Month: August 2017

River of Life

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The more we live, more brief appear
Our life’s succeeding stages;
A day to childhood seems a year,
And years like passing ages.

The gladsome current of our youth,
Ere passion yet disorders,
Steals lingering like a river smooth
Along its grassy borders.

But as the careworn cheek grows wan,
And sorrow’s shafts fly thicker,
Ye stars, that measure life to man,
Why seem your courses quicker?

When joys have lost their bloom and breath,
And life itself is vapid,
Why, as we reach the Falls of Death
Feel we its tide more rapid?

It may be strange—yet who would change
Time’s course to slower speeding,
When one by one our friends have gone,
And left our bosoms bleeding?

Heaven gives our years of fading strength
Indemnifying fleetness;
And those of youth, a seeming length,
Proportion’d to their sweetness.

 

– Thomas Campbell

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31st August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1945 Bob Welch (guitarist & vocalist – Fleetwood Mac)

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Died:

1969 Rocky Marciano (heavyweight boxing champ)

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On This Day:

1957 Federation of Malaya gains independence (from Britain)

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Have a good Thursday, 31st August

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Amazing Nature

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The brilliant colors of the night
The soft spoken morning glow
My world can be so perfect
That’s why I love it so

Earthy tones surround me
With pop-up flowers born
Fragrances so delicious
In the dew of early morn

The sky lights up just for me
With each newly woven style
I put everything aside
To enjoy for a little while

Nature is so amazing to me
I love it every single day
Each morning is freshly exciting
In its own unique and perfect way!

 

– Marilyn Lott

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30th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1797 Mary Shelly (author of Frankenstein) 

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Died:

2003 Charles Bronson (actor)

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On This Day:

1918 Czechoslovakia forms an independent republic 

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Have a good Wednesday, 30th August

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What Nature Brings

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Autumn leaves that turn to gold
Flowers that are bright and bold
Tremble in the cooling wind
Messages the autumn sends
Soon the winter storm so strong
We hope that it would not stay long
Now it’s almost time to change
And the landscape soon will rearrange
Spring will come before we know
This will bring a winter thaw
And then spring, oh glorious spring
Isn’t it exciting what nature brings?

 

– Marilyn Lott

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29th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1915 Ingrid Bergman (actress)

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Died:

2016 Gene Wilder (actor – Charlei & The Chocolate Factory)

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On This Day:

1825 Brazilian independence recognized (by Portugal)

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Beauty In Nature

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Theres a poem in every flower,
a sonnet in every tree,
a tale in every lifetime
its just for you to see…

theres a lyric in every brook
as it rushes over rocks,
theres an ode in every nuance,
as loves wonder unlocks,

theres rhythm in every sound,
every beating of a heart,
theres poetry in every union
and every couple who are apart

and just as there is wonder
in every new life created
there is sadness and regret,
for the unsaid and unfeted

just listen for the music
that your ears cannot hear,
just strain yourself for the melody
thats so far and yet so near

the wonder of the creator,
the magic of the divine
is there to feel, for all of us,
to soon be yours and mine

 

– Arti Chopra

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28th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1965 Shania Twain (singer)

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Died:

1995 Earl Bascom (rodeo pioneer)

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On This Day:

1864 The 1st Geneva Convention, governing the Rules of War signed by 26 nations

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Have a good Monday, 28th August

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Nature Trail

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At the bottom of my garden
There’s a hedgehog and a frog
And a lot of creepy-crawlies
Living underneath a log,
There’s a baby daddy long legs
And an easy-going snail
And a family of woodlice,
All are on my nature trail.

There are caterpillars waiting
For their time to come to fly,
There are worms turning the earth over
As ladybirds fly by,
Birds will visit, cats will visit
But they always chose their time
And I’ve even seen a fox visit
This wild garden of mine.

Squirrels come to nick my nuts
And busy bees come buzzing
And when the night time comes
Sometimes some dragonflies come humming,
My garden mice are very shy
And I’ve seen bats that growl
And in my garden I have seen
A very wise old owl.

My garden is a lively place
There’s always something happening,
There’s this constant search for food
And then there’s all that flowering,
When you have a garden
You will never be alone
And I believe we all deserve
A garden of our own.

 

– Benjamin Zephaniah

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27th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1908 Donald (Don) Bradman (Australian cricketer)

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Died:

1919 Louis Botha (South African statesman and general) 

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On This Day:

1828 Uruguay gains independence 

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Have a good Sunday, 27th August

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