I heard a great message

I went to church today

It had such a great impact

I knew I had to pray

Talked about making an impression

And reaching the next generation

Just to positively influence them

Is in fact a great sensation

Some think it’s about the gift of gab

And all they do is talk

Strap on those persuasive shoes

And then begin to walk

I’m sharing with you the concern

And I’ll just do my part

Hopefully… you’ll join in on this mission

And do what’s in your heart


First of all, a hearty THANK YOU to the constant visitors of this blog.  YOU RAISE ME UP!!!  It has been occasions where I thought to stop blogging but then out of nowhere comes a comment from someone…  There’s been comments made from right here in America, from England or Malaysia, or  from somewhere else around the world that constantly blows me away.  I often ask myself, “how did they find this blog?”  I’m just glad to know that you do find and that you take the time out of your busy lives to read.  YOU RAISE ME UP!

I have recently been nominated for 2 blogger awards.  They are the Neat Blogger Award (I’ll tell you more about that one at a later date) and the Sunshine Blogger Award. However, I am still having trouble posting them on my site.  What I’m doing today is accepting both of the nominations and making my own nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

Virgo’s Beauty Blog was kind enough to nominate me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  I am honored and I accept. YOU RAISE ME UP!

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If you are new to this award, this is how it works:

The rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award are simple:
Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post
Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you
Nominate 11 blogs to receive the award, and write them 11 new questions


  1. What book are you currently reading? “The Purpose Driven Life” again.
  2. Name one goal you plan to accomplish this week. This week I will re-focus my efforts to get my 2nd book completed.
  3. Three words that describe you. Spiritual, Ambitious, Intuitive.
  4. Paper and Pen, OR a Laptop?? Laptop
  5. In one sentence, write a message to your younger self. “Be careful of the seeds you sow……..”
  6. Complete this: ________ is Life. Love is Life.
  7. Even without them speaking, whose presence causes you to smile? Mom
  8. Anything you want to say about yourself. I’m all ears (eyes to read). I am me. Have always been me. Will always be me…. Get over it!   (Smile for the camera).
  9. What song makes you want to dance carefree? PYT – Michael Jackson
  10. How many tattoos do you have? I don’t have any tattoos and don’t ever plan to get one. Why would I put a bumper sticker on a Bentley?
  11. What good will you do today? Today I will continue to lift others up with a smile, a kind word, or a gesture.
My nominations are as follows:
The first one is one that I probably visit more than others.  It is called
I really get a lot of feedback from Xena who runs the site.  She inspires me greatly and has an awesome website.  I’m taking notes from her.  Blackbutterfly7, YOU RAISE ME UP!!!…  and I thank you!!! The others are listed as follows:
2.   Greeneyedchess
3.   Sullysretreat
4.   Chyfrin The Celtic Poet
5.   Praihyusha Rao
6.   Conciergelibrarian14
7.   One Positive Blog
8.   Beautiful Life With Cancer
9.   Soren
10.  Hortus Clotus
I know I’m supposed to ask 11 questions but I’m in a bit of pain today and have a doctor’s appointment.  I wanted to get this done. So… you’re on your own with the questions.


It’s hard to believe that it has been six years since Michael Jackson’s death (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009).  I remember the day he died and I also remember a few family members and friends calling to check on me because they knew how big of a fan I still am of this iconic individual.  I think we all know that there will never be another to come and do it like Michael did it.  He mesmerized the world for the most of his life and truthfully he still continues to amaze.  I’ll leave you today with a few words from THE KING OF POP……. Gone Too Soon.


You’ve got to see this video.  If you have a heart, you will definitely be moved.  The video is a social experiment that happened in Canada.  The set-up:  A scantily-clad young boy is out on a cold day homeless and begging.  He then gets in his trash bag and lies down on the sidewalk.  You can tell that he is freezing cold.  People continue to walk by him until………..

If this had been an animal, how many people do you think would walk by like they did this young boy.  Are our priorities on correctly?  I know that we see so many homeless people on the street corners begging for money or food and we’ve become a bit desensitized but wow… This video here really puts it all in perspective.  Notice how many people stop to be nosey after the one man stops.


I found the following story on and I decided to run it in its’ entirety. This is one of those heart-warming stories and one that a lot of people should be very proud about. There’s o need for me to add more.

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From the time they enter Chicago’s Urban Prep Academies, the young men are asked to wear red ties. They may change these ties only once: after they have been admitted into college. During this year’s graduation ceremony, students who had achieved the honor were given new yellow ties with red stripes, a gesture to symbolize the hard work and dedication displayed in not only graduating from high school but also continuing to pursue education in one of the nation’s toughest cities.
For the fifth year in a row, all of the graduating students at Urban Prep Academies’ three campuses (pdf)—240, to be exact—donned new ties as the graduating class has again achieved a 100 percent acceptance rate into four-year colleges and universities.
“The tie represents, to me, moving on from a boy to becoming a young man and actually doing something with my life,” graduating senior Dumar Harris told NBC Chicago.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at the graduation Tuesday, and NBA star and Chicago native Dwyane Wade donated $10,000 through his foundation to help pay for the prom, NBC Chicago reports.
“I got into a lot of different schools, but right now I’m thinking about four different choices,” student Keshawn Cathery told NBC Chicago.
“I got into Georgetown University, which I will be attending in the fall,” student Derrick Little said.
The 2010 class, the first to graduate from the Chicago school, is on course to graduate from college.
“Being the first graduating class, you see a lot of progression, you see a lot of downfall, but everything comes just together. If you keep striving for that one goal, no one can tell you no,” Urban Prep alumnus Paris Williams told the news station.
With its challenging curriculum, the public charter school has had some students leave the program because they weren’t able to manage it. “Urban Prep is not for everyone, and those students may leave us,” school founder and CEO Tim King told the news station. “But the fact that some students choose to leave us should not be used as a weapon against the students who have chosen to stay and have achieved this incredible accomplishment.”