Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Be Strong LIVE Tour Against Bullying and Bald Eagles~

Our daughter Ashleigh Elissa Cromer Hayes who serves as President of the "Be Strong" initiative to STOP bullying held a "Be Strong LIVE Tour" event on the morning of March 30th at the Louisville Palace.  My husband and I were so proud of her and all of her efforts along with her team to pull off this amazing program which will touch lives now and long into the future one person at a time.  Bullying is at epidemic proportions and young people are even taking their lives because of it.
My camera was in non-working order and so I had to rely on my very simple cell phone to get any photographs to share.

 Linkin Bridge... is a musical group from Louisville, Ky
whose hope is to inspire unity in a world divided by social and cultural difference
I was fortunate enough to get to meet and collect a hug from three of the four members...what swell guys.  The group made it all the way to the start of the finals of the famed show "America Got Talent", but didn't get enough votes to win, though they did have my vote~

Jessie Funk, guest speaker from Utah, and shown in the center image of mosaic below is a motivational speaker who loves to hang out with young humans!  She has authored 5 books (one of which is specifically for teens) and she has released 5 award-winning albums which makes her presentations fun and musical! 

  Mary McMahon guest speaker bottom left in mosaic below says that her goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of others.  She flew to the event all the way from Alaska.  President of Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals and also of the Alaska Administrators. Mary is committed to inspire excellence in school leadership.

Cassandra Webb is on the far right and works with the Louisville Urban League.  Their mission is: To be a catalyst for change and the best social justice organization in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after                                                                you have read the narratives~

I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
Saturday's Critter

Anni at: 
I'd Rather Be Birdin'
 Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'


Stewart for:

To watch a very brief clip from the event, copy and paste this link below and click on the site~

My youngest daughter Ashleigh and Miss Jean who helped make this event so special~

Miss Jean and a friend to both of us...Cathy~

The venue is called The Louisville Palace and it opened in 1928 until the 70's as a first run movie palace. After decades of operating as a Cinema house, a bright new future began for The Louisville Palace in the early 90's when investors undertook a multi - million dollar restoration to recreate the opulence which had been the hallmark of this architectural treasure~

Roy Moore on the right is the founder of "Be Strong" and what a great soul he is too.  We got to do a little bit of meet and greet after the event~

My husband and I on the far upper right, daughter Ashleigh center, Miss Jean and her friend Sherry, as well as my daughter Brittany and her little girl Maci make up this mosaic...
Oh yes and that is me on the left ;)

It is such a small world in that the lovely lady in purple is Jo Ross a Fashion Expert as well as  the PR person for the team and dear friends to Miss Jean for many years... Jo also happened to attend the same school that I did in the East end of Louisville, back in the sixties~

After the program we all had opportunity to meet the young men from Linkin Bridge and Miss Jean even got a bow and a kiss on her hand...needless to say we were all thrilled~

We needed to borrow  flag poles and stands for the event and when Miss Jean mentioned going to Waggener High School to pick up 3... I was delighted.  That is where my husby and I met going on 54 years ago and it was a real treat to get to enter those halls after such a long time~

Each day that I would travel into Louisville for meetings, or to spend time with Ashleigh I would also stop by the Bald Eagle nest site.  They are feeding young Eaglets, though I don't know how many yet, as they are still too small to see from the nest rim~


  1. You finished up with amazing eagle shots!!

  2. I love to see your photos, and beautiful in everybody in doing so well.

  3. Wow! What an amazing event! The Be Strong LIVE Tour was such a success, so many interesting performers at the beautiful Louisville Palace. You must be very proud of Ashleigh and her team, who worked so hard to bring this project to life for such an important cause. Let's hope that one day, soon, bullying will be a thing of the past.

    Gorgeous pics of the Bald Eagles 'bringing home the bacon' for their babies!

    You have been very busy, my friend; thanks for sharing your fun!


  4. What a wonderful event. No wonder you are proud of your daughter! Your photos of the eagles are absolutely wonderful. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. By the way, my name is Lois because both of my grandmothers were named Lois, so I was named after both of them!

  5. Good morning Mary. It's so sad that bullying is rife. I really do not understand it in this day and age when we are all meant to be much more aware and educated. Very sad. But all strength to the campaign and the hard work of those heroes involved.

    You finishing pictures of the Bald Eagles are magical. To capture the pair so close together on the dead tree like that. Just so special. Have great week and don't worry, everything will be fine.

  6. Stunning colors in your first capture. Most of all, I love your eagle captures, they are amazing!

  7. The event musta been terrific! All the smiling faces, glamor, and lights along with entertainment. Incredible. As are your eagle action photos!!!!

    Thanks for linking up this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

  8. Hello, so glad the Be Strong tour was a success. Awesome photos! I love the eagles, wonderful series of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your weekend!

  9. That's great that your daughter helps to stop bullying, it's a worthy cause. And great eagles!

  10. the eagle images are breathtaking, really beautiful and moving!!

    i wish that everyone could be involved with the anti-bullying movement. i'm sure i read of a recent suicide, a young boy who was being bullied. i wonder where in the world kids get this stuff from. i am so happy that programs like this are bringing it the attention it needs!!!

  11. love your eagle shots and I admire the work your daughter does. It is certainly very important :)

  12. Wonderful event -- and the eagles are amazing.

  13. ...oh, how I love your signs!

  14. Thanks for sharing your interesting evening. And those eagle shots are amazing!

  15. A wonderful event and such a worthy cause! You must be a proud Mom! Love seeing the photos and the eagles are amazing, too.

  16. A fascinating post, Mary! Your daughter is doing some great work. Loved the eagles, too....great photos!

  17. The whole Be Strong movement is a wonderful concept and I think your daughter is amazing to be so involved, I know you're very proud of her.
    Great shots of the Bale Eagles and their nest I wonder if we'll ever see the chicks?

  18. What a great event your daughter organized. Much needed in today's world. - Wow those Eagle shots were awesome.

  19. Wahouuuu, quelle belle sรฉrie ;-)
    Cรฉline & Philippe

  20. Thank you Mama for being such a big part of the event and our work in Louisville! Loving you extra ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

  21. Thank you Mama for being such a big part of the event and our work in Louisville! Loving you extra ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–


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