Thursday, December 31, 2009

Inspirations & Happy New Year - Jan., 1, 2010

Inspirations for Fri., Jan. 1, 2010

We can think of no greater inspiration for today than to acknowledge another year of life, look forward to hope for the future, and share that hope with family, friends, and associates.

Happy New Year to YOU!

Henry & Dianne Ford

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Inspirations for Thur., Dec. 31, 2009

Inspirations for Thur., Dec. 31, 2009

VISIONS – Jan-Feb. 2010 is available on-line at http://visionsnewsletter.blogspot.com/2009/12/visions-jan-feb-2010.html.

Please share this message with others, and share your thoughts. Also, remember, we need YOUR STORY!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Dec. 30, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Dec. 30, 2009

The following quotes were taken from Twitter
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When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum

Desmond Tutu

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The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives

Louise Hay

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You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.

Beverly Sills

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For the Hip-Hop Generation – Check out: http://www.urbannewz.com

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Inspirations for Tues, Dec. 29, 2009

Inspirations for Tues., Dec. 29, 2009

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THANKS for Karen Morrow for sharing this one:

When the voice & the vision on the inside become more profound, and clear and loud than the opinions on the outside, you've mastered your life.

Dr. John Demartini

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In work, the greatest satisfaction lies - the satisfaction of
stretching yourself, using your abilities and making them expand, and
knowing that you have accomplished something that could have been
done only by your unique apparatus. This is really the center of
life, and those who never orient themselves in this direction are
missing more than they ever know.

Kenneth Alsop (1920-1973)

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My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.

Bjorn Borg
Professional Tennis Player

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Dec. 28, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Dec. 28, 2009

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The future exists first in the imagination, then in the will, then in reality.

Robert Wilson

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When you argue for your limitations you perpetuate them.

Orrin Woodward

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The principles we live by, in business and in social life, are the most important part of happiness. We need to be careful, upon achieving happiness, not to lose the virtues which have produced it.

Harry Harrison

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Not a great surprise, but a confirmation to the doubters: Students Who Blog or Use Facebook Have Higher Literacy Levels:

http://techxav.com/2009/12/03/facebook-children

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Dec. 25, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Dec. 25, 2009

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Thanks to Michael Hughes for sharing the following:

Gift Suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent,
tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To every child, a good example. To
all, charity. To yourself, respect."

Oren Arnold

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From Dianne & Henry

Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays) to all, and to all a Good Day!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Inspirations for Thur., Dec. 24, 2009

Inspirations for Thur., Dec. 24, 2009

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One day at a time - this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone: and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.

Ida Scott Taylor
1820-1915, Author

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There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down,
the other is pulling up.

Booker T. Washington

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Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought.

Bernard M. Baruch
1870-1965, American Financier

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Dec. 23, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Dec. 23, 2009

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It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected
of him.

John Steinbeck
(1902-1968) American Novelist

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Our real duty is always found running in the direction of our
worthiest desires.

Randolph S. Bourne
(1886-1918) American Writer

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You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you'll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless.

Caroline Myss
Author of Entering The Castle


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Monday, December 21, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Dec. 22, 2009

Inspirations for Tues., Dec. 22, 2009

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A minute of thought is worth more than an hour of talk.

Author unknown

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Opportunity is sometimes hard to recognize if you’re only looking for a lucky break.

Monta Crane

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The virtues which keep this world sweet and the faithfulness which keeps it steadfast are chiefly those of the average man.

W. Russell Bowie

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Every man has an obscure respect for courage in others, especially if
it is moral courage, the rarest and most difficult sort of bravery...
It makes the very brute understand that this man is more than a man.

Passage from Life of Christ

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Dec. 21, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Dec. 21, 2009

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Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Helen Keller
1880-1968, Blind/Deaf Author and Lecturer

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Patience does not mean indifference. We may work and trust and wait, but we ought not to be idle or careless while waiting.

Author unknown

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Reality is not the same to the doer as it is to the sayer.

Haki Madhubuti

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled
by, And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost
(1875-1963) American Poet

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Dec. 18, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Dec. 18, 2009

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Your future is awaiting the burial of your past.

Pat Mesiti

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Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
Author and Publicist

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A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing; Every day we
ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me
make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught!

Thomas A. Kempis

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Inspirations for Thur., Dec. 17, 2009

Inspirations for Thur., Dec. 17, 2009

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We were not created to be eaten by anxiety, but to walk erect, free, unafraid in a world where there is work to do, truth to seek, love to give and win.

Joseph Ford Newton
Author

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The purpose of an education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

Malcolm Forbes

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The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing. They
believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to
correct his mistakes and continually make a new man of himself.

Wang Yang-Ming (1472-1529)
Chinese Philosopher

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Dec. 16, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Dec. 16, 2009

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Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of
courage and true progress.

Nicholas Murray Butler

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The first virtue of all really great men is that they are sincere.
They eradicate hypocrisy from their hearts.

Anatole France

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Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

Lance Armstrong
Cancer Survivor and Athlete

Monday, December 14, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Dec. 15, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Dec. 15, 2009

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When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.

Catherine Ponder
Author of The Dynamics of Prosperity

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Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had
wonderful things happen to you.

Mary Tyler Moore
American Actress

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Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt
1859-1919, 26th President of the United States

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Dec. 14, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Dec. 14, 2009

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Thanks to our friend Kim Leonhardt who shared the following with us:

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them'

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER :
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

And if you don't send this to at least 8 people - who cares?
But do share this with someone.
We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!


Worry about nothing, pray about everything!!!!

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Dec. 11, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Dec. 11, 2009

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Defeat is a state of mind. No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as reality. To me, defeat in anything is merely temporary, and its punishment is but an urge for me to greater effort to achieve my goal. Defeat simply tells me that something is wrong in my doing; it is a path leading to success and truth.

Bruce Lee
1940-1973, Martial Artist, Actor and Author

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The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.

Pearl S. Buck

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If you have achieved any level of success, then pour it into someone else. Success is not success without a successor.

T. D. Jakes

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Inspirations for Thur, Dec. 10, 2009

Inspirations for Thur., Dec. 10, 2009

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Who supplies another with a constructive thought has enriched him forever.

Alfred A. Montapert


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If you have the courage to step outside of your comfort zone, you will not only be amazed by the marvel and sights of the world, but also with the wonders that lay deep within yourself.

Rosanna Ienco

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Nothing will sustain you more potently than the power to recognize in
your humdrum routine, as perhaps it may be thought, the true poetry
of life.

Sir William Osler (1849-1919)
Canadian Physician

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Dec. 9, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Dec. 9, 2009

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Thanks to our friend Staci Jordan Shelton for sharing the following:

"Do what you were created to do. Period. A flower doesn't ask: 'What's in it for me?" before it blooms!"

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Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.

Napoleon Hill
1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich

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If a man be gracious to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen of
the world, and his heart is no island, cut off from other islands,
but a continent that joins them.

Francis Bacon

Monday, December 07, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Dec. 8, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Dec. 8, 2009

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When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way you will command the attention of the world.

George Washington Carver
1864-1943, Scientist

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May we know unity--without conformity.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, the skillful direct it.

Madame Roland

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There is abundant testimony that if we choose love rather than self, we gain immeasurably.

Federico Fellini

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Dec. 7, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Dec. 7, 2009

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THANKS for the following information passed to us by Terri Lynn Taylor - FOR FYI: Jobs Available with The Census Bureau. Office jobs, field jobs, managerial jobs. Call 1-866-861-2010 to take the government test in your area. The practice test can be found at http://www.census.gov.

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Someday, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made except by a steady, long continued process.

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)
American Bishop

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Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.

Nolan Bushnell
Founder of Atari

Inspirations for Mon., Dec. 7, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Dec. 7, 2009

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THANKS for the following information passed to us by Terri Lynn Taylor - FOR FYI: Jobs Available with The Census Bureau. Office jobs, field jobs, managerial jobs. Call 1-866-861-2010 to take the government test in your area. The practice test can be found at http://www.census.gov.

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Someday, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made except by a steady, long continued process.

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)
American Bishop

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Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.

Nolan Bushnell
Founder of Atari

Friday, December 04, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Dec. 4, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Dec. 4, 2009

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The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him.

Jan Patocka

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If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.

Rabbi Harold Kushner
Author of When Bad Things Happen To Good People

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The space in a needles eye is sufficient for two friends, but the whole world is scarcely big enough to hold two enemies.

Solomon Ibn Gabirol

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Dec. 3, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Dec. 3, 2009

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Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.

Kahlil Gibran

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Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.

Thomas Huxley
1825-1895, Biologist and Educator

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Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous impatience.

Hyman Rickover


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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Dec. 2, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Dec. 2, 2009

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Do you realize that your life at this very moment is the result of everything that you have ever thought, done, believed or felt up until now? You can start right now to consciously and deliberately attract whatever you desire in this lifetime.

Jack Canfield

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Relinquish the need to defend your point of view. In defenselessness, you remain open to all points of view, not rigidly attached to one of them.

Deepak Chopra

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Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our
courage and strength.

Anonymous

The Power (and sometimes the Poison) of the Pen

The Power (and sometimes the Poison) of the Pen
By Henry Ford

It is reported that in the year 1712, along the banks of the James River, a man by the name of Willie Lynch gave a speech to Slave Owners telling them how to control their slaves. The speech promoted creating and expanding divisions with the slave community. Today, nearly 300 years later, the Willie Lynch syndrome has been given yet another breath of life and truth in the form of a caricature published in a most surprising place, Cleveland’s black owned newspaper.

A recent issue of the Cleveland Call & Post contained a caricature depicting State Senator Nina Turner as Aunt Jemima. For those unfamiliar with the image of Aunt Jemima, she is a painful reminder of America’s preoccupation with the systematic degrading of Black Americans. It is bad enough that racists used the image to degrade black people, but it is even more tragic when the image is reincarnated and used by the victim, against the victim.

Senator Turner’s “crime” was being on the side of a political issue opposite from the area’s powerful black politicians and the Call & Post newspaper. Imagine the “nerve” of the Senator to not agree with what is, the “nerve” to have a dissenting opinion. I am reminded of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being “out of touch” with local leadership in the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. I am reminded of his unpopular stance against the Vietnam War, a war that eventually became unpopular with the majority. Imagine the results had Dr. King joined the crowd simply because it was comfortable and convenient. This conjecture could lead to debating the right and wrong of an issue that has already been decided by the voters. That however is not the issue this article addresses. Common decently and respect are the issues before us.

I believe the newspaper has every right to editorialize, but also the responsibility to do so in good taste. Had the same depiction appeared in a white owned newspaper, the telephone lines would be ablaze with protests. What gives those in the position to educate and inform, the right to degrade and dehumanize? What entitles them to perpetuate images that for so long have plagued the black community. This is the year we elected a president based in large part on his vision of building bridges and mending fences, yet some choose to continue on the path of division.

My concern includes the young people of this city and this nation. What we do and say impacts the minds and hearts of the young and the not-so-young among us. What lesson did they learn from seeing a State Senator depicted as Aunt Jemima? Isn’t one of the issues we have with young people the lack of respect they have for themselves, their parents, and in the end the entire society? Do we want them to apply caricatures of Aunt Jemima and other images of disrespect to those who might not agree with them? Do we want them to become less tolerant of others? Do we want them to be afraid to have an independent thought, for fear of being “labeled?” Before considering those questions as irrelevant, reflect for a moment on some of the “reasons” you’ve heard for the senseless gang violence that is killing our young people and destroying our families. Many of these tragedies are rooted in intolerance.

Also for the larger community and the world, the level of respect others have for African-Americans is directly related to the level of respect we have for ourselves and our brothers and sisters. If we think it is permissible to degrade our own brothers and sisters, what treatment then do we expect from others?

This article is not about politics, it is about common decency and mutual respect. I have a great deal of respect for many of the political leaders who were in opposition to Senator Turner’s views on Issue 6. In fact, I too was in opposition to the Senator’s position. Whether that was right or wrong is not the issue. The issue is now that the battle is over, do we continue the war or do we sit down at the table?

I quote the last part of Rev. Jesse Jackson’s words “we are all in the same boat now?” What do we do going forward? Do we seek to destroy Senator Turner’s career, and if so, what will be accomplished? I would suggest that if anyone wants to “get even” with the Senator, that they emulate her talent, her passion and her determination, and challenge her on a level that calls each of us to the greatness that we have within.

My prayer is that the Call & Post will rise toward its potential greatness and print a retraction and apology to Senator Turner. My request to the Call & Post Readers in my audience is that you let me know if that does occur, because after following the newspaper since childhood, I find the need for something less objectionable and more inspiring to the human spirit.

Those who possess the “Power of the Pen” and the blessing of an audience need to insure that they use that power in a way that educates, inspires and empowers. While a picture is often worth a thousand words, some of those pictures along with their insinuations belong in the distance past.

You may reply to Henry Ford at successisyou@yahoo.com and please, no caricatures!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Dec. 1, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Dec. 1, 2009

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We learn simply by the exposure of living. Much that passes for education is not education at all but ritual. The fact is that we are being educated when we know it least.

David P. Gardner
Educator

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Make each day useful and cheerful and prove that you know the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be happy, old age without regret and life a beautiful success.

Louisa May Alcott
1832-1888, Author

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All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.

Orison Swett Marden
1850-1924, Author

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Life is a team sport. Sometimes you give and sometimes you get.

Ann Pearson

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Nov. 30, 2009

Inspirations for Mon, Nov. 30, 2009

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Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through
which you must see the world.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Irish Playwright

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Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Brian Dyson
Business consultant

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Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or
architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.

Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
English Writer

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Nov. 27, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Nov. 27, 2009

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The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone
in your heart - this you will build your life by, and this you will
become.

James Lane Allen (1849-1925)
American Author

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Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.

Arthur Christopher Benson (1862-1925)
Writer

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To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world--that I am able to change it in positive ways.

Maxine Hong Kingston
Writer

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Northeast Ohio Residents:

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Nov. 26, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Nov. 26, 2009

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The following should be Inspiration Enough:

YOU ARE NOT A TURKEY!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING – Photo Greeting at http://www.successisyou.org/page21.html

Please consume and travel responsibly, share generously, and forgive quickly!

For our friends outside the United States, please have a good day and consume and travel responsibly, share generously, and forgive quickly also!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Nov. 25, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Nov. 25, 2009

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Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in
the past.

Tyron Edwards

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Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

Og Mandino
1923-1996, Author and Speaker

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When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.

Wayne Dyer
Psychotherapist, Author and Speaker

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Where nature is concerned, familiarity breeds love and knowledge, not
contempt.

Stewart L. Udall
American Politician

Monday, November 23, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Nov. 24, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Nov. 24, 2009

Thanks to Gwen Edwards for sharing this with us

This was reportedly written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista, CA. He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to "explain God." I wonder if any of us could have done as well?

EXPLANATION OF GOD:
"One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers."

"God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times besides bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off."

"God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have."

"Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in Chula Vista . At least there aren't any who come to our church."

"Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K."

"His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important."

"You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time."

"You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God!

Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway."

"If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He's around you when you're scared, in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids."

"But...you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases.

And...that's why I believe in God."

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Nov. 23, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Nov. 23, 2009

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Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.

Leo F Buscaglia

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People of character do the right thing, not because they think it will change the world but because they refuse to be changed by the world.

Actor and Author of Michael Josephson
Radio Commentator

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If you have seen this before, please forgive us but we want to make sure we don’t miss anyone. There is an “Off The Hook” (in a good way) young lady taking the FACEBOOK and WRITING community by storm. Her name is Aundria Hawkins Ford and you can check her out at http://www.aundriahawkinsford.successisyou.org.

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Thank You to those who were able to participate in BDPA’s Nov. 17th Community Meeting in Cleveland. The feedback on the Student Competition awards, the IT Corp global initiative, and the four presenters has all been positive. Meeting comments have already received national recognition and acclaim on FACEBOOK. The meeting generated a level of excitement that should be an excellent catalyst going into 2010. For those who were unable to attend, there are photos and videos available at http://www.bdpa.successisyou.org/file08.html

The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6:00 PM. That meeting will also be held at the Dolan Center at John Carroll University. Meeting details will be updated at http://www.bdpa.successisyou.org/file31.html. Meanwhile, your questions and your ideas for upcoming meetings are welcome at info@bdpa-cleveland.org or by calling (216) 773-0700.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Inspirations for Fri, Nov. 20, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Nov. 20, 2009

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Men can be stimulated to show off their good qualities to the leader who seems to think they have good qualities.

John Richelsen

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Competition is easier to accept if you realize it is not an act of aggression or abrasion....Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want, too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.

Diane Sawyer
Television journalist

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When a man begins to understand himself, he begins to live. When he begins to live he begins to understand his fellow men.

Norvin G. McGranahan

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Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.

Romain Gary (1914-1980)
French Writer
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Nov. 19, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Nov. 19, 2009

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My country is the world; my countrymen are mankind.

William Lloyd Garrison
(1805-1879) Social reformer

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Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.

Plutarch (c. 46-c. 120 A.D.)
Biographer and moralist

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Man has no nobler function than to defend the truth.

Ruth McKenney

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People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most people succeed because they are determined to.

George E. Allen
1832-1907, Publisher and Author

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Nov. 18, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Nov. 18, 2009

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We come into this world crying while all around us are smiling. May we so live that we go out of this world smiling while everybody around us is weeping.

Persian proverb

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No pleasure philosophy, no sensuality, no place nor power, no material success can for a moment give such inner satisfaction as the sense of living for good purposes, for maintenance of integrity, for the preservation of self-approval.

Minot Simons

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I have never been a millionaire. But I have enjoyed a crackling fire, a glorious sunset, a walk with a friend and a hug from a child. There are plenty of life's tiny delights for all of us.

Jack Anthony
Author

Monday, November 16, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Nov. 17, 2009



Feature of the Day is the video “Help Save 25,000 High School Dropouts.” It can be found above. Produced in Chicago, the video has implications far beyond the Windy City.

If you live in the Cleveland / Northeast Ohio area, you can follow up with immediate action by checking out "Answer The Call" at http://www.bdpa.successisyou.org/file27.html and planning to join us Tuesday evening, Nov. 17th.

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I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.

Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Nov. 16, 2009

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Trust life, and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, all you need to know.

James Baldwin

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Interested in Technology or Youth? Live in Northeast, Ohio? Answer The Call at http://www.bdpa.successisyou.org/file27.html.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Nov. 13, 2009



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You don't need a reason to get up in the morning, you need to be the reason other people get up in the morning!! lets go!

Rev. Run Wilson
http://www.globalgrind.com/revrun

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Well-being is not found in isolation, possessions, or power itself; it usually appears while serving others.

Manuel Arango

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Nov. 12, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Nov. 12, 2009

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Depending upon when you see this message, Veterans Day may be past, but a few people have asked us to re-publish the video of the meeting of the Folding of The American Flag. You can see it by scrolling down to the article.

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Our Inspirations for October 5 says it best and is re-published below:

"A veteran, whether active duty, reserve, retired or discharged, is someone who, at some point or another in their lives, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including life." - Author Unknown

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Thanks to Kimberly Grubbs for sharing the following message:

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called FAILURE, a loop called CONFUSION, speed bumps called FRIENDS, red lights called ENEMIES, and caution lights called FAMILY. You will have flats called JOBS, But if you have a spare called DETERMINATION, and an engine called PERSEVERANCE, insurance called FAITH, a driver called JESUS, you will make it to a place called SUCCESS! Peace and Blessings

The Folding of the Flag of The United States of America

The folding of the flag of The United States of America

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Nov. 11, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Nov. 11, 2009

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Debra Cameron!

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A BIG THANK YOU to Photographer Alan Ascher who was kind enough to take and share photos from the display of sections of the Berlin Wall, located in Los Angeles.
Alan is a well-known Photographer whose clients include some of Hollywood’s Elite. Also, A BIG THANK YOU to Jean Ford for contacting Alan on behalf of INSPIRATIONS Readers.

The photos may be viewed at http://www.successisyou.org/page25.html or on our FACEBOOK Group Pages at SUCCESS IS YOURS AND MINE and SUCCESS IS YOU.

More information can be seen at http://www.wallproject.org.

Please visit Alan’s Web Site at http://www.alanascher.indiegroup.com and consider his excellent services.

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How we act and speak toward others is emulated, and spreads throughout the world, and the world will be better or worse, because of us!

Henry Ford
No, not the famous Industrialist, but the one who sent you this message

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Looking for a true Real Estate Professional? Check out http://www.jssbuy.com/russell.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Nov. 10, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Nov. 10, 2009

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Feature of The Day is an Inspirational Cartoon at http://www.sfpnn.com/frog4web/Frog2009/fp110909.htm

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Nothing of great value in life comes easily. The things of highest value sometimes come hard. The gold that has the greatest value lies deepest in the earth, as do the diamonds.

Norman Vincent Peale
1898-1993, Pastor, Speaker and Author

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The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not
waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

Jack London

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The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
1929-1968, American Civil Rights Leader

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Looking for a home to lease or purchase in Euclid, Ohio?
Check out: http://www.successisyou.org/page15.html.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Nov. 9, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Nov. 9, 2009



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Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

Henry Ford (1863-1947)
American Industrialist

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The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.

Barbara Pletcher
Author

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People are known as much by the quality of their failures as by the quality of their successes.

Mark McCormack

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Nov. 6, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Nov. 6, 2009

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Feature of the Day is a comment posted by Connie Atkins of http://www.caao.net.

If you want happiness for an hour - take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day - go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month - get married.
If you want happiness for a year - inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime - help someone else.

Chinese Proverb

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The best portion of a good man's life is the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.

William Wordsworth
(1770-1850) English poet

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We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Nov. 5, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Nov. 5, 2009

Our “Video of the Day” will be replaced by “Feature of the Day” so we can continue to bring you interesting and diverse messages using a variety of mediums. Sometimes our feature will be in video form and at other times in whatever format we believe will inspire and inform.

Today we urge you to click on http://www.sfpnn.com/PNNs/PNN2009/11042009.htm for a valuable and inspiring message from Rev. Jeanette Pintar. You might also consider signing up to receive her information on a consistent basis. We subscribed several years ago, and are much better for having made that decision.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Nov. 4, 2009




Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.

Nancy Astor

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In the final analysis there is no solution to man's progress but the day's honest work, the day's honest decisions, the day's generous utterances and the day's good deed.

Clare Booth Luce

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Monday, November 02, 2009

Inspirations, Tue., Nov. 3, 2009


Henry with Joe "Batman" Clark featured in the movie Lean on Me



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Live in the City of Twinsburg, Ohio? Please see the important announcement from Mayor Katherine Procop at http://www.successisyou.org/PDF%20Files/Twinsburg_Issue_32.pdf

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Natural High Video

What a small world it is when you spot your daughter on an Inspirational Video, and she has told you ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about it (AND SHE KNOWS that you share inspirational content with others!). That’s just how humble some people are. Today’s featured video includes clips from NATURAL HIGH, an organization we have followed and promoted for some time now. When you see the good-looking school principal in the video (in the black and white outfit), THAT’S HER! And please don’t miss the message of the video.



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The Nov-Dec issue of VISIONS is available at http://visionsnewsletter.blogspot.com/. In addition to accessing the on-line version, you can now view and print the newsletter as a PDF File if you choose. Also please remember that WE CAN USE YOUR STORY! Contact us at successisyou@yahoo.com.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Oct. 30, 2009

THANKS to Barbara Williams for sharing this!

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Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first
be overcome.

Samuel Johnson
1709-1784) English Author

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If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.

Eddie Rickenbacker
1890-1973, American Fighter Ace, Race Car Driver and pioneer in air transportation.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Oct. 29, 2009

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All too often the difference between success and failure, progress and regress, happiness and depression--and, yes, balance and imbalance--is simply a matter of perspective.

Paul Wilson
Business executive and author

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Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.

Robert K. Greenleaf
(1904-1990) Business leader and essayist

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Inspiration for Wed., Oct., 28, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Oct. 28, 2009

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The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.

James Allen

1864-1912, Author of As A Man Thinketh

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One of the secrets of getting more done is to make a TO DO List every day, keep it visible, and use it as a guide to action as you go through the day.

Alan Lakein

Time Management Expert and Author

Monday, October 26, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Oct. 27, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Oct. 27, 2009

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You can conquer almost any fear if you will make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.

Dale Carnegie

1888-1955, Speaker and Author


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Disregard your complaints and discover your gratitude. Release your trouble and restate your blessings.

Author unknown

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Oct. 26, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Oct. 26, 2009

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To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.

Donald A. Adams

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Individualism is rather like innocence: There must be something unconscious about it.

Louis Kronenberger

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Oct. 23, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Oct. 23, 2009

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Sometimes you've got to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything - whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you'll find that when you're free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.

Tina Turner
Entertainer

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It's the little things you do that can make a big difference. What are you attempting to accomplish? What little thing can you do today that will make you more effective? You are probably only one step away from greatness.

Bob Proctor
Author and Speaker

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Always act in such a way as to secure the love of your neighbor.

Pliny the Elder (A.D. 23-79)
Scholar

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Cleveland Area Event (Oct. 26) – The Federal Bar Association, in co-operation with the co-authors of Picking Cotton, a New York Times Best Seller, will present a seminar involving the true story of Mistaken Eyewitness Identity. The event is FREE, but pre-registration is required. For more information visit http://www.events.successisyou.org/.



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Oct. 22, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Oct. 22, 2009

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The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.

Michelangelo Buonarroti
1474-1564, Italian Renaissance Painter and Sculptor

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Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
1803-1882, Poet and Essayist

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Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation. Wholeheartednessis contagious. Give yourself, if you wish to get others.

David Seabury

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Inspirations for Wed, Oct. 21, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Oct. 21, 2009

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Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.

John F. Kennedy
1917-1963, Thirty-Fifth President of the United States

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You increase your joy by increasing the pure joy of others.

Torkom Saraydarian - (1917-1997)
Scholar and sacred music composer

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Inspirational Quotes

Monday, October 19, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Oct. 20, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Oct. 20, 2009

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It Will Make You Smile is today’s featured video

It Will Make You Smile



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Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures,costs nothing, and conveys much.

Erastus Wiman

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Blessed are the joymakers.

Nathaniel Parker Willis
(1806-1867) Writer

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I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

Agatha Christie

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Inspirations for Mon., Oct. 19, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Oct. 19, 2009

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MOTIVATIONAL . . . Period!
One of a series from Keith Lightfoot

  

More at www.pdforfree.com  



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Many times victory is within our grasp and we give up on the One-Yard Line!

Les Brown
Motivational Speaker

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Don't wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself.

Dara Henderson
Writer

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Life is giving. Life is receiving. In short, life is being connected.

Tijn Touber
Editor

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Check out INSPIRATIONS Archive at http://www.successisyou.blogspot.com

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Oct. 16, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Oct. 16, 2009

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Just Believe!



There is never a wrong time to do the right thing.

Author unknown

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Cleveland Minority Contractors and Business Assistance Program - October 20-21. Please go to http://www.events.successisyou.org/page067.html for additional information.

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Most of us miss out on life's big prizes. The Pulitzer. The Nobel.
Oscars. Tonys. Emmys. But we're all eligible for life's small
pleasures. A pat on the back. A kiss behind the ear. A four-pound
bass. A full moon. An empty parking space. A crackling fire. A great
meal. A glorious sunset. Hot soup. Cold beer.

Anonymous

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Inspirations for Thur., Oct. 15, 2009

Inspirations for Thur., Oct. 15, 2009

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LIFE is Like a Cup of Coffee

 


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Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.

Harold B. Melchart

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The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist.

J. Harold Wilkins

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Oct. 14, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Oct. 14, 2009

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Every man stamps his value on himself... man is made great or small by his own will.

J.C.F. von Schiller

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It is good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven't lost the things money can't buy.

George Lorimer
1867-1937, Editor of Saturday Evening Post

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Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others.

Erich Fromm
(1900-1980) Psychologist and philosopher

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Oct. 13, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Tue., Oct. 13, 2009

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When you paint success pictures in your mind, you initiate an inner process whereby your attitudes, hopes, aspirations, and enthusiasm are elevated in response to an image of a more promising future. Every person who aspires must first sell themselves hope, the promise of a better life.

U.S. Andersen
Author of The Magic in Your Mind

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I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes--the finer things of life--would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be fulfilled in a spiritual sense.

Coretta Scott King
Reformer

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One of the hardest lessons we have to learn in this life, and one that many persons never learn, is to see the divine, the celestial, the pure in the common, the near at hand--to see that heaven lies about us here in this world.

John Burroughs (1837-1921)
Naturalist

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The good that men do lives after them.

Ruth Gordon (1896-1985)
Actor

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Oct. 12, 2009

Thanks for the following from www.positivenews.net

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Positive Thoughts for Today
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LOVE/RELATIONSHIPS:

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.

Pope John Paul II


LEADERSHIP/SUCCESS:

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work.

Thomas A. Edison


MOTIVATION/INSPIRATION:

The end is living in agreement with nature.

--Zeno of Citium

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Oct. 8, 2009

Our schedule may keep us away from the computer for several days. Please visit us at http://www.inspirations.successisyou.org/ for changing daily content and continued Inspiration.


Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Oct. 7, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Wed., Oct. 7, 2009



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The moment of enlightenment is when a person's dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.

Vic Braden
Tennis instructor

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He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.

John Milton (1608-1674)
English Poet

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I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything.

Abraham Lincoln
1809-1865, Sixteenth President of the United States

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Oct. 6, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Tue., Oct. 6, 2009

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There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.

William Frederick Halsey, Jr. (1882-1959)
Military officer

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The deep rewards of giving go to those who give out of a concern for others, and take pains to see that their giving is wisely done, to meet real needs or seize promising opportunities.

F. Emerson Andrews (1902-1978)
Historian

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To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830)
English Essayist

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Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.

Marianne Williamson
Author of A Return to Love

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Oct. 5, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Mon., Oct. 5, 2009

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"A veteran, whether active duty, reserve, retired or discharged, is someone who, at some point or another in their lives, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including life." - Author Unknown

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To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals - that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him.

Honore De Balzac (1799-1850)
French Novelist

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When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

Helen Keller (1880-1968)
American Writer

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An effective human being is a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Ida Rolf (1896-1979)
Biochemist and physical therapist

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Oct. 2, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Fri., Oct. 2, 2009

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Time and money spent in helping men do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.

Henry Ford (1863-1947)
American Industrialist

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Ohio’s Northern Summit County Residents – Please visit http://www.adamvanho.com/ and consider Adam VanHo for judge. You will find his credentials, his record, and his endorsements to be an impressive mandate. Please pass along to friends and relatives in the Northern Summit County area. A map of Northern Summit County can be viewed at http://www.events.successisyou.org/page058.html.

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Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

Art Linkletter
Radio and TV Personality
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On Thursday I had the good fortune to connect with Keith Lightfoot, who is an Author, Singer, Songwriter, Public Speaking Mentor, Keynote Speaker, and so much more. Keith lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, which brought back fond memories of our visit to New Zealand and Australia. Dianne and I had the good fortune to spend time in Christchurch during our tour. I urge you to visit Keith’s web site at http://www.publicspeaking.co.nz/. He has been added to the Recommended Links section of our Blog Site at http://successisyou.blogspot.com/ and we expect to be sharing more about him in the future.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Oct. 1, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Thu., Oct. 1, 2009

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The truth is that you can spend your life any way you want, but you can spend it only once.

John C. Maxwell
Leadership expert

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The most important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative, and the second disastrous.

Margaret Fontey

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Before you begin a thing remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead. You can only see one thing clearly, and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin.

Kathleen Norris
1880-1966, Novelist

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Sep. 30, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Wed., Sep. 30, 2009

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Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

Carl Jung
1875-1961, Psychiatrist
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There's no ceiling on effort.

Harvey C. Fruehauf
Business executive

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One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.

Sigmund Freud

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A hero is a man who does what he can.Roman Rollard

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Sep. 29, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Tue., Sep. 29, 2009

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I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but the spirit in which we face them, that constitutes our comfort.

Elizabeth T. King

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You will find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.

Lydia M. Child
1802-1880, Abolitionist and Writer

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People should know what you stand for. They should also know what you won't stand for.

Author unknown

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Sep. 28, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Mon., Sep. 28, 2009

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Every intersection in the road of life is an opportunity to make a decision.

Duke Ellington
(1899-1974) Musician and composer

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Pa, he always said a man had to look spry for himself, because nobody else would do it for him; your opportunities didn't come knocking around, you had to hunt them up and hog-tie them.

Louis L'Amour
Author

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We have recently added two sub-domains to the “Success is YOU” family. Even though both sub-domains should have added features soon, they are now functional and we hope you will visit them often and pass along to others.

The improvements include:
http://www.articles.successisyou.org/ Syndicated Articles (updated daily) on nearly any topic you can imagine
http://www.biz.successisyou.org/ Valuable business links

A current list of our “Success Sites” can be found on the left side panel of our Home Page at http://www.successisyou.org/. As always, we THANK YOU for visiting our sites and referring others.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Sep. 25, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Fri., Sep. 25, 2009

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I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but stillI can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.

Helen Keller
(1880-1968) American Writer

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Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.

Albert Einstein
1879-1955, Physicist

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Circumstances break men's bones; it has never been shown that they break men's optimism.

G. K. Chesterton
(1874-1936) Writer

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Inspirations for Thu., Sep. 24, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Thu., Sep. 24, 2009

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It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.

Sally Kempton
Writer

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Don't wait for your "ship to come in" and feel angry and cheated when it doesn't. Get going with something small.

Irene Kassorla

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Take a day to heal from the lies you've told yourself and the ones that have been told to you.

Maya Angelou
Poet


Check out Inspirations Archive at www.successisyou.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Inspirations for Wed., Sep. 23, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Wed., Sep. 23, 2009

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A series of five Legal Aid Clinics during the coming weeks are scheduled in the Northeast Ohio Area. For details see http://www.events.successisyou.org/.

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Always expect the best and you'll see that the outcome is spontaneously contained in the expectation.

Deepak Chopra
Physician and writer

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I was worthless, until I decided to be worth more.

Kim Jeffery
Career Woman

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Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.

Earl Nightingale
1921-1989, Radio Announcer, Author and Speaker

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Inspirations for Tue., Sep. 22, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Tue., Sep. 22, 2009

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Thanks to Jean Ford-Lawrence for sharing this one with us:

Today is a GREAT day!!...We have open gates of access to new doors of opportunity; windows of inspiration, insight and revelation; avenues of success and prosperity; highways to places of divine assignments and channels for transition and deliverance. Be blessed!!!

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The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but
also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

Helen Keller
(1880-1968) American Writer

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Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.

Eric Hoffer
1902-1983, Author and Philosopher

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Inspirations for Mon., Sep. 21, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Mon., Sep. 21, 2009

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A Pat on My Back

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Rev. Jeaneatte Pintar and her Inspirational Message from Sep. 17th – To view click on www.sfpnn.com/PNNs/PNN2009/09172009.htm.

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Please check out http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=135155178579

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Inspirations for Fri., Sep. 18, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Fri., Sep. 18, 2009

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Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try.

Dennis DeYoung
Rock Musician and Songwriter

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Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.

William Congreve
Love For Love

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We all have angels guiding us. . . .They look after us. They heal us, touch us, comfort us with invisible warm hands. What will bring their help? Asking. Giving thanks.

Sophy Burnham
Writer and public speaker

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Inspirations for Thur., Sep. 17, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Thursday, September 17, 2009

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Be bold--and mighty forces will come to your aid.

Basil King (1859-1928)
Cleric and writer

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A prudent man will think more important what fate has conceded to him, than what it has denied.

Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)
Spanish Philosopher

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Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it.

William Feather1889-1981, Writer

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A couple of links we think are worth checking out are
http://thoughtleadersllc.blogspot.com/ and http://www.sfpnn.com/jeanette_m_pintar.htm

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Inspirations for Wednesday, September 16, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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Why not make the best of things? Any fool can make the worst of them.

Charles L. Bromley
Cleric

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Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller (1880-1968)
American Writer

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If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.

Denis Waitley
Author, Speaker and Trainer

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A couple of links we think are worth checking out are
http://thoughtleadersllc.blogspot.com/ and http://www.sfpnn.com/jeanette_m_pintar.htm

Monday, September 14, 2009

Inspirations for Tuesday, September 15, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Welcome Back to Rev. Jeanette Pintar who tried to take a well-deserved summer break from her inspirational work with SFPNN. This powerful lady didn’t get much rest because the demand for her services follows her wherever she goes. Anyway she is back to her first love, and you can visit her web site from this page by clicking on her photo.

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People can live through hardship, but from hard feelings they perish.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn "Asphyxiation"

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It is a good thing to be rich, it is a good thing to be strong, butit is a better thing to be beloved of many friends.

Euripides (480-406 BC)
Greek Playwright

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To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.

Quentin Crisp (1908-1999)
Writer

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Inspirations for Monday, September 14, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Monday, September 14, 2009

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There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

Beverly Sills (1929-)
American Opera Singer

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Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)
Novelist and essayist

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It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.

Jim RohnAuthor and Speaker

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Inspirations for Friday, September 11, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Friday, September 11, 2009

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The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.

William F. Scolavino

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Failure to recognize possibilities is the most dangerous and common mistake one can make.

Mae Jemison Astronaut

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If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.

Isaac Newton
(1642-1727) English Scientist

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To the victims of 9-11; NO, we have not forgotten!

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Inspirations for Thursday, September 10, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Thursday, September 10, 2009

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We have recently added several employment links to our Education/Jobs Page at www.successisyou.org/page07.html. Please share this message with those you know who may be searching for employment. All current links relate to opportunities in Ohio, primarily Northeast Ohio.

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We have received the following Career Announcements from USA Jobs. Please see the links below and share with those you know who may be searching for employment.

Security Protective Specialist:
www.careers.state.gov/specialist/opportunities/ps.html

Supervisory Security Protective Specialist:
www.careers.state.gov/specialist/opportunities/sup-ps.html

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There are two ways of meeting difficulties: You alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.

Phyllis Bottome
(1884-1963) Writer

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Let's choose today to quench our thirst for the 'good life' we think others lead by acknowledging the good that already exists in our lives. We can then offer the universe the gift of our grateful hearts.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

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Please remember that Inspirations at www.successisyou.blogspot.com now contains archived content, and is interactive and searchable!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Inspiration for Wednesday, September 9, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Wednesday, September 9, 2009

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PLEASE NOTE: Inspirations is now archived, interactive and searchable!

We recently began archiving Inspirations on our web blog at http://successisyou.blogspot.com/ to enable you to access both the current day’s and previous Inspirations On-line. That change also provided a Comment Feedback Box conveniently located after each day’s entry. We have now added a Blog Search Box to improve functionality, and assist you in locating items that may be of interest to you. The Search Box is located in the left hand sidebar. When you have an opportunity, please visit the web blog. We welcome your feedback and ideas for additional improvements.

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Forgiving is not forgetting; it's actually remembering--remembering and not using your right to hit back. It's a second chance for a new beginning. And the remembering part is particularly important. Especially if you don't want to repeat what happened.

Desmond Tutu
Cleric and civil rights leader

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I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to behonorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that youlived at all.

Leo C. Rosten
(1908-1977) American Writer

Monday, September 07, 2009

Inspirations for Tuesday, September 8, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Tuesday, September 8, 2009

THANK YOU to our friend Gloria Farris for sharing this with us:

Wise Words By Colin Powell

The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.

Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity.

An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.

As you grow, your associates will change.

Some of your friends will not want you to go on.

They will want you to stay where they are.

Friends that don't help you climb will want you to crawl.

Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream.

Those that don't increase you will eventually decrease you.

Consider this:

Never receive counsel from unproductive people.

Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how.

Not everyone has a right to speak into your life.

You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person.

Don't follow anyone who's not going anywhere.

With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it.

Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life.

Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships.

If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.

A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.

The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate - for the good and the bad.

Note: Be not mistaken.

This is applicable to family as well as friends.

Yes...do love, appreciate and be thankful for your family, for they will always be your family no matter what.

Just know that they are human first and though they are family to you, they may be a friend to someone else and will fit somewhere in the criteria above.

In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us, In Adversity We Know Our Friends.

Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them.

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.

Colin Powell

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Inspirations for Monday, Sep. 7, 2009

INSPIRATIONS for Monday, September 7, 2009

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We wish you a happy and safe Labor Day.

Henry & Dianne Ford

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Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.

Emily Dickinson
(1830-1886) Poet

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He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.

Epictetus (55-135 AD)
Greek Philosopher

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Patience is also a form of action.

Francois Auguste Rene Rodin
1840-1917, Artist

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Don't Encourage My Kid (or Yours)!

DON’T ENCOURAGE MY KID (OR YOURS)!
Article by Henry Ford

That is the message I hear from those who don’t want their school systems to air President Obama’s message to students encouraging them to stay in school. The reasoning I’ve heard most often is that the speech might be political. I am certain many of the messages young people hear in school contain political content. It is unavoidable that opinions are expressed during the process of what we know as Education. Strangely, I don’t recall this much uproar when Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush addressed students.

I also notice that most of the furor is coming from those areas where the school systems already have comparatively high graduation rates. Dissenters are well aware that their dissent can impact others and their children. And those happy with the status quo certainly don’t want those “other folks” to be encouraged! If you are one who might be one of the “other folks” I urge you to keep reading.

For those interested in a second opinion, I invite you to read my recent article at http://visionsnewsletter.blogspot.com/2009/08/youth-young-adult-corner-staying-in.html. I am not the president, so that article in the words of Gil Scott Heron “will not be televised.” Of course with your help the article can still be publicized. Please pass along this article to anyone who has a young person who might benefit from some additional encouragement.

This article definitely is about as non-political as I can make it, and the proof is that I am not running for any office. Also, the article reflects not only my desire to encourage, but also reflects the actions of one of the few, one of the proud, one of our U.S. Marines. Yes one of those who put their lives on the line, so we have the right to deny our young people the encouragement by their duly elected president!

Feedback is welcome at successisyou@yahoo.com.

http://www.successisyou.org

Friday, September 04, 2009

President Obama's Mideast Trip Photos

If you are interested in seeing photos from President Obama's June Mideast Trip, click
http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/sets/72157619421980633/show/

A BIG THANK YOU to our friend Alene Hill for sharing this slideshow!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Inspirations for Friday, September 4th

Friday, September 4, 2009

INSPIRATIONS

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Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.

Jennie Jerome Churchill
1854-1921, Mother of Winston Churchill

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You don't stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing.

Michael Pritchard

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Experience, which destroys innocence, also leads one back to it.

James Baldwin
(1924-1987) Writer

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Inspirations for Thursday, September 3rd

Thursday, September 3, 2009

INSPIRATIONS

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The secret of patience: Do something else in the meantime.

Author unknown

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To be alive, to be able to see, to walk,...it's all a miracle.

Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982)
Polish Pianist

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Every second we choose to nourish ourselves in a way that supports or depletes our lives, and to think and speak about other people in a way that is honoring or dishonoring. What choice are you going to make today.

Gregg Braden
Author of The Divine Matrix

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Inspirations for Wednesday, Sep. 2nd

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

INSPIRATIONS

For today’s Inspirations, please see the recently completed Sep-Oct issue of VISIONS On-line at http://visionsnewsletter.blogspot.com/2009/09/visions-sep-oct-2009.html.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Inspirations for Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

INSPIRATIONS

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To live at this time is an inestimable privilege, and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make right use of your opportunities.

Grenville Kleiser
(1868-1953) American Author

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Four things come not back--the spoken word, the sped arrow, time past, and the neglected opportunity.

Abbas Ibn al-Ahnaf
(c. 750-c. 803) Poet

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No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.

Barbara DeAngelis
Author

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Inspirations for Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

INSPIRATIONS

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True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.

Louis Nizer (1902-1994)
American Lawyer

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Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made inthe small ones.

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)
American Bishop

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Exert control over the variables that are within your control and you'll improve the odds that the uncontrollable variables will work in your favor.

D. A. Benton
Executive consultant

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Inspirations, Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

INSPIRATIONS

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We didn’t TEXT MESSAGE or DIAL THE PHONE when we took the test to get our Driver’s License. The message is not at all inspirational. In fact it is rather graphic, but not nearly as graphic as reality. Recommended for all who think they are invincible, and for those that love them! Click on www.inspirations.successisyou.org/page13.html.

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Tribute to Senator Kennedy

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

In Place of Inspirations, Thur., Aug. 27, 2009

In Place of INSPIRATIONS

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You may remember several months ago our promotion of the video A War for Your Soul-Birmingham Edition. If you do recall, please forgive me for the redundancy. If you don’t recall, please forgive me for not reaching you. Anyway, I feel the video contains an important message, and for that reason, I am sharing the link again. I am doing this because during the past few weeks, I’ve received notifications about the video from several people whom I had meant to share it with, and like myself, they considered it impactful and memorable. The message in the video is not easy to forget.

So for those who might not yet have seen it, the video can be viewed from our web site at http://www.successisyou.org/page07.html. Please remember to share this video with the young people in your life, for their lives may very well depend upon understanding the message.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Inspirations, Wednesday, August 26, 2009

INSPIRATIONS

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Please visit our events web site at www.events.successisyou.org to view recently added events.

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Happiness is a by-product of what we share with others.

Douglas M. Lawson
Fundraising consultant

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The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money.

Bernard Meltzer (1914-)
American Law Professor

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I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.

Margaret Thatcher
Former Prime Minister of England

Monday, August 24, 2009

Inspirations for Tuesday, August 25, 2009

INSPIRATIONS

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Each person has a name that no other can bear. There is a beauty, a strength, and a glory that each person has of his own. The whole universe is thrown out of kilter when you shrink from your magnanimous responsibility.

Herman Watts
Cleric

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...the hill has not yet lifted its face to heaven that perseverance will not gain the summit of at last.

Charles Dickens
(1812-1870) English Novelist

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A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they're not so bad.

Arnold H. Glasow

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Inspirations, Monday, August 24, 2009

INSPIRATIONS

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Photos from the Glenville High School’s Classes of 1959 50 Year Reunion (Friday night only) have been posted at www.glenville.successisyou.org.

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Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

Desmond Tutu
Cleric and civil rights leader

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All I would tell people is to hold onto what was individual about themselves, not to allow their ambition for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others. You've got to find it on your own terms.

Harrison Ford
American Actor

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Need More Inspiration? Visit www.inspirations.successisyou.org and enjoy:
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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Inspirations for Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

INSPIRATIONS

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Two events were added today to our EVENTS Web Site at www.events.successisyou.org.

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Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

Elizabeth Stone

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There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.

Clare Boothe Luce
1902-1987, American Diplomat and Writer

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Happiness is a very small desk and a very big wastebasket.

Robert Orben
Humorist and speechwriter

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Inspirations, Thursday, August 20, 2009

INSPIRATIONS – Change of Pace

THANKS to Jean Ford-Lawrence for this “Change of Pace” Inspirational Message

Hi Everyone,

I just want to thank all of you for your educational e-mails over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery.

I no longer open a public bathroom door without using a paper towel or have them put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

I can't use the remote in a hotel room because I don't know what the last person was doing while flipping through the adult movie channels.

I can't sit down on the hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.

I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking ones nose (although cell phone usage may be taking the number one spot).

Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of trans-fats I have consumed over the years.

I can't touch any woman's purse for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public bathroom. I MUST SEND MY SPECIAL THANKS to whoever sent me the one about poop in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.

ALSO, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (Penny Brown) who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time.

I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program.

I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me, and St. Theresa's Novena has granted my every wish.

I no longer eat KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.

I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

THANKS TO YOU I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

BECAUSE OF YOUR CONCERN, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.
I no longer can buy gasoline without taking someone along to watch the car so a serial killer won't crawl in my back seat when I'm pumping gas.

I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr. Pepper since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put 'Under God' on their cans.

I no longer use Saran Wrap in the microwave because it causes cancer.

AND THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face... disfiguring me for life.

I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer receive packages from UPS or Fed Ex since they are actually Al Qaeda in disguise.

I no longer shop at Target since they are French and don't support our American troops or the Salvation Army.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan.

I no longer buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus since I now have their recipe.

THANKS TO YOU I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big brown African spider is lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites my butt.

AND THANKS TO YOUR GREAT ADVICE I can't ever pick up $5.00 dropped in the parking lot because it probably was placed there by a sexual predator waiting underneath my car to grab my leg.

I can no longer drive my car because I can't buy gas from certain gas companies!

I can't do any gardening because I'm afraid I'll get bitten by the brown recluse spider and my hand will fall off.

If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m tomorrow afternoon and the fleas from 12 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician . . .

Oh, by the way..... A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mail with their hand on the mouse.

Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late.

Thank you for all the informative e-mails!!