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The All Things Basket, Inspirational Speaker & Author Rolanda Pyle

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Here is an great article on our AMAZING Aunt ,  Author and Inspirational Speaker Rolanda Pyle. She is definitely one of our role models. She exhibits the true meaning of living out your purpose and overcoming obstacles in life .Check it out.


Article from http://takethethankyouchallenge.blogspot.com

God Behind the Scenes

I am thankful today that God is in the business of bringing Heaven to earth. He is continually working behind-the-scenes for our benefit; to make this earthly existence more exactly match the life He originally intended. 

Our days and nights are peppered with heavenly interventions that make order out of the chaos, and give meaning to the seemingly senseless.

He somehow puts the impossible puzzle pieces of our lives together to create a beautiful work of art. 

Author and Inspirational Speaker Rolanda Pyle shares a heartwarming true life story of how God turned her childhood disappointments into blessings beyond her imagination:




The “All Things” Basket
 

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”  ~ Romans 8:28 (NKJV)


This scripture has significant value to me because I learned through my life that even when we can’t see it, even when we can’t feel it, God is working it out.  I’ve learned to put things I can’t understand into my “all things” basket.


When I was a little girl, I was raised by my father and his mother. My paternal grandmother stepped in to help my father with his three children. She was the nurturer while my father was the provider and disciplinarian.


I remember crying many days, wondering why I couldn’t have a mother in the home like all of my friends. I remember many times being embarrassed when my grandmother walked me to public school and my classmates asked, “Where is your mother? Why does your grandmother bring you to school?” It wasn’t until years after my grandmother passed that I really appreciated her sacrifice. I am grateful to her and to my father for all they did for me as a child.


Growing up, I somehow thought being cared for by my grandmother was one of the worst things that could have happened. It was not natural. It was not the way it was supposed to be. Little did I know that many years down the road, what I thought was the worst thing in my life would turn out to be the best thing in my life.


After graduating from high school, I went on to college, knowing that the profession I wanted was to help people. My career took me down many paths from working in foster care to preventive services where I would help families at risk of losing their children to the system. I assumed the responsibility of recruiting and training seniors to become role models for at-risk families. I loved this job because I got to work with both seniors and children. Years later, one of my friends who knew of my work with seniors, offered me a job at his place of employment -- an agency that had just received funds to start a program for grandparents raising their grandchildren.


The program grew, and eventually I was asked by the city to come and head their Grandparent Resource Center at the Department for the Aging. So now, I help grandparent caregivers across the city. This program has grown to become a national model. I have won many awards and been asked to speak across the country at conferences.


How did I know about grandparents raising their grandchildren? Where did I get this passion to help and assist these families? How do I know what they feel and what they need? Why has this become my mission in life? I lived it.


Years ago, when I thought it was the worst thing in my life, I did not know that the Lord was working it “all things” out for my good. I had no clue that there was a plan being worked out for my life. I never dreamed that I would stand before Commissioners, Mayors and prominent folks to let them know the needs and services of grandparents. I never thought that I would be interviewed on radio or television, or have newspaper articles written about me. It was not a desire of my heart nor was it anything I imagined.


What I thought was the worst thing, turned out to be a good thing because, “all things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.”


And that is why I have learned to put everything in the “all things” basket.
~ Rolanda Pyle ©

Rolanda T. Pyle is a certified social worker, and the Author of two books: 


~FINALLY, a collection of inspirational poetry 
~Beneath His Everlasting Wings, a devotional 
To learn more about Rolanda, visit:
www.rorosrainbowcommunications.com 
http://www.facebook.com/rorosrainbow .


“You have done many miraculous things, oh Lord my God. You have made many wonderful plans for us.”
~ Psalm 40:5



“The pathway, which lies before me, only the Heavenly Father knows. I will trust in Him to unfold the moments and the mystery, just as He unfolds the rose.”
~ Author Unknown



No matter how difficult your current situation
may you find rest in knowing He is working on your behalf
Talk to you soon,
Connie



To learn more about "Beneath His Everlasting Wings" and other books, go to website -www.rorosrainbowcommunications.com 

Justice for Travyon Martin, A Million Hoodies March in NYC

We are deeply saddened about this, it brings tears to our eyes. Travyon Martin ,an innocent African American teenager lost his life "The rules of justice in this nation have failed when an innocent teenage boy can be shot to death by a vigilante and no arrest is made for weeks. 
If we all come together, We can make CHANGE. Here is how you can help. 


On February 26,  Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member's home from a convenience store where he had just bought some candy. He was only 17 years-old. 
Trayvon's killer, George Zimmerman, admitted to police that he shot Trayvon in the chest. Zimmerman, the community's self appointed "neighborhood watch leader," called the police to report a suspicious person when he saw Travyon, a young black man, walking from the store. But Zimmerman still hasn't been charged for murdering our son. 
Trayvon was our hero. At the age 9, Trayvon pulled his father from a burning kitchen, saving his life. He loved sports and horseback riding. At only 17 he had a bright future ahead of him with dreams of attending college and becoming an aviation mechanic. Now that’s all gone.
When Zimmerman reported Trayvon to the police, they told him not to confront him. But he did anyway. All we know about what happened next is that our 17 year-old son, who was completely unarmed, was shot and killed.
It's been nearly two weeks and the Sanford Police have refused to arrest George Zimmerman. In their public statements, they even go so far as to stand up for the killer - saying he's "a college grad" who took a class in criminal justice.
Please join us in calling on Norman Wolfinger, Florida's 18th District State's Attorney, to investigate my son's murder and prosecute George Zimmerman for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin.
Today in NYC Union Square 6pm - 9pm
Wear your hoodies!!




1 million hoodies, 1 million signatures on Change.org… Show the world we are all Trayvon.
1. WEAR YOUR HOODIE ON WEDNESDAY 3/21 and upload a pic to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #millionhoodies.
3. SIGN THE CHANGE.ORG PETITION – started by Trayvon’s parents. Currently at 780 ,000 signatures, we can move the needle to 1 million this week!
http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-our-son-17-year-old-trayvon-martin
2. JOIN US IN NYC – Throw on your hoodies and come gather in Union Square to show your support for justice for Trayvon Martin!
A black person in a hoodie isn’t automatically “suspicious”. Let’s put an end to racial profiling!
**WEDNESDAY, March 21st is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
MARCH ON UNION SQUARE!
“We must, individually and collectively, stamp out racism, stigma and prejudice.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2012
Not in NYC? Check-in to show your support or organize a march in your city!

CAN’T MARCH?  HERE’S OTHER STUFF YOU CAN DO
Send bags of Skittles to the Sanford Chief of Police, demanding that George Zimmerman be brought to justice.
Chief, Bill Lee.
Sanford Police Station.
815 West 13th Street.
Sanford, Fl 32771.
OR
Send your child to school in a hoodie and a bag of Skittles, help them get their friends involved in this important issue that affects them or their friends. make sure they all sign the petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-our-son-17-year-old-trayvon-martin

Brooklyn Restaurant Week "Dine in Brooklyn" March 19-29

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

                                        For all our Brooklyn lovers, you know that we LOVE Brooklyn!!

 It's HERE! 2012 Brooklyn Restaurant Week


Brooklyn Restaurant Week starts March 19-29


Here's a selection of restaurants that are participating in Brooklyn, NYC's "restaurant week," called Dine In Brooklyn. It runs from March 19-29, 2012. You can get a three-course meal for $25 and lunch for (get ready for Brooklyn humor) $20.121. Also, there's brunch for 2 for $20.12. That's exclusive of tip, tax and drinks.
Some restaurants may also offer "two-fers," meaning you can get two meals for the price of one. Some restaurants also offer good brunch deals.

Prices during Restaurant Week in Brooklyn

  • Brunch 2 for $20.12
  • Lunch for $20.12
  • Dinner for $25.00

Healthy Living: Our new LOVE ... Juicing!

Monday, March 19, 2012

After finally purchasing the Jack Lalane juicier. We can say that we are in love. lol  We love juicing .Juicing daily will give you a ton of energy . It provides a quality amount of nutrition. It's extremely healthy ,with the right fruits and veggie it's delicious.





Here are some recipes from our favorite Juice Blog
http://www.877myjuicer.com



Dandelion-Spinach Detox Juice

Long praised for their liver-detoxifying properties, dandelion greens are rich in beta-carotene and have a signature bitter bite to them. Add more lemon (or toss in some agave) to taste if the juice is too bitter for you.
Spinach’s list of vitamins and nutrients is too long to list here, but let’s start with vitamin K, vintaim A, manganese, folate, magnesium, and iron (thinking of sneaking an extra handful of leaves into your juice yet?) If after you’re finished with this recipe, be sure to checkout our growing list of spinach blog archives for some other info and ideas on how to use this magical green!
  • 1/2 bunch dandelion greens
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 4 carrots
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 5 stalks celery
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
Feed the dandelion greens and spinach into your juicer. Then add three carrots and the rest of the ingredients, using the last carrot to push all the rest of the ingredients through. Drink immediately.


Green Lemonade
Makes 1
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1 cucumber
Peel the lemon and chop the apple, kale and cucumber into juicer friendly pieces. Feed it all through a juicer and drink immediately.

Juicing with ginger!

Ginger can be added to almost all your favorite juicing recipes! The daily recommendation is 5g, so I usually use recipes that call for 1 inch of ginger.
Kick start your morning with this simple recipe (pictured above):
  • 8 medium Carrots
  • 3 Apples
  • 1 inch of Ginger



Grape Fruit, Carrot and Ginger Juice

Serves 1Press 2 chopped grapefruit (peel and pith removed), 5 chopped carrots, 1 inch fresh ginger(peeled and chopped) and feed through a juice extractor; serve immediately. A

Vibrant Veggies

This juice gives a wake-up call to your digestive system, getting it “on-line” for the day, gently. Because of its dense nutrients, dilute the juice concentrate with water. A 50/50 split of juice and filtered water does the trick. Choose organic veggies for the best taste and absorption.
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 2-3 handfuls of spinach
  • 8 green or red leafy lettuce leaves
  • 1 handful of flat-leaf or curly parsley
  • ½ – 1 lemon
  • Options: add arugula, kale, alfalfa sprouts, or micro-greens.

Trail Runner’s ‘Tea’

  • 2-3 oranges
  • 1-2 hard pears
  • 1 small sweet potato/yam
  • Crushed ice
Juice all the greens together and add lemon to your taste.  Lemon will enhance the alkalinity of the juice. Remember to mix the juice with filtered water at a 1 to 1 ratio.


Strawberry Blending and Juicing Recipes!

Blended Strawberry Juice (pictured above)
  • 2 cups fresh whole strawberries
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp Torini’s Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Cut strawberries into thin slices. Sprinkle over with 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp vanilla syrup (this is the same syrup you’d use to flavor coffee, tea, milk, etc). Leave in the fridge for two hours until the juice starts to come out. Process the strawberries with cold water and lemon juice in a blender. Strain the juice if desired and serve chilled.

Apple Strawberry Juice
  •  5 apples
  • 1 cup of strawberries
 Cut the stems off of the strawberries and apples.
The Subtle Strawberry 
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1/3 cup of strawberries
  • 1 apple
Cut the stems off of the strawberries and apple. Juice the rest and enjoy!

Check out President Obama’s Re-Election Documentary

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Road We've Traveled Barack Obama








President Barack Obama just released his re-election documentary video, “The Road We’re Traveled.” Take a look at the piece and tell us what you think 



Workplace: Before You Quit Your Job .............. Check Out These Tips


Bad boss I quit






Today, and everyday, countless people awake to go to a job they hate. A job that makes them sick to their stomach to think about. A job where they count the hours until it’s time to leave. And then, they’re up and at it again the next day. 
Does this sound familiar? For me and many of my family , friends and coworkers , this rings true. Early in my career I worked jobs that I didn’t love. Some were a means to an end. Some were playing it safe. And others, I thought were good opportunities. They all amounted to me being unhappy.
Once we identify that it’s time to make a change and leave that job, it can take some time for that new opportunity to materialize. So what do you do in the meantime? My suggestion: Find What To Take.
What I mean by “find what to take” is that right now there are some key things you can take away from your current job that will be very helpful for you in your future endeavors.  These opportunities probably have been right in front of you the whole time.  But because you’ve basked so much in despising your gig you’ve ignored them. So right now it is critical to be proactive and identify what you want to take when you leave.
3 THINGS TO TAKE
Education: Some may want to learn some new software that their company uses while others may want to get a better understanding of budgeting. Maybe you’d like to learn how another department functions. What about that top salesman you could learn a few things from? If you’re into event planning why not volunteer for the next company event.
Relationships: As they say: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Cherish every connection. Whether you love your job or not, never stop developing relationships and expanding your network. This is what will make the difference long term in your career and provide you with influence. Always be willing to help others. Plus, you never know when you may have to ask for a favor, like a letter of reference.
Your Integrity: This is paramount and simple.  Be authentic with others. Do what you say you’re going to do. Keep the agreements you make. Take responsibility for your actions.
You get the idea. Opportunities abound but you have to take action.
So today, write down three things that you’d like to take away with you when you leave your job. Those things that will be extremely valuable to you as you move your career forward. Find what to take.
















Antonio Neves is a career coach, an award-winning broadcast journalist, and the founder of THINQACTION, an organization dedicated to young professionals.








Healthy Living : 9 morning meals that make you Smarter

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Make Breakfast Better


We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day—and skipping it is a weight loss, energy, and health no-no.
The plan incorporates foods shown to keep brain cells healthy and stave off age-related cognitive decline, including berries, nuts, olive oil, veggies, fish, and more—all power nutrients that will keep your whole body well, too.

breakfast yogurt parfair with fruit
Yogurt Parfait 
Plain yogurt gets smarter when you top it with walnuts (a good source of brain-saving omega-3s) and berries (one of the most concentrated sources of antioxidants). Protein from the yogurt, combined with fiber and whole grains from shredded wheat squares and high-fiber cereal, gets digested slowly for steady energy (and better concentration) all morning long.
Make it: Layer 3/4 c low-fat plain yogurt with 1/2 c shredded wheat squares; 1/4 c high-fiber cereal; 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts; 1/4 banana, sliced; and 1/4 c berries.


Egg Sandwich
Fried eggs become healthier when you cook them with a brain food like olive oil; tomatoes, spinach, and an apple on the side round out the meal with important antioxidants.

Make it: Fill 1 whole wheat English muffin with 1 slice reduced-fat Swiss cheese, 1 slice tomato, 3 baby spinach leaves, and 1 egg fried in 1 tsp olive oil. Eat with 1 small apple.

Berry-Banana Smoothie with Toast 
A quickie breakfast for busy women; you can even whip up this smoothie the night before so it’s ready when you walk out the door. Packed with antioxidants, omega-3s in flaxseed, and fiber from fruits and whole grains, this breakfast will help you stay sharp—and full—until lunch.
Make it: Blend 8 oz fat-free milk with 1/2 c frozen berries, 1/4 banana, 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed, and 1/3 c high-fiber cereal. Serve with 1 slice whole wheat toast topped with 1/4 c regular or no-salt-added 1% cottage cheese (whipped or regular); 1/4 banana, sliced; and dash cinnamon.

Cereal with Peaches and Milk 
Shake up a blah bowl of cereal with pumpkin seeds and sliced peaches, good sources of vitamin E, healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants.
Make it: Mix 3/4 c whole grain cereal with 1/2 c high-fiber cereal. Top with 4 tsp pumpkin seeds, 1 sliced medium peach, and 8 oz fat-free milk.

Homemade Muesli
Adding raisins, apples, and almonds to plain oats provides a tastier and more satisfying texture, not to mention a great source of brain-boosting flavonoids and vitamin E.
Make it: Mix 1/2 c raw oats with 2 Tbsp raisins, 1/4 c chopped apple, 1 Tbsp slivered almonds (or 6 almonds, chopped), 4 oz low-fat plain yogurt, 2 oz fat-free milk, and 1/2 tsp brown sugar or honey (if desired).

Lox Toast 
Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which experts think make brain cells communicate with each other better. Use it, along with cottage cheese, to top whole-grain toast for a filling, fiber- and protein-rich meal.
Make it:Top 2 slices whole wheat toast with 1/4 c regular or no-salt-added 1% cottage cheese (whipped or regular), 2 slices red onion, and 2 oz smoked salmon. Serve with 1 medium orange or 6 oz orange juice.

Breakfast Quesadilla 
Feta cheese and salsa flavor this healthy egg wrap. Healthy fats from olive oil and antioxidants in the salsa provide a brain-healthy ingredients; filling fiber from the wrap and protein from the yogurt will help you avoid mid-morning cravings.
Make it: Fill an 8-inch whole wheat tortilla with 1/4 c crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese and 1 egg and 2 egg whites, scrambled in 1 tsp olive oil. Fold in half and microwave (or heat in a skillet) until cheese melts. Top with 2 Tbsp low-fat plain yogurt and 1/4 c salsa. Serve with 4 oz black currant juice or orange juice.

Pumpkin Yogurt Crunch
This yogurt is anything but vanilla! Pumpkin, pear, honey, and walnuts meld for a tangy-sweet, crunchy flavor. Even better, this tasty mix of omega-3s and antioxidants will help your brain cells stay young and pliable.
Make it: Stir 1/4 c canned pumpkin; 1/2 small pear, chopped; and 1 tsp honey into 3/4 c low-fat plain yogurt. Top with 1/2 c Kashi GoLean cereal, 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts, and remaining chopped half pair.

Waffle Parait
Skip the syrup and top this breakfast favorite with brain-boosting berries, yogurt, and flaxseed instead. It’s healthy, yummy, and a great weekend meal for the whole family.
Make it:Top 2 whole grain waffles with 1/2 c frozen berries (thawed), 1/2 c low-fat plain yogurt, and 2 tsp ground flaxseed.







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