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Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for January 15, 2013-For A King Celebrate (Vol.1, Iss.3)


Still relevant today! For a King named Martin we will continue to celebrate

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Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deuts... Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For A King Celebrate

The world was given a gift 84 years ago when Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King gave birth to Martin Luther King, Jr.  The life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is recognized by men and women, young and old, people of every creed and color. Dr. King was an advocate for justice, equality, and peace for all mankind. Below are some little known facts about Dr. King:

10. Martin Luther King, Jr. day was not recognized as a paid national holiday by all 50 states until 2000. (TIME)

9. The U2 song, “Pride (In The Name of Love)” was written about Martin Luther King, Jr. (Post Chronicle)

8. He went to Morehouse College at the age of just 15. (

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A Brand New Kinda Me


New Year Happy! We have crossed the bridge from 2015 and into (#The16) as
I affectionately call this year! I am glad to be here in the land of the living as I saw so many transition from life to death last year. Bring on a new year and some positive living!

Well it is a new year and it brings the pressure of people struggling to make and not break resolutions. You know the drill of classics: lose weight/diet, go to the gym/workout, be more healthy/eat right, save money/stay on budget, quit smoking/get a patch, quit drinking/find substitutes, get organized/remove clutter and the list goes on and on! Many people find themselves “resolutions cycle” working hard but going nowhere fast or going to extremes to change habits only to fall short. Resolving to change should be gradual process to help you sustain the change.

In May of 2014, I started on a journey with my hair? See my stylist left town due to family issues. I was out sorts, my stylist was like family and took pride in using my crown as a show piece. My hair styles were always conversation pieces. I was able to maintain my style until July, but not ready for a new stylist. I just hopes she would return and get my mane in order.

In July, I moved from weaves to wigs. I had no idea of the big business of wigs. There are millions of styles, colors, lengths and such. What looks good on a wig head may do everything or nothing for you. It is work, until you find works for you. My biggest dilemma was trying to find a wig like the last look my stylist had hooked me up with. I never could find the Oprah curl pattern…

As I wore the wigs as a cover, I let the perm and chemicals grow out of my hair. What a process? It had been more years than I could recall for me to not have “creamy crack” perm, in my hair making the kinky curls straight. The transition back made me learn about natural hair and how to care for it. Having a bestie that is the epitome of a “Natural girl” helped me appreciate my hair.

I would wash, braid, or twist my hair and then cap my hair before putting on my wig to go out. Many would ask why be a “wiggy”, as they missed those cute styles I always rocked. The genius of my stylist was gone and I was finding my new wiggy styles to compensate.

On January 1, 2016 I decided the wig days had come to a close and I donned my hair in twists style for an annual New Years day gathering. There was much conversation about the new do! I had now fully joined #teamnatural. It is A Brand New Kinda Me… and I love it!  So stay with me and let’s where this affair goes…

YoTrip

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2015 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 690 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

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Daddy I Miss…


Daddy I miss your Amazingness
You never cease to Wow us

Daddy I miss your Boldness
You always stood out in a crowd

Daddy I miss your Candor
You always spoke your mind

Daddy I miss your Determination
You never stopped

Daddy I miss your Empowerment
You told us we could be who we wanted to be

Daddy I miss your Face
Your expressions were priceless

Daddy I miss your Gratitude
You were giving of self

Daddy I miss your Heart
You helped any and everybody

Daddy I miss your Influence
You left your footprints on us

Daddy I miss your Joyfulness
You had a way with bringing it to people

Daddy I miss Koolness
It was like a summer breeze

Daddy I miss your Liveliness
You were always full of life

Daddy I miss your Momentum
You kept everyone up and going

Daddy I miss your no Nonsense
You always told it like it is!

Daddy I miss your Observations
You could read people so well

Daddy I miss your Personality
You were a true original

Daddy I miss your Quickness
You always were on point

Daddy I miss your Reasoning
You always made it plain

Daddy I miss your Selflessness
You gave your heart and soul

Daddy I miss your Tenacity
You were determined…never gave up

Daddy I miss your Understanding
You listened and explained

Daddy I miss your Voice
You always said it best

Daddy I miss your Wisdom
Your wit lives on today

Daddy I miss your Xtraness
You were you unapologetically

Daddy I miss your Youthfulness
You never acted your age until it counted

Daddy I miss your Zaniness
You were always the life of the party

Daddy I miss all of who you were in the flesh of human spirit. I am so glad the memories remain etched in my mind to recall, replay, and rewind

Daddy I miss YOU…

-YoTrip
#DaddysGirl4Life

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Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for 10/11/12 Guest Post by Dr. Darcova Triplett, STRUT FOR A CURE CELEBRATIONS (Vol.10, Iss.2)


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STRUT FOR A CURE CELEBRATIONS  

Guest Post by Dr. Darcova Triplett 

Dr. Darcova Triplett  is the Editor-in-Chief of STRUT! The Magazine. This magazine was created to provide the platform for women to walk in confidence, competence and conviction. What started out as a magazine has transformed into a movement that empowers women to explore their gifts and talents and then use them to positively influence and impact the world. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Triplett will be recognized in history as the brainchild for STRUT FOR A CURE. Under the direction of Dr. Triplett, on Saturday, October 6, 2012, supporters in Nevada, California, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and New York will simultaneously declare victory over this disease that directly affects 1 in 8 women. STRUT FOR A CURE has been created to educate women about this devastating disease that carries the following statistics:

1)      For…

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Public Service: My Calling to FulFill


Here is a post that first appeared in http://elgl.org/2015/07/17/13percent-my-calling/

I am honoring my 17 years as a Public Administrator with Orange County Government…

Public Service My Calling To Fulfill

By Yolanda Triplett

Today’s 13% post comes to you from Yolanda Triplett who is the Program Development Supervisor for the Division of Building Safety in Orange County Florida. Yolanda’s customer centric position provides oversight for the reception area, contractor licensing, online services, and the telephone call center and division outreach.

“Citizen Service is the very American idea that we meet
our challenges not as isolated individuals but as members of
a true community, with all of us working together. Our mission
is nothing less than to spark a renewed sense of obligation,
a new sense of duty, a new season of service.”
– William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States

The 28th day of July in the year of 1998, I embarked on this journey called public service. I liken my career as a public administrator with the Division of Building Safety, in Orlando, Florida to a journey because it has definitely taken me places both personally and professionally. Serving the public in an industry that is dominated by males; I have learned valuable lessons and earned the respect of those whom I serve along with daily. I recognize the work that I do as public service and it is my calling to fulfill.

For seventeen years, I have had the pleasure of serving the public with their building permits and inspections needs. I love to share with people who I work in a place where we help citizens and those in the construction industry go from “dirt to dollars”! The core mission of the Division of Building Safety is to ensure that buildings are built safely according to state and local codes. Citizens and design professionals start a process with a plan on paper and finish the process with a structure that they will utilize for living, working, or playing in our community. As a proud public servant, I assist those on the building and construction journey with navigating the process. continue reading here

Dr. Ruth: A Writer Of The Year You Should Know


Dr. Ruth: A Writer Of The Year  People Should Know

I am honored to be connected to some highly talented writer’s and published authors through my affiliation with The Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild. This year Dr. Ruth Baskerville, was named The 2015 Writer Of The Year by The Guild. Read on to find out about Dr. Ruth…

Who is Dr. Ruth?

“Dr. Ruth” is actually Dr. Ruth L. Baskerville, born in NYC, spent 35 years in NJ Public Schools as high school English and Theatre teacher, administrator K-12, and member of Central Office as Directors of Human Relations/Personnel and Curriculum/Staff Development. She and husband, Waverly migrated to Florida because their only child, husband and four grandchildren lived there.

Dr. Ruth was a principal in Orlando and an Atlanta, GA suburb, and is now Principal of City of Life Orlando Christian Academy, ending 43 years in education in June.

Dr. Ruth is the author of HOODLESS KLAN and FINDING HUMOR IN GRIEF, winning gold medals for the second book from Florida Authors and Publishers Association and Florida Writers Association. Recently, Dr. Ruth also won Writer of the Year Award from the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. She is an editor, ghostwriter, grant writer, and tutor of students K-12.

Dr. Ruth, you have two very different books you have authored. Can you share a brief synopsis of them?

I spent four years as principal of a large charter school in an Atlanta suburb, during which time a powerful, wealthy group of politically connected individuals tried to intimidate me into denying minority children from placement into gifted classes, ignoring minority parent concerns, and putting disparaging letters into files of minority teachers for no other reason than blatant racism. They quickly realized they needed to get rid of me, and created an elaborate plot against which Waverly and I stood tall. HOODLESS KLAN is based on my story of racism in education in modern times, and reads like a “thriller.”

The day the only publisher to whom I sent my manuscript sent an email of acceptance for publication, Waverly died. After almost 45 years together, I was utterly lost. Trying to do the mostly technological tasks he had done caused me to make “funny” mistakes. I realized that there was humor in the midst of grief, and wrote FINDING HUMOR IN GRIEF, which most reviewers called my “love story.” It’s also about my spiritual healing. It is tender, sad and oh, so humorous.

What have you learned on the journey to becoming a writer and award-winning author?

I’ve learned first to forgive everyone everything, and to ask God to show me where I need to apologize or change my habits. I always had a gift for writing, particularly creative writing and character descriptions. Waverly encouraged, really pushed me to write HOODLESS KLAN, and since then, I’ve been approached to find the words to tell others’ stories, and to use my strong background in English and Latin to edit other authors’ books.

Being principal in a Christian school showed me that the missing piece in public education is prayer. I love beginning each day with Chapel, and stopping to pray when learning seems tough for my students. I’ve grown exponentially closer to God than ever before, which I now see is the reason He separated me from my Waverly. I was too comfortable on his arm, and God wanted to stretch me. I absolutely feel like I’m being stretched daily, and sometimes it’s painful, but always necessary for my spiritual advancement.

Who or what inspires you?

My first response to this question is that God and the Holy Bible inspire me. I had read the Holy Bible more than once, but it’s as if someone wrote a new book while I slept! Everything we need to live, love and prosper is found in scriptures.

My daughter, Alicia inspires me. She is a mother of four, homeschooling all of them, teaching two online college classes, and working on her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has Multiple Sclerosis, but manages the disease with grace and strength. Being a widow allows me to notice her ability to balance her busy life, and still expose her children to moral character through Christianity. Her husband is an amazing support who loves her like my Waverly loved me.

What is next for you as an author?

I have begun my third book, BEHOLD THE TURTLE. The title comes from a quote by James Conant: “Behold the turtle! He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” You can imagine the contents of this book!

I’ve done almost two dozen book readings and signings in five states, and plan to more aggressively market my books to potential audiences. I have gotten more clients to tutor, including prep for GED, ACT, SAT, and completing college application letters. I’ve provided content and technical editing assistance to two persons completing their Doctorates, and six published and aspiring authors. Seems like I can’t get away from anything involving writing and teaching.

Please add how my followers can connect with you (social media), as well as, how they can purchase your books.

Anyone wishing to order my books (HOODLESS KLAN $19.95, FINDING HUMOR IN GRIEF $14.95), may contact me via my email address or website, and I’ll personalize a message before delivering or mailing them. I have gold stickers to place on my second book. Books may also be purchased from Amazon.com, Baker & Taylor.

http://www.ruthbaskerville.com
http://www.ruth.baskerville3@facebook.com
www.drruthscorner.blogspot.com
wrbaskerville@aol.com
321-331-5011

http://www.24flix.com/Video-detail/powerful-testimonies-dr-ruth-baskerville-2/ 

YouTube – Look up Finding Humor in Grief–Dr. Ruth Baskerville

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mVSj1El9-4&list=UUTq4Rp9oOfLbWht21a7jj-Q (Author’s Showcase “Writing Expert Panelist” – Dr. Ruth is first speaker)

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 Thanks Dr. Ruth for sharing and congratulations on your being named 2015 Writer Of The Year!

~YoTrip

2015 The Year of S.E.L.F.
“Significantly Empowered Living Focused”

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Four Hours Twelve Minutes and Fifteen seconds


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Four Hours Twelve Minutes and Fifteen seconds 4/12/15

If life would grant me one of my wishes then it would be for Him to
Give us all Four Hours Twelve Minutes and Fifteen seconds with you
Now I would not be selfish and take up all of your time
Based on the family I would be second in line
Just to see you with that look that commands the attention of all
Or to hear your voice and record the call
So much I want to tell you, seems like forever since you went home to rest
We would not bother you Daddy but know that this life it is a test.
So only grant us  Four Hours Twelve Minutes and Fifteen seconds with you
Please be so kind, it is the Christian thing to do
Daddy I know you watching us through the joy, the happiness, the sunshine and the rain.
Thinking forever of you Daddy and all those beautiful memories that you helped us gain
If only time were able to stand still and allow you to be near
We could calm our restless longings if just your voice we could hear
We only want Four Hours Twelve Minutes and Fifteen seconds of time in this place
Your presence Daddy will bring so much joy to this space
I miss you like crazy and wish you were here
Just give me those Four Hours Twelve Minutes and Fifteen seconds Daddy to help wipe away my tears

I love you Daddy to life and beyond! Happy birthday to you!!!!

2015 The Year of S.E.L.F.
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Who Are We


Who Are We?

Who Are We?
Shall we be what we dream of
Or is there more or less to be desired
Are we what the world sees?
A shell of encasement in flesh and bones

Are we who we choose to be unapologetically ME!
Who Are We?
Whomsoever we decide suits us
In our current state of being
Adventurous, Bodacious, Captivating,
and the beat goes on and on…
That is Who We Are?
Just Me…

~YoTrip 4/4/15

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2015 The Year of S.E.L.F.
“Significantly Empowered Living Focused”

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Miss Maya The Caged Bird Singer


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From the Editors of Essence, 2014, AP photo

The Caged Bird Singer
She is the Caged Bird Singer
One of the greatest orators
Of all times
Her words give life to both rhythm and to rhyme
For she is… and forever will be
Authentically Ambitious
Beautifully Brilliant
Creatively Clever
Defiantly Determined
Empowering Encouragement
Fabulously Fierce
She is The Caged Bird Singer
An epitome of Poetry in color and motion
Her thoughts moved you like waves crashing upon the ocean
Graciously Giving
Honorably Humbled
Impeccably Inspiring
Joyously Jubilant
Kindly Kept
Lively Listener
She is the Caged Bird Singer
When she speaks the world is on pause
The things she shares always about the cause
Masterfully Motivating
Naturally Nurturing
Outrageously Outspoken
Passionately Poetic
Quantitatively Qualified
Radiantly Regal
She is the Caged Bird Singer
Miss Maya’s life gives life as it reaches your soul
The stories continually unfold
Superbly Seasoned
Timelessly Talented
Uncompromisingly Unique
Valiantly Virtuous
Willingly Wonderful
Xtremely Xciting
Youthfully Young
Zealously Z
She is forever the Caged Bird Singer
In body, in spirit, and in mind
Forever her light laminates and will always shine
~YoTrip 4/3/15

Happy birthday Dr. Maya Angelou
Forever remembered, never forgotten…

2015 The Year of S.E.L.F.
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