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Maya Angelou’s Banana Pudding

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“I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.” ~ Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou's Banana Pudding
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Maya Angelou
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Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large saucepan, combine 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir until blended. Mix in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and boiling. Boil 1 minute, then remove from heat.

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21 Inspiring Quotes By Performer, Poet, Activist, Memoirist & Teacher, Maya Angelou

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My all time favorite performer, poet, activist, memoirist and teacher, Maya Angelou has lived an extraordinary life. She’s inspired me to stand up for what I believe and will always be my greatest teacher. I’ve listed a few of my favorite quotes, enjoy and be inspired.

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1. “I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.”

2. “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.

3. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

4. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

5. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

6. “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

7. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

8. “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

9. “I’m grateful to intelligent people. That doesn’t mean educated. That doesn’t mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call ‘mother wit’ means intelligence that you had in your mother’s womb. That’s what you rely on. You know what’s right to do.”

10. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

11. “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

12. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

13. “My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”

14. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”

15. “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”

16. “You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.”

17. “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

18. “If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.”

19. “Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.”

20. “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

… and my most favorite Maya Angelou quote.

21. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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A 1980 Rolls-Royce sits in the garage of Ms. Angelou’s primary residence in North Carolina. Photo Credit: Dustin Aksland for The Wall Street Journal

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The Meditations By Marcus Aurelius

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Daily Quote:“This thou must always bear in mind, what is the nature of the whole, and what is my nature, and how this is related to that, and what kind of a part it is of what kind of a whole; and that there is no one who hinders thee from always doing and saying the things which are according to the nature of which thou art a part.” ~ Marcus Aurelius The Meditations 2

Marcus Aurelius The Meditations Translated by George Long The Internet Classics Archive

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What We Can Learn From Others

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There are some things that cannot be taught in the classroom and then, there is what you learn through our life experiences. This quote is a great example of how to pick the good and purge the bad.

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 Daily Quote:“If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.” ~ Confucius

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