited the technical challenges as a reason to not expect 100% viewability and has suggested 70% as more realistic target. No matter the target viewability percentage the results will be smaller ad inventories for publishers, who will now demand higher CPM rates for the viewable inventory since it is a premium. Agencies and advertisers counter that any inventory that is not viewable is worth nothing and that viewable ads are not a premium product but simply the expectation. The divide in the industry will persist until the technology catches up and is implemented to allow for more uniform measurements of viewability.   However, the Financial Times has unveiled a new advertising format that ditches cost-per-thousand for cost-per-hour. Under this format, advertisers will only pay for “active exposure time” which is defined as being seen by the user for at least 5 seconds. The Financial Times is working with ChartBeat to measure how long users are looking at ads by tracking interactive actions such as mouse movement. It was tested with a few large advertisers since the Fall 2014 and rolled out site wide in May. The Financial Times has the technology in place so could this format be adopted by the entire industry to resolve the viewability debate? Publishers may not be so eager to adopt the cost-per-hour model since engagement in the digital world remains a barrier for success. The Financial Times has a loyal paid subscriber base that results in better engagement which in turn leads to more time viewing the ads on the site. Publishers that operate differently will have many questions about this format. Can publishers with free, less loyal audiences generate enough revenue with a time-based ad format? Will mobile users who tend to spend less time on the site prevent this format from working? Will this format disregard metrics such as clicks?   If cost-per-hour shows potential in becoming the new standard, the current questions remain the same; can it be integrated into the ad serving technology and can the industry agree on the parameters of time and rates?…

Governor Nikki Haley has served her state and nation well

  South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley served her state and nation well. President John F. Kennedy was the youngest president and Governor Nikki Haley is the youngest governor in the history of the state of South Carolina. As the eyes of the world keenly focused on the Palmetto state, Governor Haley proved what President Kennedy declared when he said that courage is grace under pressure.   Understanding the history and culture of South Carolina takes much more than a textbook or Google search. It takes decades of living, learning, and loving a state that has a history that is as complex as any state in the union. Indeed, South Carolina was the first state to secede from the union, it fired the first shot that started the Civil War, and under Governor Haley’s quick and brilliant leadership the state avoided a race war after a white racist murdered nine African American AME church worshipers on June 17, 2015.   The past month generated millions of articles about South Carolina; however, none of them captured the essence or heart of the matter. If it had not been for the swift and incisive leadership of Governor Nikki Haley the violence in South Carolina could have triggered a race war the likes of which this nation has never seen before.   The plot to destroy America like all plots was an ambush were the good nature of innocent people was used against them. Like Pearl Harbor, it was an attack with the intent of causing a war. However today the flag of war was replaced by the flag of America and the flag of South Carolina as the only two symbols remaining on the statehouse grounds   Having lived in South Carolina before the Confederate battle flag was hoisted on top of the state capitol the present writer knew it was a symbol of segregation and racism.   Most Americans were taken by surprise by the cruelty and viciousness of the murder of nine people who were murdered after opening their doors and welcoming a person into their house of worship who came in with a plan to destroy them.   “It was an attempt to start a race war,” Charleston Senator Paul Thurmond said. “Slavery was wrong, wrong, wrong,” he said.   Governor Haley, as the leader of South Carolina along with Senator Tim Scott, and Charleston State Senator Thurmond realized almost immediately that a race war was possible if action to avert it was not taken immediately.   The Tulsa Race Riot of 1922 began with a single act and spiraled out of control because government leaders did not realize the gravity of the situation and did not act quickly. Governor Haley was on the scene in Charleston immediately and marshalled the forces of the state to capture the suspect in the murders and to alert the media and the people of South Carolina with the who, what, when, where, and why concerning the murders and the plot to start a race war.   When Adolph Hitler started the fire in the government headquarters in Germany and blamed it on the Jews, he set the course for a race war that took the lives of six million innocent Jewish people who were not able to defend themselves. Innocent men, women, and children were murdered because of hatred. The Holocaust that made the Nazi flag a symbol of race hatred and violence around the world. Slavery made the battle flag of the Confederacy a hateful symbol to African-American descendants of American slaves.   President Barack Obama praised Governor Haley because he knew how close South Carolina came to igniting a wave of retaliatory violence and destruction that would have created violence like the summer of 1968, after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that created riots in cities across America. However, it was Governor Nikki Haley that the president praise for her leadership. Haley understands the role that she played in bringing a successful conclusion to the crisis in South Carolina. In a correspondence with the present writer, Haley gave full meaning to the events that have held the world in rapt attention:   Dear Professor Metze II, Thank you for taking the time to contact us. These have been very difficult times for South Carolina, but our hearts and minds remain fixed on the nine families and the communities shaken by this tragedy. Their grace and strength set a powerful example for us all. Even in the midst of our grief, South Carolina set about the process of healing – not by talking about issues that divide us – but by hugging our neighbors, holding vigils, honoring those we lost, and falling to our knees in prayer. We came together as a state, as a unified people, to remember those we lost and to begin this healing process. We’ve also come together in acknowledging that certain symbols and events of our past resonate differently among us. For some, the Confederate flag represents a history of their ancestry and heritage. For others, the flag is a deeply painful reminder of a brutally oppressive past. Inspired by the victims’ families and the re-opening of Emanuel A.M.E. church, I felt compelled to make a statement about moving the flag from the Statehouse grounds. This is a moment in which we can say that the flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state, and that by removing a symbol that divides us, we can move forward as a state in harmony. The time has come for us to set the flag among the other markers of our history so we can set our eyes on the great promise of a united South Carolina. God bless. My very best, Nikki R. Haley   The eloquent words of of the governor reflect her ability to address the concerns of a South Carolina native while dealing with one of the greatest modern day crisis in South Carolina history. Great leaders do not test the direction of the wind to make life changing decisions. Great leaders do what is right. When South Carolina and America needed her leadership she served the people of South Carolina with grace under pressure. Governor Nikki Haley served her state and nation well. She acknowledged the sacrifices of the nine South Carolinians who lost their lives because of racism and hatred.   The present writer is an alumnus of Palmetto Boy State class of 1974 and is a 5th generation native of South Carolina. His great grandfather, Samuel Metze, was an American slave in South Carolina.   The journalist would like to acknowledge the telephone call from Senator Paul Thurmond to alert the journalist of the situation in South Carolina. The timing of the retirement of the flag and all scheduled departures to South Carolina being full prevented photos of the retirement. However, the writer was given a wonderful reception and tour of the Civil War Exhibit by the staff and curator of the National Guard Museum on North Capitol and Massachusetts Avenue (directly across the street from the Post Office Museum) where there is an original Confederate flag on display in the museum.   Let there be peace on earth. Violence is never the answer. Allen University is making certain that the victims of the Charleston Massacre will never be forgotten. Examiner.com will continue to update the progress of the Allen University Memorial to those who lost their lives on June 17, 2015.…