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Getting To Know Accie Griffin

My mom used to love attending funerals.  It was always like a family reunion seeing people you haven’t seen in such a long time and especially those who had moved away.  In addition, there was always a repast that would hold you over until the next day.

On Saturday I attended the Homegoing Service of Accie Griffin.  I am intrigued sometimes by the detailed obituaries that give you a glimpse of a person’s life, the pictorials and the remarks by friends.  I only know Mr. Accie from when I visited Crown Ministries where he was an Elder.  I’ve only seen him a few times and probably only spoke to him once or twice during the segment “go to 2-3 people and say….”  I never had a decent conversation with Mr. Accie nor did I realize how sick he was and how he had a longing to join his beloved Evelyn in heaven.

If I had taken the time to get to know Mr. Accie, he probably would have recapped things I learned about him at his funeral.  He raised 12 of his own kids and additional relatives.  He would have told me how he loved to hunt and the traps he would set.  How he used to sit at the country store and laugh and joke with friends.  I can imagine he had his own favorite soda, a Coke, Pepsi or Dr. Pepper. Mr. Accie was what we may call today a serial entrepreneur and a well-rounded man.  He was a welder by trade, owned his own fish market and a farm of livestock and crops.  He was a hog doctor and could cure anything ailing a hog. With such a large family he had built-in hired help and enough to stock a baseball team for recreation after a week of hard work. He loved baseball and could have made the big league but decided to stay in Martin County.

I heard some refer to him as A-C and others ASEE.  Lifelong friends who will miss the phone calls but still have precious memories.  I call him the forgotten Patriarch that our children today don’t appreciate.  The type of African American Man who made our race strong.  Thanks Accie Calvin Griffin, Sr. and Evelyn Marie Williams Griffin for leaving us a strong legacy of 10 remaining children, 38 grandchildren and 42 great grand children.IMG_5045

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Returning Girls to Ladies

When I was in elementary school, we had to bring a handkerchief every day and have our finger nails inspected. The teacher would have us place our clean white handkerchief on the desk and place our hands palms down as she walked around the room and inspected. No one was to have dirty fingernails.  I grew up poor, without apology, and sometimes I had to tell the teacher that I didn’t have a handkerchief but my nails were clean.  This was a long time ago when teachers were admired and you dare misbehave.  Otherwise, you were on the list for punishment at school as well as when you got home.

Fast forward fifty years to the future and respect has gone out the door and everything natural is fabricated.  I was blessed to connect with Dr. Donna Corbett of Amazing Grace Etiquette 15 years ago who branched out and started a nonprofit to teach children how to be young ladies and young gentlemen.  Dr. Corbett has been very successful with changing the attitudes of children, teens and adults through the numerous programs at Amazing Grace Etiquette.

Each year we have a Holiday Princess Tea Party Extravaganza for girls ages 4-11. Last year was the first time that we added boys to the mix to show them how to interact properly with girls.  The Saturday afternoon includes a crowning, limo ride, etiquette lessons, lunch and entertainment.  The parents/grandparents are part of a separate Empowerment Session. They relax, shop with our vendors and relax by the fireplace while being inspired by a speaker and building new relationships.  To enjoy this pre holiday celebration, register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-princess-tea-party-extravaganza-tickets-49537462885.

 

 

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TCP Magazine Memory Board

TCP Magazine Memory Board

TCP Magazine is accepting photos of supporters who lost loved ones in 2012 for our Memory Board. Email hi-rez photos to tcpmagazine@gmail.com along with name, date of death & birth, and a couple of lines indicating their affiliation with music, ministry or business.

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

It’s not too late to Spring Clean

I’m Not Mad at Michael Jackson

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Peach Tree Bloom

Spring seems to be here early but it’s right on time.  A mild winter prohibited me from wearing my favorite leather coat but I hate cold weather anyway.  So, looking out my window and seeing the blossoms on the peach tree puts a smile on my face – the finishing touches for my makeup.  What makes you smile?

Today I was given “propofol” for a procedure.  I asked the nurse, “Michael Jackson propofol?”  She answered yes and assured me that everything would be okay and they have never had a problem.  The last thing I remember was smiling and………   WOW!  That was some good rest.  After that experience, I was thinking, “Michael I understand”.  But like every thing meant for good, we take it to the extreme with devastating effects.

What makes you smile?

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Listen to the Prophecy

I have had many prophesies over the years.  Some have been generic and some have been quite interesting.  Either relative to a current unknown situation or what may seem out of reach.  Bishop Cranford Davis has been a supporter of TCP Magazine from the beginning as a contributing writer and also offering prayer over published issues of TCP  hot off the press.  His prophecy in 2010 was that I would be on television.  His message to me was flowing like a river such that it was hard for me to capture it all.  It was very specific even stretching to 17 months out.  It wasn’t until I appeared on Atlanta Live, which is shown in the 9th largest TV market in the country and guest hosted Spiritual Awakening, one of the longest running gospel showcases in the country, that I remembered the prophecy.  Other TV opportunities have surfaced too so stay tuned with upcoming blogs of “On The Road With TCP”.  This is our first of many.