Sunday, December 30, 2012

Inspirations - Mon., Dec. 31, 2012

In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.

-- John Ruskin (1819-1900) English Art Critic

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., June 15, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., June 15, 2012
If you can get someone to laugh with you, they will be more willing to identify with you, listen to you. It parts the waters.
- Robert Orben, Writer
If you can take care of the internal, you can easily take care of the external. Then you can avoid the infernal and latch on to the eternal.
- Joseph Lowery
A positive attitude is not going to save you. What it's going to do is, every day, between now and the day you die, whether that's a short time from now or a long time from now, that every day you're going to actually live.
- Elizabeth Edwards

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., June 14, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., June 14, 2012
Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.
- Denis Waitley, Speaker and Author
What is needed is to learn afresh, to observe, and to discover for ourselves, the meaning of wholeness.
- David Bohm
Below: Photos from 11th Annual Diversity Conference held at The Ohio Aerospace Institute


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., June 13, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., June 13, 2012
Someday, all you'll have to light your way will be a single ray of faith--and it will be enough.
- Kobi Yamada
Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.
- Beatrix Potter, 1866-1943, Author and Illustrator
Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another.
- Arthur Christopher Benson

Monday, June 11, 2012

Inspirations for Tue., June 12, 2012

Inspirations for Tue., June 12, 2012
Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.
- Jerry Rice, Football Player
Man is never nearer the Divine than in his compassionate moments.
- Joseph H. Hertz
Storms make trees take deeper roots.
- Claude McDonald

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., June 11, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., June 11, 2012
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
- Robertson Davies
There's one sad truth in life I've found while journeying east and west. The only folks we really wound are those we love the best. We flatter those we scarcely know. We please the fleeting guest. And deal full many a thoughtless blow to those who love us best.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850-1919, Author and Poet

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Taylor Green Book Signing - Wed., June 20, 2012

Taylor Green Book Signing - Wed., June 20, 2012

You REALLY want to have your face in the place!

Location:  Improve Consulting and Training Group Training Facility
4600 Euclid Ave, Suite 320, Cleveland, OH 44103

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Time: 5pm-8pm (open doors, with a program from 5:30pm-5:45pm)

The flow of events will be as follows:

5:00 pmNetworking/book purchases 

Welcome - Victor Whitelock (Improve Internship Manger) and Jeanette Haynes Gordon (2012-2013 NBMBAA LOT Chair)
Comments - Allyson Sharp (365 Ways to Improve, Editor, Columbus, OH)
Words about the book - Taylor Green
Special Message from George Davis, Chicago, Author

5:45-8:00 pm - Signing /book purchases

The book will be sold for $15 + tax

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., June 8, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., June 8, 2012
The difficulties, hardships, and trials of life, the obstacles&are positive blessings. They knit the muscles more firmly and teach self-reliance.
- William Matthew
Whatever you do, make a difference. Earn the right to look back at something and say, "I did that."
- Michael Josephson, Law Professor and Speaker

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., June 7, 2012

Inspiration for Thur., June 7, 2012

Tact is rubbing out another's mistake instead of rubbing it in.
- Farmer's Almanac
I got a fortune cookie that said, 'To remember is to understand.' I have never forgotten it. A good judge remembers what it was like to be a lawyer. A good editor remembers being a writer. A good parent remembers what it was like to be a child.
- Anna Quindlen, Author and Journalist
When you want something in life, you have to focus.
- Rosalyn McMillan

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., June 6, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., June 6, 2012

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
- Jesse Owens, 1913-1980, Olympic Gold Medalist
Any fact is better established by two or three good testimonies than by a thousand arguments.
- Nathaniel Emmons

BELOW:  Jasmine Hudson's Graduation from Cleveland's East Tech - Short Video Playlist of the Beginning and End of the Program (Less than five minutes total)

Monday, June 04, 2012

Inspirations, Tue., June 5, 2012

Inspirations for Tue., June 5, 2012
Below: Jasmine Hudson's Graduation from East Tech (Cleveland, Ohio)
ABOVE: Jasmine Hudson's Graduation from Cleveland's East Tech High School

The start is what stops most people.
- Don Shula, Former NFL Coach


A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose - a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.
- John Maxwell, Author and Speaker

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Hey Neighbor

Inspirations for Mon., June 4, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., June 4, 2012
Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.
- John Homer Miller, 1910-1944, Teacher
I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn't give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you.
- Harrison Ford, Actor

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., June 1, 2012

In the January issue of VISIONS we mentioned a young lady who delivered a fantastic message at an event sponsored by the NBMBA association.  Well, we told you so.  Here she is again!
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., May 31, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., May 31, 2012
When you affirm big, believe big, and pray big, big things happen.
- Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993, Minister and Author
When you have talked yourself into what you want, right there is the place to stop talking and begin saying it with deeds.
- Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, Author
Remember, we are the masters and money is the servant - it's never the other way around. What you fear the most in life, owns you, controls you, and limits you.
- John Svalina, Author of Set For Life: Financial Peace of Mind Made Easy

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., May 30, 2012

Greatness is a two-faced coin--and its reverse is humility.
- Marguerite Steen
There are many names for that which men need ... but the simplest is "wholeness."
- John Middleton Murry
The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.
- Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French Philosopher

Monday, May 28, 2012

Inspirations for Tue., May 29, 2012

Inspirations for Tue., May 29, 2012
Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.
- Hans Margolius
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
-- Aristotle

Inspirations for Mon., May 28, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., May 28, 2012
Be inspired by the realization that all you are or seek to become is rooted in the hopes, dreams, work and sacrifice of someone, somewhere; and that within you exists the same greatness to be a lasting inspiration to others.  Please take the time to remember those who made a difference in your life, and appreciate those who are still here.
- Henry Ford, Author, Speaker and Yours Truly

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., May 25, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., May 25, 2012
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
Our most important thoughts are those which contradict our emotions.
- Paul Valery
Experience should be a guidepost and not a hitching post.
- Author unknown

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., May 24, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., May 24, 2012
We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.
- Robin Sharma, Author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
A trip to nostalgia now and then is good for the spirit, as long as you don't set up housekeeping.
- Dan Bartolovic
It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
- George Eliot

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., May 23, 2012

Recently while doing some "Spring Cleaning" I came across a presentation that I delivered several years ago during an Elementary School Career Day.  The Second Graders loved it so much that the teacher was challenged to contain their excitement.  You can see the presentation in PDF Format at http://successisyou.org/PDF%20Files/Adlai_Stevenson_Booklet.pdf.  Please be patient, the download may take a minute or two.  Your feedback is welcomed.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Inspirations for Tue., May 22, 2012

Inspirations for Tue., May 22, 2012
Be careful; think about the effect of what you say. Your words should be constructive, bring people together, not pull them apart.
- Miriam Makeba
Sure the world is full of trouble, but as long as we have people undoing trouble, we have a pretty good world.
- Helen Keller
Generosity is a principle, not an amount.
- Millie Thornton

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., May 21, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., May 21, 2012
What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us; what we have done for others and the world, remains and is immortal.
- Albert Pike, 1809-1891, Teacher and Writer
The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.
- Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, Physicist
There is a battle to be fought, there are obstacles to be overcome. There is a world struggle for human dignity to be won. Let us address ourselves seriously to the supreme tasks that lie ahead.
- Kwame Nkrumah

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Voice America Radio Broadcast on Social Media

As I announced earlier, I was blessed to be a guest on Voice America.  The program aired Thurs., May 17 and was very well received in the United States, Canada and countries around the world.  The feedback has been astounding.  Thanks again to Shirley Williams for including me in the very first airing of this promising program series, and thanks to all of you that tuned in.  If you missed the program or simply want to listen again and share with others, the program is on-line at http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/61771/what-is-social-media-from-a-subscribers-perspective.  Please keep in touch and watch for announcements of upcoming programs.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Shaker Hts. High MAC Program - May 17, 2012

An inspiring experience being in the presence of these fine young men

of the MAC Program. They are the future!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., May 18, 2012

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.
- Mother Teresa
Peace is not a relationship of Nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
- Horace E. de Lisser
There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela, 11th President of South Africa

Inspirations for Thur., May 17, 2012

Inspiration for Thur., May 17, 2012
Never stop until your good becomes better, and your better becomes the best.
- Frank Zappa, 1940-1993, Singer-Songwriter
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whom timidity

prevented from making a first effort.
- Sydney Smith
Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.
- Brian Tracy, Author and Speaker

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Women of Color Speaker Series - May 17, 2012

Women of Color Foundation and American Greetings Corporation 
Launch New Speaker’s Series
Second in four-part Quarterly Dialogue Series to feature
Organizational Leadership Panel on May 17th
Who:               The Women of Color Foundation and American Greetings Corporation.  The series
is co-sponsored by Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University and WEWS-TV NewsChannel 5.
The event will feature Josie B. Lindsay (Moderator), President & Chief Executive Officer, Bell & Lindsay, Inc, along with panelists:  Susan Jensen, Executive Director, Walmart Team, American Greetings Corporation; Anne E. Bomar, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Dominion East Ohio; Diana Billamoria, Ph.D., Professor of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University; and Barbara Danforth, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Ratliff & Taylor.
What:             The Women of Color Foundation and American Greetings is proud to announce the
                       launch of a new, women’s quarterly Speaker’s Series.  The second workshop in
                       the series is “Managing Dynamic Organizations…Strategies for Success!”  The event
                       is one of several events taking place as part of the Women of Color Foundation’s 10th
                      Anniversary celebration. 
When:             Thursday, May 17, 2012
                        6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where:           American Greetings Corporation
 Corporate Headquarters
 One American Road
            Cleveland, Ohio 44144
Why:               - To facilitate the collaboration, networking, mentoring, sharing, education, leadership
              development and training of women of all colors. 
- To benefit the Women of Color Foundation
Cost:               Available online for $25 at www.womenofcolorfoundation.com or by contacting
For information on registration, including available scholarships, please contact 216-391-4300, ext. 307 or visit the website, www.womenofcolorfoundation.com

Best Regards,

Gina M. Hobbs
Marketing and Communications Manager

GAP Communications Group

1667 East 40th Street, Suite 3F
Cleveland, Ohio 44103

216/469-4848 cell

216/391-4300, ext. 303 phone
216/391-4224 fax




Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., May 16, 2012

There is no moment like the present. The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards.
- Marie Edgeworth
Humility leads to strength and not weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.
- John J. McCloy
Message from Henry Ford:
I am blessed to be invited to join International Social Media Practitioner Shirley Williams on Voice America, Thursday, May 17 at 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.  Also on the program will be distinguished guests Daniele Thibodeau and Tanya Kracovic, along with Marilyn Hyder, Executive Producer of Voice America.  I hope you are able to join us.  For details click http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2094/social-media-pearls.

Voice America Radio Broadcast, Thur. May 17, 2012

I am blessed to be invited to join International Social Media Practitioner Shirley Williams on Voice America, Thursday, May 17 at 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.  Also on the program will be distinguished guests Daniele Thibodeau and Tanya Kracovic, along with Marilyn Hyder, Executive Producer of Voice America.  I hope you are able to join us.  For details click http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2094/social-media-pearls.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Inspirations for Tues., May 15, 2012

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
- Audrey Hepburn, 1929-1993, Actress
Destiny lies not in the stars but in our hearts.
- William W. Brown
Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral, and subject to chance.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., May 14, 2012

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
- Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx, 1890-1977, Comedian and Film Star
The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sorts of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help.
- Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich
Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.
- Karl Menninger

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Social Media Pearls

Inspirations for Fri., May 11, 2011

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
- Henry Ford (The automaker)
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else.
- Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887, Clergyman and Abolitionist
Anxiety is simply part of the condition of being human. If we were not anxious, we would never create anything.
- William Barrett

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., May 10, 2012

Take envy out of a character, and it leaves greater possibilities for friendships.
- Elizabeth B. Custer
See things as you would have them be instead of as they are.
- Robert Collier, 1885-1950, Author
No matter how bad things seem, never give up.
- Chucky Mullins

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., May 9, 2012

Don't overlook the little things. They are important. Take care of details.
- Dan Reeves
Goals give you more than a reason to get up in the morning; they are an incentive to keep you going all day. Goals tend to tap the deeper resources and draw the best out of life.
- Harvey Mackay, Author of Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive
Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.
- Nido Qubein, Author and Speaker

Monday, May 07, 2012

Inspirations, Tue., May 8, 2012

When the archer misses the mark, he turns and looks for the fault within himself. Failure to hit the bull's eye is never the fault of the target. To improve your aim - improve yourself.
- Gilbert Arland
What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumption on which he habitually acts.
- George Bernard Shaw
Be observant if you would have a pure heart, for something is born to you in consequence of every action.
- Jelaluddin Rumi

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., May 7, 2012

When you know that you're capable of dealing with whatever comes, you have the only security the world has to offer.
- Harry Browne, Financial Advisor and Writer
Faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Struggle is strengthening. Battling with evil gives us the power to battle evil even more.
- Ossie Davis

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., May 4, 2012

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
- Mark Twain, 1835-1910, Writer
Each of us must experience one of two pains - the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Which pain will you choose?
- Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, Author and Speaker
Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. What you see reflects your thinking. And your thinking but reflects your choice of what you want to see.
- From A Course In Miracles

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., May 3, 2012

One always receiving, never giving, is like the stagnant pool, in which whatever flows remains, whatever remains, corrupts.
- John A. James
We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.
- Plutarch
In the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the soul. It may be difficult to find, because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our education. But the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves.
- Saul Bellow

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., May 2, 2012

For Inspirations, please view the just released May-June, 2012 issue of VISIONS Newsletter.
To view on the blog, click http://www.visionsnewsletter.blogspot.com/
To view in PDF Format click http://successisyou.org/PDF%20Files/Visions_May_2012.pdf

Monday, April 30, 2012

Inspirations for Tue., May 1, 2012

The distance is nothing. It's only the first step that's important.
- Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond
We need to find the courage to say 'NO' to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.
- Barbara De Angelis, Relationship Consultant, Author and Speaker
Friendship takes time and energy if it's going to work. You can luck into something great, but it doesn't last if you don't give it proper appreciation. Friendship can be so comfortable, but nurture it - don't take it for granted.
- Betty White, Actress and Comedian

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Inspirations, Mon., Apr. 30, 2012

A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself. He can live without hope, without friends, without books, even without music, as long as he can listen to his own thoughts.
- Axel Munthe
If what others thought of you wasn't important--if the only thing that mattered was how your heart felt about your life--what would you be doing differently?
- Melody Beattie
At the end of each day, you should play back the tapes of your performance. The results should either applaud you or prod you.
- Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, Author and Speaker

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., Apr. 27, 2012

What you build easily will fall quickly.
- Slovenian proverb
None of us knows all the potentialities that slumber in the spirit of the population, or all the ways in which that population can surprise us when there is the right interplay of events.
- Vaclav Havel
No matter what you're feeling, the only way to get a difficult feeling to go away is simply to love yourself for it.&To heal, you must be the first one to shine the light of compassion on any areas within you that you feel are unacceptable.
- Christiane Northrup

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., Apr. 26, 2012

The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.
- Thomas J. Peters, Writer
We must do what we can to reduce, not increase tensions. We must do what we can to present only the facts as we know them, not as we imagine them to be. We must learn to live with crisis in an age which calls for cool heads and accurate appraisals.
- Percy C. Spender
Your real purpose in life is to develop yourself. To successfully do this you must always be working toward a goal.
Bob Proctor, Author and Speaker

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., Apr. 25, 2012

The treacherous, unexplored areas of the world are not in continents or the seas; they are in the minds and hearts of men.
- Allen E. Claxton
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
Dale Carnegie, 1888-1955, Author and Speaker
Nothing great has ever been achieved except by those who dared to believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances.
- Bruce Barton, 1886-1967, Author, Advertising Executive, and Politician

Inspirations for Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the right to do the same. Voltaire
The life of man is like a game with dice; if you don’t get the throw you want, you must show your skill in making the best of the throw you get.
- Terence
A competent professional listens well, probes, asks questions, and thinks before he speaks. This is easy to say, but hard to do.
- Jeffrey G. Allen
Love is a state of being not a state of feeling. It goes well beyond the realm of the emotions. It's an attitude of benevolence and kindness towards all creation, including one's self, at all times and under all circumstances. Love is the most powerful magnetic force in the universe.
- Carnelian Sage, Author of The Greatest Manifestation Principle in the World

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., Apr. 23, 2012

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
- John Andrew Holmes
If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.
Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1904-1991, Journalist and Writer
Happy is the man who has learned to hold the things of this world with a loose hand.
- Warren Wiersbe

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., Apr. 5, 2012

Appreciation can make a day--even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
- Margaret Cousins
Teaching is not always about passing on what you know, it is about passing on who you are.
- Julia Loggins

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., Apr. 4, 2012

People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.
- Sir Edmund Hillary, 1919-2008, Mountaineer, Explorer and Philanthropist
As we learn we always change, and so our perception. This changed perception then becomes a new Teacher inside each of us.
- Hyemeyohsts Storm

Professional Development: NBMBA 4-19-2012

Monday, April 02, 2012

Inspirations for Tue., Apr. 3, 2012

Positive attitudes--optimism, high self-esteem, an outgoing nature, joyousness, and the ability to cope with stress--may be the most important bases for continued good health.
- Helen Hayes
Each time courage comes out, breaking the fear that is within you, the spirit is renewed.
- Bob Simon
There are two types of preparation--physical and mental. You can't get by with just one or the other.
- Ken Stabler

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., Apr. 2, 2012

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
- John Leonard
We live very close together. So, our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
- The Dalai Lama
There is one fundamental difference between love and hate. Love is always a refuge. Hate is never a refuge. Only a mentally sick person can find refuge in his hates. But love is the enduring sanctuary of life. Life may rob you of things. It often does. But it can never bereave us of love itself.
- Abba Hillel Silver

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., March 30, 2012

The fountain of beauty is the heart, and every generous thought illustrates the walls of your chamber.
- Francis Quarles
Before us lie two paths - honesty and dishonesty. The shortsighted embark on the dishonest path; the wise on the honest. For the wise know the truth; in helping others we help ourselves; and in hurting others we hurt ourselves. Character overshadows money, and trust rises above fame. Honesty is still the best policy.
- Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich
We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on the dial; we should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
- Gamaliel Bailey

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., March 29, 2012

When one will not, two cannot quarrel.
- Spanish proverb
Remember that the faith to move mountains always carries a pick.
- Author unknown
Whenever you make a choice, ask yourself two questions: "What are the consequences of this choice?" and "Will this choice bring happiness to me and to those who are affected by this choice?"
- Deepak Chopra

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., March 28, 2012

Our ancestors are an ever widening circle of hope.
- Toni Morrison
To have a purpose in life offsets any and all surrounding declines.
- Jean Toomer
One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer.
- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Poems from the Heart by Carolyn Jones-Carter

Poems from the Edge by Carolyn Jones-Carter

Monday, March 26, 2012

Inspirations for Tue., March 27, 2012

Who rises late must trot all day.
- American proverb
A penny will hide the biggest star in the universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.
- Samuel Grafton
The difference between good and great is just a little extra effort.
- Duffy Daugherty

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., March 26, 2012

Permit no one to dissuade you from pursuing the goals you set for yourself.
- Ralph Bunche
The most unrealistic person in the world is the cynic, not the dreamer. Hope only makes sense when it doesn't make sense to be hopeful.
- Paul Hawken
There is no way to understand the real options involved in the future unless you become involved in creating them.
- Robert Theobald

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., March 23, 2012

Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.
- J. Donald Walters, Author, Lecturer and Playwright
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
- Peter Ferdinand Drucker, 1909-2005, Political Economist and Author
He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.
-  Japanese proverb 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., March 22 and Ma Gardner's Birthday Dinner

Above: Willie Gardner's (Ma Gardner) 95th Birthday Celebration Dinner
Below: More Insppiration
Take the gentle path.
- George Herbert
We inherit our relatives and our features and may not escape them; but we can select our clothing and our friends, and let us be careful that both fit us.
- Volney Streamer
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.
- Horace (65-8 BC) Roman Poet 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., March 21, 2012

The day on which one starts out is not the time to start one's preparation.
- African proverb
Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction.
- Author unknown
Take time to laugh - it is the music of the soul.
- From an old English prayer

Monday, March 19, 2012

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Inspirations for Tue., March 20, 2012

Every individual has the power to change his or her material or financial status by first changing the nature of his or her beliefs.
Napoleon Hill
If you want to know what a man is really like, take notice how he acts when he loses money.
New England Proverb 
The real measure of our wealth is how much we'd be worth if we lost all our money.
- Benjamin Jowett, 1817-1893, English Scholar, Classicist and Theologian

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., March 19, 2012 & Happy Birthday Ma Gardner

HAPPY 95th Birthday to our Godmother, Willie J. Gardner
People who matter are most aware that everyone else does, too.
- Malcolm Forbes, 1919-1990, Publisher of Forbes Magazine
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming. 
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe  
The poker player learns that sometimes both science and common sense are wrong; that the bumblebee can fly; that, perhaps, one should never trust an expert; that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of by those with an academic bent. 
- David Mamet

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., March 16, 2012

The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie.
- Ann Landers, born 1918
A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.
- English proverb
One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.
- Michael J. Fox, Actor
You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.
- Seth Parker 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., March 15, 2012

We have no choice of what color we're born or who our parents are or whether we're rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we're here.
- Mildred Taylor, Author
If you really believe in the brotherhood of man, and you want to come into its fold, you've got to let everyone else in too.
- Oscar Hammerstein II 
History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
- Bertie Charles Forbes, 1880-1954, Financial Journalist, Author and founder of Forbes Magazine

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., March 14, 2012

Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues.  Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. Hold up to him his better self, his real self that can dare and do and win out.
- Eleanor Porter (1868-1920) American Novelist
Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel 1907-1972
You never know what you can do until you have to do it.
Betty Ford, 1918-2011, Former First Lady and Founder of the Betty Ford Center
The beauty of memory is that it still sees beauty when beauty has faded.
- Paul Boese