Posts Tagged ‘inspirational poem’

Romeo Small tufts of hair sticking out over his eyes resemble the white bushy eyebrows of an old man. Only a thin isthmus of hair prevents two bald spots on his face from becoming one large one and deep wrinkles that were once hidden by hair are exposed and reveal his age. There is no doubt that radiation treatment for a cancerous nasal tumor has made my dog Romeo look older. Yet, despite his post-radiation appearance, my playful and mischievous dog of the past is slowly returning. As I watch him naughtily shred paper, I smile. Before, such an act would have been met with a frown, but now it brings me joy.

#1 – New Uses for Old Things

Foil Cupcake Liners as Candleholders

Foil cupcake liners as candleholders

I got excited when I found an article on Real Simple’s site called 700+ New Uses For Old Things. With the aid of photos, the article offers many unconventional ways to use everyday items. You can bet I’ll be taking notes as I check out all of these ideas!

#2 – Making Rainbows

Gabriel Dawe Art Installation

Plexus No. 5 by Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe Art Installation

Plexus No. 19 by Gabriel Dawe

Artist Gabriel Dawe installs rainbows. Using colorful thread, Mr. Dawe transforms large areas of space into rainbow-like art installations. Check out more of his work on his Facebook page.

#3 – Handwriting 101
Ever wonder what your handwriting reveals about your personality? Take a look at the infographic below to see what your handwriting says about you:

What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

#4 – Summer Reading
If you or your kids are looking for interesting books to read this summer, NPR has you covered with their Summer 2013 Critics’ Lists. You’re bound to find a title that catches your fancy!

#5 – Dare to Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!

Steve Maraboli

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Waiting in a doctor’s office for a yearly examination can give rise to poetic prowess! Here’s a poem I wrote today while waiting:

Ode to Growing Old

by Linnell Chang


I’m growing so old from my head to my toes,

No part is immune, that’s just how life goes.


I look in the mirror and see same old me,

Though most of my body’s changed ‘bove the knee.


A sleek stylish haircut provides youthful flair,

But, Sharpie pens need to touch up white hair.


My face has no pimples of an eighteen-year-old,

but my age is revealed through wrinkles and folds.


The light of my soul shines bright through my eyes,

But my sight’s changed, fonts need to resize.


A double chin makes a great safety hold,

For keeping those scarves under control.


My upper arms have a life of their own,

Reps of tricep curls . . . I wish I had known.


The darts on my dress are lower than before,

 ‘Cause “the girls” on my chest are nearer the floor.


The abdominal work at the gym that I go,

Does not make a difference to the belly I show.


Smooth shapely thighs are a thing of my past,

Discover a cure for cellulite – fast!


Can’t turn back the clock, even if I chose,

That’s my growing-old story, so I’ll close.


Despite moaning and groaning, I’ve come to learn,

That growing old is a gift, something one earns.


By living and loving, without any restraint,

I’m so glad I’m alive and that’s no complaint!

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