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Archive for the month “November, 2011”

Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for November 29, 2011-BLANK PAGE (Vol.7, Iss.5)


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Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for November 17, 2011-Magic’s Milestone: 20 Years Later, He is Still Here(Vol.11, Iss.3)


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Magic’s Milestone:20 Years Later, He is Still Here

Twenty years and ten days ago the history books open to a new chapter in the life of  Ervin “Magic” Johnson. The super-star forward stepped up to the podium at a press conference and shocked the world with these words,

“Good afternoon,” he said in a calm, but serious manner. “Because of the HIV virus that I have attained, I will have to retire from the Lakers today … I plan on going on living for a long time … I’m going to be a happy man.

“Sometimes we think only gay people can get it or it’s not going to happen to me. Here I am, saying it can happen to everybody. Even me, Magic Johnson.” (Ervin “Magic” Johnson, HIV Announcement, Nov.7, 1991)

Magic Johnson’s admission of his contraction of the HIV virus put a new face on the disease that had in the last decade been known as the white gay male condition. Now this mega athlete, five time NBAchampion with the Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson found that his reckless living had caught up with him. Not to mention that he was six months into his marriage to his devoted wife, Cookie who was pregnant with their  child. As a result of Magic’s status he had to be concerned for the health of Cookie and the child. Cookie vowed to stay by Magic’s side as he faced his greatest opponent HIV.

Hearing that Magic had HIV, made many think what they were fearful of saying: How soon before he is dead. The HIV virus was a new disease that was taking prisoners and walking them to a death sentence. So no one expected that we would be here twenty years later in awe of Magic’s Milestone: 20 Years Later, He is Still Here.

As we have seen millions of victims to HIV/AIDS did a quick and painful death. Yet it is Magic who has appeared to have not missed a beat. Yes he left the sport of basketball and retired, but he did not sit down and wait to die. For Magic Johnson, it became Showtime, only this time he was on the stage of life as a champion in the fight for HIV/AIDS awareness and education. The  Magic Johnson Foundation, was  established to help provide testing and knowledge about HIV/AIDS that is taking the lives of all people. On the 20th anniversary of his announcement Magic gave a 1 million dollar check to his foundation. Magic has vowed to make HIV/AIDS  education and awareness his lifelong work towards finding a cure and helping others living with this disease.

Magic Johnson journey with HIV has been public and different in that he has not seemingly struggled with the disease. The medical team Magic Johnson has is world-class and has used the best of cocktails of medications to keep him healthy and alive. Today Magic will tell you the virus is “asleep” in his body and he keeps going due to medicines, exercise and a healthy diet.

Whatever the reason or timing, God has not seen fit to end the life of Magic Johnson. At 52, Magic has seemingly beat the odds and the naysayers.  It appears that Magic is living his life with HIV by exhibiting a strength and courage that many are left wondering how and why. As Magic’s Milestone: 20 Years Later, He is Still Here enters his next quarter of this game of life  we can only wish him well and say thanks for continuing to fight with his champion spirit.

~~YoTrip

Please support efforts for awareness during the month of November


November– Lung Cancer  http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/involved/lcam_month.html and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month http://www.pancan.org/index.php

 

November – National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
For more information visit the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association
www.alz.org


November – American Diabetes Month

For more information visit the American Diabetes Association
www.diabetes.org

November – National Hospice Month
For more information visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
www.nhpco.org

    


******Remember the people who have been affected by Hurricane Irene****

Please keep the people of Haiti, Chile, the Gulf region, Japan, the Middle East, Alabama, and Joplin, MS in your thoughts and prayers. Give to http:// www.newmissions.org/


Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology”.


“Soaring Towards Heaven in 2011”
The Sky Is Limitless…

 

Yolanda “YoTrip” Triplett
2011 Writer Of The Year
Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild, Inc.

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“Words the joyful noise of my mouth,
sweet sounds to my ears.
The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words”

Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for November 15, 2011-“The Pig Skin has more Power than the Precious Human Skin” (Vol.7, Iss.3)


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“The Pig Skin has more Power than the Precious Human Skin

The Pig Skin has more Power than the Precious Human Skin is a mouthful of a statement as a back drop to the Penn State child abuse sex scandal. For the last week, the spotlight has been on the actions of those who are privileged and possess power (Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno) over the powerless (eight alleged victims). While the world was focusing on the fate of Penn State’s history-making, legendary Coach Joe Paterno and his former heir apparent, defensive coach Jerry Sandusky, no one seemed to care about the children.

The Pig Skin has more Power than the Precious Human Skin, when no one was screaming about how the accused,  Jerry Sandusky was allowed to write his own ticket after it was reported he was hit with 40 charges of sexual misconduct with 8 children. Jerry Sandusky was caught on two different occasions engaging in sexual acts with young boys. What comes to question is what did the people who were told of Sandusky’s actions do with that information? Did the machine of the Penn State put the Pig Skin with power, ahead of the powerless precious human skin  of the children?

The Pig Skin has more Power than the Precious Human Skin when it was discovered that Sandusky ran a charity organization, the Second Mile that gave him access to children who would become his alleged victims. Penn State for their part continued to offer Sandusky an office space after he retired from coaching and was caught in the shower raping one of his young victims. This incident was reported to Coach Joe Paterno by then grad student, Mike McQueary. Oddly, McQueary is currently a coach with the Penn State Nittany Lions who continued his connection with the powerhouse football program after allegedly witnessing Sandusky in the shower with a child as young as ten years old.

The Pig Skin has more Power than the Precious Human Skin, as last week began the unraveling of Penn State and its role in the actions and activities of Jerry Sandusky. Penn State athletic director Tim Curley, Penn State Senior Vice President Gary Schultz and Penn State school president Graham Spanier, along with Coach Joe Paterno were all aware of the 2002 shower incident involving Sandusky. Quickly we saw the resignation and dismissal of all of these men, from Penn State by the Board of Trustees. The Penn State campus erupted into protest over the firing of the beloved 84-year old Paterno, who had announced he would leave at the end of the football season. There was no protest or uprising for the children who are now young men and forced to relive horrible sexual acts that took place from someone who was a coach, mentor and father-figure.

The Pig Skin has more Power than the Precious Human Skin as long as no one feels it not robbery to come forward and say what they saw happen to these children. The emerging Penn State sex scandal, calls to question where are the moral conscience of adults who are aware of the abuse of children and do little or nothing. When the power of those connected to one of the largest college football programs,  Penn State makes people turn their heads or a blind eye to abuse is deplorable. The Pig Skin has more Power than the Precious Human Skin but will the unfolding of the sexual misconduct of Jerry Sandusky and the young lives he touched and destroyed move us toward putting children first.

Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for November 10, 2011-Be GRATEFUL (Vol.11, Iss.2)


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Be Grateful

We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave…Be Grateful
We are able to speak our minds, even if what we say is not popular…Be Grateful
We recognize that knowledge is power..Be Grateful
We know that education is the gateway to opportunity for most..Be Grateful
We have the ability to live, laugh, love and learn…Be Grateful
We all are given the same measure of time to use wisely…Be Grateful
We can be all that we want to be if we put our minds to it…Be Grateful
We see change happening everyday and some of it is good..Be Grateful
We all have a purpose and it is our choice to pursue it..Be Grateful
We have a mind that is able to hope, think and dream…Be Grateful
We have a heart filled with the capacity to love..Be Grateful
We have so much to be thankful for in our lives..Be Grateful

Let your attitude of thankfulness be the altitude of your gratefulness..Be Grateful

Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for November 8, 2011-R.I.P to A Lover and A Fighter (Vol.7, Iss.2)


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R.I.P to A Lover and A Fighter 

On Sunday, news broke that  legendary boxer, heavyweight champion, Olympic gold medal winner,Smoking Joe Frazier was in hospice for liver cancer. A  fighter, Joseph William “Joe” Frazier was diagnosed with liver cancer in September of this year, yesterday he went  to battle in his last round and lost, he was 67.  Today, Dwight Arrington Myers aka, Heavy D a giant in the old school Hip Hop world, celebrated his girt by referring to himself as, “the Overweight Lover” collapsed outside of his California home and died at the age of 44. Today A Lover and A Fighter share the spotlight as millions are stunned at hearing that these two beloved men have died.

From his humbled beginnings in the low country of Beaufort, South Carolina, Joe Frazier  to his rise to the highest ranking and title of champion in professional boxing. Joe was a fighter who loved the sport and often was in the shadows of his biggest rival, “the greatest”  Muhammad Ali. The two titan has three battles with Ali winning two of the three. Joe Frazier, was a champion for how he carried himself inside and outside of the boxing ring. For the record, “Smoking Joe” had an impressive career in the boxing ring: 37 total bouts, 32 wins, 27 wins by KO, 4 losses, 1 draw.

A Fighter who made his mark, Joe Frazier will be missed by those who followed the game of boxing, yet he has left his mark by his legacy of a strong and determined champion. R.I.P. to the Fighter and champion, “Smoking Joe” Frazier.

The teddy bear like and playful spirit of  Heavy D, made him a favorite of the ladies in the hip hop fan crowd. Heavy D was the leader of the hip hop group Heavy D and the Boyz, in the late ’80’s this group came on the scene and took off. Heavy D soon left the group and the “Money Earning ” Mount Vernon, New York rapper as a solo artist was able to soar. The Lover had hits with tunes “Now That We Found Love“, “The Overweight Lover”,  “The Girls, Love Me” and “We Got Our Own Thang” and
Mr. big Stuff” ,”Somebody for Me”. The beauty of the music of Heavy D was that he produced good clean songs.  A real Hip Hop legend, Heavy D was lovable, fun, and had an infectious appeal that captured all types of lovers of music.
In addition to being A Lover in the Old School Hip Hop world, Heavy D also extended himself and did some work as an actor. In some cases Heavy D played himself and also took on characters to show his range. Heavy D was last featured in the 2011 crime comedy Tower Heist, starring Eddie Murphy. The last musical performance of Heavy D , was at this year’s Hip Hop music Awards, it was fitting that A Lover, Heavy D would find himself still performing the music that will stay with his fans and provide us with lasting memories.
Today I am glad to offer this space and place in honor of  A Lover (Heavy D) and A Fighter (Smoking Joe), may your souls find a place of eternal rest! You footprints are all over the world for the things you accomplished while here on earth!

Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for November 3, 2011- My DADDY/ODE TO CLAY (Vol.11, Iss.1)


Daddy Loves You

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Over twenty years ago today, my life was changed the day my Daddy left his earthly shell and captured his heavenly crown.

It was a Thursday evening, and I was in my apartment at Georgia Southern in Statesboro when the telephone call that would rock my world.

The call came in and it was a simple request to come home because something had happened  to my Daddy. I had to tell my friends I was leaving

early for Augusta. In the dark of night I drove the 80 miles from Bullock County to Jenkins County to Burke County and finally to Richmond

County…home.

All I could think about was the times my Daddy and I  had spent together. I was in my senior year at Georgia Southern, each time I got into my

Chevy Sprint and started to back down our driveway, my Daddy was slow walking me down and making sure I had everything and verifying my

graduation in the Spring of 1990. Our time and those talks are seared in my mind and are fresh like it was yesterday. I am glad I had those memories

of my Daddy and there were countless others in the years we had as father and daughter.

Every year as the seasons change and the time changes, I am faced with this day of remembering when my Daddy graduated from earth to heaven.

Time passes but the void in my heart remains, I miss my Daddy like crazy. When I think about him, I try to stay in a happy place and think of the

good memories (there were so many).

The poem below speaks volumes to how I feel…

ODE TO CLAY

Memories of Daddy flood my mind

He was truly meant to be a one-of-a-kind

A positive presence for the world to see

Forever he was pushing us to be the best that we could be

Always concerned about what mattered to each and everyone

Never would he quit until the job was done

A friend to all who came into his path

Always poised to make you laugh

A heart of gold, he gave freely to family and to friend

On the man most called “CLAY” you could always depend

God fearing, hardworking, compassionate, strong and loyal to a fault

Traits passed on to his family, so many things to us he taught

Oh how the years have passed yet his memory does not fade out

At times when I need my Daddy, I wish to him I could shout

A word of wisdom, a smile of encouragement or a big hug to calm my fears

Just to find him jingling pocket coins next to his rings would ease all my tears

So much I long to tell you in a lengthy heart to heart

I LOVE AND MISS YOU a great place to start.

6/19/09

©Yolanda “YoTrip” Triplett

 

Please support efforts for awareness during the month of November

November – National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
For more information visit the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association
www.alz.org

November – American Diabetes Month
For more information visit the American Diabetes Association
www.diabetes.org

November – National Hospice Month
For more information visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
www.nhpco.org

“Soaring Towards Heaven in 2011″
The Sky is Limitless

Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild, Inc.
2011 *”Writer of The Year”*

Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for October 20, 2011-Celebrate Life (Vol.10, Iss.2)


Celebrate Life

Today and everyday beyond… Celebrate life
There is so much to live for in these times… Celebrate life
The path we choose and the hand we are given are constantly changes,,, between your blinks of an eye

Celebrate the beauty of life and all it has to offer today and always…

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness, http://ww5.komen.org/ AboutUs/AboutUs.html & http:// http://www.nbcam.org/and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, http:// dvam.vawnet.org/. Be open to education on your health. Be informed on matters that deal with your health and well being.

******Remember the people who have been affected by Hurricane Irene*****

Please keep the people of Haiti, Chile, the Gulf region, Japan, the Middle East, Alabama, and Joplin, MS in your thoughts and prayers. Give to http:// http://www.newmissions.org/

Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. http:// http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology”.

“Soaring Towards Heaven in 2011”
The Sky Is Limitless…

Yolanda “YoTrip” Triplett
2011 Writer Of The Year
Orlando Renaissance Writer’s
Guild, Inc.

http://www.yotrip.wordpress.com
http://www.yotrip-wordsandthoughts. blogspot.com

Follow me on Twitter:@yotrip729 Find me on Facebook: facebook.com/ yolanda.c.triplett

“Words the joyful noise of my mouth, sweet sounds to my ears. The results of a love affair between pen and paper,words…”

“Soaring Towards Heaven in 2011”
The Sky is Limitless…
Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild, Inc.
2011 *”Writer of The Year”*
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Tuesday Thinking by YoTrip for November 1, 2011-A Season of Thanks (Vol.7, Iss.1)


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A Season of Thanks

As we enter the time of year known as the holidays, Thanksgiving is here and Christmas is fast on its heals. This Is a Season of Thanks, for where we are and who we are, and what we have. A Season of Thanks ushers in a time when we reflect on gratitude. There is so much to be grateful for in this Season of Thanks, we cannot count up all the blessings.

For the next 30 days I will speak on the season of thanks. There are so many reasons to give thanks, 30 days does not even begin to scratch the surface.

Day 1 of the Season of Thanks is for LIFE.
My life is a gift and I am so thankful.

~~YoTrip

Please support efforts for awareness during the month of November

November – National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
For more information visit the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association
www.alz.org

November – American Diabetes Month
For more information visit the American Diabetes Association
www.diabetes.org

November – National Hospice Month
For more information visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
www.nhpco.org

 

“Soaring Towards Heaven in 2011″
The Sky is Limitless

Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild, Inc.
2011 *”Writer of The Year”*

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