Monday, February 28, 2011

Inspirations for Tue., Mar. 1, 2011

Inspirations for Tue., Mar. 1, 2011


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THANKS to our friend Shirley Williams for sharing the following:

“Your car is German. Your vodka is Russian. Your pizza is Italian. Your kebab is Turkish. Your democracy is Greek. Your coffee is Brazilian. Your movies are American. Your tea is Tamil. Your shirt is Indian. Your oil is Saudi Arabian. Your electronics are Chinese. Your numbers Arabic, your letters Latin. And you complain that your neighbour is an immigrant? Pull yourself together.”

Editor’s Comment: And NO, “neighbour” is NOT misspelled, because the Contributor is British!

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ArtWorks is a multi-disciplinary, arts-based job-training program serving Northeast Ohio high school students. Check them out at http://www.yaneo.org/what/artworks.php.

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The March-April of VISIONS Newsletter is available as a PDF Download at http://visions.successisyou.org/PDF/Visions_Mar_2011.pdf.  We hope you enjoy this issue and as usual we welcome your feedback. Please give some thought to having us include you, a family member or your organization in an upcoming issue.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Inspirations for Mon., Feb. 28, 2011

Inspirations for Mon., Feb. 28, 2011


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Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.

Epictetus (55-135 AD)
Greek Philosopher

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Fear is the opportunity for courage, not proof of cowardice.

John McCain

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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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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Inspirations for Fri., Feb. 25, 2011

Inspirations for Fri., Feb. 25, 2011


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There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing head-on the hard truths and saying, "We will never give up. We will never capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to prevail.

Jim Collins, from his book, Good to Great

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Pessimism is depreciated will-to-live.

Albert Schweitzer

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The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat.

Sam Snead
1912-2002, Golfer

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Reminder for Northeast Ohio Area Residents
Please join us for the District Dr. Martin Luther King Oratorical Contest

Sat., Feb. 26, 10:30 AM
Mt. Zion of Oakwood Village
1 Mt. Zion Circle
Oakwood Village, Ohio
(Conveniently located just minutes from I-271 and Broadway Avenue)

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Inspirations for Thur., Feb. 24, 2011

Inspirations for Thur., Feb. 24, 2011


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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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To believe in something not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives: it is the only way we can leave the future open.

Lillian Smith
1897-1966, Writer

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There is a secret person undamaged in every individual.

Paul Shepard

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Inspirations for Wed., Feb. 23, 2011

Inspirations for Wed., Feb. 23, 2011


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Unswerving loyalty to duty, constant devotion to truth, and a clear conscience will overcome every discouragement and surely lead the way to usefulness and high achievement.

Grover Cleveland

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Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort.

Humphry Davy
1778-1829, Chemist

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Bless a thing and it will bless you. Curse it and it will curse you. If you bless a situation, it has no power to hurt you.

Emmet Fox
1886-1951, Spiritual Leader

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See video and photo coverage we provided at last week’s events celebrating Black Family Technology Awareness Campaign (BFTAC) by clicking http://www.bdpa.successisyou.org/file41.html.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Inspirations for Tue., Feb. 22, 2011

Inspirations for Tue., Feb. 22, 2011


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Nothing is more endangered in the modern world than the powerful combination of hard work toward meaningful goals joined with an exuberant embrace of the present moment.

Tom Morris

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I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Confucius (Chinese Philosopher)
551-479 B.C.

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Those who turn good (organizations) into great (organizations) are motivated by a deep creative urge and an inner compulsion for sheer unadulterated excellence for its own sake.

Jim Collins, author of "Good to Great"

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See video and photo coverage we provided at last week’s events celebrating Black Family Technology Awareness Campaign (BFTAC) by clicking http://www.bdpa.successisyou.org/file41.html.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Inspirations for Mon., Feb. 21, 2011

Inspirations for Mon., Feb. 21, 2011


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A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.

Denis Waitley
Author and Speaker

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Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it. I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.

Mahatma Gandhi
1869-1948, Indian Nationalist Leader

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When I thought I couldn't go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.

Estee Lauder
Entrepreneur

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Inspirations for Fri., Feb. 18, 2011

Inspirations for Fri., Feb. 18, 2011

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Truth and love are two of the most powerful things in the world; and when they both go together they cannot easily be withstood.

Ralph Cudworth
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Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can be aroused by two things: first, an idea which takes the imagination by storm; and second, a definite, intelligible plan for carrying that idea into action.

Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975)
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Cleveland Area Residents:

 Join us at Zion Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Friday, February 18 at 7:00 PM for a Black Family Technology Awareness Program – See Details at http://www.bdpa.successisyou.org/file41.html

 The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has an INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE – This announcement is being made courtesy of BDPA Cleveland. For Details visit http://bdpa-cleveland.blogspot.com/

 Check out information about TRI-C Summer Camps at http://successisyou.org/PDF%20Files/TRI-C_Summer_Camp.pdf

 Check out Cleveland State University Career Fair and other announcements at http://successisyou.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Inspirations for Thur., Feb. 17, 2011

Inspirations for Thur., Feb. 17, 2011


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Happiness is often the result of being too busy to be miserable.

Author Unknown

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Some people say that dreaming gets you nowhere in life. I say you can't get anywhere in life without dreaming.

Rose Zadra

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Cleveland Area Residents:


 Tune in to TechTalk with BDPA Cleveland on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 6:00 PM. For details visit http://bdpa-cleveland.blogspot.com/.

 The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has an INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE – This announcement is being made courtesy of BDPA Cleveland. For Details visit http://bdpa-cleveland.blogspot.com/.

 Check out information about TRI-C Summer Camps at http://successisyou.org/PDF%20Files/TRI-C_Summer_Camp.pdf.

 Check out Cleveland State University Career Fair and other announcements at http://successisyou.blogspot.com/.



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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Inspirations for Wed., Feb. 16, 2011

Inspirations for Wed., Feb. 16, 2011


Thanks to our friend Patti Brown for sharing the following:

1. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.

2. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.

3. No husband has ever been shot while doing the dishes.

4. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

5. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

6. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.

7. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.

8. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.

9. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

10. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.

11. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.

12. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.

13. Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material.

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This week is Black Family Technology Awareness Week (BFTAW). All this week members of the Cleveland Chapter of BDPA will answer your Technology Questions. A question and answer will be posted on-line each day at http://www.askbdpa.blogspot.com/.  Even if your question is not published, you should receive an e-mail reply. This is a good way to participate in BFTAW and Black History Month and become a part of bridging the Technology Gap.

Cleveland area residents should be aware that several free programs are being offered. Visit http://www.bdpa.successisyou.org/file41.html as programs could be added at any time.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Inspirations for Tue., Feb. 15, 2011

Inspirations for Tue., Feb. 15, 2011

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Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain
1835-1910, Humorist and Writer
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One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.

Baltasar Gracian
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Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

Robert Brault

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Inspirations for Mon., Feb. 14, 2011

BEST WISHES for a Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Maturity begins when we're content to feel we're right about something, without feeling the necessity to prove someone else is wrong.

Sydney J. Harris
1917-1986, Syndicated Columnist

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This week is Black Family Technology Awareness Week (BFTAW). All this week members of the Cleveland Chapter of BDPA will answer your Technology Questions. A question and answer will be posted on-line each day at http://www.askbdpa.blogspot.com/.  Even if your question is not published, you should receive an e-mail reply. This is a good way to participate in BFTAW and Black History Month and become a part of bridging the Technology Gap.

Cleveland area residents should be aware that several free programs are being offered. Visit http://www.bdpa.successisyou.org/file41.html as programs could be added at any time.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Inspirations for Fri., Feb. 11, 2011

It is when we forget ourselves that we do things that will be remembered

From Huithiang at Verses & Inspirations http://www.facebook.com/successisyou#!/verses.and.inspirations

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If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can transform one million realities.

Maya Angelou

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Too often we repent of what we do, but not what we are. It's what we are He wants to change to be like Him.

From T.F.Tenney at Verses & Inspirations http://www.facebook.com/successisyou#!/verses.and.inspirations

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Inspirations for Thur., Feb. 10, 2011

One does what one is; one becomes what one does.

Robert [Edler von] Musil

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The great end of art is to strike the imagination with the power of a soul that refuses to admit defeat even in the midst of a collapsing world.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.

Abraham Lincoln
1809-1865, 16th President of the United States

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Inspirations for Wed., Feb. 9, 2011

Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.

Belva Davis
Award-Winning Journalist
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I'm not happy, I'm cheerful. There's a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them.

Beverly Sills
American Opera Singer
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Many people have the ambition to succeed; they may even have special aptitude for their job. And yet they do not move ahead. Why? Perhaps they think that since they can master the job, there is no need to master themselves.

John Stevenson

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Monday, February 07, 2011

Inspirations, Tue., Feb 8, 2011

Inspirations for Tues., Feb. 8, 2011

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Compromise: The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.

Sherry Rothfield
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When we are mindful of every nuance of our natural world, we finally get the picture: that we are only given one dazzling moment of life here on Earth, and we must stand before that reality both humbled and elevated, subject to every law of our universe and grateful for our brief but intrinsic participation with it. (From her biography of naturalist Eustace Conway.)

Elizabeth Gilbert
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Black History Facts via Text Messaging? – Please read our thoughts at http://successisyou.blogspot.com/2011/02/black-history-facts-by-text-message.html. As usual, we welcome your feedback.

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Black History Facts by Text Message?

Currently there is a campaign urging people during the month of February to have a “FREE” daily Black History Fact sent by text message, where of course “your mobile provider's standard text messaging rates may apply.” I am all for using technology to further knowledge, particularly when it strengthens our belief system and advances understanding between people. I would be remiss however, if I did not add to this “opportunity” a few questions and comments.

QUESTIONS:

 Where are you going to be when you read the message (driving, hurrying from point A to point B, in a conversation with someone about something totally unrelated to Black History)?

 How long are you going to retain this Daily Fact?

 What are you going to do in March, and April, and May and all the other months until February 1, 2012?

 Do you really need or want to add “standard text messaging rates” to your expenditures when there are options?

 Who is the major beneficiary of “standard text messaging rates”? The answer is probably major stockholders in utility companies! Are you a major stockholder in a utility company?

COMMENTS:

 Visit and follow our blog at http://successisyou.blogspot.com/ and under Educational Links you will gain access to a web site that has loads of Black History facts every day of the year and “standard text messaging rates” DO NOT APPLY!  Keep up with technology by developing a habit of following Technology Experts at links such as http://bdpa-cleveland.blogspot.com/, http://bdpa.org/ and links that advocate Social Responsibilty in conjunction with technology use such as http://electronicvillage.blogspot.com/

 Visit our Educational Page at http://www.successisyou.org/page07.html for additional links to excellent Black History Resources where “standard text messaging rates” DO NOT APPLY!

 Take the time to become involved in local activities commemorating Black History Month.

 Take the time to learn from the significant contributions of people of color, and in the process create a legacy worthy of tomorrow’s students of Black History.

 Do not believe that your history can or should be confined to twenty-eight short, quickly forgotten, and potentially costly text messages. You and your ancestors already paid dearly for Black History. It is not necessary to pay again!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Inspirations for Mon., Feb. 7, 2011

Inspirations for Mon., Feb. 7, 2011

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Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.

John Galsworthy

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For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you'll never walk alone.

Audrey Hepburn
(1929-1993) British Actress

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The world is divided into people who do things, and people who get credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class, there is far less competition.

Dwight Morrow
1873-1931, Businessman, Politician and Diplomat

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