Thursday, December 29, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, December 30, 2016

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

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, December 29, 2016

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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

Monday, December 26, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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

True Meaning of Christmas

My sister Jean shared several examples of the true meaning of Christmas, including this one. I thought of how wrong this might have gone under circumstances where someone mistakenly believed this kind gentleman (who missed his train to help an elderly lady) was up to no good. I pray that we (while being cautious), will give others the benefit of the doubt.

Inspirations - Monday, December 26, 2016

STOP! - Don’t take down the Christmas Tree yet; you haven’t opened all your GIFTS!

According to DeLores Pressley . . . "Personal power is a gift that often goes unopened."

DeLores Pressley - www.delorespressley.com

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

During 2017 may you stay tuned to the still small voice of your Creator and realize your  passion and purpose.
Wishing you and your family
Joy, Peace and Happiness at Christmas,
throughout the Holiday Season,
and during the coming year.
Henry & Dianne Ford

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, December 23, 2016

Some will shout that you are not good enough. Listen instead to the whisper of the still small voice of your Creator.

Watch the video shared by Robert Thomas about Lindsey Stirling, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHeZKiiCMX8

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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, December 22, 2016

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

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

We must understand that upon those critics and cynics around us (and sometimes within us), the best revenge is massive success; or until the success comes, a GREAT BIG SMILE on the face and from the heart!

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

Monday, December 19, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

If successful people have one common trait, it's an utter lack of cynicism. The world owes them nothing. They go out and find what they need without asking for permission; they're driven, talented, and work through negatives by focusing on the positives.

Mike Zimmerman

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Inspirations - Monday, December 19, 2016

Given three requisites--means of existence, reasonable health, and an absorbing interest--those years beyond sixty can be the happiest and most satisfying of a lifetime.

Earnest Elmo Calkins

Saturday, December 17, 2016

GDHAA Cleveland Christmas Party 2016

_ Video Playlist Below_
_ Video Playlist Above_
_ To view photo Slide Show, Click on Photo Below_

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, December 16, 2016

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

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, December 15, 2016

The first person you are accountable to is yourself. It's imperative that you know what your key values are, because they set the standards for how you will do business.

Marilyn Strong
Author of Getting Paid to Pay Attention

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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

Monday, December 12, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Life is too short to waste. Dreams are fulfilled only through action, not through endless planning to take action.

David J. Schwartz
Trainer and Author

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Inspirations - Monday, December 12, 2016.

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

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, December 9, 2016

"Everybody in America who didn't come over the Bering Strait ice bridge stole his land from somebody else."

P. J. O'Rourke

"Really P.J.?  Ever hear of a Slave Ship?"

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

Greenbrier Art League Annual Art Show - Tue., Dec. 13, 2016




11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM

at the

6200 Pearl Rd, Parma Hts

No Charge * Refreshments * Meet the Artists
Original Art Work *  Prints * Cards * Jewelry

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, December 8, 2016

I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Professional Basketball Player

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Remembering Pearl Harbor (75 years later)

I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.

Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto after the attack on Pearl Harbor


The question to reflect upon is "Have recent events awakened you and filled you with resolve?"

Remembering Pearl Harbor (75 Years Later), and Veterans Tribute

Sunday, December 7, 1941; Described by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”.  Some photos below are not related to Pearl Harbor, and they will be marked as such.

From our 2013 Visit

From our 2013 Visit

One of the many who have made America great!

From our 2013 Visit

On board the USS Missouri "Mighty Mo" where World War II (Pacific) ended. Lower Right: Tour Guide J. Ford Murray memorizes visitors as he skillfully recounts the historic surrender.  (From our 2013 Visit).

On board the USS Missouri "Mighty Mo" where World War II (Pacific) ended. Tour Guide J. Ford Murray memorizes visitors as he skillfully recounts the historic surrender.  (From our 2013 Visit).

J. Ford Murray recounts the historic unconditional surrender of Japanese Forces to The Alied Command.  (From our 2013 Visit).

Hull of USS Arizona, where oil still seeps from the ship, yet fish thrive (photo from our 2001 trip)

U.S. Coast Guard "at the ready" patrolling the harbor around our cruise ship just two months after 911 (photo from our 2001 trip)

Sunset over Hawaii (photo from our 2001 trip)

Opana Point (near Northwest tip of Hawaii): Path of 1st wave of bombers - http://www.wtj.com/articles/pearl_maps/map_anim_oahu_02b.html (photo from our 2001 trip)

Members of the Navajo Code Talkers whose actions helped so much during the war. Its hard to believe the American Indians have the need to stand for justice at Standing Rock. (not a Pearl Harbor photo).

Japanese "Nisei" Military Veterans who sacrificed and fought with Allied Forces in Europe, despite the fact that people of Japanese Ancestry were interned in the United States during the war. How does that speak to the idea of banning a culture, a race, a religion? Prayerfully, we will not repeat history. (not a Pearl Harbor photo)

Breaking the color and the gender barriers in service to this country. Will they ever be equal and equally treated? (not a Pearl Harbor photo).
Dianne's cousin Benjamin Suber (right) receiving congratulations! - (not a Pearl Harbor photo).

Our friend Roy Richardson, member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, a group who never lost an airplane of the bomber crews they protected. (not a Pearl Harbor photo).

My Uncle Willie Ford - aka "Sonny Boy" - (not a Pearl Harbor photo).

My Uncle Mark Ford - aka "Sugar Mark". A member of the famed Red Ball Express - (not a Pearl Harbor photo).

My cousin John Bell - (not a Pearl Harbor photo).

My cousin Emmett Vinson Sr. - (not a Pearl Harbor photo).

My cousin William Mikel - (not a Pearl Harbor photo).

My cousin Sharon Adams Mikel and members of the Stockbridge Recruiting Team - (not a Pearl Harbor photo).

My cousin Cecil Ford - (not a Pearl Harbor photo).

Monday, December 05, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose.

John McEnroe – Professional Tennis Player and Sportscaster

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Inspirations - Monday, December 5, 2016

Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.

Jalaluddin Rumi

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, December 2, 2016

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

Maya Angelou

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, December 1, 2016

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.

Shannon L. Alder

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.

Ani DiFranco