Henry & Dianne Ford
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IN THIS ISSUE

- 1-
Tribute to
Stephanie Tubbs Jones

- 2 -
More Than Books and Grades

- 3 -
Does Studying Annoy You?

- 4 -
Jamie Taylor, Golf Instructor

- 5 -
Culinary Delights
in Your Home
Chef Eric Wells

- 6 -
His Wisdom
by Shirkendra Jackson

- 7 -
The Black Aces
Jim "Mudcat" Grant

- 8 -
Truths About
Successful Living
Willie Johnson

- 9 -
Encouraging
Technology Use
Shirley Johnson-Craft

- 10 -
Journey to South Africa
with Rukiya Lee

- 11 -
Party Time
at Roseland
Kim Leonhardt

- 12 -
A Few Precious Moments
with The Strang Family

- 13 -
Family Reunion

- 14 -
Saving Green
at Christmas Time
Sending Christmas Cards

- 15 -
The Wedding
Cut the Cost and The Stress!

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Your Success Newsletter - September - October, 2008 - Published Bi-Monthly

"Where there is no vision, the people perish" - Proverbs 29:18
Tribute to The Honorable Stephanie Tubbs Jones
By Henry Ford

To see pictorial tribute received via E-mail Press Here!
The Honorable Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Much will be written about the life and legacy of The Honorable Stephanie
Tubbs Jones.  Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a Representative from Ohio; born in
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, September 10, 1949; graduated from
Collinwood High School, Cleveland, Ohio; B.A., Case Western Reserve
University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1971; J.D., Case Western Reserve University,
Cleveland, Ohio, 1974; elected to Cleveland, Ohio, municipal court, 1981;
judge, Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, 1983-1991;
prosecutor, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, 1991-1998; elected as a Democrat to
the One Hundred Sixth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3,
1999-present); chair, Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (One
Hundred Tenth Congress); died on August 20, 2008, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Stephanie was all of that, but most of all a friend who never forgot where she
came from.  I am humbled to have met Stephanie through my sister, Jean,
who knew Stephanie through their attending Collinwood High School in
Cleveland, Ohio.  African-Americans attending Collinwood during the early
1960’s were involved in a risky endeavor, but attending and graduating was
expected, and graduation was achieved in commendable fashion.  It was just
one of the many obstacles Stephanie would overcome during her celebrated
but much too short lifetime.

Stephanie and Jean were not at Collinwood because of affirmative action, or
court-ordered busing, or any of the typically highly publicized and often
divisive issues.  Both attended Collinwood because their academic
achievement qualified them for what was then known as “Major Work -” a
program of the Cleveland Public Schools for students identified as
“academically talented.”  Mind-expanding opportunities were seldom
available in “our neighborhoods” and accessing those opportunities often
meant going through and into areas which did not welcome African
Americans.  None of these realities stopped my sister or Stephanie as they
both went on to notable but separate careers.  I strongly suspect those
experiences positively impacted Stephanie’s commitment to the
disenfranchised.

If this were the end of the story, it would be memorable, but in reality, I have
only just begun.  For all of Stephanie’s many accomplishments, and there
are many, I am most eternally grateful for her remaining humble, accessible
and therefore inspiring.  No matter who was around her, Stephanie would not
wait until the rich, the powerful, or the famous left her presence before she
embraced you.  Many are they who have achieved greatness, but few are
they that would stop what they were doing to say “Hi, Henry, how is Jean?”  If
she could, she would stop the world and give you time to climb on board.

Several years ago, Stephanie nearly delivered a keynote address at our
family reunion.  Stephanie was attending her Family Reunion at the same
hotel where we were having our reunions.  When she learned that our
keynote speaker had not yet arrived, she offered to deliver a message.  As
she was waiting, our speaker arrived and Stephanie graciously stepped
back, not even accepting the invitation to make a few remarks.  Her unselfish
actions of making herself available to be of service, but not expecting or
desiring to push her way into the spotlight is commendable.

So while much will be written and shared with larger readerships, and while
much will be spoken by those better known, my duty, my obligation, and my
pleasure is to share with you the Stephanie I knew.  Stephanie’s life was a life
of commendable service, to her family, to her community, to the nation, and
to the world.  We pray that her actions and spirit will be reflected in each of
us, and that her spirit will endure.  Stephanie’s life epitomized the philosophy
and message of VISIONS.  Thank you Stephanie, and may you rest in
peace.    


Additional Note:  As I was preparing this issue of VISIONS for on-line
publishing, I was blessed to received a pictorial tribute via e-mail from a
friend.  I urge you to take the time to see that tribute by
PRESSING HERE!