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Loving & Liking Your Spouse

“Hopefully you marry someone who you not only love, but who you like as well.” ~ Tom Selleck, Actor, Film Producer, Co-Founder of the Character Counts Coalition, Honorary Doctorate for Outstanding Character and Ethic- Pepperdine University (2000), Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1986), Golden Apple Awards (1983), People’s Choice Award (1984 & 1985…

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There’s a Reality to Achieving Our Dreams

““We’re all dreamers, but there’s a reality to achieve our dreams. And I think that’s what separates the successful dreamers from the people that lay in bed and dream, that when we open up our eyes, we see clearly what we have to do to achieve our dreams.”” ~ Sean Combs, Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record…

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As Much As I Can Bless, I Will

“What drives me is really just being able to be a blessing to someone, you know. I really enjoy that, and as much as I can do, I will.” ~ Sheila Escovedo Percussionist, Musician, Producer, Writer & Humanitarian ~

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Having Feelings Isn’t an Absence of Strength

“Feelings aren’t an absence of strength. I know this for sure. So why should I pretend to have a sense of humor just to allow someone else to take a shot at me?” ~ Gabourey Sidibe Author, Actress, Satellite Special Achievement Award for Outstanding New Talent (2009), NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a…

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Knowing What You Want

“Leadership is knowing what you want and making it happen.” ~ Miriam Colón Actress & Founder-Director – Puerto Rican Traveling Theater ~

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Your Financial Philosophy

“The key factor that will determine your financial future is not the economy; the key factor is your philosophy.” ~ Jim Rohn, Entrepreneur, Author & Speaker ~

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Upholstery Therapy

“My ideal relaxation is working on upholstery. I spend hours in junk shops buying furniture. I do all the upholstery work myself, and it’s like therapy.” ~ Pamela Anderson, Actress, Model, Animal Rights Activist, Philanthropist & Canada’s Walk of Fame (2006)

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Magnetic Mind

“Your mind is a magnet.” ~ Carlos Santana, Musician, Songwriter, Bandleader, Author, Kennedy Center Honoree (2013), Co-Founder – Milagro Foundation Billboard Latin Music Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Award (2004), International Latin Music Hall of Fame (2002), BMI Latin Awards BMI Icon (2005), Grammy Awards (10X) & Latin Grammy…

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When Caring for Your Neighbor Becomes a Compulsory Obligation

“When caring for your neighbor becomes a compulsory obligation imposed by government instead of voluntary, charity turns to confiscation and freedom to achieve to involuntary servitude. To liberals, compassion seems to be defined by how many people are dependent on the government; to conservatives, it’s defined by how many people no longer need help. One…

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Avoiding Financial Mistakes

“Financial Literacy is an important part of avoiding financial mistakes and planning for a strong, secure financial future.” ~ Timothy James Pawlenty Attorney, Businessman, Politician, Author, & 39th Governor of Minnesota (2003-2011) ~

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When Your Money Masters You

“Money is in some respects like fire – it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master. When you have it mastering you, when interest is constantly piling up against you, it will keep you down in the worst kind of slavery. But let money work for you, and you have the most devoted…

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The View from the Finish Line

“The steeper the mountain the harder the climb the better the view from the finish line.” ~ Paula Abdul, Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Choreographer & Actress

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The Beauty of Being a Grandparent

“I loved my own Grandparents with all my heart. I learned important lessons from them about how to treat people, how to cook and how to work…..they showered us kids with love and left the parenting to Momma and Daddy. That’s the beauty of being a grandparent – the hard work belongs to someone else.…

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Money Soon Gone!

“Money without financial intelligence is money soon gone.” ~ Robert Toru Kiyosaki, Investor, Businessman, Author, Speaker, Financial Literacy Activist, & Commentator ~

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Letting Little Things Crush You

“If you live in an oppressive society, you’ve got to be resilient. You can’t let each little thing crush you. You have take every encounter and make yourself larger, rather than allow yourself to be diminished by it.” ~ James Earl Jones, Emmy Award (3X), Tony Award (2X), Golden Globe (1970), Grammy Award (1970), Screen…

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Looking Forward to Things Ahead

“I have no desire to look back, I only want to look forward to the things that are still ahead of me.” ~ Dionne Warwick Singer, Actress, & Television Host ~

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A Po$itive Money Mind$et

“Money, to me, is just the biggest blessing in the world that allows me freedom.” ~ Linda Evans a,k,a. Linda Evanstad Actress, Author & Golden Globe Award ~

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A Lifetime of Financial Well-Being

“Financial Literacy is the ability to use knowledge and skill to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being.” ~ Marina John Family Lifestyle Content Creator – Mommy Snippets ~

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Trading on Looks & Body

“If you’re only trading on looks and your body, that’s only going to go so far. But that was never my bag. I was always about the whole package.” ~ Angie Dickinson Actress, Golden Globe Award ‘New Star of the Year’ – Actress (1960, Rio Bravo), & Golden Globe Award ‘Best Television Actress’ – Drama…

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Are You Keeping Your Talents to Yourself?

“God didn’t give you talents to keep to yourself. He gave them to you to share and that’s exactly what I try to do. I try to train people to sing out their feelings in their own way.” ~ Emily “Cissy” Houston a.k.a. The Dutchess of Gospel Medal for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership, Rhythm and Blues…

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How Many Generations Can You Pass Your Money To?

“It’s not how much money you make, but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you, and how many generations you keep it for.” ~ Robert Toru Kiyosaki Investor, Businessman, Author, Speaker, Financial Literacy Activist, and Commentator ~

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Paying Good Wages

“I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.” ~ Robert Bosch Founder – Robert Bosch GmbH ~

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Tell Your Money Where to Go

“More people should learn to tell their dollars where to go instead of asking them where they went.” ~ Roger Ward Babson Entrepreneur, Economist, Business Theorist & Founder – Babson College, Webber International University, & Utopia College ~

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Improving the Security of Our Future

“The good news, though, is that all of us can improve the security of our futures through financial literacy. With a better understanding of the basics of finance—how to save, budget and invest—we can increase both our earning potential and our prospects for a solid financial future.” ~ Reba Dominski, President of U.S. Bank Foundation…

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Financial Literacy to Scale the Businesses

“Many entrepreneurs struggle to understand payroll taxes, health care and other thorny issues… In other words, they don’t have the financial literacy to scale their businesses and attract investors.” ~ Daymond John, CEO – FUBU & Sharktank Host ~

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Financial Literacy is Life-Saving

“I want kids to understand the importance of savings and investing. It’s crucial that people understand the importance of financial literacy, because it’s actually life-saving.” ~ Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments ~

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Financial Literacy: Childhood to Retirement

“Financial literacy is not an end in itself, but a step-by-step process. It begins in childhood and continues throughout a person’s life all the way to retirement. Instilling the financial-literacy message in children is especially important, because they will carry it for the rest of their lives.” ~ George Karl, NBA Coach (27 seasons: Cleveland…

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Manage Your Money Well

“The single biggest difference between financial success and financial failure is how well you manage your money. It’s simple: to master money, you must manage money.” ~ T. Harv Eker, Author ~

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Basic Financial Literacy

“It’s pretty much how we get anything added to the curriculum. When parents said children needed to be computer literate, the schools started responding. The same thing is true of basic financial literacy.” ~ Elizabeth Warren United States Senator (2017-Currently) ~

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Understanding Compound Interest

“I think people don’t understand compound interest because typically no one ever explains it to them and the level of financial literacy in the US is very low.” ~ James Surowiecki, Journalist & Author ~

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Adequately Organizing Finances

“Financial literacy is an issue that should command our attention because many Americans are not adequately organizing finances for their education, healthcare and retirement.” ~ Ron Lewis, United States Representative (May 24, 1994-January 3, 2009) ~

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It’s Always ‘We’

“As successes come your way, remember that you didn’t do it alone. It is always we.” ~ Colin Powell Politician, Statesman, Diplomat, United States Army 4-Star General (1989) & 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005) ~

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Marriage: Every Chapter

Never Knew I Needed “ For the way you changed my plans For being the perfect distraction For the way you took the idea that I had Of everything that I wanted to haveAnd made me see There was something missing For the ending of my first begin And for the rare and unexpected friend…

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Marriage: True Love Blooms

Our Love “Our love will bloom always fairer, Fresher, more gracious, Because it is a true love.” ~ Honore De Balzac Poet, Novelist & Playwright ~

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Marriage: Love that Makes Life Divine

So This Is Love “So this is love So this is love So this is what makes life divine I’m all aglow And now I know The key to all Heaven is mine My heart has wings And I can fly, I’ll touch every star in the sky So this is the miracle that I’ve…

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Marriage: Love is a Song That Never Ends

Love Is A Song “Love is a song that never ends Life may be swift and fleeting Hope may die yet love’s beautiful music Comes each day like the dawn Love is a song that never ends One simple theme repeating Like the voice of a Heavenly choir Love’s sweet music flows on.” ~ Disney’s…

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Marriage: Going Through Time with You

Time In A Bottle “If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I’d like to do, is to save every day ‘til eternity passes away, just to spend them with you. If I could make days last forever; if words could make wishes come true; I’d save every day like a…

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Marriage: Walking the Aisle

My Wedding Day a poem from The Bride To Father “I think about the time, Not so long ago, That when I needed a helping hand, You were the first to know I think about the memories, The good times we’ve shared, I think about all you’ve taught me, And how my broken heart you…

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Marriage: Two Loves Eye to Eye

Doves Poem “Two doves meeting in the sky Two loves hand in hand, eye to eye Two parts of a loving whole Two hearts and a single soul Two stars shining big and bright Two fires bringing warmth and light Two songs played in perfect tune Two flowers growing into bloom Two doves gliding in…

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Marriage: Love’s Truths

True Love “True love is a sacred flame That burns eternally And none can dim its special glow Or change its destiny True love speaks in tender tones And hears with gentle ear True love gives with open heart And true love conquers fear True love makes no harsh demands It neither rules nor binds…

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Marriage: To Walk Alone & Together

To Love Is Not to Posses “To love is not to possess, To own or imprison, Nor to lose one’s self in another. Love is to join and separate, To walk alone and together, To find a laughing freedom That lonely isolation does not permit. It is finally to be able To be who we…

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A Wonderful Dad

“I had a wonderful father, and I couldn’t bear that television virtually ignored Black fathers.” ~ Esther Rolle Actress & Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special (1979) ~

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Marriage: The Many Ways We Love Each Other

How Do I Love Thee? “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, by…

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Marriage: Devotion

“Devoted” “My heart can be your home, my soul can be your refuge. You can turn to me when you are weak, you can call to me when the way is not clear. I will be your promise and your prayer, I will always be there, Constant and complete. Run to me, reach out for…

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Weddings & Marriage: Loving Each Other Through the ‘A’s to ‘Z’s

The Gift “In you are flowers and firelight, stars and songbirds, the scent of summer, the stillness just before dawn. I love you today, dressed in glory. I will love you always- dancing, singing, reading, making, planning, arguing. I will love you cantankerous, and tired, courageous and in terror, joyful, fearful and triumphant. I will…

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Marriage: In the Flush of Love’s Light

Touched by an Angel “We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life. Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are bold,…

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Marriage: Two Clouds Mingled into One

I Saw Two Clouds at Morning “I saw two clouds at morning, tinged by the rising sun, and in the dawn they floated on, and mingled into one; I thought that morning cloud was blest, it moved so sweetly to the west. I saw two summer currents flow smoothly to their meeting, and join their…

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Marriage: May You Always Walk Together in Mutual Love

New Beginnings “May this be a day of new beginnings the sun, like a fragrant apple; the summer air, soft on your hands as the kiss of a child. May berries melt like honey on your tongue. May your heart rise in wonder at the clouds drifting across the sky. May the trails under your…

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Marriage: Your Dream of a Life Together

“A Wedding Toast” “May your love be firm, And may your dream of a life together be a river between two shores by day bathed in sunlight, and by night illuminated from within. May the heron carry news of you to the heavens, and the salmon bring the sea’s blue grace. May your twin thoughts…

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Marriage: Being There for Each Other Throughout the Times

“I’ll Be There For You” “ I’ll be there my darling, through thick and through thin When your mind’s in a mess and your head’s in a spin When your plane’s been delayed, and you’ve missed the last train. When life is just threatening to drive you insane When your thrilling whodunit has lost its…

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America Will Always Remember

Header image (top of blog) is of Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Harriet Ida Pickens (left) and Ensign Frances Wills (right) closing a suitcase after graduating from the Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School (WR) at Northampton, Massachusetts, circa December 1944. They were the Navy’s first African American WAVES officers and graduated with the Northampton school’s final class. Description…

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The Men & Women in Uniform

“We owe this freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this nation and its interests in time of need. In particular, we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free.” (1983) ~ Ronald Reagan , Actor, Sports Announcer, Politician, 33rd…

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Our Fallen Heroes, America

“Our fallen heroes have not only written our history, they have shaped our destiny. They inspired their communities and uplifted their country and provided the best example of courage, virtue and valor the world will ever know. They fought and bled and died so that America would forever remain safe and strong and free. They…

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Patriotism for Life

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” ~ Adlai Ewing Stevenson II Author, Lawyer, Politician & Diplomat ~

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Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

“We remember the fallen heroes who took their last breaths in defense of our Nation, our families, our citizens, and our sacred freedoms. The depth of their devotion, the steel of their resolve, and the purity of their patriotism has no equal in human history. On distant battlefields, in far-off oceans, and high in the…

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The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, World War II Credit: The National Archives

Celebrate Our Heroes and She-roes

Header image (top of blog) is of The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, an Army unit known as the “Six Triple Eight”, and part of the Women’s Army Corps, known as WACs, with a specific mission to sort and clear a two-year backlog of mail for Americans stationed in Europe, during World War II. Description…

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Our Fallen Heroes, America

Americans “owe all that we are, and everything we ever hope to be, to these unrivaled heroes. Their memory and their legacy is immortal. Our loyalty to them and to their families is eternal and everlasting.​”The country’s “warriors are the single greatest force for justice, peace, liberty, and security among all the nations ever to…

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