24 Things To Always Remember

"Follow Your Dreams"

24 Things to Always Remember. . .
and One Thing to Never Forget

your presence is a present to the world.
You’re unique and one of a kind.
Your life can be what you want it to be.
Take the days just one at a time.

Count your blessings, not your troubles.
You’ll make it through whatever comes along.
Within you are so many answers.
Understand, have courage, be strong.

Don’t put limits on yourself.
So many dreams are waiting to be realized.
Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Reach for your peak, your goal, and your prize.

Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.
Don’t take things too seriously.
Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.

Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot . . . goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
Life’s treasures are people . . . together.

Realize that it’s never too late.
Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Have heath and hope and happiness.
Take the time to wish upon a star.

And don’t ever forget . . .
For even a day . . .
How very special you are.

Read more: http://www.inspirationalarchive.com/632/24-things-to-always-remember/#ixzz2cRAt5BoD

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Dame Kelly Holmes


Hard Times

As the only mixed race child growing up in her village in the early 1970s, things were tough for Kelly as a child. She was brought up by her White mother after her biological father left when she was just a year old. Kelly’s mum struggled to cope, being on her own and only a teenager herself, and Kelly found herself in and out of care homes. It wasn’t until her mum met her step dad that things gradually became more settled. It was a loving home, but the family always struggled for money. Very early on, Kelly learned to work hard for everything she had. It was her PE teacher at school who saw her potential, and told her she was good at running.

Career Change

Although her athletics career looked promising, at the age of 17 Kelly decided to put her running on hold in order to join the British Army. She was later recognised for her services to the Military when she received her MBE after almost ten years’ service. But watching the Barcelona Olympic Games from her barracks room on camp, she was inspired to return to the track in 1992.

The Turning Point

The build-up to the Athens Olympic Games was the first year in seven that Kelly wasn’t injured, and she made the brave decision to double up in the 800m and 1500m. She became the first British female athlete to win both the 800m and 1500m, securing her place in history. She finished her illustrious career with twelve major championship medals from the Olympics, Worlds, Commonwealth Games and Europeans.

The Legacy

Kelly wanted to create a legacy from her athletics career that would benefit young people, believing every child needs a hero – someone to look up to and be inspired by. Sometimes, through no fault of their own, young people don’t have a role model, or the help they really need to be the best they can be. Kelly can recall her PE teacher at school, who told her she was good at running. She believes it can take just one person to change the course of a young person’s life.

That’s why, on the eve of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, she founded the DKH Legacy Trust, with a vision to get young lives on track using the unique skills of world class athletes to engage, enable and empower.
Inspired to take up running like Kelly?

Read More:  http://www.dkhlegacytrust.org/the-trust/dame-kelly-holmes/

Why Does Detroit Matter?

Hi Everyone,

I don’t know if you guys know this or not, but I am originally from Detroit and what I want to do through this vehicle is send some positive vibes to Detroit. I still have family that live there and that is my hometown. So, I will highlighting positive things about the place where I grew and a place that still love.


Cultural Weekly reached out to numerous leaders within Detroit’s creative community and gave them the opportunity to tell the world one simple thing: Why this city matters. We were happily overwhelmed with responses and are delighted to share the feedback that came in.

“Because life in Detroit is so hard…the art that comes out of it has to be great.”
Ismael Ahmed
Co-Founder and Director, Concert of Colors, Co-Founder, Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)

“One day Detroit will come back and it’ll be as generic, commercialized and boring as every other place. Until then, everyone should come experience all the inspiration to be found here.”
Toby Barlow
Award-Winning novelist, screenwriter, Chief Creative Officer at Team Detroit

“Detroit matters because, whatever the circumstances, its creativity never ceases.”
Graham W.J. Beal
Director, President and CEO, Detroit Institute of Arts

“Detroit matters because it is the heart & soul of the working people of America, and every genre of music from gospel to jazz pop & rock to hip hop flourishes and is nurtured here.”
Joan Belgrave
Singer, songwriter, producer

“Detroit sits at the base of one of the greatest waterways of the world and it’s also the Mecca of the music world.”
Marcus Belgrave
Legendary Jazz Trumpeter and Educator

“It is not the bounty of life that is interesting, it is the struggle to get to that bounty. Detroit struggles. In the good and bad times Detroit’s greatest product is hope.”
Tom Carleton
Partner and Director, Mindfield (creative agency)

“Detroit matters because its where I’m from and even in the wake of the ”Bankruptcy” it stands as a cultural beacon and will NEVER be bankrupt of culture, soul and spirit!! To do this would be going against God’s plan for my hometown and we sure don’t want to do that!! Right?”
James Carter
World-renowned Jazz saxophone player

“Few cities can boast the symbiotic relationship that Detroit has with jazz. Now in its 34th year, our event, along with the city, not only celebrates the history of jazz, but also the continual flow of creative artist that grow out of Detroit.”
Christopher Collins
Creative Director of the Detroit Jazz Festival, Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at Wayne State University

“Detroit has changed your world in more ways than you can count. THE ASSEMBLY LINE, eventually giving us the ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY. MOTOWN, an attempt to bring assembly line production methods to pop music, essentially becoming a factory for making hit records, in the process altering the course of Western Civilization…and when all of the above was gone, leaving Detroit a company town with no company, DETROIT TECHNO rose from the desolation to change the course of civilization AGAIN. Detroit’s motto is ‘Resurget Cineribus’ which means ‘We will rise from the ashes.’ Res Ipsa Loquitur.”
Mick Collins
Singer, songwriter, musician – The Dirtbombs, The Gories

“Detroit is a cultural lifeline in this country. I believe when Detroit starts to recognize this and starts utilizing its arts and music legacy, the country will see that Detroit does matter.
Thornetta Davis
Award-winning blues vocalist

“Detroit matters to us because we are here. Like every great city, we have our own unique social, cultural, and educational history. Add to that: an incredible geographic setting. This is our home, and we believe in its future.”
David DiChiera
Founder & General Manager, Michigan Opera Theatre, internationally-acclaimed composer

“Detroit has heart, soul and a resiliency that others can only try to understand. Our challenges build character, and that character will continue to build, rebuild and sustain our city well beyond the expectations of our naysayers.”
Karen Dumas
Communication strategist and former Chief of Communications for the City of Detroit

“Bankruptcy is the declared financial status of the municipality, not the spiritual and creative status of the community. Beyond the industrial history, Detroit is an integral part of the world’s cultural continuum. Collectively, this entire region remains engaged and encouraged.”
Mike Ellison
Singer, songwriter, slam poet

“The hardships that we’ve experienced have not only required an environment of innovation, they’ve bred a culture of passionate expression and creative ingenuity. We know what it is to fight for our art, and because of that – the things we create are shaping the way creators and collectors view the world.”
Sara Frey
Strategist at Skidmore Studio, Co-founder of Free Art Friday Detroit

“Detroit is a special place–a great love story! It’s good when it’s good and it’s bad when it’s bad. It’s a place of originality. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”
Tyree Guyton
Internationally-acclaimed artist, Founder and Artistic Director for The Heidelberg Project

“Detroit is once again at the wedge edge of devising cultural, social and politically innovative ways to solve problems and strut its stuff. The rest of the world will be wise to pay attention and learn something.”
Bill Harris 
Playwright, poet, Emeritus Professor of English from Wayne State University

“Detroit is a key hub for artists and creative thinkers from around the globe. Many who have played at Movement and have seen commercial success attribute the sounds of Detroit as an inspiration.”
Jason Huvaere
Director, Movement Electronic Music Festival, President of Paxahau, Inc.

“Detroit IS humanity – in all its beauty, ugliness, spirit, struggle, injury, hope, despair, tragedy, love, hate, history. Detroit makes you humble. Detroit makes you real. Detroit is a provocative piece of art that won’t allow you to remain untouched, callous, or disengaged. Detroit makes you love it and work harder for it than you’ve worked for anything in your life.”
Sarah James
Fundraising and Membership Chair for People for Palmer Park, and Communications Chair for University District Community Association

“Detroit is this wonderfully unique stew of people, music and culture. Notice that I didn’t say a “melting pot.” What makes Detroit cool is that each culture is represented in the “stew” and each flavor is distinct but complementary. There’s nowhere else quite like it.”
Rev. Robert Jones, Sr.
Acclaimed roots musician, artist, storyteller, teacher and preacher

“Detroit is the center of the worldwide automotive industry that supported the employment of tens of millions of people in the U.S. and across the world. The global wave of changing economies will not stop at our city limits.”
Njia Kai
Director of the African World Festival and Performing Arts Manager for Midtown Detroit, Inc.

“Detroit matters because for decades it has contributed to the culture of the world and for that reason it should always remember Providence and keep on steppin’.”
Yousef Lateef
Grammy Award-Winning musician, composer and educator; recipient of the 2010 Jazz Masters Fellow from the National Endowment for the Arts

“Detroit is the Heartbeat of America and the World!”
Hubert Massey
Master Muralist/Artist, Kresge Fine Arts Fellow
“Detroit matters because it has stopped seeing itself through the eyes of others and realized that the raw creative spirit that defines it remains.”
Juanita Moore
President & CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

“Detroit is one of the most interesting cities in the world because it’s evolving in front of your eyes into what it will be in its next act. It was at the forefront of the Industrial Age in the last century and it won’t be ignored in this century either.”
Karla Murray
National Manager at Film Detroit (Detroit Film Office)

“Over six major art institutions in Detroit were founded by African Americans and maintain all or part of their missions in preservation of African American Art. For example, the Detroit Institute of Art houses the General Motors Center for African American Art, which is the only one in existence at a major museum.”
Dr. George N’Namdi
Founder of the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, and one of the most respected art dealers and gallery owners in America 

“Detroit is the heart of a region that is four-million strong, with each and every person carrying a portion of the city’s soul – past, present and future. Its history is the history of 20th century America, with cultural institutions that are among the nation’s treasures, an architectural legacy that is unique among American cities, and a spirit that is indomitable. It was creative thinking that built this region and creative thinking will sustain it.”
Rip Rapson
President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation

“What is special about Detroit, and the other cities like it, is the perseverance and courage of its citizens to overcome the policies and still strive to believe in the American dream.”
Mitch Ryder
Singer, Songwriter, Detroit rock and roll icon

“Detroit–from the expanding US frontier to the birth of the industrial revolution, to the arsenal of democracy to the sound track of the civil rights movement–has been at the center of the American experience. We are the tough, gritty, tenacious, and hard working. Detroiters are builders, engineers and artists; makers of things and writers of songs. Detroit matters because Detroit represents the creative ingenuity that is the basis of American resilience.”
Matt Seeger
Professor of Communication and Dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University

“Detroit has long inspired some of the most creative spirit and expression the world has ever seen. That energy – that determination to turn visions into reality – is palpable in this city, and it is exciting to be a part of it.”
Nancy Sizer
Director, Detroit Artists Market, a nonprofit contemporary art gallery highlighting Detroit area artists

“When I signed up with the Detroit Symphony in 2006, many people warned me that tough economic times were coming. Knowing this, I still wanted to be part of the eventual return to good times. The artistic elements of any city are one of the definitions of what makes a vibrant community. The history of the arts in Detroit is storied and continues to provide sustenance for the spirit and soul. Whether Motown, electronica, the symphony or rap, the musical treasures of our city make the preservation of this cultural heritage worth every penny of our support.”
Leonard Slatkin
Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France 

“Because for one thing, PEOPLE MATTER and while the city is around half of its size, PEOPLE are still here. And new people still arrive all of the time and see Detroit as an opportunity. Those of that are from here see it as HOME. Family & friends…this is what matters. The people ARE Detroit.”
R.J. Spangler
Music producer, artist manager, bandleader and award-winning blues and jazz musician

“Detroit is poised to become America’s benchmark on reinvention. It’s where the creative class is redefining how the world perceives Detroit.”
Gary Spondike
Man about town, Connecting all the dots, Director at Skidmore Studio, Co-Founder of Free Art Fridays Detroit

“Detroit matters as a contemporary illustration of how democracy cannot be assumed a right but rather a privilege to be earned by creative and intelligent citizens, including those in the artistic community, who nurture it responsibly; or it decays.”
Douglas Stratton
Detroit philanthropist and founder of The Stratton Foundation

“We’re the largest port of entry into the United States – Canada from the north into the Great Lakes State of Michigan. And welcome to the border barrio called Mexican Town or Southwest Detroit – proud rock music home to Jack White – part of Detroit’s world music roots – jazz, punk, soul, R&B, techno, gospel and Afro Latin world sound beat!”
Vito Valdez
Community artist and educator in the Learning and Interpretive Dept. of the Detroit Institute of Arts

“You can feel the energy created by artists and people with innovative ideas flocking to Detroit because it’s a place where anything is possible and the only way to go is up. Detroit is consciously reinventing itself for the 21st century in incredibly imaginative ways, way ahead of the curve in the type of radical transformation other cities will have to make to remain viable. I LOVE Detroit!”
Allee Willis
GRAMMY®, Emmy, Tony and Webbie award-winning/nominated songwriter, performer, artist, multimediaist, director, collector, party thrower.

“Detroit isn’t a city on the verge of collapse. It’s a city on the verge of transformation. Students who study here can take part in the reinvention of the American city. It’s an unprecedented opportunity.”
M. Roy Wilson, M.D.
President of Wayne State University – See more at: http://www.culturalweekly.com/why-does-detroit-matter.html#sthash.rqs5yVd4.AhjEeAWm.dpuf

Latest News: Planned Parenthood


By Kimberly Seabrooks

Late last week, some of the Planned Parenthood clinics in Wisconsin started the process of closing their doors. According to the provider for women’s health, this is due to Gov. Scott Walker (R) and the Republicans in the state after stripping the state funding given.

The Shawano, Wis. clinic closed on Friday, as reported by Fox 11, and is the first of the four expected Planned Parenthood closures that were announced in February this year.

CEO of Planned Parenthood Wisconsin, Teri Huyck, made a statement to CBS 58 saying how the current decision to strip the federal resources by Governor Walker has made it a challenge for women and their health. The resources would usually fill the gap in health coverage and has also been hit hard by the budget proposal that will end the coverage of BadgerCare for those women who earn more than $11,490 annually.

Laura Bassett, from Huffington Post, reported back in February about how this legislative action has forced Planned Parenthood to make some closures.

By July, three other clinics—Johnson creek, Chippewa Falls and Beaver Dam—were  closed. This affects over 2,000 patients across the state, according to Planned Parenthood.

A Message From The Creator


American Cancer Society


Hi Everyone,

I am an advocate for The American Cancer Society and I am hoping that you all will join me in defeating this awful, horrible disease. Thank you so much!!!

Participate in Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3)

CPS-3 Help Create a World with More BirthdaysIf you’ve ever known someone with cancer, you know that birthdays are a very significant milestone.

There are nearly 13.7 million people in America who have survived cancer and countless more who have avoided it – who will be celebrating birthdays this year. You can join the movement for more birthdays and fight back against cancer by enrolling in a new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

The American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal history of cancer to join this historic research study. The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial and ethnic backgrounds from across the US. CPS-3 is a grassroots effort where local communities from across the country can support cancer research not just through fundraising efforts, but also by participating actively in this historic research study.

Research study enrollment opportunities will take place at various venues in select communities across the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information about CPS-3 and the selected enrollment locations, please emailCPS3@cancer.org or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

By joining CPS-3, you can help us understand how to prevent cancer, which will save lives and give people more of their most precious resource – time. More time with their families and friends, more memories, more celebrations and more birthdays.

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