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Daddy Always With Us


(This post is lengthy, but worth the time it takes to read it. Thanks in advance)

November 3, 1989 is a day that caused my family’s life  to be turned upside down. My favorite man in all the planet, William Henry Clay, Sr. moved from life on earth to death and living in his eternal home.

This week marks 25 years since, Daddy moved his address from earth to heaven. I so desire to write about where I am and the struggle to share my recall of my Daddy.

My fingers have made several attempts to express how much I miss my Daddy and wish I could have him to take care of everything.

On Monday November 3rd, as my sister Greta and I prepared to return to Florida from our hometown of Augusta, we saw a Facebook post that Kim Lockett Holmes had passed away. I could not believe nor wrap my head around this news. Already trying to think positively about Daddy, this news intensified my sadness.

The power of social media is a blessing and a curse. Like wildfire my Facebook timeline was filled with fellow Lucy Laney High School Wildcats sharing their condolences to Kim’s son and family. As my mind raced and sadness crept in, I recalled that Kimmie was always smiling and now her soul was resting in heaven.

Now it is November 16th, thought I would work on this post again. Well in the last few weeks I have been stunned by the death of a childhood friend and child I watched grow from little lady to young lady.

Monday the 10th came and I was hit with a text message that made me stop in my tracks. The death angel had struck again  This time it was one of my former Sunday School students. At 18 years young, Jayla decided to take her own life. I just kept saying this does not make sense. Why Lord? Why?

I really cannot believe that Jayla is gone. What a beautiful face tied to a troubled spirit. Over the years I watched as her grandmother and aunt poured into her life and offered her a strong foundation. Jayla’s family wanted to see her be and do her best. May Jayla’s soul be at rest.

I still could not finish the post about Daddy. Every time I started, I just could not focus.

I still was not able to write about my Daddy. Thoughts were in my head, yet my pen was not ready.

Monday the 24th came and all I wanted was some good news. Well again I was told of a tragic death. An innocent young child had died and she had touched the lives of many in my circle.

This has been a trying month. November is traditionally a time of gratitude and thankfulness. Even as we pause to celebrate Thanksgiving, I had thoughts of these souls that had transitioned from earth to eternal rest. Thinking of them brought me back to memories of my Daddy.

If I could only have time to tell him all the things that happened in my life for the last 25 years. (We would need a little time).I would love to hear my Daddy’s voice and his words of wisdom and see him smile. I would tell Daddy I have learned a few lessons:
-You cannot buck the system (Order is here for a reason)
-Education will take you far but, don’t forget common sense (I learn something new daily)
-The world owes you nothing so don’t stop showing them who you are (Always a Clay)
-Family is your blood and the community you are surrounded with in life (Momma, Greta, and William Jr., love them to life)
-Keep God first and everything else will fall in line (All the glory and honor)
-Never stop believing in yourself ( Because of you, I can and I will)

As November comes to a close, I am glad I found the strength to finish this post. It allowed me to share my feelings as I recall my Daddy. We who remain here on earth experience  the emotional roller of feelings. We encounter the good, the bad, the happy, the sad, the joy, the pain, the heartache, the love, the hate, the birth and the death in this thing called life!

I am honored to call myself a card carrying, “Daddy’s Girl For Life”. William Henry Clay,Sr you are forever in my heart and I miss you like crazy.

Peaceful rest Kim, Jayla, little baby girl and so many others that transitioned from life to death this month of November.


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

Yolanda Clay Triplett “YoTrip”
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There No Place Like Home


Is there any place like home? Today Miami Heat free-agent, LeBron James say “no” and with that thought he makes the announcement that he is returning home to Cleveland, Ohio to once again play for the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.

In 2010, James caused a firestorm with his decision to walk away from his beloved Caliver team to connect with a team that was destined and poised to win a championship. It was the Miami Heat that were drawing in LeBron  and his talents. The Heat organization, like LeBron James was hungry for a championship ring.

For the last four years LeBron James provided the sizzle and for the Miami Heat. Now after two rings and a being the NBA’s MVP, James is feeling a new longing… Home.

When LeBron walked away from the Cavaliers, it crushed and hurt fans, they burned his jersey and made it hard to believe that there was  ever a blooming love affair between the fans and LeBron. Now the pending return will be met with mixed feelings ranging from love overboard to lingering hate.

LeBron has matured in his thinking on and off the court. James recognized that he went away to grow and earn a championship, now he wants to return home and do the same. His years in Miami he describes as being like college ( going straight from high school into the league) he did not have such a time of discovery.

A 29 year old, husband, father of two boys and his wife, Savannah is pregnant with their baby girl, LeBron has had a shift in perspective. He wants his family raised and nurtured in his home base of Ohio.

It is courageous and clever for LeBron to return to the place of his familiar. A true champion can rise above the noise of critics and commentators with the belief that there is truly no place like home.


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

Yolanda Clay Triplett “YoTrip”
Words and Thoughts Artist~

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Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for 11/29/12-Celebrating The Caregivers (Vol.11, Iss.4)

Caregiver joins his striking caregivers

Caregiver joins his striking caregivers (Photo credit: Simon Oosterman)

Celebrating National Family Caregivers Month

In 1994, the National Family Caregivers Association began promoting the celebration of family caregivers during the week of Thanksgiving. President Clinton signed the first presidential proclamation in 1997 and every president since – Democrat and Republican alike – has issued an annual proclamation appreciating family caregivers. As interest grew in family caregiving issues, National Family Caregivers Week became National Family Caregivers Month.

Day in and day out, more than 65 million family caregivers in this country fulfill a vital role on the care team. No one else is in a better position to ensure continuity of care. Family caregivers are the most familiar with their care recipients’ medicine regimen; they are the most knowledgeable about the treatment regimen; and they understand best the dietary and exercise regimen.

For more information, http://www.nfcacares.org/national_family_caregiver_month/#

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Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for September 6, 2011-Memories of Labor Day Past (Vol.6, Iss.1)


Memories of Labor Day Past

The first Monday in September is designated as Labor day, when we pause and salute the Anerican worker. Labor day also  brings summer to a close, and all school-age children return to the classroom. The fashion debate for,all seasons: is “white” acceptable to wear beyond this date, and has,authority to say “yes”. It was not Labor day weekend without Jerry Lewis filling the television airways on the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, an entertaining spectacle to help raise money and awareness for this debiliating condition.
For many families, Labor day is the last gathering of the season with food, fellowship, and fun.

Like it was yesterday, I recall being with family and friends in the ’70’s & ’80’s at one of the familiar houses or parks to celebrate. The men could be found mastering the grill with massive amounts of meats to be grilled. The women made the sides and sweets-salads and vegetables of every kind, with cakes and pies to booth. The children ate snacks and played games with an anticipation of the scrumptious food being prepared.

As day turned to night, we saw the appearance of fireworks. The sky was lit up in an amazing explosion of colours dispatched from the grounds below. The young children, ran around with sparklers and snap pops, it was low level night lights, but fun just the same.

The Labor day memories, makes me wish for days of time gone by and by. Coming together and enjoying Labor day as summer’s last hurrah, was always so much fun. Let me say, happy end of the hot summer days, and hello to the coming fall season.

“Soaring Towards Heaven in 2011”
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Thurdsday Thinking by YoTrip for June 16, 2011-Father’s Deserve A Special Day (Vol.6, Iss.3)

Cover of "Father's Day"

Cover of Father's Day

Dad’s Deserve A Special Day

The third Sunday in June has been designated as Father’s Day in the United States. Credit for originating the holiday is generally given to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, whose father, a Civil War veteran, raised her and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth. She is said to have had the idea in 1909 while listening to a sermon on Mother’s Day, which at the time was becoming established as a holiday. Local religious leaders supported the idea, and the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, the month of the birthday of Dodd’s father. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge gave his support to the observance, and in 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson officially proclaimed it a national holiday. Observance on the third Sunday of June was decreed by law in 1972.

Although it was originally largely a religious holiday, Father’s Day has been commercialized with the sending of greeting cards and the giving of gifts.http://www.history.com/topics/fathers-day

Father’s deserve a special day for being who they are: the giver of life, the leader of the family, the protector, the provider, the professor in the lives of those are their children. Father’s day lives in the shadow of Mother’s Day, as it recognizes Dad’s for who they are and what they do for their families.

I am thankful and honored to know and have known some great father’s. My grandfather the late Joe L. Anderson, was the father of my Mother and her six siblings. He was big in statute and every bigger in heart and spirit. My granddaddy, was a driving force and a history maker, as the first black deputy sheriff in Richmond County/Augusta, Georgia. The presence of granddaddy in his deputy uniform is fresh in my mind like I was staring up at him, through my six year old eyes. I learned so many things from him and I am glad I had him in my life.

My father, the late William Henry Clay, Sr. was a father of father’s. Dad’s infectious personality drew people to him, he could always make a friend. People enjoyed how he lived life open, giving, hard-working, and always pushing for being better by doing better. A business man, he was “the Black Colonel” as he managed the neighborhood Kentucky Fried Chicken. A servant, as he worked with the Volunteer Grandparents program. A surrogate, he became a “Dad” to so many who were “fatherless” in the community. I am proud to have been apart of his life, living and his legacy for twenty-one years.

Father’s deserve to have this Sunday as their special day. Everyone should do their part to honor your own father or some father who has been a father to you during your life. Father’s I wish you all the best on Sunday as we pause to celebrate the strength and greatness of fatherhood.





Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for April 12,2011-Ode to William Henry Clay, Sr. (Vol.2, Iss.2)

My Daddy

Tuesday Thoughts were a bit scattered today

It seems so many things were coming my way

As much as I tried to focus, thoughts would not stay

Each time I felt I had captured it  did quickly decay

I know what really has me all caught up in disarray

You are running rampant in my mind keeping my thoughts at bay

I think back on the memories of you and smile at the sky in heaven where you lay

Happy birthday  Daddy William Henry Clay

Daddy you were and therefore I am, thanks for life, for love, and  for a wonderful legacy!

Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for October 7, 2010-VALUE What Matters Most (Vol.5, Iss.1)

Life is beautiful so know its value...

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What do you VALUE in your life? Who do you VALUE in your life? What really matters most to you? Who really matters most to you? How do you assign VALUE to what matters in your life? Have you or do you take life, health and strength for granted? Do believe that family, friends, and fellowman are going to be here forever? Are you so consumed in the self-cares of life that you VALUE little about others?

The questions about VALUE are loaded, and should cause you to pause, take note and take action. VALUE is the sum total of worth that is assigned or the importance given to a person, place or possession. Who, what and where you place VALUE is a telling sign to what matters most in your life. So often the rat race and fast pace gets you caught up and you are chasing places and possessions and putting people on the back-burner. Many people will tell you that I am working hard for the people (my family) so that they can have the best that life has to offer. Others will say that it takes a lot to have “nice stuff” and I must keep working hard to maintain. These are the same people that never make it to their son’s football game, daughter’s recital, a open house and cannot tell you the last time they joined the family at the table for a meal. The people who are ripping and running in the name of “making more” and “having more”, do not even see that their view of VALUE, has changed and shifted.

When you lose touch with the VALUE of family and friends (people), then you find it is easy to embrace the notion of “making more” and “having more”.Let’s be clear, it is good to be able to possess and have access to things, especially when you work hard and make sacrifices. So often, you will find that “having more” and “making more” does not sustain you or make you feel a sense of contentment. It is too easy to become consumed and the VALUE of your efforts to have possessions and places, diminish the VALUE of people.
The journey of life is a great teacher and sets a path on how to VALUE what matters most. As you travel on the path of life, it is up to you to make the decision; will you run from start to finish, hoping to finally make it and then get a chance to take a rest. Or will you enjoy the journey, take the time to stop along the way and see the VALUE and beauty in life. Everyone has the ability to make a choice about what you VALUE in life, who you VALUE in life, and how you assign VALUE in your life? If you have shifted your VALUE focus from people to possessions and places, there is no better time than the present to rethink ponder on how you can VALUE WHAT MATTERS MOST!
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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”

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