Thursday, April 30, 2009

How Would You Define Honesty?

Mark Twain photo portrait.Image via Wikipedia

From Denny: Another great writer from our more recent American past, Mark Twain, also a great humorist.

"Honesty: The best of all the lost arts." - Mark Twain

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Are You Honest and Honorable with Yourself?

NYC - Metropolitan Museum of Art - Death of So...From New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Death of Socrates - Image by wallyg via Flickr

From Denny: I've always enjoyed a comment or two from the ancient past from the brainy Greek thinkers like Socrates. His deep thoughts have survived the test of time as well as bad translations! :)

How many of us stop long enough in our daily life to reflect upon if we are really living our lives with honor in the world? This is why I enjoy quotations so much as they are like daily meditations to give us a short checklist of what to consider as we live from moment to moment. And Socrates, well, the man not only had wit, he had game!

"The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be." - Socrates

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How Smart is Your Genius?

From Denny: And this quote coming from a world renown genius! The guy had such a great sense of humor...

"The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." — Albert Einstein

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Monday, April 27, 2009

What Can Money Do for You?

A clown participating in a 2004 Memorial Day p...Image via Wikipedia

From Denny: I'm in a mood for "funny but true" today! Get a grin!

"Money can’t buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery." — Spike Milligan

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

How Deeply Do You Know Your Dream?

From Denny: It appears former President Franklin Roosevelt was quite the chatty guy when it came to littering history with his interesting quotes. Every time you turn around there is yet one more better than the last!

What's intriguing about this one is that is more than encouragment to follow your dreams. Rather he advises we focus on the intense beauty in all its aspects of the dreams as we engage, follow and become our dreams.

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Photo by Orrakle @ flickr

Saturday, April 25, 2009

4 Health Articles You Might Enjoy

From Denny: I'm always finding the most interesting articles about the latest health study. Too bad there wasn't more research devoted to orphan diseases, ones that afflict a small percentage of the population. Read that as the drug companies believe they can't make big money by searching for cures for these diseases - so they do nothing. Maybe it's the role of international governments to get into the act to help the suffering sectors of humanity? What do you think?

Health is a large area to cover so if you have some suggestions of anything I might be overlooking and you want to throw out at me, please do! You can also email me: too if you like. Yes, I actually answer my own email and am not too full of myself - well, not yet, anyway...! :) (There goes that cheeky side escaping again...)

Here are a few articles you might find an interesting read:

Drink Coffee: Lower Risk of Uterine Cancer

Broccoli Sprouts May Be Germ Fighters

The Pill and Gaining Muscle

Popping a Zit Can Kill You?

Photo by left-hand @ flickr

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Friday, April 24, 2009

4 Science Articles You Might Enjoy

From Denny: Since I have too many interests I've parked them on other blogs in addition to this one. Apparently, most people start a blog, lose interest, abandon the first one to start another blog. Not me. I just keep expanding to ADD more blogs! (totally crazy, I suppose - but hey! I'm happy...)

Anyway, articles about how the brain works, astronomy, psychology, some math and physics on basic levels is what I park over at the blog The Soul Calendar. It keeps climbing in the traffic rankings quite nicely and I happily write about whatever catches my interest for the week! Life is good!

I'm still poking around the web for children's resources for parents and science projects readers might find interesting. If you know of any sites or projects, speak up and shoot me an email at, much appreciated!

Here are a few posts you might find an interesting read:

Is My Brain Making Me Buy Things I Don't Need?

Double Amputees Shed Light on Brain's Flexibility

Robolegs Help People Walk

Hurricane-Killing, Space-Based Power Plants

NASA Photo by Image Editor @ flickr

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Are You Afraid to Follow Your Inner Vision?

From Denny: Audre Geraldine Lorde (February 18, 1934 - November 17, 1992) was a Carribean-American activist, though born in New York City to immigrant parents was also a writer and poet. A lot of her work centered on challenging feminist thought in the area of racism.

She was born so near-sighted that she was considered legally blind. Yet she managed to read at the early age of four years old and later go on to college and become a feminist writer.

Receiving a masters degree in library science, Lorde graduated the prestigious Columbia University. Audre married an attorney but divorced after having two children.

She become known for her work as a gay activist as she decided she too was gay. She worked in the civil rights of the 1960's, feminist movement, and was anti-war. She struggled with the battle of breast cancer for 14 years before her death.

Lorde was State Poet of New York from 1991 to 1992.

Audre LordeImage via Wikipedia

“When I dare to be powerful — to use my strength in the service of my vision - then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” — Audre Lorde

Photo by alicepopkorn @ flickr

Here are two additional interesting posts considering our vision and passion in ourselves. Take a look!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Passed 100th post milestone!

From Denny: Well, I hear we blogger types are supposed to jump up and brag about reaching the 100th post milestone. ;) You can tell I'm really "great" about some anniversaries as I've already passed that milestone with now 104 posts. Oh, well, so much for showing off!

How Do You Develop Courage in Your Life?

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"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear." — Ambrose Redmoon

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

How Do You View the World?

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 24:  Sen. Bob Bennett (...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Considering the past eight years of our toxic politics, this quote is more poignant than ever to keep in mind when we interact with others for business, politics or personal relationships.

"To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail." — Abraham Maslow

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Monday, April 20, 2009

What is a Rich Person, Really?

From Denny: Viewing this feed in a reader? View this stunning photo by coming to the blog!

Considering today's economy this is quote about wisdom.

"The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least." — Unknown Author

Photo of Chinese fisherman at midnight by johey24 @ flickr

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Good Advice for Living Well

And in his usually funny but very true self:

"Be Yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

Photo by hyperscholar @ flickr

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Living vs. Existing

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." - Oscar Wilde

Photo by -Gep- @ flickr

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Friday, April 17, 2009

The Poetry Seen in Life!

Wild Poetry In Our Kitchen...!!! :)))Image by Denis Collette...!!! via Flickr

“There is not a particle of life that does not carry poetry within it.” - Gustave Flaubert

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Posting Problems

From Denny: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday have been difficult times to try and post anything. Not sure why. Could be global internet traffic is highest on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (Monday and Tuesday in American time zone). Could be the computer worm going around driving servers insane courtesy of hacker jerks that are probably mostly comprised of intelligence community guys from countries all over the world.

What I have managed to post has gotten scrambled from time to time. Sorry for the inconvenience. I always go back to proof read and catch the errors, usually within minutes of posting. Lightning storms in my area haven't helped that process and have been delayed. If you see something I didn't catch within a day or two, please feel free to let me know as it would be much appreciated!

Fun photo by gidibao @ flickr

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Why People United is Better Than Contentiousness

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Dr. Marti...Image via Wikipedia

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photo of President Lyndon Johnson and Dr. King

Below for further reading is a very practical short article well written.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

How to End War Between Nations or in the Family?

"More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars." - President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Photo of American soldier in Iraq by Jayel Aheram @ flickr

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Gorgeous Peony Photos

CHONGQING, CHINA - MARCH 31:  A Chinese girl s...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

From Denny: I must really have a bad case of Spring Fever. Just survived the onslaught of an unusually bad pollen season - and what am I doing? Going through flickr for photos of my favorite flower, the Peony!

They are exquisite. Something about viewing flowers is a real stress reliever. Take a look for yourself as it is Monday, the most stressful day of the work week! The fabulous peony photos are located on my photo blog, Visual Insights, go here.

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How Beauty, Love and Action Interact

Just let me be myselfImage by Always Be CoOL via Flickr

From Denny: The famous Persian poet, Rumi, was a nobleman and great scholar of the 13th century. He met a wandering famous spiritual teacher named Shams who mentored Rumi about mysticism. Rumi was clearly transformed by the intense relationship. His poetry reflects the inner journey of discovery and reunion with God that, like any true mystic, transcends specific religion.

Peonies, like those in the photo and Rumi's inspiration from his poems, are complex flowers of many interlocking petals, yet unfurl into something incredibly beautiful! A European friend once paid me the greatest compliment to compare me to a peony and it has remained her nickname for me ever since...

“Let the beauty that you love be what you do.” - Rumi

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Oscar Wilde: Brilliant AND Funniest Playwright

From Denny: Oh, what a treat! I get to blog... drumroll, please, about myself! (Talk about weird but the show must go on...) I started the usual raucous Cheeky Quote Day here at The Social Poets with the idea of a short bio on a funny talented guy from the past: Oscar Wilde. Well, you know how it goes, one thing lead to another and before I knew it, well, it was a full-fledged article flying out of the crazy bird nest!

So, I added it to my HubPages list of writings. It reads like a breezy post giving the highlights of a man's life and career. Also listed is my favorite funny movie based on his work: The Ideal Husband.

Biographies always make for good writing prompts; try it sometime of a favorite person you enjoy! For easier navigation just right click on the title link to open a new window to keep your place here at your online coffeehouse. Thanks for visiting!

Oscar Wilde: Brilliant AND Funniest Playwright:

"The Noncomformist Oscar Wilde

A bit about the witty Irish sardonic poet and playwright Oscar Wilde…"

By Denny Lyon

Photo of cheeky Wilde monument in Dublin, Ireland that surely would have amused him greatly by anaxila @ flickr

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Forgiveness Gives You Power

"You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well." - Lewis B. Smedes

Photo by mandj98 @ flickr

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HAPPY EASTER...........2009!

From Denny: From my rose garden to yours this year! Louisiana is in full bloom and the worst of pollen season is finally done. These are Tiffany roses. They practically glow from within with the golden hearts and the light perfumed scent is absolutely DIVINE!

Happy Easter to all! May this be a wonderful time of spiritual renewal for you whatever belief system you hold in your heart...

For more wonderful Easter photos from flickr friends and a few special ones of my own, check out the photo blog: Visual Insights.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Best Way to Succeed

From Denny: Napolean Hill is one of the first motivational writers. What an impact he has had on our American society! The core of what he often taught is that long-term success comes from practising the way of good character.

"It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed." - Napoleon Hill

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Love and Angels

From Denny: What Luciano De Crescenzo suggests is so simple if only we would choose to truly lift up each other. Cooperation, teamwork, less ego are the ingredients for success.

The simple act of support goes a long way to reducing anger, strife and violence that separates people. Lifting up the other person as they lift up you elevates us all to the heavens! This is such a poetic quote in its declared beauty...

"We are each of us angels with only one wing. And we can only fly embracing each other." - Luciano De Crescenzo

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Letting Go Takes Love


To let go does not mean to stop caring;
it means I can't do it for someone else.

To let go is not to cut myself off;
it's the realization I can't control another.

To let go is not to enable
but allow learning from natural consequences.

To let go is to admit powerlessness which means
the outcome is not in my hands.

To let go is not to try to change or blame another;
it's to make the most of myself.

To let go is not to care for
but to care about.

To let go is not to fix
but to be supportive.

To let go is not to judge
but to allow another to be a human being.

To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes
but to allow others to affect their destinies.

To let go is not to be protective;
it's to permit another to face reality.

To let go is not to deny
but to accept.

To let go is not to nag, scold or argue
but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.

To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires
but to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.

To let go is not to criticize or regulate anybody
but to try to become what I dream I can be.

To let go is not to regret the past
but to grow and live for the future.

To let go is to fear less and love more.
Remember: The time to love is short.

- Anonymous

Photo by Brenda Hervold @ flickr

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Forgiveness Gifts You Freedom!

A Little Book of Forgiveness, D. Patrick MillerImage by elycefeliz via Flickr

"When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free." - Catherine Ponder

Photo by cuellar (from Spain) @ flickr

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