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Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Association of African American Cultural Gardens

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Welfare to Wealth by Patricia Allen

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Emmanuel Baptist Church

Women’s Day Weekend Luncheon (Including Special Presentation to Minnie Jackson

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Book - The Beautiful Journey: Finding Purpose Through Cancer; by Andrea Dyan Campbell

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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Inspirations - Thursday, April 5, 2018

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do keep moving forward.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Women's Leadership Conference - Cleveland State University Alumni Association - April 10, 2018

The fourth-annual Women's Leadership Symposium features 10 expert panel discussions, 5 insightful breakout sessions, and “3-in-30” presentations designed to give you 3 key takeaways in 30 minutes. Keynotes include Tricia Griffith, CEO of Progressive Insurance and Dr. Janet Kavandi, Director of the NASA Glenn Research Center.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Congratulations Harvey Alston for Always Making a Difference!

Congratulations to my mentor and our friend Harvey Alston, and his lovely wife Toni


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Stephanie Young Captain - Sirva Home Benefits

Congratulations and Thank You to Stephanie Young Captain for her recent participation in the Mt. Zion Freedom Conference, helping to make it a great success.  Assisted by her husband Anthony, Stephanie did an excellent job representing Sirva Home Benefits.  For additional information about Sirva, please visit their website at https://www.sirvahomebenefits.com/.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

BWPAC Hosts Candidate Meet and Greet on April 5, 2018

Gregory Jones - A 2nd Home

Congratulations and Thank You to Gregory Jones, owner/operator of A 2nd Home.  Gregory recently participated in the Mt. Zion Freedom Conference, helping to make it a great success.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Tiffany - Living Lightly Lifestyle

Congratulations and Thank You to Tiffany who recently participated in the Mt. Zion Freedom Conference, helping to make it a great success.
(more information at https://livinglightlylifestyle.com/)



Reynold Ruffin - Financial Planning Concepts

Congratulations and Thank You to Reynold Ruffin, who recently participated in the Mt. Zion Freedom Conference, helping to make it a great success.

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Thursday, March 08, 2018

International Women's Day: Thank You!

On this International Women’s Day (3-8-2018), I say THANK YOU to those who give so much to so many.  First, I recognize and thank my mother (in Heaven), to whom I owe not just life, but a life filled with determination, and with respect and love for others.  

From a very early age, my mother instilled in me values that have served me well, and challenged me to look and reach higher.  After my father passed at the very young age of 40, it was my mother who  maintained a home and stable environment. Her strength of character and compassion set standards and examples that encouraged my younger sister Jean and I to grow in wisdom and maturity, and to have respect for others.  I would describe my mother as a “no excuse” mother.

When I used my wagon to help people take their groceries home from Fisher Foods Store, some gave me as much as fifty cents, and some as little as a nickel.  My mother taught me to be happy for the “big money”, grateful for the nickel, and she taught me to say “Thank you” for either.  If I was unhappy with how someone treated me, I was taught not to resort to “I will teach that blankety-blank” a lesson, but instead consider the mistreatment as a learning experience, and try to think of a way to avoid similar situations in the future.

With the unexpected and untimely passing of my father when I was ten years old, my mother made certain I understood that I needed to do more to fulfill wants and needs, and in the process, also give consideration to others.  A favorite recollection of my sister is the Christmas Shrimp Story.  At Christmas time, I would take some of the tip money from my paper route and buy about a half-pound or pound of Fried Shrimp.  That was my annual treat that I would share with my sister; a true special occasion.  Strangely I can’t remember if my mother had any of the Shrimp.  If she did, it was only a taste.  She probably wisely saw it as a bonding experience between her children.  As much as I loved fried shrimp, I can’t imagine not sharing it.  I am certain that hoarding it would have destroyed the taste, and certainly would not have created fond memories.

As I grew and wanted to do more, I decided I was ready for heavier papers, bigger routes, an earlier starting time.  I was ready for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  When I announced to my mother that I had a 2nd paper route, she reminded me that it was all mine.  She made it crystal clear that whether I felt like delivering papers on a given day or not, she would not be delivering them.  She announced that if I felt as though I might need backup, I had better pre-negotiate arrangements with my friends.  She felt, and rightly so, that the challenges of raising two children while battling Multiple Sclerosis were more than enough, and she did not need additional challenges.  

My mother’s insistence that I be independent and dependable served me well not just on newspaper routes during the snow storms of the 1950’s, but in many of life’s “storms” since.  Those lessons taught me that responsibility was not always convenient or fun, but it was necessary in the development of character.

Having a “no excuse” mother, meant it didn’t matter what “all my friends” were doing, but what I did had better be on her approved list.  Having a “no excuse” mother meant that it did not matter that I was outnumbered and outsized by many schoolmates at the old Cleveland Trade School who did not like the color of my skin.  What mattered was that my “skin” and my behind had better show up at school.  Having a “no excuse” mother meant that despite the yearly racial problems and the April 1970 attack on City Buses  carrying black students from Collinwood High School, where police lines were challenged, windows busted out, etc.; my sister Jean was still required to show up and get an education.

This and so much more was required to prepare my sister and I for the challenges that we would encounter.  In all our lives, there are people, many of them women, who sacrifice and sometimes suffer silently to create an environment that builds our character and resolve.  Please reflect and take some time to say “Thank You” to those in your life who have helped you navigate the minefields around you.  You won’t be able to thank them all, but at least you can begin!

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Inspirations - Friday, January 26, 2018

Seems that we are always going through something.  The key is to GROW through what we GO through.  Try to stay connected to and surrounded by those with strength, positive attitude and compassion.

Henry Ford
Author, Speaker, Consultant, Publisher of VISIONS Newsletter

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Inspirations - Thursday, January 25, 2018

Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.

Horace Mann - 1796-1859
Education Reformer and Politician

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Inspirations - Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.

Michael Josephson
Speaker and Former Law Professor

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Inspirations - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and you would achieve nothing.

Margaret Thatcher - 1925-2013
Former British Prime Minister

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Inspirations - Monday, January 22, 2018

You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi - 1869-1948
Led India to Independence

Friday, January 19, 2018

Inspirations - Friday, January 19, 2018

In this world everything changes except good deeds and bad deeds; these follow you as the shadow follows the body.

Ruth Benedict - 1887-1948

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Inspirations - Thursday, January 18, 2018

All life is a chance. So take it! The person who goes furthest is the one who is willing to do and dare.

Dale Carnegie - 1888-1955
Author and Speaker

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Inspirations - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

You alone are enough… you have nothing to prove to anybody.

Maya Angelou – 1928-2014
Author, Poet, Writer

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Inspirations - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.

Ralph Marston – Writer and Publisher

Monday, January 15, 2018

Inspirations - Monday, January 15, 2018

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.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Inspirations - Friday, January 12, 2018

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.

Denis Waitley – Author and Speaker

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Inspirations - Thursday, January 11, 2018

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.

Peace Pilgrim – 1908-1981
Spiritual Teacher and Peace Activist

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Inspirations - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.

Harvey Mackay – Author and Businessman

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Inspirations - Tuesday, January 9, 2018

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.

Archibald Rutledge – 1883-1973, Poet

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.

Alvin Toffler – 1928-2016
Writer and Futurist

Friday, January 05, 2018

Inspirations - Friday, January 5, 2018

Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill - 1874-1965
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom