Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., Feb. 1, 2012

We have a choice every day - to act on yesterday's good intentions or get an early start on tomorrow's regret.
- Robert Brault, Writer
Each person born into this world has a right to everything he needs. His right, however, is bound up with that of every other creature and gives him no license to grab everything he can without allowing a share for others.
- Linda Hogan
Youth is not a time of life - it is a state of mind. It is a temper of the will; a quality of the imagination; a vigor of the emotions; it is a freshness of the deep springs of life. Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over a life of ease... Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old by deserting their ideals.
- Samuel Ullmanm 1840-1924, Businessman and Poet

Monday, January 30, 2012

Inspirations for Tue., Jan. 31, 2012

A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.
- Peter Marshall
And I'd like to give my love to everybody, and let them know that the grass may look greener on the other side, but believe me, it's just as hard to cut.
Little Richard, Singer/Songwriter
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
- Oliver Goldsmith, 1730-1774, Writer and Poet

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Message from Tyler Perry and Inspirations for Mon., Jan. 30, 2012

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey, Television Host, Actress, Producer and Philanthropist
Some people say I have attitude - maybe I do. But I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does - that makes you a winner right there.
- Venus Williams US tennis champion

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., Jan. 27, 2012

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow".    
- Anonymous
Our capacity to draw happiness from aesthetic objects or material goods in fact seems critically dependent on our first satisfying a more important range of emotional or psychological needs, among them the need for understanding, for love, expression and respect.
- Alain De Botton
None of us has the power to make someone else love us. But we all have the power to give away love, to love other people. And if we do so, we change the kind of person we are, and we change the kind of world we live in.
- Rabbi Harold Kushner, Author of Living a Life That Matters

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., Jan. 26, 2012

Hope has never trickled down. It has always sprung up.
- Studs Terkel

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
- Cynthia Ozick, Writer

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., Jan. 25, 2012

The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.
- Barbara de Angelis, Relationship Consultant, Author and Speaker
Doubt begins only at the last frontiers of what is possible.
- Giovanni Giacomo Casanova
To think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world. If you leave your mind to itself it will spiral down into ever increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one of the things that discipline - training - is about.
- James Clavell, in his novel "Shogun"

Monday, January 23, 2012

Inspirations for Tue., Jan. 24, 2012

Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.
- Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990) American Publisher
The struggle of today is not altogether for today--it is for a vast future, also. With a reliance on Providence, all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us.
- Abraham Lincoln

Learn forgiveness. If you are the person who has been wronged, always remember that you have the power to forgive. No one else can give this power to you. Amazingly, by releasing resentment or negative feelings, you are the one who benefits most of all.
- Cheryl Hitchcock, Clinical Counsellor and Coach

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., Jan. 23, 2012

Why should I? When somebody insulted Caruso, did he sing an aria for them?  - Explaining why he did not hit a motorist after the latter abused him following an accident.
Joe Louis (1914-1981) American Heavyweight Boxer

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832, Poet, Novelist and Philosopher

Only those who have aims and ambitions for the benefit not of the individual, but of humankind as a whole, can persevere to the end.
- Ding Ling

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., Jan. 20,2012

Struggle is a form of education.
- Melvin Chapman
It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.
- Martin Van Buren
Will and I could hardly wait for the morning to come to get at something that interested us. That's happiness.
- Orville Wright, co-inventor of the airplane

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Inspirations, Thur., Jan. 19, 2012

Will you be the rock that redirects the course of the river?
- Claire Nuer
The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little soon forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitessimals of pleasurable thought and genial feeling.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, Poet and Philosopher
Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come.
- Chinese proverb

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Inspirations, Wed., Jan. 18, 2012

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
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
When you take a risk and step out of the norm, you run the risk and sometimes you fail. But you only fail if you give up.
J. Peterman

Monday, January 16, 2012

Inspirations for Tue., Jan. 17, 2012

I was blessed to receive over 500 Birthday Greetings, and at 11:45 PM they are still being posted to my Facebook Page.  A BIG THANK YOU to everyone.  Messages will also be answered individually as time permits.


If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
- George Bernard Shaw 
THANKS to Wayne Hicks for sharing the above quote with us.

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses. 
-- Allophones Karr
The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them. They don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.
- Jim Henson, 1936-1990, Creator of The Muppets
Appreciation is like an insurance policy. It has to be renewed every now and then.
- Dave McIntyre

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., Jan. 16, 2012

Remembering the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
Let's have a "Day on" instead of a "Day Off"


AP Photo - Susan Walsh

President Obama talks with two members of the Tuskegee Airmen in October - To view article PRESS HERE!


For all you movie buffs. Please help get the word out.

Red Tails is George Lucas' version of the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, 20 years in the making, and has a predominantly Black cast, certainly all the main actors are Black, including Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard.

As it goes, when the movie was finally ready for production, no production company would take it, so George Lucas had to write a check. After production was completed, no distribution company would take it. So, George Lucas had to write another check. The advanced viewing was sponsored by Wells Fargo and the Museum for Black History Diaspora (not sure of the exact name).

The movie is intriguing and has edge-of-your-seat action. It's well done, and certainly worth the look.

I'm urging all of you to see this movie, and tell others about it as well. Anything we can do to ensure large numbers of viewers in the first few days of release, scheduled for 20 Jan 2012, will make a statement to the production and distribution companies that were not interested in this film for whatever reasons, that they made a miscalculation.

If each of you tells as many people about this as you can, and attempt to take 4 or 5 people with you to see the film, that will be like a geometric progression, and could potentially push the numbers off the chart.

And . . . George can get his money back!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., Jan. 13, 2012

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

What will your children remember? Moments spent listening, talking, playing and sharing together may be the most important times of all.
- Gloria Gaither, Songwriter, Author and Speaker

Keep the other person's well-being in mind when you feel an attack of soul-purging truth coming on.
- Betty White

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., Jan. 12, 2012

Let's start with what we can be thankful for, and get our mind into that vibration, and then watch the good that starts to come, because one thought leads to another thought.
- Bob Proctor, Author and Speaker
What we don't need to know for achievement, we need to know for our pleasure. Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight.
- William Safire

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., Jan. 11, 2011

The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.
- William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
Half our fears are baseless; the other half discreditable.
- Christian Bovee
For me it is sufficient to have a corner by my hearth, a book and a friend, and a nap undisturbed by creditors or grief.
Fernandez de Andrada

Monday, January 09, 2012

Inspirations, Tue., Jan. 10, 2012

Set higher standards for your own performance than anyone around you, and it won't matter whether you have a tough boss or an easy one. It won't matter whether the competition is pushing you hard, because you'll be competing with yourself.
- Rick Pitino, Basketball Coach, Author and Speaker
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"
Take advantage of the ambiguity in the world. Look at something and think about what else it might be.
- Roger von Oech

Jan. 12th - Jan. 29th - A Song for Coretta (Play)

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Saturday, January 07, 2012

Friday, January 06, 2012

Inspirations for Mon., Jan. 9, 2011

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
- Robert Brault
Most people are not going after what they want. Even some of the most serious goal seekers and goal setters, they're going after what they think they can get. Set your sights higher.
- Bob Proctor, Author and Speaker
Love ennobles us to maintain a steadfast commitment to the well-being of someone or some cause greater than our own petty ego. Yet there is no love without the courage to surrender to something more priceless than yourself.
- Cornel West

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Inspirations for Fri., Jan. 6, 2012

Who aims at excellence will be above mediocrity; who aims at mediocrity will be far short of it.
Burmese Saying
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
- Christopher Reeve, 1952-2004, Actor, Director and Producer
Grasping for the future does provide hope for tomorrow. But the true richness in life can only be found in the simple pleasures of this day.
- Urbansolace
Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.
- Dr. Benjamin Spock

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Inspirations for Thur., Jan. 5, 2012

It's time to start living the life you've imagined.
Henry James
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- George Herman "Babe" Ruth, 1895-1948, Hall of Fame Baseball Player
It's the little things that make the big things possible. Only close attention to the fine details of any operation makes the operation first class.
- John Willard Marriott, 1900-1985, Founder of Marriott Corporation

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Inspirations for Wed., Jan. 4, 2011

Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.
- Tom Clancy
You will never be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.
- James G. Bilkey, Author
There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
- Washington Irving (1783-1859) American Writer

New Year's Eve Celebration - RAN Associates and "Fast" & "Dirty"

Monday, January 02, 2012

New Year's Day Dinner

New Year's Morning & Early Afternoon

New Year's Eve (Countdown & After Midnight)

New Year's Celebration - Evening

Inspiration for Tue., Jan. 3, 2012

Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength.
When we realize we are part of the same family then we'll come up with real solutions. 
- Charles H. Wright
There is much satisfaction in work well done, but there can be no happiness equal to the joy of finding a heart that understands.  
- Victor Robinsoll

Sunday, January 01, 2012