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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, April 1, 2016


Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn’t the dream destroy reality?

George Moore – 1852-1933, Novelist

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, March 31, 2016


In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.

Booker T. Washington
Educator, Author, Orator
Advisor to presidents of the United States
Dominant leader in the African-American community

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Just don't give up what you're trying to do. Where there is Love and Inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.

Ella Fitzgerald, jazz vocalist

Monday, March 28, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.

Booker T. Washington
Educator, Author, Orator
Advisor to presidents of the United States
Dominant leader in the African-American community

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Inspirations - Monday, March 28, 2016


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Inspirations - Saturday, March 26, 2016


LIFE IS NOT A BASEBALL GAME (Part 6 of 6)

Your best chance is to be well prepared and patient.  Don’t take wild swings and reckless chances, but remember that eventually you must take a swing. 

Remember your training and keep your eye on the prize.

Despite all your preparation, sometimes you may strike out.  Don’t let that deter you, because preparation and persistence will insure that your batting average will see you through.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Inspirations - March 25, 2016


LIFE IS NOT A BASEBALL GAME (Part 5 of 6)

When it is your turn at bat and you step up to the plate, all eyes will be upon you.  Some will hope you hit a Home Run, others will be praying that you strike out, and many won’t care.

Remember that it is your ball game.  You will receive very few perfect pitches.  Much of the time you will have to make the best of what life throws you.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, March 24, 2016


LIFE IS NOT A BASEBALL GAME (Part 4 of 6)

Sometimes the catch will be easy and other times you will be required to stretch beyond the limits that you consider possible.

You may be blinded by a relentless sun, or fooled by the winds of change.  But be assured that most of the time, if you give it your best, it will soon be your turn at bat.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, March 23, 2016


LIFE IS NOT A BASEBALL GAME (Part 3 of 6)

In the outfield you will often be lonely, but your position is important.

When you least expect it, you will be called upon to be the backup for what someone else has missed.

Opportunity will come your way, sometimes high, sometimes low, sometimes fast, sometimes slow.

It will be up to you to remain alert and be ready to adjust your position and your speed. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, March 22, 2016


LIFE IS NOT A BASEBALL GAME (Part 2 of 6)

As a Pitcher, you must throw life your best pitch.

As a Catcher, you must handle the curves life dishes out.

You must become quick enough for the fastball and tough enough for the hardball.

When you play the bases, you will sometimes make an error, but with practice comes improvement, and you can eventually expect more double plays and even an occasional triple play.

It is almost Baseball Season, and our Inspirational message each day this week will be 1 of a series of 6.  Please check back for Wednesday's Message for part 3.

Life is NOT a Baseball Game (Complete Series)


Life will not wait for a teammate to consult with you on the mound.

Life offers no Seventh Inning Stretch.

No one can Pinch Hit for you.

There is no Bull Pen to rely on.

You may be called upon to play any position. 

As a Pitcher, you must throw life your best pitch.

As a Catcher, you must handle the curves life dishes out.

You must become quick enough for the fastball and tough enough for the hardball.

When you play the bases, you will sometimes make an error, but with practice comes improvement, and you can eventually expect more double plays and even an occasional triple play.

In the outfield you will often be lonely, but your position is important.

When you least expect it, you will be called upon to be the backup for what someone else has missed.

Opportunity will come your way, sometimes high, sometimes low, sometimes fast, sometimes slow.

It will be up to you to remain alert and be ready to adjust your position and your speed.

Sometimes the catch will be easy and other times you will be required to stretch beyond the limits that you consider possible.

You may be blinded by a relentless sun, or fooled by the winds of change.  But be assured that most of the time, if you give it your best, it will soon be your turn at bat. 

When it is your turn at bat and you step up to the plate, all eyes will be upon you.  Some will hope you hit a Home Run, others will be praying that you strike out, and many won’t care.

Remember that it is your ball game.  You will receive very few perfect pitches.  Much of the time you will have to make the best of what life throws you. 

Your best chance is to be well prepared and patient.  Don’t take wild swings and reckless chances, but remember that eventually you must take a swing. 

Remember your training and keep your eye on the prize.

Despite all your preparation, sometimes you may strike out.  Don’t let that deter you, because preparation and persistence will insure that your batting average will see you through. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Inspirations - Monday, March 21, 2016


LIFE IS NOT A BASEBALL GAME
(Part 1 of 6)

Life will not wait for a teammate to 
consult with you on the mound.  

Life offers no Seventh Inning Stretch.

No one can Pinch Hit for you.

There is no Bull Pen to rely on.

You may be called upon to play any position. 

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It is almost Baseball Season, and our Inspirational message each day this week will be 1 of a series of 6.  Please check back for Tuesday's Message for part 2

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Inspirations - Fri., March 18, 2016


My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Inspirations - Thur., March 17, 2016


I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.

Michael Jordan

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Inspirations - Wed., March 16, 2016


For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.

Dr. Maya Angelou, author and poet

Monday, March 14, 2016

Inspirations - Tue., March 15, 2016


I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Inspirations - Mon., March 14, 2016


Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope... and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

Robert F. Kennedy, Former U.S. Attorney General

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Inspirations - Fri., Mar. 11, 2016


Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.

Susan L. Taylor, journalist

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Inspirations - Wed., Mar. 9, 2016


For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

Nelson Mandela

Monday, March 7, 2016

Inspirations - Tue., Mar. 8, 2016


A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

Nelson Mandela

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Inspirations - Mon., Mar. 7, 2016


The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.

W.E.B. Du Bois, author and activist

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Inspirations - Fri., Mar. 4, 2016


There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.

Booker T. Washington

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Inspirations - Thur., Mar. 3, 2016


Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion.

William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Inspirations - Wed., Mar. 2, 2016


We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.

President Jimmy Carter
39th President of the United States