Friday, March 31, 2017

Inspirations - Friday, March 31, 2017


I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

Mother Teresa

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Robinlynne Mabin - Women's History in the Making

Recognizing Robinlynne Mabin
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Inspirations - Friday, March 30, 2017


So many women just don't know how great they really are. They come to us all vogue outside and vague on the inside.

Mary Kay Ash

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Vicki Jeromos-Blayney - Women's History in the Making

Recognizing Vicki Jeromos-Blayney
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Shirley Williams - Women's History in the Making

Recognizing Shirley Williams
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Shirley Williams is certainly a lady who “breaks the mold.”  My early experiences in Social Media involved me asking plenty of questions.  Many of the answers came from Shirley, who at that time had founded a Social Media Group that reached beyond geographical borders, and beyond the boundaries of gender, race, religion, nationality, and culture.  The group represented people from over 160 countries.

Amazingly, despite the administrative challenges she faced, Shirley was always available to answer questions, help with challenges, or simply there when I needed reassurance or inspiration.  Who was this lady, I wondered?  It turns out that the question is still being answered.  Any time I think I have a complete answer, Shirley reveals another talent, shows up in another country as a trainer and "diplomat", and connects the dots in another puzzle.  Her background also includes being a Radio Talk Show Host, and she has even studied Studied Endocrine Pharmacology (whatever that is) at the University of Toronto.


A British born, Canadian citizen, Shirley  travels the world to fulfill the demands of those who need solutions to business challenges.  One might ask how she has built such a strong, diverse and growing client base.  The answer to that question include her strong skills in mathematics and science, and a warm and engaging personality. She is a trained scientist.  Her strong belief and vast experience in diversity add another level of desirability to the demand for her services.  

Shirley has also developed a balance between long hard hours of work, and relaxation and rejuvenation.  Her appreciation of taking in the beauty of her surroundings adds to her knowledge and appreciation of life.  

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Shirley’s love of others is evident in her sharing of concerns about social issues.  When people are indifferent or “asleep at the wheel”, she issues a gentle wake up call. When tensions are high, Shirley interjects calm.
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Shirley was also acknowledged during our Black History Month tributes, as we crossed our Northern Border with Canada to mention one of her many contributions. That blog post can be seen by PRESSING HERE!

So to Shirley, we say Thank You, Congratulations, Blessings, Best Wishes, and of course, Cheers!

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Inspirations - Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.

Malala Yousafzai
Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.

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Twinspirations Toastmasters Open House - 3-27-2017

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Above: Keynote Remarks from Terry Begue 
Below: Closing Remarks from Dennis Deegan and Sravanthi Vallampati


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Inspirations - Tuesday, March 28, 2017


I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.

Mary Shelley

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Monday, March 27, 2017

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Inspirations - Monday, March 27, 2017


Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.

Oprah Winfrey

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dr. Constance Longmire and Mother Mary Fitzpatrick

Recognizing
Dr. Constance Longmire & Mother Mary Fitzpatrick

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Tameica Vinson - Women's History in the Making

Recognizing Tameica Vinson

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Inspirations - Friday, March 24, 2017


It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.

Madeleine Albright

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Tretobia Holiday - Women's History in the Making

Recognizing Tretobia "Toby" Holiday

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Inspirations - Thursday, March 23,2017


I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved. 

B. R. Ambedkar

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Romona Davis - Women's History in the Making

Recognizing Romona Davis

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Inspirations - Wednesday, March 22, 2017



I prefer to leave standing up, like a well-mannered guest at a party.

Leontyne Price

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Imari Monet - Women's History in the Making

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Joelle McIntosh - Women's History in the Making

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Inspirations - Tuesday, March 21, 2017


There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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Joy Nawalda - Women's History in the Making

Recognizing Joy Nawalda

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According to Wikepedia, Women's History Month is celebrated during March "in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia."  Well, because there is no wall to deny me, I am "breaking the tradition" and  "crossing the ocean" to the continent of Africa.

Joy Nawalda is a young lady that I so desperately want to highlight, but her quiet and humble nature make it challenging to understand what creates the warmth within her heart. She is among my greatest Social Media "Cheerleaders". Joy is a constant visitor to my TIMELINE and other Pages, and clicks the LIKE button so often, that she has me believing she likes everything. If she doesn't hear from me occasionally, I can count on a "How are things?" and "How is Mrs. Ford?" message from her. If I don't respond in exhuberant fashion, I will receive a reminder of how faith and persistence can overcome all. Joy is not (as far as I know) a teacher or a preacher, but somehow shares wit and wisdom far beyond her age. 

Through her actions, Joy is making history by spreading the message that though oceans and sometimes people will seek to divide us, we have the power to build bridges of concern and compassion. This amazing young lady is not content to inspire and encourage in a single language, but is fluent in Luganda, French, KiSwahili, and English.

Regardless of the language she uses to communicate, she is truly a joy to have as an encourager. And while it is easy, comfortable, convenient (and sometimes correct), to relate documented accomplishments to measures of "worth" or "value", our appreciation must go much deeper. Joy's appreciation of others is reflected in her favorite quote (from Aristole) which is "Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit."

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Inspirations - Monday, March 20, 2017


Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul. 

Coretta Scott King

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Nedra "Joyce" Morrison - Women's History in the Making

Recognizing Nedra "Joyce" Morrison

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It is said that true friends are hard to find, so when you meet one like Nedra J. Morrison, you can add a check mark in permanent ink. I don't know what people outside our family call her, but I've always known her as Joyce, but don't let the details confuse you. What I am sure everyone calls her is kind, compassionate, consistent, helpful, giving, direct, and . . , well you get the message. 

Although she is not officially a family member (and she may send me to ER for writing that), you cannot not pry her away from the family, or the family away from her; even if you use the Jaws of Life.  Not only is she at nearly every  family reunion, but she is often the first one to register.  That is a major accomplishment at reunions as large as ours.  

Joyce can always be counted on to help wherever help is needed, and often before others recognize the need.  On several occasions when visiting relatives in North Carolina, we are invited to someone's home who is preparing dinner, a party, or some type of social event.  Who is in the kitchen, chopping, dicing, cooking, cleaning, etc? Joyce!  When more people arrive in town than there is "room at the Inn" (or even if there is room at the Inn) who offers a place to stay? Joyce!  When someone does wrong in word or deed, who "checks" them and continues to do good with a smile and a hug?  Joyce!


"Friends are the siblings God never gave us."
Mencius

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Jean Ford-Lawrence - Women's History in the Making

Recognizing Jean Ford-Lawrence

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When I created the "Women's History Tribute" to my mother, I was reminded of the saying that "the apple does not fall far from the tree."  I kept seeing through my reflections how much of the tribute could apply to my sister Jean Ford-Lawrence.  So if some of this seems familiar, it's because it is.  Notably the lesson I referred to like being taught "the wherewithall to survive racially charged high school experiences, years of profiling in Corporate America, and the 'frog in the barrel' mentality of those intent on pulling others down".  

Being taught lessons and benefiting from them are two separate things.  So while my mother taught lessons, Jean actually received, benefited from, and built upon them. Those lessons helped to create a high level of caring and compassion for others. Imagine attending a State University on the day after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the incident not even being mentioned.  Despite the lack of "higher" learning or understanding available at that university, what had been taught at home won out. Together, the lessons, along with this and other indifference helped to form the foundation of Jean's outstanding career in Human Resources, and provide a building block against future adversities.  

As I was on my way from Sam's Club this morning, and listening to the song "If I Had a Hammer," it occurred to me that even if a message is "hammered home", it must be received and acted upon for it to be beneficial.  Jean has turned lessons learned into good, by being an example to many family, friends, and others.  

In 1997, when our family reunion had no one willing to host the 1998 Family Reunion, Jean single-handedly stepped forward so that the long-standing and much loved tradition would continue. She followed Annie Tinsley who had stepped forward the year before to save the Reunion. So in two consecutive years it was women in the family who insured there would be a continuity of "history" to reflect upon.

Because of what I've shared, and a lot that I haven't shared, don't be surprised if you see Facebook Posts from nieces, nephews or others that refer to Jean as "mom". There are many reasons for it. 

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Janet Derr-Littman - Women's History in the Making

Recognizing Janet Derr-Littman

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Janet Derr-Littman is currently writing chapters in the pages of Women's History.  She has risen above some of life's major challenges, and in doing so, provided a path and continued hope for others.  When faced with the untimely passing of her husband Keith several years ago, Janet's faith, strength and resolve helped to bring her through.  Her strength of character is an example that is difficult to match.  

Through the challenges Janet continued to raise a fine son, and keep her warm smile and charming personality. She is an example of the many women who with prayer, work, and sacrifice, are the glue that holds together that which would otherwise fall apart.   She is truly a precious jewel. admired and loved by family, friends, and associates.  Janet is also a talented photographer, and is always willing to help others by freely sharing her expertise with those who need a helping hand.

Thank you Janet for who you are.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Delria Crippen - Women's History in the Making

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Calena Crippen-Harris - Women's History in the Making

Recognizing Calena Crippen-Harris

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The timing of when we are acknowledged as History Makers, is sometimes based upon circumstances we certainly would not have chosen.  Calena Crippen-Harris fits into that category.  As a hard-working, devoted and loving wife, and mother of four, she easily qualifies, even prior to circumstances that occurred on March 8th. 
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On that date, Calena's husband Anthony was severely injured in a accident that is projected to keep him from walking for six months. God's grace allowed Anthony to survive, and we (his "Angels") can help Anthony, Calena and the family with his challenging recovery. Calena's burdens have obviously multiplied as she deals with helping the family "keep it together."  She and the family need our prayers, encouragement and support as she goes about helping Anthony get back to complete health.  

Our continued prayers and encouragement to the family are needed. To help offset the loss of income and huge medical and rehabilitation costs, the family has set up a GO FUND ME Page at  https://www.gofundme.com/4xfj2-anthonys-recovery.  Please "get in where you fit in" and PLEASE be careful!

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Inspirations - Friday, March 17, 2017


“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

Malala Yousafzai

Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.

Source: Wikipedia

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Peggy Martin - Women's History in the Making

Recognizing Peggy Martin

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In seems that these days, if you gather 100 people together, you will have at least 101 opinions.  One thing I can get agreement on is that Peggy Martin is a blessing.  A retired Atlanta area School Principal, Peggy's cheering section extends far beyond Atlanta area schools and our large extended family.  Low-key, even-tempered, warm, friendly, encouraging, and more!  Listing Peggy's qualities just makes you use up all the good words.  

Having faced more than her share of disappointments and challenges, Peggy nevertheless always finds compassion, time and energy to help others with their needs.  Almost anything you ask of her that is legal, moral, and reasonable, you can consider to be done.  Not only will it be done, but done well, on time, and without fanfare or any expectation of some favor in return.  Peggy is actively involved with her grandson Jordan, and is successfully instilling the values in him that will insure the continuation of a great legacy and history.  

And by the way, I have some cousins from Buffalo, New York that will put an old-fashioned whipping on me if I don't mention that Peggy "belonged" to Buffalo before becoming a resident of Atlanta. Everyone wants to claim her, and to know her is to understand. 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Inspirations - Thursday, March 16, 2017


The way you vote, the way you live, the way you protest, the pressure you bring to bear on your government, has an impact way beyond your borders. That is your privilege, and your burden.

J.K. Rowling
From Harvard Commencement Speech, 2008

British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.

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Lita Bradford - Women's History in the Making

Recognizing Lita Bradford
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Lita Bradford is one of those people that make our lives so much better in so many ways, that it's challenging to find a starting point. She is a great mother, hard worker, steady, warm and compassionate (but no-nonsense), makes everyone around her proud (her mother, grandmother, brother, etc), and the list goes on and on and on.  

Let me NOT count the ways, because no matter how deeply I think, I am certain to miss something.  Lita's pleasant personality makes her a joy to be around.  I have never seen her express anger toward anyone, and if you have a story to the contrary, it just may be "about you."    Lita is one of those rare and precious jewels, operating "under the radar" that we can consider among our "Acres of Diamonds."  She is so humble that I could not locate a photo of her by herself.  I thought about cropping the one above with her son Chaz, and then I realized that if she wanted to pose by herself, she would have done so.  

In his book Acres of Diamonds, Russell H. Conwell reminds us that “True greatness is often unrecognized.”  May we seek during this month especially (and all year), to recognize, reflect upon, celebrate, thank, and pray for those who "under the radar" and with humility, give life and help make life a joy.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Inspirations - Wednesday, March 15, 2017


No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt
American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, having held the post from March 1933 to April 1945

Source: Wikipedia

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