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Day 3
The Artistic Preference Scale

As an artist, you get involved into a lot of things. You chase your artistic profession, your fame, world class songs, all of these is important as so, we’ll be looking at how you can focus on the important.

Every Artist wants to be heard.
As an artist, if you’re centered around a lot of things you’ll miss it.
Defining your process makes your strive for the top easy. It’s true you have to work on a lot of things, but you have to break your dreams into bits.

Just the same way you cant lit a dark room without carrying out an action, same way you can’t get to the top without doing a specific action, consistently.
You need to define your vision with goals & working on these goals in bits to accomplish great feats(dreams).

Doing Everything is doing nothing. Doing One thing is being focused on a course. This doesn’t mean there is no place for multitasking but truth is You can only achieve prompt greatness when you define your priorities, knowing which one comes before the others.

Doing Everything is doing nothing. Doing One thing is being focused on a course. This doesn’t mean there is no place for multitasking but truth is You can only achieve prompt greatness when you define your priorities, knowing which one comes before the others.

It’s common in Africa, where you have a growing artists not focusing on Voice Development or Creating His/Her Niche. They get always plan on getting an album produced, lunching it, getting funds & going over the same process over again. This is So Wrong!

You can’t tell me the process of writing a book is by Printing Copies… No!
There is a process.
Getting an Album In “our” circle of mediocrity, This is what “we” call “Growth”.
I’ll disagree to this any day!

What we Africans fail to understand is that No professional artist had money at the back of their minds in their journey to stardom. The music industry requires a lot of investments, until you’re ready, you can’t be a professional in the industry.

What is expedient to do as a growing artist is:
1. Getting your Voice Ready
2. Creating your niche
3. Building your Fan Base
What ever you do should rally round These things irrespective of the society you belong and your kind of music.

Techniques on How to get your Voice ready depends on what works for you. Examine your voice and be sure of what works for you. Click on this link to read about “The Singers’ Instrument”
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Your fan base is the most valuable asset you can get as an artist. Your fan base comprises of People who love what you do, who believe in you. They are your first marketers. Once they love what you do, they get to sell you to anybody they come across.

Your fan base is the most valuable asset you can get as an artist. Your fan base comprises of People who love what you do, who believe in you. They are your first marketers. Once they love what you do, they get to sell you to anybody they come across.

Your fan base is the most valuable asset you can get as an artist. Your fan base comprises of People who love what you do, who believe in you. They are your first marketers. Once they love what you do, they get to sell you to anybody they come across.

Focusing on releasing singles should be the priority of any growing artist.
Releasing singles comes with a lot of benefits:
•It Announces you as an artist anytime you do.
•Builds your Dimension of Music on their minds.
•Grants you exposure as an upcoming artist.

Conclusively, There’s never a time where you out grow the release of singles. It follows you down to being a professional. Making plans to release your songs as singles is an investment a lot of growing artist seem not to understand.

We’ve come to the peak of today’s interaction. Remember: It’s still beautiful to have a big picture thinking but breaking it down into achievable processes based on the most important helps you record more successes. Always get focused.

It will be my pleasure to have you tweet at us or drop your questions & contributions.
I am glad you were part of today’s edition. Join me same time next week for a more productive discussion as we look at: “BUDGET OF RHYTHMS”
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Day 2 The Singers Instrument Good: A recap of Music Traces by MacNuel Davids

Day 2 The Singers Instrument Good

Afternoon Everyone! I trust you’re making exploits in all your daily Endeavors. Welcome to another Edition of Music Traces! Today discussion is centered around “THE SINGERS INSTRUMENT” Behind the accolades an artist gets for his performance, there are a lot of instruments blended together to produce a beautiful sound irrespective of the type of music.

All musical instruments are vital to a singer or a vocalist because the singer recognizes that they compliment his craft of singing. but that which the Singer/Vocalist possesses that is Very paramount is “THE VOICE”. The singers instrument is not the Mic he/she can control, the keyboard they know how to play with, the strings of the guitar that sounds heavenly, No! The Singers Instrument is the Voice!

The Voice is the singers Instrument. The Voice is The Music. The Voice is a singers sound, the music the singer creates is surrounded by the VOICE. Every other instrument only adds to the Rhythm and harmony which the Voice Sings out. It is therefore Expedient and wise for one whose interest lies in the musical boundaries or has vocal capabilities to nurture this VOICE, make it ready for use and present an excellent delivery when called upon. To sing like a professional, You have to be deliberate about it. You have to Earn a good VOICE to be a professional and Earning this good VOICE comes as a result of constant Handwork and Rehearsals. You cannot be a professional Artist without having excellence radiating in your voice. You cannot possess what you don’t process. To belong to the Top requires that You work your way through. Any Professional you see out there passed through processes – Trainings. If you stop at “assuming” training, you’ll never end up at having a good VOICE.

You ought to work on your self in a way creating your sound and creating your niche. Each note you practice out today, translates into a rhythm tomorrow. You can sound like someone else and be phenomenal. But you can’t sound like someone else and build your brand. This doesn’t mean there’s no place of imitation. Imitation Would always be the springboard to originality. You’ve also got to work! Just like an instrumentalist always looks out for maintenance measures to take to keep their instruments good & always ready for use, so also should A Singer should Always look out for tips on how to be vocally ready Before & after every performance. There are numerous dimensions and ways to maintain ones VOICE and these Procedures are not applicable to everyone. From the basics, you’ll you have to find out which of them works well for you and how you can constantly go through them without missing a period. Moreover, there are some universal VOICE developing techniques that works for everyone like; Drinking lots of water, exercising & Lip rolling. These techniques may look complex & difficult to constantly carry out, but gets simple when you finally decide to start. No one gets better by not trying. Results is the reward for hard work. You want a good VOICE, WORK! Don’t rely on your singing capabilities, they may fail you, YES THEY CAN!! Always look out for ways to develop your vocal dexterities to enable you sound phenomenal. To develop and groom a good voice, I’ll recommend; you constantly search for trending materials on VOICE training, practice them, monitor your voice and set up listening sessions. SEARCH FOR TRENDING MATERIALS ON VOICE TRAINING: the internet is your resource, Always Use it. Get relevant Articles and videos from YouTube. They help so well and would give you directions! PRACTICE ALONGSIDE MATERIALS: It’s not enough to get these materials. Watch the videos and do as they instruct. Also watch rehearsal clips of A-C List Artists & understand how you can apply what you learn. Read the Articles & follow the directives, it will help too. MONITOR YOUR VOICE; Always record your rehearsal sessions When practicing & pay grasp attention to your VOICE, track the growth. With these you can tell if you’re getting better or not. If you’re not, it means You probably need new techniques.

#MusicTraces SET UP LISTENING SESSIONS sometimes you can’t tell how better you’re getting. Superb if you have a Voice Trainer but if you don’t, friends & family can help out. After each session ensure to get feed backs from them & compare the feed backs to see how better you’re getting. Conclusively, Consistency is Key to Having Great Vocals. The Voice of a Singer is the Singers Instrument and for this voice to become a renown tools, it has to be developed with what is trendy, worked on consistently with all diligence. I believe you have a better understanding of the singers major instrument being the voice and constantly working on the development of the voice in a way creating your own niche. Thank you for connecting! I expect to have you tweet at me or comment your questions and contributions. I am glad you were part of today’s edition of Music Traces.

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Recap Tweets Of MacNuel Davids Music Traces @macnueldavids

Recap Tweets Of MacNuel Davids Music Traces @macnueldavids The Music, Our Mindset; Today, We’ll get to see how your mindset influences or affects your sound and kind of music. Feel free to always tweet at me, retweet, share, comment, like, ask questions and contribute. I’m your resource, Use me. We are Set?! Lets Ride! Aside music being a blend of Notes and Chords using diverse instruments including vocal delivery. Music is an art, that conveys and expresses our personality, thoughts, ideas and Mindset in a rhythmic way. From the first note played on a song, to the last stroking of the snare, your idea & mindset finds expression on the song. This mindset that transcends into the song is sometimes also brought about by the producer’s idea about genres which is always limited. In some songs, you get to have multiple mindsets trying to dominate from the artistes zone or the producers’. Except when you have an artist do a song not written or composed by him/her, you get to have a feel of the mindset behind the song from the lyrical content. As an artist, what you do, what you listen to, where you go, and generally your ideology about life replicates in the songs you sing regardless of the genre of the song you’re doing. The style of A genre of music can never be changed. What is always usually changed is the mindset & approach of the artist on the song. That is what brought about AfroPop. Where you have a feel of the African rhythm blending with the ancient Pop music making it contemporary. You can’t have Jim Reeves do a rendition of Amazing Grace like Michael W. Smith. This is because the mindset behind their style of music which has metamorphosed into what we call contemporary today. Just same way you can’t have 50cent do RNB like R.Kelly. The point is this; The music itself does not change. What changes is our mindset to do the same music in a better and unique way. That is what makes it contemporary. if the music does not change but the mindset, it’s the duty of the artist & the producer to constantly develop what they feed on & In the process this bring about the creativity of the artist, which the producer then translates into the “creating” the song. Now How can the right mindset even be developed? -Constant Periodic Rehearsals -Exploration -Believing in your vocal capabilities -Feeding on Ethical Things -Being true to your sound -Being dedicated to creating your niche As we draw to a conclusion, NOBODY CAN SOUND LIKE YOU, YOU CANT SOUND LIKE ANYONE! Just like how Rome wasn’t build in a day, You can’t sound like Celine Dion or Adele in a day. This is only achievable through constant rehearsals. Nobody is a bad singer from birth. You only become a bad singer when you don’t rehearse and you don’t prioritize singing as a part of your “craft”! This is also a mindset that needs to be realigned. We have come to the end of today’s conversation. I trust you are enlightened & would put to work what we discussed. Don’t forget Rome wasn’t built in a day & if they had tried to, it would have crashed. The more you Change & Develop your mindset, The Better you get! #MusicTraces

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Billy Graham at 99: He Kept the Faith and (Mostly) Dropped the Politics

Photo: Evangelist Billy Graham enters the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center with the aid of a walker before a New York City press conference to talk about his upcoming crusade in Queens.

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Conservative Christian leaders have President Trump’s ear, but they are certainly not the first evangelicals to counsel the leader of the free world. The most famous evangelist of the 20th century, Billy Graham, advised many an American president, though differently than Trump’s faith advisors approach the job.

As Graham celebrates his 99th birthday on Tuesday (Nov. 7), in what his son Franklin described as “stable” health, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is kicking off a yearlong celebration of the preacher’s past. Franklin Graham, who heads the association, said it will highlight the elder Graham’s “impact on worldwide evangelism and personal testimonies of people whose lives were forever changed at one of my father’s crusades.”

It’s safe to say that Billy Graham’s politics won’t be a central focus of the commemoration. But when he was an up-and-coming preacher wearing hand-painted ties, and later, when he was America’s leading Christian evangelist in the heart of the Cold War, everyone knew where he stood on politics.

Graham railed against communism and anti-war demonstrators. He helped presidential candidates and gave them advice once they made it to the White House.

Over the years, Graham spoke to an estimated 84 million people at his crusades around the world, his wide reach increasing to 210 million when it includes live audiences that watched him via satellite. His success, religious historians say, was a precursor to the political rise of evangelicals and set the stage for recent faith-based public discourse on abortion, gay marriage and other issues.

As other conservative religious figures like the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson and others gained sway in the political arena, Graham, deliberately withdrew from it, at least in public. His focus was on the gospel, not politics, when he visited Flushing Meadows Corona Park in June 2005. “If I get up and talk about some political issue, it divides the audience,” Graham said at a press conference preceding the New York crusade. “What I want is a united audience to hear only the gospel. Many times (in the past) … I went too far in (dividing people on) such issues, and I think this time I want to stick only to the gospel.”

The substance of Graham’s crusades changed little, aside from the addition of Christian rock and hip-hop music, said William Martin, author of “A Prophet With Honor,” a biography of Graham. They still involved singing by George Beverly Shea, who became part of Graham’s inner circle in the 1940s, and ended with Graham speaking for 20 to 30 minutes and asking people to respond to his “invitation” to convert. (Shea died in 2013 at the age of 104.)

Graham’s son Franklin has spoken publicly against Islam in recent years, garnering the type of publicity his father studiously avoided since the 1970s after his association with President Richard Nixon hurt his reputation. Since then, as evangelicals have increasingly linked themselves to the Republican Party, Graham cautioned religious leaders not to align too closely with any political program.

“Billy Graham … has been unwilling to draw lines that would alienate other people or rule them out of his circle,” Martin said. “Many of the other conservative Christians who are involved in politics are not only willing to do that; they seem bent on doing that.” Graham gained White House access in his 30s and advised Presidents Eisenhower, Johnson and Nixon on politics.

After his stature grew in the 1940s and 1950s with well-publicized crusades in Los Angeles, Washington, New York and Britain, presidents found it in their interest to meet and be seen with him. Graham used the access to offer political advice that belied a professed desire to avoid taking sides, Martin wrote in his book.

While Graham rarely endorsed candidates, from the 1950s to the 1970s “he was more partisan than he let out,” said Mark Noll, a professor of history at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. “He did keep politics out of his public messages, but he wanted to take a part in public life, and the engines of publicity were there for somebody who was charismatic and could keep out of scandal like Graham.”

Graham had a close association with Nixon, and the president’s downfall shocked Graham in many ways, not the least of which was the profanity that Oval Office tapes showed Nixon freely used, according to Martin. The release of other tapes almost 30 years later dealt an embarrassing blow because they showed Graham speaking with Nixon negatively about Jewish news media figures in ways many Jews found offensive. Graham apologized repeatedly for the comments about Jews and for becoming too close to power.

His humility earned praise for his character, said Leo Sandon, professor emeritus of religion and American studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

“At times when Billy Graham, I thought, was showing the worst judgment, which in my opinion would be … with Nixon, even then, no one ever doubted his integrity, his honesty,” Sandon said. “His greatest problem was a lot of celebrity and publicity. He loved to be in that White House.”

It helped Graham’s recovery, Martin said, that he had since led global conferences — including two in the Netherlands in the 1980s — to bring Christians of various denominations together and help ministers preach. Graham’s willingness to associate with liberal mainline Protestants led to a break with Christian fundamentalists.

Through the years, his views became less conservative on many issues social conservatives care about most. According to “A Prophet With Honor,” Graham remained generally conservative but believed administration of the death penalty is biased against poor people. He regarded homosexuality as sinful “but no more so than adultery,” and said, “There are worse sins.”

At a time when many conservative Christian leaders were trying to focus public concern on secularism and gay marriage, Graham stressed poverty as the most pressing social issue.

But more recently, Graham’s messages on social issues waded into the political fray, leading some observers to speculate that his outspoken son played a role in his father’s political participation.

In 2012, in a prayer letter released by his ministry, Graham decried abortion and “a lack of shame over sin,” and took a more prominent role in partisan politics, after years of public avoidance.

That same year, as voters on North Carolina considered an amendment to the state constitution stipulating that marriage was between a man and a woman, a full-page ad taken out in several papers quoted Billy Graham saying:

“At 93, I never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage. The Bible is clear — God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. I want to urge my fellow North Carolinians to vote for the marriage amendment.”

 

 

CREDIT:   Religion News Service

The story of the prodigal son and his journey into true fellowship with his father – Poju Oyemade

The story of the two sons one which we today refer to as the story of the prodigal son is a very powerful illustration of the forgiveness of the Father and His compassion. We should, however, be conscious of certain things that are also pertinent in the account.
First of all the fact that the son who was received and celebrated first repented. He came to a realization of what it meant to live outside His father’s presence. The Bible recalls he came to himself and said even the hired servants in my father’s house have enough bread having to spare that I feed with swines here. He walked back to his Father having realized the consequence of sin and a life of disobedience, saying I have sinned against my father and heaven.
It wasn’t that the father was angry at his son and sent agents to punish him for leaving him, it is that a life in sin does have consequences. Apostle James said sin when it is finished bringeth forth death. It was sin and not God that rendered man naked in the garden.
The Father who never stopped loving his son and whose heart was obviously always with his son never once sent substance to the son to try to help him. The father understood his son needed to go through the process to come to know what being in fellowship with him meant. The father always loved the boy through the process but it took the boy coming to himself and then going back to experience fellowship.
Hebrews 12:7-9

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
The boy only experienced the party when he came back to his father even though the father always loved him. Allowing the son to go through the process of knowing what it meant to live outside his presence in a life of disobedience was part of the father’s love for his son. I seriously doubt if that boy will have ever again entertained the idea of walking away from his father.
His love wasn’t just shown through the party but even in restraining himself from going to look for him even when the father knew this boy must be suffering out there. I mean we all agree the father always loved the son, why didn’t he seem to check up on him? Was he a control freak who only showed compassion when you came under his roof? To say the father only loved when the boy returned is to describe a conditional love.
Those who will preach true fellowship with the Father must also teach that repentance must precede it where one actually realizes the true privilege of being in fellowship with God and having the priceless treasure of receiving direction daily from Him.
Poju Oyemade is the senior Pastor of Christian Centre, Lagos. Find out more on www.pojuoyemade.org

A Mind for God – Dr. James Emery White

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In 1995, Thomas Cahill came out with the provocatively titled book How the Irish Saved Civilization. “Ireland,” contended Cahill,

“had one moment of unblemished glory… as the Roman Empire fell, as all through Europe matted, unwashed barbarians descended on the Roman cities, looting artifacts and burning books, the Irish, who were just learning to read and write, took up the great labor of copying all of Western literature.”

Then missionary-minded Irish monks brought what had been preserved on their isolated island back to the continent, refounding European civilization.

And that, Cahill concludes, is how the Irish saved civilization.

But there is more at hand in Cahill’s study than meets the eye. Beyond the loss of Latin literature and the development of the great national European literatures that an illiterate Europe would not have established, Cahill notes that something else would have perished in the West: “the habits of the mind that encourage thought.”

Why would this matter?

Cahill continues his assessment, “And when Islam began its medieval expansion, it would have encountered scant resistance to its plans—just scattered tribes of animists, ready for a new identity.” Without a robust mind to engage the onslaught – and a Christian one at that – the West would have been under the crescent instead of the cross.

Never before have the “habits of the mind” mattered more. As Winston Churchill presciently stated in his address to Harvard University in 1943, “The empires of the future will be empires of the mind.” Oxford theologian Alister McGrath, reflecting on Churchill’s address, notes that Churchill’s point was that a great transition was taking place in Western culture, with immense implications for all who live in it. The powers of the new world would not be nation-states, as with empires past, but ideologies. It would now be ideas, not nations, that would captivate and conquer in the future. The starting point for the conquest of the world would now be the human mind.

But this time we may need more than the Irish to save us.

“We may talk of ‘conquering’ the world for Christ. But what sort of ‘conquest’ do we mean?” writes John Stott. “Not a victory by force of arms…This is a battle of ideas.” Yet there are surprisingly few warriors. Those who follow Christ have too often retreated into personal piety and good works or, as one BBC commentator I heard said, Christians have too often offered mere “feelings” and “philanthropy.” Speaking specifically to the challenge from Islam, he added that what is needed is more “hard thinking” applied to the issues of the day.

What remains to be seen is whether there will be any hard thinkers to do it. The peril of our day is that when a Christian mind is most needed, Christians express little need for the mind and, as a result, even less resolve to develop it. There is even a sense that an undeveloped mind is more virtuous than one prepared for battle. Richard Hofstadter, in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, identified “the evangelical spirit” as one of the prime sources of American anti-intellectualism. Hofstadter points out that for many Christians, humble ignorance is a far more noble human quality than a cultivated mind.

Such devaluation of the intellect is a recent development within the annals of Christian history. While Christians have long struggled with the role and place of reason, that the mind itself mattered has been without question.

Even the early church father Tertullian (c. A.D. 160- c. 220), who had little use for philosophy and was famed for his statement “What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” never questioned the importance of the mind. Tertullian’s conviction was that Greek philosophy had little to offer in terms of informing the contours of Christian thought, akin to the apostle Paul’s quip to the Corinthian church that the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men (I Corinthians 1:25). But Tertullian, as well as Paul, would have held any anti-intellectualism that celebrated an undeveloped mind in complete disdain.

Deep within the worldview of the biblical authors and equally within the minds of the earliest church fathers, was the understanding that to be fully human is to think. To this day we call ourselves a race of Homo sapiens, which means “thinking beings.” This is not simply a scientific classification; it is a spiritualone. We were made in God’s image, and one of the most precious and noble dynamics within that image is the ability to think. It is simply one of the most sacred reflections of the divine image we were created in. It is also foundational to our interaction with God. As God Himself implored through the prophet Isaiah, “Come now, let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18).

This was certainly the conviction of Jesus, who made it clear that our minds are integral to life lived in relationship with God. When summarizing human devotion to God as involving heart, soul and strength, Jesus added “and mind” to the original wording of Deuteronomy, as if He wanted there to be no doubt that when contemplating the comprehensive nature of commitment and relationship with God that our intellect would not be overlooked. The apostle Paul contended that our very transformation as Christians would be dependent on whether our minds were engaged in an ongoing process of renewal in light of Christ (Romans 12:2-3).

All the more reason to be stunned by the words of Harry Blamires, a student of C.S. Lewis’ at Oxford, who claimed that “there is no longer a Christian mind.” A Christian ethic, a Christian practice, a Christian spirituality, yes—but not a Christian mind. More recently, historian Mark Noll concurred, suggesting that the scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind. “If evangelicals do not take seriously the larger world of the intellect, we say, in effect, that we want our minds to be shaped by the conventions of our modern universities and the assumptions of Madison Avenue, instead of by God and the servants of God.”

And even if we do not lose our own minds, we will certainly lose the minds of others. This is the double-edged threat of our day, apart from a Christian mind: Either we will be taken captive by the myriad of worldviews contending for our attention, or we will fail to make the Christian voice heard and considered above the din.

Either way, we either begin to think, or lose the fight.

 

Written by: Dr. James Emery White

 

Adapted from the introduction to James Emery White’s A Mind for God (InterVarsity Press), available here.

More and More Millennials are Turning to Witchcraft in Place of Religion – Veronica Neffinger

More and More Millennials are Turning to Witchcraft in Place of Religion

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Research and studies are showing that more Americans are interested in spirituality, but are less interested in organized religion. This trend is especially true for millennials.

According to a report from MarketWatch.com, interest in spirituality, astrology, and witchcraft is soaring among millennials. One study has even shown that over half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science. The psychic services industry, which involves things such as tarot card reading, palm reading, mediums, and astrology has also grown by two percent in the four years between 2011 and 2016 to be a $2 billion industry.

Melissa Jayne, the owner of Catland, a “metaphysical boutique” in Brooklyn, New York, said she has seen interest in this types of spirituality increase recently, particularly among millennials. To cater to this uptick in interest, Catland now offers classes such as “Witchcraft 101,” “Astrology 101,” and “Spirit Seance.”

Jayne pinpoints why so many young people are showing an increased interest in this type of connection with the supernatural.

“Whether it be spell-casting, tarot, astrology, meditation and trance, or herbalism, these traditions offer tangible ways for people to enact change in their lives,” she said. “For a generation that grew up in a world of big industry, environmental destruction, large and oppressive governments, and toxic social structures, all of which seem too big to change, this can be incredibly attractive.”

Danielle Ayoka, another individual whose business profits from the trend in witchcraft, astrology, and similar interests, adds that these things have become increasingly mainstream:

“When I started my journey in 2010, I was the weirdo. Now it is becoming more and more normalized, and I believe it is because more people are looking to heal. Millennials are much more open-minded,” she said.

 

Written By: Veronica Neffinger