Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wise Words





WISE WORDS TO LIVE BY
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People say that what we're all seeking in life is a meaning for life.


I don't think that's what we're really seeking.


I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive...
~ Joseph Campbell

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day Poem By Brod Bagert


This connection will take you to a wonderful Earth Day Poem and poetry site:

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011

If I…
by 
Brod Bagert...


Friday, April 15, 2011

Light Verse or Lightning Verse? (Joe Sottile, 2005)

Cover of Once Upon a Time magazine, Sprint 2005 issue



If you were to ask this elementary teacher of thirty-three years what type of poetry has the biggest impact on students, the thumbs up winner is light verse. Light verse is defined as "poetry that is playful or humorous and usually rhymed." If we extend the umbrellas of "light verse" to include such poetry as what we find in the late Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends or Falling Up, which is full of quirks, surprise rhymes, and free verse, then light verse is music to soul of most elementary students.

Children love the poetry books of Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Judith Viorst, Bruce Lansky, Jeff Moss, and Kalli Dakoa. At first glance their poems look easy to write. Just pick a topic — any topic — from apples to zebras, and write a poem. You don't have to worry...

To read the rest, click here...

http://www.consideration.org/sottile/for-teachers/light-or-lightning.html

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dreams Shot Skyward with Every Ball Hit

                                            

When you were growing up did you have a special place where all of your dreams seemed possible? Sue and Ron, our college friends, just came to visit from Florida. Sue, who had lived in Brighton, had one request — a tour of her old neighborhood. As we approached an old stone bridge, fireworks erupted in her mind as she recalled playing under that bridge...

For the rest of the story, go here:

http://www.consideration.org/sottile/about-me/sandlot.html

Monday, April 11, 2011

Best Internet: Retiree Humor


They Ask Why 
l Like Retirement!


Question:
  How many days in a week?  
Answer:
     6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday.

Question:
  When is a retiree's bedtime?  
Answer:
  Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch. 

 

Question:
  How many retirees to change a light bulb?  
Answer:
  Only one, but it might take all day.

Question:
  What's the biggest gripe of retirees?  
Answer:
  There is not enough time to get everything done. 

 

Question:
  Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors?  
Answer:
  The term comes with a 10% or 15% discount.

Question:
  Among retirees what is considered formal attire?  
Answer:
  Tied shoes.

Question:
  Why do retirees count pennies?  
Answer:
 They are the only ones who have the time.  
 

Question:
  What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire? 
Answer:
  NUTS! 

 

Question:  Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic, or garage? 
Answer:
  They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there. 

Question:
  What do retirees call a long lunch?  
Answer:
   Normal. 

 

Question:
  What is the best way to describe retirement?  
Answer:
  The never-ending Coffee Break. 



Question:
  What's the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree? 
Answer:
  If you cut classes, no one calls your parents.



Question:
  Why does a retiree often say he doesn't miss work but misses the people he used to work with? 
Answer:
  He is too polite to tell the whole truth.  

Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, 
"How old was your husband?" "98," she replied.
 
"Two years older than I am."
  
"So you're 96," the undertaker commented.
 
She responded, "Hardly worth going home, is it?"


Reporters, interviewing a 104-year-old woman:
 
"And what do you think is the best thing
 
about being 104?" the reporter asked.
  
She simply replied, "No peer pressure."


The nice thing about being senile is
 
you can hide your own Easter eggs.


I've sure gotten old!
 
I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement,
 
new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes.
 
I'm half blind,
 
can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine,
 
take 40 different medications that
 
make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts.
 
Have bouts with dementia.
 
Have poor circulation --
 
hardly feel my hands and feet anymore.
 
Can't remember if I'm 85 or 92.
 
Have lost all my friends. But, thank God,
 
I still have my driver's license.

 

I feel as if my body has gotten totally out of shape,
 
so I got my doctor's permission to
 
join a fitness club and start exercising.
 
I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors.
 
I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. 
But, by the time I got my leotards on, 
the class was over.


An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and
 
told her preacher she had two final requests.
 
First, she wanted to be cremated, and second,
 
she wanted her ashes scattered over
 Wal-Mart.  
"Wal-Mart?!" the preacher exclaimed.
 
"Why Wal-Mart?"
 
"Then I'll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week."

 
 


My memory's not as sharp as it used to be.
 
Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.

 
 


It's scary when you start making the same noises 
as your coffee maker.



These days about half the stuff
 
in my shopping cart says,
 
"For fast relief."

 
 


THE SENILITY PRAYER:
 
Grant me the senility to forget the people
 
I never liked anyway,
 
the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and
 
the eyesight to tell the difference.
  Amen.
 
 


Always Remember This:   
You don't stop laughing because you grow old,
 
You grow old because you stop laughing
.




Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jayne Jaudon Ferrer: Your Daily Poem Editor & Creator




Jayne Jaudon  Ferrer is the poetry editor and creator of my favorite poetry website:  www.yourdailypoem.com, and a first class poet. What she promises is that the poems she shares daily will “not be boring.” I think she certainly fulfills that promise each day, while championing a website with TLC, whose cup run-eth over with inspiration, resources and poetry interaction. The quality of the poems she presents encourages readers to leave behind positive poetry comments and seek more poems (written by the same author), thus affirming the daily poet’s path and writing process.

Jayne is a “poetry missionary” converting the skeptics to believers in the power of poetry. Go to her website, read a sample of the poems in the archives, and you will discover that poetry can be “outrageous, inspiring, hilarious, heartbreaking, uplifting, sobering, and surprising.” Then sign up for a free daily poem delivered to your e-mail box. You will have no regrets.


Want to know more about Jayne? You can find this biographical sketch on her website:  


Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is the author of four books of poetry that focus on family life, one of which has remained consistently in print for more than twenty years. An award-winning copywriter and freelance journalist, Ferrer speaks frequently at women’s and book events; her poetry and articles have appeared in publications ranging from Boca Raton Magazine to Christian Parenting Today. Jayne lives in Greenville, South Carolina; learn more about her at www.jaynejaudonferrer.com.


Since this month is National Poetry Month, Jayne showcases a month's worth of poems that are even extra special. Subscribe and see for  yourself.

If you wander into the archives, you might even stumble on a poem of mine in the archives...


http://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=330