• 440th Army National Guard Band

    Word Pearls: Strike Up the Band

    by  • May 1, 2016 • 0 Comments

    What an absolute perfect way to celebrate our Nation’s 239th Birthday, ensconced in the amazing musical talent of the 440th Army National Guard band! One of 50 such bands throughout the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico, I am truly blessed that my hometown has been appointed to their July 4th itinerary! Absorbed in...

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    Word Pearls: Life and Faith

    by  • February 22, 2015 • 2 Comments

    The concept of accessibility carries as many connotations as the relationships to which it is ascribed: The pathologist to the patient, the judge to the jury, or the writer to the reader. One assumes the more creative, distinguished, or blue-bloodied another to be, the less accessibility accompanies that person throughout everyday life. Inaccessibility requires...

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    Word Pearls: Things Are All Right

    by  • February 15, 2015 • 0 Comments

    I’m not sure how I initially came across the song. It just happened on my YouTube suggestion list one day. The moment I heard it, I loved its temperament, its personality, its rhythm. It made my head bob up and down and my shoulders rock from side to side. I played it continually in...

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    Word Pearls: Graduation Speech

    by  • May 27, 2015 • 0 Comments

    http://www.sidneyherald.com/opinion/columnists/graduation-speech/article_dda018bc-04c6-11e5-9bfc-abfc0dba91da.html Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 6:00 pm By Donna Clements I stand before you in humility and pride, as a Phi Theta Kappa, 3.62 GPA, 75 credit, Associate of Arts degree graduate from of our nation’s most successful endeavors, the community college system. And I speak to you of the psychological phenomenon known...

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    Word Pearls: Intent and Purpose

    by  • March 4, 2015 • 0 Comments


    Eighteen years ago, I lost one of the most precious things in the world to me, the home of my youth. It wasn’t really mine to lose for the farm belonged to my parents. The mailbox had born their name for more than 40 years. But it was the home that would always epitomize...

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    Word Pearls: Charmed, I’m Sure – Part Two

    by  • February 8, 2015 • 2 Comments

    http://bit.ly/CharmedPartTwo Posted: Sunday, February 8, 2015 12:00 am Charmed, I’m Sure – Part Two By Donna Clements Having polished off an entire prosciutto and panna pizza, our table was promptly cleared away. Not quite ready to call it a night, my daughter asked if she could see the charms on the chain I was...

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    Word Pearls: Dear Beverly

    by  • February 1, 2015 • 0 Comments

    http://bit.ly/DearBeverly NOTE: I’m serious when I tell you the charm story continues to unfurl. In the meantime, I allow you to eavesdrop into my heart, as I say goodbye to a very dear friend. I hope it speaks to the “Beverly” in your life. Dear Beverly, Several months ago, upon my first inclination to...

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    Word Pearls: Charmed, I’m Sure

    by  • January 25, 2015 • 0 Comments

    http://bit.ly/CharmedPartOne I observed an intriguing necklace worn by a professional colleague during a meeting. It left an indelible impression. It had the look of uniqueness, individuality, as if it had a story to tell. I inquired as to its origin. She had attached charms from a bracelet, which she had always found to be...

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    Word Pearls: Can You Spell Matriculation?

    by  • January 18, 2015 • 0 Comments

    http://bit.ly/CanYouSpellMatriculation This is a major confession I am undereducated. Having doubled-up on the mandatory courses so that I could skip my sophomore year of high school, I found myself at the ripe old age of 17, enrolled in a major university, with the student base the size of more than the five counties surrounding...

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    Word Pearls: Four Quadrants of the Compass

    by  • January 11, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2015 12:00 am Why do I write? I write to inspire! It is my spiritual allotment — the gift of encouragement. Writing is the manifestation of that gift. It is the spinal cord of my purpose, providing the electrical source of my being. All other aspects of my life are...

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    Writing Word Pearls

    by  • January 6, 2015


    Why write? I write to inspire! It’s my spiritual allotment – the gift to inspire. Writing, rather words, are the manifestation of that gift. I call them Word Pearls. They create my inspirational spinal cord. All other aspects of my being are conjoined: My relationship with my CREATOR, familial bonds, friendships, mentoring, community service....

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    Word Pearls: Unrequited Etiquette

    by  • January 5, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Posted: Sunday, January 4, 2015 12:00 am | Updated: 12:09 pm, Mon Jan 5, 2015. Donna Clements I am a wanderlust soul in a sea of modernity, clinging to the masts of the social grace of written expressions of gratitude in exchange for the acknowledgement of birthdays, graduations and weddings. An expectation which has...

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