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Sunday, December 23, 2012

WRAP YOUR MIND AROUND THIS: In Memory of "The Fallen 20"In my thought proces...

In Memory of "The Fallen 20"
In my thought proces...
: In Memory of "The Fallen 20" In my thought process regarding what to put on my website to honor the memory of the 20 children of Newto...

In Memory of "The Fallen 20"

In my thought process regarding what to put on my website to honor the memory of the 20 children of Newtown, Connecticut, I could not find words.  So this morning, while reading my emails, this poem was sent.  It is amazing how God answers even the “thought process” without us even asking.

My Appreciations to the Sender,

“I appreciate you sharing this with me as I was trying to find some words to place on my website, honoring the memory of the children until December 14, 2013.  This will definitely speak volumes along with the rose and teddy bears I have chosen.  There are too many countries to name who visit my site and followers from Twitter and LinkedIn.  This is not being done to gain any type of business relationship, but awareness to the world in some small way that we must, as God's people, do something to combat and protect our children, who are our future.”

“Christmas at God's House”

Twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38 when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.

"Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
"This is heaven." declared a small boy. "We're spending Christmas at God's house."
When what to their wondering eyes did appear, but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring those children all flew into the arms of their King.
And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace, one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
And as if He could read all the questions she had, He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
Then He looked down on earth, the world far below.
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe.
Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand, "Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"
"May this country be delivered from the hands of fools"
"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
"Come now my children, let me show you around."
Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.

And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight, "in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

Friday, December 14, 2012


Our Children Are Our Future
Protect Them At Whatever Costs
 There’s an empty space in my heart, while my mind and body try to reconcile the tragedy that unfolded in the United States in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012 approximately 30 individuals, of which 20 were children gun down while in school, a place I am sure the majority felt somewhat safe.  There to be educated, have fun, make friends and anticipate all the things that life has to offer on the journey of a child.
The daily unjust situations and circumstances to children around the globe must come to an immediate end.  Much more must be done to increase and band together to keep vigilant regarding the safety and well-being of our children.  Communities, parents, schools, lawmakers, etc. are accountable to a higher authority for their endangerment. Gone are the days where it only happens in some other neighborhood, and is at the hands of some other ethnic group. Excuses of whether or not one adult is the cause of a situation, and as a result our children become the victims and are the escape goats.
 Why are our children failing to be protected?  No excuse can be accepted for why the mothers, fathers and family members have to shed tears, say goodbye and try to make sense out of someone’s twisted mentality.

 Discussions on gun control, with the political atmosphere and no controls that are extensive enough that they may begin to contribute to the possibility of prevention, is holding society hostage.

 I will not begin to profess that I could ever understand what made this individual on December 14, 2012, commit such an unspeakable act, but what I do understand, is there is no excuse that is acceptable or should I say should be acceptable to anyone who occupies  space on this earth.

 For every individual impacted by this act of a coward on December 14, 2012 in Connecticut and for children worldwide, I send up prayers that only the higher authority of power can answer. 

Posted to Social Media: 

First my prayers go up for the families and all who were impacted by this senseless tragedy today in Connecticut. As I watched President Obama’s news conference and how he tried to hold back the tears, I reflected on how this was an unusual day for me.

I normally am on my laptop with various social media from 5:00 a.m. until I take several breaks.  Today was different. I came back from walking my grand’s to the bus stop and only stayed on the laptop for 45 mins.  This news was relayed to me this afternoon while walking back to the bus stop by one of the other grandparents, who asked “what about the 18 children killed in Connecticut today?”  My mind went blank and I could not then, and still cannot comprehend the magnitude of what occurred today.  As I saw a picture of the winter play that occurred in the school wherein the 4th graders performed, I reflected on my, along with my daughter and many other parents and grandparents attendance at the 2nd graders winter musical last night.  A wonderful holiday performance with much excitement by all. 

Children in Connecticut and in every part of the United States and globally deserve better.  They deserve to feel as I and my siblings felt growing up, that parents and grandparents, school and community was a place of protection.  Even the neighborhood individual who drank everyday protected you from what he or she may have seen when you were on your way home.  By the time my daughter was in school, most of the schools in Philadelphia were equipped with “metal detectors” as some semblance of protection.

I pray that with the assistance of President Obama, lawmakers, parents, grandparents and communities the immediate effort will result in finding some way to protect our children (because they are all our children) because they deserve to have an opportunity to experience the journey of life, as you and I have, and at the very least be given a chance.

With continuous prayers!
Cheryl Collins
Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Wounded In Darkness
                                       Healed In The Light!

                              By: Latonya Green, Author

Readers of this blog have probably read many more books than I, but the ones I have read will forever remain embedded in my memory. It is on rare occasions that reader and the author have an opportunity to cross paths for what I sum up as “Divine intervention” and a “meeting along one’s journey for a reason and a season.”  As it would be, such was the encounter with Ms. LaTonya G. Green, author and I.

Briefly, I met Ms. Green as a result of attending Trinity Resources Coaching Ministry in Frisco, Texas.  Ms. Green and I, as she might agree are very cautious individuals, we are guarded in our interactions with people, and so it was with Ms. Green and I.  Not really getting to know Ms. Green had everything to do with me. You see, unfortunately or fortunately, good, bad or indifferent, I am a very analytical and heightened instinct individual; God and body language are my forerunners. You are probably thinking, she doesn’t have many friends—sorry to inform you, but I have quite a few and I don’t take or use the word “friend” lightly.

 Ms. Green and I had a brief, very brief discussion about ‘hugging” one day, and I, in my usual manner, only thought about it briefly, until I read Ms. Green’s book, “Wounded In Darkness, Healed In the Light.” 

It is my sincere hope that as someone asked me to read the book and then give my opinion, I would like for you to read it and let me know what you think.  Although, it may or may not have the same affect on you as it did me, simply because of our different life’s journey, but somewhere in her story you may discover similar things as I. 

         Although, I’m not asserting my opinion of the book, I will tell you this, I am going to purchase the book for four (4) individuals that it will assist in various ways, as it brought me to a clearer understanding of my approach to people and things and how I view them, that is, from an even more objective perspective.  Believe me, it has not always been that way.  I am reminded of a trip I took to Senegal, West Africa with a group of children, including my own, who won a contest because of their reading and essay writing ability.  On that trip were numerous individuals from all walks of life, but I had this perception of what an intellectual individual should look like.  I quickly got a grip and cancelled out that perception, as several of the individuals were professors from the University of California.  Quote for the universe, "Don't judge a book by its cover." All of us have to admit our shortcomings, I realized that early on in life.

         I wish Ms. Laytona G. Green much success with this book and others that she is so inspired to write, as I believe all of us should tap into our purpose for being created. Remember not to allow anyone or thing to define you, you were defined from the beginning.

Congratulations Ms. LaTonya G. Green

The book can be purchased at:
Ms. Latonya G. Green’s contact information:
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Cheryl Collins, Founder
Women’s Body Beautiful Audio Video Teleconference and
Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide


Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Myrtle Potter, Founder

CEO   & President
Myrtle Potter & Company, LLC

100 Women of Destiny Tele-Retreat, for March, 2011, has been 15 days of inspiring, educating, and testimony-filled, with participants worldwide sharing their experiences. The 15th day was no exception when speaker, Myrtle Potter announced her topic “Prescriptions You Won’t Find in Your Doctor’s Bag.” She was joined by her team member, Mary Stutts.  Myrtle’s thirty years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry is both impressive and inspirational.  She has earned the recognition as one of America’s foremost healthcare leaders and innovators, with no less than her accomplishments such as, President and Chief Operating Officer of Genentech, Inc., from 2000 to 2005, a period of time wherein she propelled the company to its best progression in its history. Under her leadership several breakthrough molecules, including Avastin, the world’s first antangiogenesis product for the treatment of cancer were launched.  Prior to this she was President of Bristol-Myers Squib’s $4 billon, 3,500-person United States Cardiovascular/Metabolic business.

            Now, Founder, CEO and President of Myrtle Potter & Company LLC, her faith-based ability to overcome several major adversities in her life, and her understanding, knowledge and first-hand experience of navigating through the healthcare system, Myrtle is an advocate for women, whom statistics confirm are the major components for establishing and balancing healthcare in the family which at times can be significantly overwhelming. Myrtle is also an on-air business contributor to NBC television network, including CBS and MSNBC.

            As a result of her adversities and medical challenging problems, her new company, Myrtle Potter & Company, LLC is set apart from others, in that it is dedicated to the patient and caregiver with a passionate commitment of assisting in navigating through the healthcare system. 

Myrtle promised at the beginning of the Tele-Retreat that she would share with participants, five of the “Prescriptions You Won’t Find in Your Doctor’s Bag” and they are listed below:

Ø   No matter where you are, get the best doctor, not the nicest doctor;
Ø   Answers for complex medical situations are better dealt with at university   hospitals;
Ø  As a family member any primary responsibility for care-giving, losing your temper is a losing proposition when dealing with medical staff.  You give them a reason to label you as a problem family.  “Please and thank you” go a long way with medical personnel;
Ø  Practice routine maintenance management as the caregiver, such as daily walks and doing normal tasks; and
Ø  Try to overcome concentrating on disappointment, as this will tend to shut you down in your healthcare management

What held my interest with Myrtle Potter and set her aside from everyone else, she was “REAL!”

Monday, March 14, 2011


I’ve encountered some devastating moments in my life, and I’ve been able to come to an understanding of why you must have a test, in order to have a “testimony”-- just because of how I was raised, in a faith-based environment.

  A three-story brick home, well furnished, with shiny wood banisters that my brother and I had to clean once a week.  We had a choice of either eating upstairs with our parents or downstairs with my grandparents, up until the age of 13. The house is still standing there, just a few changes to the outside, but the memories of those years still remain.  No matter where I travel   or live, when I visit that street, there’s a smile on my face by the time I leave.  Family is everything to me and I cherish being able to remember and return every now and then, if only for awhile.

So, as I watched probably every news report on CNN, both on television and the Internet, since the inception of the disaster in Japan, I will not even attempt to try and explain how the people of Japan must be copping with this situation. 

Although, in the interview with Piers Morgan, Yoko Ono said it best “they are of a resilient, strong and proud culture.”  I believe at one point she caught Piers off-guard, when she began to talk about what she hoped to one day see; new architects adding new structures to Japan.  Yoko Ono even reflected back on the earth quake she, John Lennon and her son experienced while in Tokyo.  She did what I believe my family and I would have done—she went to prayer, in a closet and coupled with her faith, the three of them emerged, I am sure with a stronger sense of being able to survive.

The question has been asked several times by various anchor news persons, “do you think the United States could handle devastation such as this and are we prepared?”  I was not surprised at the answers.  WHAT DO YOU THINK?

As for me and the Japan devastation, although I see the images, and I listen intently to the sounds, my heart cries out for the people of Japan and I pray that mercy will endure forever and faith will be their forerunner.