Have You Heard?

Have You Heard?

Excerpt from: "Psalm of Life"
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Lives of great men (women) all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time; 

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother (sister),
Seeing, shall take heart again. 

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.


A woman’s sensibleness evolves from the womb,

Way before the time she can stand on her own.

If she is lucky, highly favored, and blessed,

She will come into this world by special request.

Proud parents will shower her with guidance and love;

They will place her in the hands of the Savior above.

Shelter, food, and a stable environment too

Will all be there because nothing less is she due.

As she begins to crawl, to walk, and to make a mess,

Mom and Dad will parent her with sensibleness.

They will help her to understand what is good and bad,

And she will follow the lead of her Mom and Dad.

Harsh words, loud slaps, and a house full of hate

Will never be the daily menu on her plate.

She will be taught and watched over with care,

And never have the cross of child abuse to bear.

Little chance that she will ever sell herself cheap,

For she has been blessed with sensible patterns to keep.

​Copyright © 2013 by Lillian Norman

(Inspired by:  Dr. Lovely Thornton)

~ Our Vision ~

Sensible Living for a Lifetime

~ Our Mission ~

We will reach out to and lift up young ladies,
utilizing our talents and skills to assist them
in their preparation for successful lives.

~ Our Goals ~

1.  Making a positive impact on the growth and development of young ladies as they become caring,
     successful, and sensible adults.

2.  Guiding young ladies to make sensible choices that will be beneficial to themselves and others

     around them.

3.  Providing a sensible safety net for young ladies as they face the many challenges of life and take

     on the responsibilities of adulthood.

~ Our Objectives ~

Personal Development:

- To lead young ladies to a better understanding of the female developmental stages

- To provide young ladies insights and possible solutions to potential pitfalls

- To inspire young ladies to examine themselves and to develop specific plans for self improvement

- To expose young ladies to great role models and motivate them to also be role models worth emulating

- To encourage young ladies to participate in activities that promote self-esteem and emotional healing

- To support young ladies' attainment of a good education and a meaningful career (and/or job)

- To guide young ladies in developing the attributes that prepare them for marriage and motherhood

- To help young ladies acquire the knowledge, skills, and practices that lead to financial stability

- To teach young ladies to value themselves, their talents and skills, and their opportunities for excellence

- To educate young ladies about various health issues and to assist them in securing good health services

Relationship Building:

- To encourage young ladies to become sister’s keepers and trusted friends

- To explore with young ladies the unique relationship between daughters and individual family members 

- To aid young ladies in forming positive inter-generational relationships that support good communication

- To impress upon young ladies the importance of building strong bonds of family unity, love, and respect

- To help young ladies develop conflict resolution skills that support a peaceful settlement of disputes

- To make young ladies more aware of how their words, behaviors, and mannerisms affect others

- To remind young ladies of the acceptable norms for interacting with family, friends, elders, and others

- To give young ladies guidelines for determining when a relationship has become abusive

- To provide helpful recommendations to young ladies who find themselves in an abusive relationship

- To enlighten young ladies about the relationship problems that are facilitated by digital communication

Crisis Intervention & Networking:

- To provide young ladies who are victims of domestic violence with financial and moral support

- To assist young ladies who have made mistakes and are seriously trying to live better lives  

- To refer young ladies to partners, agencies, and organizations dedicated to women’s health and stability​

I often hear the cliché, “Common sense is not so common anymore.”
I must agree that for some people, it has just walked out the door.
Common sense cannot be bought, and unfortunately not even taught;
It’s a valuable commodity that can help people act as they ought.

Common sense should not be cast aside like a worn-out sock or shoe,
For living without it can undermine everything you try to do.
Your education, your relationships, and all the things that you hold dear
May be thwarted if you fail to keep “Common Sense” standing near.

You don’t have to give in to foolishness because others want you to;
Stay true to yourself, and don’t let silliness rule what you say or do.
Your diligence, your lifestyle, and how you talk and think
Shows that you are a winner that is connected to the common-sense link.

Now, they see you coming, and they have no choice but to recognize
Your confidence, your composure, and your ability to rise.
You can overlook petty gestures and other mindless little things,
For you apply the skill of common sense and the benefits it brings.

You know that education is important, and soft skills are essential-
But common sense trumps them all and is the most vital credential,
So, get your Bachelors, Masters, and even your Ph.D.
But there’s no match for common sense – and its powerful legacy.

You must combine all that you have heard, learned, and claim to know.
It is education and common sense that turns the parts into a “go.”
So, go and make your mark, never forgetting you came from hence.
Opportunity is waiting for the mind-set that reflects common sense. 

 Written by: Dr. Lovely A. Thornton ©2017

"Don’t Quit."

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,

And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

- Author Unknown

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

- Robert Frost