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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…



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

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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~
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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.

Click here to see the complete report.

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!


It’s All In A Name

I was excited to read the BlogHer NaBloPoMo Prompt from yesterday: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it?

I saw this as a great opportunity to tell the world about my connection to my namesake, the late Yolanda Denise King. If you are not familiar with the name Yolanda Denise King, she is the first-born daughter of Civil Rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his wife Coretta Scott King. An actress, activist, and ambassador for health disparities in the black community, Yolanda Denise King walked in her own way to uphold the legacy of her father. I was so proud of Yolanda Denise King, because it was a major thing for me to share her name!

As I prepared to write this post, I shared with my Mom that I was glad they named me after Yolanda Denise King. Mom chuckled and replied, “You were not named after Yolanda King. Your name was supposed to be Casey, because your Daddy liked that name.” Casey Clay was almost my name until my Mom took to studying the baby names book and they decided on Yolanda Denise Clay. All this time I feed into my own dream about the origin of my name. Now I realize that, It’s All In A Name.

I did a Google search on my name and  one of the entries from the site SheKnows.com that gave me a detail on my name, Yolanda. I read it to my Mom and she was like, “I could not have named you better. It is dead on and so you!”

Check it out! Is it speaking of the Yolanda Denise Clay Triplett that you know?


The name Yolanda is a baby girl name.

Spanish Meaning: 
The name Yolanda is a Spanish baby name. In Spanish the meaning of the name Yolanda is: Violet.

American Meaning: 
The name Yolanda is an American baby name. In American the meaning of the name Yolanda is: Violet.

Greek Meaning: 
The name Yolanda is a Greek baby name. In Greek the meaning of the name Yolanda is: Violet flower.

French Meaning: 
The name Yolanda is a French baby name. In French the meaning of the name Yolanda is: Violet flower; strong.

SoulUrge Number: 8People with this name have a deep inner desire to lead, organize, supervise, and to achieve status, power and wealth.Expression Number: 9People with this name tend to be passionate, compassionate, intuitive, romantic, and to have magnetic personalities. They are usually humanitarian, broad-minded and generous, and tend to follow professions where they can serve humanity. Because they are so affectionate and giving, they may be imposed on. They are romantic and easily fall in love, but may be easily hurt and are sometimes quick-tempered. http://www.sheknows.com/baby-names/name/yolanda

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“You Say 2013, I Say 20NeXt!
Make the Moments Matter”
Yolanda Clay Triplett
~Words and Thoughts Artist~
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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 Presents

As we close the month of March, I am happy I could celebrate Women’s History Month with my featured blog posts YoTrip Presents “A Woman People Should Know”. I want to offer thanks to Dr. Darcova Triplett, Katandra Shanel Jackson, Miss SunnieJ, Jane Turner, Marian A. Clay, Dr. Loretta Faith Harris, Yvette Register, and Dr. Wachell McKendrick, these ladies are amazing in their own way. I am honored these ladies shared a window into their world with the world.

Posting interviews with these incredible women (my elite eight) has inspired me to continue YoTrip Presents in the months to come. In April, I will highlight poets, May is for Mothers, June is for Fathers, July is for bloggers, August is for Educators, September is for Authors, October is Organizations.

Thanks for connecting…

Happy Resurrection eve!


YoTrip Presents: Marian A. Clay, “A Woman People Should Know”


YoTrip Presents: Marian A. Clay, “A Woman People Should Know”

Marian J Blige 2012

Below is my fifth feature blog post in honor of Women’s History Month.  This post is near and dear to me because it is my SHERO, my joy, my inspiration, the wind beneath my wings, my Mother. 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 passion.

Marian Anderson Clay is the third of seven children raised with love by her parents Joe L. and Ruth Anderson. I am a child of God, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, an aunt, and a cousin. I am an active retiree, that loves the Lord, my family and my life! I was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia.  I attribute my upbringing to both sets of my family life; we spent quality time together and enjoyed being around each other.

 I have a passion for volunteering. I have been a volunteer since my youth working with individuals in my neighborhood and then I really became serious when my children were in school (I was a member of the PTA and PTS). I was instrumental in getting a traffic light put in on a major highway to help keep my children and others safe.

From 1994-2002 I worked as a hospice volunteer with St. Joseph then Trinity Hospice. My patients were dealing with all forms of cancer, HIV/AIDS, men, women who were young and old. In 1996, I was named the Employee of Year for my volunteer efforts at the V.A. Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. Also I won a national award the Golden Rule Award from JC Penney’s for my volunteer efforts via the United Way, for my work with hospice patients. In conjunction with the Golden Rule Award I received a letter of recognition from President William “Bill” Jefferson Clinton.

Currently I volunteer with the Compass Mentoring Services Inc.; we work with at risk youth from ages 3-19 who are in need of life skills. We also assist the parents with coping and parenting skills. I also work with the Lydia Project, a group that focuses on women who have had any form of cancer. This organization provides bags of encouragement as women go through their cancer treatment. I work as a prayer partner and caller for the women in need. I am a long-time walker in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and I participate in the University Hospital’s Miracle Mile.

What makes you a “Woman People Should Know”?

I am people oriented and I have a love of and for people. I never met a person that I forget. I ask the Lord to help me remember people and he continually does that in my daily encounters. I am God-fearing and I have a strong Christ-like personality. My family (especially my three children Yolanda, Greta, and William as well as my grandchildren) are essential to what keeps me going and growing. I humbly submit myself to serve and be of service.

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

In my formable years, I realized I had a need a love and a desire to serve people. I made it my mission to give back to others; it is my life’s work. If I meet a person in need, I do my best to try to offer them assistance. My parents instilled this concept in me and I have lived by it and did my best to pass it along to my children and grandchildren. My parents also taught me the importance of being responsible and it has stayed with me all of my life.

Where do you see yourself in the times to come?

My destiny has been decided and I know that my life has been full. I want to be wherever I am needed to serve. My aspirations are to enjoy myself no matter what comes because I know who holds my future. I am always pressing towards the high calling, which for me is Christ Jesus.

How do you make it all happen?

I realize that I can do nothing myself. I have to put all my trust and faith in the Lord. I do know this,All things work together for the good, for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.” I received a birthday card that said the following: “A women ought to appreciate her own beauty, value her own wisdom, and be surrounded by people who couldn’t agree more.”

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