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We are looking for readers to submit their favorite words which they find uplifting. It can be original or it can be a quote. Either way, please list your name and city. We would also like for readers to send an encouraging message to their friends and family. Submit photos or small drawings where possible.

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"Let your arithmetic be at its best when counting blessings!"

Handbook 2012


  1. Drink plenty of water.

  2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.

  3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

  4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy

  5. Make time to pray.

  6. Play more games.

  7. Read more books than you did in 2011.

  8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

  9. Sleep for 7 hours.

  10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.


  1. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

  2. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

  3. Don't over do. Keep your limits.

  4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

  5. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.

  6. Dream more while you are awake.

  7. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

  8. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.

  9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.

  10. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

  11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

  12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

  13. Smile and laugh more.

  14. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree....


  1. Call your family often.

  2. Each day give something good to others.

  3. Forgive everyone for everything.

  4. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.

  5. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

  6. What other people think of you is none of your business.

  7. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.


  1. Do the right thing!

  2. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

  3. GOD heals everything.

  4. However good or bad a situation is, it will change...

  5. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

  6. The best is yet to come.

  7. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.

  8. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.




A Black Woman's Smile

Black Woman Smile

Orchids and thoughts


Urban Prep Academy

Urban Prep Academy

The entire senior class of 107 students at Chicago's only public all-male,
all-African-American high school has been accepted to four-year colleges

Good thoughts

Ten things God won't ask on that day 

Do you believe in me?

Just Because He's Black... 

A white man asked his black friend, 'Are you voting for Barack Obama just because he's black? 'The black man responded by saying, 'Why not? Hell, in this country men are pulled over everyday just cause they're black; passed over for promotions just cause they're black; considered to be criminals just cause they're black; and there are going to be thousands of you who won't be voting for him just because he's black! However, you do not seem to have a problem with that!

This country was built with the sweat and whip off the black slaves' back, and now a descendent of these same slaves has a chance to lead the same country, where we weren't even considered to be people, where we weren't allowed to be educated, drink from the same water fountains, eat in the same restaurants, or even vote.

''So yes! I'm going to vote for him! But it's not just because he's black, but because he is hope, he is change, and he now allows me to understand when my grandson says that he wants to be president when he grows up, it is not a fairy tale but a short term goal. He now sees, understands and knows that he can achieve, withstand and do anything... JUST BECAUSE HE'S BLACK!

Live better

Lessons of the Square Watermelon

Square Watermelon

Why not?

Why Not?

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. MLK, Jr.

The King Center

Chinese proverbs 

Best quote ever

Beware of Garbage Trucks  
by David J. Pollay
submitted by Rene Robinson
How often do you let other people's nonsense change
your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss,
or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless you're the
Terminator, for an instant you're probably set back on your
heels. However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly
she or he can get back their focus on what's important.
Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson.
I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab.
Here's what happened.
I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station.
We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden,
a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.
My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded,
and missed the other car's back end by just inches!
The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident,
whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us.
My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.
And I mean, he was friendly.
So, I said, "Why did you just do that?
This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!"
And this is when my taxidriver told me what I
now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."
Many people are like garbagetrucks.
They run around full of garbage, full of frustration,
full of anger, and full of disappointment.
As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it.
And if you let them, they'll dump it on you.
When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally.
You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.
You'll be happy you did.
So this was it: The "Law of the Garbage Truck."
I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me?
And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people:
at work, at home, on the streets?
It was that day I said, "I'm not going to do it anymore."
I began to see garbagetrucks.
Like in the movie "The Sixth Sense," the little boy said, "I see Dead People."
Well, now "I see Garbage Trucks."
I see the load they're carrying.
I see them coming to drop it off.
And like my Taxi Driver, I don't make it a personal thing;
I just smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on.
One of my favorite footballplayers of all time, Walter Payton,
did this every day on the
football field.
He would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground after being tackled.
He never dwelled on a hit.
Payton was ready to make the next play his best.
Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting.
Good parents know that they have to welcome their children home
from school with hugs and kisses.
Leaders and parents know that they have to be fully present,
and at their best for the people they care about.
The bottom line is that successful people
do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day.
What about you?
What would happen in your life, starting today,
if you let more garbage trucks pass you by?
Here's my bet.
You'll be happier.
Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so..
Love the people who treat you right.
Forget about the ones who don't.
Believe that everything happens for a reason.
If you get a chance , TAKE IT!
If it changes your life , LET IT!
Nobody said it would be easy...
They just promised it would be worth it!

A holy splash of time - Visual therapy for the soul

Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
EVERY moment, thank God.

57 Cents - a story of unselfish love

A little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it was "too crowded."

"I can't go to Sunday School," she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by.

Seeing her shabby, unkempt appearance, the pastor guessed the reason and, taking her by the hand, took her inside and found a place for her in the Sunday school class. The child was so happy that they found room for her, and she went to bed that night thinking of the children who have no place to worship Jesus

Some two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings. Her parents called for the kindhearted pastor who had befriended their daughter to handle the final arrangements.

As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled red purse was found which seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump.

Inside was found 57 cents and a note, scribbled in childish handwriting, which read: "This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday School."

For two years she had saved for this offering of love

When the pastor tearfully read that note, he knew instantly what he would do. Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook to the pulpit, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion

He challenged his deacons to get busy and raise enough money for the larger building.

But the story does not end there...

A newspaper learned of the story and published It. It was read by a wealthy realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands.

When told that the church could not pay so much, he offered to sell it to the little church for 57 cents.

Church members made large donations. Checks came from far and wide. Within five years the little girl's gift had increased to $250,000.00--a huge sum for that time (near the turn of the century). Her unselfish love had paid large dividends.

When you are in the city of Philadelphia, look up Temple Baptist Church, with a seating capacity of 3,300. And be sure to visit Temple University, where thousands of students are educated.

Have a look, too, at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday School building which houses hundreds of beautiful children, built so that no child in the area will ever need to be left outside during Sunday school time.

In one of the rooms of this building may be seen the picture of the sweet face of the little girl whose 57 cents, so sacrificially saved, made such remarkable history. Alongside of it is a portrait of her kind pastor, Dr. Russell H. Conwell, author of the book, "Acres of Diamonds".

This is a true story, which goes to show WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH 57 CENTS.


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