Archive for February, 2015

PostHeaderIcon This dress caused a stir!

By Vernalee
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It never ceases to amaze me what sets the internet on fire! Last weekend after a wedding,a post on Tumblr posed the question, “What color is this dress?” Simple question; simple answer. By Friday afternoon (yesterday), more than 28 million viewers had commented. To say that it went viral is an understatement! The dress’ color was seen as a toss up between white and gold or blue and black. Really? Clearly, the dress was blue and black! But I guess, people see what they want to see! When you look at the photo what colors do you see? Seeing is believing! Right? So what’s your answer: Blue and Black or Gold and White? I rest my case and my eyes!
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PostHeaderIcon The power of giving back!

By Vernalee
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Is there a responsibility to reach back and help people? I think so! Taking the time to share your time, energies, and knowledge are needed if we truly want to impact the well being of others. Being a sounding board is great. Nothing beats listening ears alongside the hands that help! Think about it. Since God has the whole world in his hands, your hands helping someone else isn’t too much to ask; Is it? Besides, the “giving back” process isn’t that difficult or time consuming. I realize that what comes easy and natural to some can be foreign and difficult to others. Regardless, there is power in giving back! It is the right thing to do. The residuals pay off bountifully. Your selflessness, caring, thoughtfulness, and actions of making someone else’s life better will strengthen you immeasurably! It is very fulfilling and satisfying. Try it; you will see and agree!
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PostHeaderIcon Don’t kick people while they are down!

By Vernalee
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When people are down, they need to be helped / picked up; not kicked further downwards! Why kick someone when they are already on the ground; be it physical or emotional! One interesting concept about courageous fighters and resilient folks when they are down is that they have the intestinal fortitude to eventually rise up! They may also have “not so fond” memories of your kicking foot! Remember … payback is not always kind! It will feel no different than the kick that you gave them … or worse!
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PostHeaderIcon Forever … Maya Angelou!

By Vernalee
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Admittedly, I pridefully buy Black Heritage stamps! They are my preference. The United States Post Office just added another Forever stamp to its impressive lineup, notably that of Maya Angelou. Though we lost Dr. Angelou last year, her presence through her poems, books, recordings, and now her stamp keep her memory alive. An incredible force, I recently saw a video whereby Dr. Angelou was rapping to a tune called the “Harlem Hopscotch.” How talented and accomplished she was! I frequently quote Maya Angelou in my conversations and writings. My favorite quote is “when people show you who they are, believe them..!” I’m learning! I am delighted that Maya Angelou’s memory will now continue through another avenue, namely … the issuance of a Forever stamp bearing her resemblance. “Phenomenal Woman”…that’s Maya!
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PostHeaderIcon Sinking in quicksand

By Vernalee
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Indiana Jones always manage to accomplish the impossible tasks. But then that’s a movie! Pulling yourself out of quicksand takes quick thinking and maneuverability. The objective is to land your feet on solid ground. Easy said; hard to do when the gravity forces are pushing you down. One thing that I have seen in all of the Indiana Jones movies is that he stabilizes himself first before he reaches out to others. That isn’t selfish when you are in a perilous state of doom. How about calling it survival! Whether it is an individual or a company that is spiraling downwards, if they don’t listen and grab the helping hands when they are sliding, the quicksand will unfortunately push them down! Will the distressed grab the hand or heed meritorious advice; or will they continue on the downward slide? Indiana Jones or his stunt double always survived. Assuming that the persons or executives in trouble know that they are sinking – Will they hold on or let go? Or do they feel that they “know it all” needing no one to pull them up? The answer lies between their decision and the quicksand down under.
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PostHeaderIcon The Oscars 2015

By Vernalee
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To those who know me, all know that watching award shows is “my thing!” I have grandiose visions of accepting one of those statutes one day…perhaps for one of my books being adapted into a movie. Wishful thinking! I am a dreamer! Realities start there! Anyway, I took the liberty of critiquing the Oscars 2015! No one asked me too; I am self appointed. Without coverage of the winners, the slights, and critiques of the movies and gowns, unequivocally the highlight of the show was Common’s and John Legend’s performance of “Glory!” Receiving a standing ovation, their performance brought “the house down” as it brought tears to many eyes in the audience. Lady Gaga, came out of left field as she always does, and surprised me with her extraordinary vocals! She sang just as classically as Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music.” Though Joan Rivers was excluded (How dare Them!) in the memoriam segment, Jennifer Hudson was in rare form in her moving tribute! Her voice is exquisite, powerful, and one of the best! Was this a replacement show for the recently boring Grammies? Finally, my critique of Neil Patrick Harris, as host, is being delivered directly to the Academy Headquarters! As I conclude, do know that my coverage wasn’t live from the Red Carpet … maybe one day! There you have it!
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PostHeaderIcon Close your ears to bad influences

By Vernalee
what jesus did. org
There is a saying, “Know who you are talking to.” Isn’t it equally as important to know who you are listening to? It is those words that you hear that are likely to influence you. You must have the wisdom to move away from mouths that speak the wrong message. Closing your ears to not hear … as you run away from badness is the best way to avoid trouble. You never want to be guided by others stupidity. Guard your associations. Cover your ears so that you hear not! ” Do not be misled. Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 Happy Sunday! God Bless!
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PostHeaderIcon Muhammad Ali… He’s back!

By Vernalee
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I applaud Under Armour for signing Muhammad Ali to be a spokesman for their products. Hopefully, their sports clothing and accessories line will benefit from “The Greatest” Midas touch. I had the distinct opportunity to see Muhammad Ali twice. The latter was at a NBA All Star Game; the most memorable occurred years before at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. It was around the time that Parkinson’s was beginning to invade his body. As we made eye contact on the escalator, it occurred to me that I was looking at a man who stood up for his principles and beliefs. Needless to say, his conscientious objection occurred at the height of his boxing career! Few people would have taken that type of risk! It is without question that Muhammad Ali’s stance embraced awe inspiring courage. I remember my Mother saying, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything!” Here at 73, Muhammad Ali still stands, shakily at times, but with admiration that is respected and admired. His punch is still a force to be reckoned with as he enjoys the notoriety for being one of the most recognizable people in the world!
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PostHeaderIcon Your weight and you!

By Vernalee
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Does weight determine who you are and how you feel about yourself? In her recent Today Show appearance discussing her essay that recently went viral, Joni Edelman said, “Happiness does not require thinness and fatness does not presume sadness.” Struggling with weight is not a new subject. Feeling comfortable in your skin is the important thing. Good Health is key! Thin machine skinnies with perfect metabolism may cannot necessarily relate to weight struggles, but they can be motivational. I have noticed that my model fit daughter only eats when she is hungry. Isn’t that they way it should be? Eating because it is meal time is driven by habit. Age, laziness, slower metabolism, lifestyle, little or no exercise, poor meal selections …. add to the struggle. Weight does not define you, but it is paramount to good health and a struggle for many! Temptations abound! So …. Put that hot fudge ice cream sundae with nuts, caramel, and whip cream down! You need not count the calories; just don’t eat it! I am talking to you … and me too!
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PostHeaderIcon Is your being alone … self induced?

By Vernalee
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I love people and being in crowds! I love feeling needed and helping! I adore being around people; enjoying their company. Yes, I am defined as a “people person!” Everyone describe me as one! I cannot speak for you, but people and friendships are my thing! So I offer to that selected group who are seemingly or seamlessly floating in the ozone out there….. Stop pretending that you are invincible or emotionless! You may be strong, but there is something or someone that can knock you down. It may not have happened yet, but with longevity of years, it will show up at your doorsteps. Unless you are robotic, external emotional penetration will crept in eventually. You cannot escape it! Everyone needs someone! Are you the self described ” untouchable / don’t need anyone” in your life type of person? Stop blaming others. It may be you not them! It may be you who is refusing to let others enter; you who have closed your door. Wake up, smell the coffee, remember no man is an island. In fact, God even recognized the emptiness of man being alone. So…..Get with the program! Ultimately, your survival may depend upon it! Sorry, I forgot the game that folks like you regularly play! Tag, you are it! And you will be it….one day, one way or another!
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