Friday, January 20, 2017

Democracy in action

" Understand, democracy does not require uniformity. Our founders quarreled and compromised, and expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity - the idea that for all of our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one. "
President Obama

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Phenomenal Pearls Reflections of Strength and Endurance

"In our community, on January 12, 2017, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated hosted the Coretta Scott King "Spirit of Ivy" Awards Luncheon. The award, named for the civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, widow of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At the luncheon the sorority  recognized area women who have and continue to exemplify the spirit of the ivy - strength and endurance in facing and overcoming obstacles."

"Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it, and win it in every generation."
Coretta Scott King

2017 Honorees
Lisa Parker Wood ~ Business Owner
Dorisa Slaughter ~ Community Leader
Renee Shaw ~ Connections
Deidra Jones ~ Single Mother
Dr. Salome C. Nnoromele ~ Outstanding Educator
The Links, Inc. ~ Outstanding Organization
Nicole Johnson ~ Creative and Performing Arts
Alicia Robinson ~ Young Entrepreneur

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Musings ... Martin Luther King Jr.

Forgiveness as a way of life is a truth that must be embraced. As we celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday, I believe his words ring true today.

"Forgiveness is not an occasional act,
it is a constant attitude."
Martin Luther King Jr.
We visited the MLK Memorial in D.C.
in November of 2016.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Lord will guide you always

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
you will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

Isaiah 58: 9- 12 (NIV)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Pet of the week

"Dogs do speak,
but only to
those who know how to listen."
Orhan Pamuk, My name is Red.

I guess I was not listening... because I forgot this dog's name. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friendship Friday

Friendship Friday
Lucky Friday the 13th

I am lucky to count Gail as one of my dearest friends. We meet in high school. No, we were not  students. I was the assistant at the Youth Services Center. She was one of the ESL teachers for international students.

An invitation to a Quinceanera was the occasion that allowed us to become better acquainted. While we waited for the event to begin, we visited.  Our conversation lasted for over ninety minutes.  Maybe that is the genesis of our friendship.

Since then, we have served as volunteer as tutors with Operation Read, attended volunteer trainings, worked with students on sewing projects, and enjoyed many cups of tea.  Gail has graciously attended my Mary Kay Pink Party, helped with my special projects, and been willing to give cooking advice. She has extended invitations to her Circle Group at her church.

As a result of our friendship, I know my life has been enriched. I am blessed… not lucky.

“Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to shares our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.”
As a result of Gail's international travel,
 I have some of my favorite rocks from Israel.
These rocks have special significance as she shared their Biblical location.

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