Having It All

“The secret to having it all, is knowing that you already do!”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert & Philanthropist.
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Just As Noteworthy

“There’s so much negative imagery of Black fatherhood.
I’ve got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids and​ doing the right thing as a father.
​”How come that’s not as noteworthy?””
~ Will Smith,
a.k.a Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.,
Actor, Producer, Rapper & Songwriter

A Chance to Read a Lot

“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think
a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”
~ Bill Gates,
a.k.a. William Henry Gates III
Business Magnate, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author,
Co-Founder –  Microsoft & Philanthropist

Advancing an Ideology

“Murdering the innocent
to advance an ideology
is wrong every time everywhere.”
~ George W. Bush,
Politician, Businessman, 46th Governor of Texas (1995-2000) & 43rd President of the United States (2001-2009)

Be the Father, First

“Be a father first. Don’t put a priority on being … … … a friend with your kids first.”
~ Hulk Hogan,
a.k.a Terry Gene Bollea,
Professional Wrestler, Actor, Television Personality,
Entrepreneur & Rock Bassist.

Reminding the Kids

“You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas.
Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it’s so worth it.”
~ Caroline Kennedy,
Author, Attorney, Diplomat &
United States Ambassador to Japan

No Ice Cream

“You can’t be the dad who takes your kid out
after your wife has said, ‘No ice cream,’
buys the ice cream, and says, ‘Don’t tell your mother.’
You teach the child to lie – and to disrespect the other parent.”
~ Howie Mandel,
Comedian, Actor, Television Host, Creator & Star – Bobby’s World,
Author, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2008) & Canada’s Walk of Fame Star (2009)

Her Da Da’s Admiration

“She’s so wonderful. Just seeing her evolve into a little person
has definitely been one of the highlights of my life. She’s just really fun.”
~ Carter Oosterhouse,
Carpenter, Television Host, Model, Author, Founder – Carter’s Kids,
Co-Founder – Bonobo Winery, Co-Founder – SmartHouse

Teaching Kids to Be Safe Online, Too

“My new passion is to get Internet education mandated in all schools.
We’ve got to start teaching our kids how to be safe in the 40,000 plus chat rooms
that are out there. Because they’re being had.
These sexual predators groom the kids. I know, I’ve arrested enough of them.”
~ Henry Enrique “Erik” Estrada,
Actor, Voice Actor, Deputy Sheriff, Police Officer, Author & Activist

I Actually Feel Younger!

“The older I get, the younger I feel.
Growing up, I was always the kid,
but I spoke like an adult and was in adult roles.
I didn’t feel like a kid.
The older I get, I actually feel younger!
Which is good. I always thought when you get older,
you’ll want to slow down, but I want to do even more.”
~ Brooke Shields,
Actress, Model, Author & Animal Activist

My Best Friend Growing Up

“When grandpa was ill and could’ve died,
I would have swapped all my record sales so he could get well.
He is the reason I am a singer.
He was my best friend growing up.”
~ Michael Buble
Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Record Producer,
American Music Award (2010), Grammy Awards (4X),
Juno Awards (13X) & BC Entertainment Hall of Fame (2009)

A Lifetime Investment in Overall Health

“I’m a huge proponent of health for your whole family, starting with your children.
If you’re not healthy and not living a healthy lifestyle you’re not going to be good for anyone else.
If you treat your body right you have the energy and stamina to do it all.
Helping kids understand the importance of proper nutrition and exercise
is a lifetime investment in overall health.”
~ Cristina Ferrare,
Supermodel, Designer, Chef, Author, Actress & TV Talk-Show Host

One of the Biggest Blessings: Mom & Dad

“One of the greatest titles in the world is parent,
and one of the biggest blessings in the world
is to have parents to call Mom and Dad.”
~ Jim DeMint,
Author, Writer, Politician, United States Senator (2005-2013)
& United States Representative (1999-2005)

Motherhood is Absolutely Amazing

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“Motherhood is a dream. It really is absolutely amazing.”
~ Jessica Simpson,
Singer, Actress & Philanthropist

Belittling the Other Parent

“Spouses get divorced; children never do. They are always going to be the child of your ex.
So, the way you treat your ex, their parent, their other parent,
is, in a sense, the way you are treating them.
So, if you can connect those two things and realize
that by belittling the other parent, you’re belittling them.”
~ Robert Beeson,
Founder – Solo Parent Society

Love’s Call

“Love calls on you to do things you don’t want to do sometimes.
It calls on you to care for people you wouldn’t typically want to care for.
It causes you to go fishing with folks you don’t want to be around.”
~ Larnelle Harris,
Singer, Songwriter, Grammy Awards (5X) & Dove Awards (11X)

The Future of Generations to Come

“Our choices are going to determine the future for our children,
our children’s children, and their children. I take that responsibility very seriously.”
~ Maggie Q,
a.k.a. Margaret Denise Quigley
Actress, Model, Health Advocate
& Animal Rights Activist

Whatever Tomorrow Brings

“I teach my children that in life, there is no control of what tomorrow is going to bring.
There really isn’t. But in whatever it brings, we have choices, and
I’m glad because I made more right choices than wrong,
but in the wrong choices, there are lessons to be learned.”
~ Benjamin “BeBe” Winans,
Singer, Songwriter, Author, Producer,
Grammy Awards (2X) & Dove Award (2010)

Dressed to Kill, In My Own Mind

“Your kids can say some cruel things to you at times. For example,
Nicole, Miles and Sofie are standing there in the room and
I’m dressed to kill in my own mind.
They’ll say to me,
‘Dad, you’re not going out there looking like that are you?’
If that doesn’t kill a star, I don’t know what does!”
~ Lionel Richie,
Singer, Songwriter, Actor Record Producer,
Pianist, Saxophonist, Breast Cancer Activist,
Grammy Awards (4x), Golden Globe Award (1986) & Academy Award (1986)

Diapers: 30 Seconds Flat

“I can change a diaper in 30 seconds flat.
I set the new one beneath the old one.
That way, it’s just wipe and pull the flap over.”
~ Drew Brees,
Quarterback – San Diego Chargers (2001–2005) & New Orleans Saints (2006–Present),
Super Bowl champion (XLIV), Super Bowl MVP (XLIV),
Pro Bowl (11× – 2004, 2006, 2008–2014, 2016, 2017),
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2010),
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2006),
Author, Businessman, Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Brees Dream Foundation

A Broom-Handle Mic

“I was a shy kid with a broom handle
that I pretended was a microphone.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Grammy Awards (1992, 1999), NAACP Image Awards (1986, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 (2x))
Grammy Hall of Fame (2004), Hollywood Walk of Fame, World Music Awards – Legend Award (2005), Soul Train Music Awards – Heritage Award (1995),
Essence Awards – Triumphant Spirit Award (1998), BET Walk of Fame Award (2001), Lady of Soul Awards – Lena Horne Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), Continue reading “A Broom-Handle Mic”

Sex So Early

“I know the kind of drama that being sexually active brings to your life.
I felt that if it was good for me to take a break, it might be good for other young girls, too.
You see, I think I would be a whole different person if I hadn’t had sex so early.
Everybody was saying, ‘Do it!’ but nobody ever said, ‘You don’t have to do it’.
I think hearing that would have made a huge difference in my life.”
~ Ananda Lewis,
Television Personality, Model, Social Activist,
Journalist & Spokesperson

Christmas is A Tonic

“Christmas is a tonic for our souls.
It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves.
It directs our thoughts to giving.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League

Glorious Messes

“One of the most glorious messes in the world
is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day.
Don’t clean it up too quickly.”
~ Andy Rooney,
Author, Radio and Television Writer, Writers Guild Award (3X),
Emmy Award (5X) & Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism (2003)

Mastering Skills Makes the Brain Happy

“Your brain finds happiness in mastering skills.
It’s been that way since you were little.
So, don’t stop mastering life as you get older.”
~ Tai Lopez,
Entrepreneur & Investor

Less Than 100% Perfect

“I wish there were two of me and 48-hour days
so I could get everything done.
But for me, I have to not try and think that everything
has to be 100% perfect all the time
and leave room for error.
As long as my kids feel loved and a priority,
everything really is secondary.”
~ Jessica Alba,
Actress, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

These Are My Best Years

“I used to think that my best years were my twenties.
But now I have the home of my dreams, the man of my dreams,
my daughter is grown, my mother is happy.
These are my best years. My sixties are my best years.
Age ain’t nothing but a number. It’s your attitude that counts.”
~ Monica Kaufman Pearson,
Television Broadcast Journalist, News Anchor (WSB-TV Atlanta, 37 yrs),
Radio Host, Guest Lecturer, College Instructor, Columnist & Emmy Awards (33X)

The Right Woman & The Right Time

“I always wanted to be a father and thought it would be great,
but it just took the right woman
and the right time to make it all happen.”
~ Matthew McConaughey,
Actor, Director, Producer, Writer &
Founder – just keep livin Foundation

He Gives Us Parables

“Jesus kinda fools around and gives you parables.
He doesn’t oftentimes say exactly what He means.
But, in Matthew 25, He’s very, very clear.
And He delineates what it takes to get into the Kingdom of Heaven
very, very clearly. And He says how you treat the least among us,
the least of our brothers, that’s how you treat Him.”
~ Juan Vargas,
Attorney, U.S. House of Representatives (2012–Present)
California State Senate (2010–2013),
California State Assembly (2000–2007)

Make Not Terrorists & Racists

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“Children should be taught to
love & respect,
not to
hate and kill.”
~ Benjamin Netanyahu,
Author & Prime Minister of Israel (9th & 13th)

We’ve Got to Do What Good We Can!

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“I always say to people when I have the chance to talk to them
about Orphan’s Promise: we can’t change them all,
but we can speak to the ones who cross our paths.
We can make a difference.
You can’t just sit down because you can’t fix the whole problem.
You gotta do what you can with what’s in front of you.”
~ Terry Meeuwsen,
Author, Singer, Co-Host – CBN 700 Club,
Miss America (1973) & Director – Orphan’s Promise

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Being the Best We Can Be

“I like to see a driven kid: somebody who wants to come from the ground up.
I love to see somebody who wants to be the best they can be.”
~ Kim Basinger,
Actress, Model, Singer, Producer & Animal Rights Activist,
Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award,
National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award,
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award, Athena Award
& Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2)

Overcoming Tough Things

“I think everybody has tragedy in their life. Everybody has hurdles in their life.
Everybody has tough things to overcome.
My kids say to me, ‘This isn’t fair.’ I said, ‘Life isn’t fair.’
Everybody has their issues. It’s how you handle your issues that distinguishes you.”
~ Maria Owings Shriver,
Journalist, Author,
First Lady of California (November 2003-January 2011)
Peabody Award Winner, Emmy Awards Winner,
& Academy of Television Art & Sciences Award Winner

Family & Business

“A man should never neglect his family for business.”
~ Walter Elias Disney,
Business Magnate, Animator, Cartoonist,
Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Philanthropist,
Voice Actor, Co-Founder of Walt Disney Productions,
Academy Awards (22x), Golden Globe Awards (3x) & an Emmy Award

The Sponge-like Constant Learners

“Children, in a way, are constant learners.
Certainly sponge-like; absorbing everything without careful analysis,
even though, at the same time, they are certainly capable of incredible insights.”
~ Yo-Yo Ma,
Cellist, Educator, Composer, Humanitarian & Grammy Award Winner(15x)

Living Gracefully

“I want to get old gracefully. I want to have good posture,
I want to be healthy and be an example to my children.”
~ Sting,
a.k.a. Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, & Actor

YOUR Inner Peace

“If there’s no inner peace, people can’t give it to you.
The husband can’t give it to you. Your children can’t give it to you.
YOU have to give it to you.”
~ Linda Evans,
a,k,a. Linda Evanstad
Actress, Author & Golden Globe Award

Looking Within

“The hardest thing to find in life is balance –
especially the more success you have,
the more you look to the other side of the gate.
What do I need to stay grounded, in touch, in love,
connected, emotionally balanced? Look within yourself.”
~ Celine Dion,
Singer, Founder of Nickels Restaurant & Philanthropist

Taking the Time to Raise Them

“I know I did the right thing
by taking time off to raise my son.”
~ Arsenio Hall,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host,
NAACP Image Award (1988) & American Comedy Award (1989)

Innocence of Kids

“Hold back the tide. Keep your kids innocent as long as possible.”
~ Tony Danza,
a.k.a Antonio Salvatore Iadanza
Actor, Television Personality,
Tap Dancer, Boxer, Teacher

Necessary, Destiny-Changing Tools

“When you give kids the tools
necessary to change their destiny, it’s really empowering.”
~ Octavia Lenora Spencer,
Actress, Author,
Awards Recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG,
Critics’ Choice, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (The Help, 2011)
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Comfy in This Skin

“After all these years, I’ve done well and I’m cool.
I feel comfortable in my skin, I’ve saved some paper,
everybody’s healthy, my kids are beautiful and smart,
doing different things, it’s all good.”
~ Eddie Murphy,
Comedian, Actor, Writer, Singer, Producer & Philanthropist

It Changes Your Perspective

“The moment you have a child, in an instant your life is not for you,
and your life is completely, 100 percent dedicated to another human being,
and they will always come first.
It changes you forever. It changes your perspective,
and it gives you a nice purpose and focus.”
~ Angelina Jolie,
Actress, Filmmaker, Humanitarian, Academy Awardee,
Screen Actors Guild Awardee (2X) & Golden Globe Awardee (3X)
Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael & St George

Family, Love & Children

“It’s really all about family, love and the children for me.
I work at that every day.”
~ Celine Dion,
Singer, Founder of Nickels Restaurant & Philanthropist

Satisfied & Happy

I’m extremely happy in my life.
I consider myself to be very blessed.
I’ve three children, three grandchildren,
I work, I travel, and I’m very happily married.
I’m very satisfied and happy with my life
and there really isn’t anything I want.
~ Joan Collins, DBE,
Actress, Author, Columnist, Wig Designer,
Eye-Wear Designer & Creator/Founder – Timeless Beauty

Hours with Your Child(ren)

I am a full-time mom; that is my first job. The most important job ever.
I started my business when he started school.
When he is in school, I do my meetings, my sketches, and everything else.
I cook him breakfast. Bring him to school. Pick him up.
Prepare his lunch. I spend the afternoon with him.
I do it myself.
You know, those hours with your child are really important ones,
even if it’s just the two of you, being quiet in the car together.
~ Melania Trump,
Model (former), Jewelry Designer &
First Lady of the United States (2017 – )

Wonderful Children

“I’m a single parent, a working mother, an executive, and an author.
My greatest accomplishment will be to raise three wonderful children.”
~ Ivana Trump,
Businesswoman, Fashion Designer, Jewelry Designer, Author, & Fashion Model

The Grands: An Extraordinary Experience

“Just look at my face. Its an extraordinary experience.
All of my friends who are grandparents have been saying, just wait, a bit cynically,
but its just extraordinary. You feel like a child again yourself. Just walking on air.”
~ Blythe Danner,
Actress

Fatherhood: Natural & Enriching

“Fatherhood is a very natural thing;
it’s not something that shakes up my life
but rather it enriches it.”
~ Andrea Bocelli,
Classical-Crossover Tenor, Singer,
Songwriter & Record Producer

The Christmases in Our Lives

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“It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers.
But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life,
you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories.
Those memories, good and bad, are really what help
to keep a family together over the long haul.”
~ Caroline Kennedy,
Author, Attorney, Diplomat &
United States Ambassador to Japan

Hanukkah & Christmas: We Do Both

“Well, because I have twin seven-year-old boys, I enjoy the gift giving stuff a great deal.
We do both Hanukkah and Christmas, so it is a costly, though extremely pleasing proposition.”
~ Fred Melamed,
Actor, Producer & Writer
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Be a Champion

“Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will
never give up on them, who understands the power of connection
and insists that they become the best that they can become
the best that they can possibly be.”
~ Rita F. Pierson,
Educator, Car Enthusiast, Author, Humanitarian, & Speaker – TED Talks Education TV

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Friends, Family, Good Health & Louboutins

“At Thanksgiving, I always start at the top of my list
and say I’m grateful for friends, family and good health.
Then, I get more superficial… like being thankful for my Louboutins.”
~ Christie Brinkley
a.k.a Christie Lee Hudson,
Super-Model, Actress, Artist,Author & Entrepreneur
~ Have a blissful Thanksgiving celebration! I am grateful for you and your ‘follow’. Thank-you!

Everything We Say

“Everything we say signifies; everything counts, that we put out into the world.
It impacts on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time.”
~ Meryl Streep,
Actress & Singer

Silencing the Voice

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition
it has only one way to go and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures,
until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens
and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”
~ Harry S. Truman,
Politician, 33rd President of the United States (1945–53),
United States Senator (1935–45) & Vice President (1945)

A Grateful Heart

“Your grateful heart opens the door for many more blessings to come.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Making Differences

“Being a working mom, you want to make a difference in our schools,
which is making a difference in our children and
ultimately it’s making a difference in our community.”
~ Kimora Lee Simmons,
Fashion Designer, Philanthropist, Perfumier, Author & Fashion Model

UnSung, UnPraised, UnNoticed, Yet 1 Most Valuable

“A good father is
one of the most
unsung, unpraised, unnoticed
and yet
one of the most valuable assets in our society.”
~ William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
Evangelist, Orator, Author, Radio Broadcaster – Hour of Decision,
Founder – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
Founder – Christianity Today, Founder – Decision, &
President – Samaritan’s Purse

Every Color In It


“Lunch is a big huge salad with every color in it; from leafy greens to purple,
to herbs, fresh cut herbs mixed into it for flavor.
I vary what I toss into it. Sometimes it might be lentils
and chopped tomatoes, other days it could be garbanzo beans,
days I might have just a salad and have some lentil soup on the side.”
~ Christie Brinkley
a.k.a Christie Lee Hudson,
Super-Model, Actress, Artist,
Author & Entrepreneur.

Of Every Relationship & Every Institution.

… a clear, meaningful purpose and compelling ethical principles evoked from all participants
should be the essence of every relationship, and every institution.”
~ Dee Ward Hock,
Founder & former CEO of Visa

Hearts Forever Outside

“They say, once you have a child,
your heart is forever outside your body.
I totally understand that now.”
~ Kristi Yamaguchi
a.k.a Kristine Tsuya Yamaguchi,
Ladies’ Singles U.S. Olympic Champion (1992), World Champion (1991 & 1992),
U.S. Champion (1992), World Junior Pairs Skating Champion (1988),
National Pairs Skating Champion (1989 & 1990),
& U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Inductee (2005),
Founder – Always Dream Foundation, Author,
Asian Excellence Awards (2008), Sonja Henie Award (2008),
Thurman Munson Award, Women’s Sports Foundation Flo Hyman Award,
& Great Sports Legends Award

It Is Speaking to Us

“When I look at the Gospel,
I see how it is speaking to me at this time.
I see how to be to others and it helps.”
~ George Lopez,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host, Imagen Vision Award (2003),
Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television (2003),
National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award,
& One of “The Top 25 Hispanics in America” by Time (2005)

The Greatest Legacy

“The greatest legacy one can pass on
to one’s children and grandchildren
is not money or other material things
accumulated in one’s life,
but rather a legacy of character and faith.”
~ William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
Evangelist, Orator, Author, Radio Broadcaster – Hour of Decision,
Founder – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
Founder – Christianity Today, Founder – Decision, &
President – Samaritan’s Purse

Calmer, Happier & Alert

“Sleep makes people calmer, more alert, less fearful – just plain happier,
or so I see around me and in me. I am sure that if this great nation were to concentrate on
getting more sleep, we would be a happier, more confident people,
and that by itself would be a major achievement.
Benjamin Jeremy “Ben” Stein
Actor, Writer, Lawyer, Commentator,
& Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host

An Ultimate Life Dream Project

“My ultimate life dream project is my kids. My family.”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards recipient (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor

Do You Love You?

“You have to love yourself. That’s the single most powerful thing.
Out of that springs: How are you eating? How are you exercising? How are you resting?”
~ Nia Peeples
a.k.a. Virenia Gwendolyn Peeples
,
Actress, Singer,
Owner/Partner of Beautiful by Nia

What I Do Have is Great

“I don’t have a ton of friends,
but the friends I have are great ones.
I don’t have huge family,
but the family I have is a great one.”
~ Alicia Keys
a.k.a. Alicia Augello Cook
,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress

This Kind of Love

“I thought I knew what love was, but holy cow, I did not.
I could never have imagined the kind of love I have for my children.
I am who I am because of my daughters.”
~ Drew Blyth Barrymore,
Actress, Author, Screenwriter,
Film Director, Producer, Model
and United Nations Ambassador