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“What’s Going On” A Poetic Tribute To Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye Page - Header image

photo credit: http://www.marvingayepage.net/

What’s Going On?

What’s going on the question dear Marvin asked over forty decades ago

I sit here and ponder and can honestly can say do we really know

Mother’s are still crying so many tears of pain

Will they find a place of peace some sunshine after the rain

Our brothers they are dying  on foreign soils and lands called home

Some considered endangered species in the places that they roam

Fathers we call on you to not let wars rise up and elevate

In your hands are the keys to both peace and love to war and hate

People are protest marching  and carrying thought-provoking signs of the times

Seeking to make a difference and eagerly towing the lines.

So Marvin is asking and wondering  about what is going on in our world today

I believe he said it best when he offered that classic line

You know we’ve got to find a way

To bring some lovin’ here today

If  love is truly the answer  to all our ills and woes

Infusing it into the fabric of our lives is really how it  goes

Now that is what is going on…

Rest so peacefully Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.  (Marvin Gaye)

~YoTrip 4/1/14


“There are still times I feel unhappy and I must smile, and there are times I want to cry and I must laugh… people rarely see the real Marvin Gaye”

“Fit and Lean in 2014!
Mind, Body, Spirit” 

Yolanda Clay Triplett “YoTrip”

Words and Thoughts Artist~

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And It Went Tumbling Down…

The LG G2 the shattered face edition

The LG G2 the shattered face Edition

On Christmas eve I broke down and purchased a new cellphone. I was planning on getting a phone but when a friend could not get information off my old Samsung HTC because the cord was not connecting. I looked shocked yet I knew the end was past near, it was OVA! I was simply told, “Go get a phone!”

I was so excited to get the newest phone on the market, the LG G2! I am an Android Woman, so this phone fit the bill for my needs. Sleek, Solid, and Sound this LG G2 was  a great choice for a Smartphone. As the salesman spoke of all its bells and whistles, I read up on and 0 compared it to the Galaxy 4.  The salesman had his own LG G2 in his pocket, it fit perfectly and he did not mind flashing it at me to close the deal. After some 45 minutes, I was studying and contemplating, don’t judge the madness in my method!

In an effort to add on to the  sale of the phone, I was offered this contraption to hold the phone and protect it from all hurt, harm and danger. I politely declined. The case costed more than what I was paying at this point of sale, so I would go online to find a case and car charger.

I left the store and realized I did not even find out how to answer the phone. I needed to get home and pack for my trip to LA (lovely Augusta) for the holidays. I went home had  an enjoyable holiday and learned little about my new toy.

New Year’s Day, I decided to  stay the course of my commitment to keep my body moving  and went for a morning walk at Rose park. I had added the app to track my time and distance, on my new phone. I was so proud of  myself for going the distance and finishing the course. I went to do some stretching and cool down when that LG G2 decided to tumble out of my pocket.  The face of the screen had a diagonal  crack line that ran right to left. I was crushed and kicking myself for not getting that case.

Since it was a holiday, the stores were opened but I was directed to the insurance claim company for assistance. I have insurance so it could be replaced.once I went through the prompts on the phone  only to be sent to the website to make a claim. I was looking at 48 hours  or longer (due to the holiday) with no communication in quick access. How would I make it?

Well I was being tested for endurance. At first I thought I would go crazy. Well I survived, I got a new phone after 5 days! I struggled but I made it through! The tumble was my trying time, that turned in to my testimony of patience in the process. Yes I did get a case for covering  and protection.

~~ YoTrip

“Fit and Lean in 2014!
Mind, Body, Spirit” 
Yolanda Clay Triplett “YoTrip”
Words and Thoughts Artist~

Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE https://www.facebook.com/groups/346157868811751/

“Words the joyful noise of my mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.
The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words” 
Copyright © 2014 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts

Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for August 26, 2010-Losing To Gain (Possessions), Part 4 (Vol.3, Iss.4)

Stop worrying about what you have to lose and ...

Stop worrying about what you have to lose and start focusing on what you have to gain. (Photo credit: deeplifequotes)

Well here is another blog post I found on the drafting table. It seemed in perfect alignment with the fact that millions of people purchased lotto tickets with the hope of a chance to become an instant millionaire if they win the 636 million dollar mega lottery drawing!

Are you dreaming of becoming a millionaire? What are  15 (6+3+6 ) things you could do with that much money? Would you take a lump sum or installments?  How would your life change as a millionaire? Who would you bless with some of your winnings? Where would you travel, in the USA or beyond?

Tell me how you would answer the questions if you became the 636 million dollar man or woman!



Losing To Gain (Possessions), Part 4

Things, stuff, things, stuff and more things and more stuff. Houses, cars,
stocks, bonds, land, and businesses are just a few of the things and stuff that
people own. Lately, it is hard to find people who have not experienced the loss
of possessions. The current economic climate has heightened people’s awareness
of their things, their stuff, and their possessions. The loss of possessions is
the final installment in the series “Losing To Gain”. Losing possessions is an
area that is worth examining a little closer.

Everyone has something or multiple things which are near and dear to their
heart. Let’s face it, if you worked hard for that car, that house, or that
business your ownership is a serious matter. It has been said that anything you
work hard for is well worth fighting for,if the effort was made to obtain it,
then go the extra mile to retain it. Some would say that these days fighting for
your possessions is becoming a routine task. Many people find themselves in a
position of fighting to keep their things, their stuff, their possessions.

It is amazing how losing one thing or one possession has the ability to start a
cycle of loss. Pat and Paul Possessors are a married couple with two children in
private school, living in a home, with two cars and a mini-van. Pat is a Office
Administrator and Paul is a District Sales Manager and both have worked for
their companies for more than 10 years, with solid retirement plans in place.
The Possessors’ take vacations to destinations inside and outside of the
country, several times a year. Pat and Paul are also the owners of a
successful small real estate company. A year ago, Paul was laid off from his
job, the Possessors have seen their lives change drastically. The Possessors
summed up their loss in this way: one car was loss, the children’s private
school attendance was loss, the real estate business loss clients, but most
importantly the family loss a major income stream. The devastation of losing
possessions was difficult for the Possessors, yet they were determined to stay
positive. The possessions were important to the Possessors but they were not
their central focus.

The loss of stuff, things, or possessions should not only be viewed as the end,
but as a beginning. When loss of possessions occurs, the obvious questions of
why and how settle in waiting to find answers. Losing possessions should promote
the notion of living with less. Many people have been forced to not focus on the
things they have loss but to learn to live better with what they have left. So
if you have experienced a loss of possession recently and find yourself whining
and complaining about your things and your stuff, get OVER IT!

Life is far more precious than the POSSESSIONS you surround yourself with,like a
blanket of comfort. Take time and review  what you have loss and see the blessing in
having your life, your health and your family. Losing to Gain (Possessions) can
best be summed up by the comedic genius of George Carlin. In his stand-up
comedy performance, Mr. Carlin exposes how losing your stuff can easily send you
into a crazy state. *Mr. Carlin (R.I.P.) does use a few choice words in his
delivery but he makes you think about you and your stuff.

Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLoge6QzcGY
Losing to Gain (Possessions), Part 4. 8/26/10

“A.I.M. To Win In 2010”
Aspire, Inspire, Motivate

Yolanda Clay Triplett

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

Nelson Mandela…The Servant Father of South Africa In His Own Words



The world took a pause as we learned of the death of  Nelson Mandela. We can say a great deal about him but I found it most fitting to let his own words speak volumes to what he has said in his 95 years of living. Take your rightfully earned place of rest…as we honor and salute you Mr.

“One day I will be the first black president of South Africa.” 1952

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Rivonia trial on 20 April 1964

“Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one-armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” Letter to Winnie Mandela, 1 February 1975

Friends, comrades and fellow South Africans, I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.” Speaking on his release from Robben Island from the balcony of Cape Town city hall on Sunday 11 February 1990

“Since my release, I have become more convinced than ever that the real makers of history are the ordinary men and women of our country; their participation in every decision about the future is the only guarantee of true democracy and freedom.” The Struggle is My Life 1990

“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” Interview for the documentary Mandela, 1994  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/06/nelson-mandela-life-quotes

“This is a war. It has killed more people than has been the case in all previous wars and in all previous natural disasters. We must not continue to be debating, to be arguing, when people are dying.” — On HIV/Aids.

“Nobody knows when they are going to die. Even though I am an old man I do not dwell on the possibility of death. Death comes when it is ready.” — Three days before it was announced that he had been diagnosed with microscopic prostate cancer in 2001. http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/mandela/2013/12/06/one-hundred-quotes-from-nelson-mandela

Rest on Servant Father of the Nation!


The Five “S” Items In The Fridge

The Silk, the salsa, the seed, the sip, and soothers

The Silk, the salsa, the seed, the sip, and soothers

Current Contents of Refrigerator

Current Contents of Refrigerator (Photo credit: NatalieMaynor)

Nov 12: Name five things inside your refrigerator right now and how you feel about them.

I went to the refrigerator and grab the first five things  and here is my combination I call The Silk for the Pure Almond milk I came to love when I decided I needed to try some milk alternatives. I love this as it was an acquired taste that works for the mature palette I now call my own. The salsa for the corn salsa that always comes to my rescue for “YoTrip’s favorite snacks” to go right along with the baked blue chips. The seed is a new grain in my world that I add to oatmeal, smoothies, and anything to help the fiber intake. The sip is that emergency bottle of Riesling when I just need to “wind down” always on chill and ready. The soothers are my great multivitamins of the “gummy bear” variety, help me get the extra’s I need to work on making my “health my wealth”.  The five “S” items are good on their own,  I really would not recommend them as a combo pack! Everything in the fridge has a face, a place, and a space inside the icebox.


NaBloPoMo November Prompts

“You Say 2013, I Say 20NeXt!
Make the Moments Matter”
Yolanda Clay Triplett
~Words and Thoughts Artist~
Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE http://www.facebook.com/events/444796945573132/
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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”
Copyright © 2013 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts 

YoTrip Presents: September Is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month



September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


Childhood Cancers


Key Points


  1. What are the most common types of childhood cancer?Among the 12 major types of childhood cancers, leukemias (blood cell cancers) and cancers of the brain and central nervous system account for more than half of the new cases. About one-third of childhood cancers are leukemias. The most common type of leukemia in children is acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The most common solid tumors are brain tumors (e.g., gliomas andmedulloblastomas), with other solid tumors (e.g., neuroblastomas, Wilms tumors, and sarcomassuch as rhabdomyosarcoma and osteosarcoma) being less common. 
  2. How many children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States annually?In the United States in 2007, approximately 10,400 children under age 15 were diagnosed with cancer and about 1,545 children will die from the disease (1). Although this makes cancer the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children 1 to 14 years of age, cancer is still relatively rare in this age group. On average, 1 to 2 children develop the disease each year for every 10,000 children in the United States (2). 





You are invited to attend The YES! Network Social Event on September 21, 2013, 11:30-1:30 pm at O’Charley’s  Restaurant in Orlando Florida. Guest Speaker Suzonna Warrenton, will be speaking on the topic, How to Turn Your Passion into Profit. Suzonna is the CEO and Owner of Tatin International Marketing. Suzonna is a Marketing Consultant and her experiences include assisting Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses and individuals achieve greater recognition in the marketplace. My Video Talk Media Solutions will show you the latest creative and innovative communications technologies to help you achieve global marketing success! Learn how to use live video streaming broadcasts, schedule virtual boardroom meetings, design and customize email video messages, and on-demand video web channels to compliment your professional brand.

Do you want to be inspired and learn how to live triumphantly? Listen to The Dr. Loretta Faith Harris Radio Show on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s from 6:30 pm-7:00 pm EST, join us http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lorettafaithharris


Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild http://.orwriters.org/  Join us on Facebook 



“You Say 2013, I Say 20NeXt!
Make the Moments Matter”
Yolanda Clay Triplett
~Words and Thoughts Artist~
Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE http://www.facebook.com/events/444796945573132/
Find me on Facebook: facebook.com/yolanda.c.triplett
or visit my page http://www.facebook.com/YoTrip

“Words the joyful noise of my
mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The
results of a love affair between
pen and paper, words”
Copyright © 2013 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts 





YoTrip Presents: Sometimes It Is Not Meant To Be 082193

Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where...

Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no trouble, no noise or hard work. It means to be in the midst of all these things and still be calm in your heart. (Photo credit: deeplifequotes)

Sometimes It Is Not Meant To Be

Twenty years have come and gone
What started out great, did not last that long
Sometimes it is not meant to be
We do not hold, know, or can see beyond now
Our time is present, and we have hope for our future
Sometimes it is not meant to be
All the plans made, they fizzle and fade…away
You look back and you wonder…Why?
Sometimes it is not meant to be
How did we go from always and forever
To this cannot last past our heart-filled dreams
Sometimes it is not meant to be
As the days turn to weeks,  and then turn into months and  finally years
The memory of what was, merely dims out slowly, like a flickering flame
Sometimes it is not meant to be
Then you look around and twenty years have passed and you wonder
About the should a’s and the would a’s of your life
Sometimes it is not meant to be
Yet you cannot grab back what has faded away, the moments, the memory came and served their purpose
The assignment was complete and you move on
Sometimes it is not meant to be
You look back at the path and thank God for the journey
Where you came from is a stepping stone to where you are going
Sometimes it is not meant to be
Then the light guides you to the revelation that
Sometimes It Is Not Meant To Be…FOREVER!

~~YoTrip 8/22/13

YoTrip Chooses to LIVE LIFE 4/16/13

Great day in the morning folks! Decide right now to LIVE your life in the spirit of peace. #GDMF374

Chooses To LIVE LIFE

In the mist of all this darkness, disaster, and doom
I choose to LIVE and get beyond the gloom
It is so easy to soak it up and be consumed with it all
Now is the time to LIVE and not fold and fall
We must now take an action and that is to LIVE
Make it your business to go on and give
Never will we get this time to LIVE over again
So just choose life and go right on and win
We can make a thousand excuses and stay stuck in place
Or we can move now and start running the LIFE race
So LIVE life for the ones who gave LIFE without a reason
Take if from me now is the LIVE LIFE season.
Yo Trip ~~4/16/13

Life to Live

Today we pause, we plead, we praise and we pray that God will keep a covering over the people who were affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon

April is National Poetry Month

Let’s celebrate the beautiful of creative expression. For more information go to http://www.poets.org
National Poetry Month

The YES! Network Social Event on April 20, 2013
11:30-1:30 pm at O’Charley’s Restaurant
 Keynote Speakers, Deborah and Hasheem Francis, Co-Founders of “Built to Prosper Companies” 
 The topic, “Unleash Your Potential & Experience Ultimate SUCCESS.” 
 Deborah and Hasheem are accomplished authors, sought-after speakers, and successful business moguls with the     ability to develop, train, and lead professionals and corporate leaders into successful business development.

ENTRY FEE: $10.00 and $5.00 for YES! Members (Pay CA$H at the Door)

YES! Social Network AGENDA:

11:30 -12:00 – Meet, Greet, & 30-Sec Business Pitch (order lunch optional)
12:00 – 12:45 – “Unleash Your Potential & Experience Ultimate SUCCESS”
12:45 – 1:00 – Q&A
1:00 – 1:30 – Community Events & Announcements

O’ Charley’s Restaurant
8081 Turkey Lake Road
Suite 700
Orlando, FL 32819

Join The YES! Network for an afternoon of professional learning, networking, and dining.

Create a FREE YES! Profile http://YoungEntrepreneursSociety.ning.com

Watch YES! Network Events & Featured Members Online!http://www.myvideowebshow.com/show/theyesnetwork

Do you want to be inspired and learn how to live triumphantly? Listen to The Dr. Loretta Faith Harris Radio Show on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s from 6:30 pm-7:00 pm EST, join us http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lorettafaithharris
Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology”
“You Say 2013, I Say 20NeXt!
Make the Moments Matter”
Yolanda Clay Triplett
~Words and Thoughts Artist~
Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE http://www.facebook.com/events/444796945573132/
Find me on Facebook: facebook.com/yolanda.c.triplett
or visit my page http://www.facebook.com/YoTrip
“Words the joyful noise of my
mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The
results of a love affair between
pen and paper, words”
Copyright © 2013 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts

Mount Pleasant MBC Spring Fashion Show “Woman At The Well”


Join The Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church Women’s Ministry for the


 Woman at the Well” Spring Fashion Show


Saturday, April 6, 2013


11:30 am- 1:00 pm


The Pleasant Place


4077 Prince Hall Blvd


Orlando,   FL 32811


Come and enjoy a wonderful time of fellowship and experience the story in John 4:4-42 of the “Woman at the Well” as she encounters Jesus Christ.










YoTrip Presents: Katandra Shanel Jackson ” A Woman People Should Know”

YoTrip Presents: Katandra Shanel Jackson “A Woman People Should Know”

Below is my second feature blog post in honor of Women’s History Month. It is important that we celebrate the beauty and brains of women. Please enjoy learning about these fascinating women and then make sure you support them in their passions, projects, and products.

–Who are you? Please share something about yourself and your business.

1) I am Katandra Shanel Jackson. Daughter, Sister, Mother, Amiga, Girlfriend. Lover of children, animals, all things literary, antiques/old things, tattoos and 4 inch stilettos. I am the Owner/Operator at Sun-Kissed Under A Georgia Sky, Quilted blankets by Kat Foundation Starter of Angel Eyes Foundation, a 501c3 entity that is educating the masses and raising awareness about child sexual abuseChief Everything Officer (CEO), Editor-At-Large at FreedomInk Publishing… Overall Entrepreneur. I am WOman…2013-01-24 16.30.34.jpg

–What makes you a “Woman People Should Know”?

2) I feel that we each bring something different to the table which is life. What I bring is a never-ending oasis of creativity and ingenuity that is industry forward… not to mention my own nerdy, quirky, sassy, fearless sense of style and mannerism to match. 2013-01-29 22.06.52.jpg

–When did you find out that you had that something special that you wanted to share with the world?

3) My ‘something special’ was stumbled upon very much like that of unearthing a hidden gem! Books. I kept a diary during my pre-teen years and began writing poetry that was based on my everyday existence. Real life is sometimes stranger than fiction. At the age of 29 for the 2nd or 3rd time (I’ve officially lost count at that fountain of youth!) I began posting entries via my first blog. The Diary of A Bride To Be. A lot of folks were really relating and enjoying the entries and several were making comment about how I should turn the blog into a book. So I contacted several Literary Agents and after not getting the prompt and proper response of submitting the type of book ‘they’ wanted to read, I sought a Self-Publishing company and took the necessary steps to release my first in print book! Soon after I met FreedomInk 1st Published Author, Richard McKinney. With a major vote of trust and confidence from him, I published Redemption!! That was in 2011. It is now 2013 and at current, FreedomInk along with it’s imprint, Oppidian, houses 11 Authors, myself included and there are 17 titles under the umbrella! All but 4 have been published and released and are available wherever books are sold!!

–Where can people find out more about you?

4) My life is an open book. I’d provide my phone number if it’d speed the connection. The best place to find me is via social media. My facebook account is always up, Katandra Shanel Jackson / FreedomInk Publishing / SunKissedUnderAGeorgiaSky / Angel Eyes Foundation. Twitter @FreedomInk365 . Email me at katandra@freedomink365.com To connect with myself, the COO of FreedomInk, the Authors of FreedomInk, to learn about the exciting titles available, to learn more about FreedomInk, Angel Eyes, Sun-Kissed…www.freedomink365.com There’s not an app, but there certainly is a tab for that.

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–How do you make it all happen?

5) Lots of sleepless nights. Sacrifice. By the general understanding that in order for the dream to be achieved, I must take me as an individual out of the equation. Mostly I’m able to do this because no matter who comes in and out of my life, no matter the ups and downs, no matter the setbacks and do-over’s, my children believe in me! They are my life-force, my reason for being, my reason to give everyday my all. They are why I make it happen. They believe in me and that in-turn fuels the dream.


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