Category Archives: a Brainy Mom

Have This Kind of Beauty, Too

“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within – strength, courage, dignity.” ~ Ruby Dee, Actress, Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter, Journalist, Activist, Obie Award (1971), Drama Desk Awards(1971, 1973), Kennedy Center Honors, Women in

Have This Kind of Beauty, Too

“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within – strength, courage, dignity.” ~ Ruby Dee, Actress, Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter, Journalist, Activist, Obie Award (1971), Drama Desk Awards(1971, 1973), Kennedy Center Honors, Women in

Age is No Issue

“Age is no issue to me. I think 50 is the new 30 and 70 is the new 50.” ~ Tina Turner, Recording Artist, Dancer, Actress & Author,

Age is No Issue

“Age is no issue to me. I think 50 is the new 30 and 70 is the new 50.” ~ Tina Turner, Recording Artist, Dancer, Actress & Author,

You’re Not Born That Way

“You have to be taught to be second class; you’re not born that way.” ~ Lena Horne, Singer, Dancer, Actress & Civil Rights Activist.

You’re Not Born That Way

“You have to be taught to be second class; you’re not born that way.” ~ Lena Horne, Singer, Dancer, Actress & Civil Rights Activist.

We Are One of His Greatest Creations

“I’m a people lover. I love interacting with different people as I meet them, and I think people are one of God’s greatest creations, I really do. They’re interesting and intriguing.” ~ Gladys Knight, Singer, Songwriter, Actress & Businesswoman

We Are One of His Greatest Creations

“I’m a people lover. I love interacting with different people as I meet them, and I think people are one of God’s greatest creations, I really do. They’re interesting and intriguing.” ~ Gladys Knight, Singer, Songwriter, Actress & Businesswoman

Positive Surroundings

“I think it’s important to get your surroundings, as well as yourself, into a positive state – meaning surround yourself with positive people, not the kind who are negative and jealous of everything you do.” ~ Heidi Klum., Supermodel, Television

Positive Surroundings

“I think it’s important to get your surroundings, as well as yourself, into a positive state – meaning surround yourself with positive people, not the kind who are negative and jealous of everything you do.” ~ Heidi Klum., Supermodel, Television

Being Likeable

“As I’ve gotten older and older … I’ve learned that relationships really matter. That being likeable really matters…. Those things are also almost as important, and maybe even more so, than just being a really excellent writer or a really

Being Likeable

“As I’ve gotten older and older … I’ve learned that relationships really matter. That being likeable really matters…. Those things are also almost as important, and maybe even more so, than just being a really excellent writer or a really

Control the Flames

“Walking through this life is really walking through fire. As you get older, you realize there are fire extinguishers. You do have an ability to control the flames.” ~ Chaka Khan, Singer, Songwriter, Activist & Grammy Awards (10x)

Control the Flames

“Walking through this life is really walking through fire. As you get older, you realize there are fire extinguishers. You do have an ability to control the flames.” ~ Chaka Khan, Singer, Songwriter, Activist & Grammy Awards (10x)

As Much As We Take

“I believe that as much as you take, you have to give back. It’s important not to focus on yourself too much.” ~ Nicole Kidman, Actress, Film Producer & Singer

As Much As We Take

“I believe that as much as you take, you have to give back. It’s important not to focus on yourself too much.” ~ Nicole Kidman, Actress, Film Producer & Singer

Dad & Dependable

“All kids want from their dad is for them to be around – and to show up when they say they’re going to show up.” ~ Nicole Ari Parker, Actress

Dad & Dependable

“All kids want from their dad is for them to be around – and to show up when they say they’re going to show up.” ~ Nicole Ari Parker, Actress

You Can Figure Out How

“If you really want something you can figure out how to make it happen. ~ Cher a.k.a Cherilyn Sarkisian, Singer, Actress, Author, Businesswoman, Comedian, Dancer, Fashion Designer, Model, Philanthropist, Record Producer, Songwriter & Television Host

You Can Figure Out How

“If you really want something you can figure out how to make it happen. ~ Cher a.k.a Cherilyn Sarkisian, Singer, Actress, Author, Businesswoman, Comedian, Dancer, Fashion Designer, Model, Philanthropist, Record Producer, Songwriter & Television Host

Leaving Hope

“When it’s said and done, the one thing I want to leave on this earth is hope. I have felt hopelessness, and it’s a terrible feeling. Hopelessness will destroy you. I want to bring hope to other people.” ~ Paula

Leaving Hope

“When it’s said and done, the one thing I want to leave on this earth is hope. I have felt hopelessness, and it’s a terrible feeling. Hopelessness will destroy you. I want to bring hope to other people.” ~ Paula

To Capture What Motherhood Means

“Completeness? Happiness? These words don’t come close to describing my emotions. There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me, …” ~ Anita Baker, Singer, Songwriter, Grammy Awards (8x), American Music Awards (4x), Soul Train

To Capture What Motherhood Means

“Completeness? Happiness? These words don’t come close to describing my emotions. There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me, …” ~ Anita Baker, Singer, Songwriter, Grammy Awards (8x), American Music Awards (4x), Soul Train

Your Future Lives in Your Mouth

“By your words, you form your destiny – what you say within yourself determines the end promise of your life! Your future lives in your mouth!” ~ Paula White-Cain, Senior Pastor, Television Host, Author & Co-Founder of Without Walls International

Your Future Lives in Your Mouth

“By your words, you form your destiny – what you say within yourself determines the end promise of your life! Your future lives in your mouth!” ~ Paula White-Cain, Senior Pastor, Television Host, Author & Co-Founder of Without Walls International

When We Possess a Vision

“Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence, and a belief in our right and our responsibility to be equal members of society.” ~ Janet

When We Possess a Vision

“Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence, and a belief in our right and our responsibility to be equal members of society.” ~ Janet

When the Best Comes Out

“You must love and care for yourself, because that’s when the best comes out.” ~ Tina Turner, Recording Artist, Dancer, Actress & Author,

When the Best Comes Out

“You must love and care for yourself, because that’s when the best comes out.” ~ Tina Turner, Recording Artist, Dancer, Actress & Author,

Nice Conversations

“You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation. There are so many positive things to think about.” ~ Sophia Loren a.k.a Sofia Villani Scicolone, Actress, Best Foreign Actress BAFTA

Nice Conversations

“You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation. There are so many positive things to think about.” ~ Sophia Loren a.k.a Sofia Villani Scicolone, Actress, Best Foreign Actress BAFTA

Encouraged to Persevere

“I have always been one to encourage perseverance.” ~ Christina Aguilera, Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Television Personality, Television Producer & Philanthropist

Encouraged to Persevere

“I have always been one to encourage perseverance.” ~ Christina Aguilera, Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Television Personality, Television Producer & Philanthropist

Always a Friend

“When I was growing up, my mother was always a friend to my siblings and me (in addition to being all the other things a mom is), and I was always grateful for that because I knew she was someone

Always a Friend

“When I was growing up, my mother was always a friend to my siblings and me (in addition to being all the other things a mom is), and I was always grateful for that because I knew she was someone

The New Day

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” ~ Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States (March 4, 1933-April 12, 1945) & Politician

The New Day

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” ~ Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States (March 4, 1933-April 12, 1945) & Politician

Kindness, Love & Compassion for Each Other

“As citizens of this great nation, it is kindness, love, and compassion for each other that will bring us together – and keep us together.” ~ Melania Trump, Model (former), Jewelry Designer & First Lady of the United States (2017

Kindness, Love & Compassion for Each Other

“As citizens of this great nation, it is kindness, love, and compassion for each other that will bring us together – and keep us together.” ~ Melania Trump, Model (former), Jewelry Designer & First Lady of the United States (2017

To Do Great Work

“I think it’s important to do great work.” ~ Kyra Sedwick, a.k.a Kyra Minturn Sedgwick Bacon Actress, Producer, Satellite Awards (2005, 2006), Gracie Allen Award (2006), Golden Globe (2007), People’s Choice Award (2009), Hollywood Walk of Fame (2009) & Primetime

To Do Great Work

“I think it’s important to do great work.” ~ Kyra Sedwick, a.k.a Kyra Minturn Sedgwick Bacon Actress, Producer, Satellite Awards (2005, 2006), Gracie Allen Award (2006), Golden Globe (2007), People’s Choice Award (2009), Hollywood Walk of Fame (2009) & Primetime

Peace, Joy, Love & …

“First comes peace. Then joy. Then love. And finally understanding.” ~ Chonda Pierce, Comedienne, Author, Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Branches Recovery Center

Peace, Joy, Love & …

“First comes peace. Then joy. Then love. And finally understanding.” ~ Chonda Pierce, Comedienne, Author, Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Branches Recovery Center

Business: Risks & Chances

“In business, there’s a difference between a risk and a chance. A well-calculated risk may very well end up as an investment in your business. A careless chance can cause it to crumble. And when an opportunity presents itself, never

Business: Risks & Chances

“In business, there’s a difference between a risk and a chance. A well-calculated risk may very well end up as an investment in your business. A careless chance can cause it to crumble. And when an opportunity presents itself, never

A Matter of The Whole Package

“For me, the beauty of a person is a matter of the whole package. You have to look at the whole thing, not just a matter of outward appearance or whatever. It has to do with one’s character, personality, upbringing

A Matter of The Whole Package

“For me, the beauty of a person is a matter of the whole package. You have to look at the whole thing, not just a matter of outward appearance or whatever. It has to do with one’s character, personality, upbringing

When We Call Him

“Oh, I have never walked on water, and I have never calmed a storm. Sometimes I’m hiding away from the madness around me Like a child who’s afraid of the dark, but when I call on Jesus, All things are

When We Call Him

“Oh, I have never walked on water, and I have never calmed a storm. Sometimes I’m hiding away from the madness around me Like a child who’s afraid of the dark, but when I call on Jesus, All things are