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 courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command.  Image courtesy of Official U.S. Navy photograph now in the collections of the National Archives. Catalog#: 80-G-297441 . Post image (below) courtesy of Pixabay.com
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude.  America will never forget their sacrifices.”
~ Harry S. Truman,
Politician, 33rd President of the United States (1945–53),
United States Senator (1935–45) & Vice President (1945)

Everyday, Three Times Daily

“My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, and a preacher. But every day, three times a day, you need a farmer.”
~ Brenda Schoepp
Farmer, Author, Mentor & Inspirational Speaker
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Stay Skills-Relevant

“Unless you’re continually improving your skills, you’re quickly becoming irrelevant.”
~ Stephen Covey,
Author, Professional Speaker, Professor, Consultant, Businessman & Management Expert
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The Kind of Self-Image You Can Live With

“To really live, that is to find life reasonably satisfying, you must have an adequate and realistic self-image that you can live with. You must find yourself acceptable to you.” 
~ Maxwell Maltz
Cosmetic Surgeon & Author
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Leaving Footprints as I Walk

Choices
“It is inevitable that I will leave a legacy simply because I cannot walk through life without leaving footprints as I walk. Therefore, I would be wise to consider the path before I make the prints.”
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Craig D. Lounsbrough
M.Div. Licensed Professional Counselor & Certified Professional Life Coach
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A Series of Meaningless Destinations

“Life is a journey, not a series of meaningless destinations”
~ John C. Maxwell,
Author, Speaker & Pastor

Overwhelmed by His Mercy

“Some people see God, especially in the Old Testament, as angry and arbitrary and vengeful, but when I saw the whole story laid out in the Bible, I was overwhelmed by God’s mercy. And it hit me like lightning: I am part of that story. That He is pursuing ME; that He has been wooing me for my whole life.”
~ Sarah Christmyer
Author, Bible Teacher, Speaker, Co-Developer & Founding Editor – The Great Adventure Catholic
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Strength of Character, Spirit & Love

“I tell my daughter every morning, ‘Now, what are the two most important parts of you?’ And she says, ‘My head and my heart.’ Because that’s what I’ve learned in the foxhole: What gets you through life is strength of character and strength of spirit and love.”
~ Viola Davis,
Actress & Producer

Build the Goodness We Want to See

““We have to build things that we want to see accomplished, in life and in our country, based on our own personal experiences … to make sure that others … do not have to suffer the same discrimination.”
~ Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink
Attorney, Politician, Co-Author – Title IX of the Education Amendments (1972), Co-Founder – The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (1994), Hawaii Territorial Legislature (1956), Hawaii Senate (1958), U.S. House of Representatives (1964-1977, 1990-2002), Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act (Title IX renamed 2002)
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Learning to Manage Life

Helen Mirren, 2014, ageless beauty,
Helen Mirren
“The trick in life is learning how to deal with it.”
~ Helen Mirren,
Actress
Image courtesy of Wikipedia & Creative Commons

You’re Writing Your Story Every Day

Helen Mirren, 2014, ageless beauty,
Helen Mirren
“You write your life’s story by the choices you make. …”
~ Helen Mirren,
Actress
Image courtesy of Wikipedia & Creative Commons

Visualize the Pinnacle

“I have always found it inspiring and motivating to close my eyes and think about what it might feel like and even look like should I actually reach the limits of my growth potential. Visualize the pinnacle, what exponential growth might look like. It is all within your reach.”
~ Bonneau Ansley
Entrepreneur, Speaker, Founder – Ansley Real Estate & Buckhead Coalition Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2018)
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The Life We Can Make for Our Children

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”
~ Sitting Bull
Hunkpapa Lakota Leader
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A Life of Wealth, Health & Happiness

““I wish for you a life of wealth, health and happiness; a life in which you give to yourself the gift of patience, the virtue of reason, the value of knowledge, and the influence of faith in your own ability to dream about and achieve worthy rewards.””
~ Jim Rohn,
Entrepreneur, Author & Speaker

The Hard Curves of Life & Business

“For many people, the hard curves of life and business often seem like unwelcomed obstacles that stand in the path to their success. They can be seen as the deal-breakers, the brick walls that prevent growth and extinguish opportunity. I aim to look at them in a different light. We should learn to celebrate the hard curves, recognizing them for what they are—challenges that can make us better, more innovative, and stronger. This is the place where we can win the race.”
~ Bonneau Ansley
Entrepreneur, Speaker, Founder – Ansley Real Estate & Buckhead Coalition Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2018)
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People Standing at the Crossroads of Life

“I am overwhelmed to receive this Citizen of the Year Award for interacting with people who are standing at a crossroads in their lives and looking for a helping hand. By proactively approaching people in need and offering a helping hand, we have helped more than 200 people start new lives in this area, which has seen numerous suicides over the years.

With this award as encouragement, I plan to grow our network considerably moving forward.”

~ Yukio Shige,
Citizen of the Year (2009), Policeman, Suicide Preventer &
Founder – Kokoro ni Hibiku Bunshu Henshukyoku

Praying, Crying, Kissing or Dreaming

“Why do we close our eyes when we pray, cry, kiss or dream? Because the most beautiful things in life are not seen but felt by the heart.”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor

A Dad’s Wish Fulfilled

“I have fulfilled my father’s wish to be a teacher as, through my music, I teach generations of people about my culture and the happiness that is found in just living life. As a performer, I want people to feel their hearts sing and their spirits soar.”
~ Celia Cruz,
a.k.a. Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso
Singer-Performer (1950-2003), 80+ Albums & Songs Recorded, Gold Records (23X), Latin Grammy Awards (4X), Grammy Awards (5X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1987), Guinness World Record Book (1987 Carnaval Tenerife – Islas Canarias, Spain), Yale University Honorary Doctorate of Music (1989), Celia Cruz Way Street Dedication (1990 Miami, FL, Calle Ocho Walk of Fame Star (1991), Golden Eagle Lifetime Achievement Award in Music (1991 Hollywood, CA), Hispanic Women Achievers Award (1992),
Desi Awards Favorite Film Actress (1992 Hollywood, CA), Encuentro Lifetime Achievement Award (1992 Washington D.C.), La MUSA de Oro Life Time Achievement Award (1994 Caracas, Venezuela), Billboards Latin Music Hall of Fame Award (1994), University of Panama Life Time Achievement Award (1994), Walk of Fame Star Amador Bendayan (1995 Caracas, Venezuela), Costa Rica’s Walk of Fame Star (1997), Galeria Walk of Fane Star (1997 Mexico City, Mexico), Hispanic Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award (1998 Washington, DC)
University of Miami Honorary Doctorate in Music (1999), International Latin Music Hall of Fame (1999)
New York’s Central Park Summer Stage (2002), Calle Celia Cruz Street Dedication (2004 Tenerife, Spain), Celia Cruz Way Street Dedication (2004 Union City, New Jersey), Guinness World Record Book Longest Working Career as Salsa Artist (2005), Celia Cruz Square Dedication (2005 Hollywood, CA) & United States Postal Service Commemorative Postage Stamp (2011)
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