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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…






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!


YoTrip Presents: Hey Men! It Is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September Is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

A light blue ribbon is the symbol for prostate...

A light blue ribbon is the symbol for prostate cancer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the month of September brings prostate cancer into focus, it’s time to increase public understanding of the disease, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated prostate cancer information throughout the year.

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and is a leading cause of cancer death in men, second only to lung cancer. According to American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 192,280 new cases of prostate cancer and an estimated 27,360 deaths in the United States during 2009.[1] Staying informed with the latest news on prevention and screening is an important step in reducing your risk of developing prostate cancer. And, should a diagnosis occur, access to current, in-depth treatment information can help you find the best care.



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/
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“Words the joyful noise of my
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results of a love affair between
pen and paper, words”
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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

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.


Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for 2/26/13- Civil Rights Activist Harry T. and Harriette Moore (Vol.2,Iss.3)

Harry T. Moore

Harry T. Moore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Justi...

English: Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Justice Center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Civil Rights Activist Harry T. and Harriette  Moore

On Christmas night 1951, Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriette retired to bed in their white frame house tucked inside a small orange grove in Mims, Florida. Ten minutes later, a bomb shattered their house, their lives, and any notions that the South’s post-war transition to racial equality would be a smooth one. Harry Moore died that night, his wife nine days later.

Harry T. Moore paved the way for the ‘60s civil rights movement by championing equal pay for black teachers, organizing the black vote and, publicly condemning racist attitudes and actions of local, state and national officials.

Despite a massive FBI investigation and repeated inquisitions, the murders of Harry and Harriette Moore have never been solved. http://www.der.org/films/freedom-never-dies.html

The work of Harry T. Moore was progressive in a time when blacks were not taking actions against systematic racial inequality. A fighter for the people, Harry T. Moore just wanted to see fairness in all aspects of life not only in Brevard County, Florida but throughout the state.

In 1934, Harry Moore started the Brevard County NAACP, and steadily built it into a formidable organization. In 1937, in conjunction with the all-black Florida State Teacher’s Association, and backed by the NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall in New York, Moore filed the first lawsuit in the Deep South to equalize black and white teacher salaries.

n 1944, Thurgood Marshall won a major victory in the landmark Smith v. Allwright case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the “lily-white” Democratic Party primary was unconstitutional. Harry Moore immediately organized the Progressive Voters’ League, and in the next six years, due primarily to his leadership, over 116,000 black voters were registered in the Florida Democratic Party. This represented 31 percent of all eligible black voters in the state, a figure that was 51% higher than any other southern state. http://www.pbs.org/harrymoore/harry/mbio.html

The lead roles that Harry T. Moore assumed in the political advancements cost both Harry and his wife Harriette their teaching jobs. Harry then increased his presence in the NAACP as a full-time worker, recruiting new members and taking on controversial issues as lynching and police brutality. It was the unwavering stance of Harry T. Moore that often put him in the line of fire and many would offer led to his death on Christmas in 1951.

Breaking down barriers and raising awareness of the inequities was the calling card of  the educator, turned political activist. Harry T. Moore with  his wife Harriette by right his side, worked  unselfishly in the struggle to make a difference in the lives of southern blacks. Today and forever we salute the efforts of Harry T. and Harriette Moore in the civil rights movement.


Today marks the one year anniversary of the murder of 17 -year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. The unarmed teen was gunned down as he walked home. Trayvon’s death has brought to light the use of the “Stand Your Ground” defense.


Celebrate all the heritage, history, and highlights of the African-Americans during the month of February
*****Join Dr. Loretta Faith Harris for “Developing the Business Professional Workshop Series”, Saturday, April 20, 2013, Nova Southeastern University Orlando,FL to register go to http://dbp4.eventbrite.com/ ******
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 © 2012 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts 


Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for March 20, 2012-Advocate For Justice-Ida B. Wells (Vol.3, Iss.3)

Memphis, Tennessee. Ida B. Wells marker

Memphis, Tennessee. Ida B. Wells marker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Advocate For Justice-Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was born a slave in 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Her father, James, was a carpenter and her mother, Elizabeth, was a famous cook. Both parents were literate and taught Ida how to read at a young age. She was surrounded by political activists and grew up with a sense of hope about the possibilities of former slaves within the American society. Both parents died, along with an infant brother, during the 1878 yellow fever epidemic when Ida was 16 years old. At that young age, she assumed the responsibility of rearing her five younger brothers and sisters.

She soon became a teacher in order to earn money for the family and eventually ended up working in Memphis. While there, one day changed her life forever. She has accustomed to riding the train in whatever seat she chose. In 1883, she sued the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad because they forbade her from sitting in the ladies coach subsequently wrote and article about the experience. The success of her article about the ease influenced her career change to journalist.

As injustices against former slaves raged throughout the South and a reign of terror began, Wells’ sense of indignation and quest for justice was fueled. She decided to use her pen to expose the motives behind the violence. Lynching had become one of the main tactics in the strategy to terrorize blacks, and exposing its real purpose became the target of her crusade for justice. When three of her male friends, who were upstanding, law-abiding, successful businessmen (in direct competition with white businessmen), were lynched on the pretext of a crime they did not commit, Wells wrote about the situation with a clarity and forcefulness that riveted the attention of both blacks and whites. Her major contention that lynchings were a systematic attempt to subordinate the black community was incendiary.  To read the complete story go to: http://www.idabwells.org/


Celebrate our beauty and brilliance: National Women’s History Month Project 2012

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

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


The Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild Presents
The 5th Annual Literacy Benefit Dinner
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Reception 6:30 p.m. – Program 7:30 p.m.
Rodeway Inn Conference Center, 7050 S. Kirkman Rd. Orlando, FL.
Theme: “What About The Children”

For details on tickets and sponsorship go to: http://www.orwriters.org/ 
Turning Back Is  NOT An Option!
Yolanda Clay Triplett
~Words and Thoughts Artist~

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

YoTrip-Words and Thoughts for Friday, February 11, 2011-RELATIONSHIPS (Vol.2, Iss.5)

English: Statue of Nelson Mandela in Johannesb...

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RELATIONSHIPS are the fabric that connects us to others. The strength of our connection to others can be tested, tried, traumatic but above all else true to form. Who are you connected to in this thing called life?” 2/11/11 ~~YoTrip


Feel Good Friday-Celebrate the day and all the endless possibilities of what it shall bring to you! Have a Happy Valentine Day weekend. 

  This date in Black History  Date: Sun, 1990-02-11  

*On this date in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison. He was (then) a South African political activist and member of the African National Congress.

Still active, he had been in Robin Island prison in South Africa for 27 years.






Please continue to keep Haiti, Chile, the Gulf Region, and all areas impacted by destruction and disaster 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” at the listed website.


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

Yolanda Clay Triplett

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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 August 2, 2011-Courage in the Chambers (Vol.5, Iss.1)

Courage in the Chambers Gabrielle Giffords Returns

In the mist of the mess of the congressional confusion on the debt ceiling vote and delay of the government shut down, we saw a glimmer of light and hope enter the legislative floor. After seven months of rehabilitation and recovery from the near fatal shooting that landed a bullet in her head, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords came back to congress to cast her vote on the debt ceiling deal. The congresswoman who was one of twelve victims of a deranged shooter during a community event in her Tuscon, Arizona district, has beat the odds and fought back from being counted out as one who would ever serve again. While the country has watched members of congress battle over policy and program reductions and the potential for running out of money to cover bills, it has come down to the final hours for a resolution to be reached. Yet it was the entrance of Congresswoman Giffords onto the house floor that brought each member of the house to their feet in rousing cheers and applauds, forgetting if for a moment about taking sides on the default of government operations.   

Minority House leader Nancy Pelosi, said it best when speaking about the beloved and well received Giffords as she called her “the personification of courage.” “Her presence here in the chamber as well as her service throughout her career in Congress, brings honor to this chamber,” Congresswoman Giffords also spoke to her position on the debt ceiling issue, “I have closely followed the debate over our debt ceiling and have been deeply disappointed at what’s going on in Washington,” Giffords said, in a statement from her office. “After weeks of failed debate in Washington, I was pleased to see a solution to this crisis emerge. I strongly believe that crossing the aisle for the good of the American people is more important than party politics. I had to be here for this vote. I could not take the chance that my absence could crash our economy.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/01/gabrielle-giffords-debt-ceiling-vote_n_915569.html?
Today we experienced Congresswoman Giffords laying aside her power and privilege afforded her as a member of the highest legislative body in the land, to showing poise and patience as she cast her vote. In that moment of taking a stand, the Congresswoman displayed a level of courage in the congress that most people have loss hope in seeing. It is the courage in the chambers of Congresswoman Giffords, that more political leaders need to embrace as a way of representing the people who elected them to serve.

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