PEARLS OF MY MOTHER'S WISDOM: Dedicated to my Mother, Florence M. Cropper


Written By: Catherine J. Pratt

Date: May 9, 2021

When I was growing up, my mother told me about, “Silence Is Golden.” If you speak your piece, people will know what you said, when you said it, and why you said it. People will judge you by your words and what you said. Instead by being silent, you appear wiser and can always walk away. People can make their own conclusions. The ones that hold their tongues and listen instead of talking, always appears to be more intelligent. I have used this concept my entire life. Sometimes, I would regret not having said something, but most of the time, it turned out that, “Silence is Golden.”

My Mother’s Sacrifice for Her Children’s Future: Dedicated to my Mother, Cecilia Lina Pratt


Written By: Herold K. Pratt

Date: May 9, 2021

Mothers all over this world make sacrifices for their children. My mother was no exception. She sacrificed a lot to give my brother and me a good life and prepare us for adulthood. My mother, Cecilia Lina Pratt (Lind) was born and raised in Germany during the Nazi period, and she experienced the horror of war firsthand.


Our hometown, Hanau near Frankfurt, was bombed day and night as it was a military town. In addition, when her mother died, she was abandoned by her family and put into a home for undesirables. At one point, my mother and a girlfriend ran away from the home and after about a week, seeing there was nowhere to go, they returned to the home.


As it turned out, the Nazis were killing their own people that they considered undesirable by driving them into the woods and into the back of a paneled truck. Once in the woods, they fed a hose from the exhaust to the back where the girls were and gassed them to death. On the day, my mother ran away, she and her girlfriend were scheduled to be gassed. God had another purpose for my mother.


After the end of the war, my mother ended up working for the Americans in their mess hall to feed and take care of my brother and me. Unfortunately, her family still disrespected her, and my brother ended up in a foster home after the state took him away from her. I was fortunate as my mother was able to pay her family to take care of me.


My mother met my stepfather, Thomas Vasil Pratt in the mess hall. I do not call him my stepfather as he earned more respect than that for raising two boys that were not his own. My mother married him to give us a father, and I am very thankful for her motherly love to consider us and marrying my father. Furthermore, my mother worked extremely hard to get my brother out of that home and back with his family. My mother and my father were raised Catholic, but because the Catholic Church would not allow my mother to marry an American soldier, she and my father changed their religion to Protestant.


The German people were not too kind to her for marrying an American. In 1957, we moved to the United States, and the American people looked down on her for being German and marrying an American. She had to endure hate in both countries.


However, she endured and in 1959, she became a citizen of the United States of America. My mother had the foresight to have my father naturalize my brother and me, although our natural birth fathers were German. Also, my father gave his last name to us when we got adopted by him.


Throughout my childhood, she was always there when I needed her. Both my mother and father raised me to be a loving and responsible adult and father. At my mother’s side, I learned how to cook, clean, and face the world with hope and love.


Thank you, Mom from your loving and appreciative son who will always remember the good life that you made possible for my brother and me.

Filling Your Own Cup First!

 

Written By: Jennifer Halcame

Date: March 15, 2021

In celebration of National Women's History Month, I wanted to talk to you about someone very dear to me. My hero, my inspiration, and for better or worse, my greatest teacher...my Mom.


Shelby Halcame 1938-2020. She grew up one of five children in the poorest part of Aiken, South Carolina. They lived in a three room house with an outhouse, and her parents ran a little country store.


Even though, she had very little. She had always felt a responsibility to help those less fortunate than herself, especially the children. So, she studied hard and graduated top of her class at 17 years old. She became the first person to go to college in her family.


At the University of South Carolina, she met my father. Soon, they fell madly in love and got married. Well, back then women were expected to stay home and take care of the family. So, she sacrificed her dreams to take care of us. She was an amazing mom who loved me and my brothers every day.


I was the youngest, so when I went to school, she decided it was time for her to fulfill her own dreams. She worked three jobs to pay for it, while raising three kids, taking full-time classes, and caring for her household. All while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She was superwoman to me!


When she graduated with her master’s degree in Psychology, she was faced with a choice. Open a private practice or work with under privileged kids. She once again chose to sacrifice her own needs so others could thrive, and she took a position working with children at the state mental hospital.


With my mother's selfless sacrifices, she forgot to teach me the most important lesson of all. She forgot to fill her own cup first!


In my own life, this was a hard lesson learned. After many 70 hr. weeks and trying to be everything to everyone, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2005. After many years of healing and learning how to first fill my own cup, I was finally able to heal my disease. I am happier and so is everyone around me.


So, as you go about your day-to-day routine, and being in service to those around you, do not forget to take care of yourself first. If we do not, we will be unable to take care of anyone else. Here are some insightful tips for better, self-care:

*Take a hot bubble bath.

*Practice daily self-care.

*Take a walk in nature.

*Eat healthier.

*Practice some form of meditation.

*Exercise daily.

*Positive affirmations.

*Laugh whenever possible.

*Dance like no one's watching.

*Give and receive as many hugs as you can get.

*Be ok with saying "No, this is not mine to do."

*And many more.


This article is dedicated to one of the most extraordinary women that I have ever had the privilege of knowing, my Mom.  We are all beautiful, amazing women out there. We are blessed as we have much to celebrate in March.


With much love, honor, and many blessings 🙏 Namaste!

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH!


WRITTEN BY: SHANNON GRACE

DATE: MARCH 8, 2021

Salutations to 2021! Talk about a rough start into the New Year! The good news is we can turn it around with something positive and focus on the month of March with honoring and celebrating the amazing accomplishments of strong, determined women.


In the United States, March is recognized as National Women’s History Month. Also, on March 8, 2021, it is International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme is called, “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a Covid-19 World.” It celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.


The world should be excited to learn more about the achievements of many amazing women and their stories of how they triumph over obstacles to rightfully earn their places in the world and fight for the advancements for women. Every steppingstone that a woman took in history helped prepare the younger generation of girls to embrace their higher selves to courage them to shape a better future for them.


As women, we have come a long way, but there is still more work to be done to have a stronger co-existence with everyone in today’s world. To live as a whole race (humanity altogether), we need harmony.


I say, “Our past is our anchor and teacher, our present is our motivator and liberator, and our future will be our victor and greatest witness for living in a brighter world.” So, let us get started with different ways to learn and observe National Women’s History Month.


Studying up on women’s history: Look for museums that have women’s exhibits, which are dedicated on accomplishments of women. Also, you can research for other venues that celebrate and provide history on National Women’s History Month.


Since being indoors more during the pandemic, please take the time to research on your favorite women that you are drawn, too, and can learn from their achievements. For instance, it can be Michelle Obama, Mother Theresa, Tina Turner, Jackie Kennedy, Helen Keller, Princess Diana, Oprah, Madeleine Albright, Anne Richards, Karen Carpenter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elaine Chao, Aretha Franklin, Sonia Sotomayor, Condoleezza Rice, Sarah Palin, Janet Reno, Mary McLeod Bethune, Gloria Estefan, Victoria Woodhull, and many more.


Get creative and write: Think of a woman that you admire. She can be someone personal and a public figure. Take the time to write a letter describing her impact that she had in your life and send it to her. A thoughtful gesture is a heartfelt and powerful statement of love, which would be highly appreciated and remembered.


Get together for a girls’ day: Grab your family members or your besties (whoever is important to you) to join you on a wonderful girls’ day out. Maybe catch up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but wait maybe do a high tea gathering or just a spa day. Take the time to reconnect and embrace the moment of being in each other’s presence, while sharing interesting stories and learning something that you never knew before. One-on-one time with ladies that you love is an honor and great memory to create.


The importance of having National Women’s History Month is the backbone to help us remember the past endeavors of how women fought for our rights and opportunities to be equal. Currently, women are still fighting on many levels to create a better world for us.


Also, women need to be given credit for the important discoveries and conquests that were made in history. Men wrote many historical documents for centuries. There is so much history to be discovered that showed how women played many roles throughout time.


What is fascinating is that women of history stood up for their rights and fought what they believed in. Women have the motivation to come together and become a force of nature to move mountains. Therefore, you hear the saying that women are “the backbone of society.”


With National Women’s History Month, let us take the opportunity to put a spotlight on all the wonderful things that women accomplished every day. From working full-time jobs, being mothers, pursuing education and our dreams, owning businesses, making important discoveries and advancements in religion, science, art, and writing etc., along with caring for the elderly, fighting wars, and governing countries, we all can say that women are the rock of society and play a major part of being the backbone of bringing back peace and balance into this world. 


 Amen to being a woman, we all have something to celebrate and honor within ourselves. CHEERS TO US. 

ELIZABETH BLACKWELL: A WOMAN WHO WOULDN'T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER! 


WRITTEN BY: SARAH J.

DATE: MARCH 8, 2021


I want to talk to you about a woman that helped change the medical profession from University to being a practicing physician. A woman who was on a different path and did not even want to read a medical book but discovered a passion and ran with it.


Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in America. She moved from Bristol England with her family in 1832. She first became a teacher, as it was the most respected career for women. She turned to medicine after hearing from her dying friend that her suffering would have been less, if the physician were female. As a woman, I can relate with how her friend felt at the time. She became intrigued about medicine and asked many physicians if it was a good idea to go into medicine.


They all agreed that it would be, but also impossible. She said that “If it’s a good idea, then it is possible.” So, she decided to pursue medical studies. She applied to countless medical universities, and even got accepted into Geneva College as a joke, but that did not stop her from attending. She was ridiculed, separated from important lab work, but graduated first in her class.


She went back to Europe to continue training in London and Paris hospitals. She started to emphasize the importance of hygiene, as she noticed the doctors she worked under, did not wash their hands in between patients. Eventually, she returned to New York. She applied for a job as a physician in the Women’s Department of Large City Clinic but was rejected. From there she did not back down, and her passion pushed her forward.


She opened a clinic to treat poor women and later, she opened a New York infirmary with her sister, Dr. Emily Blackwell, to treat women and children. She not only wanted to help women and children who came from poverty, but she also wanted to create opportunities for women to practice and learn, who wanted to be physicians. 

An Inspiring Author: Emily Post (Author of Etiquette)

Written By: Shannon Grace

Date: March 8, 2021


National Women's History Month is in March. We have a lot to celebrate on the history of women's accomplishments and advancements.  The Inspiring Peacock Post will be posting many things in honor for women. To start with, I like to share again my  favorite author, Emily Post and some of her inspiring history. 


Emily Post lived from 1872 – 1960. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland and died in New York. She was the American authority on social behavior where she crafted her advice by applying good sense and thoughtfulness to basic human interactions. She believed, "Whenever two people's lives come together and affect one another. You have etiquette. Etiquette is not some rigid code of manners; it's simply how people's lives touch one another."


Her life started in the age of the horse and buggy, witnessed the beginning and end of the prohibition of alcohol, lived through the Great Depression, and ended with peace, love, and a legacy. She was known as a prominent New York society woman in the early 1900s and was the daughter of the famed architect named Bruce Price.


Her legacy grew into becoming famous for her practical and humorous advice on etiquette. Emily Post was a very modern woman. She divorced her husband at a young age and used her writing skills to support herself as a single mother of two boys. She supported many causes and loved to live life to the fullest. Her experiences gave her the courage to step into her power to write more about etiquette when she was 50.


In 1922, Emily Post’s book, Etiquette, topped the nonfiction bestseller list. Later, the phrase “according to Emily Post” soon entered the American lexicon, as the last word on social conduct. Also, Etiquette ranked as the second book most likely to be stolen from public libraries, (the Bible ranking number one). Her book was 627 pages. Etiquette became more modernized with each edition (19 of them to date). Her focus and backbone were on consideration, respect, honesty, and practicality.


Before she died, Emily Post was liked by Americans as this elderly figure who made them laugh, gave people confidence, and enriched such a quality of consideration and awareness in etiquette that anyone from any background can be inspired.


Her legacy produced numerous books, a syndicated newspaper column, and a long running network radio program in Americans’ homes. At the end, she was a figure of national stature and importance throughout her life. Within her spirit, her mission was to make people’s lives more connected and create a bridge how people could relate better to each other in society.


In 1946, The Emily Post Institute was founded. Today, the institute is now run by the 5th generation of the Post family. Her family continues to carry on her legacy. At the Institute, there are a large collection of books ranging in topics from children and parenting, wedding, business, entertaining, and as well as online learning programs and in-person seminars. Plus, there is so much more.


She said, “Good manners reflect something from inside  an innate sense of consideration for others and respect for self.” Overall, consideration and respect go a long way.


To learn more about the Emily Post Institute and the Post family, please visit www.emilypost.com.


The  information for this article came from my December 22, 2020 article, which it was in honor for Emily Post.  Blessings to her.


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