Happy Soul Food Friday for Memorial Day Week 2015: Remembrances, a Fond Goodbye to BB King, Early Education Matters & and Nine and a Half Year Old that will BLOW YOU AWAY!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Memorial Day Remembrances:

International Picture of the Year.      

Here are three very touching photos honored this year.

First Place :


First Place
Todd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain News

When 2nd Lt. James Cathey’s body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine’s casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: ‘See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what’s going through their minds, knowing that they’re on the plane that brought him home,’ he said. ‘They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They’re going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should.’

Second Place:


Second Place
Todd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain News

The night before the burial of her husband’s body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of ‘Cat,’ and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. ‘I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,’ she said. ‘I think that’s what he would have wanted’.

And the one that really tightens MY throat:
3rd Place –

“Son, on behalf of a grateful Nation,

I present to you the flag

of the United States of America,

symbolizing your father’s service….”

Soldier's Son

They protect our freedom.   

Gone but Never forgotten:

Subject: Memorial Day

On April 9, we visited the American Cemetery in Margraten, the Netherlands, the only American War Cemetery in the Netherlands. In this cemetery are 8,301 American soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms of others during World War 2. Today on NPR we listened to a young lady, a citizen of Margraten, who was at the cemetery with her toddler decorating the grave of the American serviceman her family has chosen to adopt. The adopt- a-grave program was set up in 1945 allowing citizens to adopt the grave of one or more American soldiers. On this Memorial Day, the Dutch and citizens from surrounding countries came to decorate graves with flowers and flags to express their gratitude for these men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Today all 8,301 graves have been adopted, Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch honor American’s graves in display of gratitude.
God bless these citizens for their devotion to our fallen men and women.

Soldier in France


Other remembrances:

A Fond Goodbye to the King of the Blues, BB King:

The Thrill is Definitely Gone…


Jon Stewart Fights to Break Military Veterans Into the TV Industry:


Not Your Medical School Experience…

A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements To Lure English Majors

No more cookie cutter “Pre-Med Syndrome” Let’s hear it for “Hu-Meds”!


Listen now:


Why Writing Still Matters…

Why I carry around a Notebook: I too am a notebook nut and this explains why…

In A Digital Chapter, Paper Notebooks Are As Relevant As Ever


Listen now…


Why Early Educations is Critical:

Outdated Income Restrictions Keep Needy Children Out Of Pre-K Program:

“We now know that 90 percent of brain development occurs before the age of 5 years old, which is why early education is so important,” Torlakson said


Something More Uplifting…

An Old Soul at Nine and a half: When Oscar plays, he FEELS the music


Thanks this week go to those who give some or all for freedom and the values we hold near and dear, Larry H, and lovers of peace everywhere!

Honor Your Past & Pay it Forward!



 “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci

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Your Soul Food for Friday May 22nd 2015: On Perspective, Character, Design, Trust, Positivity, Non Violence & the Lighter Side

Happy Soul Food Friday!


This week:

On Perspective:

Five Important Lessons

On Character:

The Other Sacred Thing Tom Brady Squashed by Frank Deford

On Designing Workspaces:

How a Bigger Lunch Table Can Boost Productivity

On Trust:

Building Reputational Capital in the Collaboration Economy:

On Positivity:


On Non Violence:

June 2 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day: Wear Orange

On the Lighter Side:

Alternative Parking

1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor

Gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student

And had breezed through the questions until I read

The last one:

“What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the

Cleaning woman several times. She was tall,

Dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question

Blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if

The last question would count toward our quiz grade.

“Absolutely, ” said the professor. “In your careers,

You will meet many people.  All are significant…They

Deserve your attention and care, even if all you do

Is smile and say “hello.”

I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her

Name was Dorothy.

2. – Second Important Lesson – Pickup in the Rain

One night at 11:30 p.m., an older African American

Woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway

Trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had

Broken down and she desperately needed a ride.

Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her, generally

Unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960’s. The man

Took her to safety, helped her get assistance and

Put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his

Address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a

Knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a

Giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A

Special note was attached.

It read:

“Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway

The other night. The rain drenched not only my

Clothes, but also my spirits.  Then you came along.

Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying

Husband’s’ bedside just before he passed away…God

Bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving



Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 – Third Important Lesson – Always remember those

Who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,

A 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and

Sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in

Front of him.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked.

“Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and

Studied the coins in it.

“Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the

Waitress was growing impatient.

“Thirty-five cents,” she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins.

“I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on

The table and walked away. The boy finished the ice

Cream, paid the cashier and left.  When the waitress

Came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the

Table.  There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,

Were two nickels and five pennies.

You see,  he couldn’t  have the sundae, because he had

To have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 – Fourth Important Lesson.. – The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a

Roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if

Anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the

King’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by

And simply walked around it.  Many loudly blamed the

King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did

Anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of

Vegetables.  Upon approaching the boulder, the

peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the

stone to the side of the road.  After much pushing

and straining, he finally succeeded. After the

peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed

a purse lying in the road where the boulder had

been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note

from the King indicating that the gold was for the

person who removed the boulder from the roadway.  The

peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve

our condition.

5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts…

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a

hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who

was suffering from a rare & serious disease.  Her only

chance of recovery appeared to be a blood

transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had

miraculously survived the same disease and had

developed the antibodies needed to combat the

illness.  The doctor explained the situation to her

little brother, and asked the little boy if he would

be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a

deep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it if it will save

her.”  As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed

next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing

the color returning to her cheek. Then his face

grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a

trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away”.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the

doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his

sister all of his blood in order to save her.

Now you have choices.

1 Delete this email, or
2. Forward it other people.

I hope that you will choose No. 2 and remember,
Most importantly….

Live with no regrets, Treat people the way you want to be treated, Work like you don’t need the money,

Love like you’ve never been hurt, and Dance like you do when nobody’s watching.

Pass It On…
You never know how or when you’ll be paid!

The Other Sacred Thing Tom Brady Squashed by Frank Deford


How a Bigger Lunch Table Can Boost Productivity


Building Reputational Capital in the Collaboration Economy:

In the growing “collaboration economy” (think Air BnB) trust and one’s reputation is critical.  An addition to the idea of social capital is “reputational capital” where your ability to be highly trusted and deliver in a social context is of high value.

Rachel Botsman: The currency of the new economy is trust

#MadeYouSmileMovement by Dante Brooks

“We are Oceanside, being from here is a gift that is often overlooked or tainted with a bad reputation. I call this city my home. I’ve seen the roses that grow from the cracks in our concrete, they stand the strongest. It’s time for us to show off our roses. It’s time for us to show the world that Oceanside’s future is filled with compassion and love. Please watch and share this video on as many social media outlets that you have available so these students can go viral. Let us put Oceanside, CA on the map!”

Think Positive

June 2 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day: Wear Orange

Pledge to wear orange on June 2 and show that you’re one of the millions of Americans who believes we must do more to end gun violence in our country.

 On the Lighter Side:

Here is a different way to park your car if you live in Singapore.



Thanks this week go to Larry H, Alan D, Dante B, Change.org, and civic activists of character everywhere!

Pay it Forward!



“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci

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Your Soul Food for Friday May 16 2015: Create a Memorable Experience!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Create a Memorable Experience!

But First a Post Mother’s Day Story…

A little story about mothers…

In-Q the Poet

Some Inspiration In-Verse

AltSchool Promises to Reimagine Education for the 2030s

One of the hottest startups in the Bay Area is a school! Inspiring the Next Generation of Educational Systems


or Listen to the story here:


Denmark Legislates a Cashless Society

Cash May No Longer Be King


When Head and Heart come together with Queen

A great example of human-centered design


Southwest Airlines Delivering a Memorable Experience

Fasten your seat belts, this isn’t your grandfather’s pre-flight check in…
Pre-Flight Announcement

If you are Local

The Greatest Local Story Ever Told! National Philanthropy Day Nominations


AFP San Diego Announces
NPD Nominations Now Open

Do you know of a story that needs to be told?

We want to include the good work being done in your community!

Submitting a nomination for National Philanthropy Day San Diego
is a great way to show your appreciation.

And the nominations are EASY!

The AFP San Diego Chapter annually recognizes individuals and organizations whose philanthropic achievements have made an impact in the San Diego region, Imperial County and Tijuana.  While we are looking forward to building on the success of our predecessors, we are expanding our vision of inclusion and celebrating and honoring the rich diversity of our region.

Let’s honor those who embrace philanthropy on November 9, 2015, at the
San Diego Hilton Bayfront Hotel.

Nominate someone that you feel deserves to be acknowledged for their efforts.

Nomination Categories:

Outstanding Philanthropist
Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer
Outstanding Organization Volunteer
Outstanding Philanthropic Organization
Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
Outstanding Development Professional
Outstanding Youth/Student Volunteer

Nominations will close on June 5, 2015.

Please help AFP San Diego honor one of its own and nominate someone today.

For more information, including the categories and criteria,
click here



NPD 2015 Presenting Sponsor

Thanks this week to Steadman G, Starla L, Luisa C, Rob M, and Anurag T & Investors of Time, Treasure & Talent EVERYWHERE!

Create Memorable Experiences and You Are Paying It Forward!


“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life.
I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that
what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.”
Joseph Campbell

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Your Soul Food for Mother’s Day Week 2015: Momma Sure Left Her Mark!

Happy SFF for Mother’s Day Week!

Momma Sure Left Her Mark!

I heart mom

This week:

  • The Power of Moms to Create a Better World
  • Can’t Forget Father’s and Daughters
  • Momsanity- A Mother’s Day Swim to Prevent Malaria
  • Dating Strong Women
  • “What am I blind to?”
  • Momma Left Her Mark

The Power of Moms to Create a Better World


The Global Update

Can’t Forget Father’s and Daughters:

You will love this if you haven’t seen it before.  A Kansas farmer giving away his daughter.

If you are Local:


Mother’s Day Fancy Dress Swim 2015

Fancy Dress

Location: Oceanside, USA
Date: 10 May 2015

Seventh Annual Mother’s Day Fancy Dress Swim! Come join the Momsanity! Hitting the surf in our Mother’s Day finest to prevent fellow moms the agony of losing their babies to Malaria. Truthfully more of a dip than a swim….each four dollars raised purchases a long lasting insecticide treated bed net and protects children around the world from bites by malaria infected mosquitos while they sleep – just four dollars saves lives!!! Donate in honor of your mom this Mother’s Day and you will receive a receipt to include with flowers and gifts.

Registration at: http://www.AgainstMalaria.com/FancyDressSwim2015 and click on the RED donor at the bottom right not the pink one on top!

Huff Po article  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/12/best-charities-data-givewell_n_6842578.html

North Count Times photo https://www.pinterest.com/pin/70861394108543162/

Dating Strong Women:

You’re getting this because you’ve decided to Love one, or  because You Are One.



“What am I blind to?”

Blind to

I just got a whole lot smarter by understanding more about what makes me dumb. I just got back from a three-hour workshop presented by Mahzarin Banaji, who is an award-winning Harvard professor specializing in how our brain biases secretly control our thinking. Her book is called Blind Spot, Hidden Biases of Good People.

She makes the case that the smartest thing each one of us can do is face the fact that we are all irrationally biased. We all have opinions that are not based on facts or direct experience but rather on thinking shortcuts. You see thinking takes a lot of energy and discipline but our brains are built for efficiency so it is always designing shortcuts. The name of these mental-shortcuts is stereotypes.

When we hold tight to stereotypes they become prejudices. Once we have a prejudice we’re constantly selecting evidence to support our prejudice so we don’t have to go to the effort of opening our minds to new data or considering that in this specific case, what is usually true is not true.

These thinking shortcuts of stereotyping and prejudice are difficult to tame. We have spent thousands of years finding security believing that our tribe offers protection from other tribes who want to kill us and take our stuff. So when we see people that are a lot like us we tend to trust them. When we worry about people who do not seem to be a lot alike us as to how they look, what they like to eat, how they like to live, or appear to have different standards and values, we seek to protect ourselves. This is the natural state of human emotions…and it is increasingly dysfunctional.

Never before in history have human beings been exposed to so many other human beings who are not like us.

I grew up on a ranch near a small-town populated by Leave it to Beaver families.

Yet, today my grandchildren attend schools with multi-ethnic students, some who have come from parts of the world that I have had no desire to visit.

I did not know that homosexuality existed in human beings until I was 16. I did not have any gay friends until I was in my 50s.

I did not have a serious understanding of non-Christian religious beliefs until I was in my 40s.

I think my mind has been more challenged in the last 15 years of my life than in the previous 50.

And that is simply awesome because it forces me to literally… stop and think.

Professor Banaji points out that we live in an age where political correctness has made explicit forms of bias relatively rare. We don’t openly talk about feelings of racism, or why we have a hard time believing that women would be successful CEOs or Presidents. But her research conclusively points out that our implicit biases and prejudices are pervasive. We simply have automatic preferences toward people who look like us, act like us, and seem to believe what we believe.

As many of you know I constantly deal with unconscious bias as I help women advance in leadership. Most men have a strong belief that typical male behaviors of assertiveness and taking control is ideal leadership behavior because that’s what they are biased to believe from working in business structures that favor those behaviors. So they tend to give women who act in these “male” ways more leadership opportunities.

The problem is our research (Apple to Zappos) clearly indicates that in today’s radically competitive business environment, old-school, stereotypical male leadership is more likely to fail than succeed. And yet when women who use male leadership strategies fail, the secret opinion of many males is that the core cause of failure is that women are not
“strong enough” to be effective…as if the male style of hard power causes effectiveness.

What is true is that hard power style seems to create efficiency and quash innovation. The new book, Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader is about the transformation of Steve Jobs and shows that his later success was not driven by his previous hard power craziness, but rather his evolution to an empowering collaborator…which are more typically female traits.

What impacted Jobs to overcome his previous blind spot is the humility that comes from failure and the SMART Power modeling of Pixar CEO Ed Catmull.

Our own growth comes from opening our minds to new possibilities. Economists have discovered that opportunity is usually a function of seeing what was previously unseen but is right in front of us. Our unconscious bias is psychological blindness. We literally don’t see opportunity when we are either judgmental or fearful.

The only solution to overcoming biases is to become more aware of what they are. When you feel yourself making snap judgments ask yourself… “What if the opposite could also be true?”

The question I came away with from Dr. Banaji session is “What am I blind to?”


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Mom’s Leave their Mark on All of Us!

Most animals have their own unique fur, but some of them are just a step above the rest.

Mom’s Love

Thanks this week go to Larry H, Marlaine C, Darcy B, Will M, and Moms EVERYWHERE!

Little Neville Love

Your moms!

If you want to go fast, go alone.

If you want to go FAR, go together.”

–African Proverb

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Your Soul Food for Friday May 1st 2015

Happy Soul Food Friday!

“May Day May Day” comes from M’aidez (or Help Me) thanks to Marconi (inventor of long distance radio transmission) who was Italian or he would have known the proper French for help me is Aidez-moi, but as the International Radio Telegraph Convention was in Washington, let’s just chalk it up to universal miscommunication, and dance around the Maypole :)

This week:

Marshall Goldsmith Thinkers50

12 Amazing Tips that Will Change Your Life!


Inter species Care

Splash into Spring


If You are Local:

Teachers Fly Free!

Free Tickets for Teacher Appreciation Days at the San Diego County Fair!

Mission Fed is offering teachers and other school district employees in San Diego County two free tickets to Teacher Appreciation Days at the San Diego County Fair! Visit any of our 27 Mission Fed Branches starting May 1 with your school or district ID card and receive two free tickets to the fair for Friday, June 19 or Friday, June 26, while supplies last. https://www.sdfair.com/index.php?fuseaction=tickets.deals Then ask our branch representatives about our Teacher Appreciation Bonus offer of $75  for new members who open a Mission Fed Checking Account. Thank you for all you do for our students and community!

Thrive Thursday

On Thursday, May 7th, 2015 Global Presence Ambassadors are hosting Leadership Forums all around the globe to brainstorm means for transforming Life Skills Education.

Life Skills, as defined by The Global Presence, are mandatory skills every human being learns in some measure to thrive and commune optimally with others. They include but are not limited to safety, fitness, finance interpersonal communications and a whole lot more…

The Global Presence Leadership Forums are part of Parenting 2.0’s P20 Talks 2015 regional advocacy and Thrive Thursday celebrations.

Ideas generated from these gatherings will be shared worldwide post forum with all participants.

If you are interested and available, we will meet in the Boardroom of Mission Federal Corporate Office, 5785 Oberlin Drive from 6-8pm.

There is no cost to attend, and parking is both ample and free. However, space will be limited so please RSVP at your earliest possible convenience by contacting our co-chair: Starla Lewis at 1.619.388.2753 to reserve your spot.

AMA Cause Conference Next Week!

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10X Better


Reception: May 7, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 PM  |  Hilton Torrey Pines, 10950 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
Conference: May 8, 2015, 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM  |  National University Headquarters, 11255 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA‎ 92037
Price: $149 Member / $159 Non-Profit / $179 Corporate  |  Reception and conference meals included

Register now

Do you want to get more people talking about your CAUSE? Of course you do! Just as long as it’s good and not the bad or ugly. Do you know how to get people talking?

Come learn how to generate buzz for your CAUSE at this year’s San Diego AMA Cause Conference! Spend a day listening to the brightest people who get people talking AND engaged. At the end of this inspiring day, you’ll have a toolbox of strategies, new connections and ideas to use immediately to get people positively talking about your cause!

Get ready for some exciting sessions that will help you get your CAUSE heard

Here’s a sample of the 30 speakers that will be sharing their secrets to success:

  • The Art of the Pitch by Deirdre Maloney, President at Momentum, LLC
  • Connecting with the Millennials with an amazing speaker panel
  • Fundraising in a Mobile World by Matt Hayes, COO at Mogiv, Inc
  • Viral Empowerment Strategies by Lisa Wanzenried, VP Marketing at Grand Pacific Resorts
  • Finding and Creating Brand Champions by Karen Hunte, Executive Director at The Taproot Foundation

Register now to be a part of this action-packed event!

Don’t forget to become a member of the San Diego AMA to take advantage of exclusive pricing. Plus, be entered to win one of three iPad Airs!

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Little Wonders of the Big World:

We all know the big and famous wonders of the world: The pyramids, the great wall of china etc. but the world has many other wonders to share with us, some as big as a lake, and some as small as a room – but all wondrous! See these fascinating little wonders of the world you may have never heard about!

Little Wonders Big World

Thanks this week go to Marshall G, Barbara SB, Terri M, Mission Fed, AMA Volunteers and Larry H

Aidez-moi, Pay it Forward!

Love,  Neville

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited.

Imagination encircles the world.”

–Albert Einstein

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Soul Food Friday for April 24th 2015 and Earth Day Week: Change the Philanthropic Environment, Create Your Own Climate Change & Thrive!

Happy Soul Food Friday for Earth Day Week!

Save Now

This week:

Change the Philanthropic Environment Forever!

If we are even remotely serious about nailing a viable and sustainable (social) business model, this Ted talk by Dan Pallota is a must view!


Finding the 84% of (stock) Market Value that Most Investors Ignore

Why do we continue to undervalue and not account for Social Capital, Intellectual Capital and Environmental Capital?


Create Your Own Climate Change:

10 Principles from the Wisdom of Bob: (Like his name this magic works both ways…)

  1. Focus on the (Whoa) Man in the Mirror

You can fool everyone else and “put on a good face” but you can’t fool him/her

  1. Begin with the end in mind.

How do I want to live the next 35 years?

What is on that bucket list from the point of view of KISS principle and having it “handy” on 5 fingers namely; spiritual life, family life (marriage and kids), hobbies, physical wellness and career that will be positively orgasmic?

People spend the first part of their lives trading away their health for wealth, only to realize in the second part of their lives they can’t trade back wealth for health!

  1. Get Clear on YOUR definition of Success.

Bob’s definition is “Doing what you want, not doing what you are forced to do”.

Self-determination bolstered with healthy doses of humility -where you get to maximally exploit your gifts and you give yourself every chance to be successful, is all you can do

Be the CEO of your own life!

Given the opportunities we have been blessed with, it is important not to squander our gifts while valuing ourselves and the work in the bargain

  1. If it is to be. It is up to me.

Breaks only come your way when you make them.

Create your own luck. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

Don’t sell yourself short or wuss out.

When you think you have it tough, think of Viktor Frankl and what adversity he faced and the inner climate he maintained in spite of harsh outside conditions

  1. Timing is Everything

so pay attention to good timing.

There is a season for everything.

While even a stopped clock is right twice a day, don’t wait for the hands of time, use your own…

Pray like everything depends on God while working like everything depends on YOU.

  1. Muscle up for some self-discovery and introspection

What is holding you back?
How are you getting in your own way?

What do you need to do to get unstuck or unleashed?

Take counsel from people you trust, whose experience and insights you value and who genuinely care enough to call you on your BS, or help you dig deep into these existential questions.

  1. If you are in an energy/work-constrained environment where you are a utility with restricted career mobility, step out and be so good they can’t ignore you doing what you love and where people love what you do to generate real value
  1. Learn from those who had the courage to go out and do something exciting and meaningful with their lives rather than acquiesce to safe harbor. There is no safe harbor or guarantee so make healthy risk-taking your friend.
  1. Use scenarios like “My job just ended today” (with our without severance) and see what this thought experiment will lead you to do to take action now in terms of the quality of your work life and career.
  1. Keep the Faith and Keep At It

The world needs the gifts we all bring to it. We are the world and the world is us…

Added Bonus: As you benefit, pay it forward and help others in the same way

This is really MF ArtWalk week:

See you in Little Italy this weekend!


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Thrive Thursday May 7th

On Thursday, May 7th, 2015 Global Presence Ambassadors are hosting Leadership Forums around the globe to brainstorm means for transforming Life Skills Education.

Care to join us at this gathering in San Diego?

The Global Presence

On Thursday, May 7th, 2015 Global Presence Ambassadors are hosting Leadership Forums around the globe to brainstorm means for transforming Life Skills Education. I am honored to host the San Diego Forum and cordially invite your participation.

Life Skills, as defined by The Global Presence, are mandatory skills every human being learns in some measure to thrive and commune optimally with others. They include but are not limited to safety, fitness, finance and interpersonal communication.

The Global Presence Leadership Forums are part of Parenting 2.0’s P20 Talks 2015 regional advocacy and Thrive Thursday celebrations. Ideas generated will be shared worldwide post forum with all participants. Location is the Boardroom of Mission Federal Corporate Office, 5785 Oberlin Drive. Time is 6-8pm.

Space is limited so please confirm your availability at your earliest possible convenience. Thank you for giving this invitation your heartfelt consideration. CONTACT: Starla Lewis 1.619.388.2753

The Global Presence San Diego


P20 Talks 2015


The Global Presence Board of Directors

Marlaine Cover, MPA President

Samantha Madhosingh, Psy.D., Vice President

Julia Neiman, MSW Treasurer

Melissa Pazen, MSW Secretary

A Boy and His Puppy

Some Photos to Lighten Up Your Week…

A Boy and His Puppy


Thanks go to Marlaine C, Starla L, Alan S, Elizabeth D, Paul S & Larry H.

Pay it Forward!



“Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.”
— Pablo Picasso

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Your Soul Food for Friday April 17th 2015: Which Road are YOU on?

Yes it is Soul Food Friday!

This week:

The Road to Character

Career Success ‘Doesn’t Make You Happy’


The Road to Social Progress

When it comes to the U.S., ranked 16th, the country under performs in areas of health and wellness, access to basic knowledge, and access to information and communications and the average human lives in Cuba…


The Road to Personal Protection

News you can use – but we hope you never have to…


Paving the Road for the Future with Self Esteem and Self Efficacy

Changing Lives in a Minute or Less

April 7th was proclaimed Difference Makers Day by the San Diego Council changing the course of history for education in America, negative politics & so much more!

Congrats Sparky!!


Learn more about Sparky and her amazing work at:


Helice “Sparky” Bridges

Founder and Chief Visionary Officer

Difference Makers International

Little SparkyWho I am

Changing Lives in a Minute or Less with the Power of Acknowledgment

The Road Less Traveled:

#259 – Avoid One of Life’s Major Regrets


WHAT IF….not traveling enough is one of life’s biggest regrets?

RESEARCH SAYS: Karl Phillemer, Ph.D. gerontologist at Cornell University, interviewed over 1,000 elders and learned that not traveling enough was a major life regret.  He summarizes his research, “Travel is so rewarding that it should take precedence over other things younger people spend their money on.”

TRY THIS: Start planning a trip to somewhere you’ve never been with a loved one.

The Road to 270 Miles An Hour!

At 1244 hp it is more powerful than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. Here’s A Fun Couple of Minutes for You.

Fasten your seat belt !!! When you drive a Chevrolet Corvette powered Hennessey Venom GT you don’t shift into fourth gear until 160 MPH !!!  The top speed is simply incredible !!!

If you are local…

Mission Federal Credit Union ArtWalk this weekend!

Mission Fed ArtWalk

Mission fed Art Walk

Sign up for the AMA Cause Conference 2015 on May 8th:

I will be leading a Panel on Transformative Partnering with a little help from my friends if you are interested…

AMA 2015

AMA Cause Conference

Thanks this week go to Elizabeth D, Karen W, Louis L, Sparky, Will M, Cause/Purpose-Driven Leaders everywhere & the Mission Fed team!

Pay it forward…



“We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.” —Anais Nin

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