Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Future of Children's Poetry

Professor and author Sylvia Vardell has posted a very informative interview with Lee Bennett Hopkins, master poet and anthologist, about the future of children’s poetry. Cut and paste the site below for this enlightening discourse.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Bottom Line for Poets

Breathe-in experience,
Breathe-out poetry.
~Muriel Rukeyser
Thank you, Inosha

Best Internet: What Things Cost & Other Surprises 55 Years Ago


Author: Andy MouseYear: 1955!!
That's only 55 years ago!
Comments made in the year 1955!

'I'll tell you one thing, if things
 keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $10.00.

'Have you seen the new cars
 coming out next year? It won't be long before $1, 000.00 will only buy a used one.

'If cigarettes keep going up in
 price, I'm going to quit. 20 cents a pack is ridiculous.

'Did you hear the post office is
 thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter

'If they raise the minimum wage
 to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

'When I first started driving, who
 would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.

'I'm afraid to send my kids to the
 movies any more Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.

'I read the other day where some
 scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas .

'Did you see where some baseball
 player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President.

'I never thought I'd see the day
 all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.

'It's too bad things are so tough
 nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.

'It won't be long before young
 couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.

'I'm afraid the Volkswagen car
 is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.

'Thank goodness I won't live to
 see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.

'The drive-in restaurant is
 convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

'There is no sense going on short
 trips anymore for a weekend, it costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.

'No one can afford to be sick
 anymore, at $15.00 a day in the hospital, it's too rich for my blood.'

'If they think I'll pay 30 cents
 for a hair cut, forget it.'

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Best Quotes: Step Up to the Plate!

Learning something new and applying it each and every day

gives meaning and purpose to our lives. Growth is the ability to

learn how to take any situation either good or bad and get the

most out of it, and then share what you’ve learned from the 

experience.Making progress in life is about taking responsibility

for ourselves and being responsible to others. It is about using

past pains as a motivator to embrace future pleasures. In summary

it is about our stepping up to the plate of being all we can be                                                                                         

and then striving for more!”

~ L. Bronstein ~

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Best Internet: Up

Just ONE example of why English is SO difficult to learn . . . . .
Think about it. The author is unknown... 
Read until the'll laugh....
This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word 
is 'UP.'  It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?
Why do we speak UP,  and why are the 
officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to 
write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the
silver, warm 
UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We 
lock UP the house and  
fix UP the old car.
At other times this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, 
line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. 
To be dressed is one 
thing but to be dressed UP is 
And this UP is confusing:  A 
drain must be opened UP because it is stopped  UP.

We open
 UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at 
night We seem to be pretty mixed 
UP about UP ! 

To be 
knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP,
look UP the word UP in the dictionary.. In a desk-sized 
dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions 

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP  a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may 
wind UP with a hundred or more. 

When it threatens to rain, we say it is 
clouding UP . When the sun comes out
we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it 
soaks UP the 
earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on & on, but I'll wrap 
it UP, for now time is UP ! more thing: 
What is the first thing you
do in the morning & the last thing you do at night? 

   P !
 Did that one crack you UP?
Tell others about what’s UP. .  . 


I'll shut UP

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Another Chance

Another Chance

How often we wish for yet another chance to make a fresh beginning.
A chance to blot out our mistakes and change failure into winning.
It does not take a special time to make a brand new start.
It only takes the deep desire to try with all our heart.
To live a little better, to always be forgiving.
To add a little sunshine in a world for which we're living.
Never give up in despair nor think you are through.
For there's always a tomorrow, a chance to start a new.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Math Is Beautiful Just Like Poetry

By Carrie Graham Donaldo


Love of Mathematics and the Love of God!   This is TOO cool!  
Just the math part is good enough, the end is even better.  
I bet you won’t be able to read it without sharing it! 

Beauty of Mathematics!!!!!!!

1 x 
8 + 1= 9
12 x 
8 + 2= 98
123 x 
8 + 3= 987
1234 x 
8 + 4= 9876
12345 x 
8 + 5= 98765
123456 x 
8 + 6= 987654
1234567 x 
7= 9876543
12345678 x 
8 + 8= 98765432
123456789 x 
8 + 9= 987654321

1 x 
9 + 2 = 11
12 x 
9 + 3 = 111
123 x 
9 + 4 = 1111 
1234 x 
9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 
9 + 6 = 111111 
123456 x 
9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 
9 + 8 = 11111111 
12345678 x 
9 + 9 = 111111111 
123456789 x 
9 +10= 1111111111 

9 x 
9 + 7 = 88
98 x 
9 + 6 = 888 
987 x 
9 + 5 = 8888 
9876 x 
+ 4 = 88888 
98765 x 
9 + 3 = 888888 
987654 x 
9 + 2 = 8888888 
9876543 x 
+ 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 
9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn't it?

And look at this symmetry: 

1 x 1 = 
11 x 11 = 
111 x 111 = 
1111 x 1111 = 
11111 x 11111 = 
111111 x 111111 = 
1111111 x 1111111 = 
11111111 x 11111111 = 
111111111 x 111111111 = 

Mind Boggling...
Now, take a look at this...


From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:

What Equals

What does it mean to give MORE than

Ever wonder about those people who say they
Are giving more than

We have all been in situations where someone wants you to

GIVE OVER 100%...

How about
What equals
 100%in life? 

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help
Answer these questions:


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 

Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26


H-A-R-D-W-O- R- K 

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%


K-N-O-W-L-E- D-G-E 

11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+ 5 = 96%


A-T-T-I-T-U- D-E 

1+20+20+9+20+ 21+4+5 = 100% 

THEN, look how far the love of God will take you: 

L-O-V-E-O-F- G-O-D 

12+15+22+5+15+ 6+7+15+4 = 101% 

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:

 Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, andAttitude will
Get you there, It's the
 Love of God that will put you over the top!

If you find this interesting share it with your friends & loved ones.
Have a nice day & God bless you!