By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The word "community" is becoming increasingly difficult to define and many are divided on its meaning:
    Some define community as a body of like-minded individuals who thrive under a canopy of like-minded preferences and tastes.
    Others define community in a broader sense, as a collective body composed of great differences yet abiding respectfully with one another.
    First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt exemplified and nurtured the ideas and ideals of true community. Consider the active position and stance she took to support her defining of community and see whether or not you're a participant in it.
    1) Eleanor was initially a member of DAR (Daughters of American Revolution,) and then withdrew her membership due to their opposition of African American women. She said, "To remain a member implies approval of that action, and therefore I am resigning."
    Alienation and isolation doesn't foster true community.
    True community doesn't exclude ... it includes.

    2) Eleanor utilized her high ranking position to positively reinforce and define true community which, she believed, to be a collective group of individuals with equal rights to the exclusion of none.
    Mary McLeod Bethune (African American) was given the appointment of "Founder and President of the National Council of Negro Women" and adviser to the federal government by President Franklin D. Roosevelt upon Eleanor's insistence and persistence.
    True community is enforced when we openly identify with the excluded.
    3) In 1939, at a meeting in Alabama promoting human welfare, Eleanor discovered segregation in the seating. She got up and sat by herself in the aisle separating blacks from whites.
    True community doesn't seek to segregate and isolate.
    4) When Marian Anderson, the beautiful and renown African American opera singer was denied access to a performance in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., Eleanor immediately arranged an appearance outdoors at the Lincoln Memorial monument.
    True community works to positively impact and unite.
    5) In 1945, Eleanor became a board member of the NAACP (National Association of Advancement for Colored People,) and worked relentlessly and courageously to unify and usher in true community.
    True community works for the good of all and displays no prejudice.
    How we define community is essential to the building or disintegration of community.
    True community is not formed or fostered through hostility and divided on differences but through respect and shared understanding of human commonalities.
    Be strong.
    Be courageous.
    Support the ideas and ideals which build and promote true community;
    and refuse, withdraw, and resist all those to the contrary.
    True community depends on it.
    Perhaps a little more ...
     of Eleanor.



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Anticipate Unusual Growth & Unexpected Surprise Throughout.
    The adventurous voice behind this month's acrostic predicts a month filled with discovery and growth!
    The more strategically we employ our time, the more energized and hopeful we become.
    Don't allow August to "get away from you" without defining what you hope to achieve.
    Get out a sheet of paper and record 4 headings:
    1) Personal Development
     2) Adventure & Exercise
    3) Financial & Vocational
    4) Giving & Volunteering

    Under each heading record 4 activities of performance per day/week.
    *The more specific you are, the more likely you are to experience achievement.
    Samples and Examples:
    1) Personal Development
    +Library visit / 4 books every Tuesday
     +Bible reading / 3 Chapters daily
    +Writing & Reading / 1/2 hour - 2 hour increments daily
    +Meditation / First morning priority
    2) Adventure & Exercise
    +Muscle toning / 5 miles x 5 days a week
    *1 new hiking destination
    +Creative Arts experience (x1 weekly)
     Via: Art museum. Artist biography. Sculpture walk.
    +New "In-State" Park adventure
    +Kayak, canoo, boating excursion
    3) Financial & Vocational
    +Writing & Study / 3+ hours daily
    +Income Supplement / $300
    +Resources / Connections (+3 new)
    + Writing Conference
    4) Giving & Volunteering
    +Creatively love "one" stranger a day
    +Monday Visitation / Elderly or Shut-in
    +Wednesay / 2 encouraging notes
    +Baked item / Thursday / Homeless
    AUGUST ...
    Anticipate Unusual Growth & Unexpected Surprise Throughout!
    I've no reason not to.
    Expand Community!


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Rich experiences dot the landscape of my life.
    Wherever I turn I'm met by libraries, books, words and an endless supply of unlimited and expansive resource.
    Invited guests, characters, and authors are varied, frequent, and numerous.
    A daily investment of reading rewards me with a superior education and a marked level of confidence. 
    An excellent conversationalist, I appreciate the companionship of minds and mouths that challenge and provoke meaningful thought. In partnering up with a myriad of voices, individuals, and authors I'm supplied with strength of thought and provided with new landscapes and adventures.
    This Week's Explorations:
    +Kim Jong Un unsettles and intrigues me. In reading of him, my understanding of North Korea is greatly expanded and so is my sympathy for its people. Global headlines come alive in a more clarifying way and geography is better situated in my head. 
    +Moses invited me into a land of milk and honey this morning, and induced a delicious hunger for God's word in me early. Exodus 33:12-23 provoked a prostrate posture outside on the grass where I laid this particular passage open along with myself and prayed a most ardent and fervent prayer. I felt myself in kinship and in close connection with my brother Moses and I love him.
    David whispered to me beautifully on the heels of Moses ... encouraging me to memorize Psalm 19 and so I am.
    +John Adams courageously speaks to the theme of independence. While a bit arrogant and overdone; his courage, bravado, and remarkable "wordsmith" skills can't be overlooked. I identify him as a provoking writer, independent thinker, and President.

    +Abigail Adams fires up the need to speak-up and be heard. A fierce proponent of women's rights, she aided in securing women with the right to vote (though slow in coming,) by speaking her mind. A woman of substance and intelligence, she spoke an "independence" message to her husband that had long-term ramifications in promoting equal rights.
    +Benjamin Ferencz is absolutely, affirmatively, and decidely the best; a chief source of enrichment and empowerment.
    A Romanian born American lawyer, Ben's extremely small stature only magnifies his character and remarkable oratory skills. His intelligence and confidence sufficiently landed him the role of chief investigator of the famous Nuremburg trials. His unrelenting investigation of war crimes and his methodology speaks to nothing but greatness and virtue of the most historical kind.
    Few men rival Ben Ferencz ... in my book.
    A wide variety of reading develops an expansion of mind which lends itself to growth, enhancement, and adventure of every kind.
    Books bridge us to new landscapes,
     link us to new ideas,
    and intersect us with new individuals.
    In being challenged and not threatened by men of difference, we find ourselves sufficiently and respectfully separated from the majority.
    We learn, grow, and invite healthy change.
    A discovery of our truest selves is defined through our investment of learning;
    make sure it's big, broad, and expansive.
    Dot the landscape ...
    Expand your community.
    Study what a man reads and you'll expose a true portion of his character. 


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    In a circle of great minds and men ...
    I do find myself.
    Present companions of compelling interest, inspiration, and insight speak wonderfully to me and foster challenge, growth, and change.
    Of this "quest" I never tire.
    How can I be anything but empowered and inspired in the presence of such notable companions?
    Allow me to introduce you to the fine men in my life who gather about me this week and build a bridge to Community.
    +Frederick Douglas's portrait sits handsomely before me.
    In 1844 he picked up a pen and wrote a compelling autobiography speaking to the horrific treatments and tortures endured by the enslaved. So brilliant was his writing and so notable was his mind that the book had to be prefaced by William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips, who vouched for the author's authenticity and extraordinary literary work.
    Frederick Douglas was a liberated, hopeful voice in a dark, lengthy season of slavery.
    "I was born in Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot County, Maryland." 
    Rubbing shoulders with Frederick Douglas is empowering. 
    +Sir Francis Drake strides in with the look of a "knight in shining armor," a famous privateer, explorer, slave-trader, and naval officer in the Elizabethan era (1500's).
    Hated and envied by the nobility for his humble origins and passionate nature, Drake's bravado captured the hearts and minds of all of England and beyond. An enflamed soul of depth, determination, and zeal, he became the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. He also claimed a parcel of California ground for England and fought ardently and bravely in the 1588 invasion of the Spanish Armada.
    Drake's early life prepared and launched him successfully into his later life, of which few men rival.
    Rubbing shoulders with Sir Francis Drake is empowering.
    +Sir Jeremiah, the youthful looking prophet and son of Hilkiah, now joins us.
    A brilliant and curious mind composed of intelligence, resilience, and wonderment, Jeremiah questioned his ability to be God's "voice" in a dark season of Israel's depravity. The hemorrhaging nation caused fear and anxiety to well up in Jeremiah but God's sovereignty assigned him a sure and secure position as prophet.
    "Then the word of the LORD came to unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sancitifed thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
    Then said I, Ah LORD God! Behold, I cannot speak; for I am a child. But the LORD said unto me, Say not I am a child; for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces; for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth."
    Jeremiah 1:4-9
    Rubbing shoulders with Sir Jeremiah is empowering.
    In conclusion, I leave you with an empowering and life-changing challenge issued by the brilliant and motivating Tony Robbins:
    "Years ago, one of my teachers, Jim Rohn, taught me that reading something of substance, something of value, something that was nurturing, something that taught you new distinctions every day, was more important than eating. He got me hooked on the idea of reading a minimum of thirty minutes a day. He said, 
    'Miss a meal, but don't miss your reading.' 
    I've found this to be one of the most valuable distinctions in my life."
    Mmmm ...
    Choose wisely your circle of men ...
    and expand the circle.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Nature is an unbiased and unprejudiced resource; she avails herself to all and extends an invitation to each.
    Her companionship provides replenishment, restoration, rejuvenation, and refreshment.
    She's genuine, authentic, and pure.
    She breathes life, zeal, and energy into the soul and intoxicates, beautifies, and reboots the soul's sensories, imagination, and desires. She's a glorious remedy for the common maladies known to men, and in making use of her, we find ourselves restored wonderfully.
    God be praised for His expansive and colorful mind in creating her.
    Explore the vast reserve of recreational options and opportunities He's provided you with:
    +Step out your backdoor and begin there.
    +Take a ten mile drive in a new direction and become acquainted with a fresh landscape and a new vision.
    +Take off your shoes and soak your feet in a pond, stream, or river.
    +Lie down in a field and allow yourself to be overcome by the scent of alfalfa, cut grass, or wild flowers.
    +Climb a tree and feel the brush of bark against your skin.
    +Make love on a hiking trail (preferably off the main route.)
    +Swim naked or dive fully-clothed into a lake.
    +Get your hair wet and your body soaked.
    +Pack a picnic and find an out-of-the-way location to enjoy it.
    Savor the moments and memories mingled in movement.
    Exercise your sensories and get on with it!

    Nothing is more restorative, rejuvenating, and replenishing to the human spirit than spontaneous, impromptu fun!
    Google State Parks, National Forests, wildlife reserves, and preservatories in your area and go explore them.
    Get off Facebook and take a "live look" at what's going on all around you.
    Invest in an inexpensive State Park sticker ($35 and a second one half-off) and consider gifting your loved one with an activity-enlisted enjoyment that wields the inexpensive power to forge unforgettable and priceless memories.
    Assign yourself with a list of places you'd like to visit and map them out. Put the map up where you can see it and be strategic in your placement. Locate books and other resources which serve to peak your interest and investment in visiting them.
    Check them off as you visit them and make it your goal to make new discoveries throughout the year.
    This past week Scot and I visited Newton Hills State Park via a rented Surrey (four-wheel, all-terrain pedal bike.) A different vehicle wields the power to induce an entirely different experience. What fun we had exploring the park together and creating a new memory together.
    My map also includes but isn't limited to:
     Custer State Park. Black Elk Peak. Cathedral Spires Trail. Notch Trail. Sunday Gulch Trail. Presidential Trail and historic Mt. Rushmore. Lovers' Leap Trail. Crow Peak. Spearfish Canyon. Butterfly House. Pasture and open-field jaunts. Hundred-acre woods and little forests. Good Earth State Park. Palisades. Gitchie Manitou. Mickelson Trail. Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Ten Pins. Veterans' Memorial Park. Great Plains Zoo. Wegner Arboretum.
    Vehicles desirable for exploration: Hiking boots. Horseback. All-Terrain vehicles (of all kinds.) Piggy-back. Boat. Kayak. A camel if I can locate one (ha.)
    Adventure, exploration, and exertion are key essentials in "growing young," at least in my book, and the largest part of adventure is the spontaneity deliciously employed within it.
    Sky is the limit ... so have some fun!
    Get out and explore the wild and partner up.
    Participate in Community!
    If you need help with motivation or movement,
    contact an energy coach.
    Here's one that'll get you moving:
    Driven Little Tiger ...
    "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
    -Helen Keller

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