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Pecan Memories

Pecan Memories©2016

Yolanda YoTrip Triplett

A walk in the orchards 

From times past

My grandma would gather us grands

Three, five, or seven of us in a row

Walking along to her favorite spot

Cool crisp air we can feel it

Leaves crunching under foot

A bag in each helpers hand

We are on a mission

Find those pecans

Mom and I took a walk today

In a place called Serenity

We felt an air of familiar

The leaves crunched under our feet

Bags in our hands

A mission we were on it

Find those pecans

And we did!

I could feel the spirit of grandma

Moving in us, walking with us

In our hands, were her hands

The beloved pecan

Brought back so many memories!
For my grandma, Ruth Anderson

For my momma, Marian A. Clay

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…



Silence Broken, Words Spoken…Questions

Silence Broken, Words Spoken

When the silence is broken

What words will be spoken 

Will it stop them in their tracks

Who will be made to react

Where will the words lead

How will it help them succeed?

What if the silence is shattered like glass?

Will the scattered pieces tell a story

Can you rise uncut in all your glory?

If  you puncture a vein will the spirit remain in tact or does the blood expose

Is it like the thorns from a rose?

What becomes of the bright red drops?

Will the bleeding pause or does it flow on and never stops?

Is like shedding light that dances across the sky?

Or is it like wings on eagles as birds that soar not just fly

What is this nature in all its wonders in perfect harmony?

Does it ever take rest and let the words just be?

Silently broken, words that are spoken and questions…posed.

YoTrip- 6/14/14 

“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



“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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Happy Birthday Miss Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston's 123rd Birthday

In a place called Notasulga, Alabama  on January 7, 1891, Zora Neale was born  the fifth of eight children, to John Hurston, a carpenter and Baptist preacher, and Lucy Potts Hurston, a former schoolteacher. The family moved to the historic Town of Eatonville. Established in 1887, the rural community near Orlando was the nation’s first incorporated black township. It was, as Hurston described it, “a city of five lakes, three croquet courts, three hundred brown skins, three hundred good swimmers, plenty guavas, two schools, and no jailhouse.” http://zoranealehurston.com/about/

Today marks the 123rd birthday celebration of the prolific writer and anthropologist. A true Renaissance Woman, Miss Zora was always adding layers to colorful life. I am glad I was introduced to her as a young girl growing up in LA (lovely Augusta, Georgia) and I am glad to say I live a stone’s  throw away from Eatonville the place she called home for many years.

During the 1930’s and ’40’s Miss Zora was at the height of her  literary career she penned ,Their Eyes Were Watching God, in 1937; Tell My Horse, in 1938; Moses, Man of the Mountain, in 1939.  In 1942, Dust Tracks on a Road, was published and Miss Zora was getting some recognition for her brilliant works of art. Also in 1942,  Hurston  was profiled in Who’s Who in AmericaCurrent Biography and Twentieth Century Authors. In 1948, Miss Zora published another novel, Seraph on the Suwanee.

Miss Zora wrote many thought-provoking articles during the 1950’s that spoke to her outlook and insight on the plight and experience of the American Negro. After she had stroke in 1959, Miss Zora and was forced to live in a welfare home in St. Lucie and sadly died a year later. Unable to be properly laid to rest, Miss Zora was buried in an unmarked grave in the Garden of Heavenly Rest, in Fort Pierce, Florida. In the early ’70’s author Alice Walker gave this great lady, Miss Zora Neale Hurston back her dignity back by properly marking her burial site.

Today we salute your life, your living and your amazing legacy, Happy birthday Miss Zora!

"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/
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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 © 2014 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts


2013 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

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Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for October 18, 2011-Move Past Fear

Here is another drafting floor jewel…

It is 11 Days until 2014! You must get a firm grip on the ideal of having some #goals. If you are merely floating through days then the day owns you, your time, your thoughts, your feelings and your abilty to move forward.

What do you desire? How do you expect to acquire your desire? When do you to achieve it? Where do you see yourself 2014? Who is going to stop you?

Are you ready for 2014? Do you have #goals? Join us on Facebook for #The100DaySmartGoalChallenge

Move Past Fear

We have to be willing to move past our fears to get to our dreams. Fear has a way of capturing us and paralyzing our spirit. When fear steps in we have to ready ourselves to fight our way out of those thoughts and feelings to move towards our hopes and dreams.



“Soaring Towards Heaven in 2011”
The Sky is Limitless…
Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild, Inc.
2011 *”Writer of The Year”*
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Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for 12/2/2010-YOU CAN DO THIS! (Vol.7, Iss.1)

I happened to be reviewing my blog drafts and  this is one of the post that  found itself on blog room floor. I thought this was timely and relevant enough to share with to others. We are 20 days away from the start of 2014 and now is a great time to challenge yourself to get a goal or two and do your best to achieve them.
Who knew that #The100DaySmart Goal Challenge was welling up in me 3 year ago.  The best things in life take time… Your time is now! Make sure to let me know your progress.
December is here and the year of 2010 is coming to a close. As you enter into the last month of the year, now is the time to decide on how to make a great exit. The game is still is going on for the next 30 days. Recognize that there is still time to enter into the game, if you have been sidelined. If you are in the game but have not scored, you still have time to make it happen. Stop right now and say to yourself: YOU CAN DO THIS! Speaking these four words into the atmosphere is a powerful self-affirmation. Let these next 30 days be the start to you meeting the smallest goal or making the biggest shot in your life!

goal (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Are you ready to challenge and stretch yourself to accomplish your goal?
Do you believe YOU CAN DO THIS?
What are your barriers to achieving your goal?
Are you willing to write down your goal(s)?
Are you willing to share your belief in YOU CAN DO THIS! with others?
Can you envision yourself achieving your goal?
What resources do you need to help you achieve your goal?
YOU CAN DO THIS! Keep telling yourself that you can make your goal a reality. If looking at 30 days is too overwhelming to you, then break the month down into weeks. Each week you can set a mini-goal for yourself, and continue to say YOU CAN DO THIS! One week will turn into two weeks and then you are working into three weeks and before you realize it you have come to four weeks. YOU CAN DO THIS!
December has come and will leave in another 30 days. Will you exit the month of December the same way you entered the month of December? YOU CAN DO THIS! Whatever your goal, your dream, or your desire is today, decided that this is a good day to take the steps to making it happen! YOU CAN DO THIS!

“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”




“You Say 2013, I Say 20NeXt!
Make the Moments Matter”


Yolanda Clay Triplett “YoTrip”
Words and Thoughts Artist~


Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE2 http://facebook.com/events/444796945573132/



“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


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!


Imparting Knowledge To The Youth Teach-in 2013

On Wednesday I volunteered my talent and time to the lively and spirited students of Memorial Middle School in the heart of Orlando, Florida for #Teach-In 2013. It is always fun to  spend time with young people who are bright-eyed, eager,  and at that wonderful age of discovery. For the last 10 years I have participated in Teach-In and I learn something new each time I step on a campus.

I was honored to stand in the Memorial Middle gym and greet the 6th,7th and 8th graders for the Career Fair. The students were fun and funny. “What do you do?” ,”How much money do you make?”, “Did you go to college? “,”Can I have some of your candy?” If I answered these questions once , I answered them a few hundred times.

While imparting knowledge to the youth, I tell them that it is important to get an education and that learning is earning! I stress that they can be whatever they see themselves being because it is possible! Many of the young men have dreams of playing professional sports and the young ladies wanted to be nurses and fashion designers. We talked about studying the career to see if it was really for them. Other students wanted to go into law enforcement, the military, become lawyers or doctors. I took the opportunity to talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) all critical components for many career paths and students need to understand that early.

The young people are our future and our legacy, I want to make sure I am doing my part to put my footprints of impressions on them every opportunity I get!

NaBloPoMo Prompts

“You Say 2013, I Say 20NeXt!
Make the Moments Matter”
Yolanda Clay Triplett “YoTrip”
Words and Thoughts Artist~
Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE2 http://facebook.com/events/444796945573132/
“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

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