Philanthropy Starts With Us!

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A Butterfly’s Story.

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“The caterpillar is a prisoner to the streets that conceived it
Its only job is to eat or consume everything around it, in order to protect itself from this mad city
While consuming its environment the caterpillar begins to notice ways to survive
One thing it noticed is how much the world shuns him, but praises the butterfly
The butterfly represents the talent, the thoughtfulness, and the beauty within the caterpillar
But having a harsh outlook on life the caterpillar sees the butterfly as weak and figures out a way to pimp it to his own benefits
Already surrounded by this mad city the caterpillar goes to work on the cocoon which institutionalizes him
He can no longer see past his own thoughts
He’s trapped
When trapped inside these walls certain ideas start to take roots, such as going home, and bringing back new concepts to this mad city
The result?
Wings begin to emerge, breaking the cycle of feeling stagnant
Finally free, the butterfly sheds light on situations that the caterpillar never considered, ending the eternal struggle
Although the butterfly and caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.”

What’s your perspective on that?

Kendrick Lamar, from his song “Mortal Man”

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Hello April Days!

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 Cheers to a beautiful and marvelous month! A month of my namesake, my mother and sister-in-law’s births and many friends of mine as well. Love and adoration for turning points and blessings. For April showers do bring May flowers. A month to celebrate Easter, the day of my savior, Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, redemption and rebirth! My faith is ever full and my spirit ever present. Thank you Lord for another day of life to rejoice, for its Spring!

Time to begin Anew!

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. — William Shakespeare

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Endure till the End.

"No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own Wings." -William Blake

“No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own Wings.” -William Blake

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2015: A Year of Insight and Fortitude

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This is one of my favorite quotes from Atticus Finch, from one of my favorite books from childhood, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee.

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A Celebrated Life.

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A Phenomenal Woman, a Celebration of her Life.

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from and how you can still come out of it.

~Dr. Maya Angelou

Thank you for giving us the breath of your wisdom, the hope of your words and the foundation to speak life into our existence. You inspired me to be a poet with an open heart and I thank you for that. God has called you home and we celebrate the gift that is you, phenomenally.

I Love You.

-April :))

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The New Frontier.

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I am reminded of the late President John F. Kennedy’s words in his 1960 United States presidential election acceptance speech:

But I tell you the new frontier is here, whether we seek it or not. Beyond that frontier are uncharted areas of science and space, unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered pockets of ignorance and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus. It would be easier to shrink back from that frontier, to look to the safe mediocrity of the past, to be lulled by good intentions and high rhetoric.

But I believe the times demand new invention, innovation, imagination, decision. I am asking each of you to be pioneers on that new frontier.

My call is to the young at heart, regardless of age–to all who respond to the Scriptural call: Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed. For courage, not complacency, is our need today–leadership, not salesmanship. 

And the only valid test of leadership is the ability to lead, and lead vigorously.

His words have still remained in my heart, that we must never give up and must always endeavor to do our best in the causes which matter through dignity, selflessness and strength. Courage must be the breath of our soul and the depth of our existence as human beings in service to our faith and to mankind for the improvement of our society as a whole. Our children need a brighter future and a better tomorrow through the tools we are blessed to be given. God Bless America and United we must Stand and Remain!

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A Vital Character Lived!

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is Unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost –Martha Graham

I love this quote by Martha Graham, an American dancer and choreographer, who had a pivotal role in modern dance. Her form, beauty and motion exudes individuality and self-expression that was all her own. I love how she used dance to tell a story of how life is portrayed by the motion of one’s body. She said in the 1994 documentary “The Dancer Revealed,”

I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It’s permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable.

I use that quote in my own life, we must use our gifts to share a story and find life as a journey which is beautiful, circular, spontaneous and though unexpected changes happen they turn out to be monumental blessings, a faith connected in your soul to live.

I intend to continue to work and create art through my own self-expression, which is life. Enjoy the journey and let your purpose shine through your craft. Thank you Martha for such wisdom and vital use of character in motion.

The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

Martha Graham

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2014 is Here: A Marvelous and Inspiring New Year!

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 “The journey is the reward.”Steve Jobs

I want to wish Everyone a Happy and Marvelous New Year! I am hoping everyone enjoyed their Christmas Holiday and New Year’s Eve Celebrations filled with love, joy and peace among their family and friends. This new year of 2014, will be a phenomenal and inspiring year for me, in that the Dr. Wilma T. Stone Educational Foundation will be receiving its incorporation, renovations and the Board of Directors has been formed. God is forever in the midst of such blessings. Always have a vision and fulfill the purpose God has for you.

2013, was an amazing and a changing year for me, a year of hard work, devotion and a start-up idea! There is more to come this year of 2014 and I am looking forward to sharing! I hope to contribute and share my vision in Global Health and Global Education, my two platforms in life. I will continue to travel and have love in my heart for serving others, especially children. I am excited that the Board of Directors and myself, look forward to making a difference in the lives of children and teens in Plant City, FL, through the Dr. Wilma T. Stone Educational Foundation. The foundation is geared towards improving reading and literacy, while making connections through mentoring for children and teens ages 5-18 within the community.

I thank you all for your love, encouragement and support for these endeavors. God Bless and Godspeed in 2014! What a marvelous difference we can make in the lives of others through faith, inspiration and motivation for the next generation of leaders!! Continuing to set the path I was born to lead through humility and love. Its by God’s Grace and Love that I am here, following my journey. 🙂

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.”Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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