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Wrapping Up the Last Year

The 2011 holidays were whirlwind and simple for most everyone I have spoken with. Mostly due to a lack of cash flow in people’s lives. We the people of the United States have been experiencing the other side of deception as our economy which was propted up like a house of cards has fallen down. Yet we are also experiencing ‘a going back to simpler things’ which ultimately …once the addictions have subsided…will leave us happier, healthier and truly wealthier.

For myself I am hoping to end this year with a semblence of a savings account. Haven’t seen one of these in years…just about 4 years to be precise. That’s the one goal. Everything done this year will be in the spirit of that one goal.

What’s your goal?

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Sarai’s Baptism

Today my Godson’s sister Sarai was baptized and there were many interesting things that I noticed.

First to my surprise, when I went to get a baptism card to celebrate the day with her I went to Walgreen’s. For Florida this a general convenience store which usually has just about everything you might need. There were all of the usual cards. Birthday,anniversary,wedding,engagement, ba and bar mitvah, sympathy, to help you cope,missing you,thinking of you, thank you,new job,new home, new baby,baby christening, just because, just divorced…no just kidding!


Any way the point of all this is… there were no cards to celebrate a baptism.

I wondered in light in light of seeing no option for  card to celebrate this important day with her, how unusual this event in a person’s life might be these days or rather how unimportant of an event must it be in other’s estimation that there is no real market for this type of card in the general public.

Sarai was asked by the officiating clergy before the ceremony why she felt she should be baptised. Sarai explained in a very mature way, beyond that of a typical 15 year old,that she did not feel she ’should’ be baptised but rather she had come to ‘desired’ to be baptised to let her world know of her decision to recognise that she was willing to give her sins to Jesus in thanks and respect for his willingness to die for them.She said she had an expectation to wake to a new life in the after math of doing so.A real gift to a mom who has encouraged her daughter to believe and pray through all the years of growing to this moment!

Later at lunch we shared with our waitress that this was Sarai’s  baptism day. The waitress shared her memory of her confirmation and even brought out a piece of cake with a candle to celebrate with Sarai.  

This act of respect was important for all of us but I was specially blessed in the realization that one who truly understands the significance of this kind of important day in someones life finds a way to acknowledge it. Just as  Sarai who, not out of obligation to a religious tradition but out of a heart that desired to grow in a relationship with her Savior chose to be baptised in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Go ye therefore and teach all nations babptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teaching them all things what so ever I have commanded you and lo I am with you always even unto the ends of the earth. Matthew 28:19-20.

Congratulation Sarai I look forward to all the other amazing stories of your life!

Auntie Colleen

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Collaboration Is Risky. Now, Get on with It.

Last week I arrived home from work to see my 8th grade son toiling away on a science fair project with his classmate Marc. As I observed their breezy back-and-forth, one at the computer, the other laying out the poster board, both fully engaged, no ego involved, I found myself taken back. In part, because as a parent, I’m always a little surprised when children do their homework without parental micro-management, but also because these two 8th graders made collaboration look like child’s play.
And yet that’s not always our experience in the office. Rather than the free-wheeling interchange of ideas and labor we anticipate — we’re grown-ups after all — working together is typically everything but easy.
Why is teamwork so difficult?
Because collaboration is actually a pretty risky business. Perhaps, like me, you are generally of the mindset that two heads are better than one. But because your ideas frequently get co-opted, there’s a risk-reward imbalance that makes you reluctant to engage. Or maybe you’ve reached out to a potential collaborator only to have your lack of expertise exploited. So, rather than ever again experiencing the one-two punch of ignorance and vulnerability, you’d prefer to soldier on alone. In both instances, the fundamental barrier to collaboration is a lack of trust.
How do we lay the groundwork for trust so that when we need to collaborate we can quickly slip into a workable partnership? Based on my experience, here are a few suggestions.
1. Start with simple exchanges where the cost of betrayal is low. A perfect example of this is Twitter. In this farmer’s market of ideas, we can place our 140-character wares on display, and begin to identify those who potentially see the world as we do. As we find ourselves repeatedly transacting with certain people, we may agree to co-author a blog post. This type of short-term alliance allows us to further test our working relationship, which might later lead to collaboration on an article, and so forth. All too often, however, we go from I like your tweets to Let’s write a book together. Certainly I have.
In the workplace, start simply. Share an idea. Ask for advice on a subject about which you know relatively little. Observe what happens. By starting with one-off transactions, we can gauge, at a very low cost, whether a potential collaborator will treat what we bring to the table, and what we don’t, with respect.
2. Remember that our collaborators are competent. Once we’ve worked on a few limited scope projects and hammered out the rules of engagement, it’s important to give authority to our collaborators. If we find we’re micromanaging, maybe we didn’t pick our partners as well as we thought, but maybe we’re going on the offensive because we feel vulnerable. If so, we need to just stop. Booker T. Washington wrote, “Few things help an individual more than to let him know that you trust him.” We picked these partners because we believed we could trust them, and when we micromanage, we’re saying loud and clear “I don’t trust you.”
3. Don’t take advantage of our collaborators’ deficiencies. If we choose to work with someone because they can do what we can’t, the almost certain corollary is that we will do something well that they don’t. It was not too long ago that I believed people who couldn’t spell were dumb. Then I discovered that some people thought I was dumb because I have a poor sense of direction. Am I dumb? No, are people who don’t spell well dumb? No. It may be enticing, nonetheless, to begin to poke at our collaborator’s lack of knowledge in an area. But “the art of being wise,” said William James, “Is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
4. Give others their due, and expect yours in return. If we are collaborating in the context of work, cash payment is  If we are collaborating in the context of work, cash payment is merely the baseline. If we really want to engender trust, we will give our collaborators credit for their contribution, acknowledging their solid execution, and especially their ideas. If rendered in public, and behind their back, even better. As Peter Drucker said, “The leaders who work most effectively, don’t think ‘I’, they think ‘we’…’we’ gets the credit. That is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.”
The old saying, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself,” is often true.

Yet most of the really important stuff we want to get done professionally and personally requires we enter into the risky business of collaboration. While barriers to collaboration are manifold, the underlying deterrent is lack of trust. When we’re willing to do the work of finding collaborators with whom we can entrust both our expertise, and lack thereof, we can create something much grander than we could have on our own — the reward will be more than worth the risk.
For additional resources on this topic, I recommend “The Tools Cooperation and Change” and Nurturing Trust — Leveraging Knowledge.

by Whitney Johnson
This article originally appeared in the Harvard Business Review and is published here with permission from the author. More from Whitney Johnson on Twitter: @johnsonwhitney.

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The Annual Multi Cultural Family Center of Tampa Food and Art Festival

 Thanks to Larry both a member of the board of The Multi Cultural Family Center of Tampa and an active member of’s International Friends I was able to attend this year’s annual arts and food festival. Larry gave ’International Friends’ the behind the scenes tour of  the non for profit facility that is about to go through a major expansion very soon.

    A Look into the MultiCultural Family Center Art & Food Festival      

When I stepped inside I was  immediately reminded of places I have traveled to before with the walls vivid rich colors and various flags representing the different countries that are  representative of the many families that make of the community of the center . Their was also an abundance of featured art that the young people who frequent this center have done on site and for sale for visitors like myself. I of course left with two  pieces that will hang now in my home, to serve as a reminder, of the fact that there are many surprises of culture right in my own back yard here in Tampa, Florida. The facility has many computer which help the local families keep their children current with technical awareness of  graphic arts and CTR skills as well as drumming,dancing, language classes, heritage awareness and other fun activities.

Music form other places filled the air and break dancing was the events main feature along with great food from various ethnic restaurants like The Queen of Sheba. Even Starbucks Tetra was present  The day was fun and drew in needed funds through vendors and silent auctions. The Multi Cultural Center had their own Facebook  page to help draw in the crowds find them

Can You Hear the Drums Yet?

Choosing to stay drug free and confident in one’s ethnic heritage seemed to be a focus everywhere you turned at the festival. A great venue for today’s youth! Volunteers are much appreciated, so if you have a skill or special ethnic focus, live in the Tampa Bay Area feel free to connect and get involved today.

                                                                      See They are Dancing 

The Multi Cultural Family Center of Tampa

6704 Hanley Road

Tampa, Florida 33615


The Power Of One…Jaime Escalante

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To Be

To Be Or Not to be…. the famous Shakespearean question

In this world there are more than 6 billion people living lives like you…

When you click below

click again on Testimony at the bottom

then click on Podcast

then choose the subject you are interested in …I chose  To Be In Love and smiled alot!!


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Have You Drawn A Picture of It?

Drawings and Memory

Drawings and Memory

You may have heard it said before that “a picture paints a thousand words” well it’s true!

If you have put away your crayons or color pencils long ago it’s time to get them out agin. Studies show that goals without a clear vision are harder to achieve than one’s you’ve painted a picture of not just in you mind but on paper.

Did you know that Thomas Edision in one page of his journal not only wrote down the goal of creating a light bulb in 3 years but he also drew a picture of it. If a great goal setter and visionary felt the need to do this in order to achieve his dream can’t we followed his lead?
The sculptures of ancient times and builders of catherdral,skyscrapers and space ships know what the power of a drawing brings.
What is on your drawing table?

P.S.Click on the picture above to find out who the artist is!

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Patience …One of Life’s Possible Gifts

Gifts from life show up just about everywhere like the other evening when out to a movie with a friend we saw” The Karate Kid” . As I drove home many scenes from the movie along with life experiences from the month I had just lived through merge together creating a moment of realization that everything is happening very much on purpose and planned in advance so that our personal days are rich with opportunities to learn our most important lessons. Lessons that move us forward on our personal paths of life and life more abundant.

Here is yet one more gift that has crossed my path at a very timely moment when I needed to be reminded that life needs much patience to really enjoy.  Thank you Pavithra and, the original place for this gift of  discovery.

I would highly recomend this interesting platform of thought… for those who have the luxury of time to think.

A Portrait in Patience

–by Pavithra Mehta

Patience they say- Click here and enjoy!


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Learn How to Blog

You too can learn to blog! makes it fun, easy and  an exciting accomplishment.

I am probably just like you, not at all a’ techie’ and can be intimidated by ‘cyberspace’.

Step 1. Go to and register with a user name and password. It’s that easy to start.

Step 2.Once you are registered, you log in and click on your post name that you just created.

Step 3. Click on where it says ‘NEW POST’ and add a title where it says ‘Title’ skip down and then add what ever you want to share about in the content section.
Step 4. Remember to add your tag words which come from your content and are separated by commas.

Step 5. Now Click on Publish and share it with your world. Let them comment and tell you what they think.

Next goal …to learn how to add a subcription…. subscribe and I’ll share that with you too just let me know in the comments if you are interested to learn!

Onward and Forward,


P. S.

Life is fun when you have a goal.


Life is fun when you have a friend to share a win with !