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Featured Leader: Frances Bradley
"Grandma Frances Goes to Jail"
Guess Who Game!
Insights to Success: Passion. 3rd Tool - The Law of Vibration
Steve's Creations: Cooking. The Joy of Canning
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Bill Hines has continued to grow his commercial videography business with an upsurge of national interest through his upgraded website. Bill recently shot a commercial with members of an NFL team in Lake Tahoe. Speaking of Tahoe, Steve and I recently visited with Bill in Tahoe and at his home in Reno, and enjoyed previewing some of Bill's recent video projects. His wife Betty treated us to some great cooking, as well. To learn more about Bill's work, visit www.renovideopros.com.
Kathryn Alexander will be our Guest Speaker in August (20th) for our next TeleSeminar, featuring the LIfestyle Area of Work & Productivity. Her topic will highight Ethics in Business Leadership. Kathryn is also introducing a new half-day workshop, starting on August 31st, "How to Go from Concept to Reality in Four Hours or Less." This workshop is for those who make decisions in teams, plan projects, lead teams that impact other parts of the organization and leaders who want to have their employees engaged and committed. CCQH, Inc. will be one of the sponsors for this workshop. More information and registration is currently available at www.ethicalimpact.com.
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Grandma Frances Goes to Jail
By Frances Bradley
Several years ago a friend of mine named Sarah told us that her son George was helping his baby by taking her to the hospital---she was choking on something that looked like a blood clot. The hospital did lots of tests, and sent her home saying she just had a little diaper rash. Two days later when her eyes were rolling back in her head, George and Nadine rushed their brand new infant daughter Georgette back to the hospital, and had to consent for the doctor's to operate and do brain surgery. The next day they arrested George, saying that his baby has "Shaken Baby Syndrome".
Because George wouldn't accept a guilty plea bargain of three months in jail and two years probation, he went to trial and the judge sentenced him to twenty-five years in prison. He is now serving year seventeen, and has been denied parole seven times.
About six years ago, I met a lady who goes to the jail in Brighton once a week to have a bible study with the women who are there. I felt a tug at my heart to go with her, and at the same time I might learn some ways to help George and his very sad mother. I sent in the information needed with the application and after a few weeks I was approved to go with Colleen on Monday nights.
We attended an orientation to learn the rules and know what to expect. Each Monday when we would arrive, we would receive our badge and then go down two flights of stairs and through doors that would unlock once the guards would press the switch. We would then go into a locked room with lots of windows, and get ready for the ladies to arrive.
Some ladies would be wearing blue jumpsuits and some would be wearing orange jumpsuits. One or two, who were in the tan jumpsuits, were the trustees. They were helping with jobs and would be leaving soon. Twenty eight was the limit for how many could attend each week, and as they came they would sign in.
We usually sat in a big circle and started two notebooks around the circle for the ladies to write their prayer requests. Prayers would include needs of their family members or asking for favor with upcoming court dates. Most of the ladies were very sorry for what they had done and asked God to forgive them. We would sing praise songs and Colleen would give the message God put on her heart for the ladies. We would read in our bibles how much God loves us and how He sent His Son Jesus to die on a cross for our sins and that Jesus rose again on the third day and is forever with God helping us to live our lives in peace and joy and caring for others. We are to treat other people the same way we want to be treated, and one day we will get to be in heaven with God, the Father, and Jesus, forever and ever.
Some ladies were in jail because of drugs, some were there because they hurt people or were abused themselves. They missed their children and family members and were counting the days and months until they would be released to go home again. At the end of our forty minutes together, we would hold hands and say, "Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil . . . then we would all lift our hands in the air and say, "For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for-ever. Amen."
Once the guard arrived and the door was unlocked we would hug goodbye and they would all leave in single file back to their pods where they lived. Colleen and I would straighten the room and go out through the same doors we came in until next week.
After a couple of weeks Colleen wanted me to share with the ladies. I brought along a book that had really blessed me that told us what our name means and what scripture verse is ours. My name is FRANCES, which means "FREE" and my scripture verse is John 8:36 "Whom the Son (Jesus) sets free is free indeed."
I explained how we can be FREE ON THE INSIDE even when we are NOT free on the outside. And that once we are out of jail, to truly cherish our freedom so we never have to come back to jail again. And to be grateful to God that we live in a free country where we can live and be and do as we please as long as we don't harm others or their belongings. Many were touched and looked up the names of their children, grandchildren, husbands, boy friends, brothers, sisters, and friends, as well.
Colleen and I would pray for the women on our way home and throughout the week, and would really look forward to our Mondays with them. God answered lots of our prayers. The time went really fast and after about seven or eight months, Colleen's husband Brett was approved to go along with her, so I stopped going to Brighton on Mondays.
In 1999, my Aunt Jean went into the hospital. She and her little dog Buffy had been living in an assisted-living apartment in Brighton. When Aunt Jean was released from the hospital we invited her and Buffy to stay with us for a couple of weeks to gain her strength back. The third time the visiting nurse came, she talked to Bob and Aunt Jean and me about having Aunt Jean stay longer with us while she found a new apartment for them. We all agreed and that two weeks turned into an entire year!
Aunt Jean was FUN---she loved to play BINGO so . . . every night I drove her to BINGO with her friends and on the weekends she stayed for two sessions. A couple of times we took the bus to Cheyenne and played from seven in the morning until ten at night, and then added the midnight BINGO once we were back. I think you could call Aunt Jean a BINGO-holic!
When not at BINGO Aunt Jean would spend time with me in my office on the Internet and talking with people all over the country. Because my husband Bob was on oxygen I had a home-based business, and Aunt Jean and I agreed to work together to see if we couldn't create a steady income for her once she moved into her new assisted living apartment.
I signed us up into too many companies and network marketing programs that I found on the Internet. Even though I had permission to use her credit cards, I got very carried away and kept getting deeper and deeper into the web of no return. Not wanting Aunt Jean to worry, I wasn't telling her all the things I was doing. I told myself it was OK, because Bob and I were expecting some money from an investment, and if she should leave before her credit cards were paid off, I would explain to the credit card companies that I was responsible for the debt and have them put it in my name. I was very wrong in my thinking. . . . If you are a member, click here to sign in to www.ccqh-leadershipclub.com, Newsletters, and read entire article in the Club Newsletter
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Frances Bradley is a devout catholic entrepreneur who loves helping other people. Frances can turn a frown into a smile with just about everyone she meets. Her enthusiasm is contagious and genuine. She has survived her husband Bob, and now shares her time with extended family and friends. Frances represents several enterprises that provide her with innovative goods and services, and the opportunity to expand her home-based business via the internet and word-of-mouth marketing. Frances is also active in her church, and in donating her time to worthy causes. More information on Frances can be seen on her Leadership Profile at www.ccqh-leadershipclub.com.
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Guess Who . . . is the famous leader who has exemplified a spiritual lifestyle of leadership who began his/her career as a lawyer. He/she believed all religions to be equal, and rejected all efforts to convert himself/herself to a different faith than his/hers. He/she was an avid theologian and read extensively about all major religions. He/she believed that at the core of every religion was truth and love (compassion, nonviolence and the golden rule.). He/she also questioned hypocrisy, malpractices and dogma in all religions, and was a tireless social reformer, remaining impassioned throughout his/her life.
He/she was quoted as saying, "As soon as we lose the moral basis, we cease to be religious. There is no such thing as religion over-riding morality. Man, for instance, cannot be untruthful, cruel or incontinent and claim to have God on his side."
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qualities related to one of the Lifestyle Areas in Balance, Spirit & Passion, Mind & Purpose, Body & Power, Family & Plan, Work & Productivity, or Society & Profitability.
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The First P of Success: Passion
Third Tool - The Law of Vibration
Tools for Courageous Leadership
Everything is energy, including our thoughts, and it vibrates in motion without rest. Conscious awareness of this vibration is called feeling or mood.
Our spiritual nature beckons our awareness to our heart’s desires. Once this begins, our passions stir and become more evident to us. These spiritual tools for leadership – though not visible – are paramount in bringing us alive and able to transform our passions into the seeds of our successes throughout our life’s journey. The law of vibration can become a tool that will help you hone in on your passions, so that the choices you make in your day bring you closer to your heart’s desires. As you become closer to your heart's desire, you will be in harmony with your genuine desire to become closer to your Creator, to love, and to serve others. The world would be a better place as each of us elevates our vibrations to this state of being.
Everything we do gives off vibrations, the nonverbal energy that permeates everything. As humans, we have various degrees of sensitivity to our vibrations, whereas animals sense our vibrations instinctively. Just think about how your pets relate to you. The more aware we are of vibrations, the more feelings we have, the richer our emotional lives become, and the more sensitive we are to the needs of others.
Therein, if conscious awareness of our current state of vibration is feeling, would it not be in harmony with the law for us to master our thoughts? If our thoughts direct our vibrations, would not expanded or relaxed thoughts result in expanded or relaxed vibrations? If we are feeling tense, would it not be correct to presume that we are directing our thoughts on tense images? If we are feeling critical toward others, don’t you suppose that we are thinking of others with critical thoughts? If we cooperate with our spiritual nature on a daily basis, we can. . . If you are a member, sign in to www.ccqh-leadershipclub.com here to go to Newsletters, and read the entire article in the Club Newsletter
May you take the time to reflect on the magnificence of your life, and until we meet again, I wish you good vibrations to go out and make your dreams come true!
All My Best,
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The Joy of Canning
Steve's Tip™: Start simple and begin your canning fun with tomatoes.
Those of you who read my column know that my tagline is Steve's Creations - from soil to skillet. The soil part represents my passion for gardening, whereas the skillet part represents my passion for cooking. Due to the fact that the lion's share of the soil bounty comes at the harvest season, the lion's share of the skillet part requires canning. Just as preparing a meal from fine recipes fills a chef with pride, preparing food for canning excites my passion for this pastime. Nothing gives this cook more pride than watching the pantry shelves fill up with jars full of Steve's Creations. It almost feels like culinary poetry, thinking about what is so dear to my heart and, then, actually transforming these desires into reality.
I get a kick out of it when I gift a jar of salsa to someone, and they are fascinated by the fact that this is a self-made "can." Many people take for granted that because something is shelf-stable, it must have come from some food factory. For me, the fun and gratification comes from watching their intrique and curiosity as I explain this process. Funny, how a household necessity of yesteryear has today become a novelty. With just a short list of supplies, you, too, can help bring a renaissance back to the art of canning. I can't think of a better way to enter into the fray of canning than by preserving the simple garden tomato. For tomatoes, you can use the basic form of canning: hot water bath. If you are a member, sign in to www.ccqh-leadershipclub.com and go to the Newsletters to read entire article in the Club Newsletter.
Join us for the next newsletter when I will describe the process of canning your tomatoes. Until later, happy cooking, and enjoy envisioning your first crop of canned tomatoes!
Steve's Creations - from Soil to Skillet
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