Tuesday, December 24, 2013

People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards Slide Show

A BIG THANK YOU to People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards (PDHA) founder Al Cole for his vision and for sharing this.  Thank you also to everyone who made this event possible.  Although prior commitments prevented me from attending, they "did it up" without me!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

SORRY THAT THIS LINK IS NOT CURRENTLY WORKING (11-27-13 - 9:49 pm) - Apparently some Turkey took the Turkey off the site!

Only my "live" and beautiful cousin Beatrice Vinson Foster could have run across this Turkey - Click on image: 

Happy Thanksgiving at http://images.businessweek.com/ss/05/11/egreetings/image/01.swf

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Kent State University Educator Announces New Book

Our good friend Constance Peek-Longmire shared this message with us:

"Friends please support me at my book signing on Saturday, December 14 (10:30 am - 12noon) at the Twinsburg Public Library 10050 Ravenna Rd. Twinsburg, Oh 330-425-4268. 'I Miss Talking to You' is an inspirational book about my parents."  
For more about Dr. Longmire and up-to-date information about the Book Signing, please visit https://www.facebook.com/constance.peeklongmire?fref=ts

PDHA Honors UNSUNG HEROES in Lavish New York Ceremony

Earlier this month, the People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards Committee (PDHA) acknowledged UNSUNG HEROES from around the world in a grand ceremony at New York City College.  Although I was unable to attend, I have been kept informed about some of the lives they acknowledged, and some they changed forever.  Just a taste of the positive feedback has been shared by founder Al Cole.  To see these rave reviews, CLICK HERE!  For additional information about PDHA, visit there web site at http://peopleofdistinction.org/ 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Christopher Carson: A "Beacon Light of Hope"

- To view more articles from this issue CLICK HERE -

Paula Palmer Green Visits Cleveland - We Want Her Back!

WHERE PAULA GOES, SUCCESS GROWS! Dianne and I met Paula Palmer Green for dinner last night while she was in Cleveland doing training. What a FANTASTIC person and personality! Check her out at http://www.paulapalmergreen.com/

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tara D. Simpson Honored

The Northeast Ohio African American Library and Cultural Center honored Tara D. Simpson and five other distinguished members of the community.  The acknowledgement took place at the Fourth Annual Spotlight  of the Young, Gifted and Black Program.

For additional information CLICK HERE!

Dr. Charles Modlin, II MD Honored

The Northeast Ohio African American Library and Cultural Center honored Dr. Charles Modlin, II MD and five other distinguished members of the community.  The acknowledgement took place at the Fourth Annual Spotlight  of the Young, Gifted and Black Program.

For additional information CLICK HERE!

Keisha R. Hughes, Esq. Honored

The Northeast Ohio African American Library and Cultural Center honored Keisha R. Hughes, Esq. and five other distinguished members of the community.  The acknowledgement took place at the Fourth Annual Spotlight  of the Young, Gifted and Black Program.

For additional information CLICK HERE!

Charles Harkness Honored

The Northeast Ohio African American Library and Cultural Center honored Charles Harkness and five other distinguished members of the community.  The acknowledgement took place at the Fourth Annual Spotlight  of the Young, Gifted and Black Program.

For additional information CLICK HERE!

Wayne Dawson Honored

The Northeast Ohio African American Library and Cultural Center honored Wayne Dawson and five other distinguished members of the community.  The acknowledgement took place at the Fourth Annual Spotlight  of the Young, Gifted and Black Program.


For additional information CLICK HERE!

Jamie Taylor Honored

The Northeast Ohio African American Library and Cultural Center honored Jamie Taylor and five other distinguished members of the community.  The acknowledgement took place at the Fourth Annual Spotlight  of the Young, Gifted and Black Program.

Jamie adds this to a long list of accomplishments,
some of which can be seen on her blog at

For additional information about the program CLICK HERE!

Annual Spotlight: Young, Gifted, and Black - Oct. 26, 2013

Presented by The Northeast Ohio African American Library and Cultural Center
- Bottom (Left to Right): Dr. Charles Modlin, II MD - Tara D. Simpson - Jamie Taylor -



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Faces of WEA Magazine Launch Extravaganza!!! - Sat., Nov. 2, 2013

Order tickets via Eventbrite:

The Missouri Chapter of Women Entrepreneurs Of America is pleased to announce the Faces of WEA Magazine Launch Extravaganza!!! 

We will also be holding our Soles2Souls Shoe Drive Fundraiser as well, so we are asking that you please bring donations of gently used and/or new shoes. Come celebrate, shop vendors, network, and give to those in need.

*The businesses that are approved to vend at our event will be provided one 8 ft table to use as a vendor display at the event listed above. The business will be allowed to begin set up at 11:00 AM and will be responsible for breaking down their display by 5:30 pm. Our agreement in no way promises a set amount of sales or purchases by outside participants.

The vendor understands that although WEA Missouri Chapter will promote and market the event, the vendor themselves will also bear the burden of marketing and promoting the event as well.

Email for Vendor Application to: missouriwea@gmail.com

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Girls ages 9-18 Leadership Conference - Sat., Sep. 28, 9am-3:30pm,

Girls ages 9-18 Leadership Conference on September 28th, 9am-3:30pm, hosted by Working In Progress, Inc. Precious Girls Empowered & Motivated for Success (Precious G.E.M.S) at The House of the Lord, 1650 Diagonal Road, Akron, Ohio. To register online go to www.workinginprogress.org or call 330-474-9472. There will be a parent information Session, food and entertainment!

The purpose of these conferences is to provide a forum especially designed to meet the needs and interest of young women in and around Northeast Ohio. They will learn fundamental strategies and discuss solutions that will assist them to cope with cultural issues that our youth will face today.
Topics include:

1. Saying No to Bullies
2. Healthy Weight Mgt.
3. Entrepreneurship & Financial Literacy.
4. Books before Boys
5. Teen Rape & Domestic Violence
6. Dating & Relationships
7. The Male Perspective
8. Beauty Lies within You

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Ladies and Gentlemen: It’s that time again. We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Dolan Center at John Carroll University on Tuesday September 17 at 6 pm. Another thrilling episode awaits you!! We know many have confirmed verbally, but it helps us greatly if you indicate your attendance via the meetup website using the link below:

This meeting will be about TECHNOLOGY, BIG MONEY AND HOW YOU ACCESS IT  – the perfect topic whether you need to know now, or for sometime in the future. PLEASE RSVP IMMEDIATELY !!

Barbara Williams Named Investigator by City of Cleveland

(Photo courtesy of Fox 8 News at www.fox8.com)
CONGRATULATIONS to family member Barbara Williams (right) who has been named as a Civilian Investigator by the City of Cleveland. 

Sunday, September 08, 2013

An "Excellent Read" from Herman Garner

He describes it as "An excellent weekend read."  I would say it's much more than that.  Others have described it as . . . "life-changing" . . . "very powerful" . . . "thought-provoking" . . . "provocative".

Check out the following edge-of-your seat content from . . .
Herman Garner
President at RFxConnect

We resumed trotting through the rain. As we approached the front of my house, the sight of my father’s money green Cadillac made me pause at the end of our driveway. The playfulness vanished and a sick frightening sensation came over me.

“Your dad’s new car is s-w-e-e-t!” Kevin said. I did not respond.

“Did you hear me?” He asked. “You look like you just saw a ghost or something.”

“Oh yea, I heard you,” I said as casually as possible. “Thanks’. It rides smooth too.”

“Alright Jim, I gotta go. It’s raining too hard to be out here admiring your dad’s new Cadillac.”

“Alright, but don’t forget I’m callin you later.”

“Okay, but make sure it’s after dinner. You know how my dad is about phone calls during dinner.”

“I know I know.” And as I watched Kevin’s figure disappear up the street, my thoughts began to race and tangle. “He’s usually not home this early.” I reflected. “I hope he’s not angry. For some reason he’s been very ang... Maybe I shouldn’t go inside...After a few indecisive moments of standing in the rain, I realized that Kevin was probably already home, and my time to decide had expired. “I must learn to make decisions more quickly!” I scolded myself; thinking of my father’s advice. “Otherwise, someone might hurt me, or take advantage of me.” Finally, as if hesitating, I lowered my head and began trudging slowly down the driveway toward the side door. As I walked past his Cadillac, I ran my hand through beads of water which had collected on its freshly waxed angular fender. (To find out what happens inside, go to http://www.waveringbetweenextremes.com/Free_Sample.html or call me, Herman Garner at 216-647-0146 


Monday, September 02, 2013

RAN Associates New Year's Party Information

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Financial Fitness Workshop - Sat., Oct. 12 - Cleveland, Ohio area

October is Financial Fitness Month!!!!!! Come out and learn how to become a better steward over your finances!

Financial Fitness Workshop
October 12 at 9:30am until 12:30pm
Maple Heights Regional Library in Maple Heights, Ohio

SPACE IS LIMITED - RSVP REQUIRED - RSVP to deonnaspeaks@gmail.com


This workshop is based on the book Financial Fitness, written by New York Times Bestselling Authors Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward. Financial Fitness is financial education that involves:
-Roll-down debt reduction training
-Planning Tools
-Offensive game plans
-Learn how to arrange money into its proper hierarchy
-Learn how the nation's monetary policy effects your finances

Learn the offense, defense, and playing field of personal finances! Space is limited and RSVP is required to attend.

If you want to change your financial status, change your thinking!!!!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Sistah's Retreat - Sat., Sep. 21 - Atlanta, Georgia

In exactly 33 days lives are going to be transformed… and women around the world are going to be making healthier emotional, dietary and lifestyle decisions! If you have never attended an Inspired Sistah Retreat please don’t miss your opportunity to register for this year’s Healthy Sistahs Rock Retreat.

The retreat will take place on Saturday, September 21st at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. beginning at 9:00 a.m. This will be a day filled with fun activities, fellowship, and resources to empower you to live a healthy, well-balanced life emotionally, physically and spiritually!!! Visit http://www.healthysistahsrockretreat.net/ to reserve your spot at this year’s retreat! It’s time to invest in becoming a healthier you! #wantmore #domore#bemore#healthysistahsrock!
 — with Tangie Henry.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., Aug. 29, 2013

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

Melody Beattie

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., Aug. 28, 2013

It's not what you do once in a while; it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.

Jenny Craig - Weight Loss Guru

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., Aug. 27, 2013

If you want the best the world has to offer, offer the world your best.

Neale Donald Walsch
Author of The Only Thing That Matters

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., Aug. 26, 2013

Thanks to Jeanine Butler for sharing this:

"The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed."
~ Steven Biko

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., Aug. 23, 2013

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

Maya Angelou
Author and Poet

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., Aug. 22, 2013

You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.

Bill Cosby
Comedian, Actor, and Author

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., Aug. 21, 2013

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours.

Richard Bach
Author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Monday, August 19, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., Aug. 20, 2013

Our attitude is the crayon that colors our world.

Allen Klein - 1931-2009, Businessman and Talent Agent

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., Aug. 19, 2013

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

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., Aug. 16, 2013

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., Aug. 15, 2013

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.

-- Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) American Writer

More Inspirations at http://www.successisyouquotes.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., Aug. 14, 2013

Thanks to Jeanine Butler for sharing the following:

The difficulties, hardships and trials of life, the obstacles one encounters on the road to fortune are positive blessings. They knit the muscles more firmly, and teach self-reliance. Peril is the element in which power is developed.

William Mathews (1818-1909) Writer

More INSPIRATIONS at http://successisyouquotes.blogspot.com/ - Features include an ARCHIVE of Inspirational Quotes; in addition to DAILY CHANGING CONTENT in the categories of Art Quote of the Day, Funny Quote of the Day, Love Quote of the Day, Nature Quote of the Day, Today in History, and Today's Birthdays.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., Aug. 13, 2013

Thanks to Jeanine Butler for sharing the following:

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
~ Gail Sheehy

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., Aug. 12, 2013

Thanks to Jeanine Butler for sharing the following:

"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

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Inspirations for Fri., Aug. 9, 2013

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light.  Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.  

-- Glenn Clark

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., Aug. 8, 2013

Being a winner is never an accident; winning comes about by design, determination and positive action.

Bob Proctor, Author and Speaker

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., Aug. 7, 2013

At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.

-- Christopher Reeve (1952-2004) American Actor

Monday, August 05, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., Aug. 6, 2013

Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.

Harvey Fierstein

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., Aug. 5, 2013

You must strive to become much less susceptible to influences outside of yourself and much more inclined to trust the instincts and feelings that lie within you.

Bob Proctor

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., Aug. 2, 2013

Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect. It means you have decided to look beyond the imperfections.

Gerard Way, Musician and Writer

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., Aug. 1, 2013

If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.

David Viscott

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., July 31, 2013

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

Inspirations - Wed., July 31, 2013

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

Monday, July 29, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., July 30, 2013

Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.

Joseph Campbell
1904-1987, Author and Lecturer

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., July 29, 2013

You may avoid suffering and sorrow if you don't risk, but you simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing and has nothing. Only a person who risks is free.

Bob Proctor, Author and Speaker

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., July 26, 2013

Remember, happiness doesn't depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955), Author of How to Win Friends and Influence People

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., July 25, 2013

If you truly have a vision of helping people your business will grow out of the help you have given others. You will be lifted up as you help those around you gain what they need in life.

Harvey Alston - http://www.harveyalston.com/

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., July 24, 2013

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot)
1819-1880, Novelist and Journalist

Monday, July 22, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., July 23, 2013

To live a life you love; plan, organize, and structure your life such that each day is spent in an environment that supports your Soul Purpose.

Garrett Gunderson, Author

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., July 22, 2013

Don't let others define you. Don't let the past confine you. Take charge of your life with confidence and determination and there are no limits on what you can do or be.

Michael Josephson, Author and Ethicist

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., July 19, 2013

People tend to think of happiness as a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you're fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist    upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., July 18, 2013

To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all - but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing.

Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, Sixteenth President of the United States

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., July 17, 2013

We lift ourselves by our thought. We climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always everywhere.

Orison Swett Marden, 1850-1924, Inspirational Writer

Monday, July 15, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., July 16, 2013

You do not always have to know when you are going to get to your goal, or how you are going to get to your goal, but you do need to take the next step.

Peggy McColl

Friday, July 12, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., July 12, 2013

I am grateful for all of my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties.

James Cash Penney, 1875-1971, Founder of J.C. Penney

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., July 11, 2013

Let's choose today to quench our thirst for the 'good life' we think others lead by acknowledging the good that already exists in our lives. We can then offer the universe the gift of our grateful hearts.

Sarah Ban Breathnach, Author of Simple Abundance

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., July 10, 2013

Few people take objectives really seriously. They put average effort into too many things, rather than superior thought and effort into a few important things. People who achieve the most are selective as well as determined.

Richard Koch, Author of The 80/20 Principle

Monday, July 08, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., July 9, 2013

At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Monk
Author, Poet and Peace Activist

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., July 8, 2013

Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit.

Les Brown, Speaker

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day and a salute to all who help make freedom possible.
"To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness."

Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., July 3, 2013

Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.

Emmanuel Swedenborg, 1688-1772, Scientist, Philosopher and Theologian

Monday, July 01, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., July 2, 2013

Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.

Sonia Choquette, Author

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., July 1, 2013

There is no better opportunity to receive more than to be thankful for what you already have. Thanksgiving opens the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way.

Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, Author and Speaker

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., June 28, 2013

As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson , Author and Speaker

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Inspirations - Thursday, June 27, 2013

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, Lecturer, and Trainer

My Words Will Live Forever features Cleveland Family Members

Video features the son of Carolyn Jones-Carter,
and is produced by who else but a daughter of Carolyn's

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., June 26, 2013

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

Monday, June 24, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., June 25, 2013

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.

Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993, Minister and Author

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., June 24, 2013

The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.

-- Brian Tracy

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., June 21, 2013

We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.

-- E. Merrill Root (1895-1973) American Writer

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., June 20, 2013

Don't bother about genius. Don't worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance and determination.

-- Sir Frederick Treves (1853-1923) English Surgeon

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., June 19, 2013

Always laugh when you can.  It is cheap medicine.

-- Lord Byron (1788-1824) English Poet

Monday, June 17, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., June 18, 2013

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and  try to follow where they lead.

-- Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) American Writer

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., June 17, 2013

I have resolved from this day on, I will do all the business I can honestly, have all the fun I can reasonably, do all the good I can willingly, and save my digestion by thinking pleasantly.

-- Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish Novelist

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., June 14, 2013

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.

-- Horace (65-8 BC) Roman Poet

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., June 13, 2013

Genuine security arises from actual, first-hand knowledge that one is both capable and worthy of achieving happiness (through conscious, responsible action) and, once having attained it, that he deserves it.

-- Michael J. Hurd, American Motivational Speaker

P.S. - "he" or "she"

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., June 12, 2013

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

-- Apple's "Think Different" Commercial, 1997

Monday, June 10, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., June 11, 2013

Let no man turn aside, ever so slightly, from the broad path of honour, on the plausible pretence that he is justified by the goodness of his end. All good ends can be worked out by good means.

-- Charles Dickens (1812-1870) English Novelist

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., June 10, 2013

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

-- Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian Missionary

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., June 7, 2013

From long familiarity, we know what honor is. It is what enables the individual to do right in the face of complacency and cowardice. It is what enables the soldier to die alone, the political prisoner to resist, the singer to sing her song, hardly appreciated, on a side street.

-- Mark Helprin - American Novelist and Writer

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., June 6, 2013

The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

-- Chinese proverb

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., June 5, 2013

Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to "jump at the Sun."  We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.

-- Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960) American Writer

Monday, June 03, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., June 4, 2013

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are... Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in my pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.

-- Mary Jean Iron

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., June 3, 2013

When we accept tough jobs as a challenge to our ability and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen.

-- Arland Gilbert

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., May 31, 2013

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

-- Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., May 30, 2013

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.

-- Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990) American Publisher

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., May 29, 2013

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.

-- Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) American Psychologist

Monday, May 27, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., May 28, 2013

No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.

-- Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) American Bishop

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., May 27, 2013

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

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., May 24, 2013

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses.

-- Allophones Karr

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., May 23, 2013

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.

-- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Playwright

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., May 22, 2013

A childlike man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle aged habit and convention.

-- Aldous Huxley

Monday, May 20, 2013

Inspirations / Thought - Tue., May 21, 2013

I've got to give my cousin Keisha Shinholster Taylor credit for this one:

"When you got a King or Queen don't reshuffle the deck..you may end up with the joker..

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., May 20, 2013

He who finds diamonds must grapple in mud and mire because diamonds are not found in polished stones.  They are made.

-- Henry B. Wilson

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., May 17, 2013

The hero is the one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light.

-Felix Adler

Author Comments - men/women, man/woman, himself/herself

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Inspirations, Thur., May 16, 2013

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?

-- Adam Smith (1723-1790)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Inspirations for Wed., May 15, 2013

Remember that if the opportunities for great deeds should never come, the opportunities for good deeds are renewed day by day. The thing for us to long for is the goodness, not the glory.

-- F.W. Faber

Monday, May 13, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., May 14, 2013

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many--not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

-- Charles Dickens (1812-1870) English Novelist
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Inspirations for Mon., May 13, 2013

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

-- Pablo Picasso
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Inspirations - Friday, April 19, 2013

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, April 17, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., April 18, 2013

Rely on the ordinary virtues that intelligent, balanced human beings have relied on for centuries: common sense, thrift, realistic expectations, patience, and perseverance.

-- John C. Bogle,  American Investor

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., April 17, 2013

Man has never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.

-- Bernard Williams, English Philosopher

Monday, April 15, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., April 16, 2013

If success is not on your own terms - if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your own heart - it is no success at all.

-- Anna Quindlen

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., April 15, 2013

When you reach the end of your life, do you want to be one of the people who are glad they did, or one of the people who wish they had?
Author Unknown

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., April 12, 2013

Heroism is really the quest to live according to one's internal standards of right and wrong, regardless of whether the world is watching.

-- John F. Groom

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., April 11, 2013

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

-- Sophia Loren

Birthday Dinner - Dianne and Carolyn - April 10, 2013

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., April 10, 2013

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.

-- Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) American Writer

Monday, April 08, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., April 9, 2013

Courage to start and willingness to keep everlasting at it are the requisites for success.

-- Alonzo Newton Benn

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., April 8, 2013

You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"

-- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Playwright

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., Apr. 4, 2013

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives,  and remembering what one receives.  

-- Dumas The Younger

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., Apr. 3, 2013

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.

-- Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

Monday, April 01, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., Apr. 2, 2013

Don't give the people what they want, give them something better.

-- Entertainment pioneer Sam Rothafel

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., April 1, 2013

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage "coaches" ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

-- Herbert Kaufman

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., March 29, 2013

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.

-- Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Index to Messages from the Young Poet


Young Poet "Education" @ Aids Walk

Young Poet: Battle Scars Performance

Young Poet: Find Your Core @ The One Church

Young Poet: Dallas House of Blues

"Battle Scars" by Young Poet

"Dreads" by Young Poet

Young Poet a True Story (Trailer)

3 Way by Young Poet

Inspirations - Thur., March 28, 2013

Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

-- Elizabeth Stone
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., March 27, 2013

If you are patient in one moment of anger you will save a thousand days of sorrow.  

-- Chinese Proverb
N E W S   R E L E A S E - Cleveland, Ohio
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., March 26, 2013

A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they're not so bad.

-- Arnold H. Glasow

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., March 25, 2013

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.

-- Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., March 22, 2013

True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.

-- Louis Nizer (1902-1994) American Lawyer

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., March 21, 2013

Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.

-- Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) American Bishop

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., March 20, 2013

To live at this time is an inestimable privilege, and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make right use of your opportunities.
-- Grenville Kleiser (1868-1953) American Author
The following quote is similar to Monday's message, but it just came across my desk, so I tossed it in.
The more you express gratitude for what you have the more you will have to express gratitude for.
-- Zig Ziglar

Monday, March 18, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., March 19, 2013

Many of our fears are tissue paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.

-- Brendan Francis [Behan] (1923-1964) Irish Author

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., March 18, 2013

He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.

-- Epictetus (55-135 AD) Greek Philosopher

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., March 15, 2013

I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate.  It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.

-- Leo C. Rosten (1908-1977) American Writer

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., March 14, 2013

"I can't do it" never yet accomplished anything: "I will try" has accomplished wonders.

-- George P. Burnham

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., March 13, 2013

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

-- George Bernard Shaw

Monday, March 11, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., March 12, 2013

If I had walked out of prison as an angry man, I would be a prisoner still.

– Nelson Mandela

Spoken after 27 years of imprisonment for working in behalf of freedom for himself and others - And the question is, can YOU forgive?  Not forgiving (at the level of hate) is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., March 11, 2013

The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.

-- William F. Scolavino

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., March 8, 2013

Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength.

-- Anonymous

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., March 7, 2013

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

-- Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., Mar. 6, 2013

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
- Albert Einstein
P.S. - And a "wild" imagination will sometimes take you to places you didn't mean to go!!!
- Henry Ford (yours truly)

Monday, March 04, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., Mar. 5, 2013

The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.

-- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Playwright

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., March 4, 2013

When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy.

-- Samuel Goldwyn

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., Mar 1, 2013

Nothing will sustain you more potently than the power to recognize in your humdrum routine, as perhaps it may be thought, the true poetry of life.

-- Sir William Osler (1849-1919) Canadian Physician

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., Feb. 28, 2013

You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.

-- Harriett Woods (1927-2007) American Politician

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., Feb. 27, 2013

The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

-- Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

Monday, February 25, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., Feb. 26, 2013

To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.

-- William Hazlitt (1778-1830) English Essayist

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., Feb. 25, 2013

I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but the spirit in which we face them, that constitutes our comfort.

-- Elizabeth T. King

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., Feb. 22, 2013

Dedication is simply reminding yourself what you want. Then paying the price to get it. Every day.

-- John F. Groom

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., Feb. 21, 2013

To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals - that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him.

-- Honore De Balzac (1799-1850) French Novelist

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., Feb. 20, 2013

If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much, and most of all yourself.

-- A. Neilen

Monday, February 18, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., Feb. 19, 2013

Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome.

-- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English Author

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., Feb. 18, 2013

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” 

-- e.e. Cummings

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., Feb. 15, 2013

Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation. Wholeheartedness is contagious. Give yourself, if you wish to get others.

-- David Seabury

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., Feb. 14, 2013

We cheerfully assume that in some mystic way love conquers all, that good outweighs evil in the just balances of the universe and that at the eleventh hour something gloriously triumphant will prevent the worst before it happens.

- Brooks Atkinson
Gentlemen, If you forget Valentine's Day, there may not be enough Inspiration in the world to save you!!! - Henry Ford

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., Feb. 13, 2013

Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.

-- Harold B. Melchart

Monday, February 11, 2013

Inspirations - Tue., Feb. 12, 2013

Use what talents you possess: "The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best."
- Henry Van Dyke
Upcoming Northeast Ohio Event - Leon Bibb keynotes Diversity Program at Kent State University's Geauga County (Twinsburg, Ohio) Campus.  Details athttp://www.successisyou.blogspot.com/2013/02/leon-bibb-to-speak-at-kent-state-in.html

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Inspirations - Mon., Feb. 11, 2013

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

-- Agatha Christie

Upcoming Northeast Ohio Event - Leon Bibb keynotes Diversity Program at Kent State University's Geauga County (Twinsburg, Ohio) Campus. Details at http://www.successisyou.blogspot.com/2013/02/leon-bibb-to-speak-at-kent-state-in.html.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Inspirations - Fri., Feb. 8, 2013

Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much.

-- Erastus Wiman

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Inspirations - Thur., Feb. 7, 2013

Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared.  It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.

-- Ann Landers
Upcoming Northeast Ohio Event - Leon Bibb keynotes Diversity Program at Kent State University's Geauga County (Twinsburg, Ohio) Campus.  Details at http://www.successisyou.blogspot.com/2013/02/leon-bibb-to-speak-at-kent-state-in.html.

Leon Bibb to Speak at Kent State in Twinsburg, Ohio

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Inspirations - Wed., Feb. 6, 2013

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.

-- Donald A. Adams

Monday, February 04, 2013